Hadley-Luzerne Alumni Newsletter
Volume 11 - 2007

2007 Alumni Banquet

2007 Alumni Banquet: The 2007 Banquet will be held at 1000 Acres Ranch Resort. The Class of 1957 will be celebrating their 50-year anniversary. Other classes to be recognized are those who graduated in years ending in “2" and “7". The date is Saturday, June 16, 2007. Reservations must be RECEIVED by June 1, 2007. Click here for the Banquet Reservation form. After June 1st, please contact Carol Nelson (518) 696-3729 for ticket availability. The sit-down dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres at 5:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will consist of Shrimp cocktail, a fresh vegetable tray, and a variety of Chicken wings. The dinner, served by professional waitstaff, will consist of the main entree (Your pre-selected choice of King Cut Prime Rib or Chicken Cordon Bleu or Tilapia or Vegetarian), plus home made soup, "starch", rolls, coffee (or tea), and dessert. This year we are offering an all-day event for those who are interested. 1000 Acres has graciously opened its facilities for alumni use during the entire day Saturday, June 16. The $35 per person cost includes the dinner as well as the following amenities: a heated outdoor pool, a heated indoor pool with Jacuzzi, tennis, hiking trails, playground, shuffleboard, bocci ball, badminton, table games, and giant satellite color TV. Horseback riding may be available (Extra charge applies, payable at 1000 Acres). Golf will be available (Extra charge applies, payable at the Club House). PLEASE INDICATE ON YOUR RESERVATION IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GOLFING. Ed and Colleen (Wright) Pike will be at the Club House at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16. 1000 Acres has also offered a special rate for those who wish to spend the night(s). The cost is $99 per couple, per night (plus applicable taxes and gratuity). This price includes a full country breakfast. If you are interested please call 1-800-458-7311 or they can be reached on the internet at www.1000acres.com. PLEASE BE SURE TO MENTION THAT YOU ARE ATTENDING THE HL ALUMNI BANQUET TO RECEIVE THE SPECIAL RATE.

ID: If you choose to arrive early at 1000 Acres Ranch, please go to the registration desk where there will be a sign-up sheet for HL Alumni. If you are going to the Golf Course first, just mention that you are with the HL Alumni group to receive your special golf rate. You will be able to pick up your envelope containing your dinner reservations and seating designation beginning at 4:00 p.m. (at the Ranch’s main dining area).

50-50 Winner
Jerry Ellis won the 50-50 raffle ($145.00) at last year’s banquet.

Gift Baskets
HL holds an annual Christmas Bazaar each year. This past year (12/06) we had a table where we raffled off four gift baskets. The winners were: Brianna Dalaba (Golf Basket), Geneva Johnson Ayala (Adirondack Basket), Holly Fisk (Children’s Basket), and Vivian York Thompson (Kitchen Basket).

We are still seeking recipes to incorporate into an Alumni cookbook. We received a number of recipes, but not enough to print a cookbook. For those of you who did send in recipes – thank you! For those who have not, please take a few minutes and do so. We would encourage ALL of you, not just the women – men are good cooks too! – to send us several (the more the better) recipes. Be sure to put your full name (maiden), and date of graduation so that when they are printed in the cookbook, the sight of your name will “stir” up old memories! You can send them via snail mail to Nancyann Rayder, President, HL Alumni Association, 305 Hadley Road, Hadley, NY 12835 or via e-mail, either to our website (Look on the home page in the "ETC" box) or myself (Nancyann Rayder) at nbr501@yahoo.com . REMEMBER IF WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH RECIPES WE CAN’T DO THE COOKBOOK SO PLEASE HELP US OUT!

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. A big thank you goes to David Cranston for all his efforts in developing this site and keeping it updated.

This is a continued plea. We need your help in finding addresses for alumni, PLEASE, if you move, let us know your new address. You can call (518) 696-3320 or (518) 696-3729, e-mail us on the Alumni site (Look on the home page in the "ETC" box) or drop a line to Carol Nelson, 4 Varney Street, Hadley, NY 12835 or Nancyann Rayder, 305 Hadley Road, Hadley, NY 12835. We are gathering e-mail addresses as well as this will save us postage when we do our mailings. We do not give out e-mail addresses, using a blind carbon copy when we do bulk mailings. The only exception is when a class reunion organizer is looking for addresses. If you do not want to share yours, please let us know. Many of our alumni are local and because of this we do not always have accurate and complete mailing addresses. Even small post offices can be VERY FUSSY and when we send out bulk mailings we do not get address corrections back. You can help us out here as well – be specific – it’s not good enough to say “he lives on Antone Mt. Road”. Corinth will not deliver just to Antone Mt. Road. We need a number!

Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting will be held at the Banquet: There will be an election for the slate of officers for three-year terms (2007-2010). The current officers are: President (Nancyann Bormann Rayder), Vice President (David Cranston), Secretary (Susan Goodness Monica) and Treasurer (Carol Sutliff Nelson). It is also necessary to elect one director for the expired term of Sally Gensel Deuel (2004-2007) This is a three year position.

Necrology of Hadley-Luzerne Central School Graduates/Faculty: Jacqueline Bates Matte (55), Robert Evens (38), Donald Jenkins (55), William Duell (52), Gilbert Bosford, Timothy (Paul) Shattuck, Patricia Graulich Baugh (72), Julia Gilbert Bovee, Wayne Hawk (42), Florence Evens Mason (46), Lawrence Hull (63), Mary Pensel (Business Teacher), James Sterns, and Thomas Sterns

And the Survey said...
Last year we included a survey with the newsletter. Many of you took the time to fill it out and return it. We offered a free dinner to one lucky person who submitted the survey. The winner was Ed Lindsey (FL) Congratulations Ed, and thank you to all those others who completed and returned their surveys. Here are the results from the responses we received:

Have you ever attended an Alumni Banquet?
  Yes – 58 No - 11

What is the best month to hold the Banquet?
  June - 12 July – 2 August – 7
  Sept – 8 Oct – 30 No Preference - 12

What is the best time of day to hold the Banquet?
  Lunch – 6 Dinner - 59

Are hors d’oeuvres important?
  Yes – 20 No - 42

Is having a DJ important?
  Yes – 30 No - 29

We chose to go with a June date for the banquet in spite of the survey as attendance over the last two years (held in October) has been down. We’ll see what 2007 brings!

Graduation Speakers
Just a reminder that the District is seeking alumni who would be willing to speak at Graduation. In 2005 and 2006 former graduates were the featured speakers at the ceremony. If you are interested or know someone who you think would be a good speaker at graduation let us know. PLEASE, check with them first! Name, year of graduation, present occupation, brief resume, etc. need to be included. They can be sent directly to the school at Hadley-Luzerne Central School, c/o HS Principal, PO Box 200, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846-0200, or you can e-mail a candidate’s name and address to bakerb@hlcs.org. There is a panel of several people on the selection committee. The speaker for 2005 was Gary Shumway and the speaker for 2006 was Renee Cartier. The planned speaker this year will be Roger Wood.

Train Ride Anyone? The Upper Hudson River Railroad (now the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad) will be running the weekend of the banquet. It will leave North Creek at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16 and return at 5:15 p.m. (Note from the webmaster: A Saturday train is being verified. We've had conflicting reports the train will NOT operate on Saturday June 16th. Watch this space for new information as it becomes available. Thank you. DWC April 8, 2007) It will be making stops at both 1000 Acres and Hadley. You will be able to board and/or exit the train at any of the stops. I rode the “Christmas Special” that ran from Hadley to 1000 Acres and back, just prior to Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed myself. There will be a Father’s Day Special (all fathers ride free) on Sunday, June 17, leaving North Creek for Riparius at 2:00 p.m. For specific information regarding times and prices, you can call (518) 251-5334.

Thank you, Mrs. Pensel!
We received this letter from Edna Smith Bowers: “Recently my favorite teacher passed away. Her name was Mrs. Pensel and she was a great inspiration to me. She once told me I could do anything I set my mind to and that she had faith in me to follow my dreams. I missed her greatly when I graduated (68) and I remembered her words when I became the school secretary at Schroon Lake Central. But I especially remembered her praises on the day I applied for the position of Business Office Manager at the Ticonderoga Campus of the North Country Community College. On this particular job interview, I decided to wear my Gregg Shorthand pin that Mrs. Pensel had honored me with. Even though I can’t remember much of the symbols from shorthand, my future boss asked about the pin and its significance. I was proud to say I was a graduate of Hadley-Luzerne Central and that Mrs. Pensel was one of the reasons I had gone into this field. I saw her once more after graduating and that was when my young children and I were waiting for an amusement park ride at Walt Disney World in Florida in the mid-1980’s. We spoke briefly and it was good to see that she had led such a long and happy life. I think of her often.” I think this letter proves that our attitudes towards our students/children have a far more important and long-lasting affect then the academic lessons we may try to teach them.

Class Notes
Class of 1942
Harriet Hall Benware –“Ramblings From Roe” Can’t help thinking of centralization of schools – one room schools where one teacher taught eight (8) grades – were closed. Students came from many miles i.e., Harrisburg Lake in West Stony Creek, the North Shore in the Town of Day, Lake Vanare, Hall and Gailey Hills in Luzerne, and Hadley Hill, just to mention a few, were brought by bus to the old High School on Main Street (now GF National Bank property). We joined Luzerne-Hadley kids in a new adventure. I must say I’m delighted to see our District #2 school and woodshed from Gailey Hill at the foot of Mill Hill! Brings back memories of kids hiking 1 ½ - 2 miles through deep shows from Potash Road and Viele Pond Road., “cross lots” up the old school path. Nobody shoveled for them!! You all likely know Johnnie Bennett and are amazed that he has always thought nothing of walking to Luzerne (3 miles) and back. He and brother Nick (lived at foot of Potash Mt. next to the pole line) hiked and he was just a little guy. John’s efforts with the Historical Society have been great, especially with our little school. He has our sincere thanks! “I can still pull off his boots!” Time went on…the high school had a long rope from the Principal’s office to the eaves and bell which called kids to class. There were lots of nice teachers, including Mr. John Castle (Industrial Arts). One was from Oyster Bay (NY). Coach and science teacher Stu Townsend. There was no gym so the boys had to practice basketball at the Corinth IP Mill Commissary. They tried hard – league competition was tough. Believe me, when it cam to soccer and baseball, they won most games! Other sports too! Stuart Townsend became principal and you know the rest – new school, etc. Thanks to June (Brown) Bormann and Art Brewer’s efforts our class met at 1000 Acres for a reunion in 1981. Stu was there too and we had a good turnout. Again we met at Merlino’s Bed and Breakfast in 1990 – fewer members. Stu came again. During dinner he told the fellows “I no longer buy green bananas” with a grin!! Sadly, he passed on suddenly the following Friday. Our class is down to Fred O’Hare, June (Brown) Bormann, Arthur Brewer and myself. School was the happiest time of our lives! By the way, I forgot to mention that on one Halloween a desk chair was hanging on the school bell rope! It would sure be nice to repeat our first Alumni Banquet – what a wonderful turnout! They came from all over the country. I saw so many for the first time in years! It was great! Hope this year’s banquet is as good!

Class of 1947
Joan Herkie Zimmermann – It seems hardly possible that 13 of us graduated from HLCS in 1947. It was a small class so we knew each other very well. Big is not necessarily better. We had many school clubs and our winter carnival was a BIG event. Hope to reminisce with you at the Banquet.

Class of 1952
Mariba Cecile Rogers Chmielewski – Help!! I was the only one from the Class of 1952 who attended last year’s banquet! I would love to see many of my classmates at the banquet this year which marks our 55th year since graduation. Many years have passed; however, I still vividly remember the good friends and memories at HLCS. I hope we can have a great turnout for our 55th, so we can share these great memories and blessings!

Class of 1962
Lorraine LeBarron Tooker – WOW 45 YEARS! Hopefully we will see most of the class of 1962 at 1000 Acres Ranch Resort on June 16, 2007! They have a lot to offer – and for anyone needing a place to stay, the rates are fair. You have swimming, a playground for kids, horseback riding and of course it is right on the beautiful Hudson River. The golf course is up the road – just think, wouldn’t it be nice to have a match with your old buddies? In 45 years we have all gone in many directions. It will be wonderful to catch up and find out who has grandchildren, who is retired, who is still working, etc. Hope for a bright sunny June day and please all try and come!

Class of 1967
Connie Dunn Edwards – Greetings! I want to invite, OK – maybe beg, you to join everyone at our annual Alumni Banquet on June 16th at the 1000 Acres Ranch Resort. This year is a biggy for us – 40 years. Yikes! How can that be? Has it really been that long since we walked the hallowed halls of HLCS as a student? I married my high school sweetheart, Buddy Edwards. We moved to CT soon after so that he could attend college. We returned to this area for a couple of years and then abruptly, much to our parents’ surprise, decided to move to FL. We purchased our very first home and had our second son while in St. Petersburg. Buddy worked for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and they moved us around for a few years. We were fortunate to live in TN and NC before buying a business in CT. After ten years of running a successful business, having our oldest attending college at Brandeis and our youngest in high school, we felt a tug to return to our roots. There is something comforting about the place where you spent most, if not all, of your youth. We returned to family and the friends we had known as schoolmates. Last year, we had our retirement home built on Rollman Circle in Hadley, just a short way from where Buddy lived while attending HLCS. I guess you’d say we have come full circle. For a little while, we can place ourselves back in time – reminisce and just enjoy each other’s company. So what do you say??? Put aside some time to join us June 16th. It would be wonderful to have a HUGE turnout for our special year. Hope to see you there!

Class of 1972
Kathleen McFarlane – Graduation of June 1972 – Can anyone believe it has been 35 years?! I have been blessed with two wonderful children, Ricky (29) and Amy (23). Ricky resides in Lake George and Amy in Stony Creek. Since graduation my life has been very full. I received my Associates Degree in both Business Adm. and Liberal Arts. I owned and operated a group home for juveniles in Canon City (Colorado) for five years. I retuned to Lake Luzerne and worked as a substitute teacher and 1-on-1 aide for special education students. I am currently working at Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George and serve on the Lake Luzerne Planning Board. Now that my children are grown I have extra time to devote to one of my dreams – establishing a teen center for the HLCS students. I have been laying the ground work for over a year and with the help of many great people we are quickly approaching our final plans. If anyone wants more information on the teen center or wants to become involved, please give me a call at (518) 696-5778 or drop me a note -- Kathleen McFarlane, PO Box 476, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846. The upcoming reunion brings back many great memories of our years at HLCS. I’m looking forward to rekindling old friendships.

Class of 1977
Carolyn Wright Doyle – WOW! Has it really been 30 years since I graduated from the Hallowed Halls of HL? While I was in high school I thought graduation day would never come and now here it is 30 years later. I am blessed to be married to my husband Scott for 22 years and to have three wonderful children. Allison is 26, married and has two sons, Justin (18) and Max (2). Lee is a Junior at Virginia Tech where he is enrolled in the engineering program and plays rugby. Brett has put ice hockey on hold and is currently a freshman at Johnson and Wales College in Rhode Island. He is enrolled in the Business program and wants to concentrate on marketing. Since we are now empty nesters, Scott and I do a lot of traveling, mostly to Lake Luzerne to visit family. I have been employed as a Senior Financial Analyst at the University of PA for six years. Previous to that I worked in public accounting at Parent Randolph and Arthur Andersen. Scott is currently employed as a Project Manager at Schick Technologies in Queens, NY. We have lived in NJ for 23 years. I received my AS in Accounting from ACC in ’79. I married, had children, and then decided to go back to school to get my Bachelors degree. I graduated from Rowan University in ’95 with a BS in Accounting and finally passed the CPA exam in ’97. Prior to being an “empty nester,” Scott and I spend many a weekend watching Brett play ice hockey and Lee wrestle and play rugby. Seems strange to have so many weekends off and not be going to a game. My memories of HL have always been of the positive influence my education there had on my life. Even though we complained about the high expectations Mr. Clark had for us in English, it is the writing skills I learned there that made my transition to college easier. I remember the fun we had at the football games, cheering in the pouring rain. I remember the people we met along the way and may, or may not have, kept in touch with. I am looking forward to the Alumni Banquet to continue to add to my memories. I hope to see a huge turnout from the Class of 1977!

Class of 1982
Elaine Winslow - The last time I was asked to write an article for the Alumni newsletter, I was teaching 4th grade in the classroom that I had been a fourth grader in back in 1974. Seven years later, some things are the same and some are different. I’m still teaching fourth grade, but we moved to the middle school building in 2001. I love teaching in our “new” Grade 4 pod. There’s lots of room and storage. The views of the surrounding woods and mountains are pretty. Yesterday, we saw bluebirds starting to return to the houses that we assembled and put up two years ago. Over the past ten years of teaching, I have had the pleasure of teaching the children of several graduates of HLCS in 1982. I have taught the children of Todd DeMarsh, Jackie (Ellis) Shiel, Lisa (Chandler) Frinton, Mark Podwirny, Terry (Liebl) Tubbs, and Paul Tubbs. In my personal life, I am close friends with Maryellen (Matuszak) Allison. If you live around here, you might see us walking or putting our kayaks on Lake Luzerne. We also hike together and have begun annual hiking trips in the White Mountains of New Hampshire (after I spent a couple of summers volunteering with the U.S. Forest Service over there). Last year’s trip was greatly altered by severe weather. Hopefully we’ll be able to trek across the Franconia Ridge this summer.

Class of 1987
Matthew Hanlon – I am a proud alumnus of HLCS. After graduating I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts/Restoration from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. During my last year of college I interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts as well as worked for a restoration firm in NYC. In 1992 I started my own art restoration business. My company specializes in the restoration and conservation of objects (i.e., marble statues, terracottas, bronzes, etc) from ancient to modern and provides services to auction houses, interior designers, and museums as well as private clients. I am currently still in business and happily married with a 20-month old baby girl and am residing in Hadley. I split my work time between NYC and Hadley. I have been to a lot of different places but there is no place like home. I truly do love the HL area and the memories that go with it.

Do you like to read ?
One of HL’s former graduates, Floyd Allen (67) is an author. Floyd lives in Phoenix, AZ where he is a freelance writer, novelist, and has his own publishing company. He has offered to sell two of his books (Christian fiction) at $15 each and donate $5 per book to the Alumni Association as a fund raiser. Each paperback book contains two novels. The books would make excellent gifts and Floyd would be happy to autograph them, if you request him to do so. A copy of each book will be available at the Banquet for your perusal. Should you be interested in ordering, there will be order forms available. If you do not attend the Banquet, but are interested in ordering a book or books, checks can be make out to Morgan Wynn Publishing @ $15 per book, plus shipping charges of $3.99 for the first book and $1.99 for each additional book. Your check can be sent to Carol Nelson, 4 Varney Street, Hadley, NY 12835. Thank you Floyd, for helping in our fund raising efforts, and thank you also to any of you who purchase these books. Happy reading!

This question was asked of elementary students in our area schools. Here are some of the “better” answers!

4th Grader:
“In 30 years I don’t know what I will be doing. No one can tell the future. Also, there’s a big difference from what I want to be doing and what I will be doing. What I want to be doing is to be a book illustrator or an architect, but what I will be is a mystery. We all get wiser and stronger minded when we get older. I just hope I chose the right path.”

5th Grader:
“In 30 years from now I’ll be living grand. I’ll be living in a large house, right on the shore of the vast ocean. On nice sunny days, I’ll go around town exploring Cape Cod. At the bakery I’ll have a delicious, warm melt away with some orange juice. I’ll be a teacher with lots of kids to teach every day. My family will be really wild, with one wife, three kids (Amber, Luna, and Skylar) and of course, the family best friend (Skip) our dog. Who could be lonely with a family like that?”

2nd Grader:
"In 30 years I will have a job and I will be a saleswoman or a ballerina. I think I would rather be a saleswoman instead of a ballerina. I would be a saleswoman because my dad used to be a salesman a long time ago. He was 38, I think. I would like to have kids and get married. I will live in a castle with my husband and my cat. I will make raviolis every night. Maybe we will be rich! We could get anything we want! I would like to be a queen!”

4th Grader:
“Thirty years from now I will be in a wheelchair. I will be in a wheelchair because I will be old and cranky. I will also be mean and wrinkly. That is what I will be doing 30 years from now.”

2nd Grader:
“In 30 years I will be old and I will be eating hard candy. My skin will have wrinkles. I will have a walker and a motorized scooter. I will have no teeth. I will be doing crossword puzzles. I don’t want to be 37!”

7 Reasons Not To Mess With Children
1) A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible. The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah.” The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?” The little girl replied, “Then you ask him!”

2) A kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”

3) A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to “honor” their Father and their Mother, she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” One little boy (the oldest in his family) answered, “Thou shall not kill.”

4) One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, “Why are some of your hairs white, Mommy?” Her mother replied, “Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turn white.” The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then asked, “Mommy, how come ALL of Grandma’s hairs are white?”

5) The children had all been photographed and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. “Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, ‘There’s Jennifer, she’s a lawyer,’ or ‘that’s Michael, He’s a doctor.” A small voice at the back of the room rang out, “And there’s the teacher, she’s dead.”

6) A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, “Now class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.” “Yes,” the class said. “Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn’t run into my feet?” A little fellow shouted, “Cause your feet ain’t empty.”

7) The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on it on the apple tray: “Take only ONE, God is watching.” Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, “Take all you want, God is watching the apples.”