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Costello Honored at Old Timers Dinner

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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The 2018 CT boys Cross Country Open Championship was held November 1, 2018 at Wickham Park in Manchester CT.  Of the 177 runners, only 1 was from Darien High School. Cormac Brown, a DHS junior, finished 44 with a time of 17:02 for the 5000m course. Of the CT high school’s with 5 or more runners, Xavier high school in Middletown CT finished first.
 
On the girls side, Darien’s only representative in the 2018 CT Open was a freshman, Mairead Clas, who finished tied for 16 place. Her time was 20:20 for the 5000m course. Mairead also came in 35 in the New England XC Championship held November 10. The meet took place at Derryfield Park, in Manchester, New Hampshire.


 
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The Darien Blue Wave football team is finishing up a remarkable 2018 season. The team currently sits with a record of 9 – 0, having just defeated Bridgeport Central 43 – 8. Darien is trying to win its fourth straight State Class LL title. Currently there are still 5 undefeated high school teams in CT: Shelton, Darien, Greenwich, Southington, and Newtown.



Darien’s final regular season game is, of course, the annual Turkey Bowl. This year’s game is scheduled for 10: 30 at Stamford’s Boyle Stadium.

The New Canaan Rams are currently 7 – 2 and ranked No. 9 in the state.
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Blue Wave field hockey captured their seventh conference crown in the past 10 years, beating Staples in the FCIAC championships 2 – 1. After starting the season 2 – 2 , the Wave have gone 13-0-1 and will enter the CIAC playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the state.

Two time defending CIAC champs Staples record fell to 16-1 following the loss to Darien
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Tickets are available for a class trip to this challenging corn maze for seniors.  Let us know if you are interested.  And note - NO GPS devices are allowed.  Once you enter, you're on your own. Good luck!

 
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Certainly one toke over the line!
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Be sure to join the Facebook Group 
 
Darien High School Class of '69
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Steve and Patti Craig enjoy some company during fall apple-picking time!
 
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The Darien Blue Wave football team improved to 6-0, coming off a bye week to pummel the Warde Mustangs 42-7. The Wave scored a total of six touchdowns to solidify their No. 1 ranking. Surprisingly, there are still five undefeated teams in CT including the 5-0 Greenwich Cardinals.

 
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Recognize Anybody?
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Leadership that Matters!
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Talent Show

DHS Class of '73 recently held their 45th reunion. Part of the activities included a 'Talent Show' by members of the class held that Friday at the Darien Library. The show was open to the public. 
 
Might be a good idea as our 50th rolls around. What do you think?
 
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Carol Ann Augustus Summers, Bev Bonfoey and Sue Geiger Johanson share a week-end together in Warwick, RI. 


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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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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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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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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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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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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
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
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
0%
Country
25%
Toga
38%
Come as you are
38%
 
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