Wenzel: MHS graduates celebrate 80th birthdays; student participates in all-state band

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Wenzel: MHS graduates celebrate 80th birthdays; student participates in all-state bandMARLBOROUGH – In 1959, the year that they graduated from Marlborough High School, seven classmates never lost touch with each other. They recently celebrated their 80th birthdays with a four-hour lunch at the Wayside Inn.

Life 63 years ago was so different from 2022. Gas sold for 25 cents a gallon, folks were singing “Personality” by Lloyd Price and the “Barbie” doll was introduced.

“Our friendship has grown over the years, and we have been there for each other,” said Tish Bouvier, one of the graduates.

Adventures for the seven have included traveling by ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, taking a train to New York and flying to Memphis to see Elvis.

“We called ourselves the S.A.P.S. (Seven Appealing Personalities),” said Tish.

Wenzel: MHS graduates celebrate 80th birthdays; student participates in all-state band
Seven graduates of the MHS Class of 1959 have kept in touch and recently celebrated their 80th birthdays at the Wayside Inn. In the photo, from left, are: Faith Buscone, Mary Lou Vanzini, Tish Bouvier, Lorrie Papile and Elaine Waldron. Missing from the photo are Edna Paul and Joanne Lodi. (Photo/Submitted)

Vacation homes, timeshares and houses away from Marlborough have provided the group with many trips to Newport and Cape Cod as well as to Vermont.

“Now as we are getting older,” explained Tish, “we don’t travel as much but we do get together still, for a lunch or early dinner, to celebrate our friendship and birthdays. We are family.” 

The names of the seven are: Tish (Giallonardo) Bouvier, Elaine (Capobianco) Waldron, Lorrie (LaBrache) Papile, Edna (Forrest) Paul, Faith ( Forrest) Buscone, Marylou (Gaynor) Vanzini and Joanne (Bennadetto) Lodi.

MARLBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT Jackson Clemons recently participated in the 2022 All-State Band at Symphony Hall in Boston. He was selected to perform with 500 of the most talented student musicians from across the state. 

Jackson earned this recognition by going through two very rigorous auditions, one at the district level, where over 4000 students were represented, and another at the All-State level, where over 1000 students competed for the honor of being in this elite ensemble.  

Wenzel: MHS graduates celebrate 80th birthdays; student participates in all-state band
Marlborough High School student Jackson Clemons recently participated in the 2022 All-State Band at Symphony Hall in Boston. He was selected to perform with 500 of the most talented student musicians from across the state. (Photo/Submitted)

All rehearsals took place at the 2022 All State Music Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1 and 2, with a final performance on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Symphony Hall in Boston. 

CONDOLENCES go out to the family of Raymond (Aitken) LaCouture who recently passed away. 

This past Fall, Ray donated $1,000 towards a box for retired flags that currently sits in Marlborough City Hall. His contribution is being used to provide services for local veterans. 

The flag box is dedicated to his father Raymond A. LaCouture who was awarded the Bronze Star and was killed in action in WWII. The DPW Facilities division was truly honored to be part of and took special care in the crafting of this flag box.

THE MARLBOROUGH JUNIOR WOMEN’s Annual Trivia Night is back on Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m. 

Gather your teams of 6-8 people (max is 10) and join Juniors at the Hudson Elks for a fun night of trivia. Trivia master Joel Bates will be there and is looking for players.
Raffle baskets, a 50/50 Raffle and appetizer plates for each table will be included. A cash bar will be available.

Bring an item for the Marlborough Community Cupboard and receive a free raffle ticket. Tickets are $25/person and need to be reserved in advance. Email Tammy at [email protected] to reserve your spot. 

CONGRATULATIONS go to LT. David Caferelli on 34 years of service in the Marlborough Fire Department. 

Caferelli served our city and fire department for many years. His career started as a firefighter in April of 1988. He was then promoted to Lieutenant in August of 2017.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

March 6 – Edna Paul

March 16 – LeeAnn Brewitt

March 21 – Lorrie Papile

March 23 – Ellen Dolan 

March 25 – Marcia Cross and Peter Nott

March 27 – Susan Alatalo

March 28 – Todd Beauchemin and Judy Bosworth

March 30 – Tish Bouvier

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