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Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Left to right: Patricia Jordan Rosetti, Linda Cuilik Wizniewski, Christine Skowronek Dubrushin and Kathlyn Hanna Gomula, all of the Class of 1964.

Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Class of 1964 alums Linda Casey, left, and Diane Morin, right.


Cheers to 50 years: AHS Class of 1964 reunites

Saturday, August 09, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM


PERTH -- More than 50 years ago, Diane Morin and Linda Casey would walk to Samuel Fariello's Confectionery on Lincoln Avenue in Amsterdam to get ice cream sundaes.

Friday night, the best friends reunited at The Perthshire for a drink at Amsterdam High School's Class of 1964 reunion.

"We've been best friends forever," Casey said.

"We really have," Morin agreed. "We've known each other since before sixth grade and we've been friends ever since."

Linda Culilik, Patricia Jordan and Christine Skowreonek, another group of friends who graduated in 1964, said they've stayed friends even though they currently live all over the country.

"We all met each other in kindergarten," Jordan said, "and we all keep in contact still."

Jordan said she lives in Texas, while Culilik lives in Philadelphia, and Skowreonek lives in California.

"We've all visited each other at some point or another," Culilik said. "It's nice to stay in touch and keep the connection throughout the years."

All three women were AHS majorettes together and they used to walk to school "five miles and back in the snow," Culilik joked.

"We would all meet up with each other on the way to school," she said, "and we had to wear skirts back then, so our knees would freeze and get chapped on the way to school in the winter."

Reunion organizer Judy Heffernan, who was also a majorette in high school, agreed that her knees would get cold "in those little majorette outfits."

Heffernan said she remembered everything from her four years at AHS, from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, to the start of The Beatles era. She said she remembered the fashion, the hairstyles, the formal dances and events.

"It was a great time of my life," Heffernan said. "I remember Christmas formals when the high school used to have sororities and fraternities, and my sorority always had a winter formal, and the girls had to ask the guys to the dance. The dance took place at the Columbian Club on Main Street and there would be a revolving glass ball and live music; girls wore ball gowns and guys wore suits. It's one of my favorite memories."

Heffernan said the Class of 1964 graduated 413 students. She said 65 have passed away over the years, so she organized a memorial for them Friday's reunion.

"The reunion committee and I thought it was a nice gesture to our classmates who have passed away," she said.

Thomas Pikul, president of the Class of 1964, said it's always great to come back to Amsterdam and see old friends.

"I live in France most of the year but I visit Amsterdam every year too," he said. "I was in this very place [at The Perthshire] 15 years ago for our 35th class reunion and that's still one of my favorite memories, so you can imagine how it feels seeing old friends 15 years later."

Pikul said his experience at AHS was "fantastic."

"It was an incredible time; there were great teachers, it was a great place and I met terrific people who I've stayed connected with all these years," he said. "Tonight it's all about reconnecting and reminiscing."

Heffernan agreed.

"Our class is all over the country and all over the world," she said. "Getting some of our classmates together for a weekend to reconnect after 50 years is what it's all about."

The Class of 1964 will reconnect again tonight at The Perthshire and tomorrow afternoon at Driftwood Park on Sacandaga Lake for a beach party.

AHS classes 1962, '63, '65 and '66 are also invited.


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