Lander alumni gather

The 96th Lander High School Alumni Reunion was held recently. Classmates who graduated from Lander High School and those from the Lander area who attended Eisenhower High School – 40 alumni and guests – gathered at Lander United Methodist Church social parlor.

Reports were presented by Donna Ostrom secretary/treasurer. The reunion was coordinated by the 2013 -2014 officers: Delores Wilkins, president; Ostrum; Norma Mills, historian; and Shirley Hitchcock, toastmistress.

Mills conducted a memorial service for alumni who died between June 2013 and May 2014. Remembered were: Margaret Beck Jansen, Class of 1937; Barry Resh an EHS graduate; William “Bill” Weber, 1946; Robert “Sam” Day, 1940; Avery White, 1936; Norma Carlson Morrison, 1936; Cordelia “Cookie” Skinner, 1965 EHS; Russell “Bub” Southwell, EHS; Caroline Wilcox Woodruff, 1945; Betty Hitchcock Johnson, 1948; Priscilla Knapp Lohnes, 1941; Arthur E. Carlson, 1940; Juanita “Joyce” Wolford, 1946; and Harlan Hill, 1956 Sugar Grove/Farmington. Also remembered during the memorial service was Richard Hiles, a long-time principal at Sugar Grove Elementary School, who died in May 2014.

Toastmistress Shirley Hitchcock called on alumni who had memories to share. Class members in attendance of the anniversary classes were recognized. Marian Thompson spoke for the class of 1939. Neva Hagberg and Pauline Sarvis contributed memories.

Hitchcock introduced Tom Knapp, Warren County School Board member and graduate of Lander High School. He spoke about the construction at Eisenhower Middle Senior High School and Eisenhower Elementary School.

The classrooms in the new elementary wing are ready. Furniture will be moved in soon. He said there are 18 classrooms with three for each grade level. The high school offices will be heated by geothermal wells. A solar collection tube provides energy to power some lights and automatic devices in some of the restrooms, Knapp explained. High efficiency boilers are environmentally friendly and save 1.7 tons of CO2 . There are underground storage tanks to provide 100,000 gallons of water for fire protection. The building now has two inches of insulation. During the construction many building materials were recycled. The resulting funds allowed for the purchase of additional supplies and furniture. There are sprinklers throughout the buildings.

Knapp had a display of photographs covering the construction phase for all to view. Knapp said he expects there will be an open house since there was one recently at the newly renovated Beaty School.

The luncheon concluded with classmates singing the Lander High School alma mater.