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Let the Games Begin

The FCIAC tournaments are in full swing this upcoming week:

Boys Lacrosse Quarterfinals begin on Monday with No. 1 Darien facing No. 8 Ludlowe. Tournament finals conclude Friday, May 25.

The Darien Girls Lacrosse team play a semi-final match against Ridgefield on Monday, May 21. They crushed Staples 18 – 6 in the quarters.

The No. 1 Blue Wave Girls Tennis Team are already in a semi-final match against No. 4 New Canaan and the boys are in a semi-final contest with No. 1 Staples.


 
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Ready for the Play-Offs 


As spring sports get set for the FCIAC playoffs, Darien finds many of its teams more than ready. Boys and Girls lacrosse, Boys and Girls tennis, and the Boys golf team all find themselves in first place in the East Division.

Boys Lacrosse 14-0
Girls Lacrosse 13-2
Boys Tennis 12-3
Girls Tennis 15-0
Boys Golf 10-0

In baseball, Darien is in 2nd place in the East at 13 – 4. Other teams find themselves at or near the bottom: Darien Girls golf (1 – 8) and the Blue Wave softball team (4 - 8).


 
Great Shots from 1969-70
 
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A final photo shoot of the Beatles, two days after their last recording session together in August 1969. Shot on the grounds of John an Yoko's 70 acre estate near Ascot, England.

 
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Robin Williams as a graduating senior at Redwood HS in June of 1969. 
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The Powder Ridge Festival was supposed to be held in Middlefield, CT back in August of 1970. The event was eventually cancelled but a crowd of crowd of 30,000 people showed up anyway. There were no musicians, no food, and no plumbing… but there were drugs. .
 
No. 1 Player Lilly Ma
No. 1 Player Lilly Ma

The Darien Girls’ tennis team continues to roll over all its competition. Even after losing a few seniors from last year’s team, the Wave have the best record in Fairfield County at 13 – 0. The nearest competition is Staples and Greenwich, both with 11 wins. Darien is coming off a win against New Canaan.
 
Darien Boys golf team is also heating up the links with a record this spring of 9 – 0. Darien is coming off wins against Trinity at the CC of Darien (154-232), at Wee Burn against New Canaan (166 – 179), and at Woodway CC beating Wilton (155-184).
 
In HS baseball, Darien has fallen to 3rd place in the playoff seedings after dropping 2 straight games. Darien lost to Ridgefield 6 – 2 and top-ranked Staples 7 – 1.  Darien’s overall record of 12-4 and 9-3 FCIAC is right behind Staples (10-2 FCIAC) and Ridgefield (9-2 FCIAC), with four games remaining.


 
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This weekend saw Darien hosting a double header with both the New Canaan’s girls and boy’s lacrosse teams. And while any Darien - New Canaan sports match is exciting, Darien is defending some very big numbers. On the boy’s side, Darien had a 63-game winning streak on the line while the Darien girls team went into the match with 97 straight wins against in-state opponents. And when both matches were finished, both streaks remained intact.

For the boys, despite being tied in the 3rd quarter, Darien rolled on to a 9-7 victory. For the girls, Darien boosted their record to 10 – 1 after defeating New Canaan 13-6.
 

 
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It took extra innings, but the Blue Wave bats finally came alive in the top of the 11th to score 4 runs and beat the Wilton Warriors 4-0. The win boosted Darien’s record 6– 4 overall and 4–3 in the FCIAC, putting the team in the thick of the conference playoff hunt.

 
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A look at the new clubhouse for the Noroton Yacht Club.
 
 
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DHS Students  Walk Out to Protest Gun Violence
 
As part of a larger national movement, on Wednesday, March 14, Darien high school students got up from their desks and walked out of school for 17 minutes, each minute honoring the lives of the 17 who died in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“I’m very pleased to report what I think was a very honorable day for our students,” the Superintendent of Schools Dan Brenner said. “It was not just an excuse for students to get up and go home, but much more than that. They listened to their student colleagues speak about each of the students and adults who passed in Parkland, Florida.”  

After 17 minutes passed, students filed back into school, “in a very respectful way, and without incident. The kids who organized this should feel very good about the activity,” Brenner said.

Brenner also thanked the Darien Police for working to keep the campus safe and secure during the walkout, as parents, media, and anyone else who was not a student was not permitted onto the campus.
 
At Middlesex, there was a teacher’s “
walk in”, in which teachers entered classes and programming was held to educate and discuss the issues surrounding school safety with middle school students.
 
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Greetings from Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins!

Mardie Porter (bottom right) and some hearty friends ski 8 miles into the Maine wilderness to the AMC Gorman Chairback Lodge for an off-the grid winter week-end. Looks like fun!

 
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Mike Lopriore sending greetings from sunny Florida


 
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Great shot of future DHS '69ers in Darien Little League

 
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Classmates in the News
The (Very) Reverend Mark Beckwith


 
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Charitable Gift

A generous gift has been made in the name of Darien Class of 1969, a result of surplus funds following the terrific 45th reunion. The reunion was put together by classmates and chaired by Steve and Patti Craig. The gift to Americares, a non-profit disaster relief organization,  is particularly appropriate in light of the many natural disasters in 2017. 
 
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Rick Poccia Honored at Old Timers Dinner

On a cold Monday night in November, classmates and family members turned out to celebrate Rick Poccia’s induction into the Darien Old Timers Association.  Poccia was honored for the contributions his family made to Darien, his leadership and character, and for his athleticism in football and track, stretching from his time at Middlesex Junior High through DHS.  Rick was part of a 4X200 relay team (along with Steve Craig, Mark Tinker, and John Fitzsimmons) that, to this day, still hold the DHS record.

 
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Rick Poccia was honored for his athleticism. Rick is pictured here with the other two captains of the 1969 Track team, Steve Craig and Paul Hendrickson.
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A picture of Dick Costello and Rick Poccia meeting as Plebes at the 1969 Army-Navy game.  

 
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DHS Class of 1967 Reunion
August 18-20, 2017
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Dick Adams and Lorraine Chevalier Rieck
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Sunday at Weed Beach
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'Diamond' Jim Etheridge, sister Judy and Jon Goodale, Mark Koelimer, Dallas Pulliam
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Logan Rogers
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Linda Jones
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Ready to Go Back to School

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

 
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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.

 
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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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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
0%
Country
14%
Toga
43%
Come as you are
43%
 
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