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Class reunion a trip down memory lane

The 55th reunion of the Brocton Central School Class of 1966 was Aug. 27 to 29. Activities kicked off on Friday with an impromptu gathering of a small group in the afternoon at 21 Brix in Portland and continued with additional class members in the evening at 64 on the Rocks in Fredonia, Classmates chatted and reminisced enjoying each other’s company on a beautiful summer’s evening.

On Saturday a delicious dinner catered by Fred’s was held at the Beaver Club in Fredonia arranged by Class President Jim Christy. Herb Janes, who traveled the farthest, emceed the evening and led a discussion on the topic of “then and now” in school and education with input from classmates.

Former Vietnam Veterans Jerry Carr and Dick Travis in attendance were recognized.

Each place setting had a copy of a sketch of the high school’s entrance way illustrated by John Burdic, and a framed copy of “The Castle” drawn by the late Rick Willey both graduates of BCS. A note card with a sketch of the Ahira Hall Memorial Library in Brocton drawn by another BCS graduate, Jane E. Nelson, was also given to each classmate.

On display was a book, “Marmaduke at 50,” written and illustrated by famous BCS graduate, the late Brad Anderson. These items were a reflection of the past. A table was set up with roses and candles in memory of deceased classmates.

Many photo and memory albums provided by Janie Raynor, reunion organizer, were on display to relive days gone by. Several cards were signed and sent to class members unable to attend due to health issues. The class was honored to have their former teacher, Jack Glenzer, attend dinner and share his wit and wisdom.

On Sunday deceased classmates were remembered at a mass at St. Dominic’s church in Brocton and a service at the Portland Congregational church. BCS class members and guests finalized their 55th Reunion at a breakfast at Domus Fare in Fredonia where they enjoyed excellent food and service provided by BCS graduate and owner, Dennis Colt.

The Class of 1966 treasures all of the memories and times we have shared together. The tradition of having a reunion every five years will be continued as plans for a 60th celebration will be made as the importance of friendships and the blessing of good health is realized.

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