GET READY FOR OUR 50TH REUNION
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Looks Who's Coming!
Mark Beckwith Anita Conway
Bruce Frail Doug Wood
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
Dinny Evans 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 VanWagener Bill Schade
George Farrington Skip Kennedy
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
Todd and Martha Robbins Pete White
Pam Burkhart Mele Peter Johnson
Kathy DelleFontane Goossen  
   
   

Thank-you!!
 
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Hotel Information
 
Reservations can be made at the
Sheraton Stamford Hotel
700 East Main Street in Stamford. Book by August 2, 2019

The special rate of $89* is available Thursday night, August 8 - Sunday night August 11, 2019. (*plus tax. Parking @ $9/day)

Contact reservation at 1-800-325-3535 and request the "DHS Class of 1969" group rate or use this link:
*******   Sheraton Stamford Hotel ******

 
August 9 - August 11
 
Join your fellow classmates for an exciting 3 days of fun back in Hometown Darien

Friday

We are at The Goose Restaurant on the Post Road
starting at 7:00 pm.
Cash Bar, Refreshments, Free Appetizers 


Saturday

Events are planned during the day:
Breakfast at the Sugar Bowl: Cost is $25
A golf outing at Ridgefield CC 11:00 am: Cost is $67

(RSVP Required for either)
Contact Tim Potts (tapotts@darkfield.com)

Main Event at Tokeneke Club
Dinner and music at the Tokeneke Club
Casual Attire. Let's have fun!

Sunday

Head to Weed Beach
We will be in the new Paddle Pavillion
Lunch and refreshments
Starting at 11:00 am

 

 
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Prices


Only $150/person for 3 days of fun

For Breakfast at the SugarBowl
$25
Golf at Ridgefield CC at 11:00

$67


Make your check out to "DHS Class of 1969" and send to:

Ed Tyler
16 Robin Hood Lane
Darien, CT 06820
or
Josie Mullen
9 Hampton Road
Darien, CT 06820


 
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To meet our Financial Obligations,  Please send checks ASAP!

If you haven't sent a check yet and are planning to come, let someone on the Committee know!
or
Contact Josie  (jmull@att.net ) or Ed (jamest1050@sbcglobal.net) and we will hold a spot open.

 
Update Your Profile at
 

Hey You!
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Be sure to say "Hello" in the Guest Book section!
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Anyone remember the Dave Brubeck Quartet Revisited/Revised?
Jeff Myers, Bobby Grant, Stu Traver and Scott Wheeler. 

 
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Smooooth Jazz....
St Louis Blues, baby!
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Pam Burkhart Mele with husband John

Hope to see you there!
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Baker School Alumni
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Pre-Reunion Get Together

Mardie Porter and Pete Johnson, two Mainers, got together for lunch.  We expect to see both at our 50th Reunion!
 
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The 45th Reunion
The 45th Reunion
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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
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In wackier news, there is now a Darien resident who has the distinction of having run down all 350 streets in town. Over the course of 35 days, Bill Ozanne ran 187 miles, the length of the 250 public and 100 private streets in town.

The idea came to Bill after reading about someone who ran all the streets in San Francisco.

His favorite street to run is 5 Mile River Road. “There are great views of the water,” he said. The toughest street was Brookside Road, where there are a lot of hills.
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The iconic Glass House in New Canaan turns 70 this June. The Glass House, a 49-acre property with 14 structures, including a glass house, was built by architect Philip Johnson between 1949 and 1995. The building was made a National Historic Site following Johnson’s death in 2005.
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Students at DHS in the late 60s to the early 80s might have had Mardie Porter's mother, Margaret Porter, for French or Spanish class.

In WW2,  Mrs. Porter was a 'Code Girl' and recently the Library of Congress held a ceremony honoring their service.

Recruited from settings as diverse as elite women's colleges and small southern towns, more than 10,000 young American women served as codebreakers for the US during World War II. Their achievements were immense: they crack crucial Japanese and German codes giving the US a military advantage.


 
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Old Time Darien: A picture of an old gas station next to Baker School called Sandmeyer's Garage. It was later turned into a cycle shop before burning to the ground. 
Picture circa 1970
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Mardie Porter can shovel with the best of them. Take a look at what kept Mardie busy. 

Top: Mardie shoveling a path to the sauna

Middle: Shoveling a path to the car port

Lower: Mardie making a path to the woodshed. 


And that was this morning before lunch!


 


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!
Courtesy NYT
Courtesy NYT
Darien Featured in New York Times Article
 
On December 5, the New York Times ran a highly favorable piece about the town of Darien. The town was recognized for its natural beauty, access to New York City and active social, arts and sports cultures.

They stated the town has a population of 22,000 in 14.9 mi.² with 16.5 miles of coastland. About 4,800 students attend the town’s five elementary schools, the middle school and the high school.

Darien High School serves 1,354 of the students, ranking at or near the top in the state on SAT scores and other measures of achievement. In 2017-18, the school’s average SAT scores were 601 in reading and 605 in math, compared to statewide averages of 524 and 507.

In late November, there were 206 houses and 17 condominiums on the market in Darien, with the median sale price of a home around $1.385 million.

The least expensive house currently available is a 700-square-foot cottage built in 1930, with one bedroom and one bathroom, listed for $359,000. The most expensive is the Ziegler Steinkraus waterfront estate, built in the early 1900s on 63.5 acres of a private island, with a 13,015-square-foot main house, guest cottages and an equestrian center, listed for $120 million.


 
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Association Honors Costello

 
The Darien Old Timers Association honored classmate Dick Costello at its 57th Annual Dinner, held Monday November 12th at Giovanni's. Costello was honored in light of his many athletic acheivements in football, basketball and baseball. As a senior, Dick held the FCIAC batting title. Many classmates and friends were in attendance, including: Steve and Patti Craig, Dave Lynch, Paul Hendrickson, George Farrington, Todd and Martha Robbins, John van den Heuvel, Ed Tyler, Steve Verses, Eric Joosten, Rick and Diana Poccia. Rick Poccia was honored by the Association in 2017.
 
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Steve and Patti Craig enjoy some company during fall apple-picking time!
 
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DHS Classmates Craig Metzgar, Susan Dickman Klein, and Paul Buckley
having dinner recently in Fairfield

 
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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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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
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
The 45th Reunion
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
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.

Check Out More Pictures from Saturday Night
and Sunday at the Beach
in the Photo Albums section

 

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
 
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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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