WESTFIELD - The summer of 2011 was certainly not going to go unnoticed by the Westfield Academy and Central School Class of 1969.
After an unforgettable 40th year reunion in 2009 with a ride on a Westfield school but to "dinner" in the school cafeteria, the class did not want to wait until its 45th reunion to reunite. Therefore, it held a huge birthday party as everyone was turning 60 years old.
Alumni Saturday started off with a private dinner at the famous Westfield Main Diner followed by a tethered hot air balloon ride at Welch Field and ending with a lawn party at Cynthia Mace Arnett's home, complete with rides on a tandem bicycle, music from the 1960s, yearbooks, old pictures and reminiscing with classmates. There was also a table full of toys from the 1950s and 1960s such as Howdy Doody, the Beatles, Tiny Tears, Barbie, Fizzies and candy cigarettes. In addition, around 145 45 records were hung in decoration. To commemorate the occasion, Barb Everts baked a cake for the group in the shape of the age being celebrated - 60 - with everyone's high school photo on top.
Members of the Westfield Academy and Central School Class of 1969 celebrated their collective 60th birthdays with, among other things, tethered hot air balloon rides at Welch Field. Pictured from left to right are: Ray Munson; Jerry Simmes; Colleen Hyde; Cynthia Mace; Martha Meabon; Judy Nichols; Peggy Arnold; Jan Mutch; Kyle Siebert; Chris (Kit) Schimel; Veva McAllistor; Jay Stratton; Bob Gervasi; Andy Johnson; Bill Batson; Carl VandeVelde; Dan Chapman; and Kelly Brown.
Sunday morning before the Ox Roast was a very special church service at the Free Methodist Church in Brocton conducted by classmate Pastor Chris Schimel which ended with a touching ceremony and video of classmates who have passed. After the service, balloons were released into the heavens, each with the name of deceased classmate.