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08/12/15 03:54 PM #92    


Michael Riley

kevin it is amazing how we can remember back then but not yesterdays dinner. you were right on about scared young boys. my group of 16 boys and girls entered pollard in eighth grade coming from st. bartholomews and the NUNS we were as lost as every one else was the previous year but somehow we all got to the hill and graduated 50 years ago.i pause to remember 4 who have gone on ahead Dan Shea Ann Murphy Rick Coughlin and Darlene Brosnan.

08/13/15 10:30 PM #93    

Stephen Hazam

So when is this puberty thing supposed to kick in??   I've been in Honolulu for almost 4 years now and recently ran into our classmate Marion Ohanian, who has been here almost the same number of decades.  She's a lovely lady and I can't wait to hear her stories of her early years in a Hawaii that sadly no longer exists.  Hoping to see some of you at the reunion!                                                                                                              






08/15/15 07:40 PM #94    


Paula Nardella (Weaver)

Pollard was a frightful place for me too, after attending the High Rock School with the same group of kids for so many years. For a long time, I had a recurring nightmare about missing a class because the combination lockers wouldn't open.


08/22/15 01:07 PM #95    


Kevin Tracey

                                                                  What If The Land Remembers
     People pass quickly.  They can move in and out of your life in a heartbeat.  The same goes for places, for things.  What if the land remembers?   Remembers the buildings that stood on it.  Remembers our footsteps. Remembers all that happened on it. For all of eternity.  I would like that.
     The batter's box at the little league field at the Stephen Palmer would remember all those little boys "dug" in, hoping for a hit.  Hoping to at least get on base and not strike out.

     The gym at the old high school where you could still use the flying rings on Saturday mornings.
     The Friday night sock hops at the Pollard.
     Bike racks
     The cinder tracks at the Pollard and the High School.  Tracks we had to run on as kids.  Tracks we were tested on, ran laps on, fell on.
     My back yard on Cleveland road.  The yard where I caught fireflies, earthworms, played all those childhood games.
     The High School hill where I ran up and down, flew down on my sled, sat on one beautiful night and broke my heart.
     High Rock, Devil's Den that seemed so high, such an adventure to climb as kids.
     Rosemary Lake where we went to swim in the summer, going through the gate, changing in the locker rooms, swimming to the dock, diving hoping not to go down to the mud at the bottom.
     Pickles Pond where we learned to skate, play hockey, some days skating all day long till darkness drove us home.
     The Reservoir where we caught frogs and turtles.
     The Harris Woods where we drank at the spring, wrote our initials under the trestle, listened to our voices echo there,put pennies on the railroad tracks, shot our bows and arrows pretending we were Robin Hood and his merry men.
     The Needham Paramount where we stood under the Marquee on Friday nights
     The bubbler at the town common.
     Red Wing Bay.
     Bergson's, The Crest, The Bowl-a-way, Frank's, Grant's, The Five and Ten, Carter's, Perlin's, West's
     The squeak of Miss Dugan's shoes
     Gone now.
     Gone forever.
     But not if the land remembers.
     I would like it if it did.


08/23/15 02:53 PM #96    


Douglas Chamberlin

Well said, Kevin. A number of those memories ring true for me. Who, but us would even know the name Pickles Pond? 

Doug Chamberlin

08/23/15 02:59 PM #97    


Jeanne Mahoney (Leffers)

Beautiful--I think of that often when I see the changes in the town and also think back to those days before us--before even the Pilgrims and what those hills, caves and land remember.  Thanks for the thoughts!


08/23/15 05:03 PM #98    


Michael Riley

let  us not forget the vast expanse of the sand pit  now the difazio complex or the devils den and why did they kill pickles pond justto build a couple of houses, also gone the army camps and the nike missles,

08/25/15 08:32 AM #99    


Theresa Centola (Murphy)

Wonderful childhood images. So long ago but so well-remembered. Thank you, Kevin.

09/08/15 03:51 PM #100    


James Maloney

Hello NHS 65 classmates,

We made it "almost" 50 years since NHS..who would have thought that would happen?

My wife Ann Marie & I are hosting a lunch/brunch at our house on Lake Archer in Wrentham, Ma on Saturday, September 26 before the Reunion Party. 

We would like any & all classmates & friends to join us!

We are starting @ 1:00 PM.

The address is 60 Rowell Road, Wrentham, MA 02093. (really NOT that far from Needham.)

My cell # is

If it is still warm we can swim, waterski, tube, or whatever!!!

Please let me know if you plan to attend.

Looking foward to seeing you all!


Jim & Ann Marie Maloney




09/09/15 04:22 PM #101    

Gunnard Johnston


Hey, Jim, very generous of you!   Love to join you and will certainly do so if time permits.   Put my wife and I down as a "Maybe".

And Kevin, your "memories" are etched forever, brother.   We will get to relive them as often as we like!!   laugh ​  ​

Those memories are ours for all eternity, and NO ONE can take them away!!


Gunnard "Zach" Johnston

09/27/15 06:15 PM #102    


Jeanne Mahoney (Leffers)

Reunion Follow-up


Thank you Kevin for the comments but most especially, thanks to you and the entire Reunion Committee for planning this event for us. It was a great time and I know that you all worked very hard! 

My reflections are similar to yours as I too lived almost my entire life in Needham until I left NHS for college. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunities I did to live in a community that was safe, had excellent schools and great outdoor places to explore and enjoy (including my 5 years of work at Rosemary Lake :). The opportunity to be in a room surrounded by those I knew from kindergarten, from Pollard (7-9 and 8-18) and NHS, some of our teachers, as well as those who came to Needham in high school, and those who moved away but came back to share our reunion evoked very powerful feelings.  It also brought so many memories of our classmates who have passed away as well as those not in attendance.  I believe we are all products of the collective influence of one another, our teachers and a town that so strongly supported education. Though we have had joys and challenges along our journeys (and new knees, hips, and help for eyes, ears and hearts and the like as well as wrinkles, gray hair and rounder bodies (at least me), I thought we were a great group! I too felt that promise you spoke of, Kevin, but in a celebratory way.  Sharing our stories and hearing those of some who are living far away or not with us this weekend, reminded me that whatever our path I believe we have made good on a promise (as we left NHS) to help our world.  For some it was military service (thanks to those men and women from '65 who served), for government service (from Trish Robey as Town Meeting Member to Peter DeFazio in the US House (4th District Oregon) and I am sure many others), and our roles in education, construction, health care, manufacturing, law, the arts, social service, business and so forth, I am convinced that we were a positive influence through our work and play in our own little corners of the world.  It was fun to laugh (lots of those) smile and reconnect with so many of you.  I do hope this is not our last reunion (Hey, my husband Jim Leffers '65 says he will volunteer to help with our 75th!) and that we can find a way to financially support this great website moving forward.  I left our weekend feeling greatly blessed to have you all as part of my life and formative years. Thanks and stay healthy and happy until next time!  You all are filling some space in my heart!  hugs, Jeanne

09/27/15 06:22 PM #103    


Carol Salvaggio (Beals)

I would like to thank the committee and all who put together last night's wonderful event. A lot of hard work but it was appreciated.  It was so good to see and speak w/old friends. 

09/27/15 07:56 PM #104    


Jeffrey Feeley

To the entire Reunion Committee, Martha and I say well done, well done indeed! What a magnificent gathering!

We may not look like we did but we all have a similar frame of reference. The NHS experiance was a "gentle" experiance." No significant difference in any of us. I don't think we knew anyone whose parents were super rich or super poor. The downside was we probably never met the high or the low. That might have broadened our frame of reference.

We were sheltered. I never met a black person, an Asian person, a Native American person until I went to college...and maybe then...only 3 or 4.  Needham was  "Happy Days" personified!

I close with a Irish Blessing...

May those who love me always love me. 

May the Good Lord change the hearts of those who don't

But if He can't change their hearts may he turn their ankles

So  I might recognize them  by their limp. 

Go Rockets!!!

Jeff Feeley

God Bless Joan Tulley...a mind like no other.


09/28/15 01:19 PM #105    


Thomas Fontecchio

What a GREAT JOB done by the Reunion Committee.  I was such a fun night for all.  I feel sorry for those that did not make it because The Class of 65' has alot of Class!!  Thanks again and I hope all of us are healthy enough to do it again!!  God Bless!!

09/28/15 01:23 PM #106    


Susan Beers (St Pierre)

Kevin, I have all the stories you have sent me through the years stored in my Advocate--my little treasure of memories.  I still wish I had your ability to recall all that, but thanks for helping me get back so many.

I loved the reunion.  Thank you to all who made it possible.  Thank you to all that attended.  I stayed until I literally could not speak, and I am sad I missed talking to so many of you.  We really did miss those who could not attend and asked about and thought about you.  Maybe you will find your way to this forum and post some pictures and memories.

Will continue to look for ways to stay in touch.  




09/28/15 05:00 PM #107    


Linda Cerullo (Ricker)

As I sift through all the pictures of Needham High and our 50th reunion it brings back so many memories. Even thou I was unable to attend the reunion everyone's pictures made it  possible to capture the moments.  I especially loved the video on you tube of the Needham I once knew. As I watched it the second time! It brought tears to my eyes.  Thank you Les for making it possible to share.  I also want to thank Dave Downs for taking the pictures of inside Needham Highschool.  I have not set foot in that school for fifty years!  I always make a special trip when I am in Needham to drive by. Thanks to everyone who are sharing all the pictures on Facebook and this website!  My best wishes to all of you. "Class of 65". Needham will always be forever my hometown.    Stay well and safe.     Linda(cerullo)Ricker. Carmel,Maine 

09/29/15 12:26 PM #108    


Jane Weaver (Lawrence)

I want to add my enthusiastic thanks to our Reunion Committee and all the others who contributed to the success and enjoyment of last Saturday evening, and to echo the sentiments that those who have written before me have expressed so well.  My only regret is that one evening was not long enough to catch up with all of the classmates I had hoped to (never mind letting my hair down on the dance floor)!  We'll just have to do it again . . . soon!        Jane (Weaver) Lawrence


09/29/15 12:33 PM #109    

John Halbrooks

I wanted to add my thanks for our Reunion weekend. Everything worked out very nicely. The Meet & Greet was great and gave me time to catch up with new and old friends. The dinner was delicious and the hall was impressive. I have to admit I stood in on conversations that made me realize just how much effort it took to pull the weekend off, so I have to say again how much I appreciate how hard the Reunion Committee worked to make it all possible. It was great seeing old friends and fun to get to know people you never knew well back in the day. Only wish I'd been able to be part of every activity offered. So thanks for the memories.

09/29/15 01:02 PM #110    


Russell Provost

I wasn't going to go.  I really didn't know that many of my fellow classmates. Maybe it was because I moved into  in the middle of 6th grade.   Maybe because I  was shy, always sitting in the back of the class and not having my first date until half way  through senior year.  That being said Needham High School was a positive part of my life. I made many friends along the way. 

At the reunion we talked about many things like parties, sports, girlfriends and boyfriends, teachers and more. These were an important part of our experience. However, on a serious note, for me  two events that occurred  during our years at Needham shaped the rest of my life. I rememember them like it happened  yesterday. First was the Cuban Missle  crisis.  I remember walking home one day  not knowing whether tommorow would come. Nuclear war seemed a real possibility and Needham and Boston would be ground zero. It didn't happen. Second was the assassination of Kennedy.  I am sure everyone knew extactly where they were when they got that news.  We, our friends and classmates, made  it through both of these terrible events. I believe  it made us stronger,  caring people. 

Anyways enough of the serious. Great work done by all the people who organized  this event. Great turnout. I heard many people say this would probably be the last reunion for our class. Hopefully not. I am glad I decided to go. 

09/30/15 09:40 AM #111    


Henry Digiorgio

What a fantastic time last weekend seeing old friends and classmates! Many thanks to the Reunion Committee for a super job putting together a memorable weekend for all of us.

09/30/15 01:18 PM #112    


Carol Hartshorn (Tracy)

You can never get enough thank yous, so I will add mine to the committee for a great night.  Was wonderful to catch up with classmates, see those that I thought didni't change at all (Steve Hazam, Jane Greely et al) and those it took me a minute to recognize  (Frank Brown, Paula Daniels et al) and those I did not recognize at all (Amy Biagi, Paul King et all).  It took the renuinion to meet some classmates I did not know at NHS, my neighbor Mike Riley in Walpole and a good friend of my cousin (Ken Hartshorn) Lenny Vara.  I am sure as others mentioned  that I missed catching up with some classmates. Again job well done!

09/30/15 04:03 PM #113    


Sherry Mernick

Shared history  is a magnificent thing! From elementary crayola (burnt sienna anyone?), scissors with rounded edges, and finger several special years on the hill and beyond, we shared many good times and friendships in the relatively stable, endearing neighborhoods of Needham. It was wonderful to spend an evening with lifelong friends and classmates, even if only for a few hours. Many thanks to the reunion committee for their diligent work and to the NHS '65 community of friends/extended family.

Short poem by Mary Jean Irion

Let me be aware of the treasure you are,

Let me not pass by you in search of some rare and perfect tomorrow.

Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so.

One day I shall raise my arms to the sky,

Or dig my fingers into the earth,

Or bury my face in my pillow,

And want more than all the world your return.


Best wishes to all, Sherry

09/30/15 04:12 PM #114    


Jeanne Mahoney (Leffers)

Thank you Sherry for the wonderful poem and sentiments.  Yes, it was a very special weekend! 

10/01/15 01:39 AM #115    

John Hazam

Even some of us who  could not make it to the  Reunion thank the Committee and all others who  helped make the website, the photos and the Reunion activities such a success.  I have been able through the website to renew contacts with classmates and to follow the Reunion events.  I too have read many of Kevin Tracy's short stories about our  school days - he has applied his talent and really captured what it was like to grow up in Needham at that time.  I would like to nominate Kevin as our NHS Class65 Scribe!  Another thought, has there been an effort through  those who registered and those who showed up, to track down any missing classmates?

10/01/15 02:04 PM #116    


David Drake

Hi John,

It is good to hear from you again.  At our Reunion Party, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Steve during dinner.  We had a great time talking about many subjects (including you).

The Reunion Committee has put a lot of effort into finding missing classmates and we have asked our classmates to also help.  The person who found the most missing classmates, by far, was Les McKechnie.  He did a fantastic job!  I have heard from several people in other classes who wanted to know how and why our list of missing classmates was so small.  It is amazing what you can find these days through the internet and social media.

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