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Class of 1974 High School Reunion

This past Saturday Bob and I attended my 40th high school reunion. The reunion was held in Ford City PA at the Latin American Club, located along 3rd Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets. Bob and I arrived in Ford City around 3:15 pm. We parked in front of the Latin American Club and walked the short distance to Ford City High School. The high school is bordered by 4th and 5th Avenues and 11th Street.

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P7056074 4x6Our high school cannon

The cannon is painted gold and purple, our high school colors.  Sometimes the cannon would receive a fresh coat of paint, red and white, courtesy of students from a rival high school.  I wonder how many coats of paint sit on the cannon.

It had been 40 years since I last walked through the halls of my alma mater. I did so Saturday at 4:00 pm, along with a few other classmates.   Beth, one of my classmates, works at the school and arranged for the tour.  We entered the school from the 11th Street entrance. When I attended high school, I rode a school bus from my hometown of Cadogan, which was located 3 miles from Ford City. The school bus discharged and picked us up along 11th Street.   I thought I would have a sense of déjà vu walking through the school hallways, but I didn’t.  I did enjoy the recollections of my classmates as they reminisced about such things as classes, teachers, location of lockers, the girls high school gymnasium, and the acoustics in the auditorium.

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The planning committee did a fabulous job setting up and following through with our high school reunion.  Festivities at the Latin American Club began at 5:00 pm with a Meet & Greet, followed at 6:00 pm by a buffet dinner. The Latin American Club was decorated festively, with purple and gold balloons and streamers.  The dinner plates and napkins were purple or gold.  The food was plentiful and delicious.  Hors d’oeuvres that included veggies and dip, crackers and cheese and meat spreads, pretzels, pistachios, and trail mix were provided at the Meet & Greet. The buffet dinner included Salad, Italian Bread, Pasta, Parslied Potatoes, Green Beans, Oven Roasted Chicken and Beef.

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There was cake for dessert.
(Photo obtained from the FCHS 1974 40th Reunion Facebook group page)

Other reunion activities included prizes for the classmate who traveled the farthest distance to attend reunion, the classmate with most children and the classmate with most grandchildren; a raffle to win a purple and gold afghan; music by DJ and dancing.

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In a quiet corner of the Latin American Club was a small TV on which a video played all night long.  Contained on the video were yearbook photographs of members of the class of 1974 who have passed away.  I counted 231 classmates in our yearbook.  I didn’t count the number of classmates who have passed away, although I did hear someone say 24 classmates have passed away.  The video was a touching tribute to classmates who we remember in our hearts and prayers.  Thank you, Kathy, for creating this video.

The Class of 1974 got together around 8:00 pm for a group photo.

P7056092 8x10My husband took this photograph of my classmates and me.  I am sitting in the second row, second from the end.

I enjoyed seeing and talking with everyone and sharing lots of laughs, as we got reacquainted with each other.

There were some classmates whom I had seen 30 years ago at our 10 year high school reunion.

FCHS Class of 1974

FCHS Class of 1974 (May 1984)
I am standing in the second row, second from the left.

Other classmates I hadn’t seen since we graduated 40 years ago, including childhood friends from my hometown.

P7056103 4x6Childhood friends, reunited

Bob and I began to say our goodbyes soon after the group picture was taken. We left for home around 8:50 pm and made it home around 11:00 pm.  Bob and I both had a great time at my high school reunion. We felt welcomed and very much enjoyed the evening.

A Weekend’s Ride – Day 3: Family Reunion

This past weekend (August 14-16) we rode more than 600 miles on our motorcycle. During the weekend we visited a museum, we rode around two lakes, and we attended a family reunion. I blogged about the first day and the second day of our ride over the past couple days. I will write about the third day of our ride — Sunday, August 16th — in this blog post.

The third day was the last day of our weekend ride. We had planned to come home the quickest way, via Interstate 86, as shown here.

We planned only one photo stop in Bath, NY, which was only a few miles west of Painted Post, where we had stayed the previous two nights. We stopped in Bath, NY, as planned. We visited the Bath National Cemetery, where I took a couple photographs.

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Bath National Cemetery
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Preservation of the Union monument
at Bath National Cemetery

If I had it to do over again, I would NOT ride the motorcycle on the cemetery road. The road through the cemetery is quite steep, which made for a heart-pounding ride (at least for me!). There is parking at the foot of the cemetery. I recommend that you park there and walk through the cemetery!

After visiting Bath National Cemetery, we continued our ride home on Interstate 86. When we reached Cuba, NY, we changed our minds about staying on Interstate 86. The road between Route 219 near Bradford, PA, and Jamestown, NY, is quite bumpy. We decided to avoid that part of Interstate 86 by taking back roads home from Cuba. After making a quick stop at the Cuba Cheese Shoppe, where we sampled a few varieties of cheese and Bob purchased a package of cookies, we rode to Portville, NY, via Route 305.

In Portville, we once again changed our minds about our route home. We decided to go home via Crooked Creek State Park, near Ford City, PA, in order to attend my family reunion. We programmed Crooked Creek Lake into the GPS and continued on our way. We arrived at the reunion around 2:45PM. We got a bite to eat, sharing the cookies that Bob had bought in Cuba, and visited with family members.

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Bob took this picture of my great niece, Anna, and me.

Q8160786One of the family reunion highlights for the children is the breaking apart of the pinata.

We left the reunion around 4:15PM. We returned home around 7:15PM, almost 7 hours later (and a LOT more miles) than anticipated! I am happy that we made it to my family reunion. It was good to visit with my brother and his family, my aunts, uncles and cousins. However, it was a long, an almost unbearable hot day. We were very happy when we arrived home. We went as far as we would care to in one day’s travel! Speaking of a hot day, the the entire weekend weather in fact was sunny, hot and dry. Given that our summer to date has been cool and wet, it was a welcome change. However, when it is hot as it was this past weekend and you are riding a motorcycle, you cannot find relief from the heat by turning on the air conditioning! As I wrote earlier, the heat was almost unbearable.

We rode approximately 340 miles from Painted Post, NY, to our home in Warren, PA. We traveled 685 miles from Friday at 1:00PM to Sunday at 7:15PM. Someone once told me that when you ride a Nomad the rides only get longer!  Click here for a map of Sunday’s route.

Happy Birthday Anna!

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Today is my great niece’s birthday. Anna is 1 year old today. Bob and I saw Anna this past Sunday. Oh my how fast she has grown! Anna is walking!

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Yes, Anna still needs the security of something to hold onto. However, she will be walking on her own soon!

Happy birthday sweet Anna!

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