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Mike (Lope) Lopriore checks out an American classic, the P-51 Mustang.

The Mustang is a long-range, single-seat fighter-bomber, used throughout World War II and the Korean War. Mustang pilots are credited with shooting down over 4,900 enemy aircraft in World War II.

During the Korean War, the Mustang was the primary fighter until jet fighters like the F-86 superseded it.

 
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Results are in for the FCIAC Indoor Track Tourny held Feburary 2 at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven

For the girls, Darien finished 3rd overall (44). Greenwich was first (91) followed by Staples (80) . Darien had first-place finishes in the 1000m (3:00.16), and 4X400 (4:11.08).

For the boys, Darien finished in 6th place (28). Greenwich boys were first (78).  Darien finished 2nd in pole vault (12-06) behind Greenwich which cleared 13’.


 
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The field is set for the FCIAC girls ice hockey tournament, which will be played Feb. 22 and 25 at the Darien Ice House.

Darien, the state’s only unbeaten team, is the No. 1 seed and will face No. 4 Greenwich. Defending league and state champion New Canaan is the No. 2 seed and will take on No. 3 Stamford/Westhill/Staples in a rematch of last year’s final.

The championship game is scheduled for 4:30, Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Darien Ice House.
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Darien girls win FCIAC East Division Indoor Track Championships held at Wilton on Saturday, January 28.

Darien girls finished with 127.5 for the 15 events. Fairfield Ludlow was second at 91.5.

Darien was 1st in the 300m, 600m, 1000m, 4X375 and 4X750 relays.

The Darien boys finished second behind Fairfield Warde with a score of 98.3. Warde posted a winning 120.

Darien finished first in the 600m, 45m hurdles, and pole vault (11’6”).

The FCIAC gymnastics championships take place February 11th in Fairfield. So far this season, the Blue Wave team is 7-3.


 
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The Blue Wave boys basketball team is in 4th place in the FCIAC East, tied with St. Joe's. Darien is 7-6 for the season with 7 regular season games to play before the CIAC Tournament in March. 

The DHS girls team continues to struggle with an overall record of 4-11. 

 
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Skating on Gorham's Pond

The cold artic blast brought back the tradition of skating on Gorham's pond. A large crowd turned out to enjoy the winter treat.

 
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New Businesses Scheduled for Darien Commons

As workers put the finishing touches on the new 122 unit Darien Commons, across from the Noroton Heights train station, a number of retailers are also set to join the complex including:
 
Van Leeuwen – an artisan ice cream parlor
Solidcore – a high-intensity workout center
Gregory's -  gourmet coffee shop with breakfast items
SweetGreen -  Specializing in salads and reimagined fast food
Naya -  Middle Eastern food, cooked from scratch

 
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Darien of Olde

Great shot looking down the Post Road toward Stamford from Darien RR Bridge. To the left is Tokeneke Road. 

 
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Great shot of the Post Road in Darien back in the '50s. 

 
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1967 DHS Cheerleading Squad

As the high school gets ready for a new season of sports, here is another great picture from the camera of DHS grad Joe Vitti. 

From left: Janet Meyer, Lindy Allen, Mary Lou Brameier, Jenny Hunt, Nancy Brown, Byllie Hill, Lynnie Lynch, Carol Haesche, Josie Mullen.

Go Blue Wave!


 
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There are many reasons to celebrate, as summer draws to a close. One real good one is that we still can!
Classmates Dave Lynch and George Farrington came up with a Survivor Party for those of us who’ve skirted death - with ailments ranging from cancer to heart bypass.
The red-cross shirts harken back to the Maher/Crump team football days when injured players wore the cross to avoid being hit (again).

Continued success to us all!


From left: Tinker, Robin and Jay Baker, Marisa, Nancy and Steve Verses, Skins, Deana and Dick Costello, Lynch, Patti Mazza Sturges, Christi and George Farrington
 

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A Lobster lunch and a summer shout-out from

Steve Craig, Heidi Gerber Wolfey, Janet Martin Fisher, Goody Bates and pooch Sammy, and Patti Shaw Craig



 
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Long Live the Sugar Bowl! 

It happened over the summer, news that the iconic Sugar Bowl, a Darien staple and teenage hangout since 1958, has been sold. The new owner, Peter Crawford, also owns the Darien Butcher Shop, a local store on the same block.

The lunchette came into being by classmate Patty Mazza’s aunt Edna in 1958. The classic Americana décor of wood paneling and checkered tile floors has little changed, even as Darien has transformed around it.

In 1975 Patty’s cousin Bobby Mazza began managing the place for his mother. The plan was to help out for a few weeks but Bobby remained for 47 years as the proprietor, pouring countless cups of Joe while serving breakfast and lunch with the classics: eggs, pancakes, burgers and BLTs.

The new owners are planning changes to the space beginning in 2023. Tentavely called “The Club”, they are planning a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and are applying to serve alcohol.


 
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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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Picture from Pear Tree Beach posted on Facebook

 

Hard to Believe
More than Three 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!!
 
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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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Laura Mandi
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Skins and Terry Cummings
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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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