Archive for July, 2016

On The School Steps…

July 9, 2016 1 comment
Class of 1963, submitted by Ed Woodis

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


Categories: 1960's, Classmates

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.

A few photos…

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This was a busy year… I didn’t get enough photos! If anyone has some they are willing to share, please let me know!