LFHS 2017 Reunion Recaps

Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the New York State Erie Canal, this year’s events also marked the 30th annual celebration of Canal Days.  The Canal Days Celebration represents recognition of the community, our heritage and the spirit that makes Little Falls a unique place in the Mohawk Valley.  It welcomes thousands of visitors to Little Falls, attending dozens of family oriented community programs, held throughout the week and also is a popular time for LFHS/St. Mary’s reunion gatherings.  This year was no exception!

Please enjoy the proceeding compilation of recaps and photos of these years’ events:

  • On Saturday, August 12th, 2017, the Class of 2007 celebrated their 10 year reunion at the Elks Club. With approximately 40 alumni and significant others in attendance, the night was filled with fun, food, laughter, photos, reminiscing, catching-up and a special toast to the 4 classmates they have lost over the years.  Class officers, Leisha Majtan and Emily Scarano (Class of 2007 Registrar), would like to thank all of their classmates who made the night so fun and memorable. 

Class of 2007

  • The Class of 1977 celebrated their 40 year reunion on Friday, August 11 with a Canal Cocktail Cruise on the Lil’ Diamond. The class procured a bus/shuttle for about 35 roundtrip from Little Falls to Lil Diamond and the remainder of the class and some 25 spouses (about 90 in total), boarded at the departure site. Guests were greeted with name tags and boarding passes and a few even hit the dance floor immediately. Everyone was so happy to see each other at this highly anticipated 40th. Lynn and Chef Brown from Beardslee Castle were selected for heavy hors d’ oeuvres and were the perfect hosts downstairs.The Lil’ Diamond crew, including the Captain, made everyone comfortable, loved the class’s energy and rose to the occasion. The spirited group caught up, danced and sang upstairs in a Class of ’77 circle as if they were were celebrating their 10th reunion. It was a truly memorable event and all are looking forward to the next time they can get together. Plans are already in the works for a 45th Reunion get together.

Photo montages courtesy of Dianne DeNinno Foster.

  • The Little Falls High School Class of 1972 held its 45th reunion on Saturday, August 12, 2017 during Canal Days.  Classmates started Saturday morning with either a short, very warm walk along the Canal Trail or a non-competitive golf match at Little Falls Municipal Golf Course.  A private lunch was held at the Italian Feast and it was a wonderful time of reminiscing and getting reacquainted.  A total of 41 alumni and 10 spouses attended.  What made it extra special was that some people attended who have not been to a reunion in 45 years.  The event was non-stop talk, hugs, laughing and remembering and the planning committee was lauded for planning a casual and fun event.  A memorial board was set up to remember the classmates that have been lost.Terry Potoczny, always ready with his camera, took photos including a group shot and photos separated by the elementary schools – the St. Mary’s kids, Church Street School and Jefferson Street School, Monroe Street School and Benton Hall.  Much fun was had remembering the elementary years.  Suggestions were taken for ideas for the 50th reunion in 5 years and all are looking forward to the next event.  Attending were:  Diane Pawelek Aulisi, Charlie Balderston, John Ehlinger, Robert Ehlinger, *Joseph Gallagher, James Hoteling, Terry Jaquays, Marcia Kaminski, James Kaufman, *Joyce Becker Kaufman, Todd Kubica, Fina Kula, * Linda Perrino Lavalla, David Liscio, Jane Miller Lombardo, Dean Mocko, *Kathleen Sterzinar Mocko, *Palma Belorit Moore, Suzanne Atutis Moore, Sharlene Moshier, Terry Potoczny, Thomas Rathbun, Grace Ostasz Raymond, Paulette Restante, *Peg McGinnis Romano, Karen Rich Ruff, Kathleen Sadlon, Linda Salarpi, Robert Schultz, Maria Marchese Sciortino, Faye Miller Smalley, Barbara Staring, Ken Staring, Paul Swan, *Mary Welch Tomaso, Judy Brucker Ward, David Wright.
    *Committee Member for Reunion 2017

Members of the Class of 1972 at the Italian Feast

  • The Class of 1970 also held an informal gathering on Friday, August 11th at the Ann St. Deli dubbed the “Chic Cecconi Class of 70 Alumni Luncheon.”  Classmates enjoyed a quiet chance to reconnect and catch-up with one another.

    Class of 1970

  • The Class of 1968 also held an informal gathering after the Canal Days Parade in preparation for their 50th next year.  The Reunion Committee is working hard to track down all classmates to make next year’s event successful.  Tentative plans for the weekend will include: Friday, August 10th, 2018: Canal Cruise, Saturday, August 11th, 2018: Social Gathering at the Travel Lodge. More specifics will be sent out as they become available. A moment of silence was extended for friend and classmate, Tom Dussault.

Members of the Class of 1968

  • The 1967 Classes of Little Falls High School & Saint Mary’s Academy celebrated their 50th reunion with a cruise on the Erie Canal. A total of 82 people enjoyed, not only the Cruise; but a delicious buffet served by Domenick’s Deli and danced to the music provided by DJ Deon.
    Friendships were rekindled and everyone had a great time catching up and reminiscing.

St. Mary’s Academy Alumni, Class of 1967

Little Falls High School Alumni, Class of 1967

  • The Class of 1962 held their 55th Class Reunion the weekend of August 11-13th as well at the Travelodge Hotel in town.  Events included an informal gathering in the lounge on Friday evening, a reunion buffet dinner on Saturday evening and a departure breakfast on Sunday morning. To read more, visit: http://www.lfhsalumni.org/class-of-1962-celebrates-55-years/

On behalf of the LFHS Alumni Network – Thank you to all of the Reunion Planning Committees and Class Registrars for your work in planning smany successful events and we hope that next and future events will continue to grow.  It’s never too early to start planning your class’s reunion – please contact AlumniLFHS@gmail.com to find out how we can help!

Don’t see your class’s event posted?  Email your recap/photos to AlumniLFHS@gmail.com to be added to this article.

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