CASSADAGA - Ten classmates from the Cassadaga Valley Central School Class of 1946 celebrated the 65th anniversary of their high school graduation with a luncheon at the Cassadaga Country Club.
They were joined by guest speakers CVCS Superintendent John Brown and school board member William Carlson who described the many changes to the school classes, sports, building additions, and especially the new technologies available since the pen, pencil and dusty blackboard days of the 1940s.
The speakers brought many framed photographs of the building additions, yearbooks from 1946 and 2011, photos of "smart boards" and iPads now being used in classrooms. Brown turned to a teacher mode and asked the "class" about the Civil Air Patrol and its connection to CVCS during World War II. Two classmates belonged to the CAP, learned to fly, and were "spotters" watching for enemy airplanes flying over Sinclairville. None were reported.
Front row, from left, are Bessie Olmstead Kibbie, Maryellen Austin Emmott, Phyllis Weller Ramsey, Elizabeth Berg Carlson, Marian Fredrickson Ward. Back row, from left, CVCS school board member William Carlson, Jay Noble, Roger Childs, Donald Ward, Marjorie Walters Faber, Viola Olmstead Edson, CVCS Superintendent John Brown.
Before the meal and after the invocation, the names of 27 deceased class members were read. Brown and Carlson invited the classmates to tour the school at a later time.