LEHS Awards Night — Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Our Class was once again able to give two $1,000 scholarships this year thanks to some generous donations this spring.  Thanks to Alan McGrath for volunteering to present our scholarships at the LEHS Award’s Night.  The Committee decided to give a scholarship to ROTC students since so many gave their time entertaining us and leading us touring the school the day after our 50th reunion on 9/12/15.
The two recipients of our scholarships are Marlene Rivera and Betsy Rodas Escobar.
Marlene ranks 23rd out of a class of 339 and is on the National Honor Society.  She plans to attend UMass Amherst where she will pursue pre-medical studies.  She attained the rank of Cadet Colonel while holding the billet of Cadet Commander.  She is a member of the Lynn English MCJROTC Lady Bulldogs Drill Team which has performed and earned many awards at local, city, state and national competitions.
Betsy ranks 70th out of the class and has been on the honor roll since the 10th grade.  She plans to attend Emmanuel College to pursue neuroscience.  She has been the lead coordinator for the LEHS American Red Cross Blood Drive for the past two years which has been a huge success.
In addition to their individual accomplishments, they each have a mile-long list of events they have volunteered for over the past years all the while putting in hundreds of hours in the ROTC program.  Marlene and Betsy have both worked very hard, and we wish them much success in their future endeavors!
Alan was most impressed with both young ladies shown in photos below with the famous “Bulldog”!


Betsy Rodas Escobar and Marlene Rivera

For future scholarships, we would be happy to consider any grandchildren of  classmates graduating from LEHS in good standing and going on to further their education after high school.  Please keep that in mind for next year if you have a graduating grandchild.

Update to Lunch with the girls May 25, 2017

As many of you noticed and pointed out to me, there were 14 members in the picture and only 13 names.

I did a cut and paste of the names supplied to me, so Elaine Laterza, it was not me who left you out.  I have corrected the caption in the original posting.

Elaine, since I took a lot of heat for this, and you were left out I think it would be only fair that “Picture taker” take us to Richardson’s for an Ice Cream.

two Updates

Classmate Linda (Mark) Hayes sent us an email notifying us that we can remove Wendy (Sisson) Morrisette from the Lost Classmates List.

Regrettably class mate Richard Smith’s Picture was removed from the Memorial page.  The picture has been reinserted.

Sorry for the inconvenience

Yesterday (April 1, 2017) I was doing some site cleanup in anticipation of the  annual Scholarship announcements.

I deleted some older posts, and moved some to locations that made more sense to me.  There was no intention to publish to the members.  I have no idea why this happened, and am sorry for any confusion it caused.

I will warn you in advance that I will be doing some more housekeeping in the near future, and hopefully things will not get away, but since I do not know what caused this last publishing, I fear it may happen again and request you patience.

Lester Libby

Life is Good… Here’s Proof!

Recent Get Together at Anthony's Hawthorne in Swampscott

 Note:  click on the photo to make it bigger.  Hit back arrow to go back.

Front Row (seated):

Linda (Hoey) Bergeron, Marcia (Sanborn) Roach, Gail (Minton) Hickey

Standing (left to right):

Maureen (O’Connor) Hendersen, Karen (Hyde) Mancinelli, Jan Cawlina, Eleanor (Shellgren) Starkenberg, Linda Witham, Helen (Heffernan) Jennings, Mary (Montejunas) Kaufman – in town from CA, Kathy Hashian, Janet (Thomas) Scholz, Janet (Durgin) Atkinson

New Page: “Classmate Activities”

A page has been created for each of us to post something special that is happening in our lives.  Be it a new grandkid, a new job, retirement, writing a new book, or anything you consider special about yourself (or your family).  Please remember, no phone numbers, addresses or email addresses.

Keep your postings free of political or controversial topics.  Your postings will be edited as necessary.  Please do not solicit anything on the site.  Postings advertising something “for sale” will not be posted as will any postings in bad taste.

To place something on the page, just use contact and an email will be sent to our class email address.  If you have a photo that you want to post, just put a comment in that you want to put a photo up for others to see.  We will contact you and give you instructions.

Our initial posting is by Lina Rehal who is announcing a book signing for her new book.  Check it out on the Classmate Activities page.

How To Use Your Class Website

There is a lot of information on our website.  Let’s take a little tour. 

The home page is a blog (web-log) a kind of diary.  Each blog item has a headline and a body.  Below each body is a list of the generalized topics which the item is related to (in case you want to review other similar topics) and something that says either “add a comment” or “x comments” where “x” is a number.  If you want to make a public comment about the blog item, simply click on the “add a comment” or “x comment” and a window will pop up to allow you to make a public comment on the blog topic.  You can comment on ANY of the blog topics, but try to make sure you are clicking on the one you want to comment about.  Later this year, we will be seeking public (and private) input on where to have our 50th reunion, and the types of activities you might like to see at the reunion.  This is something we hope will generate a lot of comments and a lot of public discussion.  Wait for the blog post and then jump in and make your feelings heard.

 Comments are not automatically posted.  They have to be approved before hand (this avoids getting a lot of spam).  By the way, in a typical day, we get about 30 comments from spammers that never get on the site! 

Generally, blog items are posted by your webmaster (Bob Maleszyk), but anyone can post an item just by communicating with Bob (using the Contact page or by email directly to him).  So if you have a topic you want to put in front of your classmates, you are encouraged to do so. 

There may be references to pages on our website.  These are usually highlighted in a different color and when you run your mouse over the item, it becomes underlined as well.  This is a link to one of the pages on our website and if you click on it, the page will open. 

On the right side of the all the pages on the site is a column that contains “subscribe to the blog” at the top.  If you put your email in the block provided, and fill out the form that pops up, you will get an email when ever a new blog item is posted.  If you don’t subscribe, you will have to go to the website every now and then and check to see if anything is new.  Please note, the email is only sent when a new blog item is added not when a blog item is updated or when one of the pages is updated.  One bug in the program we are using that I have found is if I delete an obsolete blog item, an email will be sent for some old blog item.  So I won’t be deleting the obsolete ones anymore!  I don’t want emails going out for old stuff.  We all get too many useless emails. 

The next item on the right side of every page is the Main Menu.  This is a list of all the pages on the website.  This is where you will find the Memorial List, Photo Galleries, Lost Classmate List, List of Classmates needing to update their contact information, a List of classmates who have given permission to share their contact info with other classmates for communications between classmates, a page for general comments (which are private communications to the webmaster), a page for updating contact information (which also is private communication to the webmaster), information on the reunions, who attended them, the reunion committee, our scholarship program and a few other topics (including a way to get back to the blog or home page).  If you want to see photos from the 45th reunion, click on the appropriate page and you will go there.  By the way, if you click on one of the photos, it makes it bigger!  Give it a try.

The next item on the right side every page is blog categories.  This is a generalized category which a blog item will go in (sometimes more than one).  It just is a way of finding similar topics.  For example, since this blog item is not related to reunions or photo galleries or anything it particular, it will be automatically added to the “uncharacterized” list.  When the blog item is written, I have to place a checkmark to signify which category the blog item belongs in.  If I don’t place the check mark, it is automatically put in the “uncharacterized” list.  I could create a new category if is appropriate to do so.  Click on one of the categories and check out what happens. 

Finally on the right side of every page is a list of “other links”.  This is a way of sending you outside of the class of 1965 website to other websites.  For example:  “Rollys Tavern on the Square” is the website of the restaurant that catered our 45th reunion.  A few of our classmates requested a link and their websites are listed as well.  There are a few other links there.  When you click on one of those links, you will leave the LEHS Class of 1965 website. 

There are a couple of ways you can use the website to make your feelings known.  First is publically by commenting on a link.  You can also author a blog item by communicating first with the webmaster (using the Comment page or direct email).  You can create new pages in the same way.  Of course, use good judgment on any public comments.  Any comment can be deleted if it is abusive. 

You can comment privately (to the webmaster and to the reunion committee) by using the Comment page.  

Fellow members of LEHS Class of 1965 … this is YOUR website.  Feel free to use it!  Stay in touch and stay informed.

Subscribe to the blog and don’t miss anything

See that little block over there that says “Subscribe to Blog”————–>

Subscribe to the “blog” ( aka “web log”…a kind of an on-line diary) and every time a new post is made to the website you will get an email telling you about it.  Click on “Subscribe to Blog”  and follow the instructions that pops up to add your email address and you will get an email when something new comes up.  Generally emails don’t go out if something is just edited, but only when something new is added.  If you are subscribed, you won’t have to go to the website every day to see if something new is added or you won’t have to worry about missing an announcement.

But… when I just add some more photos from the last reunion you probably won’t get an email (unless I create a headline in the blog).

Don’t forget to update your contact information if you move or change any of your contact info.  Just click on Address Update Form and fill out the entire page.  If you don’t want to reveal some of your contact info, leave it blank but make a comment on the form so we know you meant to leave it blank.