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Seniors of ‘61 Lunch at Norway Senior Center Apr 29
Change of venue … also in day of week … it was a MONDAY!
A youngster suggested that we hold a class luncheon at the Norway Senior
Citizens Center. Shirley DeBernardi told us that some other classes have
been having their lunches there (we can look old so we fake being seniors).
Seemed like a good idea, so we gave it a try. Had a great time; food was
excellent, and the volunteer staff was friendly and helpful. Thanks to Shirley
DeBernardi for the suggestion!
Attending were Marie (Flessati) and Bob Belanger, Tom Carlson, Ron
DeBernardi, Karin (Krook) Norman, John Lovato, Bert and Donna Peterson,
and Karen (Swanson) Salling.
Lunch Report - Fun & Games - Sept 20, 2018
Mike’s on Main, 11:30 … guests welcome, as usual
During our lunch we worked on a trivia question, devised by Ken and Bert. It
is a list of many nicknames of teachers and students who were in high
school at least one year that we were there (Class of 1958 through about
1964). You fill in their real names. CLICK HERE TO VIEW / PRINT LIST
Attending were: Terry and Kay Backlund, Tom Carlson, John Lovato, Lee
Meneghini, Karen (Krook) Norman, Bert Peterson.
We are thinking of having the next get-together in early December. If any of
you out-of-towners are going to be in the area before then and would like to
have a lunch or even a coffee, let Bert know, and we'll call a special one.
Record Crowd Attends Class Lunch Wed May 23
Our classmates are still so active, it’s hard to get ‘em togther!
The class luncheon on Wednesday, May 23 was held at the Big Ten in
Quinnesec. Bert reports that attendees included himself and his wife,
Donna, and Karen Salling. That’s the smallest turnout yet … Bert says he
really knows how to pick dates, and will try again, maybe in July, but won’t
pick a date too close to the holiday weekend!
Spring Fling Lunch Held at Mike’s on Main Mar 28
We’re still the “Seniors of NHS 1961”
We enjoyed conversations and friendship at our class lunch once again.
Attending were: Terry Backlund, Mickey and Judy Dapoz, Ron and Shirley
DeBernardi, Dick and Rose Mary DeRidder, Carol (Brisson) Zechlin, Bert
and Donna Peterson.
Bert distributed an updated booklet with pictures as a tribute to our
deceased classmates. Let him know if you want one mailed to you.
We discussed a number of folks who were classmates for a while and who
later dropped out or moved away. Believe it or not, the list is up to 25 names.
List is available if you want to have one.
Lunch Bunch Gathers Again Oct 25
Fall brings cool temps … and get-together brings cool people!
Thanks all for attending our lunch. We had a very good turnout and had lots
of fun. There was even a suggestion of having a class dance party this
Classmates who enjoyed our time today included Janise (Vivio) Bilski, Tom
Carlson, Ruth (Massa) Couch, John Lovato, Lee and Margie Meneghini,
Karin (Krook) Norman, Darlene (Larson) Peebles, Glen and Eeva
Peroceschi, Bert and Donna Peterson, Karen (Swanson) Salling, and
Carol (Brisson) Zechlin
We were fortunate to have guests from the years before and after us:
From 1960 -- John and Mary Kimichik
From 1962 -- Bill Dolan and Charlie Yonts
Midsummer Luncheon Wednesday July 19 at Mike’s
Feels like high school all over again … we’re still seniors!
We enjoyed another get-together at Mike’s. While chatting, we passed
around some new and old photos: a studio picture of Bonnie (Trepanier)
Gurgall, July 2017 photo of Gloria (Bergwall) Cavagnetto and her daughter
Amy from their recent visit to town, prints of some of Joe Giannunzio's
recent paintings, pictures of a play the girls were in back in elementary
school, and a few more. Attending from out-of-town were Lois (Beckstorm)
Zember, Glen Perochesci, and Joe Giannunzio. Others attending included
Terry Backlund, Darlene (Larsen) Peebles, Mickey and Judy Dapoz, Barb
(Helmer) Schultz, Karen (Krook) Norman, and Bert Peterson.
Classmates Enjoy Luncheon Thurs May 18 at Mike’s
Spring has sprung, and a bunch of our classmates got together today.
Attending today’s luncheon were: Janise (Vivio) Bilski, Tom and Colleen
Carlson, Mickey Dapoz, Ron and Shirley DeBernardi, John Lovato, Lee and
Margie Meneghini, Darlene (Larsen) Peebles, Bert and Donna Peterson,
and Karen (Swanson) Salling. We were seniors in 1961, and we still are!
Luncheon Report - 2/22/2017 - Mike’s on Main
A good time was had by all … Bert calls it “a class with class.”
We were seniors in 1961, and we’re STILL seniors. Or, maybe more
accurately, seniors AGAIN. And it’s still fun getting together with classmates
from Norway High School! 56 years later. Attendees today included Carol
(Brisson) Zechlin, Ron and Shirley DeBernardi, John Lovato (Demi's dad?)
Lee Meneghini, Micky and Judy Dapoz, Karen (Swanson) Salling, Marie
(Flessati) and Bob Belanger, Nancy (Banfield) and Luke LeBouef, Terry
Backlund, Ruth (Massa) Couch, and Bert and Donna Peterson.
Get-together at Big 10 in Quinnesec Wed Oct 5, 2016
The “lunch bunch” enjoyed another chance to swap stories, etc.
We had a great time at our lunch today. Thanks to all for attending or
sending your greetings.
Bert relayed greetings from those who could not attend. Also, thanks from
Barb (Helmer) Schultz for your thoughts, prayers, and flowers. She is doing
well, and that is certainly great news.
Good looking group below. Thanks to Shirley DeB. for taking the alternate
picture so you can see all of us in attendance. CLICK PIX TO ENLARGE
Clockwise from lower left: Shirley DeBernardi (first pic only), John Lovato,
Bert Peterson (second pic only), Donna Peterson, Carol Zechlin, Karen
Salling, Karin Norman, Janise Bilski, Marie Belanger, and Bob Belanger.
Luncheon Held At Oak Crest Wed March 30, 2016
“A class with true class!” Attended by 12 old Vikings, some spouses.
We tried a new location for our lunch adventure, and it worked out well. Oak
Crest was ready for us with good food and service (thanks, Kendra!), and it’s
certainly a place we’ll visit again. We’re including two pix, because ONE
person was missing from each (took turns with camera).
Attending, clockwise from left, were: Shirley DeBernardi (missing on right
pic, Ron DeBernardi, Lee Meneghini, Janise (Vivio) Bilski, Bert Peterson
(missing on left pic) John Lovato, Bob Belanger, Marie (Flessati) Belanger,
Terry Backlund, Kay Backlund (hidden in left pic), Judy Dapoz (hidden in left
pic), Mike Dapoz, and Carol (Brisson) Zechlin.
Click on photos to see larger view!
Knight Owl Adventure - Wednesday Jan 20, 2016
Thank you to all the classmates who braved the winter and joined us for
lunch at the Knight Owl.
And an extra thank you for your good-natured patience with the
looooooooooong waits for service. You are a class with Real Class. And
thanks to you who helped with the coffee and offered to train for a wait-staff
job. In spite of it all, we seemed to have a good time.
Ronnie shared some great pictures of deer and bear. Bert routed photos of
Joe Giannunzio's latest paintings.
We discussed the upcoming Norway125 celebration (125 Anniversary). It is
the weekend before Independence Day. We should get together then for our
55th reunion. Maybe something informal because of all the other activities
going on? Maybe a breakfast, brunch, or afternoon activity? Ideas???? And
maybe Margie Meneghini will dust off her Diamond Jubilee crown to reign
again as queen?
If you have suggestions, please share them.
Attending were: Terry Backlund, Marie (Flessati) and Bob Belanger, Ruth
(Massa) Couch, Mickey and Judy Dapoz, Ron DeBernardi, Lee and Margie
Meneghini, Darlene (Larsen) Peebles, Bert and Donna Peterson, Karen
Classes of ‘61, 62, 64 Represented Sept 10, 2015
A nice turnout of NHS grads and guests turned out at Mike’s on Main for our
Sept 10th get-together.
We’re hoping to alternate the lunches around to various other Norway
venues, like Norway Mountain (when and if they open for lunch), golf course
(doubt they are open for lunch), and perhaps the Knight Owl.
Here are the attendees in no particular order (were they out of order?).
Lois (Beckstrom) Zember '61, Ruth (Massa) Couch '61, Don Wash '61, Carol
(Brisson) Zechlin '61, Mickey '61 and Judy Dapoz, Terry Backlund '61, Karin
(Krook) Norman '61, Tom Carlson '61, Bert '61 and Donna Peterson .
Guests from other classes: Francis Wash '62, Pam (Wollum) Schram '62,
Charlie Yonts '62, Art Marcell '62, GeorgeAnn and Dan VanWolvelaere (both
'62), Janice Erickson '62, and Dick Lenes, Shirley (Morosini) DeBernardi '62,
and Jim Wash '64
December 11, 2014 Get-Together
Santa wasn’t there, but a bunch of his elves showed up!
We had a great turnout considering the time of year, and with everyone busy
with Christmas. There were thirteen of us.
Standing from left: Bert Peterson, Mike Dapoz, Judy Dapoz, John Lovato,
Carol (Brisson) Zechlin, Barb (Helmer) Schultz, Tom Carlson, and Bob
Belanger. (click photo to enlarge view)
Seated from left: Donna Peterson, Bonnie
(Trepanier) Gurgall, Marie (Flessati) Belanger,
Shirley DeBernardi, and Ron DeBernardi.
Al Carlotto sends his love to all. He stopped by before the lunch. He and
Chris have sold their hunting camp and were busy getting it ready for the
transfer of ownership.
Carol (Brisson) Zechlin mentioned our Norway museum veterans’
videotaping project and asked for ideas in helping getting some of the work
done and funded. Contact Carol with ideas or for more details.
Barb (Helmer) Schultz provided a neat picture from our elementary school
days ... it’s on our Classmates page, with urchins identified.
Oct 21, 2014 - Lunch Bunch Represented 3 Classes
We don’t have a group photo, but we can tell you who was there ...
'60 John "Kimo" and Mary Kimichik
'61 Mike and Judy Dapoz, Terry Backlund, Nancy (Banfield) and Luke
Le Bouef, Glen and Eeva Peroceschi, Darlene (Larsen) Peebles, Shirley
(Jansen) Clarke, Janise (Vivio) Bilski, Karen (Swanson) Salling, Marie
(Flessati) and Bob Belanger, and Bert and Donna Peterson
'62 Francis Wash and Charlie Yonts
Mugs, caps, shirts, and a few other items available
with NHS 1961 designs;see NOTES page via the
tab in the navigation bar, above.
See 50th Reunion AND 50+ Picnics pages for our “senior” adventures!
This site will stay online so we’ll be able to
notify you of any upcoming events, and to
post photos, etc. as we receive them..
For now, if you want to contact someone about
anything related to the NHS Class of 1961, you can
e-mail Bert ... ItalianoScallion@aol.com
For anything related to this website, contact
Kenny ... firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where it started for many
of us ... McKinley School.
It’s no longer standing, but we are!
July 17 Lunch Draws Almost 30 from
NHS Classes of 1961-62
Initial reports indicate noisy crowd, but no
We’re waiting for more information from several
eyewitnesses, but a good mix of classmates from ‘61
& ‘62 whooped it up July 17, 2014
Click the photo to enlarge the image
Back Row L-R: Bert Peterson, Mike Hewlett, Barb
(Helmer) Schultz, Frank Outcalt, Karin (Krook)
Norman, Lee Meneghini (partially hidden), Alan
Sebrechts, Terry Backlund, Dan Van Wolvelaere,
Art Marcell, Bob Belanger.
Middle Row L-R: Don Wash, Karen (Swanson)
Salling, Mary Lou (Morosini) Outcalt, Darlene
(Larson) Peebles, Francis Wash, Georgeann
(DeRidder), Van Wolveleare, Shirley (Jansen)
Clarke, Karen (Zadra) Justus, Tom Carlson.
Front Row L-R: Donna Peterson, Bonnie (Trepanier)
Gurgall, Ruth Ann (Massa) Crouch, Marie (Flessati)
Belanger, Shirley (Morosini) DeBernardi, and
(kneeling) Carol (Brisson) Zechlin.
Not Pictured: Margie (Bal) Meneghini, Charlie Yonts,
“Birthday” Picnic, July 20, 2013 (see
50+ picnics page)
More than 70 people near, at, or past 70th
birthday kick up their heels!
The Norway High School classes of 1960, 1961, and
1962 gathered at Lake Antoine for an afternoon and
evening of conversation, food, music, laughs, and
surprises. About eighty people attended, and it was
a most enjoyable adventure. If you’d suggested to
any of us fifty plus years ago that we’d have this
much fun at a picnic in 2013, I don’t think any of us
would have believed it for a minute. But it
happened, and it was great!
Here’s a taste of what you
missed ... “Old Time Rock
and Roll!” You could call
this “Art in the Park!”
Click photo to enlarge ...
CLICK HERE TO SEE
Also see “Center Field”
part 1 part 2
Thanks to Sue C for
It was a real treat to see not only our own
classmates, but friends from the other classes who
shared our NHS years. Hope this starts a trend
toward multi-year gatherings!
More info & photos on the “50+ Picnics” page ...
click button in top bar.
To all who attended, it was great to see you! To
Darlene and others who helped make this picnic
happen, THANK YOU!!!