KEMMERER — The Kemmerer High School Classes of 1962 and 1963 held a joint reunion July 24-27 with 15 and 20 class members, respectively, attending. The group was headquartered in the conference room at Jean Pollard Gray’s Fossil Butte Motel during the four days.
Wednesday evening (July 24), attendees met at the motel to register and meet and greet fellow classmates. It was an entertaining evening trying to guess who was the latest “mystery guest” who entered and to observe the look on people’s faces when they finally realized who they were talking to.
On Thursday the classes enjoyed the day at Diamondville Town Park with a breakfast tastily prepared by Anne-Marie and Dean Nishi and a delicious Santa Maria-style tri-tips barbecue in the evening, also prepared by the same cooks and ably assisted by Harvey Nishi (drafted into service by Dean). The day was interspersed with a six-man scramble golf outing, rides through the country and around town and getting reacquainted with the latest arrivals.
Thursday evening the group enjoyed a scrumptious burgers-and-brats barbecue, nicely prepared by chefs Corky Pollard and Rick Costello. During the day, members enjoyed the Oyster Ridge Music Festival and other personal touring activities in the area.
Jere Paul Borino also graciously opened the museum that he is assembling in the old Diamondville Saloon. It was a very interesting museum with several photographs of Kemmerer High School athletic teams from the past and possibly the largest nutcracker collection in the western United States.
Saturday evening saw the finale for the reunion activities with a buffet dinner at the Eagles’ Hall deliciously prepared by the Eagles’ Auxiliary. There were several door fun prizes awarded with a raffle draw, but the highlight of the door prizes were two wolf paw castings donated by Rick and Sharon Bertram Costello. The castings were made when Sharon discovered some huge paw prints during a country outing, and Rick made some plaster of paris castings, later verified by the game warden as being paw prints of juvenile wolves. If you’ve ever seen a paw print of a juvenile wolf, you don’t ever want to meet a wolf face-to-face, especially an adult – the door prize castings were five to six inches across. Ed Brady and Jeanne Oakley Harvey won the castings. Though the wolf paw castings were the highlight of the door prizes, the true highlight of the evening was the pleasure and camaraderie of being with classmates again. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the past few days, renewing friendships and meeting spouses.
Prior to adjourning, there was a strong desire voiced by many attendees in an open forum to have another reunion in five years. There was even discussion of having a multi-year reunion with other classes above and below ’62 and ’63. Stay tuned.
Unfortunately, many class members were unable to attend due to conflicts and last minute events. Class members attending the reunion included the following:
Class of ’62: Sharon Bertram Costello and spouse Rick; Richard Borino; Steve Carotta; Ken Griggs; Arla Larson Harris and spouse Bill; Liz Key Martin; Mary Lupcho Murray; Dean Nishi and spouse Anne-Marie; Jeanne Oakley Harvey and spouse Tom; June Stefonick Somers; Bob Spears and spouse Beth; Ila Teuscher Manzer and spouse Jack; Bob Zakotnik and spouse Mary Kay; Rozanne Zakotnik Reachard.
Class of ’63: Mike Bertagnolli and spouse Kathy; Jere Paul Borino and friend Linda Sager; Ed Brady and spouse Darragh; Rick Costello and spouse Sharon; Ruth Fagnant Fritzel and spouse Max; Darrell Filewicz; John Giorgis and spouse Sue; Jim Griff; Sue Herschler Hunt; John Hunzie and spouse Sally; Truman Julian and spouse Marie; Leah Kovach Waisath and spouse Buzz; Bill Marchione; Sandra Parsons Banks and spouse Melvin; Jean Pollard Gray; Corky Pollard and spouse Georgetta; George Sawaya and spouse Ardie; Cheryl Smith; Jill Witherspoon Taylor and spouse Jerry; Gary Zakotnik and spouse Joanne.
Special thanks to: the Reunion Organizing Committee (Jean Gray, Sue Hunt, Dean Nishi, and Bob Zakotnik); Jean Gray for the generous use of her conference room; all the cooks; Rick and Sharon Costello for donating the wolf paw castings and organizing the golf outing; Jere Paul Borino for providing access and commentary to his museum; and everyone who helped with all of the activities. It was a fun-filled four days, and we’re looking forward to the next one.