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2018 Reunion Teaser

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Square Up!

Who remembers that instruction?  It surprised me a little that I was able to serve as a source of history regarding the “Berkshire Teen Shufflers” and “Wildcat Twirlers.” I shared with the Historical Society… “The folks you have listed there were the advisors—Dottie Pease was the caller and organizer… it was a club of teens, I was president for a few years. We would often travel to other clubs in the area… Russell, Westfield, etc. and I have dim recollections of competing in some square dance contests. Both David Hitchcock and I also learned to call some, thanks to Dottie. The Wildcat Twirlers was the adult club… some of the names I remember were the advisors you have plus Doris and Pete Austin… I remember Lilia Burnup being involved for a while. Golly… the Shufflers danced every Tuesday night as I recall. Lots of fun memories and times! I don’t remember exactly… but I think the Teen Club fizzled out a few years after I graduated (1965). I remember our “square” – danced together lots. Couple 1: Susan Willey and me, 2 Carol Willey and Jeff Pease (Dottie’s son), 3 Karla Zmuda and David Hitchcock, 4 Maureen Austin and George LaMountain. It sure feels weird being part of history!”

By the way, I’m pretty sure one reason the adult club was called “Wildcat Twirlers” was that after dancing, they went to Wildcat Springs for adult beverages!

If you have a memory, why not share it as a comment and contribute to the legacy of two great clubs that were an important part of Chester’s History!? I’ll make sure all comments get forwarded to the Chester Historical Society.

Square Dance

Photo from the Chester Historical Society’s 2018 Calendar, reprinted with permission.

Where are you?

December 23, 2017 Leave a comment

milk-carton-31473_1280We are in the process of updating our membership records… we are missing lots of information! The years have definitely taken a toll… on each of us, no doubt, but also on our records. (I’ve created a page listing missing ‘mates by class… you may want to check it!)

You can help! If you or someone you know attended Chester Schools, we’d like some basic information. You can provide information for others you know… Don’t assume we know everyone! Bear in mind, graduation isn’t a requirement–we want to include anyone who attended Chester Schools at any time. Also, from 1969, we include Gateway Graduates who lived in Chester at the time!

Our 2018 reunion marks the 50th Reunion of the last class too graduate from Chester High and the 115th Anniversary of C.H.S. We are planning a special celebration and want everyone to have the opportunity to attend!

 

Win This Quilt!

September 4, 2017 Leave a comment

UPDATE (October 2, 2017) — Just received word the quilt was won by John Baldasaro of Chester! Congratulations, John! Stay warm with it!


The Chester Historical Society has a quilt made and donated by Kathy Blanchard, CHS graduate, Class of 1967 to be raffled on September 30, 2017, to support its fund-raising effort to preserve the Methodist Church, the Historical Society Museum’s new location.  We are holding an Open House on that same date from 1:00 – 4:00  and raffle tickets are $10 each.  Quilt size is 68″ x 76″… and you can order raffle tickets by sending a check!

For raffle tickets contact:

  • Annette LaMountain   413-354-6514
    PO Box 260–Chester, MA 01011
  • Judy Olson   413-247-9262
    46 W Pantry Road–Hatfield MA 01088

Class of 1961

September 4, 2017 Leave a comment

With thanks to Jim Roberts (tall guy, middle of the back row!) here’s the Chester High School Class of 1961!

2017 Reunion Attendees by Class

June 29, 2017 2 comments

Apologies if we missed anyone or spelled a name wrong! Let us know and we’ll fix it!

Class of 1939

  • Harriet Kelso Gilman

Class of 1944

  • Felix Salzano

Class of 1947

  • James Pease
  • Claire Daigle Mooney
  • Grace Miln Phelps

Class of 1950

  • Fay Peltier Piergiovani
  • Charles Myers
  • Phyllis Salvini Donovan
  • Marjorie Savery Pulver
  • Edwin Carrington
  • Eleanor Macia Markham
  • Muriel Pease Boisseau

Class of 1951

  • Edward Willey
  • William Giles

Class of 1952

  • Clayton Pease
  • Tino Cardarelli
  • Roberta Carrington Small
  • Lora Sanderson Carrington

Class of 1953

  • Stephen Salvini
  • Persis Webb
  • Verna Schaffer McCullough

Class of 1954

  • William Koivisto
  • James Morse
  • John Young
  • Lillian Macia Paschetto

Class of 1955

  • Claire Willey

Class of 1956

  • George Morey
  • Vivian McCall Salvini

Class of 1957

  • Curtis Bush

Class of 1958

  • Glenn Fish
  • Angela Horalek Savery

Class of 1959

  • Michael Koivisto
  • Jean Elder Bush
  • Leland Wheeler

Class of 1960

  • Robert Goewey

Class of 1961

  • Judith Davenport Olson
  • Ralph Kenyon, Jr.
  • Joan Will Monroe
  • Mary Woodis Gleason
  • Duane Buckley
  • Dawn Damon

Class of 1962

  • Mary Story Burkholder

Class of 1963

  • Robert Burkholder

Class of 1965

  • Edward Woodis
  • Bruce Cooper
  • Walter Boomsma

Class of 1967

  • Kathleen Blanchard
  • Ricky Sakaske
  • Richard Stenico

Class of 1968

  • Diane Kelly DeMoss

Class of 1971

  • Rosemary Dalesandro

Class of 1975

  • Paul Wilander

Class of 2013

  • Kimberly Bolduc

2017 Reunion Photos

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