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Looking good right about now!
Darien sweats through a heat wave.


 
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Don't Forget to Check out the

Class of 1969 Facebook page

 
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William Ziegler’s “summer home”, the most expensive property in the state, is back on the market. The house is located over Rings End Bridge in Darien on a 63-acre piece of waterfront property. Referred to as the Great Island, the going price is $120 million, down from $175 million just 2 years ago.

The original home, the Villa Juliette, has stone walls and a tile roof. The family of William Ziegler acquired it in 1902, according to the listing. Great Island also has expansive equestrian facilities that features twenty horse stalls, an indoor riding ring, extensive paddocks, a Grand Prix jumping arena, an exercise track, a sand dressage ring. A polo field is nearby.

A caretaker’s house and greenhouse along with several guest cottages are also included.

Old man Ziegler, known as the “Baking Soda King” died in 1905 and is buried on the property.

Congrats to Classmates
Ann Irvine and Dave Terry
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Announcing Plans to Marry 49 Years after Their HS Graduation!

We Send Our Very Best Wishes


 
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DHS  Girls Swim team Join in 12th annual
Swim Across America

 
Swim Across America’s motto is “Making Waves to Fight Cancer” and their mission is to raise money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events.

Swim Across America has some deep Darien roots. It was co-founded by Darien resident Matt Vossler and his lifelong friend and college roommate Jeff Keith in 1987.

In the summer of 1984, Vossler, Keith and friend Hugh Curran ran across the USA – starting in Boston and finishing, in the spring of 1985, in Los Angeles. Keith, a survivor of cancer, had lost part of his right leg to cancer and their run raised over one million dollars for the American Cancer Society. Keith stayed in LA to attend graduate school and Vossler and Curran came back home to Boston.

Vossler was inspired by the run but knew they couldn't do it again so he organized the Swim Across the Sound charity swim, a precursor to Swim Across America.

Today, Matt is in charge of safety at the swims and sits on the Board in the role as Governance chair. He attended the June 23rd Greenwich-Stamford Swim. In the past 12 years, the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford event has raised more than $3.4 million for crucial support of the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT).

 
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Own a Piece of Darien History

The end of the Great Depression in the late 1930s saw the rise of a mini gilded age of industrialism in Connecticut with the construction of many spectacular homes for Fairfield County’s captains of industry.

Two such houses are found side-by-side on Dorchester Road, between Stephen Mather and Pembroke, in the northern part of Darien.  One of them was once owned by the Singer family, of sewing machine fame.  The other one, at 52 Dorchester Road, is on the market. The Yardley Soap folks originally commissioned the house to be built in 1938,  The white-washed red brick colonial house with gray shutters is reminiscent of two bygone eras. It combines the elegance of the 1930s, as well as the casual indoor-outdoor living of modern times.

And only $3,000,000 too!



 
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Class of 2018 Graduation Thursday, June 21
 
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1969 Classmates and fellow DHS Baseball teamates Paul Hepp, Ken Peliksza, Dick Costello, Mike Lopriore and Ben Bruno at a recent get-together in Florida

Speaking of Who's on First- Benny was on first, Johnny Maul 2B, Costello was shortstop and Hepp played third base. Lope was in CF and Kenny played LF. Dave Lynch pitched and was team captain. 

Dick Costello was 1969 All League FCIAC and tied for the batting title with a blistering .408 average. The 1969 DHS team finished 10-8 for the season. 

 
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A hidden treasure in Darien, in the woody recesses of Tokeneke, is the convent of St. Brigitta. Open to the public, the nuns serve three meals daily for the guests in the elegant dining room. Lunch and dinner are $25, and reservations are encouraged. Lunch is served at 12:30 and dinner is 6:30.

Located on a tranquil 10-acres nestled within the hidden inlets of the Long Island Sound, the property offers a welcoming, peaceful and spiritual environment of walks, gardens, and tranquility. The facilities, open year-round, include: The Chapel, Library, Conference Room, Large Dining Room, Hermitage for Prayer, multiple Meeting Areas, and a Sun Porch where morning tea / coffee with biscuits are served. There are also seven overnight single and double guest Rooms, with private baths and views of the Sound.

​In 1957, Marguerite Tjader Harris donated the property to the Catholic nuns after she experienced the order’s hospitality while visiting Sweden, the same country where the Brigittines were founded over 600 years ago


 
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Darien Loses Boys State LAX to Ridgefield 9-8

 
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The Connecticut State golfing championships were held at the Stanley Golf Course, a 27 hole public golf course near Hartford. Darien’s Alexander Gu finished tied for 3rd place with an even-par 71.  Team Darien finished 2nd overall in the State tournament, with a team score of 13 over par. The Greenwich golf team won the tournament with a 9 over combined score.
 
Darien once again squeaked by New Canaan In the Boys lacrosse semi-final match,  8-7. The victory extends the Wave’s winning streak to 76, and top-seeded Darien (22-0) advances to the State final for the fifth consecutive season. The Wave will face No. 6 Ridgefield (15-5) in the title tilt at 3 p.m., Saturday, at Brien McMahon High School.
 
New Canaan beat Darien 12-11 in a dramatic Girls lacrosse semi-final match. The game snapped Darien’s 107-game winning streak against Connecticut opponents, and ended the Wave’s five-year run as state champions. Darien’s last loss against a Connecticut foe was in 2012 to New Canaan, 9-6, in the Class M quarterfinals. The fifth-seeded Rams (16-5) will take on No. 6 Ridgefield (15-5) in the Class L final Saturday.
 
Darien Boys tennis was runner-up at this year’s Class L State Tournament, behind champion Daniel Hand HS. It’s the highest finish for the Wave since 2015, when Darien was runner-up to New Canaan.


 
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FCIAC FINAL RESULTS ARE IN...
 
The Darien lacrosse team won its 5th consecutive FCIAC title and 73 straight game, beating New Canaan 13 – 12. Darien hasn’t lost a playoff game since 2013, a winning streak of 31 games. In this final game, New Canaan actually led 3 – 2 heading into the second quarter and the score was tied with 7 minutes left in the game. Darien currently is ranked No. 1 in the state and 11 in the nation.

Next up for the Wave is the State tournament.
 
Blue Wave baseball won its second FCIAC title in the last 3 years, beating Staples 7 – 4. In a wild finish, Staples tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, scoring 3 runs. But with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, clutch hitting allowed Darien to score 3.

Darien heads to the State tournament with a 12 seed.

 
Darien girls lacrosse won their 7th straight FCIAC Championship, beating Wilton 11 – 10. Against Connecticut opponents, Darien has a 105 game win streak! With roughly 14 minutes left, Darien actually trailed in this game 9 – 8 only to score 3 consecutive goals and keep the lead for good. The Blue Wave girls team is also ranked No. 1 in the state and 15 in the nation.
 
The Darien boys golf team continues undefeated at 14 – 0 with one more match scheduled in the regular season at home on Wee Burn against Greenwich. The CIAC Championship is June 4 and the NE Championship is June 20.

 
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 and 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. .
 
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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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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
Country
Toga
Come as you are
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