It was truly a splen­did af­fair

Record Observer - - Opinion -

It was most surely a grand evening at the high school last Satur­day as the Centreville High School Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion held its an­nual re­u­nion din­ner with over 250 on hand. What a great time to catch up on friends and old class­mates that you haven’t seen for maybe a year.

While recog­ni­tion was given to 10-and-5-year re­u­nion classes, it was es­pe­cially great to see the large at­ten­dance of the class of 1966 which was the fi­nal class to grad­u­ate from the CHS build­ing as the new high school was built and opened. Sorry to say I was the only one of my class of ‘41 to make it to the din­ner; so I sat with my sis­terin-law, Eve­lyn Berry, who was also the only one of her class of ‘39 to make it. Both of us had a lot of fun greet­ing old friends dur­ing the evening.

It al­ways has amazed me that an or­ga­ni­za­tion can­not gain any new mem­bers and can only lose mem­bers stays so well-or­ga­nized and con­tinue to help stu­dents go­ing to col­lege by of­fer­ing a num­ber of $1,000 schol­ar­ships, plus even more with an en­dow­ment from the late Dr. El­iz­a­beth Ha­gen.

I snapped a shot of the schol­ar­ship win­ners af­ter din­ner and hope all the names are cor­rect un­der the pic­ture. I be­lieve there were 14 young peo­ple and thank­fully I had help from a par­ent in get­ting the names from left to right. It was a won­der­ful group of smil­ing and well-de­served young­sters on their way to col­lege with some fi­nan­cial help. Each of them can ap­ply for the schol­ar­ship money, as long as they are de­scen­dants of a CHS grad­u­ate. There were 19 in all, but sev­eral were un­able to be present.

It was a grand af­fair, cer­tainly one of the county’s main so­cial events of the spring!

••• UNCLAIMED PROP­ERTY I hope some of my reader-friends found some of their “unclaimed prop­erty” in the mas­sive 183-page ad­di­tion to the news­pa­pers this past week. I found the TABLER hav­ing a sales ta­ble at the fes­ti­val.

••• HARRY HUGHES CITED A re­cent edi­tion of What’s Up An­napo­lis magazine in­cluded a list of what it termed “Vi­sion­ar­ies” in our state and for­mer Gov­er­nor Harry Hughes was promi­nently fea­tured. Harry is an East­ern Shore boy, from Den­ton and I still have a nice photo taken with he and his wife when I was in An­napo­lis one day while he was gov­er­nor.

I re­call he said to me once that he had hoped to be­come a pro­fes­sional base­ball player; pitcher, I be­lieve, but never made it to the big time. I think he played for the Yan­kee farm club in Easton dur­ing the old Class D East­ern Shore Base­ball League at one time.

It was a good fea­ture on Harry — and at 89 he looks years younger in the photo with the story.

••• FI­NALLY ONE FROM MD I read a lot of Sports Il­lus­trated. They are great mag­a­zines for sports fans. I al­ways look for the fea­ture page of high school ath­letes called “Faces in the Crowd.” Week af­ter week, I kept look­ing for one from Mary­land. Fi­nally there ap­peared one in the May 2 is­sue. He was Aaron Brooks, a wrestler and sopho­more from North Hager­stown High School. I’m glad they fi­nally got around to some­one in our state.

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