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The Blue Wave cross-country runners have a new home course this year. So far, the new course has brought luck as both the boys and girls are 2-0, first beating New Canaan and then Stamford HS.

Against the Black Knights, standout Mairead Clas was first for the girls, finishing 15:32 for their 3000m course. Darien won the boys 4,800m event with a time of 16:25.

More than 15 years ago, the Blue Wave ran home meets at Wee Burn Country Club, but were limited to Mondays when the golf course was closed to members. When the club shifted the layout of its greens, the course was virtually wiped out, and the runners had to use the road. The new course brings welcome relief. 


 
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Darien HS beats Fairfield in Football (Yes, football) 38-0
 
The students at Darien still have not given up playing tackle football this year. In the first game of a new "independent" season, Darien beat the Fairfield Mustangs 38-0.

The new independent league is hoping to play between six to eight games.

Right now there appears to be at least eight teams – Darien, New Canaan, Danbury, Stamford,  St. Joe’s in Trumbull, and two teams from Fairfield. Including players, coaches and officials, 100 people are allowed at games.

An independent football competition would run counter to guidance by the Connecticut Department of Health, which has recommended against playing 11-vs.-11 tackle football at the high school level.
 
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Vandals have been stealing and defacing political signs around town. It has affected both parties.

One Post Rd. resident claimed his Trump sign has been ripped off or defaced numerous times.  "I put up one sign on Saturday at 5 PM and by Sunday morning it was gone," he said. 


 
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Bill Frate, DHS Class of 1973, still owns and operates the iconic Darien News Store on Tokeneke Road.

The store itself was built by Bill’s grandparents, Lottie and Gennaro Frate, opening in 1928. Gennaro Frate, born in 1906, also served 14 terms in the Connecticut General Assembly. 

The Darien News Store is one of a few historical businesses on Darien’s Tokeneke Road strip near the Darien train station.

Just down the road, Johnny’s Records has been business since 1975. Lounging with his feet atop a small counter at the front of store is John Konrad, proprietor of Johnny’s since 1975, and DHS Class of 1968.

 Ernie’s, the historic bar on Tokeneke Road, has been in business since the early 1930’s.


 
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While school has started with a hybrid model, they’re on track to have a full reopening Sept. 29, with five days of school in person. However, full remote learning will still be available for those who request it. There has been 11 COVID-19 cases reported for Middlesex Middle School and one suspected case at Tokeneke Elementary School,. The plan is for quarantining those with direct exposure while keeping schools open as long as possible.

Darien teachers have held a rally to raise concerns about being in school full-time

While pandemic problems has caused many Darien businesses to close, a new restaurant has opened called Baja Joe’s Tex-Mex Bistro. Located next to Ernie’s on Tokeneke Road, it specializes in tacos, burritos and quesadillas.
 

 
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Some DHS Fall Sports Set to Begin

The football season may have been canceled, but other sports are still set to go. High school cross-country in Connecticut is considered a low risk sport. For the 2020 Cross Country Fall Season, guidelines allow for 90 minutes of practice between Sept 21-25, and 120 minutes after that.

Races will begin on October 1. Darien’s first meet is against New Canaan at Darien

Darien High Girls Swim

With virtual meets possibly being included in certain teams’ schedule and social distancing measures being followed by all squads, the girls high school swimming scene will have a different look to it this fall.

Like the state’s other fall sports, on Sept. 21, full-team workouts are allowed, with practice times extended from 60 to 90 minutes. Beginning Sept. 26, two hour practices are allowed and on Oct. 1, the regular season commences. The CIAC is offering several options for teams to hold virtual meets.

 
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"Idleness is the root of mischief.” Geoffrey Chaucer, 'Tale of Melibee' (c. 1386). 

Darien police have launched an investigation into the theft of more than 30 street signs stolen from Darien roads in recent months. Some signs have been recovered in other locations around town.

While police suspect the thefts are an ongoing prank, town officials are not laughing. Replacing road signs not only costs money but require town labor to replace the missing markers.

The crime is considered a misdemeanor.

 
Rest for the Weary (Parents) - Schools Re-Open
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For High School Students,
A Complex Way to get Around

Hallway patterns will promote social distancing:
  • One-way hallways.
    • The first floor will go clockwise - from the Welcome Center in, you'll go straight down the A wing hallway.
    • Each floor rotates directions.
  • One-way staircases
    • green = up
    • red = down
  • Staggered exits from classrooms to control flow into hallways
  • Longer passing periods to allow additional travel time for increased distance
 All clear?
 
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Fall sports (cross country, swimming, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, and football) can now begin low risk conditioning and non-contact sport-specific drills through September 20, 2020.

At the 2 week mark from the general opening of member schools, September 21, the CIAC will examine COVID data to determine if on-campus instruction will impact extracurricular offerings.

The decision for full team practicing will be made at that time.

It is believed that the in-person instruction of students is the highest priority of member schools. At the same time, structured physical activity is widely supported, especially under these difficult and isolating circumstances.
 
If COVID metrics prohibit team sports, the CIAC will seek to allow member schools to continue engaging students in low risk, small grouping, sports activities. Under extreme conditions, the CIAC will suspend all extracurricular activities.


 
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Tropical Storm Isaias (Spanish for Isaiah) slammed through Connecticut on Tuesday, leaving a trail of destruction and power outages. Nearly 50% of Darien’s residents lost power. In New Canaan, that number jumped to 90%.

The local power company said the storm was the third worse in terms of outages in the state’s history.  Currently over1,200 crews from around the country are helping Connecticut restore power.

 
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Hard to Believe
One Year since our 50th Reunion !
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See You Again Soon!
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Jed Sells Lawrence Funeral Home

Darien’s only funeral parlor, Lawrence Funeral Home, has been sold. As of Tuesday, the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home was officially sold to Lesko & Polke Funeral Home of Fairfield. This sale marks the end of the 127-year family ownership.
 
Originally located in New Canaan, the Edward B. Lawrence Undertaking Business began in 1893. In 1931, Edward B. Lawrence’s son, Edward (Ted) Lawrence moved the business to Darien. Eventually, the business was passed to Jed Lawrence’s father, Edward Green Lawrence. Jed began working in the family business in 1973.
 
Lawrence, a lifelong Darien resident and Darien High Class of ‘68 grad, said he is ready for a bit of a “less demanding” lifestyle as a semi-retiree. Jed remains an elder and member of Noroton Presbyterian Church, Kiwanis Club of Darien, Darien Chamber of Commerce, and the Noroton Fire Department. He also coached Darien Little League and the Darien Junior Football League. He and his wife Debbie have two adult children
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Some Historical Photos of Darien

 
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Town officials at Bell gravesite
Town officials at Bell gravesite
Darien Celebrates 200 Years

It was June 12, 1820 that a gentleman named Thaddeus Bell called to order Darien’s first town meeting. Right after the American Revolution, five towns stretched across the shoreline of Fairfield County.  One of the towns, Stamford,  included today’s Darien, and most of New Canaan. A local religious society, or parish, Middlesex Parish was recognized officially in 1741. When parishes lost their civil standings with the new state constitution in 1818, towns were drawn along political lines and our area petitioned for incorporation.

Thaddeus Bell came from a family who first settled the town of Stamford in 1640. Thaddeus was a leader in the community and perhaps it’s best known veteran of the Revolutionary War. A man of ‘substance’, he owned a large farm in the Ox Ridge area. Under his leadership, the Connecticut Assembly approved the petition to form Darien in 1820. 

The original charter listed the town’s name as Belltown, and it was Thaddeus who decided on the name Darien.


 
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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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DHS Class of 1970 to Hold 50 + 1 Reunion


DHS Class of 1970 has abandoned, given up, thrown in the towel - on hopes of holding a 50th reunion this year.

Understandable - considering places like The Goose have all the seating capacity of three outdoor tables.

Their plans, which are outlined on the DarienHigh70.com webpage, are to hold a 50+1 Reunion in August 2021. Good luck to them!

Looking on the bright side, at least Rick Weber doesn’t have to go to back to back 50th reunions!


 
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Teachers, Students Celebrate End of School
 
DHS seniors celebrated the end of the topsy-turvy school year but not before one more tough decision had to be made. The event was scheduled for Thursday but with rain predicted it was moved to Friday.
So on Friday morning the Darien High seniors drove colorfully decorated cars and waved posters as they took a victory lap around the campus and collected their diplomas.

 
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Brooks Brothers Darien to Close

Tony retailer Brooks Brothers is closing its Darien store. The iconic company, founded in 1818, has had many celebrated clients including Abraham Lincoln, who wore a Brooks Brothers coat to his second inaugural. The company trademark, a wooly sheep suspended in a ribbon (Golden Fleece), was adopted in 1850.  This had long been a symbol of British woolen merchants.

Opened in 2008, the 9,800-square-foot retail building in Darien was recently sold for $7.5 million
 
Currently all Brooks Brothers stores in the United States are closed due to the pandemic. The company is also planning to close all its US factories, making all merchandise overseas.
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DHS Ranked High by U.S. News

U.S. News magazine recently released a list of top high schools, and nationally Darien High School came in a very respectable #214th place. The school has a graduation rate of 97%.

Additionally, DHS is ranked tied for FIRST (!) in the nation in the ranking of Math and Reading Proficiency (determined by state administrated tests).

The high school is also ranked No. 3 in the state. Local high school Weston was ranked higher in CT but ranking slightly below the Wave were Westport (4), New Canaan (5), and Greenwich (7).

Darien’s national ranking in the important Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) category was a respectable #84.


 
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Great DHS Athletes

Anybody remember Bob Staak? Bob was a DHS graduate in 1966, a year before our class arrived. He is the all-time DHS basketball scorer with 1,166 points. And this was before the 3 point shot.

Bobby started playing basketball at the age of 5 or 6 and was always good at it.

After graduating from high school he transferred to UCONN his sophomore year. He was co-captain his junior and senior years, MVP his senior year, and at graduation was the 4th all-time leading scorer at UCONN with 1,288 points.

Bob eventually entered coaching, where he worked with a number of college teams including being the head basketball coach at William and Mary. Bob has also been in the NBA for nearly 20 years in various assistant coaching and front office positions.

There is now a movement to have Bob’s DHS No. 21 jersey retired. 

 
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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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Bill Wright, Steve Craig, and Paul Hendrickson attended the CIAC State Track Open Championship in New Haven on Saturday. 

In the 1969 track season, Mark Tinker, Rick Poccia, Steve Craig and John Fitzsimmons ('70) ran a DHS record time for the 4 x 220 yard relay. The event is now the 4 x 200 meter relay, so their record will remain on the books. 

This year's winning time for the 4 x 200 m was 1:32.18.  The 1969 record time for the 4 x 220 was 1:31.20. The 1969 relay was a full 45 feet (13.72 meters) longer and yet  run 1.5 seconds faster then this year’s time! Well done!


 
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The Blue Wave boys and girls track teams competed in the CIAC Winter Track Championships held at Hill House HS in New Haven. Class L events were held Saturday, Feb 15. Both Blue Wave squads came into the event each having finished second in the FCIAC East Division behind Ludlowe.

In the state championships Darien boys finished a distance 12th behind State Champs and host, Hill House HS. Darien was fourth in 55m Dash (6.73), fifth in the 4X400 (3:32.95), and second in the Long Jump (21.00’).
 
For the girls, the team finished sixth in a field of 22 behind Champs Windsor HS. Darien was second in the 600 m Run (5:08. 50), fourth in the 4 x 400 m Relay (4:21. 00), third in the High Jump (5 – 0) and first in the Long Jump (16 – 11).

In the Open Event the Darien boys team finished tied in 29th place.
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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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Wave Football Coach Retires

Darien High head coach Rob Trifone is retiring. Taking over as head coach in 2007, Coach Trifone has compiled a 129 – 26 record (.832) including four FCIAC and three State championships. From 2015 to 2017, Darien ended each season ranked  No. 1 in the state. Trifone has had four of his sons in the Blue Wave program: Kevin of the Class of 2007, twins Bobby and Christian of the Class of 2016, and Mark, a senior who will graduate in the spring.
 
Trifone has been with the Darien football program for 15 years, joining as an assistant coach in 2005 and then taking over as head coach in 2007. Including his earlier time coaching Brien McMahon, the Coach has compiled a 252-86-2 record (.741).
 
Trifone was inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame in 2014, and has also been named Coach of the Year 16 times, including two times by the National Football Foundation, one by the CT High School Coaches Association and four times by the FCIAC.
He was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) Hall of Fame earlier this year.


 
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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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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
What is the DHS Motto?

Cheaper than Prep School!
Ivy League Here I Come!
Best partyin' school in Fairfield County!
Veritas vos liberabit
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