Bruce Frail shared some time with Steve and Patti Craig at their place in Harwinton, CT. Captain Bruce recently retired from the US Coast Guard where, among other things, he was a chopper pilot. 

It was great seeing them at our 50th Reunion. 
17th Senior Games

The 17th All-America Lacrosse Senior Games were held at Johns Hopkins on July 30. Eight Connecticut HS lacrosse players participated.

For the boys, Matt Minicus from Darien played in an attack position, and Thomas Ricciardelli from New Canaan played goalie.

On the girls All American team, CT was represented by Darien goalie Shae Dolce along with two players from New Canaan.

Taft School
Taft School

Connecticut’s average private school tuition comes in at  $24,980 a year, the highest in the country. The state also has the highest share of private school students at 17 percent. 
A total of 26 CT private schools have tuitions above $40,000 and both Kent and Taft schools have tuitions in the $60k range.

Foreman school in Litchfield, a private, co-ed school for kids with disabilities including ADHD, ADD and dyslexia can cost up to $86,000 a year, but most of these schools offer financial assistance to qualifying families. 

Two CT prep schools, Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT and Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, are ranked top in the nation.

Classmate Rick Weber attended the recent DHS Class of 1970 Reunion, the year his wife, Chris Garr Weber, graduated. The 50th reunion for the class had been delayed two years but finally went forward at the end of July. 

Despite the warm weather, a festive time was had by all. Check out more photos at

Wave Medal at National Track Event

Members of the DHS 4 X 400 2022 boys track team recently competed in the Adidas Outdoor Nationals in late June.  Junior Jason Rideout and seniors Luke Riordan, Owen Wagner and Kyle Bloomer finished fourth to medal in the National Elite Division.

Their time was 3:27.05.

The same team finished in fifth place in CT Division L  with a time of 3:28.49 and in sixth in the CT State Open with a time of 3:25.14.


DHS Class of 1970 Hold 50th 

After two years of delays,  the Class of 1970 to finally held their long awaited 50th Reunion. Their committee had the following schedule:

Friday Night at the VFW in Noroton Heights at 6:30 - 9:30
Saturday at the Wee Burn CC from 7:30 - 11:00
Sunday at Darien Nature Center 12:00 - 3:00

Unfortunately, the committee had a long list of classmates they were unable to contact (138). 

Committee Members include Nina Miller, Dave Miller, Robin Wakeman, Vic Capellupo, Rich Glica and Drew Papsun. 

Catch up with the class at
Darien HS Graduation

After a sometime difficult and topsy-turvy four years, Darien High School seniors reach graduation. The ceremony was held on Friday, June 17.

Stephen Jones

 Stephen Jones died April 19, 2022 from health issues at his home in Bethesda, Maryland. Please go to Memorials.


In addition to the many construction projects happening in Darien, town leaders are considering buying a portion of Darien’s Great Island. The property, the summer estate of William Ziegler, was bought in 1905 and is connected to Darien by Rings End Bridge.  It is considered the last, best piece of undeveloped property of its kind on the entire East Coast of the US.

First Selectwoman Monica McNally said she believed the acquisition would be a major asset for the town: one of the largest remaining parcels of undeveloped land in Darien that would benefit generations to come.

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,,  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.

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.

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!


Picture from Pear Tree Beach posted on Facebook


Hard to Believe
More than Two Years since our 50th Reunion !

See You Again Soon!
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. 

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

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!


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


Chris Eng Leventhal, Kate Mason Gredinger, Sue Geiger Johanson

Benny Bruno, Mark Tinker, Gary Gibbs

Tim and Jamila Potts

Folks From Hindley School

Sue Venarde Mahoney, Sue Geiger, Anahid

Thomas Lane and Edward Tyler
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Georgianna Smith Bloom, Rick Bloom, Tom Lane

Charlie Smith and Lauren Fair

Carol Ann Augustus Summers and Bev Bonfoey

Patti Shaw Craig and Mardie Porter
Mark Paddock, Dennis Sullivan, Sue Venardi Mahoney, Janet Martin Fisher, Martyn Goossen, Kathy DelleFontane Goossen, Steve Craig


Dave Lynch, Barb and Jim Tully

Cliff Powell, Gork Boneman, Sandy McGill

Chris Eng Leventhal, Dennis Sullivan, Patti Shaw Craig, Dick Costello

Rick Weber, Chris Weber, Eric Joosten, Paul Hendrickson


Josie Mullen and Lauren Fair

Peter Johnson, Paul Dominis, Paul Buckley, Carolyn Johnson


Sue Geiger, Anahid Kavookjian Vrana, Ann Back Price


Josie Mullen and James Tully

Bill and Annie Schade

Ed Tyler and Bob Mercer


Dick Costello and Rick Poccia


Janet Martin Fisher and Sally Armus Shutts


Charlie Smith, Bill Guptill, Kathy Strachan

Tom Lane, Stu Traver, Jay Baker, David Miller

Bruce Frail, Eric Joosten, Vandy Van Wagener

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

Our Schedule of Events


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


Breakfast at the Sugar Bowl

A golf outing at Ridgefield CC 11:00 

Main Event at Tokeneke Club

Dinner and music at the Tokeneke Club


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  
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!

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Thanks, and see you soon!
Christy Rogers on the Camino de Santiago
Pete White
Thanks for the Update!

Joanne Schoepf Reisser

Thanks for the Update!
We Thank the DHS 1969 Classmates Who Served
Skins and Terry Cummings
Mike Lopriore and Paul Hepp get together in Jacksonville, FL.

Hey, where's the invite? It's freezing up here!


Vandy Van Wagener - Good to hear from you!

Thanks for the Update.
Anne Marie McGarry
Thanks for Your Update!
Deb Ridabock preps for the end of summer
Greetings Anahid!
Great to Hear from You
Hot Fun in the Summertime
The perils of missing class on senior 'Skip' Day
George Wehmann's Pontiac Super Chief
Mary Grace Joynt and Suzanne Ferree

 Terry Cummings, Tim Maul, Cliff Powell

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

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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17th Senior Games

The 17th All-America Lacrosse Senior Games were held at Johns Hopkins on July 30. Eight Connecticut HS lacrosse players participated.

For the boys, Darien had Matt Minicus, in the attack position, and from New Canaan, Thomas Ricciardelli  played goalie.

On the girls All American team, CT was represented by goalie Shae Dolce from Darien along with two players from New Canaan.

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
How do you feel about the new virus?

Too much attention to it
Not enough attention for it
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