Welcome to the DHS '63 Website
What's it all about?
Well, for a lot of us it's all about covid!
Just so you know what an inspiration you are to us. . . we got the idea for a covid page from Cindy Potter's submission entitled "Incarceration" when she called the pandemic worse than any hurricane she had ever lived through! And that was in the spring. Little did we know. She now admits that it did have an upside.
"I have been doing genealogy since 2003 and this quarantine has enabled me to break down a few brick walls as well as to build a bigger and better family tree. I've been in touch with relatives all over the world and it's most gratifying when a major breakthrough occurs."
Leah (at Deering Carol) Holmes said "If I ever get another haircut, I will jump for joy! Sam Band says, "We're not doing too bad, admits it is a very stressful time for both Annie (Merle Anne Chadbourne) and her family. He stayed at her house for 3 months until she was able to get around and look after herself in most things." There is an update on her condition in the NEWS section. Len Berman reports that "All's well in our home." but I bet like many others he is missing SeaDogs games. . . not to mention Red Sox games. At least now he can get a SeaBiscuit. Wonder if he plays golf?
Suzanne Svenson Kahil is thankful that she and Charly are both working, but will be very relieved and grateful when there is a vaccine. Both Suzy and BJ Dowling Kovachs miss family gatherings. BJ says"birthday celebrations just aren't the same without hugs!" Paul Pendleton hopes we will have more appreciation for each other and for the freedoms we used to have when they are returned. And hopes also we will continue to hold onto some of the gifts we discovered while our lives we slowed down.
Our masked couple (have you figured out who they are yet?) sends this message: "Our lives are much quieter than ever before and that's not bad. Both of us are doing more weeding and gardening and we've enjoyed it! Although we elderly are in the high risk Covid-19 group, our daughters and grandchildren are much more affected, as yours must be too. They work and do homeschooling, often an exhausting task. Kate's job cannot be done with social distancing. Our grandchildren have much more limited contact with friends. We know that people who have lost jobs or family members
have been devastated by the pandemic. We hope that none of our class has had this awful virus." Tom & Diana Allen
YOU will probably not be too surprised to hear that the Reunion at dimillo's is
Cancelled for this year. . .
Terry and I were becoming more and more uneasy about a big event during covid. We are in "that age group." We know that many in our class have underlying conditions. But we were haunted by something that Sherri Lamson Bryan wrote to us: "Dear ole friends mean more than ever during difficult times." (We truly are inspired by you!) How could we not have a reunion? And then we thought of ZOOM, an online Meeting Place we had learned about from our kids.
We called a Zoom meeting of classmates suggested by Dawn because they had helped out on previous reunions and we were surprised that their opinion was unanimous! In fact they said in many cases they wouldn't attend if it were in person. Then there was the question did we want to ZOOM? We heard from many of you already that you were not big fans of ZOOM. In our group there was a strong consensus that whereas it was never going to be as good as being together in person, it was better than not having a reunion at all! You can zoom from almost any device that can receive email or a text message. We will offer practice sessions for those who have never zoomed before or who felt unsuccessful in past zoom calls. We hope you will come!
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE GO TO THE REUNION SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE!
Always a big deal here in Maine and usually accompanied by a forecast of snow. But the crocuses and daffodils are up so we are on the way!
We are very encouraged by all the replies we received to our introductory email. Some were replies of thanks from Paula Noe Jacobson and Suzanne Svenson Kahill and Linda Tarkinson Carey and Ellen Thompson Raskin.
There were some "great jobs, looks great" from Barb Ryland and BJ Dowling Kovach. Diane Gordon Vogt wrote "such a wonderful idea" and Marie Cleaves Tysinger sent "Congratulations on your new endeavor."
Two guys actually made submissions: Len Berman and Sam Band (look for them on the News Page). BJ added that "it would be fun to hear from everyone" and Leonora Martelle Pressey holds to the hope that "this website is going to do exactly what you intended, to bring us together." Certainly, that is our goal!
Julian Orr and I had extended email conversations on what would make a "good entry" and we concluded anything about your life that we might not know: if you live out of state what do you like best about your area?, What's something you have done that your classmates never would have guessed you would do? What did you like best about your job? What do you like best about retirement? What are your kids or grandkids doing? A little bragging is OK. Accompanying pictures are wonderful especially if you don't want me to dredge up your old yearbook pic!
What a perfect time to prepare a submission! While you are quarantined, sequestered, or otherwise sheltering in place with no sporting events to distract you. Submit now! I can guarantee that your submissions will be read.
I was a middle school principal and elementary school teacher for many years, and I am still subbing! Love my work. Not ready to retire yet!
Welcome to the DHS Class of 1963 Website and Happy New Year because Auld Lang Syne is at least half of what we are all about.
The other half is about who we are now. For that part we need help from you.
How have you changed in the years since high school? Who are you now? Are you retired? How are you spending all that free time? Still working? What is it about your job that keeps you there? Would you like to start a conversation about topics that interest you? Or hobbies you have? Maybe find someone in the class who likes the same things?
These are our ideas, but hey! this is your website, tell us what you would like to see here.
To submit your ideas, go to the contact page.
I've been a bookkeeper and a bookseller, but I am very happily retired. So busy though -- volunteering, a little civil disobedience, and writing some poetry. Life is good!