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Central Colchester Class of ’69 holding 50-year reunion

Former Central Colchester High student, from left, Valerie Boudreau, Robert Ripley and Gail Brown are organizing a reunion to mark 50 years since graduation. The reunion will be held June 29.
Former Central Colchester High student, from left, Valerie Boudreau, Robert Ripley and Gail Brown are organizing a reunion to mark 50 years since graduation. The reunion will be held June 29. - Lynn Curwin
ONSLOW, N.S. —

It was the year man set foot on the moon, crowds flocked to Woodstock and Monty Python’s Flying Circus was first shown. 1969 was also the year Gail (Fielding) Brown, Valerie (Barnhill) Boudreau and Robert Ripley graduated.

The three former Central Colchester High School students are planning a reunion to mark 50 years since graduation.

“The challenge is to track people down, many of whom we haven’t seen since high school,” said Ripley.

There were 133 students in the class and they’ve been able to reach 37 so far, with the furthest living in British Columbia. They’re aware that 22 of their former classmates have died.

Graduation date was June 11, 1969, but students had to write provincial exams after that.

The class of ’69 was the second to last graduating class, as the school became a junior high when the Cobequid Educational Centre opened in the fall of 1970

“My mum came here to teach music the year it opened,” said Boudreau. “I graduated from here and taught here, my kids went here, and now my grandkids are here.”

The reunion will be held at the Bible Hill Village Hall, June 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Members of the class of ’69 are asked to register by June 1 by email Cchs50years@gmail.com. The reunion also has a Facebook called CCHS 1969 Onslow, N.S.

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