Wyoming Area, Class of 1969, is planning a picnic reunion for Saturday, Sept. 25, and I’m doing all I can to get the word out to classmates near and far. Our 50th reunion was at Fox Hill, so we got all gussied up. Around 100 attended, the farthest from California. It was a blast seeing so many old friends, and even some whom I barely knew. You see, there were nearly 300 in our class and we were only together for three years, so we sort of clung to our old pals from the neighborhood and made a few new friends in clubs or on teams.
Our reunion two years ago made us a bit nostalgic, with our class president, Bill Anzalone, giving opening remarks that recalled some of the highlights of our time together, and Tom Supey telling football stories, still filled with Warrior pride. We had a tribute to our deceased, now numbering 50, and our own minister, Janet Murdoch, gave an invocation. I sat with Janet, who made the trip from Colorado, and our friends from Wyoming, including out-of-towners Susan Hazlett from Connecticut and Elaine Rhoades from Nebraska. I was so happy to be with them after far too many years. West Wyoming and Exeter were well represented, too. We all mingled at cocktail hour and danced right to the end of the evening as Victor Gulliano’s band jammed and Jim Brace sat in on tunes from the ’60s. You can’t top that music.
We had a fantastic time and decided to do it again ASAP. Since 2020 was the year we turned 69, we decided to have a 69th birthday party for the 69ers. COVID ended that, but things are looking up and we’re back to planning a celebration. This time we’ll be dressed like the classmates we remember from the dances at the armory — blue jeans and T-shirts. We’ll have lots of food and games, ’60s rock on our play list, and plenty of stories about adolescents from small schools thrown together in an educational experiment called Wyoming Area.
I compiled a pretty good database for the last reunion, but there are still some people I haven’t reached. Maybe one of our elusive classmates will read this article and decide to join us. I hope so. If you know anyone from my class, please spread the word. The event will be outdoors and CDC rules will be upheld. We’re going to party like it’s 1969! Nurses from our class will be available if someone throws out a hip doing the frug or the watusi. So, if you’re a WA 69er, throw on your grooviest threads and hang loose with us. It’s gonna be a total bummer if you don’t. Peace.
Paper shreddingState Rep. Aaron Kaufer announced a shredding event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at West Side Career and Technical Center. Limit is three copy-paper size boxes per vehicle.
Additional items to be collected are worn flags, prescription glasses and sunglasses, hearing aids and working cell phones and chargers. The district attorney’s office will collect unwanted prescription medications.
Residents are asked to remain in their cars and someone will assist them. In lieu of a fee, donations of canned food are requested.
Kiwanis Movie Night
Wyoming Area Kiwanians are bringing back movie night in Daley Park, West Wyoming, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 29. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks. Because of COVID, no popcorn will be provided. Please follow all CDC guidelines.
Wyoming U.M. dinner
Wyoming United Methodist Church, 376 Wyoming Ave., will have a chicken breast dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 15. On the menu is filled chicken breast, mashed potatoes, vegetable, coleslaw and dessert.
Cost is $11 for adults; $6 for children 6 to 12 years. Dinner is takeout only and will be distributed as drive through.
For information, call the church at 570-693-2821, or 570-655-4742, 570-693-3700.
Library book sale
Wyoming Free Library is accepting book donations for a popup book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17. Hardcover and paperback fiction and children’s books are welcome; no non-fiction. Books may be dropped off at the library during normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Do not leave books outside.
Wyoming sanitation stickers
Wyoming sanitation bills have entered the late period as of May 15 and an additional $50 has been added. The total fee is now $300. Cash will not be accepted. Check or money orders should be payable to Wyoming Borough Sanitation. Bills can be paid online at wyomingpa.org using credit card or E-check. A small transaction fee will apply.
Wyoming yard sale
Wyoming is organizing its annual community yard sale. Any resident may participate by filling out a form which can be found on the town’s Facebook page or website by May 31. There is no fee. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Rain date is Saturday, June 12. Maps will be available online and at the borough building. Call 570-693-0291 for details.
Exeter polling place
The polling place for Exeter’s Wards 1, 2 and 3 for the May 18 primary will be at St. Monica’s Parish, 357 W. 8th St., West Wyoming.
Exeter Little League outdoor craft fair
Exeter Lions Little League is hosting an open air spring craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the field. There will be more than 20 vendors. All COVID rules will be followed.
Barbara Bullions writes about Exeter, Wyoming and West Wyoming every week. To list an item, email email@example.com or call 570-301-2185 by Monday.