Largest reunion in school’s history

The Enterprise, Aug. 4, 1987

Attorney ‘Red’ Plumadore is also remembered as a member of the wrestling team at St. Lawrence University with his team mate Kirk Douglas.

The above title was the headline on the Saranac Lake High School reunion story, so, if that is accurate, I guess someone did the research.

Last year, our high school class of 1948 held its 75th reunion in the phone booth on the second floor lobby of the Hotel Saranac. The owner, Fred Rodel didn’t charge us for the space and I can’t remember who attended. (Haha.) The phone booth was there in 1948 when the Hotel Saranac hosted our high school prom.

Classes from 1935-41

“The largest high school reunion in school history will take place Friday through Sunday, August 7-9, when members of the classes of 1935-41, and some from before that, return to their old stomping grounds.

“Donald ‘Ducker’ Dupree, reunion committee chairman, said Monday that 392 paid reservations were received by the July 1 deadline. Saranac Lake High School graduates from as far away as Alaska will be arriving throughout the week.

“Classes are also being welcomed back prior to 1935, and reunion publicity chairman, Bill Irvin said, ‘We’re doing this because there aren’t too many left when you go back 50 years or more.’

“The Hotel Saranac will serve as official reunion headquarters. Registration will be set up in the lobby there from 4 p.m. until midnight Friday, and again from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday.

“The highlight of the weekend’s festivities will be a dinner-dance at the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge in Lake Placid Saturday night.

“The dining room of Howard Johnson’s will be decorated in the school colors of red and white. A red and white reunion folder and other mementos will be given to those attending. Music for the evening will be provided by the 52nd Street Band.

“There will be a professional photographer on hand to take photos of all the SLHS graduates attending. ‘A Reunion Memory Book’ will be produced and distributed early this fall, according to Dupree.

“At the dinner-dance, plaques will be awarded to those who traveled the greatest distance, been married the longest, married the shortest, have the most children, the most unusual occupation and other off-beat categories.

“The dinner-dance was originally scheduled for the Hotel Saranac but was relocated to Howard Johnson’s because of the large number of responses.

“The Hotel Saranac will host a brunch for all classes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Activities are scheduled throughout the weekend, according to Dupree.

“The reunion committee also included Eugenia Lamy, George Stearns, Malcolm Shatraw, Marion Hemingway Griebsch, Mildred Swain Dupree, Anita Forbes Hillman, Richard Mullen, Dolores White Kilroy, Myron Skeels, Albert Homburger, Margaret LaPoint, Viola Preston Thomas and Betty Homburger.”

Changes for Van Hoe

This Enterprise story by Tom Keegan:

“The Mount Van Hoevenberg bobsled run, dubbed a ‘stellar venue’, by a bobsledding official, may also be tagged with a high-priced reconstruction job “The governing body of the sport of bobsledding, the Federation International de Bobsleigh et Toboggan, is asking for technical changes at the historic site.

“The changes are outlined in a letter to the Olympic Regional Development Authority. The letter is expected to ask for higher walls on the straight-aways and perhaps a change to Curve #2.

“The implication is that Lake Placid will not get future Word Cup events if the changes are not made. However, a high federation official claims the sought-for improvements are not a condition for Lake Placid’s return to the World Cup event schedule, which is determined by a yearly vote of federation members.

“The improvements will help FIBT members vote to give Lake Placid a World Cup again, said Bob Story of Ottawa, FIBT vice-president but failure to make the improvements doesn’t mean that they won’t vote for it.”

NCCC budget approved

This Enterprise story by Chris Mele:

“Budgeters at North Country Community College can put away their erasers. The $20,000 increase in funding for the college, approved Thursday by the Essex County Board of Supervisors appears to be final.

“In a week in which the funding increase flipped back and forth, county lawmakers unanimously approved a $20,000 hike at a special meeting Thursday.

“The increase means Essex County will contribute $688,315 to the state-sanctioned college in 1987-88. It is now up to Franklin County, which sponsors NCCC with Essex County, to approve the same amount.

“North Elba Supervisor Matthew initially voted against the increase. Clark said, ‘There is not an adequate college recruitment effort being made in Essex County high schools. There are twice as many students from Franklin County than from Essex County attending the college.'”


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