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PROFILE UPDATES


•   Sandy Harlow  9/20
•   Marion Platt  9/16
•   Chip Hall  9/1
•   Jane Vance (Nickerson)  8/4
•   Candy Creamer (Sweet)  8/4
•   Melinda Nield (Irvine)  7/27
•   Peter Tobey  7/24
•   Pamela Alt (Putney)  7/22
•   Mark Williams  7/4
•   Thomas Dapice  6/7
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WHERE WE LIVE


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1 lives in Alabama
2 live in Arizona
6 live in California
3 live in Colorado
18 live in Connecticut
1 lives in District Of Columbia
10 live in Florida
1 lives in Illinois
2 live in Indiana
1 lives in Maine
2 live in Maryland
9 live in Massachusetts
1 lives in Missouri
6 live in New Hampshire
1 lives in New Jersey
7 live in New York
9 live in North Carolina
1 lives in Oklahoma
4 live in Oregon
4 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
3 live in South Carolina
5 live in Texas
6 live in Vermont
8 live in Virginia
2 live in Washington
1 lives in British Columbia
1 lives in Nova Scotia
1 lives in Austria
2 live in France
1 lives in Switzerland
235 location unknown
42 are deceased

UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Sally Keller  10/3
•   Marion Jordan (Lay)  10/5
•   Merrie Metzger (Wiechmann)  10/8
•   Linda Barb  10/14
•   Butch Peterson  10/15
•   Bob Janis  10/16
•   Judith Puistonen (Sawyier)  10/19
•   Thayer West  10/21
•   Frederick Cullen  10/23
•   Linda Prescott  10/25
•   Janet Richmond  10/26

MISSING CLASSMATES


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NCHS CLASS OF 1966

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Dear NCHS 1966 Classmates,

It is with heartbreaking sadness and disappointment that your Reunion Committee has determined that we must postpone our long-planned and exciting NCHS Class of 1966 55th Reunion.  The already significantly reduced attendance, the recent onset of the Pandemic Delta Variant, and the extremely expensive current air-fares have left us in an untenable situation. 

Your Committee had to make this decision now, for two reasons: (1) We could not further delay the final planning for the Saturday night event at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center; and (2) a decision to postpone had to be made leaving ample time for you to recover hotel deposits and travel costs.   

Primary Issue--Fewer Attendees and Increased Per/Person Costs   

Following strong earlier enthusiasm, a large number of you have understandably decided instead not to   come, and others remain hesitant.  We started out with 86 of you expressing an interest--55 in the YES category and 31 in the MAYBE category--suggesting a probable attendance of approximately 68.  Our planning (including reserving the Stamford Museum and Nature Center Farmhouse for our Saturday evening event) was based on a range of 62-74. 

Those numbers began to decline as a result of the Pandemic, and our best estimate was subsequently reduced to 42, which would have been manageable with some compromises and an increase in our planned charge from $165 to $185.  However, the number has now fallen to 32.  That number is not manageable because of the fixed costs involved (primarily the Saturday night event). 

Suddenly, it now appears certain the number of attendees will not go back up (and more likely that it will further reduce) because of (a) the Delta Variant as noted above, and (b) the extremely high airfares for those of you flying.  With the costs going up, the reality is that fewer are likely to attend, and with fewer attending, the per/person costs will go even higher--a bad spiral that called for immediate action.      

Hotel Reservations

Each reservation at the Hilton Garden in Norwalk was guaranteed with a classmate credit card that will be charged if the reservation is not cancelled before September 16.  Follow the directions on the e-mail confirmation you received from the Hilton Garden to cancel your reservation, and you should receive another e-mail with a cancellation number. Contact the Hilton Garden at (203) 523-4000 if you need help.

Return of Reunion Deposits

For those of you who have made Reunion Deposits, Janet Richmond is preparing to return them, and you should receive them in due course.

Our Reunion Committee has worked hard on this event for well over a year.  This was a difficult decision to make.  Your Committee Members gave it very serious thought and evaluation.   We are sure you share our extreme disappointment with this outcome.  Let's hope we can meet up when things are looking better for all of us; expect us to be back in touch!

Sincerely,

Harry Day

 

Reunion Committee

Chris Carlson

Harry Day

Barry DeLapp

Sandy Harlow

Lauren Holt

Bob Janis

Marion Platt

Janet Richmond

Barbara Scott

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Jim St. Clair was a teacher and administrator at New Canaan High School from 1954-1971. He taught Latin and Greek, directed many school plays, and took over as Principal after the retirement of Harold Kenney in 1968. Jim was also active in the Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship program. Jim left New Canaan 50 years ago for his ancestral home in Nova Scotia, but many of his students vividly remember the impact he had on their lives.  

Jim passed away on 5/11/21, and his obituary noted that “His wisdom, humor and storytelling enriched the lives of many, from friends and family to students, colleagues and community members…He was also an avid naturalist who loved exploring forests, rivers and ocean beaches and worked tirelessly in the preservation of old growth forests…The boundless curiosity, commitment, thoughtfulness and joy he brought to so many for so long will be forever treasured.”

NCHS alumni from the class of 1966 and others are raising money to create a living memorial in Jim’s honor with a tree and a bench at the Bristow Sanctuary and Wildwood Preserve in New Canaan. Click here for more information. 

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We mourn the passing of Phyllis Ann Spinosa Massey. Here is a link to her obituary that was published in the New Canaan Advertiser:

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ncadvertiser/obituary.aspx?n=phyllis-massey-spinosa&pid=197904871&fhid=38117

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We will always cherish our memories of our dear classmate Susann (Rabe) Neski, who we lost in April. Suzi had a shining smile, fabulous sense of humor, and danced with verve and vitality. She was a delight to know, and as kind and thoughtful a friend as anyone could hope to have.

Suzi was the driving force behind our 20th class reunion in 1986, which was the first time we had gotten together since our 1966 graduation. She made it happen through sheer grit and determination. She was an inspiration to every member of the committee, and she was tireless and creative in those fortunately bygone days of snail mail and phone book searches. 

Everyone who knew Suzi misses her greatly, and we would like to offer our condolences to her much loved sisters and their families.  The Barranco Funeral Home in Severna Park, Maryland has created a guest book that Suzi’s friends have been using to share their memories:

https://www.barrancofuneralhome.com/guestbook/susann-neski

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"THEY CALLED NEW CANAAN HOME" BOOK EXCERPTS

Art Hahn (NCHS '63) published a book late in 2019 with profiles of 118 people who lived in New Canaan, and has kindly given us permission to post the following excerpts on our site:

  • Profiles of 1966 classmates Karen Santry, Reeves Callaway, and Janet Richmond
  • Profiles of Congregational Church minister Loring Chase, NCHS Music Director Jane Hilton, and NCHS Teacher and Administrator Jim St. Clair
  • Profiles of Paul Brooks, Matt Coyle, Blaine Leighton, Jim Lewis, V. Edgar Lind, Peggy Sherry, and Margaret Teeters 

Click HERE for links to the profiles and an alphabetical index of all profiles in the book

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JULY 2019 FUN IN SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK 

Lauren Holt, Marion Platt, Patricia Goodspeed-Grant, Bill Engelhardt, and Gary Duzinski recently enjoyed a summer weekend in Saratoga Springs, NY that included visits to the Saratoga Racetrack and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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JUNE 14-17 2019 REUNION IN STONINGTON, CT HOSTED BY MAGGY AND BOB GILBERT

For more photos from the Stonington reunion, click HERE

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MARCH 2019 SARASOTA, FL MINI-REUNION 3 MEMORIES

Marion Platt and Gary Duzinski hosted their third mini-reunion in Sarasota, Florida,  

Cathy Janis created a musical slide show of the event: https://vimeo.com/328259839

If you have trouble seeing the slide show, try copying the link into another browser, such as Mozilla/Firefox. 

Click HERE for more memories from the Sarasota weekend in March. 

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December 2018 Philadelphia Mini-reunion #3 at Longwood Gardens

Maggy Wolf Gilbert, Merrie Metzger Wiechmann, Lauren Holt, Teresa Giannio Pace, Pam Alt Putney, Linda Hartley, and Mary Lou Ensselin Barton

Click HERE for more info

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August 2018 New Hampshire Lakes Region Mini-reunion

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Click HERE for more photos

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Class Cruise Update

  • There is not enough interest in the September 2019 cruise from New York to Montreal, but Bob Janis (chateaubob@outlook.com) is looking at a number of other ideas and would be glad to hear from classmates about what they would like.  

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June 2018 Mini Reunion in Farmington CT

Merri and Eric Metzger Wiechmann hosted a recent mini reunion in Farmington.

Shown in the photo are Eric, Harry Day, Lauren Holt, Merri, Linda Hartley, and Maggy Gilbert.

Inquiring minds are beginning to wonder if the NCHS Class of 1966 ever plans to stop partying!

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April 2018 Fun in Florida

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A group of classmates gathered in Philadelphia to help Lauren Holt celebrate an important birthday!  Click HERE for more details and photos. 

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Marion Platt and Gary Duzinski hosted the second annual Florida mini-reunion at their home in Sarasota in February.  Click HERE for photos, videos, and comments. 

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