December 28, 2007
Jeff Blizzard's photos , mentioned below are now in the Scrapbook.
December 28, 2007 Jeff Blizzard, '82 has a Then & Now page. He also sent me some photos of his classmates around the time of graduation and a few years later that I will be putting into the scrapbook soon.
Sandy Czajka Morin '63, has an updated Then & Now page with new pictures.
December 22, 2007 I received this email from a French woman and wonder if anyone has contact information for Robert Marchi from the Class of '70, and would tell him about this. If you don't read French, it basically says that she also has someone in her family with the same name who bears a slight resemblance to him. The French Robert, a former military pilot, was born in 1919 and died in 1946.
Bonjour, Désolée de ne pas m'exprimer en anglais, comme tous les français je maîtrise mal les langues étrangères... Je viens de découvrir sur votre site l'existence d'une Robert Marchi
OR, j'ai dans ma famille un homonyme parfait : Robert MARCHI, né en 1919... ancien pilote militaire, décédé en 1946.. et je trouve une petite ressemblance... Avez-vous un contact avec ce Robert Marchi anglais ? Je vous remercie par avance de votre réponse... même en anglais....je saurais la lire...
(J'habite Pont-de-Vaux, petit village entre Lyon et Dijon ; ma famille est originaire de la région de Chalon-sur-saône)
December 16, 2007 Peter Heldt '63 has a Then & Now page.
December 15, 2007 Alia Reyes '98 has a Then & Now page.
December 7, 2007 The '97 all class reunion is less than 2 weeks away! Sat Dec 22nd at Baci Grill in Cromwell. 7:00 pm
contact Tom Armet (617) 680-6749...we still need email addresses. $20 at the door.
Here is the link to the Evite - '97 Reunion
December 4, 2007 30 year reunion, Class of 1978
Date Saturday, 11/29/08
Location - Baci Grill
Route 372 in Cromwell
More information to follow
contact: Nancy Singarella at NJMUSS@aol.com
or Pam Sullivan at Pam@PSGLASS.com
Nov 12, 2007 The new front page that I mentioned quite a while ago has arrived!!! Thank you to my brother David Butler for actually putting it together. The 2006 All Class Reunion has been moved to the Scrapbook section. Everything else is just moved around to make space for letters and news sent in by alumni. This letter from Roger came at about the same time that I first mentioned doing a new front page, so it is not new news, but I had to put something here.
It has been a long time. When you have a high school junior parked in front of your computer it can be like being back in the 60's. No computer access. I really enjoyed the pics of the multi class reunion. If I had been able to attend I'm sure I would have been popular because I would have made everybody look younger.Ever since you made the alumni site available I find Cromwell in my thoughts and dream life more than before. When you drive all day for a living like I do you have plenty of time for memories. I'd like to share some random thoughts.
If you were young in the 1950's do you remember going to restaurants and diners in Middletown and about 20% of the selections on the juke box would be songs in Italian?
If you were watching a Yankee game on t.v.( in black and white ) do you remember how Mel Allen would do a Ballentines beer commercial between innings where he would pour a bottle of beer into a long beer glass and than pick it up and than set it down half empty and say " man, that's living." Boy did I want to grow up fast so I could have a Ballentine. I've had a few.
If you got your hair cut by Fred Marrozi do you remember the green gook that he would rub into your hair. That stuff had to be an earlier version of super glue but I can smell it now like I am back in his chair.
If you were catholic and attended St. Johns Church do you remember the pre airconditioning days when there would be one large fan set up facing the parishoners and some brutal humid sundays you would stand and kneel suffering just waiting for one whisp of a breeze as the fan slowly pivoted. As the priest was about to give his sermon the fan would be turned off and than I would try to guess how many revolutions the ever slowing blades would make before they came to a complete stop.Sermon. What sermon?
Did you work tobacco? Do kids still work tobacco? I could talk about tobacco for an hour but suffice it to say when ever a job is tough I can always stop and think its not tobacco. Not one of those rocky fields when you were moving on your knees and the air felt like a wet sponge. But my friends were in rows on either side of me and we talked like all teens do, like we knew something. We knew everything. Wouldn't it be nice to hear that ignorant bliss for just an hour.
I am sorry I haven't responded to a few friends like Mike Groper who I remember was a quiet guy who became a great athelete over night. And Nancy Dagle and Rich Dagle, hello cousins, what a thrill. I mean it. I'll never forget meeting Rich at McDonalds the day before he shipped out to Nam. That was one of the times I felt my heart break.
That seems to be enough. If you visit S.F. try and say hello.
Nov 4, 2007
Nancy Dagle sent another ID's for the 1928-9 NWS graduation photo. Her father Royden Dagle is in the photo.
Cindy Billingham Bizon sent two more ID's for the 1928-9 NWS graduation photo.
Oct 24, 2007
Nancy Simons Lee '72, died recently. Our condolences to her family.
Oct 8, 2007
David Jensen '59, sent a photo and a biography and he now has a "Now" page.
Oct 2, 2007
Rena Fisk '76, sent some updated photos of her son, daughter-in-law and grandson which I have added to her "Now" page.
Sept 22, 2007
I was informed that Sharron Fortin '61, died today. Our condolences to her family.
Sept 11, 2007
I think that I have given the class of 2007 enough time to get out of town and have now uploaded their year onto the website.
Sept 10, 2007
I was informed thatNancy Hintz Rossberg '63, died today. Our condolences to her family.
Sept 5, 2007
The death of James Giardina '73, was reported in the Hartford Courant on Sept. 2nd. Our condolences to his family.
August 26, 2007
I heard from another alumnus and there is a "Now" page for Tom Smith '64.
Rodger Stevens has been added to the Mailroom
August 15, 2007
The death of Susan Miles Baldyga '59, was reported in today's newspaper. Our condolences to her family.
August 13, 2007
David Zink '78 sent a picture of his kindergarten class. A few ID's are needed.
July 25, 2007
Pat Carroll Gilbert '58 Middletown High School gave me a picture of her 4th grade class. She also gave me a picture of an early Nathaniel White class probably about 1906-7.
July 19, 2007
Pat Carroll Gilbert '58 Middletown High School has lent me her yearbook. She was in the last class of students from Cromwell who went to Middletown to High School. The Cromwell students from the Class of '58 can be reached from this link or from the index page in the right hand column of the years.
July 10, 2007
The photo that Pete Treml sent of the Nathaniel White band has received quite a lot of email trying to get people identified. There are quite a few that everyone agrees on, but I have to say even there was one who EVERYONE agreed on turned out not to be that person when she was asked. So we are still trying to positively ID them. Dick Nixon sent a note with some thoughts on the ID's and I have put that at the bottom of the page.
Marianne Pomstein has been added to the mailroom.
June 20, 2007
A "Then & Now" page for David Schwartz '81, has been added. He has also been added to the mailroom.
June 11, 2007
Several things have been added to the Scrapbook section
Peter Treml sent me a photo of cubscouts taken about 1952-53. An ID is needed on one of them.
Dick Nixon sent his mother's 8th grade graduation photo from Nathaniel White. There were no ID's on the back, so any long time resident of Cromwell with a parent born in the 1915 region take a look. Maybe he or she is there. Dick also sent an earlier Basket ball schedule ('56-'57), programs for The Class of 1960's Senior Class Play and the 1960 Graduation, and a photo of Lillian Adams for the Staff Memorial page.
My brother David is working on a new front page and instead of another page his would have the news, announcements, seekings, updates, etc. right on the front page with an archive for the older stuff. I will be in California this next week so it won't get put up until I get back.
June 7, 2007
I have started a new page, which for now is titled THE NEW PAGE. I am trying to clean up the Index page but for right now this has a couple of emails that I received recently.
I also added a new photo of Roger Capilos and his wife to his Then & Now page
June 2, 2007
John Bergere has sent me a couple of photos of his Dad, Brad Bergere '59 that I have put on a Then & Now page. He said he will send more when he gets them scanned. John & his brother Doug would love to hear from people who knew his Dad back in High School. I put his email onto the mailroom page.
May 21, 2007
Joanne Branciforte Lukasik '60 sent me two more photos from very early classes of Nathaniel White School. I have the 1933 8th Grade graduation and the c. 1930 1st Grade on. They can also be found by looking in the Scrapbook page under "School Children in the earlier years of Cromwell." AOL seems to compress the larger photos, so these do not look as good as the original. If anyone wants a better copy, I can send one.
May 19, 2007
Joanne Branciforte Lukasik '60 sent me a wonderful selection of photos and photo memories from the class of 1960, plus some old photos of Nathaniel White School. They can be found on the Scrapbook page under "Junior and Senior Prom Pictures," "Photos from Nathaniel White School," and "1960". There is also a 2nd grade Photo of Miss Ahlberg's class that Joanne sent which is in the Early Years part of the 1960 site.
May 17, 2007
Pete Treml who was in grade school with the class of '61 sent me a photo of the Nathaniel White band from the mid 50's. Joan Hatfield had sent me some other band photos a while back, also from the mid 50's. They can be found on the Scrapbook page. The band needs ID's, so send them to me if you know people.
May 8, 2007
A "Then & Now" page for Mary Henderson '65, has been added.
April 22, 2007
The Cromwell students from the Vinal class of 1977, 1976, and 1975 have been added. Thank you Tom McMellon for lending me your yearbooks.
April 19, 2007
The death of Bob Ryer '61, was reported in today's newspaper. Our condolences to the family.
I was also informed of the recent death of Pat Gagne Minor '61. Our condolences also to her family.
April 15, 2007
The recent death of Fred Judson '83, was reported in today's newspaper. Our condolences to the family.
April 11, 2007
Thomas MacAlpine '98, sent me a flyer announcing a fundraiser for McCann Birmingham '98, who was in a recent automobile accident. I have put it in the Announcements section, with a note on the index page.
April 11, 2007
Nick Oslander's other photos are in the 1967 scrapbook section
April 10, 2007
Nick Oslander sent me some photos and photos of memorabilia that he has kept. The 4th grade photos of the class of 1967, Miss Kuempel's room, are in the 1967 Early years section. I will be adding the others to the scrapbook section soon.
Tom McMellon '77, has lent me his 3 Vinal Yearbooks and I will be getting the Cromwell students on as soon as possible
March 23, 2007
The 7th grade photos of the class of 1978 are in their Early years section.
There is a memorial page for Jean Fiorella '81.
March 9, 2007
The 8th grade photos of the class of 1977 are in their Early years section.
March 8, 2007
I have been fixing broken links for the last few days and would appreciate it if people tell me if they find any more.
I also set up a page where all the Yearbook Covers can be seen. They make quite a colorful page.
I will be away for most of next week so the chances are that there will be nothing new for a little while.
March 5, 2007
I have been uploading more years of the staff pages over the last week. They can all be seen on the staff index site. There are several years that I either did not scan or were not sent originally. If anyone has books from 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1974, or 1975 and can either send me scans of the faculty or lend me his or her book, I would appreciate it.
February 26, 2007
Members of the Class of 1997 are planning a 10th year reunion and want to include anyone who was in their class in middle school and then went on to another high school. Information can be found on the Reunion Information site.
February 26, 2007
I have uploaded more years and corrected some mistakes in the staff pages. They can all be seen on the staff index site.
February 24, 2007
The Faculty of 1980 is done, and on the site. It can be accessed from the staff index site.
February 22, 2007
The death of Coreen Tepley Barba '81, was reported in today's newspaper. Our condolences to the family.
February 21, 2007
The Faculty of 1972 is done, and on the site. It can be accessed from the staff index site.
Joan Hatfield King '65 sent me a photo of 3 boys who left town befor graduation, taken at Nathaniel White. I have put it in the Scrapbook section.
February 20, 2007
The Faculty of 1966 and 1970 are done, and on the site. They can be accessed from the staff index site.
Dick Nixon '60 sent me scans of his class but is unsure if this is 6th or 8th grade. If anyone knows for sure, that would be great.
He also sent scans of a 1958-59 basketball schedule that I have put into the scrapbook section.
February 19, 2007
This has nothing to do with CHS, but I received a photo scan of long ago Cromwell kids (looks like +/- 1900 to me), and said I would see if anyone could identify any of the people.(removed)
One boy has been identified and another tentively identified in the 5th grade class below. They are Donald D'Amato and possibly Richard Erdman. Two of the kiddos in the '60 3rd grade have been given positive IDs. They are Phyllis Lougee and Fred Gengler. Thank you Elaine.
February 18, 2007
Dick Nixon '60 sent me scans of his 3th grade pictures (1950-51). This was Miss Frank's class. There are three that need some further identification that are marked with "?".
Dick also sent me scans of 5 more kids in the 5th grade class already on the site (1950-51). This was also Miss Frank's class. They are of Kent Heidenis, William Waldi, and 3 boys not yet identified that I have put at the bottom of the page with the two as yet unidentified girls.
February 17, 2007
I have added a link on the Staff Index page for the Administration across the years
The Faculty of 2000 is done, and on the site. It can be accessed either from the staff index site or the 2000 yearbook page.
February 16, 2007
Dick Nixon '60 sent me scans of his 7th grade pictures (1954-55). This was Mr. Stroneski's class.
Dick is also wondering if anyone knows anything about Charlie Probst who was in that class. I have put that on the "Seeking" page.
The Faculty of 2006 is done, and on the site. It can be accessed either from the staff index site or the 2006 yearbook page.
February 15, 2007
The death of Kevin LaMarr '72, was reported in today's newspaper. Our condolences to the family.
February 14, 2007
The senior class of 2006 is done, and on the site. This is all the classes so far, and including the few that I have gotten from Xavier, Mercy and Vinal, there are 4850 names in the alpha index.
The yearbook cover for 2005 is now on their site, also.
February 9, 2007
The senior class of 2005 is done, and on the site. I apparently neglected to scan the yearbook cover, so will have to get that at another time.
February 4, 2007
February is "Heart Month", and Cyndy Billingham Bizon '66, sent me a photo and a scan of a magazine article about her and her husband's joint heart attacks that appears in this month's Family Circle. I have put both on Cyndy's Now page.
I have gotten Tina Sullivan's pictures of her kindergarten through 3rd grade classes onto the 1980 Early years. What a bunch of little cuties.
February 3, 2007
A big thank you to Tina Sullivan '80, who has lent me quite a number of photos from the year of and around 1980, plus the photos for her Uncle, Donald Sheehan, whose memorial I added on Feb.1st. I have added her photos of the 2002 class reunion they held, and a couple of get togethers in 2003. They can all be seen from the 1980 reunion page, which can also be accessed from their index page.
I have also put some various photos that she gave me in the Scrapbook section
Tina also gave me some photos that their mother sent her of Cynthia Parker McDougall and Harold Parker who would have been class of '80. These can be see through the 1980 Memorial section
February 1, 2007
Donald Sheehan who was in the class of '64 but left early to join the Navy, has been added to 1964 Memorial Section and has a page linked with some photos.
January 28, 2007
Gary Daniels '76, died on January 26th, and has been added to the 1976 Memorial Section. Our condolances to his family.
The senior classes of Cromwell men who went to Xavier 1978 , 1979 and 1980 are done, and on the site.
January 27, 2007
Katrina Poplawski, '88, has kindly lent me her yearbook and so the the senior class of 1988 is done, and on the site. That leaves only 2005 and 2006, which I have scanned and just have to get into order. Then I can start working on the faculty again.
I have also been informed of a few more to add to the memorial sites. See 1961, 1984, 1987
January 26, 2007
Ken Trott '76 sent me some photos and information for his "Then & Now" page.
The senior class of Cromwell men who went to Xavier1977 is done, and on the site.
January 25, 2007
The senior class of 2004 is done, and on the site.
January 20, 2007
I have been busy updating the Alphabetical Index as I had not put the last 10 or so classes which amounted to about 1000 names. Now I can concentrate on the last four classes and 1988. If anyone notices someone missing please tell me.
The senior class of 2003 is done, and on the site.
Laura Duval McKanna has been added to the Mailroom.
January 8, 2007
Tina Sullivan '80 has given me several more people to add to memorial pages.
See 1975, 1980, 1981, 1983
January 8, 2007
The senior class of 1983 is done, and on the site.
January 5, 2007
Dick Nixon '60 pointed out that I had written 2006 below instead of 2007, so that has been changed.
Dick also sent some additions and corrections for the '59, '60 pages. The names of Ginny Pattee, Bobby Barker, and Artie Michaels have been added to the 1960 5th grade photo.
He had a good suggestion to put a link for details on how to submit materials to the site. This has been added to the index page. Dick has also been added to the "Mailroom."
January 2, 2007
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE !!!
The 2006 changes have been archived and can be seen from the link below.
As much as I am sorry to start out the year this way, it is with sadness that I have to add several names to the memory sites. Marianne Hamstra, the Librarian/Media Specialist for 25 years died on December 31st, and Susan Franklin '80, died on December 26th. It was also reported to me that Donna Dumas '75, had died earlier this year.
Now that the holidays are over, I will get back to finishing up the senior pictures for the remaining classes.
additions and corrections to: Susancz@aol.com