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Rams Upset Wave in Turkey Bowl

New Canaan’s defense, unheralded till now, held Darien’s top-ranked offense to 7 points, as the Rams won this year’s Thanksgiving day contest 12-7. Darien had been averaging 44 points a game. 

The game was the 94th meeting of the rivals since 1928, The Rams increased their record against Darien to 54-38-2, including a 17-9-1 edge in the Turkey Bowl series, started in 1994.

With the win, New Canaan will hold onto the Coaches Memorial Trophy, named in honor of legendary coaches John Maher of Darien and Joe Sikorski of New Canaan.

New Canaan never trailed and limited the Blue Wave to negative yardage in the first quarter and just 23 yards in the first half. Darien also suffered 3 turnovers. 

After giving up a safety near the end of the 3rd quarter, Darien converted a fourth-and-five play In the final minute of the game to put the ball at the Rams’ 36 with 16.3 seconds remaining but were unable to score. 
 
Darien (9-1) dropped from the top spot to No. 3.

The Wave are expected host No. 6 Hamden (8-2) in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m., Tuesday.



 
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Wave Sputter in CIAC Field Hockey
 
After playing 80 minutes locked in a scoreless duel, Darien Blue Wave lost by a final 1-0 to the Wilton Warriors in a end-of-game shootout in the CIAC Class L semifinals Tuesday night at Testa Field in Norwalk.

That set Wilton up for a State Finals match with the Rams of New Canaan, overall No. 1 seed (19-0-1).

In a game played Saturday, November 20, New Canaan rolled to the championship by beating Wilton 3-1.


 
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Blue Wave Football


The Blue Wave football team is currently undefeated with a record of 9-0. The last regular season game is scheduled on Thanksgiving Day against New Canaan in the 2021 Turkey Bowl. New Canaan has a 8-1 record. 

Stats wise, Darien has scored 396 points in 9 games and allowed 127 points against while New Canaan has scored 256 points and  allowed only 76. 

 
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Change of Reunion Plans Now for DHS 1971

The Darien High Class of 1971 has made a change in their plans for their 50th reunion. Instead of holding it in 2021, the event is now slated for October 14-16, 2022!


The class website, darienhs1971.com,  is worth visiting. Their feature, “Share Your Creative Expressions,” displays the artistic works from many talented classmates. Additionally, the class seeks assistance in locating some missing folks.


 
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Darien girls volleyball team had an overall great season in 2021 with a record of 21-3 heading into the CIAC State tournament. Darien entered the competition seeded No. 3 behind No. 1 Cheshire HS and No. 2 Greenwich.

Of Darien's 3 losses during the season, fully 2 came at the hands of the Greenwich Cardinals. So when the two teams met in the state volleyball semi-finals on Wednesday, November 17, it was Greenwich once again on top, winning 3 games to 1.

The Cardinals went on to become the State Champs by defeating Fairfield Warde. 


 
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CIAC Open

The CIAC held the Cross Country Open on Friday, November 5. The 5k race, held at Wickham Park in Manchester, CT, was won by a runner from Conrad HS with a winning time of 15:14.  Darien’s top boys finish was a tie for 41st place in a time of 17:14. Team totals for the event found Ridgefield with the low score for the event. Darien failed to place in the top 20 teams

In the girl’s event, Team Darien finished in 12th place overall. The event was won with a time of 18:02 by a student from Somers HS, a school located in upper north central CT.  Darien’s best finish was 19:34, good enough for 19th place.



 
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Hundreds of spectators showed up at the First Congregational Church in Darien to watch the reenactment of two historical events – the 1781 British raids on the Middlesex Meeting House and Mather Farm.

The Museum of Darien, First Congregational Church of Darien and the Mather Homestead all took part in the event, which was part of the town’s COVID-delayed bicentennial celebration of its 1820 founding.

Local residents portrayed historic figures in the event, which centered on the Rev. Moses Mather, whose great, great, great, great granddaughter, Jane Nickerson, a Darien native, was on hand to witness.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4) was there too.  “As a representative in the successor of the Continental Congress. … this is a delightful reminder of where this area came from,” he said.

 
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More Heartbreak for Class of 1970

Try as they may, DHS '70 can't seem to launch a 50th Reunion. Here is the latest:

"Due to the circumstances surrounding the Delta variant of Covid, we are rescheduling our 50 year reunion to the weekend of July 22-23, 2022. We are just as disappointed as you are. The health and safety of our class members and their families are our first concern.
 
This has been such a difficult time for so many. By next summer we hope to have the bulk of this behind us. And boy, do we look forward to celebrating with you all!
 
So…Save the date!  July 22-24, 2022! "



 
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People Finally Getting Together Again

After a long year of masks and quarantines, people are once again back together.

Benny Bruno and Mike Lopriore recently drove up to Myrtle Beach for some golf with Dick Costello and Navy friends. 

As Mike said: "Great golf courses, good food, and we even had a few beverages." 

Amen to that.

 
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Summer Wing-Ding

Some DHS Classmates got together at a party at Patty Mazza's house this summer.

Around the table are Christy Farrington, Nancy and Steve Verses, George Farrington, Mark Tinker, Dick Costello, Patty Mazza and Dave Lynch.

Behind the camera is Kathy 'Skins" Strachan. 

Keep the good times and pictures coming!



 
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The Noroton Heights of Darien is currently undergoing a major facelift. It is hard to believe Benny’s restaurant has been gone over 12 years. Ida Vavala’s Deli is still there, although it was recently slammed by high waters from a recent storm.

The local Stop and Shop, down the street from Bob Ierardi’s house, has been ripped down and is being crafted into a multi-use property called the Darien Commons.

Of the 14 new stores to occupy the property, the developers have announced a nail salon Glosslab, a coffee shop Gregory’s, an Italian ristorante Molto and an ice cream shop.

Additionally, there will be 120 new apartments available at this site.

 
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DHS Class of 1974 Scholarship Fund

For the 23rd year, the Darien High School Class of 1974 has once again presented scholarships to graduating seniors. Eight students received $5,000 checks each toward their college education.

Raising $40,000 was a record for this class that has given over $300,000 since they began their Memorial Scholarship in 1999.

Debbie Horan Ferrer helped spearhead the effort to remember those classmates they have lost. 



 
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Eric Joosten's garden getting ready to sprout fresh vegetables for summer. Located at Old King's Highway and Corbin Drive, it is a Darien landmark for vegetables, flowers and honey.

And yes, those are golf club shafts. 


 
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Dave Jefferson
1951-2021
A moving tribute from his hometown paper
Click   Summit Daily


 
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Picture from Pear Tree Beach posted on Facebook

 

Hard to Believe
Two Years since our 50th Reunion !
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See You Again Soon!
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Post 50th Reunion Get-Together
 
Great shot of classmates Kenny Peliksza, Mike 'Lope' Lopriore, Dick Costello, and Ben Bruno in Jacksonville. Nobody mentioned any golf scores but all were sad to see former Jax resident Paul Hepp leave for Texas. 

 
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Go Team!

We know things are rough right now. So who better than some cheerleaders to keep up our spirits to finish the fight!

Front row left to right:
Anahid Kavookjian, Josie Mullen, Joni Dobson
Back row left to right:
Sue Geiger, Sharon Denunzio, Cinny Cobb, Sue Perschino, Peggy McNeil, Sue Venarde
Sandy Young, Carol Ann Augustus



 
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Mardie Porter shares her winter adventure:

Another ski adventure! Three days at the Appalachian Mountain Club  Lodge “Gorman Chairback”. We left home when the temp was a freezing -14 below.  We trekked eight mile to the lodge as temperatures  warmed to near 17 degrees. 

The second day was on snowshoe on back-country trails. Day 3 we skied back out to our cars on a glorious day, with temps above freezing!!!

Sounds like a ball!

 
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Steve and Patti Craig did well in their apple orchard this fall. They report harvesting over 20 bushels of apples. (Note: 1 bushel = 48 pounds). The Craigbo Cider Co. made 16 gallons of unadulterated apple cider, while also donating apples to a local farmer and food pantry.
 
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The Big 5-0
Reunion Central

 
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Check Out the Photo Album page with Pictures from all 3 Nights
Send Us Your Pictures
From Our 50th!


 
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Chris Eng Leventhal, Kate Mason Gredinger, Sue Geiger Johanson
 
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Benny Bruno, Mark Tinker, Gary Gibbs
 
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Tim and Jamila Potts
 
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Folks From Hindley School
 
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Sue Venarde Mahoney, Sue Geiger, Anahid
 
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Thomas Lane and Edward Tyler
 
Upload by going to the Photo Album tab on left side
or send them to tapotts@darkfield.com or johndvdh@gmail.com



 
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Georgianna Smith Bloom, Rick Bloom, Tom Lane
 
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Charlie Smith and Lauren Fair
 
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Carol Ann Augustus Summers and Bev Bonfoey
 
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Patti Shaw Craig and Mardie Porter
 
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Mark Paddock, Dennis Sullivan, Sue Venardi Mahoney, Janet Martin Fisher, Martyn Goossen, Kathy DelleFontane Goossen, Steve Craig

 
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Dave Lynch, Barb and Jim Tully
 
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Cliff Powell, Gork Boneman, Sandy McGill
 
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Chris Eng Leventhal, Dennis Sullivan, Patti Shaw Craig, Dick Costello
 
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Rick Weber, Chris Weber, Eric Joosten, Paul Hendrickson

 
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Josie Mullen and Lauren Fair
 
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Peter Johnson, Paul Dominis, Paul Buckley, Carolyn Johnson

 
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Sue Geiger, Anahid Kavookjian Vrana, Ann Back Price

 
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Josie Mullen and James Tully
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Bill and Annie Schade
 
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Ed Tyler and Bob Mercer

 
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Dick Costello and Rick Poccia

 
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Janet Martin Fisher and Sally Armus Shutts
 
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Anahid
 
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Charlie Smith, Bill Guptill, Kathy Strachan
 
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Tom Lane, Stu Traver, Jay Baker, David Miller

 
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Bruce Frail, Eric Joosten, Vandy Van Wagener

 
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Sue Venarde Mahoney, Kathy DelleFontane Goossen, Marty Goossen, Ed Tyler
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Gary Gibbs and Chris Bischof

 
Our Schedule of Events

Friday


The Goose Restaurant at 7:00 pm.
Cash Bar, Refreshments, Free Appetizers 

Saturday


Breakfast at the Sugar Bowl

A golf outing at Ridgefield CC 11:00 

Main Event at Tokeneke Club
6:00-11:00

Dinner and music at the Tokeneke Club


 
Sunday

Weed Beach Paddle Pavillion
Lunch and refreshments




 
    Our Guest List

 
Pete White Dave Terry
Claudia Smith Davenport Kathy DelleFontane Goossen
Dennis Gavin Pete Johnson
Rick Poccia Janet Martin Fisher
Mark Beckwith Anita Conway
Bruce Frail Paul Dominis
Patty Mazza Sturges Sue Dickman Klein
Sally Armus Christy Rodgers
Mardi Porter Ed Tyler
Bill Guptill Mark Blackman
Georgiana Smith Bloom Kate Mason Gredinger
Pete Franklin Gary  Gibbs
Tom Lane Billy Harper
Anahid Kavoojian Vrana Dave Lynch
Lauren Fair Jimmy Valente
Tim Potts Casey Nickerson
Suzanne Nikola Baldino John van den Heuvel
Jim Morrison Chris Bischof
Josie Mullen Paul Buckley
Johnny Maul Skip Kennedy
Bev Bonfoey Barb Thorne
Marni Kent Hansell Bob Mercer
Bob Ierardi Eric Joosten
Dennis Sullivan Tom Milek
Gary Swartz Dave Miller
Steve Verses Jay Baker
Cliff Powell Ann Back Price
Steve and Patti Craig Anne Marie McGarry
Vandy Van Wagener Bill Schade
George Farrington Todd and Martha Robbins
Rick Weber Jane Seyferth
Sue Venarde Mahoney Mark Tinker
Joan Dobson Glazebrook Paul Hendrickson
Sandy McGill Ted Vanech
Jim Tully Stu Traver
Dick Costello Mike Lopriore
Charlie Smith Chris Eng Leventhal
Jane Genster John Wuerthner
Carol Ann Augustus Summers Anne Irvine
Ken Broska Paul Hepp
Dave Jefferson Sue Geiger
Allison Poccia Joanne Schoepf Reisser
Benny Bruno                 Kyle Hepp    
Kathy Strachan Pam Burkhardt Mele 
Peter Scholtz  
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Comments from Class Members!

 
Mary Bass Brown: Have fun everyone! Enjoy - post pictures.....lot's of pictures!
 
 
Anna Lamberton Whelpley: So sorry to be missing this great time😫Have a blast!

Thank-you!!
 
Update Your Profile at
 

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Important Contact Info

Where to send Classmate info : darienhs1969@gmail.com

Where to update your profile and see classmate's info: www.50thdarienhigh69.com

Where to post your pictures: On Facebook, join

Darien High School Class of '69 members group

Thanks, and see you soon!
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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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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
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Greetings Anahid!
Great to Hear from You
 
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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
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Cheaper than Prep School!
Ivy League Here I Come!
Best partyin' school in Fairfield County!
Veritas vos liberabit
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