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Beth Shaw with a stein of Andechser Weissbier. Prost!

 
'I got it, I think'
"I got it, I think"
You gotta lose ’em some of the time. When you do, lose ’em right Casey Stengal

The Blue Wave boys baseball team lost to Danbury 6-4. Darien gave up 3 runs in the first inning and over the course of the game stranded 10 runners and committed 6 errors.

The defending FCIAC champs record now stands at 5-4.
 

 
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Helped by a wild pitch and an error, the undefeated Stamford Black Knights crossed four runners in the 3rd inning to go up 4-0.   Undaunted and spurred on by the capacity home crowd, Darien never gave up. First there was a solo home run in the 5th by Darien’s lead-off batter. This was followed by a 2-out homer in the sixth. Now the score was 4-2 with one inning to play.

Not scoring in their half on the final seventh inning, Stamford faced the bottom of Darien’s batting order. With one out, Darien scratched out a walk and then a double, followed by another pinch hit double, scoring 2 runs for a 4-4 tie, runner on second.  The Wave then sent the capacity crowd home happy right before the rain, with a two-out RBI single to right to score the winning run.

Darien’s record goes to 8-2 as they lead the FCIAC East.

 
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So far this season, Darien is undefeated at 6-0 and have outscored its opposition 107-31. On Tuesday, Darien played Fairfield Warde.  Darien scored just 27 seconds into the match. Barely a minute later, Darien scored again and was off and running, racing away to a 9-0 first-quarter lead. The final score stood at 18-4.

Over the past 20 years, Darien lacrosse has won 12 state championships and 15 FCIAC crowns. Currently, Darien is No. 1 in the state and 11 in the nation.

 
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The tragic overdose death of 2008 DHS grad Michael Taylor has sparked an upcoming day of events at Weed beach.
 
When Taylor passed away last April of a heroin overdose at the age of 26 after two months of recovery, his loss was profoundly felt by his family and group of friends. Michael was a passionate sportsman, a gifted athlete. His passion was tennis and he played four years at Darien High winning a state singles title his senior year. He played Division 1 tennis at Villanova. He loved snowboarding, lacrosse, and hockey. He made several memorable trips with friends over the years: South Africa and Zambia while in middle school and India on a NOLS Himalayan hiking program while in college.
 
Over Labor Day weekend a few months later, his friends were discussing ways to memorialize him. What started out as an idea for a fun day with family and friends has since turned into a full-scale fundraiser, “For Michael,” to benefit Shatterproof, a local organization dedicated to ending addiction.
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On May 20, friends and family of Taylor, as well as community members will gather on Weed Beach.
 
                                The event will feature
 
-  A "build your own boat" relay race: groups of 4 people can sign up to test their ingenuity and boat racing skills at Darien’s beautiful Weed Beach. In the months leading up to event, teams will also compete to see who can raise the most money for Shatterproof

-  'Tramps Like Us', the premier Bruce Springsteen Tribute band, will perform at the beach following the boat race

-  Throughout the day - lawn/beach games, dunk tanks, and food trucks.
 
Admission will be $10

 
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Mary Bass Brown
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Last Day of Work!
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Dan Doolittle, coach of the DHS 1969 Hockey State Champs, died March 6 at Kennebunk, Maine. He was 81.
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Doolittle learned to skate and played hockey on Darien ponds. He was a winger on the Darien High 1953 team. He later taught youth skating and hockey to local children, some of whom would join his hockey team at Darien High School. Coach Doolittle took over the Blue Wave coaching job from Sanford Robinson in 1968 and won the state championship for Darien High in 1969.

After working for Pitney Bowes for forty years, Dan retired and moved to Maine. Spending summers in western Maine as a child and owning a camp on Moose Pond in Denmark, Maine,  Dan and his wife Cynthia were drawn to retire there.

Daniel is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cynthia Doolittle of Kennebunk; two daughters Alyssa M. Doolittle of Newark, Vt. and Robin Illian and her husband Randy of Portland; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at The Church on the Cape in Cape Porpoise Maine at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017.

 
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Back to the Future at Waveny Park

Waveny Park is a 300 acre park of fields, ponds, and trails in New Canaan, Connecticut. The park's centerpiece is "the castle" built in 1912.  The architect for the structure was William Tubby and landscape design for the original residence was by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., a landscape architect who also worked on the Chicago Worlds Fair. The park was donated to New Canaan in 1967 and the castle was sold to the town for $1,500,00. Waveny was the home of Lewis Lapham, a founder of Texaco. His daughter, Mrs. Ruth Lapham Lloyd, is the mother of Christopher ‘Doc Brown’ Lloyd. Christopher was born on October 22, 1938, in Stamford and grew up at Waveny. He is currently helping to raise restoration funds for the grounds on their 50th anniversary.
 
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Dennis Sullivan Becoming Regular on Chicago PD

Dennis Sullivan reprises his role as one of the Windy City's top inspectors in the TV drama Chicago PD. The show has Dennis appearing early and taking part in an outdoor press conference.

Catch Dennis by computer-searching Chicago PD TV Show and Episode 416 (around the 3:00 minute mark)


 
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View from dowtown RR Bridge
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Classmates George Farrington, Dick Costello, Steve Verses and Dave Lynch watch the 117th meeting of the Army-Navy Game in Baltimore. In a wild finish to an exciting game, Army came out on top 21-17, breaking a 14 game win streak by Navy.

 
Tinker Gets an "A" on the Woodstock Quiz

"The guy nailed it!" - Max Yasgur

 
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Recognize anyone from DHS Class of '69??

 
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Ed Tyler Celebrates #66
 
Joining Ed on his birthday Chris Bishof, Jay Baker, Lauren Fair and John vanden Heuvel.
 
 



 
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Next stop, Darien!
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Christy Rogers on the Camino de Santiago
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Pete White
Thanks for the Update!

 
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Joanne Schoepf Reisser

Thanks for the Update!
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Rick Poccia and Granddaughter Julia

 
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We Thank the DHS 1969 Classmates Who Served
 
 
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Skins and Terry Cummings
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Paul Hepp with grandkids


 
The 45th Reunion
The 45th Reunion
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Mike Lopriore and Paul Hepp get together in Jacksonville, FL.

Hey, where's the invite? It's freezing up here!


 

 
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Vandy Van Wagener - Good to hear from you!

Thanks for the Update.
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Anne Marie McGarry
 
Thanks for Your Update!
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Deb Ridabock preps for the end of summer
Paul Hendrickson and Dick Costello, both graduates of USNA
Paul Hendrickson and Dick Costello, both graduates of USNA
45th Reunion
At the Beach

 
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The morning began overcast, but the sun was shining at the start of the Sunday picnic.
Jenny, Janet, and Josie
Jenny, Janet, and Josie
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We missed many classmates, but those who came had a special time. A shout-out to our illustrious 45th committee, especially Steve and Patti Craig, and to Dennis Sullivan who took the majority of the pictures.
The 45th Reunion
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
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Baker School Alums
Baker School Alums
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45th Reunion - Saturday Night
Jenny Hosts Q and A -- Tinker Drops Trou

 
Under cloudy skies, the 45th Reunion Dinner-Dance kicked off at the tony Wee Burn CC at 6:30 sharp.  We mostly stayed inside and drank cocktails while greeting one another in the Red Room.
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Later, after repeated requests, our group headed to the dining room for an appetizing buffet of prime rib, salmon, and side dishes. Dessert was cheese and chocolate cakes, ice cream, toppings.
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Once the tables were cleared, Jenny Bates started the evening entertainment as host of a general Q and A. Questions were asked from the audience about our class and our years in the high school.

One question regarding the shape of a tattoo led Mark Tinker to drop his pants in front of the room to provide the answer. Dick Costello remained quiet when a question arose about a shamrock tattoo.

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It was good to have an opportunity to get back out on the dance floor. While some groaning was heard over bad hips and bum knees, a good time was had by all.

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Check Out More Pictures from Saturday Night
and Sunday at the Beach
in the Photo Albums section

 

Chris Bischof,Jim Tully, Eric Joosten, Jay Baker, Lope, Benny, Dave Lynch (Next Row)  Dick Costello, Nick Augustus, Tim
Chris Bischof,Jim Tully, Eric Joosten, Jay Baker, Lope, Benny, Dave Lynch (Next Row) Dick Costello, Nick Augustus, Tim Potts, Steve Verses, Mark Tinker

While many attended the 45th, many were missed. A number of folks attended for the first time or from much earlier reunions – Mary Bass, Mark Beckwith, Paul Buckley, Linda Castle, Pete Helweg, Diane Holland, Dave Jefferson, Anahid, Mike Lopriore, Tom Milek, JoAnn Schoepf, and Christy Rogers among others.

Pretty much 75% of the attendees made Friday night and it was a chance to reconnect with classmates and to thank many on the reunion committee for all their work.

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Thank you's are certainly in order for the group responsible for putting this reunion together:

STEVE AND PATTI CRAIG
JENNY BATES
SUE DICKMAN KLINE
DENNIS SULLIVAN
JIM AND CINDY VALENTE

Outstanding job.

(If we missed anyone, please let us know)
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Greetings Anahid!
Great to Hear from You
 
 
The Class of 1969 mourns the losses of  Peter Popov, Nancy Levering Rozzelle, Mark Freeman and Joan Anderson Christopoulos. Please turn to Memorials.
 
 
Back when smoking was cool
Back when smoking was cool
A Bevy of Beauties
 
 
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Hot Fun in the Summertime
 
The perils of missing class on senior 'Skip' Day
 
 
 
 
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George Wehmann's Pontiac Super Chief
 
 
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Mary Grace Joynt and Suzanne Ferree
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 Terry Cummings, Tim Maul, Cliff Powell

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Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
 
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker  Photo by George Wehmann
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker Photo by George Wehmann

 Shot of trip out west during summer of '69 when we hitchhiked to California. Mark Tinker's dad bought us the car to roam around California and back to CT. Thought I lost this. Great memories from that trip. Those were the days!  -George Wehmann
     

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The names just keep on coming in!

(starting bottom left): Chris Garr, Ellen Johnson, Martha Whelan, Jane Hindenlang
Sue Dickman, Kathy McIntyre, Pam Burkhart Melee, Co Koppert (Young LIfe)
Bobby Grant, Kathy Fricke, Jackie Fitzpatrick, MaryLou Sivos
Heidi Gerber
Carol Augustus Summers, Anna Lamberton, Louis Belfour, Sara Schyler
Man in hat- L. (Ron) Hubbard, the kid on far right with hood is Mardie Porter's brother, Clark Porter 
The guy near top row hat and glasses: Middlesex science teacher "Booger" Bates
Right Center back row: The man in the hat and woman next to him-
Mr and Mrs Hendrickson (Paul's parents)! 
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Reunion Quiz
What is the DHS Motto?

Cheaper than Prep School!
Ivy League Here I Come!
Best partyin' school in Fairfield County!
Veritas vos liberabit
Reunion Poll
What should the theme be for the reunion ?

Disco
Country
Toga
Come as you are
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