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Raymond Engel
Posted on the 2024-02-01 at 09:50
Hello, everyone now that the sun is setting after 5 PM and there’s more bright light each and every day it’s time to get together for another GCHS Class of 1969 luncheon. Please join us next Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 12 noon at Junior’s in 20 Mall Plaza in Guilderland. This year is our 55th year since our graduation. Should we organize a 55th class reunion or just have a cocktail party? I know there’s a lot going on Thom Breitenbach is composing and producing a musical that will play at Proctor’s on May 4th and 5th. The Belmont stakes this year will be at Saratoga on June 8th. There’s discussion of a Woodstock 55th festival on August 24 and 25th in Saugerties. Then on November 2nd there’s a 60’s Spectacular Concert at Proctor’s. All these things sound interesting and fun especially to do with classmates, friends and family so let’s talk. Hopefully I’ll see you next week. If you’re not able to make it but want to offer suggestions please do so by replying to this message. As always please forward this message to others not listed. Thanks, Ray
dominick falzano
Posted on the 2019-07-19 at 20:00
50th-  to Don- Judy- Vic- Cathy- Ted- Ray- Paula and all on the Commette  SUPER EFFORT- Thank You for your efforts they were extrodinary.   An enjoyable time with ole friends-  and I might add we all look pretty darn Great!  LOL  Best to all.  Ralph Seibert - Les Mackey, Jeanie formily Lehman- Deb Long-Karen Glass- great to see you  all.  Until  55th? Be Well, Dominick
Thomas Summer
Posted on the 2019-07-15 at 20:00
WOW, what a blast from the past our 50th reunion was. It sure was fun seeing everyone. Hope all of you who took pictures will post them on here. Hope we all make it to our next reunion. See you then!!!!!!
Eileen Elgie Wintle
Posted on the 2019-07-13 at 20:00
I just want to thank Judi, Ray, Don and all the committee members for a beautifull reunion. I still can’t believe it’s been 50 years. To all my classmates, thank you all for coming, it was so great to see you and be with you. Until next time, take care and much love to all.    Your classmate, Eileen Elgie Wintle.      PS  Thanks to all my golf buddies for playing, it was fun%uD83D%uDE00
David Sager
Posted on the 2019-07-10 at 20:00
Hello everyone and happy 50th. All is well in Knoxville tn. Happly married and still got my health. Sorry can\'t see everybody in person.
Ron Frank
Posted on the 2019-07-07 at 20:00
Hi Everyone - sorry I won't be able to make our 50th! I'll be away on our annual family vacation at Tybee Island, GA. I'll definitely be toasting everyone from afar throughout the great events that have been planned. Enjoy every minute! Cheers!! Ron
Thomas Summer
Posted on the 2019-07-03 at 20:00
Hi to everyone,
I am so LOOKING FORWAD to seeing everyone at our 50th reunion. I will be flying in from San Diego,CA. Shure going to be a blast from the past..... Hope all our classmates can make it. Happy July 4th to everyone. See you all in just over a week.
Linda Mauro
Posted on the 2019-07-01 at 20:00
 Hi ,Donnie and I are looking forward to the 50th reunion. I am still working as an RN in the neonatal ICU,hope to retire next May.
Debbie Dalrymple ODonnell
Posted on the 2019-05-22 at 20:00
Hi Everyone --  I'm sad that I'll be unable to attend our 50th Class Reunion.  We take our annual Cape Cod vacation with family and numerous friends and we're leaving early a.m. on 7/13.  Hopefully, everyone is in good health.  OMG.....can't believe we're the old people now! Enjoy. Post pictures, please!
Karen Glass
Posted on the 2019-05-13 at 20:00
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion in July. I have been retired for 8 years now. We are very busy enjoying life in Surfside Beach SC. Love walking the beach, going to the ocean in our golf cart & volunteering on occasion in the community. We are very blessed. See you in July!
Lisa Purtell Beretz
Posted on the 2019-04-26 at 20:00
I\'m looking forward to our 50th reunion and hope to see many of our classmates again!! The reunion committee has done a great job of planning it again, but it wouldn\'t be as great as it always is, if it wasn\'t for our great classmates showing up each time!! Wow!! Can you believe it 50 years!!
Peter Mahigian
Posted on the 2019-01-27 at 19:00
Time marches on! Sue and I are enjoying retirement in Phoenix, AZ. Winters can be a bit harsh here...temps usually in the low 40s at night and 65-72 in the day. We don't miss raking leaves, mowing 1/2 acre of lawn, and shoveling snow. We do miss seeing friends and family; but one of my brothers lives in Phoenix, our daughter and husband live in Tempe, and our son and wife live in Encinitas, CA. Their house is 10 minutes from the beach which makes a great vacation in the summer when the monsoons come. Come and visit...we have extra room for visiting friends! Sorry to not be able to attend the party this summer. Both kids got married last year which means we are still recovering from those $$ events! 
Rick Fantasia
Posted on the 2019-01-05 at 19:00
Greetings! I'm still alive and kicking, though somewhat gingerly. I still work as a sociology professor at Smith College, and have just published a book that I had been working on since two reunions ago. It's called French Gastronomy and the Magic of Americanism, and was published by Temple University Press in November 2018. I'm doing well and (mostly) feeling pretty well these days. I'm leaving in a few days on a three week trip to Vietnam (while I missed having to go there in 1969, I thought I might eventually make it under better circumstances). I'll be bringing my two twenty-something daughters for their college graduation gifts and am very excited about this trip. I am going to try hard to make it to Pince Haven on July 13th, although I have a two week vacation rental on Cape Cod that begins on the 13th. I'll do what I can to be able to come though and I very much hope to see you there! Cheers. Rick
Peter Mahigian
Posted on the 2010-07-08 at 20:00
Hi everyone.  Just got back from NC again and had a GREAT visit with Paul and Carol Begley.  They have a beautiful condo on Oak Island, NC.  Three of their grandchildren were there plus Paul\'s brother and sister-in-law.  We had a fine lunch and an afternoon on the beach (100 yards away).  Paul says he has gray hair but not as much as mine.  C\'est la vie!  As always, Paul and Carol are the nicest people in the world.  Hope to see you other guys soon.  We have a party to attend in Glens Falls tomorrow but hopefully will make the evening "do".  Love to all! 
Thomas Summer
Posted on the 2010-07-05 at 20:00
Bob Pilatzke
Posted on the 2010-05-08 at 20:00
We all need another night  at Maggies
dave cowan
Posted on the 2009-12-16 at 19:00
bonjour class mates  seasons greetings from almer quebec and altamont ny
Andrea Edwards
Posted on the 2009-12-13 at 19:00
Cheryl:  Saw your email on the What's Happenin' page.  Please get in touch if you are in town during the holidays.  The last time  I saw you we walked the Indian Ladder Trail.  It has been too long since our last visit.  Traveled to the Maine coast about a year ago - I know now why you have not left.  Please email me to let me know how you are.  Merry Christmas. Andrea
Sharon Sarfeh
Posted on the 2009-07-25 at 20:00
I had a great time remembering names and faces. Some I recognized immediately and others I needed help with. Both evening events were fun. I can't believe 40 years have passed so quickly. Lets do this in 5 years. I'll fly in from California for it. see you then.
Sharon Haney (Sarfeh)
Lynda Hanrahan
Posted on the 2009-07-21 at 20:00
What a wonderful weekend of connections, laughs, memories and can-you-believe-it? !!  Kudos to the planning committee, to Mr. M.C. Mike Havern and  Jack Clark and his band (in the can-you believe it category). What fun it was to see all of you and re-live those fun times of high school. I agree with Ian (see below). We have all gone our separate ways, but it sure is great to remember our roots together at GCHS. If anyone travels to Syracuse - you are welcome to contact me.
Mike Havern
Posted on the 2009-07-19 at 20:00
Nothing as eloquent as Ian's, but I also wanted to note what a special occasion it is to catch up with high school friends and acquaintances.  I enjoy college and grad school reunions, but there is nothing like high school relationships -- people who in many cases we've known since kindergarten or elementary school, with such a shared understanding of our core personalities and foibles.  How quickly they become so familiar again.  Thanks to all the organizers and attendees for making my life fuller.

Speaking of which, Joannah/Janet, I hope you'll be playing harmonica with Yesterday Today from now on.  I'll plan my next visit back for one of the band's gigs.  Jack, thanks for whipping the band into such great shape.

By the way, I forgot to mention two items in my remarks at the reunion.  The first (in conjunction with our recognition of classmates with military service) was that I was proud to attend the ceremony in Washington a few years ago where Jack Clark was promoted to Major General in the Air Force.  The second, on a sadder note, was to send condolences to Bob Yorio, whose mom passed away a week before our reunion.

Barb Merrihew Paley
Posted on the 2009-07-18 at 20:00
Maggie's on 7/10 was so much fun.  Thanks to the committee for inviting the Class of 1970.  We were well represented - 10 of us!  The evening brought a lot of laughs and poignant smiles, also many leads to people from my year.  Our committee has just started planning for our 40th next year, if you have info about people from the class of '70 would you please send it my way?  I'm spearheading the search for classmates and in charge of maintaining the roster.  If we do even half the wonderful job the 1969 committee did, we'll have a wonderful reunion as you all did.  Thanks again.
Ian Brown
Posted on the 2009-07-16 at 20:00

Dear Judi,

 I just wanted to say how nice it was to see you at the reunion. I know the kind of effort that goes into arranging such things and you and the committee are to be commended for a job well done. As it has been twenty years since my last reunion I was a little worried that I would remember no one and, even more frightening on a personal level, that no one would remember me. Admittedly, it took me awhile with faces, but as soon as I heard the voices it all came back. It's funny that voices never change, and nor do smiles.
It was so good to see friends that I had been close to in the 60s, but it was also sad to learn that some close friends that I had hoped to see could not make it. People often wonder why do reunions at all? We  all know that we can't go back in time, but that's okay. Reunions are not just about linking with specific people, because if we wanted to do that they are only a phone call or email away. Reunions are more about tradition and attending them is simply a way for each of us to say that the people of our past are important to us; all the people, not just some.
For example, I spoke with a number of people at the reunion that I barely knew in high school, but that mattered little. We relived memories of elementary school, laughing about teachers who were older than sin to us then, but who we now know must have been no more than forty. I also spoke with folk who I never knew at all, but that didn't matter either. These individuals proudly showed me photos of their cute grandchildren and I admired them as much as I would my own. One wonders just why so many people would come halfway across a country merely to spend five or six hours walking down memory lane with people whom they meet but once a decade? To me the answer is easy. We do so because the people and places of our past really are important. Having Don Gillespie tap me  on the opposite shoulder, reciting the Gettysburg address in concert with Mike Havern, reminiscing about English muffin pizza pies with Sandy Cramer, rememberingg "Night of the Living Dead" with Lester  Mackey, or reliving demerits earned in the "Army Club" with John Brittell. Where else can I go for such memories? Where else on this planet do bonds such as this exist?
Reunions are celebrations of time spent together. We have so little time in our lives and each has gone his or her separate ways, but for some reason unbeknownst to us we were all thrown together into the same mass of humanity in our youths. Each of has been impacted by those with whom we grew up, whether good or bad, and reunions are recognitions of such.  Making the effort to come together says we care about those who happened to share our past. At the same time, reunions help us form new bonds and even help guide and strengthen our future. No one can  say just where we will be ten years from now, or even if we will be here, but as long as there are reunions then we recognize that we are all in it together.
Thanks to you and to the committee overall for realizing just how  important these events are in our lives.

Andrea (Andi) Edwards
Posted on the 2009-07-13 at 20:00
Way fun evening.  Thanks so much to all of you who helped organize everything.  And, let's keep this web site active for postings of all sorts.  Thanks again.
Peter Piazza
Posted on the 2009-07-13 at 20:00

Thank you all for organizing.....it was great to see as many as possible... sorry I missed some of you ...I've been using the site to reconnect & get together soon... I'm up for a a " Mid term" mini re union in 5 yrs....just in case I'm not here in 10...lol

You can count me in on working on the committee for 5yrs... I'm not sure if you'll view that as a help or hinder... but I know we'll have a lot of laughs...


 Peter Piazza


Thomas Summer
Posted on the 2009-07-12 at 20:00
Hi All. Hope the reunion was "GROOVY". Sorry I was not able to attend. For us unfortunate people who did not make it back, how about some of you who did go please post some pictures in the photo album section here. I would love to see them. Hope to see you all at our 50th. Take care.
Dominick Falzano
Posted on the 2009-07-12 at 20:00
Judy - Don- Kathy- Cathy- Ted- Ray and a few I have not mentioned TY much for your efforts!!!!
 I enjoyed the Evening


Be Well- Keep Smilin

Suzy Munninger Seidel
Posted on the 2009-07-01 at 20:00
Where are Truax and McKenney?????
Paula (Wahrlich) Johannessen
Posted on the 2009-06-29 at 20:00
Hi, everyone!  I am so disappointed that I won't be able to make the reunion!  This event took so much planning and it sounds like a great time !  A family event is going to be taking place...same date, same time, which I can't miss!  I loved looking at the website and hopefully I'll get to view the pixs!  Happy 40th!  Paula
Sharon Mattice Walsh
Posted on the 2009-06-21 at 20:00

I hope I'm not the only one who had to get out the yearbook.  Or am I the only one who saved it in a bottom drawer.  They say the memory is the first to go, that is after the waistline.  See you at Maggie's.

Jack Clark
Posted on the 2009-06-19 at 20:00

If anyone is interested in playing along with a song or two (or singing) - please send me a note and I will get back to you and pick a song from our list. I will have an extra guitar or you can bring your own if youwant and plug in with us. We have some harmonica volunteers and a few classmate singers so far on selected songs. If you have a song you want to hear (50's - 90's) - we will try to learn it - just tell me - we will do our best with it and you can just listen and laugh if you want. If you want to solo on a song, you can use my equipment for that too.

Phyllis West Foster
Posted on the 2009-06-18 at 20:00
Looking forward to getting reacquainted with old friends and classmates, I hope we are wearing name tags!
Nancy Chiboucas Wyles
Posted on the 2009-06-17 at 20:00
   I can't believe it's been 40 years!  Major shock!  I won't be able to make it to the reunion.
    I've been retired three years.  Every day is Saturday!  I hope everone has a blast!
Carol Stauch Hudson
Posted on the 2009-06-16 at 20:00
What a fun website!  Thanks to all of you who put this reunion together.  It is great to see everyone's notes in the guest book.  As others have said "Wow, 40 years!". 

I won't be at the reunion as I will be attending a family event the weekend before and two back-to-back trips from Maine aren't going to work out.  Have a great time everyone.  Hope to see some pictures on the website from the reunion.
Joyce (Jeb) Butler Vaughn
Posted on the 2009-06-15 at 20:00
A lot has happened in 40 years. My second husband Bill and I have been married for 27 years. We are both retired, Bill was a professional Circus Clown. Yes, and can honestly say "I married a clown". I have two kids from my first marrige (Tom Phillips class of 68). I also have 3 grandchildren, Tyler 17, Kylie 14 and Marissa 11. I won't be able to make it to the reunion. I have really enjoyed this website. I hope that some of you still remember me and send me an e-mail.
Karen McCormick Glass
Posted on the 2009-06-03 at 20:00
Wow 40 years since our graduati on.  How time flies when you are having fun.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion!!  Hope everyone will give it their all to be there to celebrate.  See you there.
David Sager
Posted on the 2009-06-01 at 20:00
Wow, time gone by. Can't believe it's 40 years already. I live in Knoxville Tn. and uncertain about attending. Thanks for the phone call Ted.
Ralph Siebert
Posted on the 2009-06-01 at 20:00

Nice to know some one still cares enough to put these reunions together.
Hope all are well and happy.
I will be back in Guilderland some time in July.
I would love to see some former classmates - I will try to arrange it.

Christine Carrington (Hampele)
Posted on the 2009-05-31 at 20:00
Wow 40 years.  
Hope to see many of you Friday night.  Won't be attending Saturday's festivies. 
Peter Mahigian
Posted on the 2009-05-24 at 20:00
 Hi everyone.  Vacationing in NC at that time.  Poor timing.  Cheapest flights ruled this one.  See you all at the 50th!  Retirement is great!  
Nancy Exler Tamburello
Posted on the 2009-05-11 at 20:00
Where has the time gone?!?!  Can't wait to see everyone and catch up!
Lynda Hanrahan
Posted on the 2009-04-28 at 20:00
40?? Holy Cannoli!! And to think I used to be able to do a flying split (as in cheerleading)! Now, I only split fryers (as in cooking).
Brian Fischer
Posted on the 2009-04-20 at 20:00
Looks like I will be attending. It will be great to see everyone!
Cathy Purtell Falcone
Posted on the 2009-04-17 at 20:00
Hard to believe it's been 40 years!  Then again
Vic & I have been married 41 years!  Amazing and they said it wouldn't last!  Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Peter Piazza
Posted on the 2009-04-16 at 20:00
40 yrs ...how can that be  I'm only 39...and feel 29...can't wait to see how many other old hippies lost their hair......
Rosemary Baccari Otis
Posted on the 2009-04-15 at 20:00
I will be there! It will be nice to see everyone!
Karen Stutz Messercola
Posted on the 2009-04-12 at 20:00

Dang! We're getting old. Hard to belive after this 4oth reunion we probably won't see each other until our 50th!  Sounds ancient. See you in July.

Mike Havern
Posted on the 2009-04-10 at 20:00
See you in July.  I'll be with Don at Polito's -- I've heard it's been improved.
Ian Brown
Posted on the 2009-04-10 at 20:00
Hi everybody, I'm looking forward to the big event. I'll be coming in from Alabama, but without a banjo on my knee. I see that Jack Clark's band is up and running, just like old times. See you in July.
Dominick Falzano
Posted on the 2009-04-09 at 20:00

Not Lost- trust me - looking forward to the festivites and the company of Old Friends

Lisa (Purtell) Beretz
Posted on the 2009-04-01 at 20:00
Hi, I am looking forward to seeing everyone again.  I haven't missed one yet, and Lord willing, I will be at this one too.
God Bless! 
Cynthia Letko Christiano
Posted on the 2009-03-30 at 20:00
Sorry I can not attend the reunion.   My son is getting married on this date.    Guilderland days seem so far away.
Patricia Green
Posted on the 2009-03-28 at 20:00
40 years!  Hope to see everyone  there
Pete Zaremski
Posted on the 2009-03-26 at 20:00
Nancy (Dorland) Bonafede
Posted on the 2009-03-24 at 20:00
40 years-wow!
Stephen King
Posted on the 2009-03-24 at 20:00
Hi Gang,
  It's great to reconnect with old friends from school. I'm glad someone has the time and the wherewithall to do this. It takes a lot to organize an event and I appreciate the time and effort that the commitee puts in.