HOWLAND — Penobscot Valley High School Class of 1968 held its 50-year reunion July 27-28.
Coming from small towns around Howland, the expectation at graduation for great accomplishments was small. However, as we all interacted with each other and shared our stories, it was amazing to hear of the many things people have accomplished. About half of the classmates still live locally, are very happy with their lives, and supported the local economy in a wide variety of jobs and accomplishments.
Some classmates had built businesses, and created jobs for others. Several served with the military and traveled extensively. Others held impressive jobs at various locations around the United States and the world. Most classmates had raised families and shared stories of children, grandchildren, and even a few great-grandchildren.
Although many had not seen each other for 50 years, and the amount of hair on their heads, hair colors, and facial hair had changed, everyone was excited and happy to reconnect and to discover that inside, most were still the same.
The reunion was celebrated Friday, July 27, at the Turner Farm in Burlington, and then Saturday, July 28, at Trapier’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant in West Enfield. The food was excellent, but the interaction between the classmates was even better.
The class graduated 62 students in 1968. Of those, 13 have died, and 29 attended the reunion, along with a good number of spouses. We celebrated the lives of those who had passed with their names and yearbook photos posted on a board, an empty chair at a table, and releasing balloons for each one at the end of the reunion.
Everyone gave a shout of thanks to Linda Burgess, Brenda White, Mary Whiting, Elgin Turner, and the host of others who all worked together to make the reunion a magnificent event.