Hadley-Luzerne Alumni Newsletter
Volume 13 - 2009

2009 Alumni Banquet

2009 Alumni Banquet: The 2009 Banquet will be held at 1000 Acres Ranch Resort in Stony Creek. The Class of 1959 will be celebrating their 50-year anniversary. Other classes to be recognized are those who graduated in years ending in “4" and “9". The date is Saturday, June 20, 2009. Reservations had to be RECEIVED by June 6, 2009. If you did not send us your reservation, 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 fruit, vegetable, pepperoni, cheese, and cracker trays, and 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 soup (or salad), vegetable, potato (starch), rolls, coffee (or tea), and dessert. Again 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 20. 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, giant satellite color TV, as well as entertainment following dinner in the Red Dog Saloon. Horseback riding is available ($30 per person, payable at 1000 Acres), as well as 9 hole or 18 hole golf will be available ($13-$18 plus a cart charge applies, payable at the Club House). PLEASE INDICATE ON YOUR RESERVATION IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GOLFING. 1000 Acres has also offered a special rate for those who wish to spend the night. The cost is $99 per couple, per night (plus applicable taxes and gratuity). This price includes a full country breakfast. If you are interested in overnight accommodations, 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.

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
Margaret Wood Stevens (class of 1970) won the 50-50 raffle ($104.00 !!) at last year’s banquet.

Other Winners
Other Winners: Oldest class represented was 1938 with two attendees: Floyd York (Vero Beach, FL) and Doris Deitz Hughes (Hadley, NY). Those alumni coming from the farthest distance South – Floyd York (Vero Beach, FL), East – Bill Campbell and Marsena Plant Campbell – (Madison, CT), West – Bill Pabst – (Mountain View, CA), and North – Arthur and Sue Paul Solberg (Malta, MT). The alumnus attending from the closest distance was Kay Kreinheder Clark (Stony Creek, NY). The Door Prize was won by Ken Ives. The Class of 1960 took the honors when total mileage was calculated with a total of 4238 miles [Here is an example of 4238 miles].

50 Years ago
I had the privilege of playing “tour guide” to the Class of 1957 last fall as they gathered at the school on Lake Avenue. Many things had changed since they had attended classes there and it was enjoyable to see their reactions as they reminisced. They especially enjoyed searching out their teams’ sports trophies on display.

As the time came to produce a newsletter I began to think about what our school, town, and nation was like 50 years ago. Since I am aware of how hard the Class of 1959 is working to make their fiftieth reunion special, I decided I would “go back in time” to the year 1959. I hope that for some of you (not you “youngsters”) my “time machine” will remind you of the things you did and the people you knew “way back when.”

  • You went to the auditorium to watch the World Series (LA Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox) on a tiny black and white tv?

  • You could buy a car at the local car dealership (Parker’s Garage) By the way, the average car price in 1959 was $2200 and the cost of gas was $.25

  • You could stop in for a soda at the drug store?

  • You could see a movie in downtown Lake Luzerne?

  • Stuart Townsend was “THE ADMINISTRATION”?

  • George Doherty was “THE COACH” – for all boys’ sports as well as all boys PE classes ?

  • For us “Stony Creekers” there were still two one-room school houses in operation, District #4 “downtown” and District #7 in Knowlhurst

  • For those of you living in the Town of Day, their last one-room school house closed in that year and the 1959 yearbook shows the two people employed there.

  • You were the first class to graduate from the “new” auditorium – by the way, it still isn’t air-conditioned!

  • The Queen Anne was a fledgling experiment in “social living” for HL Juniors and Seniors

  • There were only 48 states? Both Alaska and Hawaii joined the Union in 1959.

  • Bonanza was a brand new weekly tv series and was fully in color – a first! And don’t forget the premier of Huckleberry Hound (and Snaggle Puss) as well as Rawhide and Twilight Zone

  • Favorite singers in 1959 were: Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Jim Reeves, Ella Fitzgerald and Cliff Richard

  • Favorite films were: Ben-Hur, Some Like It Hot, Anatomy of a Murder, North by Northwest, and Sleeping Beauty

  • The “Day the Music Died”? When the chartered plane transporting musicians Buddy Holly, Ricie Valens, and the Big Bopper went down in an Iowa snowstorm killing all four [and here ]. Don McLean’s song, "American Pie" coined that phrase.

  • Xerox manufactured the Xerox 914, the first plain paper copier.

  • Soviet Union's Luna 2 was first spacecraft to impact the moon.

  • Soviet Union's Luna 3 took the first pictures of the far side of the moon.

  • Soviet leader, Nikita Khruschev visited the USA – remember the shoe incident?

  • Fidel Castro became the leader of Cuba

  • The first microchip was invented as well as the computer modem. Could we even have guessed at the magnitude of these inventions?

  • The Sound of Music opens on Broadway

  • The Boeing 707 was introduced

  • Barbie made her debut

  • The St. Lawrence Seaway, the joint US / Canadian venture, was completed, linking the great lakes to the Atlantic Ocean

  • The first known human with HIV died in the Congo.

  • NASA introduced America's first astronauts to the world including John H. Glenn Jr, and Alan Shepard Jr.
Here's a few economic comparisons between 1959 and 2009:
  • Median income in 59 – 5,010

  • Median income in 09 – 42,322 (based on census figures for our 4 local towns)

  • Median home price in 59 – 12,400

  • Median home price in09 – 157,972 (based on census figures for our 4 local towns)

  • Average car price in 59 – 2,200

  • Average car price in 09 – 28,400

Now that I’ve made you feel “OLD” here is something to make you laugh!

Perks of reaching 50 or being over 60 and heading towards 70!
1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
2. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
3. No one expects you to run--anywhere.
4. People call at 9 pm and ask, “Did I wake you?”
5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
7. Things you buy now won't wear out.
8. You can eat supper at 4 pm.
9. You can live without sex but not your glasses.
10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
12. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.
13. You sing along with elevator music.
14. Your eyes won't get much worse.
15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.

Work is continuing on this project. IT IS SLOW GOING! We have decided to involve HL students in the production of the cookbook, including some of our art students who will help to develop the cover. It is difficult to get all the parties together (alumni, teachers and students) so we are still have a ways to go. We presently have between 100 and 150 recipes, but can always use some more. If you haven’t submitted yours PLEASE do so. 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 website or myself (Nancyann Rayder) at . Our goal was to have a prototype to show you at the banquet, but that may not be possible. Please bear with us as we continue to bring things together.

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. There are currently nine yearbooks on our site: 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1963, 1969, 1974, 1978, and 1987. More will be added as time allows.

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 send it to us via the web site, or call Nancyann Rayder (518) 696-3320 or Carol Nelson (518) 696-3729. If you prefer, send us your e-mail address via snail-mail: Nancyann Rayder, 305 Hadley Road, Hadley, NY 12835 or Carol Nelson, 4 Varney Street, 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 [Here is our e-mail policy and our postal address policy]. 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 tell us “Mr Smith lives on Antone Mt. Road”. The Post Office will deliver it ONLY when it has a correct delivery address.We need a number!

Annual Meeting will be held at the Banquet:
Sally Gensel Deuel’s 3-year term as a Director expires this year.

Necrology of Hadley-Luzerne Central School Graduates/Faculty:
Joseph (Tom) Trottier, faculty, Wayne Hawk – 1942, Shirley Mudge Zbozanski – 1951; Elise Plummer Minkler – 1961; Rolland (Bud) Gumprecht – 1940; Margaret Bovee Ralph; Margaret Roider Reinhart – 1941; Lauren LaCasse – 1982; Frances Martin Winbauer – 1938; Miles Cowles – 1954; Schuyler Gill – 1968; Constance Ives Baish – 1929; Laurel Post; Thomas Ackley – 1968; Joyce Rozelle Shuman – 1945; Patricia Been Lyng – 1944; Alice Smith - 1975; Elizabeth Burnham Moses – 1941; Mark A. Russell - 2000; Ernest White

Graduation Speakers:
Just a reminder that the District is seeking alumni who would be willing to speak at Graduation. For the past three years 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, PO Box 200, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846-0200, c/o HS Principal or you can e-mail a candidate’s name and address to . There is a panel of several people on the selection committee.

1979 Classmates:
I received a note from Shelly York Winslow with some information about Carol Allen Carrillo, one of your classmates. Apparently Carol had some very serious health issues that involved five heart surgeries. However she is doing well and this past June received a degree in counseling from Yakima Valley Community College. Congratulations Carol! If you wish to contact her please call Shelly for the information.

1984 Classmates:
A recent article in the Chronicle, a Glens Falls weekly newspaper (the 3/12 edition), gave some interesting information on Michelle Bain. After graduating from HLCS, where she set basketball scoring records (just recently broken by Jesse Sussman), she went on to a Hall of Fame career at Virginia Tech. She now works as a Nike Executive in Oregon and is the godmother of Stephen Curry, the nation’s leading basketball scorer. She is scheduled to be the speaker at HL’s 2009 graduation ceremonies.

A little girl asked her mother, “How did the human race appear?” The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so was all mankind made.” Two days later the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered, ‘Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.” The confused girl returned to her mother and said, “'Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?” The mother answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.”