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The House planning reunion for members, staff from the 1970’s

 

 

By Danica Skakavac

The House has become a place of bonding and making memories over the long years it’s been around.

To celebrate, this year The House will host a reunion Sept. 23 for those who were a part of it in the 1970’s. This event will include a barbecue and picnic, as well as attractions that will remind the visitors of life back in the 70’s. These attractions consist of music that was popular during the time and old photos, which co-op students working at The House are digitizing so they can be properly displayed.

The House has been around since 1971, so the reunion is the first of many to come, even though smaller groups themselves had held their own reunions over the years. Should this very first reunion work out, more reunions will be held annually for the next five years and in 2021, it will have it’s 50th anniversary reunion. The point of it all is to focus on memories made during that time and recreating new ones.

70's Reunion

“Everyone is very excited and we have a lot of people interested and planning on attending,” said Rebecca Vandervaart, who is currently in charge of The House.

There has been a lot of involvement and positive responses since the announcement of the reunion.

“We’ve already gotten 40-50 RSVP’s,” said Vandervaart. “Lots of people who have moved far away since then are very interested.” Anyone who had any kind of involvement, such as volunteering or staff work and had connections are welcome to come.

The program itself hasn’t changed much since then, as it is still incredibly similar. Even the name, now changed to just ‘The House’, reflects its atmosphere, being a heart-warming, open place to everyone and now ready to welcome back those who first stepped through it’s doors.

The House is located at 247 Brock St. and their phone number is 519-736-6811. For more information, visit http://houseofshalom.ca/events/.

St. Rose High School graduates celebrate reunion

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Graduates from the former St. Rose High School got together for a reunion and hope to keep their tradition going.

Approximately 18 graduates and spouses that attended the former Catholic high school in Amherstburg gathered at the Knights of Columbus Hall last Monday evening before heading off for dinner at Rosa’s Restaurant. Organizer Fred Beneteau said that the bulk of the graduates in attendance went to St. Rose between 1954 and 1956.

Beneteau said all of the graduates are now retired with some having careers as teachers, nurses, business owners, and factory supervisors. They all live in southwestern Ontario or southeastern Michigan, he added.

Graduates from St. Rose High School classes of 1952-54 reunited July 18 in Amherstburg. Bottom row (from left): Rosemary Fryer, Verna Warren, Denise Beneteau, Marlene Grenier, Catherine Bondy. Top row (from left): Bob Fryer, Collier Hunt, Patrick Warren, Fred Beneteau, Ron Reaume, Kathy Reaume, Jim Grenier, Leonard Bondy and Donald Ouellette.

Graduates from St. Rose High School classes of 1952-54 reunited July 18 in Amherstburg. Bottom row (from left): Rosemary Fryer, Verna Warren, Denise Beneteau, Marlene Grenier, Catherine Bondy. Top row (from left): Bob Fryer, Collier Hunt, Patrick Warren, Fred Beneteau, Ron Reaume, Kathy Reaume, Jim Grenier, Leonard Bondy and Donald Ouellette.

The reunions have happened each of the last three years and Beneteau said he would like to keep them happening.

“This is the reason I have to come back to town,” said Beneteau, who now resides in Sarnia. “I’d like to continue it.”

Even those who no longer live in Amherstburg will always have the town a part of them, he added.

“You can take the people out of the ‘Burg but you can’t take the ‘Burg out of the people,” he joked.

The graduates got caught up on what they are doing and shared some memories.

“Most of us have many fond memories of working on Boblo Island, which supported our lifestyle and education,” said Beneteau.

St. Rose High School faced declining enrollment in the early 1960’s, with volume two of the bicentennial book “Amherstburg 1796-1996 – The New Town on the Garrison Grounds” stating there were only 84 students at the school in 1962.

St. Rose High School closed at the end of the 1965-66 school year and was razed in 1971.