For­mer St. Joseph’s Oton­abee School re­union Sept. 15

As­sump­tion school has been closed since 1987

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - JES­SICA NYZNIK Ex­am­iner Staff Writer jes­sica.nyznik @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

A re­union for the for­mer St. Joseph’s Oton­abee School is hap­pen­ing in Septem­ber.

The ele­men­tary school, on Old Keene Rd. and As­sump­tion Rd., was open from 1912 to 1987. It’s now a Pen­te­costal church.

Although the re­union is months away, or­ga­niz­ers wanted to get the word out so for­mer stu­dents, staff and teach­ers could save the date.

Mau­reen Crow­ley, who grad­u­ated from St. Joseph’s Oton­abee in 1973, is one of the or­ga­niz­ers. Her late fa­ther Claire Crow­ley went there, too.

She doesn’t think the school has ever had a re­union and said she and oth­ers thought it was time.

“I think it’ll be fun to catch up with peo­ple and see what’s hap­pen­ing in their lives,” Crow­ley said.

The drop-in event takes place Sept. 15 at As­sump­tion Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It starts off with mass at Our Lady of As­sump­tion Church at 10 a.m., fol­lowed by a pick-up base­ball game, tour of the old school, and a bar­be­cue by Knights of Colum­bus. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event is open to for­mer stu­dents, staff, fac­ulty and any­one else with an af­fil­i­a­tion to the school.

St. Joseph’s Oton­abee started off as a one-room school house and was later di­vided into four rooms.

Back then, it was called S.S. No. 8 Oton­abee St. Joseph’s. It orig­i­nally went from Grade 1 to 8, although Crow­ley sus­pects kinder­garten was added later.

With many for­mer stu­dents still in the area, Crow­ley is ex­pect­ing a big turnout.

She’s hop­ing peo­ple will bring old pho­tos and other mem­o­ra­bilia from their time at St. Joseph’s Oton­abee to share.

“If any­body knows where the school bell is, let us know. It’s miss­ing,” she said with a laugh.

Crow­ley also rec­om­mends bring­ing a lawn chair to sit out­side the hall in the af­ter­noon.

A Face­book page has been set up so peo­ple can con­nect be­fore the event. It’s St. Joseph’s Oton­abee School Re­union 2018.

NOTE: To con­tact Mau­reen Crow­ley about the re­union, call 705-939-6135 or email squir­rel@nex­i­com.net

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