By DIANE RZEPKOWSKI CHODAN
OBSERVER Lifestyles Contributor
It can be called 50 years, five decades or half a century. In terms of the history of the earth, it’s a short period. In human terms, it’s pretty long. The DHS Class of 1967 marked the milestone of its 50-year reunion with a weekend of activity on July 28 and 29.
Speaking after the events, Rick Bamonto said, “It was a good reunion.”
Indeed it was, and much of the credit goes to the planning committee of Bamonto, Pat Barlette Lemanski, Sandy Catalano Sinare, Karen Katulski Tramuta, Kathy Kuzdzal Partridge, Linda Nalbone Liedke, Jim Oddo and Lynda Russo Smith. The group spent the last year selecting and planning the events — a Friday night get-together under a tent outside of the Clarion Hotel, an optional tour of Dunkirk High School and a picnic and pig roast at the Firemen’s Grounds at Point Gratiot. It also printed out a listing of activities and directory of classmates, ordered the keychains which will serve as a remembrance, and displayed items such as yearbooks and pictures from previous reunions to prime the memories of their fellow senior citizens.
There were some special touches. Somehow one committee member, reportedly Sandy Catalano Sinare, found markers that wrote in maroon for class members to use for writing out name tags. (Dunkirk High School students and alumni are, after all, Maroon Marauders.) Lynda Russo Smith, in an amazing display of artistic and culinary talent, baked and decorated a cake for the Saturday picnic. Yes, the frosting used for edging and lettering was maroon. Committee members made a special point to greet the returning classmates at the activities planned.
Because most of the activities were outdoors, the committee also prayed a lot for good weather. Their prayers were answered. While it was…