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High Alumni Coming Home
Chester High School Alumni
will be coming home to Chester this year for their annual reunion
and meeting. The meeting draws a large group of people associated
with the former Chester High School, including Chester Residents who
graduated from Gateway after Chester High School closed in the late
1960’s. This year’s festivities begin with a social hour at 2:30 PM
at the Chester Railroad Depot and continue informally throughout the
entire weekend as “Blue Devils” and “Quarriers” wander around town
visiting old friends and relatives.
Chester High has traditions dating back well over one hundred years,
but the Association has no members from that long ago! Among the
many mysteries every year are questions like, “Who will be the
oldest member?” and “Who will come from the farthest away?” In the
midst of all the reminiscing, prizes are awarded for the first local
and first out of state reservation. There is never a lack of
laughter, perhaps because the threat of detention is long gone even
though former teachers frequently attend.
Association President Walter Boomsma noted that the reunion will be
Chester by for the fourth straight year. “People love meeting in
Chester for a lot of reasons, including the relaxed atmosphere. Some
can’t resist sitting on the church corner for a while. Small town
America is alive and well, at least in Chester.”
Five year classes will be honored, especially the fifty year class
of 1961 who started organizing and making plans at last year’s
He also pointed out that using this more informal approach allows
ticket prices to remain low. Association Leadership is also excited
that the event will be a bit of an economic benefit for Chester.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing dollars into Chester instead of
Westfield” and they hope local businesses and organizations will
make the town “open and welcome” to those who attend.
“We’ve made an extra effort to find graduates this year,” Boomsma
noted. “Our secretary Annette LaMountain has put in a lot of hours
searching and organizing the list of graduates and we’re sending out
a record number of invitations this year.
Those invitations will be mailed to Association Members in May.
Alumni who have not received an invitation may simply send a check
(tickets are $12 per person, payable to Chester High School Alumni
Association) to Annette LaMountain, Association Secretary at PO Box
206, Chester MA 01011.
Additional officers of the Association include Robert Goewey, Vice
President and George A. Morey Treasurer. Board Members include
Judith Olson of Hatfield, Brenda Budreau of Huntington, Jackie
Conklin of Westfield and Tino Cardarelli, Diane DeMoss, and Janice
Brown, all of Chester. Any one of these people may be contacted for
information or to volunteer some help. The Association maintains a
http://chesterhigh.wordpress.com and a Facebook page where
alumni can gather information and post comments.
The Alumni Association also manages a significant scholarship fund
and Gateway Seniors are encouraged to contact their guidance
counselors for additional information. Scholarship Custodians
include Maurice Pease, Duane C. Pease, and Bruce Cooper.
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Town Hall Information
P. O. Box 9
15 Middlefield Road
Chester, MA 01011
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Selectmen meetings are
Mondays, 6:00 p.m.
241 Route 20
Chester, MA 01011
241 Rt. 20
Chester, MA 01011
Wed - Fri - 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat - 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sun - 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed Mon & Tue