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Volume 3 Number 9
Bob Casale has archived all the old newsletters. If
you wish copies, please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Calma, 1972
Michael Cava, 1966 (NM)
Stephanie Schegel Manning, 1968 (CA)
Harvey Weiss, 1947 (ME)
Mike Rosenwasser, 1961 (GA)
Bob Cazares, 1974 (WA)
Butch Allan, 1960
Tom Chupka, 1970 (L.I.)
Marty Watkins, 1957 (HX)
June Drummond DeBaun, 1968
Belated May Birthday Wishes to:
8 Bob Karen
12 Kurt Stietz, 1960 (NY)
16 Judy Frimmer Dow, 1963?
26 Joe Barna
6/?/1952 Audrey (Olsen) and Bill Lent
6/1/1963 Jack and Cindy DeVaul (L.I.)
6/5/1960 Emmett and Loretta Goodman (FL)
6/6/???? Lynne (Boardman) and Walter Lehman
6/13/1963 Tanya (Hawrylowicz) and John
6/24/1951 Harvey and Shirley Weiss (ME)
6/27/1964 Jacci (LaSalle) and John Gallucci
News and Notes and Memories
Did Your Parents Go To HHS?
Feature (continued from last
GUSTAFSON-Nancy S., of Patchogue, N.Y., on May 3, 2003.
Beloved wife of Karl Gustafson. Loving mother of Scott,
Cheryl and Jon. Dear sister of Virginia Andrews, Jean
Provencher, and Robert Walsh. Devoted grandmother of
Scott, Ryan, Taylor, Corey, Nicole, Jon, and Michael.
Arrangements entrusted to the Ruland Funeral Home, Inc.,
500 N. Ocean Ave. (south of LIE at Exit 63), Patchogue,
N.Y. Family to receive friends Monday and Tuesday, 2-4
and 7-9 PM. Religious Services will be held on Wednesday,
10:30 AM, at the Congregational Church of Patchogue.
Private cremation to follow.
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News, Notes and Memories
MID-LIFE CRISIS will rock the rafters on Saturday,
June 14th at CALLAHANS, East Meadow. It is
located on Hempstead Turnpike next to MODELLS.
The show starts at 9:30.
Hello from Lorraine (Kalen) Lowen '66
Thanks for a great newsletter. I am living in Rio
Ranch, NM, The Land of Enchantment. I am a Pediatric
Nurse Practitioner and a full time nursing faculty
member at TVI Community College in Albuquerque.
My husband Bill is a Professor Emeritus of Biology.
I find it interesting to read about the lives of
our classmates. If anyone out there is from the
class of '66, I would like to hear from you or anyone
else who remembers me. My address is: Pfragi@aol.com
Thanks for all the great news. Lorraine
Love reading the newsletter and have forwarded
it to some coworkers who were unaware of it's existence.
Also proud to say that Tony Toscano and myself,
Eileen Walter Toscano will celebrate our 41st anniversary
and our first granddaughter's 16th birthday on May
5th. Not bad for two "childhood Sweethearts.
I often think of myself riding my bike alone mind
you to the West Village Green to swim and "hang
out", with no fear of being kidnapped or molested
at age ten. How many of us would feel safe allowing
their children or grandchildren to do they? Keep
up the good work.
Hi: Love reading the newsletter. Very informative.
I knew about Bob Rausch because I was best friends
with his sister, Gina. We were the class of '60.
I lost touch with her a few years after we graduated.
I had talked with her on the phone and she told
me he was MIA. I've thought about him over the years
and wondered about his status. He went to school
with my sister Claire Williamson (still in Hicksville)
and her husband Bob Wintersaler. While in school
they all hung around together. He was very nice
and I sure wish I could get in touch with Gina somehow.
I think her married name is Christopherson. Do you
know if the class of '60 will ever have a reunion?
We never did because I called HHS and they said
we were the only class that didn't have one. Sure
love reading the stories. I have a lot of great
memories too. Thanks to all of you who put this
Doris Williamson Tully
Class of 1960
Bill Alonge - 1972
Now living in Farmingdale. Played ice hockey in
high school and began coaching the team immediately
after graduating. Still coaching. Just completed
Hicksville is now Long Island's Oldest High School
Hockey Club! It actually started in 1961.
We have reunion games every year. Over 70 active
alumni. Many fly in from all over the country each
year. It's so big; we have to have two games to
Hope you are all well and enjoying "middle
age". (Never thought I'd be saying that back
For all of the Hicksville Grads that attended the
Orlando Reunion and The 45th Reunion last October
and met Jennifer and me, I am pleased to announce
that we were married on 19 April 2003. The second
piece of news is that I have retired from Grumman
after 41-1/2 years of service in a career that started
in Bethpage, L.I. and ended in St. Augustine, Florida.
Pete Foster (1957)
Hi all........you are doing a great job with this
It's so nice to be reminded of people and things
of the past. Vic and I have been back to Hicksville
a few times this year......it is still a quiet town
but not as quaint as in the 50's....that was the
Just to let you know, our 1st Anniversary is coming
up already........July 5th.......do you believe
it? We're still on a cloud nine, doing some traveling
and enjoying life. Surprisingly, Vic is beginning
to enjoy retirement, after 39 years of Federal Gov.
service. Hi to everyone.
Arlene (Andrade) & Victor Sahadachny (1957)
Anton Mure, 1968 wrote to inform us the following:
ONE OF OUR VERY OLD AND DEAR FRIENDS, ANNE BACHMANN,
HAS TAKEN A FALL, AND AT THE MOMENT, IS PARALYZED
FROM THE WAIST DOWN. SHE IS CURRENTLY AWAITING SURGERY.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW ANNE, SHE IS A BRIGHT
AND ENERGETIC PERSON WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. PLEASE
SAY A PRAYER FOR HER TO RECOVER. IF YOU WOULD LIKE
SEND GET WELL WISHES, PLEASE DO SO AT:
1504 ASHFORD AVE//#6C
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, 00911
I went to see my brother yesterday who has lived
in Hicksville for the last 2 years, had a little
time, and drove thru town, very different from the
old Hicksville. Movie theater is gone, just a gaping
hole in the building, the old A&P in town where
most of us worked after school is now small playhouse,
& strangely a Reptile museum in the town, also
drove by my old house, no kids
playing in the street like we use to do, playing
ball or something. Must be video games, Oh well
thats all for now.
Bob Uhlich, 1957
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Did Your Parents Go To HHS?
Did your Mom / Dad go to Hicksville High School???
It's great how many Father / Son / Mother / Daughter
alumni there are, but we don't know about it.
Please take a moment from your busy schedule and
note your graduating class and that of your mom
My dad went to Manual Training High School in the
city...my mom went to work for the telephone company
and never graduated and I imagine that would be
the consensus for most of the earlier classes at
Hicksville. As the community grew and people settled
in, there were more combinations. I can think of
several pairings that go back to the Second World
War and there might be some beyond that period of
time. Take a look at the below link and you'll get
The Editors of the Hicksville High School Newsletter
My mother was born in Hicksville in my grandparents
house on 10th Street. Her maiden name was Florence
Strozak. Grandma and Grandpa built a new house on
the corner of 9th and Jerusalem in 1925. It still
stands today behind overgrown bushes! My mother
would have graduated in the early 1930s but
I am not sure if she graduated. She did go to NYC
to a secretarial school, which was the custom of
the time. After she retired to Florida from Nassau
County Medical Center, she went on to work part
time for a pediatrician in Inverness.
I was born in the front bedroom of that house,
which now has the address of 298 Jerusalem Ave.
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956
My mother is Lucille (Keller) Kochersberger and
graduated in the class of 1944. She was recently
at a Grumman retiree function and another person
gave us this email address to contact.
I would like to have the Hicksville HS news be
sent to my Mother. Do you send out a USPS newsletter?
Or is it an email newsletter? If you send out USPS,
I will give you my mother's address. If it is an
email newsletter, could you send it to me?
I appreciate your assistance. My mother would love
to hear any news about Hicksville H.S. acquaintances
Linda Kochersberger (Bethpage HS, 1971) for Lucille
(Keller) Kochersberger class of 1944
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Bill Canham, HHS Class of 19619 (email@example.com)
has graciously agreed to compile the mailing list
for the Class of 1961 Reunion... Please forward your
name, address, Phone number(s) email address, to Bill
and he will begin recording the information...
The list will include those from the class of 1960
and the class of 1962...there is a lot of interest from
adjoining classes....Will have more definite information
to pass along the beginning of June.... checking around
for room accommodations...and for the best deal for
our banquet...looking toward a buffet rather than a
sit down dinner...
Any comments will be graciously considered....
Send to the reunion committee...
William Canham 1961 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Casale 1961 email@example.com
Lillian Manzo (Ramirez) 1961 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary O'Shaughnessey (Cleary) 1961 email@example.com
...there were several other people who said they would
help...send your name to any of us and we will add your
name to the list of the reunion committee...
Bob Casale and the Reunion Committee
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Feature, by Bob Casale
(continued from last month)
I think that was the reason for Hicksville
a place for nice people to congregate
The first several years we lived in Hicksville, I made
the West Village Green my stomping ground. We would
congregate near the deli that was on the corner of Barter
Lane and Newbridge Road. I remember Bob's Esso gas station
on the corner, too, because Bob was my dad's main mechanic.
Directly behind the deli was where the local police
department had set up a phone to call the main desk.
It was common for several police cars to be there at
the same time. We would talk with the policemen all
the time and some of us were known on a first name basis.
Didn't know at the time if that was a good or bad thing.
Across Newbridge Road was one of the Hicksville water
towers. I can remember looking up there one morning
to see fresh writing. Someone had climbed to the top
and wrote their name...surreptitious, of course.
Next to the deli was the barbershop and Joe, my friend,
would always cut my hair. There were actually three
buildings that made up the West Green. The center was
a King Kullen store and it was there I had my first
job. It was a strange job, too, because I spent most
of my time in the basement sorting glass bottles that
were returned. I would have to separate them into wooden
boxes by vendor (i.e. Canada Dry, Cott, Hoffman, etc.).
It was not recycling as we know it today, but it was
recycling nonetheless, and that was 1958.
During the summer months, when I wasn't working in
the "dungeon," I would spend my afternoons
basking in the sunshine at the West Village Green Pool.
It was so crowded there sometimes it was wall-to-wall
people in the water. We would sometimes get on our bikes
and pedal to the pool on Levittown Parkway hoping for
less people. There were a lot of students from school
that we recognized at both places.
We never socialized with them for various reasons...time...commitments...age
difference.... gender difference.... but now we could.
Many mini romances were started too...you know, puppy
My wife of 37 years, Joyce, was lucky. She had an aunt
who used to drive them to the beach in Bayville. They
would spend the hot summer days in the breezy sound
of Long Island. There were others who wound up at Jones
Beach or in Zachs Bay. That must have been nice.
At night, during the summer, we would go to Fork Lane
School and just sit around talking. There were always
several birthday parties that were scheduled for either
a Friday or Saturday night and that would occupy our
As fall approached and school was beginning, life took
on a different perspective. The casualness of summer,
where few kids had a schedule, ended, and now everything
was a commitment to time. We thought we had it tough.
Becoming a parent later on sure changed my outlook on
what is tough.
The Labor Day Fire Tournament signaled the end to our
summer. It was a last big get together and so many of
us gathered to watch our volunteer fire departments
compete in various skills. It was a lot of fun, then,
and many still enjoy the thrill years later.
Walking down the hallway the first couple of days was
exciting. Many of us had fond memories of summer that
we eagerly shared with friends we had not seen for months.
The girls would talk about the special boy they met....the
guys would talk about baseball and the upcoming football
season. Priorities never change...
More to follow
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To keep bugs out of flour, it is recommended to
place a couple of bay leaves in the container.
The stegosaurus was a dinosaur with a head so small
that the nerve knot in the middle of the back was
larger than its brain.
Elvis Presley's first Cadillac was blue before
he bought it in 1955 and painted it pink.
Many seabirds that swallow fishes too large for
immediate digestion go about with the esophagus
filled. Apparently without discomfort, the tail
of the fish sticks out of the bird's mouth.
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956, FL
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960, NJ
Bob Casale, 1961, HX and PA
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