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•   Diana Russ (Harmon)  12/17
•   Carol Ingerman (Robinson)  11/5
•   Jane Taylor (Cook)  11/2
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•   Anne Ramee (Bennett)  8/12
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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Diana Russ (Harmon)  1/23
•   Richard Ross  1/24
•   Pat Kaveny (Gullord)  1/26
•   Donna Lake (Wright)  1/26
•   Jane Roberts (Borrelli)  1/27
•   Leroy Wilkinson  1/28
•   Jane Taylor (Cook)  1/29
•   John Taylor  1/29
•   Diana Crane (Harris)  1/30
•   Pete Morrison  1/31
•   Gene Mazzola  2/2
•   Barbara Cross (Gachot)  2/4
•   Carl Heineck, MHS '59  2/4
•   Jane Hall (Manning)  2/5
•   Mildred Ferrara (Scola)  2/9
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW


MISSING CLASSMATES


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WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

8 live in Arizona
19 live in California
4 live in Colorado
13 live in Connecticut
2 live in District Of Columbia
32 live in Florida
10 live in Georgia
1 lives in Hawaii
2 live in Idaho
1 lives in Illinois
1 lives in Kansas
4 live in Maine
7 live in Maryland
13 live in Massachusetts
2 live in Michigan
1 lives in Missouri
2 live in Nebraska
2 live in Nevada
4 live in New Hampshire
95 live in New Jersey
1 lives in New Mexico
19 live in New York
9 live in North Carolina
4 live in Ohio
3 live in Oregon
13 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
11 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
1 lives in Tennessee
4 live in Texas
2 live in Utah
1 lives in Vermont
1 lives in Virgin Islands
7 live in Virginia
2 live in Washington
1 lives in West Virginia
1 lives in Ontario
2 live in Norway
1 lives in Spain
1 lives in United Kingdom
57 location unknown
80 are deceased

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Reunion in 2020?

Some classmates are begining to think about a 60th (!) reunion in 2020!  There is a survey posted on this website where you can let us know your thoughts about attending.  It takes only a few minutes. We hope to hear from as many classmates as possible so we'll have an idea about how to move forward. If you've already completed the survey, THANK YOU!  If you haven't, just click on "2020 Reunion Survey" -- 3rd item from the top in the blue sidebar on this page.  MANY THANKS!

 

Welcome to the MHS '60 Website!

January 1, 2019

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

We welcome 2019 with lots of good wishes.

I hope the days ahead bring you moments of delight, bursts of energy, good health, soothing comfort, courage to deal with ills and sorrows, pride in our country, warm ties to friends and family, and the promise of new things to see, do, and learn every day. 

 

What are your wishes for the New Year?

Send your New Year wishes to the whole class.  It's easy.

1. Go to the "What's New" page near the top of the blue margin on the left side of this page (4th item from the top).

2. Look for the gray box on the top that says "Post a Comment to the Class."

3. Write your message in the box that says "Share Your Thoughts with Classmates."

4. If you like, include a photo or video. (That would be great!)

5. Click on the blue "Post Message" box.

 

 

A verse for the New Year from Brad Stark.

When I was seventeen, it was a very good year.

A lifetime ahead with little to fear.

Now at seventy-six, winter draws near.

 

Despite two hospital stays, life is good nowadays.

After fifty-three years, Mar-Mar’s still a dear.

The grandkids bring cheer, and the golf course is near.

 

Let’s think of life as fine vintage wine

That even in strife tastes bright and fine.

 

Happy New Year!  Brad

 

We start the new year with a clean page!  So I've moved a few things around --

If you're looking for Jack Brigham's and Ralph Davidson's genealogy stories, just click on "Genealogy" in the blue sidebar on the left. If you have your own genealogy stories to offer, I'll be glad to add them any time.

I moved David Appleton's story about being a Good Humor Man to "Stories from My Past," also in the blue sidebar to the left. Since we are all about 76 years old, there must be a lot of good stories from our past out there, just waiting to be told. THIS JUST IN: David has just sent a New Year's Eve story, Patsy's and the Allure of New York: Bringing in the '60s  which you can also find in the "Stories from My Past" section.  David says, "I'm thinking of all our classmates ploughing forth into the New Year and wishing them well.  I'd like to share with them my memory of Bringing in the '60s.  I hope you all find it amusing.  I do, thankfully many decades removed from this experience."   If you have your own stories to share, please send them to me (Linda), and I will add them to the site.

If you'd like to write a memoir about a family member or friend, there's a link to a "Family and Friends Memoirs" section, also in the blue sidebar. Brad Stark's memoir of his father is in that space. Please feel free to write about someone important to you.

Now that we have a clean page, there's plenty of room for new contributions from you!

 

Reunion Survey for 60th Reunion in 2020

33 classmates have responded to our Reunion Survey. (If you haven't returned the survey yet, click on "2020 Reunion Survey" -- the 3rd item from the top in the blue sidebar on this page.) 

Here's a brief summary of what we have learned so far. Please feel free to respond with comments or more ideas about what kind of reunion you would like to have. (Email Linda.andre@verizon.net or use the "Post a Comment to the Class" on the "What's New" page described above.) 

1. Of the 33 responders, 27 said they would "absolutely" or "probably" attend a reunion.  However, many classmates have not responded to the survey. Does this mean most classmates are not interested in a reunion? Or ambivalent? If so, should we rethink the way we have always done reunions? For example, should we "downsize" and have a dinner at a private room in a restaurant instead of renting a hall with a DJ? Join forces with another MHS class? 

2. Classmates who said they would not attend explained that they did not want to travel because of health or financial issues, or because they didn't like high school very much. Some preferred to "let the past stay in the past."

3. Spring and Fall were the preferred times of year for a reunion.

4. A weekend or long weekend was preferable to mid-week.

5. Most said they would attend both daytime and evening events although some said they would attend evenings only.

6. Most said they would be able to drive to events (day or night) although some indicated that they would be more interested in excursions to places outside of Montclair if they did not have to drive. Can local classmates suggest some interesting places to visit? 

7. The great majority favored casual, informal, events with open seating and opportunities to mingle and roam. (Many people mentioned the wonderful atmosphere at our Friday night gatherings at Warren's house.) Again, can local classmates suggest suitable places for daytime gatherings?

 

More individual comments from various classmates:

Offer a FaceTime Virtual reunion with people who can't make the trip.

Hold the reunion dinner at a hotel location so people don't have to drive somewhere else.

Keep the price low so that everyone feels welcome.

How about having some programing on Sat. night (at dinner or cocktail party) that would mold us into a group rather than individual islands of "old" high school friends? Ice-breaking activities that would highlight individual personalities, experiences, and interest and get us moving around? One reward that I took away from previous reunions was meeting classmates with whom I had only a nodding relationship with in High School. I would like to have such opportunities repeated. We need activities to mix us up and introduce unexpected common threads.

I vote for no loud music that makes conversation during the greeting period or dinner an insurmountable challenge. 

A balance between non-program time and group togetherness would work for me.

A visit to the High School on a Friday if that could be arranged. Perhaps ask if small numbers of us could observe a class to see how technology is used in classrooms today? Or perhaps we could use a high school classroom for interesting discussions among ourselves? We have a lot of money in our class account. Should we think about contributing to the High School's Scholarship fund?

 

Offers to help: We have quite a few people who have offered to help by phoning,  emailing, texting, sending postcards to classmates, or helping in other ways to spread the word about reunion and encourage classmates to come. They are: Don Lefelar, Rick Boschen, Donna Lake  Wright, Paul Doran, Gene Mazzola, Barry Hampton, Christie Calder Salomon, Rob Rutan, Michael Pecherer, and Susan Becker Knight.

 

However, at this point we do not have any information for them to disseminate! In order to have a reunion, we need to have a group of planners who could make some decisions about when and where it will be, and what kind of activities we would like to have. For most of our reunions, a group of Montclair area classmates met togther to enjoy each other's company and plan an engaging reunion weekend. Last time, there were no physical meetings -- everything was discussed and decided by email between committee members across the country.

The software system that operates this website (ClassCreators.com) also offers very straightforward FREE online systems for Event Planning (posting information, registration, taking payments, making nametags, etc.) This might be an option for classmates who would like to help and are comfortable with the computer. 

So far, three classmates have offered to help with some aspects of reunion planning, but we clearly need more help to make a reunion happen.

Warren Ross has again offered to host a Friday night gathering at his Montclair house and reserve the golf course. Thank you Warren!

Barbara Mansell Ramsay, who served as treasurer on previous reunion committees has offered to help again. Thank you Barbara!

Delores Morton Munford has offered to help organize the reunion. Thank you Delores!

 

Bounced emails

Thirteen emails bounced after our most recent MHS '60 Update. If you have correct email addresses for any of these classmates, please let me know. (Linda.andre@verizon.net).

Elizabeth Mackenzie Martinez

Arnold Fox

Teddy Africano

Robert Tyson

Mary Beth Nevins

Sam Gugliotta

Heidi Fry Edelman

Joan Malone Decker

Dave Herbert

Connie Donatello Todd

Frank Pisano

Antonia Ballare

Lucille Buldo

 

That's it for  now.  HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

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Are you looking for old reunion photos?  You can still see all of them in the "Photo Gallery" section of this website. 

Click on "Photo Gallery" in the blue sidebar directly under "Home Page."  You'll come to a long list of "galleries."  Scroll all the way down until you see a lot of square pictures with paperclips in the corner.  The 2016 reunion photos are organized in two groups.  The 1st "gallery" is called "2016 Reunion - Friday."   The 2nd gallery is called "2016 Reunion - Saturday." 

Each photo gallery has up to 12 photos per page, and there may be several pages in a gallery, so be sure not to miss any. If you need help telling who's who, just hold your mouse over the photo and a caption should appear. Click on the photo if you want to enlarge it.

 

Do you have any reunion (or other) photos to share?  We welcome them all. If you want to post them yourself, click on the place at the bottom of any gallery page where is says, "Create Your Own Photo Gallery here. You should see instructions that tell you how to upload your own photos.

Don't like your picture?  If you would like me to remove a photo, just let me know which one, and I'll be happy to take it off the website. (Linda.andre@verizon.net)

If you'd like me to upload your photos, that is fine. Just send them  to me and I will be happy to post them on the website  for you. (Linda.andre@verizon.net) 

What would you like to tell your classmates about reunion weekend? Send me your stories, thoughts, memories, and I will post them here.

 

 

This is a "mini-notebook" that we gave out at the reunion so that everyone would have a place to jot down a name, address, or email address during the evening. It is about 3-3/8 by 4-1/4 inches and fits easily into a pocket.  There are lined pages inside. We have about 24 left over. If you would like one, let me know and I will send it to you using our leftover stamps. Be sure to send me your correct address!

 

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SENIOR YEARBOOK PICTURES

We now have all the pages of our senior yearbook pictures posted on this website, thanks to Gene Mazzola, who brought me his yearbook to be scanned  To see them all, just go to the blue sidebar on the left side of this page and click on Senior Yearbook Photos. Many thanks to John Sproston for initiating this project, and to Gene and Chris Graber for providing pages.

 

Would you like to find out whether other classmates share your special interests or activities? For example, I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) to adult students and would love to find out whether any other classmates do the same. Let me know if you have special interests that you would like me to publicize on this website.

 

HOW TO SEND MESSAGES THROUGH THIS WEBSITE

We'd like to hear from you!

If you'd like to send a message to the whole class:

1. Go to the "What's New" page at the very top of the blue margin on the left side of this page.

2. Look for the gray box on the top that says "Post a Comment to the Class."

3. Write your message in the box that says "Share Your Thoughts with Classmates."

4. Include a photo or video if you like (that would be great!)

5. Click on the blue "Post Message" box.

 

If you'd like to send a private message to a Classmate:

1.Go to the classmate's profile page.  (Click on "Classmate Profiles" near the top of the left-hand blue margin on this page.)

2. Click on the envelope icon directly under the photo box where it says "Send [classmate's name] a private message." 

3. When you get to the message screen, type in your subject and message in the boxes.

4. Click the blue "Send private message" box.  That's all you have to do!  It's easy!

 

Guest Members on this website

It is now possible for a member of another MHS class to join our website as a "Guest Member."  Guest Members will be able to have their own profile page and they will be able to send and receive messages through the site. They will be able to remain guest members as long as they do not harass any class member or post objectionable material. If a member of another MHS class wishes to become a Guest Member, he/she should contact me directly to request guest membership and I will enter his or her information in the site's database and provide information about how to sign up. Nobody will be able to join the site without going through that process. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. (Linda.andre@verizon.net)