Archive for May, 2015

Reunion Invitations Are Coming…

Blue DevilFor a number of reasons, we’re a little behind this year with the mailing of the printed invitations… look for your copy early in June! Go ahead and make your plans, because the details haven’t changed!

112th Chester High School Reunion

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Social Hour at 2:00 p.m.

Business Meeting at 4:30 p.m.

Chester Train Station

Note that the Chester Historical Society located in the “old jail” will be open for browsing and research from 10: oo a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

You can download this year’s invitation 2015 Invitation if you just can’t wait. And, by the way, while we try very hard to keep our mailing list current, we do “lose” people from time to time. If you know anyone who attended Chester High (or Gateway Graduates who lived in Chester) please encourage him or her to send their address to Annette LaMountain, Secretary at PO Box 206, Chester MA 01011. It’s never our intention to exclude anyone! Thanks!


Fifty Year Class of 1965

Class Photo 65-2SMTop Row: Tom McCormick, Don Austin, Mike Zmuda, Carl Pease, Don Blanchard, Bruce Cooper, Dave Hitchcock, Wayland Harrington, Tom Boyer, Mr. Russo

Middle Row: Kathy Gleason, Carol Black, Larry Rocke, Ed Woodis, Charles Daniels, Walter Boomsma, Bill Cooley, Carol Wilander, Margo Holland

Front Row: Annette Fimbel, Julie Niskanen, Joyce Biggs, Edna YOung, Ellen Stone, Grace Besancon, Diane Clark, Elinore Whitcher

Aren’t we cute?! Fifty Year Class of 65 in 57

May 23, 2015 1 comment

Class Photo 57-3SM

Huge thanks to Bruce Cooper for this photo… and to Bruce and Charlie Campo for completing the identifications started by Myra Davenport.

Top Row: Don Austin, Kathy Gleason, Bill Cooley, Carol Black, Bruce Palmer, Annette Fimbel

Second Row: Symphony Myers, Larry Rock, Ellen Stone, Dave Hitchcock, Diane Clark, Charlie Campo, Carol Wilander, Herb Voudren, Julie Niskanen

Third Row: Mike Fitzgerald, Joyce Biggs, Bruce Cooper, Grace Besancon, Ed Woodis, Edna Young, Tom McCormick, Priscilla Roberts, Don Stone

Bottom Row: Agnes Fitzpatrick, UNKNOWN, Charles Daniels, Tom Boyer, Walter Boomsma, Mike Zmuda, Don Stone (again!), Wayland Harrington, Elinore Whitcher.

There is some speculation that the”unknown” in the bottom row’s first name is Ernie or Ernest? Bruce also sent a photo from our senior year… coming to the site soon!

UPDATE: I’ve been advised that there are not two Donald Stones, one is Donald and the other is his brother, Tommy! (I’m not sure which is which, but I think that Don is in the third row.) A question arose of whether or not the mystery man in the bottom row is Carlo “Peanut” Welch?

CHS Reunion 2015

May 13, 2015 1 comment

Chester – Chester High School Alumni will be coming home to Chester this year for their annual reunion and meeting on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The meeting draws a large group 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 festivities begin with a social hour at 2:00 PM at the Chester Railroad Depot and continue informally throughout the entire weekend as “Blue Devils” and “Quarriers” wander around town visiting old friends and relatives. The Association’s annual business meeting will be held at 4:30 PM.

Chester High has traditions dating back well over one hundred years, but the Association has no members from that long ago! Among the many mysteries every year are questions like, “Who will be the oldest member?” and “Who will come from the farthest away?” In the midst of all the reminiscing, prizes are awarded for the first local and first out of state reservation. There is never a lack of laughter, perhaps because the threat of detention is long gone even though former teachers frequently attend. Five year classes will be honored, especially the fifty year class of 1965 and twenty-five year class of 1990.

Association President Walter Boomsma noted that the reunion will be held in Chester for the eighth straight year. “People love meeting in Chester for a lot of reasons, including the relaxed atmosphere. Some can’t resist sitting on the church corner for a while. Small town America is alive and well, at least in Chester.”

Association Leadership is excited that the event provides a bit of an economic benefit for Chester. “We’re thrilled to continue to bring dollars into Chester as local businesses and organizations will make the town open and welcome to those who attend.” Boomsma reports that the Association also enjoys the support of organizations like the Chester Foundation and Chester Historical Society. “The Historical Society has agreed to remain open the day of the reunion from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alumni visiting the old jail will be amazed at the amount of Chester High and Grammar School memorabilia on hand.”

Reunion invitations are mailed to Association Members in May. Boomsma also notes that the reunion is not limited to graduates of Chester High. “Anyone with a connection to Chester is certainly welcomed to join us for socializing and reminiscing. This is really a town event.” Anyone who does not receive an invitation may simply send a check (tickets are $15 per person, payable to Chester High School Alumni Association) to Annette LaMountain, Association Secretary at PO Box 206, Chester MA 01011.

Additional officers of the Association include Robert Goewey, Vice President and George A. Morey Treasurer. Board Members include Judith Olson of Hatfield, Brenda Budreau of Huntington, Jackie Conklin, Edith Whitaker and Mary Burkholder of Westfield and Tino Cardarelli, Diane DeMoss, and Janice Brown, all of Chester. Any one of these people may be contacted for information or to volunteer some help. The Association maintains a blog at and a Facebook page where alumni can gather information and post comments.

The Alumni Association also manages a significant scholarship fund and Gateway Seniors are encouraged to contact their guidance counselors for additional information. Scholarship Custodians include Duane C. Pease and Paul Petersante of Chester and Mary Gleason of Bernardston.