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Issue XX / December 2009

Coordinator's Corner...Mrs. Lisa LaBrake

It is with great pleasure that I am writing this column for the Alumni Newsletter as the new Coordinator. I understand that many of you knew Pat Mergenhagen, former Alumni Coordinator, and appreciated her efforts in establishing and maintaining the Association. I am honored to follow in her footsteps. If you are interested in my background or experience, I wrote a column in this newsletter regarding why I was chosen for this position. Since I took over officially last spring, I have learned so much ­ from reunion planning to communicating with former students and even maintaining class records for the future. I plan on maintaining many ideas that were long-standing traditions from the Association, such as the Holiday Party (mark your calendars ­ January 8 at the Scotch N Sirloin), scholarships, and the Alumni Newsletter. Yet, with the changing of the guard, comes some necessary changes in our membership payment structure, and some new ideas, such as a Distinguished Wall of Fame. As you can imagine, similar to any organization in today's society, we are struggling economically as an Association. Our treasury is low, and we are looking for ways to disseminate our newsletter and raise funds for upcoming scholarships. Therefore, the Alumni Board decided that our new membership payment structure would be based on a $25 yearly membership. Our Membership Chair, Don Feldmann, has restructured the payment form and has attached it to this newsletter. This year more than ever, please donate to the Alumni Association; as in past years, a $100 donation will be considered a Lifetime member and a $250 donation will still be considered a Golden Lifetime member. The $100 Sweet Home donor will receive their name on a plaque proudly on display in the Vergils Community Center and a free Distinguished Alumni alumni t-shirt, and the $250 donor will have a Wall of Fame scholarship placed in their name designated to a specific type of student, their name on the Vergils The Alumni Association is pleased to Center plaque and a free alumni t-shirt. We are also in the process of attempting to send our newsletter announce that it has established a electronically to some members, whereby our process way to recognize some of our alumni - a of donation would be through an online payment Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame. system. The Distinguished Wall of Fame is an honor that will be bestowed upon Sweet Home graduates next year. In mid-November a team of veteran / current teachers, administrators, School Board and Alumni Board members, and class reunion coordinators made decisions on the process of nomination, selection and celebration of achievements. Our neighbors at the Williamsville Education Foundation were extremely helpful. Our goal is to have our first celebration of Wall of Famers by the fall of 2010. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at (716) 250-1295 or [email protected] Thank you in advance for your support and I look forward to a productive and successful year! Lisa LaBrake Alumni who graduated prior to 2000 may be nominated and will be judged on their excellence in their chosen field, service to the community and contributions to humanity. Nomination forms will be available on the alumni website at by February 1, 2010 and we hope to celebrate our first class of Wall of Famers by the fall. The Alumni Association and its board are extremely proud to sponsor this endeavor and look forward to reading many nomination forms. For more information, please contact the Alumni Association at [email protected]

scholarships & patron ads.....


The Alumni Scholarship Fund is supported by annual memberships, Lifetime memberships and in-memoriam donations. Helping graduating seniors is one of the goals of the Alumni Association. Selections are based on school and community activities as well as academic achievement. Students of all grade point averages are considered. Each year, the Alumni Association gives a special scholarship to the son / daughter of a SH grad. This year, the scholarship was renamed by the Alumni Association Board. It is now the Pat Mergenhagen Scholarship for the Child of a Sweet Home Graduate. This scholarship was for $300. This year's recipient was Dan Kozlowski, son of Linda and Mark Kozlowski, class of 1977. Once again, Neal Gafter, class of 1974, generously donated $2000 designated for a girl interested in the fields of math or science. Andrea Finley fit this criteria and plans to go to Colgate where she will have a dual major of Biomedical Molecular Science and Communications. This is the largest gift to date that has been donated and given to one student. Another Alumni Scholarship was funded by a Golden Lifetime member, Robert Kinneberg, from the class of 1966. This scholarship was designated for a student to have a future in music or athletics. Hayden Deneesha received this scholarship of $250 and plans on attending Fredonia State for music education. A fourth Alumni Scholarship was given to a student who has a variety of talents and has an interest in helping others. Adrianna Ammerman received the $250 scholarship and plans on going to SUNY Brockport and majoring in Early Childhood Education. A new scholarship to our list is from the All 60's Reunion Committee. Gary Klenk, Sweet Home alumnus and committee member, presented this $250 scholarship to Margaret Wahl. The All 60's Reunion Committee plans on making this an annual event.

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spotlighting alumni.....

Here's some news on Gary Ross, class of 1961, and Karen Sue (Allen) Ross, class of 1961. Gary retired from Webster High School, NY, after 33 years of teaching physics. Karen retired from Monroe Community College's Student Center and the Webster Public Library. After 18 months on the road Gary and Karen returned to Webster to care for their granddaughter. They will be back exploring the US in 2010. Linda (Dabritz) Scharf, class of 1963 and Harvey Scharf, class of 1963, enjoyed careers in the local area. Harvey is presently retired from the Town of Amherst Police Department. Linda, a nurse, worked at Millard Fillmore Hospitals Gates and Surburban, Kaleida Health, and the Visiting Nurses Association. Linda and Harvey's children, Dr. Michael Scharf (class of 1989) and Rebecca Scharf (class of 1994) are proud Sweet Home grads also. Sharron (DiVincenzo) Spear, class of 1964, is still living in Tonawanda, and is engaged to a wonderful man. She has two adult sons; one is single and one is married with five children. She's retired and loving it! Craig Liebler, class of 1965, has been married 38 years and has three kids and three grandkids. He completed his undergraduate work at Penn State and MROTC in 1969. Then in 1976 he completed his law degree. He retired from the US Naval Reserve in 2006 and is still in private practice at Kennewich, Washington. Robert Kinneberg, class of 1966, is the owner / operator of Phoenix Recovery Center, a private substance abuse treatment center located in Edgewood Maryland. He is married to Charna Kinneberg, has three children and one grandchild. Sandra (Krieger) Martineck, class of 1966, has been married to her high school sweetheart, Jim for the past 40 years. They still live in the Town of Tonawanda and have four beautiful grandchildren. They are both retired ­ Sandra from the State of New York and Jim from 35 years on the Town of Tonawanda Police force. They love to travel! Cythnia Ann (Barnes) Bustin, class of 1974, moved to Florida in 1983. She married Stephen and has two sons and seven grandchildren. She loves to camp in their motorhome and travel. Bruce Pivetz, class of 1977, moved to Ada, Oklahoma, after receiving a Ph.D. degree at Cornell University. He is an environmental contractor at the U.S. EPA national ground-water research laboratory, working to clean up Superfund hazardous waste sites across the U.S. Glenn Colton, class of 1981, was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. Jackie Brummer, class of 1982, was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. She attended Arizona State University before touring professionally with the Kurt Thomas Gymnastics American Tour. Mike Malarkey, class of 1988, works for Navigant Consulting in Washington. David Pierro, class of 1998, had a booth at the Allen West Art Festival. He sold his contemporary robot themed paintings, as well as abstract works, prints, cards and several t-shirts featuring his illustrations. His portfolio is online at and you can view some of the types of art. Gretchen Dizer, class of 2002, presented a $1 million check to a lucky New York State Lottery winner in July of 2009.

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alumni news & updates.....


Congratulations to the following couples:

Michelle Julian (`99) and Jeremy Barkley Courtney Elizabeth Cavan (`99) and Steven J. Armstrong Stacy Lynn Covell and Jeffrey William Scaglione (`04) Anne Baumgartner and Colin Cavalieri (`01) Rebecca Ryan and Chris Abramo (`01) Tara Conroy and John Kaczorowski (`02) Jennifer Penz and Edward Miller (`01)

The Alumni Association extends its condolences to the families and friends of the following SH grads:

Paul Berk, class of 1973 Robert Dick , class of 1966 Lyman Hardy, class of 1965 Jon Harmon, class of 2001 Sathya Kumar Kandaswami, class of 1994 Robert Krawczyk, class of 1994 Brian McGuire, class of 1969 Bernard Mevs, class of 1972 (Passed away in '08) David Sattleberg, class of 1988 Matthew Schnirel, class of 2001 Mary Ann (Schwab) Shannon, class of 1961 (Passed away in `07) Constance Ann (Eldridge) Shepherd, class of 1985 Dean Sholl, class of 1962


James Domanski (`98) and Jennifer Day Elise K. Stevenson (`04) and Joseph A. Pignatora (`02)


Mary Giovencko, Senior High secretary Lyman Hardy, Senior High Language John Kolecki, Senior High Social Studies Edda Leal, Senior High Language Condolences to Barb Ciepiela (class of 1967) on the death of her husband Les. Les died in the fall of 2009. Barb retired in June 2008 after teaching business at our high school for over 30 years.


Kerrie (Schwartz) Daniels and Patrick Daniels (`97) had a baby boy in July 2009.

Class Ring Resurfaces After 20 Years; Sweet Home Alumni Finds It

In the summer of 2010, Marlene Winkler will be celebrating her 20th reunion with her classmates. This fall, Marlene was also reunited with something else ­ her class ring. This summer a 1990 class ring with an inscription on the inside was found on Central Michigan University's campus. The alumnus who found the ring was Pat Haggerty, class of 2004. Pat works as a Group Ticket Sales Coordinator at Central Michigan. He phoned the Alumni Office to let us know that he was walking through the campus and noticed a ring on the ground. When he picked it up, he couldn't believe that it was from his alma mater, Sweet Home HS. The inscription on the inside stated that it belonged to Marlene Winkler. When Marlene was contacted, she said "I went to Central Michigan in 1990 after I graduated from Sweet Home and within a couple months, I lost my class ring. I was so bummed", said Marlene. "I cannot believe that the ring was found 20 years later!" Winkler, a high school math teacher at Grand Island, is now the proud owner of her class ring and plans on sending a letter to Pat Haggerty thanking him for his part in this phenomenal reunification. "The part that is really weird is that another Sweet Home alumni found the ring. It's a small world."

social events & spotlighting alumni .....

Class of 1999 ­ Michelle (Julian) Barkley ran a 10 year reunion in late June at the Blu Martini. Around 75 people attended and had an excellent time! Most people stayed until 12:30am or later, according to Michelle. There is a buzz about a 15 year reunion! Class of 1989 ­ Eric Belter organized another grand time for their 20 year reunion on July 24 and July 25, 2009. On July 24, the class had a casual dinner-dance at Banchetti by Rizzo's outdoor grove beginning at 6:30 pm. A DJ played 80's and current music for their enjoyment. A dinner including roast beef, pizza, chicken wings, pasta, meatballs and salad was included. On July 25 after a tour at the high school by our own Kristina (Giamichel) Pinkowski, they gathered at the Frog Hair Grille & Golf in Williamsville beginning at 7:30 pm. Finger foods / appetizers were provided. Similar to the 10 year reunion, there were rave reviews of Eric's planning and execution of both evenings! Class of 1979 ­ Chip Mussen was in charge of another successful weekend ­ this time it was a 30 year reunion! On Friday, August 7, the class took a tour of the school at 6:30pm and then had their gettogether at the Ship N Shore at 8:00 pm. Appetizers were included for the evening. On Saturday, August 8, the Cedars Banquet Facility was the meeting place for the class. It was catered by the Grapevine. A digital DJ spun the tunes for the evening and food stations were provided featuring finger foods and desserts. Another terrific event! Class 1974 ­ Dawn Steiger Stoll was the organizer for the 35 year reunion. It was held at Brennan's in Clarence in mid September. This casual gathering included appetizers, a cash bar and lots of reminiscing! According to many sources, it was a huge success.

2010 Reunions

Class of 2000 ­ Justin Zammit (organizer and class President) is planning the 10 year reunion. Currently, Justin is collecting addresses / e-mails, has a Facebook account for the class and is in the process of making some decisions regarding specific dates. Class of 1990 ­ Jenna DePasquale & Jason Fox (organizers) are putting together their 20 year reunion for Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Samuels Grande Manor. If you are a classmate or know of one, please send Jason your contact information at [email protected] so that he can notify you of upcoming reunion events. Class of 1985 - Joe Diegelman expressed interest for a 25 year reunion and has contacted the Alumni office for names / e-mails of prior organizers from the 10 year reunion. Class of 1960 - Sweet Home High School's first graduating class, will be celebrating their 50th Reunion at the Niagara Falls Country Club on Friday August 13, 2010. Gary Bainbridge is the organizer of this event. Class of 1970 - The alum from the class of 1970 are starting to gather information to plan a reunion for next July or August. They will be getting proposals from the area hotels by December 4th, and the committee is meeting on Tuesday, December 8 in the High School library at 7:00 pm. More details to follow. Class of 1980 - Anyone interested in orgaining the 30 year reunion, please contact Lisa LaBrake at (716) 250-1295.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The following athletes were inducted into the Sweet Home Hall of Fame on Friday, October 9, 2009 at Classics V in Amherst: Mark Bellanca (1984) · Ken Cole (1989) Jennifer Gross (1990) · Ann Shaughnessy (1990) Tom Shifflet (1990) · Paul Strefeler (1990) The Alumni Association extends its congratulations and appreciation to the athletes and their coaches.

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faculty & staff news.....

OUR THANKS AND GRATITUDE TO THE FOLLOWING 2009 RETIREES: J. Paige Boles Joseph Buscaglia Thomas Cegielski Barbara Ciepiela Susan Hanley Dwight Hargrove John Kelly Jason King Susan Koehler Arthur Levandowski Michael McDonnell, Sr. Ruth O'Brien Kathy Peterson Glenn Richardson Linda Setter Kathleen Trimper Elizabeth Ziegler Glendale High School Dexter Terrace High School Glendale Transportation Transportation Transportation High School Buildings & Grounds Transportation Transportation Glendale/Heritage Transportation Middle School Willow Ridge Food Service Kindergarten Teacher Social Studies Teacher Cleaner Business Teacher Cleaner WELCOME & THANKS Bus Driver Bus Driver Golden Lifetime Bus Driver Robert Kinneberg (`66) Custodian Head Groundsman Lifetime Members Bus Driver Cynthia Ann (Barnes) Bustin (`74) Bus Driver Nancy (Krieger) Jankowski (`60) Psychologist Jacqueline (Rutherford) Kennedy (`64) Mechanic Craig Liebler (`65) Special Ed. Teacher Sandra (Krieger) Martinek (`66) Teacher Aide Manager Thomas Reigstad (`65)

Congratulations to Linda VanDette (Heritage School Nurse) and Doug Fronczek (Distrct Music Coordinator) who were the co-recipients of the 2009 Teri Gamin Heart Award.

Update on Burchfield Print Donation to High School

The nine Burchfield poster reprints have been hung in various parts of the high school. These poster reprints were given to the high school after Louise Simon Schoene attended the All 60's Reunion. Plaques will be mounted in late November marking Schoene's donation, in honor of her husband Dr. Gary Schoene ('65) and his sister Dr. Karen Schoene ('67).

Meet Lisa LaBrake Aumni Coordinator

I am honored to have been selected to be the next Alumni Coordinator. I understand that I have big shoes to fill from Pat Mergenhagen, but I will do my best to continue to serve the Sweet Home alumni. I would like to introduce or reintroduce myself to you. I was hired in 1990 at Sweet Home as a teacher assistant in the Academic Achievement Center and Computer Writing Lab. For those of you that may remember me, my maiden name was Lisa Chiavacci. I worked in the lab and AAC for one year while I received my Masters degree for Reading, grades K-12. In 1991, I became the reading teacher and Computer Writing Lab Coordinator for the High School. I worked there from 1991-1997, assisting students with their homework, and going into all content area classes to teach reading strategies. Furthermore, I took on some extra-curricular assignments, including yearbook advisor, costume designer for musicals, and Junior Class Council Co-advisor. Besides working with students in various roles, I also was the Teacher Center Director for five years, providing staff development to our district and served on the school's Curriculum Council for eight years. I was honored with an award in 1997 as Teacher of the Year by my peers and students. In 1997, I started teaching in the English department,

taking on freshmen and senior classes. Then the administration requested that I teach at the eleventh grade level and senior level, teaching such classes as Mass Media Analysis, and Creative Writing. I became a mentor teacher to my new colleagues, provided workshops in technology and reading strategies to my colleagues, and added membership to local community groups dealing with education. In addition to my teaching career at Sweet Home, I am currently and have been an adjunct professor for both Canisius and University at Buffalo. I have taught undergraduate and graduate classes in technology, education and literacy. Even though it may seem that my life is teaching, I do have a family who is extremely supportive. My husband, Matthew, and I have been married for 15 years, and we have two beautiful children, Alicia who will be 5 in December and Joseph who is 2 years old. I am also fortunate to have a "family" in our HS English Department and in other departments (retired and currently working!) who also have helped me achieve my goals along the way. With my continued dedication to education and more specifically, Sweet Home, I feel as if I am the perfect fit for Alumni Coordinator. Please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns. I wlll do my best to serve the Alumni Association and work with the Alumni Board to continue to meet your needs.

alumni members.....

GOLDEN LIFETIME MEMBERS Donald E. Sundgren (62) Dr. Lee Chapman (64) Gary Schoene (64) Kathleen Lind (65) Robert Kinneberg (66) Dr. Marsha Ackermann (67) Diane (Carlson) Orsi (68) Linda (Mascellino) Natalino (69) Vinod Rustgi (71) Keith Cheng (72) Joseph Curatolo (72) Dr. Michael Elpert (72) Sharon Rizzo Catalano (74) Thomas Cauley (74) Dr. Larry Pliss (74) Kris Bartosiak (75) Steve Gunther (75) Neal Gafter (77) Sally (Finch) Campbell (78) Howard Helenbrook (78) Vicki (Nichols) Meader (78) Christa (Rao) Greenberg (79) Doug & Sandy (McCarty 81) Finch (80) Katrina Plumpis Butzer (83) LIFETIME MEMBERS Gary Bainbridge (60) Linda (Dennison) Gross (60) Nancy (Krieger) Jankowski (60) Joan (Hoffman) Worthington (60) Barbara (Shuck) Schaefer (60) Sheilia Sundgren Devereauz (60) Carol (Brenan) Jacobi (63) Craig R. McKay (64) Robert Molner (64) Joseph & Lynn (Pusateri) Tacca (64) Evelyn (Seaver) Hummer (64) Jacqueline (Ruherford) Kennedy (64) Craig Liebler (65) Lee Paterson (65) Thomas Reigstad (65) Marci (Raderman) Strom (65) Rosalie Tacca (65) Jackie (Wagner) Combs (65) Linda (Beckert) Ross (66) Diane (Bodie) Doherty (66) Vincent Buscaglia (66) Patricia (Demeester) Turnage (66) John Gennamore (66) Eric Hoche (66) Janet (Horvath) Weaver (66) Sally (Kidman) Kus (66) Helene (MacDonald) Ballantyne (66) Sandra (Krieger) Martinek (66) Daria (Pawluk) Carnduff (66) Gary Klenk (66) Bonita (LoBracco) Rice (66) Sondra (Young) Maroney (66) Robert Botto (67) Valerie (Edwards) Dishman (67) Nancy (Ifflander) Sager (67) Thomas & Gerry (Reeves) Lalomia (67) Jackie (Reeves) Carfaro (67) Paul & Debra (Bush-71) Wigler (67) Thomas E. Diegelman (68) Mary Jane (Foks) Gressell (68) Jonathan Grapes (68) Bernie Lobracco (68) Michael O'Day (68) Richard Radecki (68) Amir Abouelnaga (69) Diane (Bainbridge) Graham (69) Ronald Coniglio (69) Chris (Lamy) Delong (69) Shelley (Turner) McGarry (69) Douglas DeLuca (70) David & Marcia (Gunther) Hoekstra (70) Bill & Linda (Nies-71) Julicher (70) Michael Margelefsky (70) Tim O'Brien (70) Jacalyn (Silvis) Romus (70) Cynthia (Steiger) Beery (70) Carl Galante (71) Dave & Paulette (LaDuca-72)Gordon (71) Gary Gugino (71) Cora Musial (71) Penelope (Weidrich) Landgraf (71) Paul Basinski (72) Mark Borer (72) Ray & Annette (Poeltl-73) Ciccarelli (72) Deborah Trimper Delaney (72) Donna (McCarthy) Doran (72) Debbie (Dixon) Jankowski (72) Judith (Hagg) Edgar (72) Edith (Matricardi) Hornick (72) Irene (Voronin) Nasar (72) Bob Rodman (72) Mark Sisti (72) Susan (Bullinger) Berger (73) Marcia (Bush) Conover (73) Barb (Fiorella) Sciotti (73) Sally O'Brien (73) Anna (Scime) Perrier (73) Stephen Striegel (73) Steve & Betsy (Lang) Ulmer (73) Sandi King Luftey (73) Anthony Bevilacqua (74) Cynthia Ann (Barnes) Bustin (74) Linda Roberts Dugan (74) Kim (Birzon) Spar (74) Althea (Hartmans) Luehrsen (74) Bruce Kieler (74) Dr. Jan (Rosenbaum) Sass (74) Karen Ann Daly (75) Sarah (Dauphinee) Brown (75) Keith Burkard (75) Debbie (Kellerman) Maupin (75) Donna (O'Brien) Scuto (75) Christopher Cauley (76) Deborah Dickinson (76) Richard Guido (76) Bruce Jones (76) Kathleen (Neudecker) Firetog (76) Paul & Mary (Andronico-75) Ulmer (76) Thomas (76) & Kathy Hoover (76) Halter Linda (Fuller) Lemen (76) Sandra (Margelefsky) Boatwright (76) Steven Bench (77) Diane (Sonnekalb) Curtain (77) Sandra Trowbridge (77) Roger Rettig (78) John (78) & Becky Osum (79) Catherine (Janish) Berneir (79) Kristen (Klein) Victory (79) Dennis McNamara (79) Carl Mende (79) Susan (Pawlak) Meyer (79) Rosann Poltrone (79) Eric Roy (79) William Weiss (79) Doug Schuster (79) Richard Merrick (80) Mark & Mary Jo (Scime-81) Reed (80) Theresa (Richmond) Thompson (80) Dwayne Wishey (80) Jeffrey Cutler (81) Sharon (Garelick) Vere (81) Andrea (Lewis) Giordano (81) Katy (Lichota) Wells (81) Caroline Berger (82) David Theoclitus (82) Robin (Glat) Gafter (82) Richard Gilbert (82) Christine (Updegraff) DeZarn (82) Jeffrey Dukat (83) Sabina (Simpkins) Kaminski (83) Mary T. Kury (83) Katherine (Manns) Alexander (84) Lisa Cheskin Brzeczkowski (84) Jill Bergman Dolan (84) James & Tricia(Butt87)Kwitchoff(84) James Rogers (84) Ltc. Brian & Kellie Mennes ('84) Valerie (King) Killion (85) Tania Mennes Jones (86) Michael Noltee (86) Joel & Debbie (Jackson) White (86) Joseph DiMaggio (87) Wendy (Lyons) Enabnit (87) Patrick Rao (87) Sarah (Waterrose) Ray (87) Lisa (Gafter) Stern (87) Art Yoon (87) Kelli (Brooks) Bogacz (87) Amy (Dunn) Stojanovski (87) Salvatore Anzelone (88) Michelle Collette (88) Michael Malarkey (88) Dr. Katie (Daly) McClaine (88) Kevin Pritchard (88) William Waterrose (89) Louis Applebaum (90) Paul Strefeler (90) Beth Sundean (90) Kenneth George (91) Stephen Cross (95)

alumni members.....

ANNUAL ALUMNI MEMBERS 1960 Sally (Ely) Ferrentino Mark Felske Nancy (Krieger) Jankowski Jack Lang Karen (Mungall) Nissen Rev. Ronald Watson Donald Yard 1961 Sandy (Brosius) Arena Neena (Kulp) Bulger Ronald Dawley Richard Keogh Ruth (Rusty) Smith 1962 Larry Bainbridge Fred & Jane (Pillard) Carollo Robert Pusateri (62) Howard & Marilyn (Schaeffer) Roetzer Linda (Braithwait) Trachtman David Williams 1963 James & Beverly (Vystup-65) Allen James Ellis Elaine H. (Yaiser) Mantor Kathleen (Caruana) Shafer 1964 John Baer Diane (Vath) Monahan Sharon (DiVincenzo) Spear 1965 Bill Allen Robert Bainbridge Ronald Diebold Lyman Hardy Jack Logvin Jack & Wendy (Curley-66) Ullrich Allen Weidrich Norma (Allenbach) Schmidt 1966 Linda (Arbogast) Wilger Leon & Janice (Schmidt) Becigneul Paul Bowers Bill Dubill Gary Feger Joseph & Barbara (Gregorio-65) Julicher Sandi Rowan Cynthia (Schmitt) Ward Gail (Snyder) Rau Barb (Voelpel) Pickburn James Weaver 1967 Kathryn (Aumer) Bene Steve Blendowski Robert Botto, PhD Andrew Hahn Robert Harbison Mary Jane (Hardy) Gross Frederick Marshall Louise (Maurer) Van Arsdale James McCasey Peter Nadel Steve Penley Mary (Silvis) Dymock Barbara (Szlachtun) Ciepiela 1968 Dr. Thomas Berardi Marilyn Dobos William Dick Andrew & Mary (Burke-68) Gage David Heald Diane (Hougland) Lamprecht Diane (Logan) Czekanski Theresa (Silvis) Acevedo John & Denise (LeFevre-70) Sullivan Jim & Sue (Guido) Tiede Thomas & Victoria (Wales-72) Trautman Elizabeth Vath 1969 Joseph Burgio Cory (Hryhor) Brundage Mary Ann Sitek Patricia (Snell) Haywood 1970 Karen (Buchholtz) D'Angelo Wendy (Enger) Cino Lynn (Leopold) Schrader Kathy (Morrow) Colicchia Marie (Moser) Levine Tony Magistrale Nancy (Orchard) Tutak Judith (Patton) Chambos Kathleen (Puma) Brenon Linda (Rindfleisch) Olscamp Robert Ripley Nancy (Sauer) Mance Lynn Schlemmer Mark Shelden Jennifer (Spurling) Polnaszek Connie (Teetsel) LoVallo Donna (Tomasselli) Calabrese William Walbesser 1971 Joe Albanese Richard Belke William & Marlene (Then-73) Grubb Janet (Hemink) Snow Janet (Ormerod) Guarnotta Howard Raderman 1972 Charles Albenasi Bob Altieri Ron & Donna (Fleming-71) Berst Donna (Caramazza) Bailey Mary Jo (LeFevre) Conrad Debbie (Dixon) Jankowski Barbara Donovan Toby Faliveno Gary Jastrzab Martin Katz Jack & Erin (McGinty-76) Kennedy Thomas Moran Jesse (Rutterman) Wright Tom & Chris (Smith-79) Lycett Victory (Swan) Urquhart Greg & Carolyn (Hunt-73) Zoerb Dan Herbeck 1973 Steve Axelrod Paul Berk Mike Cook Dave & Karen (Lang-76) Demeester Edward (Rick) Kern Linda (DeVillier) Redmond Barbara (Fraser) Ward Mary Beth (Kuntz) Zimmerman Rebecca (Polley) Landis Bill Richer Mark Smith Cynthia Swain Conwell Maureen Tata Goetz Marlene (Then) Grubb 1974 Randy (Applebaum) Bowman Barbara (Benner) Whatley Dave Bieda Christine (Bradley) Ledesma Bruce Corris Robert & Sue (Roy-77) Galbo Dawn Hill Deborah (Hoppel) Bottriell Patti (Mauer) Murray 1975 Barbara (Orchard) Allen Walter Dziuba Gary Montgomery Patricia (Couche) Schultz David Hoy Barbara Thomasulo Brian (Mary Ann Tetrault 76) McNamara Patricia (Sauer) Gates Michael & Linda (Sicignano-76) Todd 1976 Richard & Mary Beth (Haberer) Blatner Paula (Cassiol) Neuman Joy (Cook) Russo Michael Greenberg Sandy (Margelefsky) Boatwright Howard Mankoff Nikki (Mariello) Volk Ken Moses Sharon (O'Connell) Weitz Mary Jo (O'Donoghue) Drake Charles Pados Susan (Presant) Kurtis Charles Raderman Judith (Resuek) Flattery Renee Salvadore Cindy (Seaman) Pitzel Robert & Karen (Sampieri-77) Shilen Joseph Sorce

alumni members.....

Jim & Diane (Croome-76) Terhaar(75) Mary Ann (Tetrault) & Brian McNamara Darcy (Tolsma) Spengler Patricia Voll Betty (Wawrzynek) Turgeon Mary Ann Vathy Barbara (Orchard) Allen 1977 Steven Cheskin Lewis Ciavaglia Marci (Csont) Barris Michelle (Eimer) Marks Nancy (Elardo) Stiglmeier Paula (Fumerelle) Weeks Kenneth Heavern Kathryn (Langmyer) Henderson Jean (Marshall) Simon Leslie (Pohl) Steinberg Scott Polley David 'Mick'Rosendale Kathy (Sheffield) Egan Dianne Babski Bruce Pivetz 1978 Dianne Babski Doreen (Daniels) Wolfe Cindy Lenkiewicz Bob Nixon Jennifer (Smith) Dolan 1979 Marci (Cheskin) Bellaire Jeffrey Ibbotson Michael & Heidi (Ashton-80) Mussachio Lisa (Reich) Wilson Lynn (Thomas) Gruber 1980 Michelle (Csont) Pat D'Orazio Barry Fitzgerald Lisa (Gaiser) McCarthy Athena (Grenos) Meholick Richard Heavern Mary (Hill) Haywood James & Margaret (Lordi-81) Santamauro Ronald VanDusen Mark Wojtowicz Lori Zito 1981 Timothy & Stacey (Braun-82) Boerschig Randy Culp Susan (Drozdz) Damin Tracey (Kennedy) Plante Nancy (Osmun) Dowdy Ellen (Recktenwald) Soos 1982 Stacey (Braun) Boerschig David & Kim (Shankel-83) Burke Tim Dasey Tim Fries Miriam (Katz) Kaseff Sue (LaWall) Cortese Michelle (Luczywek) Johnson Kevin Pellegrino Jacquelyn Ritchie Frank Southerland Paul & Deborah (Harlach-84) Tetrault Peter VanVolkenburg 1983 Ben Alvarez Jeffrey Dukat Jodi (Fries) Casseri Julie (Fromm) Taylor Greg McIsaac Kathy Munley Steven Polley Suneeta Singh Richelle (Butt) White 1984 Mark Adair Zuma Aviles Cifuentes Heidi Puff Deane Jeffrey DiPirro Joseph Loftus Annette (Hocin) Peters 1985 Carolyn Cavanaugh-Toft Patti Dasey Meyer Mary Beth Schubauer Janis Mills-Carrier 1986 Jamie Chazen Matthew Dow Jeff Mead Matthew & Linda (Weber-87) Monaghan Michael Mudd Tim Siderakis Michael Strom Kathy (Szczesniak) Deutsch Joel & Debra (Jackson-86) White Kenneth Bainbridge Chris Murphy 1987 Melissa (Bergman) Curtis Christine (Toelsin) Barone Daniel & Julie (Flynn-86) Gestwick Kristin Herrmann Charlie Kern Todd Puccio Wendy Smith Margaret (Winter) Hodson 1988 Amy Johnson Michelle (Miller) Day Cheryl (Nitto) Mangione Shawn Monighan Joshua Usen George Odvarka Jr. 1989 Brigid Boyle Chad Brooks Kristeen (Nelson) D'Aurizio David & Christine (McOwen-87) Searles Jason Sheedy Lynne Marie Sitek Lynn (Teagarden) Panepinto Christine (Tronolone) Donoughe Janice Wiegley Rita (Potalivo) Marong 1990 Michael E. LoTempio Deborah (Hewitt) Paul 1991 Lisa (Beiter) Haley Karen (Colicchia) Favara Joanna Diodate Pauline Goulah Tracie Lopardi Brown Barbara Mack Julie Smith Julie Smith Virag 1992 Christopher Brown Christina Henderson Amy (Kubas) Ciancio Jennifer (Potter) Ferrara Lynn Sercu 1993 Jeffrey Clift Heather (Moore) Earl Amy (Romus) Rafanello 1994 Karen (Muff) Peterson 1995 Erica Boccolucci Gayle Schultz 1996 Eric Allgrim Joseph Brenon Lori Romus Juliet Sonkoly 1997 Alan Colicchia Christie Edholm R.J. Filipiak Nicholas Ulrich Danielle Rovillo 1998 Rebecca Mobilia 1999 William Greene Steve Weingarten 2000 James Colicchia Megan Gower Meghan (Galli) Fox

membership form & t-shirts . . . . .


The Alumni Association needs your support now more than ever. Please consider making a $25 tax deductible donation to the Association that will help us to continue to award over $3000 in scholarships and grants to our graduating seniors, begin the Alumni Wall of Fame and keep the annual newsletter in print.

Please make your checks payable to: Sweet Home Alumni Association · 1901 Sweet Home Road · Amherst, NY 14228







)Annual Membership $25 - Dues support the scholarship fund and help defray the cost of the newsletter, correspondence and mailing costs )Lifetime Membership $100 - Lifetime members names are distinguished on a plaque in the Norman C. Vergils Community Center and a FREE ALUMNI T-SHIRT!! (Please designate size below). )Golden Lifetime Members $250 In addition to being recognized on a plaque, a scholarship will be presented in your name to the educational area of your choice and you will receive a FREE ALUMNI TSHIRT!! (Please designate size below). Scholarship area of choice ____________________________



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Hot off the Sweet Home Alumni t-shirts. The color of the shirts are navy with a gold crest. The shirts come in adult sizes S-XXL. Cost of the shirts, including shipping and handling are $12 for S-XL and $14 for XXL. Checks may be made out to the Sweet Home Alumni Association. Please mail your order form to: Sweet Home Alumni Association, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY 14228.



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2009-2010 Alumni Board Lisa LaBrake, Coordinator 250-1295 [email protected] Kelli (Brooks) Bogacz (87), Treasurer 634-0893/[email protected] Bruce Corris (74) 636-8387/[email protected] Don Feldmann (90), Membership 250-1267/[email protected] Heidi (Ashton) Mussachio (81) 250-1227/[email protected] Tim O'Brien (70) 692-2320/[email protected] Kristina Pinkowski (89) 250-1297/[email protected] Darcy (Tolsma) Spengler (76) 636-0467/[email protected] Steve Weingarten (99) 691-6575/[email protected]

2009-10 Alumni Board Meeting Dates

6:30 PM Norman C. Vergils Community Center of the High School (formerly Cafe C) December - no meeting January - Holiday Party, January 8, 2010 February - no meeting March 1, 2010 April - no meeting May 3, 2010 June 7, 2010 meeting & social Please check the alumni section of the website at for all the information about meeting times.

Annual Holiday Party January 8, 2010

An Alumni Holiday tradition will continue! The Annual Holiday Party will once again be held at the Scotch N' Sirloin Restaurant on Friday, January 8, 2010. The Party begins at 7:30 PM with a cash bar. A $10 admission will be collected at the door to cover the cost of a buffet. This admission is also good for one complimentary drink at the bar. All are welcome! We will also be selling our brand new alumni t-shirts!


All are welcome · See you there!

Help Us Go Green!!

As costs for printing and mailing keep increasing, we ask that you consider receiving the Sweet Home Alumni Newsletter via email. Send an email to [email protected] along with your name and home address to receive an electronic version only.



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