Gatherings tonight: Reunion weekend kicks off

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The Powell High School Class of 1968 has always contended it is a special group.

Now at the 50th anniversary of their high school graduation, members of the Class of 1968 have math on their side to make their point.

“This is a once in a century 50-year class,” beamed Class of 68-er Gerry Wilkins of Billings. “Members of the Class of 1968 are 68 years old.”

To celebrate the trivia triumph further, the class is hoping to have 68 class members sign up and attend. At last count, they had 63 of the graduating class of 147 coming. With spouses, that would make a reunion group of over 100 for the 50th party tonight (Friday) at 5 p.m. at Gestalt Studios, 440 W. Park St.

The 103rd annual reunion of the Powell High School Alumni Association plays out Friday and Saturday. Individual class reunions lead the way on Friday.

The 50-year class is going all out with 50-year T-shirts and making an appearance at Homesteader Museum — which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year — at 4 p.m. Friday for a photo-op.

Other PHS anniversary classes have these special reunion activities scheduled:

Class of 1949 — Why a 69th class reunion? The 49ers look forward to their 70th next year, and they try to get together each year because they have such a good time. Dolores (Bovee) Bleekman of Granite Bay, California, puts out the call. This year’s gathering of 23 is Friday at 6 p.m. in the garage at the Winston and Beryl Churchill farm home for beef brisket and carry-in.

Class of 1953 — A late afternoon gathering at the home of Raymond and Alice Cooley at 622 Sawtooth on Saturday will mark 65 years of friendship for members of the Class of 1953.  Between 35 and 40 class members and spouses will reminisce into the evening.

Class of 1958 — Famous pitchfork steaks by Paul Rodriguez are the hit of the 60th class reunion, hosted at the Rodriguez farm home at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Forty-two are signed up for an evening in the backyard, led by a committee of Beth Rodriguez, Myron Heny, Neil Earhart, Carol Parker and Dave Bonner.

Class of 1963 — “Keeping it simple” is the theme of the 55th reunion of the Class of 1963 which gathers, 42-strong, at 5 p.m. Friday at the Powell Golf Club for no-host cocktails, hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. and an evening of visiting. In charge of local arrangements are Karen Tilley, Doris Sievers and Jim Rodriguez.

Class of 1978 — A class “that has been close for 40 years” is expecting about 80 people Friday for its 40th reunion at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Club, said John Jacobson, chairman. He complimented the hard work by classmates Julie Carter Altman, Linda Rodriguez Sweet, Jamie Lee Decker and Sherri Moore Simpson to prepare for the 40th.

Class of 1988 — For their 30th class reunion, one of their own, Brent Good, will be roasting a pig at the VFW Club Friday night, with classmates carrying in side dishes. Paul Faxon has spearheaded local arrangements for the class reunion, which starts at 6 p.m.

Class of 1998 — The 20-year reunion class meets at the home of Andy and Tiffany Asher, at 901 Road 19, Friday at 7 p.m.  About 40 are expected for drinks and appetizers that evening. Diana Coombs said the class will follow with a family barbecue at noon Saturday at Southside Park.

Class of 2008 — It’s the 10th anniversary of their high school graduation, and the Class of 2008 will meet at The Table (the old TCBY) at the corner of Coulter Avenue and Edmonds Street at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The Table is owned by 2008 class member Preston Eckerdt. About 40 are expected to attend, have dinner and hang out, said Micah (Anderson) Transtrom.

The Panther Open golf tournament is a 10 a.m. event on Friday. Saturday’s all-class events include a free breakfast at 8 a.m. at the fairgrounds, a fun run starting at 8 a.m. at Plaza Diane  and a swim meet at 1 p.m. at the Powell Aquatic Center. The “Blast from the Past” evening of music, food and drink at the fairgrounds pavilion starts at 6 p.m.

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