Hadley-Luzerne Alumni Newsletter
Volume 14 - 2010

2010 Alumni Banquet

2010 Alumni Banquet: The 2010 Banquet will be held at 1000 Acres Ranch Resort. The Class of 1960 will be celebrating their 50-year anniversary. Other classes to be recognized are those who graduated in years ending in “5" and “0". The date is Saturday, June 19, 2010. Reservations had to be RECEIVED by June 5, 2010. After that date please contact Nancyann Rayder (518) 696-3320 for ticket availability. The sit-down dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres at 5:00 p.m. 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 19. 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 for an additional $35 fee and the golf course will be open (9 holes @ $13/person, cart @ $8/person or 18 holes @ $18/person, cart @ $10/person). 1000 Acres has also offered a special rate for those who wish to spend the night. The cost is $99 per couple, per night. 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 A HL ALUMNUS.

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).

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.-- Martin, age 10

50-50 Winner
Robert Palmer (60) - $205.00

News from the Class of 1959
(Alice Butler Winslow) The Class celebrated Columbus Day with a small group enjoying a boat ride on Lake George Friday evening. On Saturday evening we had a large group who gathered for dinner at the American Legion Hall (LL) catered by Colin Hagadorn (75). Former faculty advisors Albert and Joan Zimmermann attended, as well as Cris Newton Mahr who was a chaperone on our Senior Trip. Among those traveling in for the event were Bill Pabst (CA), Barry Bishop (NH), Don DeMarsh (ME) and Charlie Fosbery (NH). Approximately 20 alumni plus spouses/guests enjoyed seeing one another and renewing memories. The weekend ended with a pot luck “picnic” on Sunday at the Sam Smead Park in Hadley. Many thanks to Bill Pabst for keeping us focused and “on-track”, as well as Sharon LeSage Hack and Helen Sutliff Powers for their many phone calls and e-mails to fellow classmates. We are continuing to meet every month or so and would encourage you to keep in touch.”

News from the Class of 1960
Here is an excerp from the letter sent out by Meredith (Butch) Morrison “Bob Palmer and I decided a year or so ago that we would make every effort to locate everyone (from the Class of 1960) and see if we could make this reunion something truly special. I find it nearly impossible to fully grasp how fast those 50 years have flown by, and often wonder where the classmates I haven’t seen in all that time are, and what they’re doing. And, somehow I don’t think we’ll get a second shot at another 50 years! Don’t worry about whether or not you’ll recognize everybody, or whether everybody will recognize you. I’ll have some LARGE PRINT name tags made up to take care of that problem. So, comb whatever hair you have left, take off the curlers, suck up the gut and be there. All journeys start with a single step, and for me, this letter is it. Bob and I have had a great time tracking everybody down (I confess he’s done most of the work) …”

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee. When all the students had a cup of coffe in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee: in most cases, it’s just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups…and then began eyeing each other’s cups. Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee..” unknown author-but a very wise person!!

Take a short trip down memory lane – to those “good ole days” Here’s a few 1960 prices:

You don't even have to be a mother to enjoy this one. Brian invited his mother over for dinner. During the course of the meal, Brian's mother couldn't help but notice how beautiful Brian's roommate, Jennifer, was. Brian's Mom had long been suspicious of the platonic relationship between Brian and Jennifer, and this had only made her more curious. Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Brian and Jennifer than met the eye. Reading his mom's thoughts, Brian volunteered, 'I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you Jennifer and I are just roommates.' About a week later, Jennifer came to Brian saying, 'Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the beautiful silver gravy ladle. You don't suppose she took it, do you? Brian said, 'Well, I doubt it, but I'll send her an e-mail just to be sure. So he sat down and wrote: Dear Mom, I'm not saying that you 'did' take the gravy ladle from the house, I'm not saying that you 'did not' take the gravy ladle. But the fact remains that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner. Love Brian Several days later Brian received an email back from him mother that read: “Dear Son, I’m not saying that you do sleep with Jennifer, I’m not saying that you do not sleep with Jennifer. But the fact remains that if Jennifer is sleeping in her own bed she would have found the gravy ladle by now. Love, Mom LESSON OF THE DAY – NEVER LIE TO YOUR MOTHER!!

We haven’t abandoned this project, but there have been numerous complications that have brought the work to a virtual stand-still. We have gathered between 100-150 recipes and sometime in the future we want to complete the cook book. Please bear with us as we plug along, finding the right people to help us with this job. 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 www.HLCSAlumni.org or me (Nancyann Rayder) at nbr501REMOVETHIS at yahoo.com

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 ten+ yearbooks on our site: 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1959, 1963, 1969, 1974, 1978, and 1987. Work is in progress for the 1960 yearbook. We will continue to add more, with special emphasis on the 50-year classes.

Annual Meeting
The annual meeting will be held at the Banquet: Our slate of officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) is up for election this year. These positions are for three years (President Nancyann Bormann Rayder will be stepping down from her office after 15 years.) Alice Winslow’s position as Trustee expires this year. This is a 3-year position also.

Necrology of Hadley-Luzerne Central School Graduates/Faculty
Please note that if no date follows a name it is because we do not have a graduation date.

Thank you to the various classes for helping us find and update addresses.The Association is always willing to share classmates’ addresses for the purpose of reunions and we are continually on the “hunt” for new ones. If you know of someone who should be added to our mailing list please let us know via our website at www.HLCSAlumni.org

Here’s another one
NEVER LIE TO YOUR WIFE! A man calls home to his wife and says, “Honey, I have been asked to fly to Canada with my boss and several of his friends for fishing... We'll be gone for a long weekend. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion I've been wanting so could you please pack enough clothes for a 3 day weekend And also would you get out my rod and tackle box from the attic? We're leaving at 4:30 pm from the office and I will swing by the house to pick my things up. 'Oh! And please pack my new navy blue silk pajamas.'” The wife thinks this sounds a bit odd, but, being a good wife she does exactly what her husband asked. Following the long weekend he came home a little tired, but, otherwise, looking good. The wife welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish? He says, “Yes! Lots of Walleyes, some Bass, and a few Pike.” He said, “But why didn't you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to do?” The wife replies,” I did, they were in your tackle box!”

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck. -- Ricky, age 10