Help Wanted!

You won’t get cash, but you will get credit!

As a reminder, every year the Executive Board elects your president and vice president. Members present elect your secretary, treasurer, and two board members.

Mary (Story) Burkholder has declined to accept the secretary position this year–her plans include full retirement and travel! So we are going to be looking for a secretary on June 24, 2017.

Annette Fimbel LaMountain was secretary before Mary and, between the two of them, things are quite well organized. So this won’t be a massive job and you won’t be handed a mess. Mary says it can be a “once a year” job with most of the “work” done in May and June. Our mailing list is organized in a Microsoft Excel File. Thanks to technology there’s actually very little handwriting–there’s an ongoing challenge of keeping the mailing list current and, of course, handling reservations for the reunion. We do have people who are willing to help, but we need someone who can keep things (and those helpers) organized.

I’m posting this warning (it was also included with the invitation) so there won’t be a long silence when I call for nominations this year. If you think you might be willing and interested, give me a call (207 343-1842) or contact Mary so we can review what you’re getting yourself into! Do the same if you know someone who might be interested.

We’ve been very fortunate that enthusiasm for the annual reunion is still strong. We typically have over 100 folks attend. But we can’t keep having reunions without a few people to help keep the Association running. We do have people who are willing to help with parts of the job but it’s usually hard to find someone willing to accept the office and responsibility, so we’re starting the search early.

Every year I ask Treasurer George Morey how long he’s been treasurer and he always replies, “a lot.” Since we were incorporated in 1962, my math suggests it’s been 55 years. We’re not asking anyone to sign on for 55 years, but if George can be treasurer for 55 years, surely we can find someone to be secretary for a few!

Every year we sing:

Gathered round our Alma Mater

With our thoughts sublime.

It is definitely time to gather round… and in addition to sublime thoughts, we need a secretary! Help is not only wanted; it’s very necessary.


Reunion Invitation Available!

Yes! You can download your reunion invitation from this website:

2017 Reunion Invitation


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Scholarship Application Now Available

Check out the “Scholarship Application” tab on the site–it’s now possible for students to download an application for the scholarships available from the Chester High Alumni Association! Note that applications must be returned by June 1.

Granite Chips!

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With many thanks to Ralph Kenyon, we have a solution to the mystery found in the On the School Steps photograph published earlier this year… here’s the complete page!


On The School Steps…

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Class of 1963, submitted by Ed Woodis

Class of ?, submitted by Ed Woodis (includes some folks from ’61 and ’63.)


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More Reunion Photos

With many thanks to Ed Woodis, Class of ’65… here are some additional photos including some of the food preparation. (If others have photos to share, please email them as an attachment to Walter Boomsma.)

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Chester High Alumni “Come Home”

Chester – As approximately 100 Chester High Alumni and friends gathered in town, there developed a picture of history, nostalgia, and community/school spirit.  The annual reunion and meeting always draws a large number of people associated with the former Chester High School, including Chester Residents who attended or graduated from Gateway after Chester High School closed in the late 1960’s. This year’s meeting was held on June 26 at the restored Chester Train Station.

Special recognition was given to Aldo Bizzazarro from the class of 1938 who was present for his 78th reunion. Bizzazaro was given the distinct honor of leading the buffet line together with Eleanor Barrett Laurent and Harriet Kelso Gilman from the class of 1939. The delicious spread was prepared by Chester Foundation workers under the direction of Barbara Pease Huntoon.

Association President Walter Boomsma noted that these reunions are “drifting in the direction of becoming as much a town event as a school reunion.” Noting that the Chester Foundation handled most of the meeting arrangements and food, he also pointed out that the Historical Society supports the occasion by offering special hours for alumni to visit prior to the reunion. “I think this is proof that small town America is alive and well, at least here in Chester,” he said.

The graduating class of 1966 celebrated their  fifty-year anniversary. Returning members included David Zucker, Karla Zmuda Franke, Maureen Austin Meirs, Robert White Jr., Paul Young, Judy Young, John DeMoss, and Dorothy Besaw Woodall.

The Association re-elected Walter Boomsma as President for his eleventh year. Also returned to office were Vice President Robert Goewey, Treasurer George Morey, Jr. Mary Story Burkholder was elected Secretary.

Janice Leone Brown was reelected and John Young was elected to the Board of Directors. Scholarship Custodians include Duane C. Pease, Elinore Whitcher Gordon, and Edward Woodis.

Scholarship awards were presented to Gabriella Ramires Lyons, Ben Van Henigan, Chelsea Edinger, Ben Jameson, and Lauren Venn—all 2016 graduates from Gateway Regional High School.

The Association has already started planning for the next annual meeting, scheduled for June 27, 2017. Members agreed unanimously to maintain the Chester location and time of the annual event because “it’s good to be home.” Those associated with or in some way connected with Chester and/or Chester High School are encouraged to be certain the Association has current mailing information by contacting Mary Burkholder, Association Secretary, 96 Llewellyn Drive, Westfield MA 01085.  The Association also maintains an informational website at and a Facebook page.