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Nearly 150 Attend 106th Reunion!

Nearly 150 Chester High Alumni and friends gathered in town for the 106th anniversary of Chester High School. The annual reunion and meeting always draws a large number of  people associated with the former Chester High School, including Chester Residents who graduated from Gateway after Chester High School closed in the late 1960’s. This year’s meeting was held on June 27 at the restored Chester Train Station.

 This was the second year the Association held its reunion at the station–a location that seems to be increasing attendance and enthusiasm. Noting that the Chester Foundation once again handled most of the meeting arrangements and food superbly, Walter Boomsma, Association President, also pointed out that the Historical Society supported the occasion by offering special hours for alumni to visit. “We’re definitely watching this develop into a town event. I think we all feel like we’re home and once again we are part of the history we helped create.”

 Special recognition was given to Ralph Kenyon who was present for his 73rd reunion and was the oldest member present. Eleanor Laurent was present to represent the class of 1939. Additional five year class attendees included the class of 1944: June Descoteaurx, Ruth Salvini Disanta, and Margaret Sakaske. Twelve “Blue Devils” were present from the class of 1954: Myron Bryant, Beaulah Whittaker Kiddrick, Lillian Macia Paschetta, Geraldine Besaw Pease, James Morse, Jack Young, Ed Meacham, John Salvini, Jean Morey Beasley, Phyllis Pease Bender, and Terri Libardi Gorman. Frances Lafond Bostic meet with an accident on her way from Alaska and was missed by all.

The fifty year class of 1959 included Jean Elder Bush, Wendell Cook, William Hathaway, Michael Kovisto, Martha Kelley Pauquette, Nancy Rice Regan, Nancy Saunders Alman, Mary Niskanen Thayer, Leland Wheeler, and Janice Oppenheimer Yaskowitz. Duane C. Pease admirably respresented the 45 year closs of 1964.

Anthony Russo admitted it was his first time in Chester for over forty years and he had to get directions to the Train Station after he got into town. Russo was a well-loved English Teacher for Chester High in the mid-sixties and served as its last principal before regionalization with the Gateway District.

Election of association officers was also held. Elected as President for his fifth year was Walter Boomsma. Also returned to office were Vice President, Robert Goewey; Secretary, Edith Cooper Whitaker; and Treasurer, George Morey, Jr. Jaqueline Demoss Conklin and Diane Kelley Demoss were again elected to the Board of Directors and Maurice Pease was returned to the office of Scholarship Custodian.

 The Association has already started planning for the next annual meeting, scheduled for June 26, 2010. 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 Edith Whitaker, Association Secretary, 324 Russell Road #215, Westfield MA 01085