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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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DHS Baseball Set to Open April 1
With 4+" of snow on the ground, Darien looks toward Spring
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Darien Avoids Blizzard
Gets 5+ Inches of Heavy Snow
"Owie, my aching back!"

 
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Deb Ridabock
On Facebook

 
Darien Girls State Hockey Champs
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Darien Girls Hockey are State Champs. The team beat Hamden (the same school we beat in 1969 for the State Championship). The final score this year was 4-3.

The Wave went on a winning tear after losing the FCIAC finals to Greenwich 2-0. In the State Tournament, Darien beat New Canaan in the quarter-finals (2-1) and East Catholic in the semi-finals (3-2) in a double overtime struggle.

It took overtime for Darien to win the Finals. Five goals were scored in the first quarter. Darien jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to allow Hamden to score 3 to take the lead. Darien tied the game in the 2nd period and won in OT. The state title was Darien’s second straight and third overall for Darien coach Jamie Tropsa.

 
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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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Darien HS athletes competed in the North Shore Pre-National Invitational, held at the Armory in NYC. Darien runners finished the One Mile in 17 and 18 position with times of 4:37.83 and 4:40.46.

The upcoming New Balance Nationals, beginning March 10, require a qualifying time of 4:17.50 for the Mile.

On March 4, the New England Indoor Track and Field Championship will be run at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.


 
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Police are reporting that, once again, someone threw a brick threw the window of Frates Liquor Store. For the third time in 3 months, the thief attempted to take the cash register drawers. The burgler also smashed a bottle of 2014 Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec on the floor.

 
Darien Suffers Week-end Losses
 
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Tough week-end for Wave athletes as Darien suffered 2 tournament losses. In Boys Basketball, Darien was playing in their first post season game in 30 years!  Seeded second in the FCIAC, Darien faced 7th seed Danbury and lost 59-56. Darien lost despite outscoring the Hatters 21-5 in the fourth quarter.

In Girls Hockey, second-seed Greenwich defeated top ranked Darien 2-0 to win their first FCIAC title. The loss ended Darien’s three-year reign as the conference’s champion. The Blue Wave beat Ridgefield for the title the past two seasons and three years ago beat New Canaan. The MVP award for the game went to the Cardinals freshman goalie, credited with 15 saves. Darien ends the season with a 17-5 record.

 
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Darien Stumbles in CIAC Indoor Open

In the Class L Indoor Track Championship, held on Feb 11, the Darien Blue Wavers finished mid-range: the girls were 13 out of 24 teams competing and the boys landed in 15th place.

In the CIAC Indoor Open Championship held February 20, President’s Day, Darien didn’t do so good.

Of the 190 high schools in the CIAC, 73 teams managed at least a point in the Open. Grasso Tech got 1 point (Girls 55m Hurdles). Darien was unable to finish in the top 6 of all 30 events scored for 0 points.

The Wave's best finishes were the Girls 4X800 (8th place) and the Boys Shot put (9th).

 
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View from dowtown RR Bridge
1956

 
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Bring on Winter
Chris Bischof on the Slopes
 
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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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