Hadley-Luzerne Alumni Newsletter
Volume 9 - 2005

2005 Alumni Banquet

The 2005 Banquet will be held at the Hadley-Luzerne Central School campus located on Lake Avenue, Lake Luzerne, NY. The Class of 1955 will be celebrating their 50-year anniversary. Other classes to be recognized are those who graduated in years ending in “0" and “5". The date is Saturday, October 8. This is a catered sit-down dinner complete with hor d’oeuvres and choice of dessert. The front door of the school will be open at 11:00 a.m., with hor d’oeuvres served at 12:00 Noon and dinner at 1:00 p.m. Reservations must be RECEIVED by September 22, 2005.

A brief word about holding this year's banquet at the school. The reasons for this change of venue/date/time are three-fold. One is to enable many alumni to see the wonderful “Hallowed Hall” we have worked so hard to complete. Yes, it is completed at last!!!!! Your dues, as well as any profit from the banquets have gone toward this display. Several classes/alumni have donated monies in memory of fellow classmates/teachers. The Association is proud of the achievement of this Hallowed Hall and sincerely hopes that you will enjoy the opportunity to see it for yourselves. Thanks to all of you for supporting us in this endeavor.. We are sure you will think the time and effort was well worth it.

The second reason is to allow alumni to see the many changes that have taken place in the District over the past 20+ years. You will have the opportunity to eat in the renovated Cafeteria (which will be decorated a propos the occasion, complete with round tables), see the “new” Media Center, as well as the George Doherty Gymnasium at the Lake Avenue school. Anyone who is interested in having a tour of the Middle School with its many renovations/additions must let us know when sending in your reservations. This will give us time to secure a “tour guide.” You would meet your “guide” at the Middle School on Hyland Drive at 11:15 a.m.

And thirdly, the reason for the time change is to give you a chance to get out and take part in some of the activities in the area. The Lake Luzerne Fall Festival is being held the weekend of October 7-9. They have some fun things planned and hopefully you can catch some of them. There will be a craft show at the Park across from the Main School on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. An Octoberfest will be held Saturday evening at the Lake Luzerne Community Center from 6-10 p.m.

Cruises on Lake George are still going out. What a wonderful opportunity to see the glorious fall foliage from the lake! If you are interested in taking a cruise - with your partner or perhaps your class, information is available by calling 1-800-533-BOAT or at www.lakegeorgesteamboat.com.

The banquet is for all alumni - not just those celebrating anniversary years. Special emphasis is placed on anniversary years, but all classes are invited and encouraged to attend. As in the past, tables are designated for anniversary year classes - look for your table!

The Alumni Association gave a $350 scholarship to a 2004 graduating senior and will give out another scholarship to a 2005 graduate this year. We are pleased to be able to encourage our students to continue their education.

Alumni Web Page
Hadley-Luzerne Central School Alumni Web Page/guest book site – Check us out at www.HLCSAlumni.org . We are continuing to get "hits" on this site and it has served as a means to update some of our addresses.

Annual Meeting will be held at the Banquet!
The election of one trustee is due at this meeting.

Attention Musically Talented Alumni
If any of you are interested in sharing your talent (singing, playing an instrument – no piano available!!) and providing some “live” entertainment at this year’s banquet, please let us know, with your reservation, what you want to do and the approximate duration and you can take "center stage."

Necrology of Hadley-Luzerne Central School Graduates/Faculty
Audrey Harpp White (35), Galen Weiss, Frank Marciano, Thomas Fitzgerald (69), Kent Hughes (92), Elsie Dean O’Dell, George Cranston, Malcolm Rist, Minnie Brannon Madison, Robert White, Sr., Blanche Ovitt Cowles, Sarah Fuller White, Della Fortner Cook (79), Dorothy Johnson Crandall, Laurel Johnson (faculty), Ethel Boulton Ives (27), Genevieve White Goodnow, Joseph Sichia, Frances White LaPier, Ann Flanigan Centerbar (50), Bernard Lillibrdige, George Tucker, Henry Howe (99), Lillian Bourdeau Sraight, Lee Eldridge, Michael Randall, Arthur Pratt, Mickey Shiel, Marion Naatz Tubbs (36), Barbara Ryan Stickney, Henrietta Bunzey Orthmann, Daryl White.

Moving ?
You can call (518) 696-3320 or (518) 696-3729, or e-mail us on the Alumni site, or write a note to Carol Nelson, 4 Varney Street, Hadley, NY 12835 or Nancyann Rayder, 305 Hadley Road, Hadley, NY 12835.

What is Love?
This is what children between the ages of 4-8 thought love was: “My grandmother got arthritis and she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails so my grandfather does if for her, even though he has arthritis too!” “Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” “Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” “When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” (Remember when it was like that??) “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” “Love is what makes you smile when you are tired.” And how about this one from a 6-year old? “If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate!”

Notes from Anniversary Class Alumni
1950 - Shirley Brophy White - It’s been 55 years since graduation. I have been blessed for all those 55 years!

1965 - Nancyann Bormann Rayder - WOW! 40 years! Can that really be possible??? So much has happened over those forty years - some good and and some bad. But the memories of HL still linger. After working as the HL Superintendent’s Secretary for 17 years I am now retired and enjoying it immensely, as well as my two granddaughters. I would certainly like to see my former classmates and catch up on where you are in your lives. I know many of you live locally, but please don’t use that as an excuse to stay away. Too often we only see each other on sad occasions. Let’s make an effort to get together and celebrate our fortieth reunion from HLCS at HLCS! Hope to see you on October 8.

1970 - Carol Sutliff Nelson -35 years – it can’t be, can it?! The years seem to be ticking away at a much faster pace these days – we must be getting OLDER. We’ve had some really good times with a lot of laughs and recalled memories at our 25th and 30th alumni banquets and I only hope to see a lot more of us in attendance for our 35th. Let’s not let the years slip away without reconnecting again. I’m sure we all have stories to tell of our lives after graduation. My e-mail is nelson@thebix.net and my phone number is (518) 696-3729. Let me know if there is anything else we all might like to do the weekend of the banquet or of any news you might have for us. Take care and hope to see you on October 8 at HLCS!

1975 - Kim Denton Thomas -It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since graduating from Hadley-Luzerne! How time flies by and in that 30 years how things have changed. It’s amazing how when graduating from high school you promise your closest friends that you will never lose touch with each other. Unfortunately, life after graduation happens and I’ve lost contact with so many of my friends with now only a passing e-mail from time to time. Even with the passage of time, memories of attending Hadley-Luzerne still exist. I still remember my first grade teacher, Mary Lou Hayes and how gentle she was when she noticed I had the measles and called for a bus to take me home. Sixth grade graduation was always a big event back then and it meant dressing up almost like you were going out to a prom! Entering high school was a big deal, having your very own locker and learning how to manipulate and figure out those darn combinations and praying that when you opened the top door that books didn’t fall out on your head, remembering your class schedule and trying to be in the front of the lunch line! I distinctly recall Mr. Manley in Math class reminding George Sutliff that “Division by 0 is impossible!” and always questioning why Mr. Clark assigned books to read that I did not understand and all the friends I came to know and cherish. Above all, I remember the dances on Friday night, Junior Prom, the sixth-grade play with Mr. Racette (Debbie’s Diary), the senior trip to Washington D.C., and the mass construction we had to drive through while there. Wouldn’t it be nice to go back 30 years? And now as I reflect on my years at H-L, I find that with the passing of time more memories have been created. I have settled into living in Stony Creek. (I used to call it the ‘boonies’) and have been married to Tom Thomas (Class of ’76) for 28 years. We have a son, Paul (Class of ’99) and a beautiful granddaughter, Desiree (she calls me “Grannie”) who turned 5 last December. We do a lot of family activities and keep busy with daily life. I still find time to reflect on many of the activities, classes, teachers and friends that I left behind at H-L. I have high regards for every aspect of attending and graduating from Hadley-Luzerne. With the continuing passing of time I hope that for generations to come others experience the same.

1980 – Jill Kitsos Freeman -After college I moved away from the area for a few years, but I am back in Lake Luzerne with my family. I have a 23-year old daughter attending SUNY Oswego, and 16-year old twin boys attending HLCS. I feel that the Hadley-Luzerne area is a good place to raise children and am actively involved in the community. I am currently running the Hadley Agway store, working as an electrical contractor, and giving horse and buggy rides! I am very satisfied living in the Adirondacks – it’s a great place to live!