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St. Francis Alumni Mass – 2017

John chooses the red-white strawberry pancakes and passes on the red, white, and blue All-American stack. Every third year we are at Rooster’s Cafe on Ridge Road in Lackawanna, NY. I imagine steel workers packing the place early in the … Continue reading

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St. Francis Alumni Mass – 2016

          Outside the chapel we gather before Mass. This lobby is a place of reunion, reflection and renewal. Old classmates and friends meeting again. One can’t help but reflect on times past and the life events … Continue reading

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St. Francis Alumni Mass – 2015

Peter Kuhn’s name on the list of remembrances is the second surprise. The class of 1964 shared four years with Peter. He came daily by bus from the Springville area as a ‘day-hop’. My memory of him is a gentle … Continue reading

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Class of 1964 celebrates our 50th Reunion at St. Francis High, Athol Springs NY

After 50 years, one-third of the class of 1964 found their way back to St. Francis. Twenty two of 66 graduates and Coach Bob Torgalski attended one of the many celebrations held between Thursday and Saturday. We tried hard to … Continue reading

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St. Francis Alumni Mass – 2014

Attendance a bit down this year. My son Simon, grandson Owen and I drove cautiously through the steady snow. Like last year, another strange question from the border guard, ‘Why are they coming with you?’. Maybe the obvious has changed. … Continue reading

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St. Francis Class of 1964 Reunion

On Friday, May 23, 2014 the class of 1964 re-unites to celebrate their graduation 50 years ago and the graduation of the current class of 2014. Images and words about those days live largely in deteriorating paper, film and fading … Continue reading

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St. Francis Alumni Mass – 2013

“Why a Memorial Mass?” The border inspector’s follow up to the standard ‘purpose of your visit’ question was more odd than rhetorical. Next she asked me to remove my wool cap. Our friendliest crossing was the time we encountered an … Continue reading

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