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The Nutmeg State may not be on the top of many lists, but in this topsy-turvy political environment, Connecticut ranks No. 1 in the US for available homes equipped with bomb shelters.  There are currently six listed. One of these homes, in Monroe, has a ‘retro’ bomb shelter dating back to the Cuban missile crisis. Another house located in Farmington (seen above) was built in 1947 and designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The bomb shelter is located under the pool house.
 
 
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Ready to Go Back to School

with Mrs. Oberg
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Tide's Out
 
by Mary Zarilli

 
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DHS To Require Substance Abuse Class 
 

Darien High School is now requiring an estimated 600 students and their parents to take and complete a substance-abuse education course.  The one-day course has been built with the collaboration of community agencies, police, and legal experts. Three 30-minute sessions will focus on the effect substance use has on the brain, a story of someone personally affected by substance use, and legal consequences of using drugs and alcohol. Completion of the course is required to participate in after-school activities.  

 
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Nearly half a million sunflowers in bloom are on display to support Make-A-Wish Connecticut. The farm, in Griswold, CT, is owned by the Button family.
 
Started in 2003 on a single acre, the sunflowers has now grown to 15 acres and nearly half a million of the towering blooms.
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Over the years, the Button Family has managed to donate more than $1 million through this event. 
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The Darien boys lacrosse team had a great year no matter how you slice it. The Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse poll has Darien Co-National Champs with Landon HS in Maryland.  U.S. Lacrosse magazine puts Darien as No. 2, but certainly the best team in the Northeast. It was Darien’s third straight Connecticut class L State title, finishing with a perfect 23-0 finish.
 
This  season also saw the boy's coach, Jeff Brameier, win the most lacrosse games of any Connecticut coach and the team extended it’s winning streak to 54 straight games.
 
One of Darien’s top players and 2017 All American was a senior named Kevin Lindley. Lindley, the son of long-time Darien girls’ lacrosse coach Lisa Lindley, was shaped by growing up in a lacrosse family. He spent many hours at practice with his mom’s teams, and when he wasn’t with her, he was watching the boys practice.
 
Kevin had a season record 106 goals and a 3-year total of 219, the most in school history. 




 
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Pear Tree Beach in the Morning
Photo by Mary (Falcioni) Zarrilli

 
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Peter Fenichell and wife Desiree. Happy birthday, Pete!

 
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DHS Classmates Craig Metzgar, Susan Dickman Klein, and Paul Buckley
having dinner recently in Fairfield

 
Jon Goodale and wife Judy Ethridge Goodale
Jon Goodale and wife Judy Ethridge Goodale
DHS Class of 1967 plan 50th Reunion

 
Friday, August 18, 2017
6:00 pm
Cocktails at the DoubleTree, Norwalk
 
Saturday, August 19, 2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm  
Weed Beach picnic lunch of your own choosing
 
Saturday Evening MAIN EVENT, August 19, 2017 
6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Celebrating our 50th Reunion at the Wee Burn Country Club in Darien
 
Sunday, August 20, 2017
11:00 am
Meet at the Darien High School stadium for a photo op
 

 
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Old Towne Darien
 
Vintage view from atop NH Railroad Bridge on Post Rd
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DHS Spring Sports Wrap-Up

All American Team

Three (!) DHS boy are among the top 100 divers in the United States in 1M diving. They were awarded All American honors by National Interscholastic Swim Coach Assoc. (NISCA).

In Golf

DHS freshman Alex Gu finished the golfing season with the best 9 hole average ever (37.2). Alex also tied with Blake Swiggett for the lowest 9-hole round of 33.

The team in 2017 also posted a school record 9 hole score of 138.


 
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One can only hope that Darien HS is turning out scholars like the’re turning out athletes. Darien boys lacrosse won their fourth consecutive Class L state title and gave no reason to question their No. 1 National Ranking in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse poll. The Wave were clicking on all cylinders in Saturday’s finals against Cheshire HS. Darien jumped out to a 8- 2 lead at halftime and a final 16-3 finish. It was Darien’s 55th straight winning game.

 
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Darien Fire Departments were starting to think about charging overtime as they escorted 3 state championship teams back home to DHS this year. The first team that would need to pay up would be the Darien High girls lacrosse team who won their fifth consecutive state title, this year defeating the Wilton Warriors. This was Darien’s ninth title in 10 years. Darien led comfortably at halftime 10- 3 and finished by a score of 13-10.

 
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Connecticut hosted its 2017 Open Outdoor Track Championship, held at Willow Brook Park on June 5. On the boys side, Daniel Hand, Danbury, and Seymour finished in the top 3. For the girls, the top schools were Bloomfield HS, Danbury, and Ridgefield.

For Darien, it was another disappointing year. The Blue Wave girls were unable to place any points on the board. For the boys, they finished in 39th position, thanks to a third place finish in the Javelin throw.

 
Thanks for the Memories
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Dick Costello puts finishing touches on packing up 353 West Ave.

 
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Beth Shaw with a stein of Andechser Weissbier. Prost!

 
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Mary Bass Brown
On Facebook

Last Day of Work!
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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
1956

 
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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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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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