Sunday, April 21, 2013



SATURDAY, AUGUST 4th, 2012
Fountain Bistro ~ Belmont, NY
BCS Class of 1972 Reunion
Part  III
 
1.
DAVID MAYO
CHARLIE GILLULY
Val Gilluly ~ Charlie wife
 
2.
MARY  BOGAN
MARCINE HOVEY DELO
BUSTER  [ Carl ] CLARK
 
3.
DENNIS BLIVEN
Patti Zaknich Harris
STEVE HARRIS


 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2012
Fountain Bistro
Belmont, New York
BCS Class of 1972 Reunion
Part II
 
1.
PATTI ZAKNICH HARRIS 
[ Steve's beloved ! ]
GARY NEVINGER
[ Art teacher, Drama Advisor, Friend from our years at BCS ]
MIKE HEALY
 
2.
TERRY GELSER
DORIS ANN BABBITT LEHMAN
[ Senior trip chaperone & friend to us all ]
JIM NORRIS [ Jan Potter Norris's husband ] in background
 
 



SATURDAY, August 4th 2012
The Fountain Bistro ~ Belmont, NY
BCS Class of 1972 Reunion
Part  I
 
 
1.
JOHN  BOGAN being JOHN BOGAN
Lois  Hinnman  Hale  in background
 
2.
JOHN BOGAN  &  DONNA DAWSON-DiGIROLAMO
What IS she telling him ?
Lois Hinnman Hale & Gerry Murry in background
 
3.
MARY BOGAN   &   BOB BOYER
Two of the staff at Belmont Central School who helped guide us through the years.

Thursday, April 18, 2013



MEET & GREET ~ 3 more pics
[ Top to Bottom ]
 
1
Janet Potter Norris
Greg Shelley
Dave Mayo
 
2
Carl { Buster } Clark
his guest to his right, our left
{ Terry Thomas Gelser in background }
 
3.
Mary Kay Presutti
Lois Hinnman Hale




MEET & GREET   ~   More pics
[ Top to Bottom }
 
 
1.
 Lois Hinnman Hale
Terry Thomas Gelser
 Mary Kay Presutti
{ See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil ? }
 
2.
 Donna Dawson-DiGirolamo
Carolyn Tuttle Donnelly
Terry Thomas Gelser
{ Donna imparts her words of wisdom,,, other gals laugh }
 
3.
John Bogan
Marcine Hovey Delo
{ John shares his world views with Marcine, who is thrilled ! }
 
 4.
Charlie Gilluly
Mike Healy
Steve Harris
{ Three  wise  guys  }

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Meet and Greet"
BCS Class of 1972
Friday evening, August 3rd, 2012
American Legion Post 808 - Belmont, NY
 
Front Row, right to left:  John Bogan, Donna Dawson-DiGirolamo, Carolyn Tuttle Donnelly, Terry Thomas Gelser, Mike Feldbauer, Mary Kay Presutti, Charlie Gilluly.
 
Back Row, right to left: Jerry Murry, Janet Potter Norris, Mike Healy, Macine Hovey Delo, Lois Hinnman Murry, Greg Shelley, Carl [Buster] Clark, Steve Harris, Dave Mayo, Jane Doty Spencer.
 
 
This evening was a HOOT for me,,,, just listening to people ask one another " Who's that?" and then being SHOCKED at the answer.  I knew most everyone [ with the exception of Jerry Murry ] but there were lots of classmates who were not in the same boat as I was  :-)   One person in particular was a shocker to most of the class .... however being the gentleman that I am, I won't mention who that person was.  Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha !!!
 
 
KEEP
A  SONG
IN  YOUR  HEART





BCS  Class of '72
Service of Remembrance
PART III
[  Remember you can click on any pic to enlarge it ]
 
1.]  Donna Dawson-DiGirolamo
2.]  Dennis Bliven
3.]  Terri Thomas Gelser
4.] Sharing memories
5.]  Sharing memories




BCS Class of '72
Service of Remembrance
Saturday, August 4th, 2012
[ Pics are giving me a wee bit of a problem, so am loading a small amount at a time ]
Participants:
[ Top  to  bottom  ]
1. Steve Harris
2.  Janet Potter Norris
3.  Charlie Gilluly
4.  Dave Lowe
 




GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

[ Some things never change ]
( I'll attempt to post more of these pics later )
 
Last August we celebrated our 40th high school reunion.  Although we had a brief "Meet & Greet" on Friday eve, August 3rd, the main events were on Saturday, August 4th.  It says a great deal about the BELMONT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL CLASS of 1972 that before we began the dinner celebration and activities that were to follow, we paused to remember our classmates who were no longer with us [ in body at least]. 
 
We held a Service of Remembrance at Christ Church in Belvedere, NY,,, just a stones throw from Belmont.  It is a tiny church, built eons ago, but was perfect for this service.  We have lost seven classmates to date:  Bob Jefferds, Mark Rose, Dave Linza, Candy Hein, Dave Hunt, Steve Brown and Beth Donovan.  
 
It was a moving service.  We had poems chosen in advance that were read for each classmate no longer with us.  After the poem was read, we exchanged memories of each classmate.  Some funny, some moving, all held dear to our hearts.   Following the memory moments, the classmates entire name was read [ for instance: Steven Allen Brown...] while a classmate or family member of the deceased came forward and laid a long stemmed rose by the portrait of that particular classmate.  There were tall votive candles behind each picture, giving it a glow all its own.
 
When all seven classmates had been honored, we sang the one and only piece of music chosen for this Service or Remembrance:  our Alma Mater.  Accompaniment was given for the first verse and refrain but by the time we were into the second verse, only our voices rang throughout that little country church come time for the refrain:
 
" Swell the chorus, ever louder, high her praises ring
Hail to thee our alma mater, Belmont Central sing."
 
There were many wonderful moments from that weekend, but it is the Service of Remembrance that meant the most to me personally.  The fact that the  BCS Class of 1972  chose to honor its classmates in this way before they held the main celebration[s] speaks volumes to me.  I was proud to be a member of that class back then .... I remain so today.  Through all the years and all the fears, we remain united in our hearts.  There are some things that truly never change .
 
 
KEEP
A SONG
IN YOUR HEART

Monday, April 15, 2013

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I KNOW it's been  F--O--R--E--V--E--R .  Well ONE reason is I couldn't remember how to sign back in to be able to post on my own blog.  There you have it.  The truth, well most of it, the other part is I have been busy living life rather than reporting on it.  I've been wanting to post [again] on here for a  L--O--N--G  time .... let's leave it at that.

This past weekend was interesting to say the least.  [ I needs must be a little vague here for privacy reasons but bear with me ].  Having noticed something "out of the ordinary" concerning one of my friends on Facebook, I E-mailed her.  She E-mailed back but was "distant" or so it seemed.  Yes, she had broken up with her boyfriend ,,,,, and would I please keep her in my prayers.  I of course replied that I would.  That was Friday.  Come Saturday morning I began hearing from her ex boyfriend via PM's on Facebook.  I like both of these people mind you, good folk, but have a longer history with the "her" in this story than with the "him".  Long story short, he wanted to talk to me sometime Saturday, which occurred Saturday evening, more than once, more than twice, more than thrice.  Including texting much later on.  Sunday morning I had communicated with "him" via text after he had called me & I couldn't talk right then and Sunday afternoon I had a long talk with "her".  Different stories [ to a degree ] but that's to be expected.  One person was welcoming change, the other could not come to grips with it.   At any rate this [ and other things ] lead me to ask the question:

Why do some people fear change & others seem to thrive on it ?

The story above is but one example but we all go through "changes" on a regular basis.  Does change upset you or do you welcome the excitement ?  Perhaps it depend on whether or not you have advance knowledge of what MIGHT lie ahead:  You are to receive a pay raise at work, this is "change" but a good change and you pretty much know it will effect you positively.  BUT if you are notified that there are changes coming within your place of employment & you won't know until a week from now how or if those changes will effect you...... how does that make you feel ?  Anxious?  Excited?  Terrified?  Edgy?

Some people get bored easily and thrive on change.  If things remain the same to long these folks nigh onto go out of their minds.  Other people nearly need to be committed if you move a chair in their living space a few inches one way or another.   This intrigues me.   I've also seen a "split" in some folks as pertains to this topic:  some love "stability" [ things left basically the same ] at home but in their work life or play life,,, excitement must reign supreme.  And is this somehow tied up with those who like to take risks vs. those who absolutely do not like / appreciate risky behavior / sports / activities ?  Where do you fall in all this.  Does change bring on anxiety or excitement ?  When you think of the word change [ in this context, not money ], what are your emotions ?

I read somewhere [ & if anyone remembers where this might come from, fill me in please ], that our lives go through some sort of major or semi-major changes ever seven years [ approximately ].  There seems to be some validity in that, at least for me.  Some of those changes were great, some were simply okay and some I'd rather have not experienced.  Be that as it may, change happens.  For better or for worse we have to constantly deal with change in our lives.  Perhaps those who have learned to roll with the punches are the lucky ones.  Perhaps.

By the way, in the story above [ the one that began this post ].... "he" has reluctantly agreed to try to "move on" as she wanted.  Reluctantly.  VERY reluctantly.

COMMENTS WELCOMED on this post.  In the meantime don't be surprised if this topic stays current for a while.    Then again ,,,,, I could  change  my mind   !!!!!!!

 
KEEP
A  SONG
IN YOUR HEART


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