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SGDHS reunion 50 years in the making

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SGDHS reunion 50 years in the making

PRESCOTT - It was 50 years ago that the class of 1967 graduated from South Grenville District High School in Prescott, but it seemed like yesterday to many of the alumni who came back to renew acquaintances and share some memories at a reunion Sunday evening.

Around 50 people attended the event, which was held at the Prescott Golf Club and catered by Rick St. Denis and Bonnie Michaud of Ricco's Restaurant, and everybody enjoyed seeing old friends and reliving some great memories. Many of those in attendance were local, others didn't have to drive too far and then there were some who made long trips to attend the reunion, including a couple from British Columbia and a man from Anchorage, Alaska.

"Many, many more wished they could be here, but couldn't for one reason or another, but we celebrate who's here," said co-organizer Judi (Morris) Martin.

A committee of six women worked since January to bring the reunion to fruition, reaching out across the miles--and the years--to contact their old classmates.

"It was a fair amount of work, but a lot of fun," said co-organizer Pauline (Gagnon) Smith, in a brief address to the assembled crowd before the delicious dinner was served.

The women, of course, were the most difficult to track down, as marriage had changed many surnames, but between the phone and the Internet, the six ladies managed to track down many of their peers.

"It was a wonderful team we had," said Martin.

Morris and Smith worked alongside Sharol (Hall) Havey, Mimi (Maggio) Garrah, Barbara (Johnson) Smith and Mary (Rintoul) Woodland to bring the reunion together and make it a wonderful addition to all the many memories those in attendance had of one another.

A great many great things happened in 1967, and in her remarks, Smith ran through a brief list that included Expo 67, the first heart bypass operation, the institution of the Order of Canada, "and last but not least, we graduated high school."

It was conversation between Martin and Havey that first got the ball rolling, as the latter had recently enjoyed attending her husband's university reunion and thought a get-together with her former high school classmates might be just as much fun.

The two alumni then brought the rest of the committee on board and together they tracked down as many people as the could over the last several months.

"It's just a lot of hours on the computer," said Havey.

As they made their calls and sent their emails, they received many glad and enthusiastic replies, but there were some sad responses as well. A memorial display was set up on one of the tables at the golf club to honour the memories of 19 members of the class of 67 who had since passed away.

Seeing the display was a reminder just how important memories are, and they were abundant and flowing freely throughout the evening as people came from near and far to turn back the clock and celebrate the last 50 years.

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