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Felix Salzano ’44 Makes Honor Flight

January 25, 2018 Leave a comment

Many thanks to William (Bill) Giles ’51 for not only bringing this to my attention but for mailing me the clipping of an article in The Republic Plus on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Try as I might, I’ve not been able to find a link to the article online and copyright restrictions prevent me from posting the article itself on our website.

I can report a few tidbits, including the fact Felix has the rare distinction of having served in both the European and Pacific Theatres during World War II. He was thrilled to be invited and the participate in the Honor Flight Program in September. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that flies veterans to Washington DC “to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.”

The article suggests that it was an ambitious trip, beginning with a departure from Springfield at 3:00 a.m. A return to Logan arriving at 10:30 p.m. suggests he and his escort were likely not home before midnight, but Felix said, “I’m so glad I made it. I felt inspired.” While in Washington, he and his fellow participants were given a police escort where traffic was stopped at every intersection as they toured and visited the World War II, Korean and Viet Nam memorials.

Felix’s story is truly a great one–both the story of this trip and of his service. Let’s hope he makes it to this year’s reunion and we can convince him to share some of his experiences.

I know I speak for the Alumni Association and our members when I say we’re happy and proud he received this honor, and we are truly grateful for his service. He’s also been a strong supporter of our Association by attending reunions. I’ve sent a special invitation to attend this year–explaining that we can’t promise a police escort, but there’s not that much traffic in Chester anyway!

Read the letter to sent to Felix.

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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!

 

Scholarship Recipients Listed

Camryn Rock received the Kent Alexander Scholarship.

Anna Pless and Nicholas Cooper both received scholarships from the Permanent Scholarship Fund.

Rachel LeBarron received the Chouffet & Pierce Woods Scholarships.

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Brent and Margaret Alexander attended to assist with the presentation of the  Kent Alexander Scholarship, created by Francis in memory of her son Paul (Brent’s brother).

Students are reminded that scholarship applications are available on this website:

CHS Scholarship Application.

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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Help Wanted!

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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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