April 27, 2020
Dear Fellow Classmates,
By now many of you may have heard that our reunion weekend scheduled for this coming August has been postponed until next year. While most of you will not be surprised and quite possibly relieved, we want you to know this was not an easy decision as this was to be a milestone reunion for us all. In light of so many unknowns the committee agreed the best decision was to postpone until next year. The deciding factors included the vulnerability of classmates due to our ages, lack of existence of a vaccine as well as state of the economy affecting many of our classmates on a fixed income and just the practicality of current social distancing modifications. Not knowing what “phase” the state of NH would be at in terms of reopening the non-essential businesses and activities were also considered.
There are several responsibilities involved with proceeding to postpone this event and the committee has been quite diligent in attending to those items. First and foremost, the class had a contractual arrangement with the Pease Golf Course for both Friday and Saturday evenings which the club has graciously allowed us to reschedule to next year. This has not been the case for other class reunions we have heard of and we are extremely grateful for their flexibility. Secondly, anyone who had prepaid ticket monies needed to be contacted to determine what their wishes were at this point in time. We are pleased to have contacted all concerned and will follow their instructions immediately.
The reunion committee met last Saturday morning at Pease to tie up loose ends and take individual and a group picture. Viewing in the Classmates / Reunion Committee is optional for one and all!
In closing, we wish you to know that the committee itself has put safeguards in place. Each member of the committee has a backup or coworker for their responsibilities. It would be foolish on our part not to realize anything can happen during the course of a year, especially after this winter and spring. While all the prep work has been completed for the reunion, there will always be changes and modifications to be done. The committee will resume in the fall to begin planning once again. The website and email address will remain in place and are monitored on a daily basis. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. Please send in pictures!
We wish all of you the safest of journeys through this unbelievable time of our lives.
Fred and Ann (Sorensen) Barbour, Pamela Gove, Andy Jaffe, Peter Smart, Nanci Lovett, Nancy Nickerson, Jim Miller, Rick Bean, Ed Hathaway, Bill and Lee (Chandler) Clifford
New dates: August 6 & 7, 2021 Website: portsmouthhigh1970.com