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Capital Region Scrapbook: Class acts

Capital Region Scrapbook: Class acts

Several class acts were seen around the Schenectady area in February 1970. Among them were stars of

Several class acts were seen around the Schenectady area in February 1970.

Among them were stars of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Kids from Draper High School, on a mission against drugs, were also first class.

So were members of Niskayuna High School’s crew from 1960, who were planning their 10th anniversary class reunion.

The NAACP honored Malinda Myers, James A. Stamper and Theodore Vinick. Chapter President Ralph F. Boyd Sr. presented the trio with life membership certificates and plaques. Myers had served as president of the organization and was on the executive board in 1970. Stamper was also a past president, and was the current treasurer.

Draper students Laurie Lumbra and Holly Dunn were co-chairwomen of the school’s youth education subcommittee on drug abuse. Teens wanted to establish a line of communication between the Schenectady County Narcotic Guidance Council and high school kids who had drug-related problems. Teachers Edward L. McChesney and Jean Cloutier were aboard as faculty advisers.

Niskayuna 20-somethings of 1970 were looking ahead to summer. The 10th reunion for the Class of 1960 had been scheduled for June 27 at Valle’s Steak House on Central Avenue.

Western class was shown by the Helderberg Twirlers, who had something in common with the Niskayuna crew — they were also marking a 10-year anniversary. The Twirlers, a square dance club, celebrated with a dance in Guilderland attended by 300. Some stepped lively to get a piece of the giant cake served during the party.

A mother’s aide class was also in the news. A bunch of sixth-grade students at Schenectady’s Brandywine School had completed the Red Cross-sanctioned course. Now they knew how to take care of young children.

For at least one of the groups, 2010 may seem like 1970 all over again. Sixty-somethings in Niskayuna are planning another class reunion. But the celebration number–50–has grown a little bigger.

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