add my congratulations and thanks to all the organizers and
others who made our 50th so memorable. It all starts with
Bill Bedard who has been the glue keeping us together for 50
years. The really hard work done by Gail, Debbie, Judy,
Terry and many others on "THE BOOK" and related events is
undoubtedly a first for BHS reunions - what a great job!
Bill's choice for our dinner could not have better. Many
thanks also to Bob and Richard for adding so much to the
Wood (Ronald's Wife) Class of '64
~ To the Class of '61
~ I went on your website and read about your 50th Reunion.
It brought to mind that throughout the years I couldn't get
Ronald (Wood) to go to any class gatherings. I finally got
him to promise he would go to his 50th and take me with him.
Well, I guess the LORD needed him for something more
important but I KNOW he was with you in spirit. Sounds like
you had a great time. Sorry we missed it.
Darlene (Barnett) Deneault ~ So wonderful to see
everyone and looking forward to another reunion. You had
mentioned a mini one at Ken's house in September. Let me
know the date and time.
again, thanks of all your work on the yearbook. It is really
a spectacular feat!
Bernita (Chamberlain) Wheeldon ~
note to tell you all my pictures are done and they came out
just fine after umpteen dollars of ink BUT all well worth
every penny!!!! My Mother, who is 101 years young just gave
the yearbook back to me a couple of weeks ago.. She enjoyed
it very much!!!!!! I did not know for a while IF she was
going to return it back or not.. I ended up buying another
white binder as I put all the pages in protectors.. All
classmates are in one binder and rest of the items in the
other binder.. I have just now finished that .Thank you
again for all your hours of hard work.
Claire (Nixon) Tyminski ~ Wonderful reunion! I wish I
had more time to talk to ALL who attended. My year book
staying in Brattleboro at Oak Grove Ave and many who visited
my sisters had a chance to see it and were overwhelmed. Deb
& Gail great job! ALL of you who worked so hard on the 50th
made this the best party in town.
DVD is almost ready On top of working full time I have
taken on teaching 2 on-line classes in law & ethics for
Medical Assistants at Mohawk Valley Community College, and I
have a son getting married in October with a wedding planned
in Quechee, VT And I am still smiling!
Thank you all
David Buehler ~
Thank you again for the great effort you put toward the
reunion, and now for keeping it alive by seeing the faces
and places again in the form of photos. What a delight to
see!. It really helps that you have annotated the faces
Connie (Benedict) Shearer ~ Wonder if our class is the
only one that is so active with one another!! It is
great. ...... Again thank you for all that you did for our
50th and are still doing,,,,
Hutchins ~ Thanks for the pictures. A special thanks to
you and all the dedicated individuals that put in so much
time for the 50th BUHS Class of 1961 Reunion.
PALMER THOMAS ~ Wow – where to begin? I loved every
moment of it all and have so much to be thankful for.
sincerely grateful for:
opportunity to share time and space with so many of you and
your spouses during our reunion week and the resulting
opportunity to make new friends out of old acquaintances.
The unexpected and unscheduled gatherings at your homes and
other places provided special memories for me too. We even
managed to turn the State Office Building parking lot into a
gathering space during the initial distribution of the
yearbooks 10 days before the events began. Thanks to Pat
Wilson Daniels who spent a day delivering yearbooks with
me to your homes in Hinsdale, Vernon, Guilford, West
Brattleboro, & Dummerston. And special thanks to Stuart
Wisell for the “heavy lifting” of getting the yearbooks
to and from all of the venues.
great team of classmates who worked tirelessly to create a
great reunion – I was proud to be a part of it.
Bill Bedard– our fearless leader – who selected the
fantastic venue for the banquet and handled all of the
arrangements for that, including invitations to our
teachers, plus he also made the arrangements for the
reception at The River Garden (twice since the caterer
originally selected went out of business following the fire
at the Brooks House).
Debbie Jones Cope, who with skill and caring, took the
list of dates & facts that you supplied on the bio form (and
follow-up phone calls if she needed more information) and
turned them into well written biographies. The desired
result was to share our past 50 years with each other, but
also to find common ground, interests and experiences with
each other now.
Debbie, Bill, and Marilyn Foote Masi, who put
together the list of different activities/venues giving us
the opportunity to get together multiple times over a 4 day
period. Many have reported that this approach was so much
better than “just” a banquet.
Bill & Judy Winter Grover & Terry Martin who
spent considerable time and effort at keeping track of who
was planning to go to what and who had paid the registration
fees for the banquet. Judy managed this in spite of the
need to replace a crashed computer in the middle of it all.
Ken Carpenter, Richard Michelman, and Bob & Pat Goodell
who have graciously opened their homes to us all, providing
unique venues for our events.
Ken Carpenter and Ken & Phyllis Emery who generously
furnished raffle prizes.
Terry Martin who did such a great job of emceeing the
banquet and for keeping us all informed through the class
website that he created and maintains (http://www.classof1961.org)
Personally, I’d like to thank you for the huge card (I
signed it too thinking it was for Bill), for the leaded
glass (love it and it will be prominently displayed in my
home), and for the warm acknowledgement of my efforts to
find our classmates and my part in the yearbook. That is a
moment that I will never forget and still get a lump in the
throat at the thought. I’m glad I found everyone too and
please do let me know if your address or contact information
most of all I am (and we all should be) sincerely grateful
for the participation by so many of our classmates and the
family members of our deceased classmates in sharing their
stories and pictures for the yearbook, and for attending the
reunion events in such large numbers. The yearbook would
have not have been worth the effort if only a few had
contributed. The events would have been a dud without the
impressive attendance. And the class kitty would be hurting
without the generosity of so many of you. Debbie and I are
both proud of the yearbook and are pleased to hear your
positive comments about it. It truly does make the effort
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. You are the ones who made
our reunion such a huge success.
took pictures at any of the events please e-mail them to
me. I’ll compile and send out to all so that the pages of
them can be added to your yearbooks. (Be patient – this is
going to take a few days. Must confess though that I didn’t
take as many pictures as usual.)
warning: I’ve just made a reservation to fly to Vermont on
9/20. If Ken & Bob Goodell are willing and available we
just might have another class BBQ at Ken’s during the
weekend of 9/24 or 10/1. More info about that to follow
Cindy (Nesbitt) Falvey
~ It was great seeing you and the rest of our classmates. I
had a ball and my husband couldn't believe how many showed
up! Gail, Deb and the rest of you did an awesome job. Take
care and stay healthy.
Ed & Carol (Jones) Dascomb ~
Great to see the pictures from the 50th
reunion. Gail there are no words to thank you ladies for
all you took care of for all of us from the class of 1961.
You should copy write your
idea that you and Debbie had for the yearbook and start on a
whole new adventure. Can not imagine all the hours of
work. We love to look at it and telling and showing
others. Think I told you that we left it with Tom and
Carole (Dascomb) Frizzell, class of '62 to look at and she
UPS it back to us. They knew so many of us in the 61 class
and enjoyed the book.
Hey lady, God bless and
Karen (Brown) Dufault ~ I'm so enjoying the year book update that
you put together. What a treasure of information for me who
has been out of touch for 52 years! I really appreciate all
your time and effort to collect all the information, photos
and putting the many books together. And then, all the
prodding you must have done to get the info from several of
us! It's a special book we will all treasure for years to
still going through the book slowly and enjoying each
update. The more I read the more name recognition I'm
obtaining. Often I get flashbacks of things that happening
in high school - such fun to look back and remember the fun
and simple times.
you again for the time it took to track down all us fallen
away members of the class of 1961. It was so much fun for
me to reconnect with so many classmates and to hear their
you have a wonderful summer. Peace!
Marilyn (Foote) Masi ~ BTW with all the excitement
surrounding the accident I forgot to thank you for a
wonderful Reunion and year book. I thought the Reunion was
absolutely perfect. We had an awesome Reunion. It was
wonderful to see everyone. Wouldn't have missed it for the
world. I'm so proud of our class and who they are now. A
great celebration. We might consider some video interviews
next time - like they do at weddings.
Leo Barile ~ Thanks
again for your great efforts on all of the Reunion
activities. Superb job down !!!
Teeson ~ Terry, Thanks for pitching in, in so many ways,
to make the 50th such a roaring success. From start to
finish, it was a weekend to be treasured. Your website for
the class, your individual correspondence with us, and
filling in for Bill at the podium--all helped tremendously.
And it was good to talk with you at the banquet--interesting
to hear about your careers.
your yearbook page, I see you are enthused about genealogy.
My paternal grandmother was Marion Martin Teeson. Her
father was Dr. George Forrest Martin, of Lowell,
Massachusetts (and before that, Ohio, I think).
have a book of Martin genealogy at our house in New London.
We're away at the moment, but in case you don't already have
a copy, I'll send you the publishing data on it when we're
next back in town. I haven't looked at it for some years,
but recall wondering whether I get my "liking for the sea
and its lore" from William Seaborn Martin, born at sea in
one of the earliest ships to America after the Mayflower.
The book has a gap in the family tree sometime before G.
Forrest, so I can't be 100% sure.
event, it would be interesting to learn whether we are
distantly related, and if so, to discover whether or not
Seaborn is among the shared ancestors.
Terry, thanks for all you did to make the 50th reunion
unforgettable for all who attended.
Teeson ~ Dear Gail and Deb, Thanks for the great
teamwork, you two!
through the yearbook all this past week, it's been as
fascinating to catch up on the lives of old friends and old
flames as it has been to discover some in the book who are
completely new to memory. It's especially interesting to
discover times and places where one's paths, interests
and/or causes crossed with those of classmates.
thanks for having the wonderful vision, the iron resolve,
the persuasive persistence and the generous spirit that were
all essential to the book's success. Your work on it gives
new meaning to the phrase, "Nothing worthwhile comes easy"!
thanks for using your special gifts with the written word to
put all those many bios into the same, highly readable
"voice". I can only imagine the mountain of submitted
material you had to sort through, plus you clearly did a lot
of your own research to fill in some of the blanks.
you both, again, for all the efforts you put in to make this
happen. The yearbook brings new life to old memories, and
will be a treasure for generations to come.
Jane (Long) Emerson
~ I luv, luv the yearbook...Fantastic job!! We tried to go
to Goodell's Fri evening about nine. This is quite
unbelievable but.. we could not find it!! It was pitch black
and drizzling.. more like bad eyesight tho. Even with
Janet's husband on the phone trying to give us landmarks.
Ahdah!!! Anyhow, I'm disappointed that I missed you and I
thank you very much, even tho I missed it, for all you and
We are meeting Pat & Bob
for dinner Wed eve in Bomoseen. Have a good summer!
Dupee ~ What an outstanding
thank you note to all. It should be all of us writing to
you for all your exceptional efforts that you and the team
put in to make it all a reality.
you, I am glad I attended. OK the 7th grade is
when I left.
Ann (Fitch) Judice ~ Hi, Gail, I want to personally
thank you for all that you did to make our class reunion
weekend such a success. I know a lot of people were
involved but everything needs a driving force and you
certainly were just that. Your tireless effort to try to
locate everybody was amazing. I didn't get a chance to talk
with everyone but I certainly did the best I could! The
yearbook (so awesome) will help me get caught up with
planning on going on vacation in September but we return on
the 21st. I will mark my calendar in case things work out
for a mini reunion! Have a good summer and get some rest!
You've earned it!
Dennis Boudreau ~ Gail, Thank you for including me and
the others that did not complete our time at BUHS, I felt as
though I did and I can’t believe all that you all did for
this get together. I had a great time!!
~ WOW!!! is correct. I am
usually reserved about complementing people. BUT you and all
of the people who really worked out of love for the class of
1961 should take an encore bow. As I told you I had
reservations about attending the reunion. But boy am I glad
I came. I had forgotten about a lot of the people I went to
school with and very pleased that I was also remembered. One
of my best friends here received a blow by blow of the
weekend and he is amazed that so much was done for a class
reunion. Also my lovely wife was shocked at how excited I
was when I got home and explained about the great weekend.
Well I could go on but must get to work. I will close with
this I started my adult life with the class in 1958
graduated in 1961 and in 2011 came full circle with the same
great respect for all you have done.
(Puffer) Griffin ~
Although I was not able to attend our 50th reunion I am
thankful to be part of a class that cares so deeply and
keeps on giving. Having just read your note to all the
classmates who made the 50th reunion a special memory I am
so touched by all who made it happen. What a wonderful
contribution from so many classmates.
to all who worked tirelessly compiling our spectacular
yearbook and making the 50th such a memorable occasion. I am
so proud to say I am from the class of 1961!
Elaine (Georgina) Landry ~ Gail, Pete asked if you
would like to do a Class of ’60 yearbook for their 55th
reunion! (Just kidding.) It was a remarkable piece of work.
& Clint Tefft ~ The yearbook is spectacular and we've
had lots of laughs and good memories as we've looked through
the many pages. You girls have done something that no other
class has ever done and I think the Reformer should be
notified so they can write up a story. What do ya think?
As always it was fun to see you and we are looking forward
to the many activities you have planned for the weekend.
and I had a wonderful time at Richard's and especially at
the banquet which was top notch. The space was perfect and
a class act to have it there instead of those tacky clubs.
Perfect choice and the food was actually delicious which is
unheard of for a banquet.
The yearbook is sensational and will be treasured for the
rest of our lives and I'm sure our children and
grandchildren will think it's a treasure to keep also (I can
hear them now...look how funny they looked back then...).
Thank you again Gail and our thanks to everyone else who
worked countless hours to make this whole weekend full of
memories to last the rest of our lives.
Gale ~ This will not be long but I would be remiss if I
did not take a minute to thank you both for an incredible
effort which resulted in a huge success. It could not have
been better. The banquet was fantastic even for those of us
who felt like space aliens returning to base after a
[Debbie. We may have been on Okinawa at the same time
Barb (Greenwood) Blake ~ I really had a good time. I
have to admit that I was pretty nervous. We ended up sitting
with Bob Goodell and his wife. You did a wonderful job. I
especially liked the bbq at Bob's. Saturday night was great
also and I loved having it where we did. Great choice.
Sylvia (Nadeau) Heath ~ The reunion was great! I bet
you are having some conflicting feelings. As in, glad it
went smashingly and sorry it is over! With all your energy,
I hope you had your next project lined up. Thanks again.
Also want you to know that I read through the reunion book
and enjoyed every page…Syl
Pat (Groulx) Green ~ I liked the bbq the best. Maybe
I'll get up to Richard's to really look through antiques.
John & Judy
(Willard) Lane ~ Just wanted to say a big THANKS to you
and all for the "super awesome" 50th get together last
night--and you deserve more than one can say for the "BIG
BOOK"!!!! We enjoyed the reading!!!!!!--J&J
Brenda & Bob Bingham
Just thought you should know that the class book is a big
hit in this house. Bob was looking at it, decided to take a
break, so I started looking. Then, he decided he wanted
it back and I am waiting.
Want to tell
you again what a fabulous job you did with all the 1961
activities. We had a terrific time and still talking about
how delicious the meal was.
(Rider) Busam ~ My Yearbook arrived safely, as
promised. I have been staying up late, enjoying catching up
on what has happened in the last 50 years to all my
classmates. You and Debbie have done a marvelous job on
this labor of love. I am so amazed that you were able to
find everybody, including many who only accompanied us for
some of the journey. Reading through and seeing the
pictures have helped to refresh my memory. Carolyn Jerard
would tell me of her experiences at reunions and say,
“Remember --------?” I would respond “ No”, but looking
through the Yearbook, I am recognizing and remembering
more. I thank you wholeheartedly for all your work and know
you will just love each and every moment of this reunion.
As I work on my family matters, I know I made the best
choice for me but I am thinking of you all and wishing I
could share in all the camaraderie. Best wishes
~ Debbie.... Gail and Pat
dropped off my yearbook today and all I can say is what a
WONDERFUL job you did in writing up all of our bio"s... It
is wonderfully written and I just want to say THANKS for all
your time and hard work !!!!!!!!! See you soon and again a
job WELL done.... Gail….. Thank you so much for bringing
the yearbook... Don’t know if you have computer with you or
not but just want to say what a nice job you and Debbie have
done.. Sure was a lot of work and know we do not have any
idea how many hours you spent on it.. Was written soooo
well and no stone left unturned. I want to just thank you
for all you have done for our class !!!!!
Wojchick ~ I received my book today, the 13th. It is so
fantastic, thanks to Gail and Debby and everyone who
contributed. I know it was a great work and could only have
been accomplished with love and caring..... will be thinking
of all of you during this week. (Sherri is banged up in
nose, feet and cast on arm , but is starting to feel better
and down to one pain pill a day along with Tylenol)
regards to all. Hope you have a really wonderful time.
(Allen) Seitzer ~ I received my yearbook today and I
can't put it down. I feel that I should have paid more for
the book after seeing all of the work and time was put into
this. Thank you sooooo much. Always!
Dianne & Jack Malloy ~ GREAT JOB......thanks for making the 1961
BUHS reunion so wonderful for everyone. We came back to
Portland POOPED, but a GOOD POOPED. Thanks, Dianne & Jack
Hebb Piccolo ~ Debbie &
Gail: Together, YOU TWO are an absolute wonder! Kudos to
you both for all you have done to make this such a terrific
keepsake. How did the two of you possibly DO this??? What an
incredible undertaking! The UPS driver must have fainted!
How many copies did you have to mail? How are you getting
the rest to Vermont for the reunion???
Another neat factor - you have my name on the binder in the
same font that we use on our trash-hauling trucks!!!
didn't mean to be so verbose - that's a lot of print for one
WONDERFUL TIME at the reunion. I would love to join you
all, but, I am comfortable with my decision to stay here
with Sam. He's been such a wonderful husband; I am truly
CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU GALS ARE THE BEST!!!
Knute Westerlund ~ Received the year book in
perfect condition. You, Debbie and all other contributors
are to be commended for its content. It was truly a
herculean task and one which will afford us many "new"
memories of our classmates.
JUST FOR FUN:
First bio submitted: Carolyn Jerard
Photo contest Orlando III (guessing who is who from new
photos): Carolyn Jerard & Ken Carpenter
bio submitted: Ann Cooper
Longest bio submitted: David Buehler
Humerous Bio: Clinton Tefft
Oldest Photo: Jack Dunham
artifacts contributed: (Tie) Bernita Chamberlin &
Alphabetically: Our classmates consisted of Sarah Isham
and next was Sandra Jacques.
WEIRD: Sarah married Armand (first name) ~ Sandy married
a DeArmand (last name)
Thanks to Those that have sent photographs that Gail could
compile in her "Kodak Moments"
and I could Link here ~
Gail (Palmer) Thomas' Kodak Moments
at the River Garden (Slide Show)
Photographs at the
Robert Gibson River Garden (PRINTABLE .pdf
Kodak Moments for the School Tour (Slide Show)
Photographs of School Tour
Kodak Moments at Richard's (Slide Show)
Photographs of Richard's Open House
Kodak Moments of Chillin' n Grillin'"
Photographs of Chillin' n Grillin'
Kodak Moments of Banquet (Slide Show)
Photographs of Banquet
Kodak Moments of Sunday Luncheon (Slide Show)
Photographs of Sunday Luncheon
Kodak Moments Miscellaneous Moments
Photographs of Miscellaneous Moments (PRINTABLE .pdf
at our 50th reunion events included:
Classmates plus spouses who live in Brattleboro and the
immediate surrounding area (includes Vernon, Guilford,
Marlboro, Dummerston, Putney, Westminster, Bellows Falls,
Newfane, Hinsdale & Swanzey, Keene) attended one or more of
Classmates plus spouses who live in Vermont – but not in the
immediate Brattleboro area - attended
Classmates plus spouses from Massachusetts attended
Classmates plus spouses from New Hampshire (not Cheshire
Classmates plus spouses from Connecticut
Classmate from Maine
Classmate from Rhode Island
Classmates plus spouse from Texas
Classmates plus spouses from North Carolina
Classmates plus spouses from Oregon
Classmates plus spouses from Florida (full time residents of
Classmate plus spouse from Maryland
Classmate and spouse from Washington (state)
Classmate from Arizona
Classmate from New Mexico
Classmate from Colorado
Classmate from California
we were pleased to welcome:
3 teachers: Mr. Pfenning,
Coaches Rounds & Ryan
surviving spouses: Tanya Beebe and Kathy Cook
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