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Holy Family graduates working to coordinate entire school class reunion in Massena

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MASSENA - Massena resident Ray Fenton and Mayor James F. Hidy are in the midst of attempting to bring together a reunion for all graduating classes from Holy Family High School.

Mr. Fenton (class of 1969) and Mr. Hidy (class of 1972) were part of two graduating classes from the short-lived school that began in 1964 and closed in 1975.

Theduoare having an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the town hall to continue the planning process for an entire school class reunion at a yet to be decided time in 2014.

The reunion would be for alumni from all classes, past faculty members and anyone involved with the school during its existence.

“The meeting is an open invitation to any alumni. It’s more of an informational meeting to see if in fact this is something we can start to organize and put together,” Mr. Hidy said. “I know there’s some great interest, especially on Facebook. We certainly hope many people show up and give their support.”

“(The response) has been very surprising. I put it on a Facebook page and was thinking ‘What could we possibly do to make sure that people knew that the school was a big part of the community?” Mr. Fenton added. “Truthfully, I gave myself until the end of November to see if I could get 100 members of the Facebook group. I’ve already gotten more than 100 members. I was surprised with the interest right off the bat; happily so.”

Mr. Fenton said that members of the Facebook group range from the first graduating class in 1964, all the way through its final year in 1975.

“Holy Family was a huge influence on the village and the community. A lot of good people came from that school; that’s not to take anything away from Massena Central,” he said. “I’m hoping to have at least one member from each class. We’re going to come up with something, approximately looking at something next summer. Like I said it’s purely organizational.”

The 1969 graduate has been busy trying to track down yearbooks from every class and said that he has located about 30 percent of them so far. “I saw my class yearbook on eBay and it was $99.99. I was surprised by that, Mr. Fenton said.

He added that he believes class sizes for the school were in the 60-student range.

The co-coordinators noted that they would ideally have the reunion tie into a community even going on at the same time.

Mr. Fenton and Mr. Hidy had high praise for their former school.

“Some great people graduated from there and went on to become very successful individuals,” the 1972 graduate said. “Graduating from there, it was more of a family atmosphere than many schools.

“In the short amount of time, Holy Family made its mark on the community through academics and in sports such as football, hockey, and baseball. It was a well-rounded school.”

“Frankly, I keep on reading and hearing negative things about the town and village of Massena,” Mr. Fenton added. “It’s a beautiful town and village. We can’t let the little bit of negativity take us down. We’ve been through tough times in the past, and we’ve made it through.”

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