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September 13, 2013

Heard Around Town: A Salem High reunion for the ages

SALEM — We get press releases all the time about Salem High School class reunions. Usually, all we do is list the event in the North Shore Community Calendar.

But this one is different.

The Salem High Class of 1948 is holding a reunion tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. at the function hall at Salem Willows. For those who need all their fingers and toes to count that high, that would be their 65th reunion. That, in itself, is impressive. Even better, nearly 100 people are expected to attend.

Even better than that, two teachers are coming.

OK, put your toes away and get out the abacus. If the classmates from 1948 are in their early to mid-80s, how old are the teachers?

Answer: Physical education teacher Victoria Kopaczynska is 98, according to a reunion committee member. Tina Lefthes, a business teacher, is a couple of years younger.

Does that sound like a great class reunion or what?

Oh yeah, we almost forgot. They’re still looking for the following classmates: Dr. Richard Conway, Edward Henderson, Patricia Norton Munroe, Charles Moreland, John O’Connell and Lucas Persinos.

Polish power

This is a big weekend for you folks who want to travel but don’t get out of the house much.

On Saturday, the annual Oktoberfest is being held from 7 to 11 p.m. at Old Town Hall. On Sunday, the St. John the Baptist Polish Festival is from noon to 8 p.m. at the parish hall on St. Peter Street.

First, Oktoberfest.

What’s not to like? German hats and kazoos, a bratwurst-eating contest, bands, beer and ... drumroll please ... man-about-town Erik Rodenheiser dressing as Olga the Angry German Beer Wench.

Of course, he’s not the only one risking a career. State Sen. Joan Lovely and City Councilors Josh Turiel, Bill Legault and Tom Furey are all wearing lederhosen. Who needs term limits when we have photos of politicians in leather breeches?

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