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Stumbling badly out of the gate, the DHS boys hockey team has won 5 of the last 6 games to even their record at 8 – 8 – 1. In league play, the Wave are an astounding 7-1-1 with a chance at being the top seed!
 
Darien took on the New Canaan Rams for a second time on February 9. In an overtime thriller, Darien eked out a 3–2 win, having tied the game with less than 1 minute left in regulation. Darien’s goalie made 30 saves.
 
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Mike Lopriore sending greetings from sunny Florida


 
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Great shot of future DHS '69ers in Darien Little League

 
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Results are in from the FCIAC Eastern Indoor Track Championship. In the January 27 event, Darien boys came in third overall with top 5 finishes in the 600, 1000 and 1600 meters, and the shot put, high jump, long jump and pole vault competitions.

The Darien girls team finished second overall with top 5 finishes in the 45, 600, 1000, 1600, and 3200 meter races.
 
In the combined FCIAC Championship held February 1, both Darien boys and girls fell to eleventh place. The Hatters from Danbury once again were the top boys team while the Greenwich girls won in their division. 

Darien boys placed fourth in the 600 m (1:28), third in the shot put (48– 4), fourth the high jump (5–10) and fifth in the pole vault (11 – 6).

The girls best showing was in the 55 m (7.44).

The Class L CIAC Championships are on February 8.
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Classmates in the News
The (Very) Reverend Mark Beckwith


 
Courtesy Darien Tines
Courtesy Darien Tines
Darien resident Steve Wilkos, a TV talk show host and former Jerry Springer bodyguard, is lucky to be alive. Driving along West Avenue last Sunday afternoon, his vehicle careened into several telephone poles before finally flipping over. Wilkos was taken to the hospital and has since been discharged. Wilkos told cops he was reaching for his glasses and hit a curb, claiming he never drinks or does drugs.
 
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Great picture of the iconic Rings End Bridge, taken by Peter Keena
Found on the Facebook page "You Know You Are from Darien" - check it out. 


 
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It is hard to believe that the last time the Blue Wave defeated Greenwich in a swim meet was in  the 1969–1970 season, one year after we graduated! Especially when you consider the number of country clubs and backyard swimming pools Darien has available. Darien boys faced off against the Cardinals last Wednesday, and a win in the final event of the day, a 400-free relay,  clinched a tie for the meet. Darien’s record now stands at 1-0-1 with a prior win over Trumbull.
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Darien cops and firefighters were able to pull a dog from the icy waters of Five Mile River Road during the recent cold snap. The dog became stranded as the tide came in. Wearing cold-water gear and using a nearby dinghy, first responders managed to bring the dog ashore with no injuries. 

 
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Skating on Capt. George Gorham's pond in Darien.
How cool is this!

 
Happy New Year!
May It Bring Blessings in 2018

 
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Darien Sport Shop Celebrates the Season

 
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The Class LL State Champ victory celebration did not last long for Darien’s starting QB Jack Joyce. He appeared in court Dec. 14 on charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer, both arising from an altercation with a New Canaan teen.
 
Joyce’s lawyer entered an application for an accelerated rehabilitation program on his client’s behalf. If granted, the pretrial program is typically designed to impose specific conditions on Joyce over a period of time. If completed successfully, the result is dismissal of the criminal charges.
 
Joyce allegedly also gave NCPD a false account of what happened the night of Nov. 6. There, at about 11:15 p.m., Joyce and others entered a New Canaan home uninvited and “got into the face” of a juvenile, according to one eyewitness account. Joyce grew aggressive, creating a disturbance inside the home.
 
Another 18-year-old Darien High School senior, DHS defensive back and wide receiver Brian Minicus, punched the New Canaan victim about one dozen times in the face. (Minicus applied for AR last week; the juvenile’s case is being by the Juvenile Matters Division of Superior Court.)
 
After turning himself in to police Nov. 22, Joyce did not play in the Turkey Bowl game between Darien and New Canaan, held the following morning. He returned to the field Nov. 28 for the start of the state playoffs, ultimately leading his team to a win Saturday against Greenwich, helping Darien claim its third-consecutive Class LL championship.
 
 Joyce’s next court appearance is Jan 18, 2018.
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Darien secured their third straight CIAC Championship, beating Greenwich on a snowy field in Stamford, 31-22. The game was closer than the final score, with Darien up just 24-22 in the final few minutes of play. Darien put the game on ice, so to speak, with a final touchdown with just 18 seconds to play. The win snapped a great season for the Greenwich Cardinals, who came into the match with a 12 game win streak and a No. 1 state ranking. Darien had their own 34 game winning streak broken in the Turkey Bowl with a surprise loss against New Canaan.

In that game, Darien’s star QB, Jack Joyce, was missing in action, having been arrested on assault charges the night before Thanksgiving. Free to play against Greenwich, Joyce threw 2 TD strikes and rushed for 113 yards. 
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Charitable Gift

A generous gift has been made in the name of Darien Class of 1969, a result of surplus funds following the terrific 45th reunion. The reunion was put together by classmates and chaired by Steve and Patti Craig. The gift to Americares, a non-profit disaster relief organization,  is particularly appropriate in light of the many natural disasters in 2017. 
 
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Rick Poccia Honored at Old Timers Dinner

On a cold Monday night in November, classmates and family members turned out to celebrate Rick Poccia’s induction into the Darien Old Timers Association.  Poccia was honored for the contributions his family made to Darien, his leadership and character, and for his athleticism in football and track, stretching from his time at Middlesex Junior High through DHS.  Rick was part of a 4X200 relay team (along with Steve Craig, Mark Tinker, and John Fitzsimmons) that, to this day, still hold the DHS record.

 
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Rick Poccia was honored for his athleticism. Rick is pictured here with the other two captains of the 1969 Track team, Steve Craig and Paul Hendrickson.
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A picture of Dick Costello and Rick Poccia meeting as Plebes at the 1969 Army-Navy game.  

 
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DHS Class of 1967 Reunion
August 18-20, 2017
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Dick Adams and Lorraine Chevalier Rieck
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Sunday at Weed Beach
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'Diamond' Jim Etheridge, sister Judy and Jon Goodale, Mark Koelimer, Dallas Pulliam
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Logan Rogers
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Linda Jones
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Ready to Go Back to School

with Mrs. Oberg
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DHS To Require Substance Abuse Class 
 

Darien High School is now requiring an estimated 600 students and their parents to take and complete a substance-abuse education course.  The one-day course has been built with the collaboration of community agencies, police, and legal experts. Three 30-minute sessions will focus on the effect substance use has on the brain, a story of someone personally affected by substance use, and legal consequences of using drugs and alcohol. Completion of the course is required to participate in after-school activities.  

 
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DHS Classmates Craig Metzgar, Susan Dickman Klein, and Paul Buckley
having dinner recently in Fairfield

 
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Beth Shaw with a stein of Andechser Weissbier. Prost!

 
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Mary Bass Brown
On Facebook

Last Day of Work!
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Classmates George Farrington, Dick Costello, Steve Verses and Dave Lynch watch the 117th meeting of the Army-Navy Game in Baltimore. In a wild finish to an exciting game, Army came out on top 21-17, breaking a 14 game win streak by Navy.

 
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Next stop, Darien!
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Christy Rogers on the Camino de Santiago
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Pete White
Thanks for the Update!

 
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Joanne Schoepf Reisser

Thanks for the Update!
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Rick Poccia and Granddaughter Julia

 
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We Thank the DHS 1969 Classmates Who Served
 
 
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Skins and Terry Cummings
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Paul Hepp with grandkids


 
The 45th Reunion
The 45th Reunion
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Mike Lopriore and Paul Hepp get together in Jacksonville, FL.

Hey, where's the invite? It's freezing up here!


 

 
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Vandy Van Wagener - Good to hear from you!

Thanks for the Update.
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Anne Marie McGarry
 
Thanks for Your Update!
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Deb Ridabock preps for the end of summer
Paul Hendrickson and Dick Costello, both graduates of USNA
Paul Hendrickson and Dick Costello, both graduates of USNA
45th Reunion
At the Beach

 
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The morning began overcast, but the sun was shining at the start of the Sunday picnic.
Jenny, Janet, and Josie
Jenny, Janet, and Josie
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We missed many classmates, but those who came had a special time. A shout-out to our illustrious 45th committee, especially Steve and Patti Craig, and to Dennis Sullivan who took the majority of the pictures.
The 45th Reunion
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
Jo Anne Schoepf and Christy Rogers
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Baker School Alums
Baker School Alums
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45th Reunion - Saturday Night
Jenny Hosts Q and A -- Tinker Drops Trou

 
Under cloudy skies, the 45th Reunion Dinner-Dance kicked off at the tony Wee Burn CC at 6:30 sharp.  We mostly stayed inside and drank cocktails while greeting one another in the Red Room.
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Later, after repeated requests, our group headed to the dining room for an appetizing buffet of prime rib, salmon, and side dishes. Dessert was cheese and chocolate cakes, ice cream, toppings.
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Once the tables were cleared, Jenny Bates started the evening entertainment as host of a general Q and A. Questions were asked from the audience about our class and our years in the high school.

One question regarding the shape of a tattoo led Mark Tinker to drop his pants in front of the room to provide the answer. Dick Costello remained quiet when a question arose about a shamrock tattoo.

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It was good to have an opportunity to get back out on the dance floor. While some groaning was heard over bad hips and bum knees, a good time was had by all.

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Check Out More Pictures from Saturday Night
and Sunday at the Beach
in the Photo Albums section

 

Chris Bischof,Jim Tully, Eric Joosten, Jay Baker, Lope, Benny, Dave Lynch (Next Row)  Dick Costello, Nick Augustus, Tim
Chris Bischof,Jim Tully, Eric Joosten, Jay Baker, Lope, Benny, Dave Lynch (Next Row) Dick Costello, Nick Augustus, Tim Potts, Steve Verses, Mark Tinker

While many attended the 45th, many were missed. A number of folks attended for the first time or from much earlier reunions – Mary Bass, Mark Beckwith, Paul Buckley, Linda Castle, Pete Helweg, Diane Holland, Dave Jefferson, Anahid, Mike Lopriore, Tom Milek, JoAnn Schoepf, and Christy Rogers among others.

Pretty much 75% of the attendees made Friday night and it was a chance to reconnect with classmates and to thank many on the reunion committee for all their work.

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Thank you's are certainly in order for the group responsible for putting this reunion together:

STEVE AND PATTI CRAIG
JENNY BATES
SUE DICKMAN KLINE
DENNIS SULLIVAN
JIM AND CINDY VALENTE

Outstanding job.

(If we missed anyone, please let us know)
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Greetings Anahid!
Great to Hear from You
 
 
The Class of 1969 mourns the losses of  Peter Popov, Nancy Levering Rozzelle, Mark Freeman and Joan Anderson Christopoulos. Please turn to Memorials.
 
 
Back when smoking was cool
Back when smoking was cool
A Bevy of Beauties
 
 
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Hot Fun in the Summertime
 
The perils of missing class on senior 'Skip' Day
 
 
 
 
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George Wehmann's Pontiac Super Chief
 
 
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Mary Grace Joynt and Suzanne Ferree
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 Terry Cummings, Tim Maul, Cliff Powell

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Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
Tina Rollins McKay in Bali
 
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker  Photo by George Wehmann
George Farrington, Mark Tinker and Jay Baker Photo by George Wehmann

 Shot of trip out west during summer of '69 when we hitchhiked to California. Mark Tinker's dad bought us the car to roam around California and back to CT. Thought I lost this. Great memories from that trip. Those were the days!  -George Wehmann
     

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The names just keep on coming in!

(starting bottom left): Chris Garr, Ellen Johnson, Martha Whelan, Jane Hindenlang
Sue Dickman, Kathy McIntyre, Pam Burkhart Melee, Co Koppert (Young LIfe)
Bobby Grant, Kathy Fricke, Jackie Fitzpatrick, MaryLou Sivos
Heidi Gerber
Carol Augustus Summers, Anna Lamberton, Louis Belfour, Sara Schyler
Man in hat- L. (Ron) Hubbard, the kid on far right with hood is Mardie Porter's brother, Clark Porter 
The guy near top row hat and glasses: Middlesex science teacher "Booger" Bates
Right Center back row: The man in the hat and woman next to him-
Mr and Mrs Hendrickson (Paul's parents)! 
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Reunion Quiz
What is the DHS Motto?

Cheaper than Prep School!
Ivy League Here I Come!
Best partyin' school in Fairfield County!
Veritas vos liberabit
Reunion Poll
What should the theme be for the reunion ?

Disco
Country
Toga
Come as you are
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