BETHEL — The culminating event in a yearlong celebration of Telstar High School’s 50th anniversary will take place June 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school on Route 26.

“It’s for the whole community, not just Telstar graduates,” said Sally Smith of Greenwood, a member of the planning committee and a 1971 graduate.

This year is also the 50th anniversary for the Class of 1969. The school opened in 1968.

The male members of the Telstar High School Class of 1969 are pictured in the school’s first yearbook from the same year. The school opened in 1968.

Activities will include a cookout, a classic car cruise-in, games, including a corn-hole tournament and pickle ball, displays of memorabilia, school tours, a photo booth, giveaways, a bounce house and interviews of former students and staff by local WHAT-TV.

Smith said the school’s librarian from the first years, Madeleine Gibbs, kept scrapbooks with newspaper clippings of all things Telstar from The Bethel Citizen and The Lewiston Sun, which will be on display in the school. There will be tents outside for activities and displays.

Some staff members from the early days of the school are expected to attend, Smith said, including Dan and Sally Hannon, John and Pauline Applin, Ted Davis and Rod Abbott.

Smith said staff from more recent years are invited to attend and share memories.

The 50th observance kicked off last summer with floats in the Molly Ockett Day parade and the October Homecoming parade.

Planning committee members include John Walker, Elaine Hutchins, Elaine Cross, Dave Murphy, Alice Deegan, Linda Cozzolino, Koral Fraser, Debbie Brown, Jewel Clark, Brooks Morton, Mark Kenney and Cheryl Lang.

Smith said the group is still open to suggestions for June 15, and people may contact her at 875-3335. Those interested in bringing cars to the cruise-in may call Wayne Howe at 665-2252.

The planning committee will meet at 5 p.m. May 6 at the Telstar Library. Anyone interested is invited to attend.



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