OUR 55TH REUNION DINNER WAS HELD ON FRIDAY NIGHT SEPT 18TH AT ILIO'S - AS ALWAYS DENNIS DI PAOLO AND HIS STAFF WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE IT A WONDERFUL EVENING - AS YOU READ EARLIER - IT WAS A CASUAL EVENING OF FUN AND FRIENDS GETTING TOGETHER - NO SUITS - NO HIGH HEELS, NO FRILLS - NO MICROPHONES AND NO SPEECHES .... BILL BURKE READ A PRAYER WRITTEN BY OUR CLASSMATE RETIRED MINISTER BILL KEMP, NOW RESIDING IN FLORIDA.... PICTURES WERE TAKEN (BY MYSELF AND SHERI DOWNS ) AND WILL BE SENT UNDER SEPARATE COVER AND THEY ARE ALSO POSTED ON FACEBOOK.... THANKS TO SHERI DOWNS, JOANNE KOPREVICH (TOM'S WIFE) AND SANDY HEREDOVSKY WHO HELPED ME MAKE CALLS TO THOSE WITHOUT COMPUTERS - I CALLED SOME OUT OF TOWNERS WITHOUT COMPUTERS - IT WAS FUN TALKING TO EVERYONE.... SOME DID NOT RETURN OUR PHONE CALLS - BUT THAT'S OK - EVERYONE IS BUSY AND SOME ARE NOT INTERESTED - EMAILS WERE SENT TO OUR ENTIRE CLASS - IT ENDED UP A LOCAL EVENT - SOME OF THE OUT OF TOWNERS HAD BEEN HERE IN MAY FOR THE SPHS 100TH - AND SOME WERE UNABLE TO TRAVEL TO BUFFALO AT THIS TIME AND SOME HEALTH ISSUES - AND SOME DID NOT RESPOND EITHER WAY....
WE WERE PLANNING ON HAVING 40 AT DINNER; BUT A FEW DAYS BEFORE OUR FRIEND TOM KOPREVICH FELL OFF A LADDER AND WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED - I WILL CALL JOANNE TODAY AND GET AN UPDATE AND ADVISE LATER.... SO WE WERE DOWN TO 38 - HOWEVER - BILL MC LAUGHLIN AND HIS WIFE DID NOT ATTEND - SO WE WERE AT 36- BUT CONNIE SMITH CALLED HER COUSIN JUDY WHO CAME OVER AND JOINED US - SHE KNEW MANY FROM OUR CLASS... SO WE ENDED UP WITH 37 - SOME OF OUR MONTHLY LUNCH BUNCH WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND - SUE POTH KLEINSMITH IS VISITING ITALY, JERRY INDA WAS AT A REAL ESTATE SEMINAR, MIKE LANGLWAS TRAVELING, JUDY MOSKAL HAD ANOTHER COMMITMENT, ELMER AND MARLENE MC SKIMMING WERE IN BRANSON, PAT DEMPSEY WHO HAD A BASEBALL GAME, LINDA GRAEBER ADDY WHO RECENTLY MOVED TO FLORIDA, ART AND MONICA COSGROVE WHO WERE TRAVELING, JOANIE VAN ARSDALE MAHAR WAS VISITING FLORIDA, SHARON BRODERICK KRIEGAL JUST GOT BACK FROM ALASKA, ROSE CARUANA COLE WAS VISITING FAMILY IN FLORIDA , JUDY JACKSON BIBER HAD A FAMILY WEDDING AND JEAN WESER RAGO JUST GOT BACK FROM A CRUISE TO ALASKA ..... CLASSMATES DIANE VENTRE AND JOE RENOWDEN WERE UNABLE TO COME BACK TO BUFFALO - THEY WERE HERE THIS SUMMER VISITING FAMILY AND GOT TOGETHER FOR LUNCH WITH SOME OF THE LUNCH BUNCH... OUR BEST WISHES TO CLASSMATES PAM MUNSON SHANAHAN WHO IS HOME RECOVERING FROM SURGERY ON HER ANKLE - KAREN BARRETT DIETZ WHO RECENTLY HAD CATARACT SURGERY WITH COMPLICATIONS AND PAULINE MUSIALOWSKI WHO RECENTLY HAD OPEN HEART SURGERY.... WHO WEREN'T ABLE TO JOIN US .... AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE RECENTLY LOST DON PAGLIACCIO AND I HAD TALKED TO HIM ABOUT SURPRISING EVERYONE AND ATTENDING OUR DINNER - THAT WAS NOT TO BE... BUT HE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.... JUDY CLEARY DINAN WHO NOW RESIDES IN FLORIDA WAS IN BUFFALO VISITING FRIENDS AND RELATIVES AND SHE AND HER HUSBAND TOM WERE ON THEIR WAY TO CURTAIN UP SO THEY STOPPED IN FOR A QUICK DRINK AND VISIT ... OUR CLASSMATES ARE ON THE MOVE AND ENJOYING RETIREMENT -
DINNER WAS SERVED PROMPTLY AT 5:30 PM FAMILY STYLE .... WE HAD A CASH BAR . DINNER INCLUDED SALAD - ROAST BEEF, CHICKEN, PASTA, AND DESSERT, COFFEE AND TEA ... AFTER DINNER THE CONVERSATION WAS BRISK AND LIVELY - CLASSMATES MOVED AROUND THE ROOM JOINING OTHER TABLES AND RELIVING SPHS DAYS AND DISCUSSING GRANDCHILDREN AND TRAVELS ETC .... WE HAD TABLES OF 8 WHICH WORKED WELL FOR CONVERSATION - INSTEAD OF NAMETAGS WE HAD A SHEET WITH YEARBOOK PIX AND NAMES TO HELP IDENTIFY FRIENDS - HOWEVER, MOST SEE EACH OTHER MONTHLY AND IT WAS FUN FIGURING OUT THOSE WE HAVEN'T SEEN SINCE 1960 OR OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY - NO PLACECARDS - YOU COULD SIT WHERE YOU WANTED - REMEMBER IT WAS A CASUAL - NO FRILLS - NOTHING FANCY NIGHT - THOSE ATTENDING RECEIVED A BOOKLET - OF A MESSAGE FROM OUR CLASS PRESIDENT JOSEPH MASTERS NOW RESIDING IN VIRGINIA - HE WAS IN BUFFALO FOR SPHS 100TH IN MAY - AN UPDATED LIST OF CLASSMATES WITH EMAILS AND A FEW PHONE NUMBERS FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE A COMPUTER - A LIST OF DECEASED CLASSMATES - AND MESSAGES FROM CLASSMATES WHO COULD NOT ATTEND) - IF YOU WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THAT BOOKLET, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO OBTAIN A COPY BY MAIL - THOSE IN ATTENDANCE WERE BOB SOTO, DIANA KNIAZUK, BARB SEMINICK LERCZAK, ED AND DONNA GUZDEK, STEVE AND MARGE MUSCATO, SAM AND ROSE FASSARI, ME, SHERI DOWNS, NANCY BANISH GRETZLER, DENNIS AND KAREN FORD, CARM VALLONE WALTON, JOHN AND MARILYN NEWMAN, SANDY HEREDOVSKY & ROY MUSSELL, VERONICA STEINER CANFIELD, CONNIE SMITH, JUDY B., RON AND SERENA BRODNICKI, FLO RICE AND TERRY O'SHEI, ART AND LINDA FOSTER, HOWARD HUXLEY, BILL BURKE, ROZ LA VERDI CONMY, ROSE FREDERICKS, LORRIS GUNNIS RAS, MARY SHARON MC CARTHY STRAIT , AND BILL OTWELL...
THE OCTOBER MONTHLY LUNCH WILL BE HELD THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH - FLO WILL BE COORDINATING AND SENDING OUT INFORMATION SOON - SO WHY NOT JOIN US - ANOTHER SOCIAL EVENING WILL BE HELD BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS AND BEFORE THE SNOW FLIES SO WATCH FOR THAT
MY SINCERE THANKS TO THOSE WHO COMMENTED HOW MUCH THEY ENJOYED THE EVENING AND THOSE WHO SENT A NOTE - THAT MEANT A LOT TO ME ... IT WAS MY PLEASURE - I AM SURE YOU ARE ALL AWARE BY NOW STAYING IN TOUCH IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF LIFE - MAKING HAPPY MEMORIES AS WELL ....TAKE CARE - SANDY
CLASS OF ’60 SEPTEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER
Although Carol and I always enjoyed dancing since we met in 1964, neither of us had taken dance lessons nor were competitors to Fred Astaire or Ginger Rodgers. Some of you may remember that about me from our days at Ol' South Park! A few years ago, a friend of ours introduced us to a ballroom dance instructor who offered us a few introductory lessons. Since then, we continued taking more from a variety of instructors and sources, but still don't consider ourselves as candidates for Dancing With The Stars.
I have learned four things I never knew before taking lessons. One, you do a different combination of steps to a different dance. That didn't always happen before, repeating the same steps, to whatever music was played. Second, the man begins the dance step on his left foot and the lady on her right foot. Again, that didn't always occur prior to taking dance lessons. Third, in order to remember to start on my left foot, it helped to learn that I was the "leader" of the dance step(s). Fourth, however, the lady is ALWAYS RIGHT!
Although we've made some progress throughout several years of dance instruction, "getting it right" still remains a challenge for both of us. One of the most difficult parts is to use what is called, "Latin Motion" when dancing any of the Latin dances like the cha-cha, rhumba, salsa, mambo, etc. This is where your upper body remains almost motionless while your lower body moves in a swivel-like motion beginning with the hips. I've had several instructors, male and female, try to teach me by explanation and demonstration, how to do that correctly. Struggling to emulate them, particularly the females, I tell them, "men's bodies don't maneuver the same as female bodies"!
Recently, Carol saw an ad for "Dirty Dancing Weekend" at Mountain Lake Resort about an hour's drive from our home. Some of you may be mesmerized with the movie Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze. The setting is Mountain Lake Resort where it was filmed, at least in part. She thought it would be fun to attend and signed us up as a celebration weekend of my recent birthday. First though I had to carefully explain to my three daughters what I was going to be doing at a Dirty Dancing Weekend in the mountains of Virginia! Having them "sign-off in agreement" we headed to Mountain Lake Resort the last weekend of August.
The first evening, Friday, consisted of a Sock Hop featuring all the music from the movie. Resort staff were dressed and assumed the names of several characters in the movie. The movie was shown late in the evening. Saturday morning consisted of a tour of the resort grounds where I learned for the first time that parts of the movie were filmed at Lake Lure in North Carolina! The filming occurred in late October when the grass was brown and the leaves arrayed in bright autumn color. These were sprayed green to depict a summer setting. That afternoon dance instruction by a local ballroom dance studio was offered in group and private lessons featuring the merengue, salsa and foxtrot shown in the movie. The evening activity was a 4 hour dance where the afternoon dance instructors gave a performance of several of the dance routines from the movie and a group of sorority sisters from the University of Pittsburgh who were in attendance as guests, donned in movie costume, also were given an opportunity to "strut their stuff"!
All in all it was a fun weekend. We met several new folks, many who had attended this event for several years in a row. Carol met someone who admitted to watching the movie at least 200 times and was expert to detail each location shown in the movie having visited each personally each time she came to this celebration event at Mountain Lake Resort! Joseph Masters j
Remember the Beach Boys...the musical' HAIR"....the Mamas and the Papas....? You can relive these songs by coming to Depew High School for Buffalo Gateway Show Chorus annual show on Sept.26th. My chorus always presents a great show and this year it will be especially enjoyable with the songs of the 60's! If anyone would like tickets I have them for $15 if you buy them from me...otherwise it is $20 at the door. Please email me if you'd like tickets at Bubongo4@aol.com. Promise you will enjoy either the 3 or 7 PM show! I have been with the chorus for 13 years and has been great addition to my retired life. I've met new friends, got a chance to travel and compete internationally and brought smiles to audiences near and far. I would LOVE to see some SPARKS in the audience this year! JUDY JACKSON BIBER
PS: “THE FABULOUS SIXTIES N’ DIXIE ON SEPTEMBER 26TH AT 3:00 AND
7:00 PM – DEPEW HIGH SCHOOL – 5201 TRANSIT ROAD – DEPEW – SOME OF
US ARE GOING TO BE AT THE 7:00 PM PERFORMANCE – WHY NOT JOIN
US??? CONTACT JUDY FOR TICKETS…..
The Canton GA 1st Friday celebration they have every month. We also do a Toys for Tots show that is very successful along with our own Club show ( PoBoy’s Car Club) every 3rd Saturday from March to October. That’s how I keep busy and it’s doing something I love to do. I hope everyone up there is well. Lou Aloisio
Carolyn Faling Mays reconnected with Carol Pieczynski Karter and had dinner with her and her husband Ron recently…. They had a great time catching up and agreed to meet half way between Syracuse and Buffalo before the snow flies… have you reconnected with a friend from SPHS ?????
A CLASSMATE REMEMBERS DON PAGLIACCIO ….
I didn’t know Don in high school, but our paths would cross years later when my daughter, Kelli and his son, Scott started dating. They went together for several years and for a while I thought we were going to become in-laws, but that was not to be. I got to know the entire Pagliaccio family and there wasn’t a nicer, more caring family than them and when I would see Don he always had a smile on his face!
Every year, I was invited to a block party that Don attended, thrown by his niece and several other families, and he was my jitterbug partner. He was the best “jitterbugger” around! I will miss those dancing feet and smiling face and may Carol, Scott, Julie and Kerry hold those fond memories of Don close to their hearts to carry them through the days ahead. With loving thoughts and prayers . . Sheri Downs
Where has the summer gone ???
ASKS FLO RICE O’SHEI
It was packed full of so many great activities. The last one was the "Blues Festival" in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. So much talent it blew my mind away. We stopped at Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands on the way back home. I toured Boldt Castle on Heart Island for the third time. The Preservationists have done outstanding work on the buildings and grounds. Many of the items in the home are originally from the Boldt family and are so beautiful. The original china is on display. There are so many pieces, can't imagine having to wash all of them !!!!!!!
Our class has been floating around to different places for our monthly lunch, and may continue to do so until the snow flies. We were at Armor Inn in Hamburg, and had 25 in attendance. If you weren't there, you missed a lot of fun. Watch for my email with details about the October lunch – it’s always the second Wednesday of the month..
Kudos to Sandy for planning our upcoming 55 th reunion at Ilios. Hope to see you there. Have to run-time to start putting the pumpkins and gourds on display.
Bits 'N Pieces from Diana Kniazuk…..
- The Chopin Singing Society's 116th Annual concert will be on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St, Buffalo (Black Rock) at 3PM. Pre-sale tickets are $10/each. The concert will feature Polish music and songs with the Amherst Chamber Orchestra. One of my favorite songs to sing is the "I Believe" sung by the male choir and the ladies, including me, will be singing "Ave Maria" in Latin at the same time. It is beautiful. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact me, Diana, at 824-9117.
If you would like to sing with the Chopin Singing Society, we meet every Tuesday at the Leonard Post on Walden Avenue around 6:45pm and rehearse at 7:30PM. Just let me know if you will attend. Thank you. Diana (824-9117)
- The AmVets Post 897 Ladies Auxiliary is having a Steak Roast on October 10 from 4:00-7:00PM. Pre-sale is $12 and, again, I have tickets and yes I will be there. The Post is located 149 Lake Ave, Blasdell, NY. Anne Dubel, the Auxiliary President does the steaks and I can vouch they will be done the way you like it done. Or, you may contact Anne directly at 998-7271.
- If you have any unwanted or expired prescription or over the counter medications, syringes, inhalers, liquids, etc. take them on Saturday, Sept 26, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00PM to one of the various Erie County locations and drop them off at the Seneca Senior Center, Evans Center Town Hall, Town of Hamburg Senior Center, Sisters of Charity St. Joseph's Campus in Cheektowaga, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. Go to www2erie.gov/environment/ for additional locations.
SHARON BRODERICK-KRIEGEL had a great time in Alaska. I didn't get to see my great grandkids because we went around were he lives,I was hoping to see them all,but we really got to see some beautiful country. My friends and I had a great time on the ship and on the train. We were lucky enough to see the top of My McKinley. The weather was extra warm for that week. We had one day of fog and light rain the day we went to glaciewishing bay.It was in the 50s in the morning to 60-70 in the afternoon.The food was excellent on the ship, expensive in some of the ports we stopped in. We went to Vancouver, Ketchikan, Yukon,Juneau, Skagway, Denali,and Fairbanks.It was a fantastic trip.
THE ADVENTURES OF DIANA KNIAZUK – PART 2 of my trip to Bujumbura, Burundi in June which was a bit more ...... The coups attempt was because the President of Burundi wanted to have a third term and the Constitution said he could not. But that did not stop him from pushing for it and creating many problems. We, the Marine Security Unit, myself and the Embassy Nurse Practitioner, arrived in Burundi via a small charter jet and entered the airport VIP lounge where we were greeted by Embassy personnel who were also getting Embassy personnel and family members ready to get on the plane to take them to Kigali. The MSU, who were there as added security to the Embassy, and I departed the airport for the Embassy. Along the roads we did not see any fighting nor any burned buildings, etc. Bujumbura is a beautiful country. Off we went to the Embassy and when we arrived the MSU were housed at the Embassy and I was to go to a hotel after I picked up my cell phone and information regarding the Embassy. Did I mention my 2 pieces of luggage did not arrive with me??? So, whatever I had in my carryon was what I had to live with until my luggage was found and delivered. Words of wisdom - always have extra cloths, i.e. underwear, sleep wear, blouse, with you when you travel. Including trial size toiletries.
The various embassies, bank officials, government officials and upper echelons lived in the area where there were no problems and where people were walking around without a problem. It would be like living in Williamsville and the problems were near OLV. Clean, neat and well kept area is where the hotel was. Beautiful suite with a balcony and great scenery. This lasted for 2 days and then I was instructed to move to an Embassy house that was vacant. No problem, it had a washer, dryer, TV, internet -- okay I said. Then I developed an infected hair follicle what was no fun. That got treated and I survived. The local nurse at the Embassy was outstanding. She had been through the genocide in 2005 and treated many types of wounds. Yes, I was able to go to the Embassy of the Holy See (Vatican) to Burundi for mass on Sundays and many people attended it. There were no problems in the area. Great French bakery with home made ice cream.
Monday, off to the Embassy to find out what was happening. It just so happened that the Ambassador was someone I worked with about 10 years ago. Nice person. Then I had to set up the office - get computer log-ons, transfer of my email address from The Gambia, etc. Lunch started at 11:30am and if you got there at Noon, food selection was almost non-existent. On the way back to the hotel, I had the driver stop at a store so I would have something to eat for dinner. And some treats for the MSU as they were not allowed to leave the Embassy. The downtown stores had no problems so it was easy to obtain what I needed.
But then Washington decided all non-essential personnel and all family members had to leave Bujumbura. Students were living on the streets or in the university located next to the Embassy. Afraid to go home and the university dorms were closed. After a week my luggage showed up and then I had to get ready to leave Bujumbura. I was there almost 3 weeks and then another TDY secretary arrived to replace me. It was good to arrive back in the U.S.A. my friends. We don't appreciate what we have. P.S. My replacement had to leave after a week - non-essential personnel issue again. The President won the election for a third terms easily - no opposition. But, there is no peace in Burundi as of yet.
It’s been a busy summer for all of us and seemed to fly by much too quickly, yet, some found a few minutes to submit something to continue our newsletter – my sincere thanks to those who submitted articles for this newsletter … our newsletter is done each month for a reason – staying connected ... and will only be as good as YOU make it. I am just the collector and I circulate what I receive. So your participation is vital to make this monthly newsletter a success each month. Sorry to write that I was unable to include photos sent by Lou Aloisio, and a photo of Don P. due to technical difficulties beyond my control . However, starting with the October Newsletter I will have a new system that will allow me to send pictures with no problem (fingers crossed!)
OUR SINCERE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO PAT DEMPSEY AND HIS FAMILY ON THE PASSING OF HIS BROTHER BILL.
AND GET BETTER QUICK WISHES GO OUT TO PAM MUNSON SHANAHAN - SHE RECENTLY HAD SURGERY ON HER ANKLE - HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON, PAM....
OUR 55TH REUNION DINNER WILL BE HELD THIS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH …A NO FRILLS – NOTHING FANCY – EVENING OF GOOD FOOD – SIT DOWN FAMILY STYLE DINNER AND LOTS OF CONVERSATION AND LAUGHS CATCHING UP ….FOR SOME OF US, IT HAS BEEN FIVE YEARS SINCE WE HAVE SEEN EACH OTHER – FOR SOME – 55 YEARS!!! MY SINCERE THANKS TO SANDY HEREDOVSKY MUSSELL, JOANNE KOPREVICH, AND SHERI DOWNS FOR HELPING ME MAKE CALLS TO THOSE WHO DON’T HAVE A COMPUTER. YOU CAN BE SURE THERE WILL BE PICTURES AND DETAILS FORTHCOMING.
JUST A REMINDER - GATHER AT 5:00 PM - ILIO'S ON SOUTH PARK AVE.
DINNER WILL BE SERVED AT 5:30 PM - CASH BAR