Hadley-Luzerne Alumni Newsletter
Volume 15 - 2011

2011 Alumni Banquet

The 2011 Banquet will be held at 1000 Acres Ranch Resort. The Class of 1961 will be celebrating their 50-year anniversary. Other classes to be recognized are those who graduated in years ending in “6" and “1". The date is Saturday, June 18, 2011. Deadline for reservations is May 27, 2011. After that date please contact David Cranston (518) 696- 2900 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 18. The dinner 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 fee and the golf course will be open. 1000 Acres has also offered a special rate for those who wish to spend the night. The cost is $75 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. 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
Norma Thomas Belanger (60) - $221.00 Thank you to Susan Goodness Monica for selling tickets.

Our cookbook will be available for purchase at the banquet. The cost is $10.00. Those of you who wish to purchase one (or more) can have them sent to you as well($10.00 plus shipping and handling). You can order them on our website www.HLCSAlumni.org . Look for the link that will take you to an order form. Many, many thanks to all those alumni who contributed recipes.

On May 27, 2010 the HLCS Class of 1957 made a little history by being the first class to sponsor a scholarship for that year's graduating students. The students chosen were, Stacy Petteys and Thaddeus Jewell and each is to receive $350.00. Each student received a certificate and a letter from the class.

REMEMBER WHEN 1948-1961 – by Carol Whitcomb Berliner
  • We took our first train ride while in kindergarten
  • Mrs. Manfred read "Little Black Sambo" to us
  • The many silver bracelets Miss Stone wore
  • Having a glass of orange juice each morning
  • Paying 15¢ for a hearty lunch - extra milk 3¢
  • Moving to the new school in 3rd grade
  • Taking tap dance lessons - - stamp, shuffle, shuffle !
  • Pep rallies before each basketball game
  • Selling candy from the closet in the front lobby
  • Wonderful times staying at the "Queen Anne" - Rosie!!
  • Playing "podiddle" on exchange trip to York, Pa.
  • Ernie wore white socks on Prom Night
  • Ray never went to school on Mondays
  • Placing wire spool on Mr. Z'z lawn on Cabbage Night '60
  • Mrs. Woods' purple dress with red belt - "A Red Hatter"
  • Boys stepping on our crinolines while we were seated
  • Putting pennies in our loafers
  • Boys slickin' hair down with Vaseline
  • Understanding ways of Miss Smith in the Library [Ed: Here's another interesting Miss Smith the Librarian]
  • Graduation Night - Saying "Good bye" to HLCS

Hadley-Luzerne Central School Alumni Web Page/guest book site – Check us out at www.HLCSAlumni.org New this year: you can check the site to see who has made reservations for the Banquet. We trust this will help you encourage your classmates to “meet you there!” If you don’t see their name – call or e-mail them! There is a box to check on the reservation form if you do not wish us to publish your name on the website as an attendee.

The annual meeting will be held at the Banquet: Mona Williams Wright’s position as Trustee expires this year. This is a 3-year position .

Short Stories
Gladys Loveland Rice (51) – has written short stories and poems that can be viewed at www.greatsouthbaymag.com

NECROLOGY of HLCS Graduates/Faculty:
Please note that if no date follows a name it is because we do not have a graduation date.

As they often say, "those were the days". I consider it a privilege to have been a part of the glory days of HLCS, when Stuart Townsend [also here, then here] was the principal, "Hoppy" Castle the guidance counselor, "Ma Wooden" taught social studies and Eugene Hughes could be seen at least once a month running through the halls while being chased by a teacher. "Pop"Fuller held court in the old school with his propensity to talk rather loud for some reason and the noon hour activity was "king of the hill" ping pong contests, where Vic Grant made his claim to fame. The glory days and my coach, mentor and fellow teacher George Doherty were one in the same, "Mr. Doherty" stood for everything good about playing sports and acting like a gentleman. His record for the last 20 years of coaching HL soccer speak for itself, HL won first place 16 times and took second 4 times, we just never accepted being beat and Mr. Doherty prepared us exceptionally well for the task. Names like Ham King, Paul Croissant, Ed Bovee, Don DeMarsh, Jay Powers, Mike Pataki, Butch Morrison, Al Hayes, the Hughes brothers and Charlie Fosberry bring back fond memories - in fact if you could walk back in those days - you played soccer. We won the league my senior year. Mr. Doherty coached Basketball as well and in fact we won the Adirondack League Championship my senior year too, for the first time in about 40 years with the help of players like Don Demarsh, Al Hayes, Ed Bovee, Billy & Tommy Hughes, Joe Moses, Danny Andrews and the one special player who came to us via St Mary's in Glens Falls, number 74 - Jim Gorham, who was probably the best pure shooter ever to wear a HL uniform. I think this was Mr. Doherty's most memorable accomplishment - he really wanted that championship and because of him, we got it. Baseball? You got to be kidding! If you could hit Mr. Doherty's curve ball you could hit anything and we proved it time after time in league play as we very rarely finished lower then second - by the way we won the league championship my senior year also. Names that stick out in baseball while I was playing - Gary, Larry and Eddie Bovee, Paul Gibson, Levi Bourdeau, Paul Croissant, Ron Allen and his famous "rag" baseball glove, Rich Allen, Clarence "Sut" Sutliff ( the best low ball hitter ever), the Hughes boys, Don DeMarsh, Danny Andrews, Charlie Fosberry, Al Hayes and how could I not mention our manager, George Madison and score keeper Butch Morrison. Those were the days alright and the alumni that participated walk among us to this day. Many have passed but the memories of their competition for HL will always be with us because the bar they set under the guidance of "Mr. Doherty" was so high, it will be hard to beat.

This year we will experience 4 unusual dates... 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11 and 11/11/11.. Now go figure this out...take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it will equal to 111....

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

We could learn a lot from crayons:some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names,and all are different colors..but they all have to learn to live in the same box.

NUDITY: A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, 'What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a little boy before?'
DEATH: While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church,our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that a proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. The minister’s son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: “Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.”
KETCHUP: A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. “Mommy can’t come to the phone to talk to you right now. She’s hitting the bottle.” SCHOOL: A little girl had just finished her first week of school. 'I'm just wasting my time,' she said to her mother. 'I can't read, I can't write, and they won't let me talk!”