During Cherry Days in Paonia, PHS Class of 1957 celebrated its 60th reunion. The agenda included a pulled pork supper July 3 at Claudia King's, enjoying the community pancake breakfast, riding in the parade and picnicking in the Paonia Park at the Fourth of July celebration.
Attending were 16 class members, including Paonia residents Charlene Carville Kocjancic and daughter Toni, Shirley Edwards Pitt, Barbara Cone Hadden and Claudia Sutliff King. Traveling to Paonia were Betty Bear Henderson (Hotchkiss), Shirlea Holt Boyden (Delta), Tom McKee and Carolyn Pavlisick McKee (Grand Junction), Julia Towns Smith (Denver), Dick Case (Firestone), Stan Campbell and wife Faye (Lyons), Meri Herrick Pinner (Council Hill, Okla.) and sister Delores, Paul Allen and wife Barbara (Abiline, Texas), Jim Lynch and son Matt (Palmer, Alaska).
At the July 3 supper the group was entertained by keyboard player and singer Mike McDonough with songs from the '50s and '60s. Lore McDonough and grandson were guests. The class song, "Moments to Remember," began the program. Opening remarks by 1957 student council president Stan Campbell followed. The invocation by Julia Smith and a memorial by Charlene Kocjancic honored 14 deceased class members. Tom McKee, 1957 senior class president, was also recognized. The supper was catered by Cary Hightower.
For the Cherry Days parade, Paul Allen supplied a pickup truck and Shirley Pitt a flatbed for eight class members to ride the parade route.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.