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St. Johnsville Central School All-Alumni Reunion attendees share dinner at Knights Inn, Little Falls, Saturday.

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Bernadette Peet, member of the Class of 1964, speaks during Saturday's All-Alumni Reunion.

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St. Johnsvlle Central School alumni sing the school's Alma-Mater Saturday.

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The 50 year class, the Class of 1964, was honored during Saturday's All-Alumni reunion. 
Kneeling, James Lasher and William Warner.
First row, from left, Sharon Loccia Flanders, Carol Mancini Burkhart, Carol Richard Pedro, Jeanette Cretser, Evan Boyatsis (class of 1964 advisor), Carol Boyatsis, Thomas Croce (retired science teacher).
Second row, from left, Leonard LaPorta, Marion Burkdorf Fodor, Constance Rackmyer Nolly, Bernadette Winkleman Peet, Molly Nusom Balderston, Ellen Jane Haney Whitehead, Gail Montgomery, Lucille Arduini Compton, Sharon Babuska Fuller, Eleanor Weaver.
Back row, from left, Cynthia Lipschultz Fitzgibbons, George Matis, Douglas Beard, Richard Thompson, William Forster, Joseph Papa, Frank Bussone.

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St. Johnsville Central School All-Alumni hold 20th reunion

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - Updated: 9:56 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

LITTLE FALLS -- The 20th annual St. Johnsville Central School All-Alumni Reunion was held on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Knights Inn, Little Falls. The 114 in attendance this year honored the 25 year class, the Class of 1989; and the 50 year class, the Class of 1964.

There were numerous speakers during Saturday's event, including members of the 50-year class Eleanor Weaver and Bernadette Peet.

"I can't remember what I had for lunch, but I have so many vivid memories of my school days. We were all touched by so many personalities," said Peet at the outset of her humorous speech, during which she named numerous memorable classmates.

One boy, she said, "gave many of us our first kisses long before we should've been kissed." She also recalled a boy with freckles and another who was so shy his "face would turn red no matter what we said to him," and yet another that was widely crushed-upon. 

To prove this, she asked anybody who had a crush on the boy to stand up.

About half the women in the room immediately rose to laughter and applause.

She also joked about how, in her "stalker"-like search for a classmate she wanted to invite to the event, she nearly tackled a man in a department store, mistakenly thinking he was the man she was seeking.

Dawn Lamphere also delivered a speech, wherein she read from a school journal kept by Mamie Bates, of St. Johnsville's Class of 1895.

The preface of the journal, explained Lamphere, read, "kept for the purpose of keeping a lasting account of the affairs of the St. Johnsville High School during the time the student attends school. It is very useful to the keeper, as it is almost impossible for a person to remember all the details of school and this (the journal) may be kept as a reference book."

Prior to Saturday's event, Lamphere read through the book and, using selections. broke her speech down into subjects, including: the opening of school, planning, grades and attendance, deportment and school rules.

Lamphere concluded by stating, "Mamie Bates graduated in 1895, and while it was a time of different clothes and hairstyles, policies and practices, there is much to be learned from this school girl's observations."

"I would conclude with this final thought from her account; as useful today as it was almost 20 years ago when Mamie, in quoting a professor, wrote, 'Do the right thing, at the right time, in the right place and in the right way.'"

Lamphere noted, after the event, "As an aside, as a graduate of Fort Plain, Class of 1974, I consider it a great honor to be an 'adopted' daughter of St. Johnsville to the point of being asked to speak at their alumni gathering."

The evening's meeting, which was held after dinner, also contained a salute to military and a memorial for deceased district members.

The first St. Johnsville All Alumni reunion was held at the Crystal Chandelier, located outside Herkimer, though the event was moved to the Knights' Inn about a decade ago, and it's been held there ever since.

It was noted that planning for the next event, which will take place on Aug. 1, 2015, will begin this fall, when an all-alumni meeting will be held to go over this year's event with the goal of perfecting the next.

     

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