AMESBURY — The Amesbury High School Class of 1962 celebrated its 50th reunion on Sept. 29 and 30. Friday evening was a meet and greet at Lowell’s Boat Shop for classmates and guests. Food and desserts were provided by the committee that organized the weekend. Committee members were: Helen Barnaby Cutter, Shirley Bartley Palermo, Joanne Bourque DeOliveira, Gini Chrest Rooney, Sue Farrell Ferlazzo, Maureen Flanagan Donahue, Jill Healey, Gina Jacques Mansourian, Gail Klein Lisauskas, Dennis and Roberta Levesque, Don MacAskill, Cathy MacKenzie Fournier, Margie Mann McCabe, Marsha Merritt Gadarowski and Donna Terry Sands. Beverages included water, soda, wine, coffee and a beer tasting by Cody Beer Company. A beautiful tribute to classmates who have passed away was created by Margie Mann McCabe and Jill Healey.
Saturday morning began with a tour of the renovated high school at 5 Highland St. provided by Principal Roy Hamond. The alumni found this informative and enlightening to see the many improvements, especially in technology, from their school days. The Class of 1962 graduated two years before the big fire that took down their school located at Main Street where the current Middle School is housed. This was followed by a tour of the Holy Family Parish Center (former St. Joseph School) led by Dennis Donahue, as many of the class had attended school there prior to Amesbury High School.
The main event was held Saturday evening at the 1686 House in Kingston, N.H. Vice President Gini Chrest Rooney began the evening with a moment of silence to honor class members who have departed and explain the evening’s activities.
Centerpieces were provided by Jill Healey. A fundraiser raffle was held throughout the evening as 39 items were raffled. It was due to the generosity of business people in Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Seabrook, and South Hampton that Shirley Bartley Palermo and Gail Klein Lisauskas were able to gather many items that were donated to the raffle. In addition, classmates contributed: a handmade quilt made by Helen Barnaby Cutter and Donna Terry Sands; a handmade quilt made by Jill Healey; a hand-knitted hat and felted slippers made by Gini Chrest Rooney; a table runner made by Joanne Jacques; placemats, coasters, wine bag and hot pad made by Maureen Flanagan Donahue; an Amesbury Basket provided by Scott Briggs, bottles of wine by Sue Farrell Ferlazzo and a handmade dory made by Margie Mann McCabe. As a result of the raffle and donations received from classmates the Amesbury High School Class of 1962 is able to donate $1,000 to Amesbury High School to directly benefit student activities needs, $500 to the SEA Fund for Student Enrichment and $500 to the 50 Year Anniversary Fund, which distributes scholarship money to seniors at graduation.