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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

Around Chester, 2017

June 28, 2017 2 comments

A few photos for those who haven’t been to town for a while. I started in Pine Hill Cemetery… Later while taking photos downtown, I instinctively smiled and waved at folks driving by. Most gave me a blank stare. It finally occurred to me that I now know a lot of people in the cemetery but very few living in town! Time waits for no one… (I didn’t have a lot of time so these are just a few of the familiar haunts.)

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Cortland Grinding Wheels

December 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Thanks to Carol Chaney for sharing these photos of Cortland Grinding Wheel employees, thought to be taken in the 1940’s or 1950’s. Can you help identify these folks? You can add a comment to this post, the Chester High Facebook Page, or Carol’s Facebook page. One advantage of having the photos on this site is it won’t be hard to find them again! Clicking on the photo should bring up a larger version. Thanks, Carol!

For identification purposes, we'll call this Cortland Photo 1

For identification purposes, we’ll call this Cortland Photo 1

Bottom Row (L to R):

Second Row: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Bill Kovisto, 11, 12

Third Row:

Fourth Row:


And this is Cortland Photo 2

Bottom Row: (L to R) 1, 2, 3 Earl Cooley, 4, 5, 6, 7 Bill Morrisey, 8, 9.

Second Row:

Third Row:

Fourth Row:

Chester then…

October 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Experimenting with embedding Facebook posts… thought folks would enjoy this photo:

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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.

Here’s a little challenge…

BB Team

This photo belongs to Carol (Wilander) Chaney… she believes it was taken by her father, Ed Wilander, but there is no information on it suggesting a date or who the players are… she posted it on her Facebook page and has received several suggestions ranging from Tino Cardarelli to Archie (Wesley) Farnham (second from right, standing). Does anyone have any guesses? (The guy in the bowler looks a little scary!)

You can leave your thoughts as a comment or send an email…

Batter up!

Class of ’65 Starts Organizing…

December 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Well, maybe “reorganizing” would be more accurate! We first got together for our twenty-fifth, thanks in a large measure to the detective work of Annette. In a “pre-Internet” world she managed to track down nearly every member of our class–and then some!

We’ve done a pretty good job of keeping in touch over the years… but it’s time to reorganize in anticipation of our fiftieth anniversary reunion on June 27, 2015. As a first step, postcards are being mailed to all blue devils of record to make sure we have current contact information for all associated with our class. (We have a few “honorary” members as well.)

Look for occasional progress reports here… including on the Class of 65 Page. We’ll also challenge the twenty-five class (graduated 1990) to get organized as well… and we’d love to see some of the folks we were in school with… let’s make it a 60’s reunion! Where are the classes from 1961 through 1969?