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Reunions

September 30, 2007

The 1947 graduating class of Boonsboro High School celebrated its 60th anniverasary reunion at the Boonsboro American Legion on Saturday, Sept. 8, with 23 class members present out of a graduating class of 74 students.

During the evening's program, emceed by James Reeder, a memorial service conducted by the Rev. Joseph Down was held in memory of deceased class members Charles Churchey, Lester Neal, Wanda Potter Tinney, James Scott, Donald Reeder, Dora Bitner Moeats, Gerald Baker, Robert Shifler, Arnold Young, Delores Blickenstaff Haller, Angeline Bear Buckheit, Kathleen Long Nicodemus, Marie Beachley Wyand, Anne Burtner Evans, Gerald Jennings, James Wade, Laverne Redman Webber, Mary Lou Knode Shifler, Paul Hollingshead, Donald Pound, Jean Keedy Norris, Don Rohrer, Robert Tritapoe, Catherine Zepp, Naomi Sampson, Floyd Hutzell, Theodore Zarfos, Bobby Phillips, Earl Hoffman, Mabel Potter Lampel, Paul Wyand, Ralph Byers and Max Haynes.

There was a time for sharing information about absent class members and awarding door prizes. Class president Dorothy Tritapoe spoke, followed by remarks from Charlie Smith, planning committee chairman.

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Also on the committee were Bettie Reeder Hull, Marian Rohrer Smith, Nancy Hammond Murfin, Allen Nicodemus, Joseph Downs, James Reeder, and Dottie Tritapoe. Former teacher Jean Wheatley Keyser was the guest of honor.

During the social hour and dinner, Jim Powers, who frequently provided music at the Pen Mar Park dances, played music popular in the 40s and 50s that was familiar to the group.

The Hagerstown High School Class of 1947 held its 60th anniversary reunion Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Hagerstown. One hundred seventeen class members and guests attended the informal luncheon.

Calvin W. Sheeler Jr., who has chaired the reunion event for several years, served as emcee for an impromptu program. Class member Robert Feaster of Franklin, Tenn. offered prayer prior to the meal.

The Class of '47 included 346 graduates; 43 of whom were World War II veterans who had enlisted or were drafted for military service prior to graduation and who returned to the classroom for their senior year. One hundred twenty-one members of the class have died.

Each person attending the reunion was given a copy of the program from class commencement, which took place in the former high school auditorium on Wednesday, June 11, 1947.

Class members Charles and Penny Long assisted with arrangements for the event, and will serve as chairpersons for the next reunion. Plans for meeting on a yearly basis were proposed, and class members favoring an annual reunion are asked to contact Ruth Shanholtzer Howell at 301-432-8180.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, Quincy High School alumni held a reunion at Otterbein Senior Center, Waynesboro, Pa., with 240 classmates, spouses and friends in attendance.

Six former teachers attended the reunion. They were Frances Newcomer Betts, D. Lamar Creager, Marilyn King McCarney, the Rev. James Mole, Jay Tregellas and Sylvia Yordy. Two teachers, Mrs. Betts and Mr. Creager, were also former students.

Quincy High School was in operation from 1906 to 1964, when it was consolidated with the Waynesboro Area School District.

The welcome and introduction of Dr. Gerald D. Carbaugh, who gave the invocation, were given by Russell Irving. Gilmore Smith served as master of ceremonies.

Evelyn Oyler Rice, a 1927 graduate, was presented with a corsage, door prizes were awarded, and deceased classmates and teachers were remembered.

It was suggested that the next reunion be held in three years, with the time and place to be determined at a later date.

Those serving on the reunion committee included Esther Beaver, Russell Irving, Charles Kauffman, Evelyn Lehman, Dorothy Loy, Connie Morrow, Gilmore Smith and Donald Weller.

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