last reunion of The Oakland Alumni Assoc. was held on August
10th, 2002 at Messalonskee High School. Enjoying the social
hour and buffet lunch were 196 alumni and guests.
luncheon was catered by alumna Helen Bridges. Peter Bastow
'54 was the emcee, and Blaine Ellis `55, conducted the business
meeting. Rev. John Fenelson '57 gave the blessing. Frances
Doyon '55 the Welcome, and Richard Bastow '52 the Response.
Betty Pellerin, Madeline Boudreau, and Linda Grady, all
members of the class of 1954 were hostesses. Dwight Taylor
class of 1929 was the oldest alumnus present, and Melinda
Grady Gallagher, class of 1987 was the youngest.
largest class represented was 1952 with 17 attending, observing
its 50th anniversary. Former teachers in attendance were
Arthur Clark and Helen Gallagher.
officers present were Alfred Wheeler, President 11 times
(he and his wife Barbara, were the oldest alumni couple):
Julia Brown, Secretary 11 times: and Hilda Bickford, President
five times, Secretary two times.
third annual Eagle Award was presented to Harland "Hardy"
Taylor, for his many years of community service with the
Oakland Fire and Rescue.
OAA yearbook project sponsored by the class of 1954 is nearly
completed. Fifty years, 1920-1970, of the Ripple yearbooks
will be housed at the Oakland Public Library.
Victory Bell relocation project on the grounds of Messalonskee
High School is being spearheaded by Gwen Bacon of MHS. This
bell was purchased and removed from the old Oakland High
School building in 1974 and presented to MHS by the OAA.
elected for the coming year are: Blaine Ellis, president;
Frances Doyon, vice president; Alan Charles, secretary;
and Dan Grady, treasurer.
Marston and his family gave the annual Barbara T. Marston
door prize of $100, which was awarded to Janet Coughlin,
who then returned the gift to the OAA treasury.