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Class Of 1962 Holds Reunion October 12, 2017

The Warwick High School Class of 1962 held its 55th class reunion on Oct. 7 at the Brownstone Manor in Lititz. It was the first class to complete all six years at the new Warwick High School.

In addition to the spouses and guests of classmates, attendees included former teacher Joan L. Riehl.

The reunion committee included Jim Boose, Terry Dagen, Joe Doster, Barry Garman, Fay Hirneisen Peachey, Claudia Hostetter, Glenn Knight, Margy Lehigh Hershey, Carol Ludwig Groce, Doris Peters Sauder and Carole Vogeler Herr.

The Class of 1962 will hold its monthly breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 8:30 a.m. at Oregon Dairy Restaurant, 2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz. Classmates who plan to attend may call Don Brubaker at 419-358-8558. All class members are welcome.

For more information, readers may visit


One-Room Schools Reunion Held October 4, 2017

The eighth Upper Oxford one-room schools reunion took place on Sept. 23 at Manor Church. A total of 70 former students and spouses from the five schools attended the luncheon.

Iris Gray Dowling was the master of ceremonies, assisted by her committee of 12 workers. Doann Gordon Freese and other committee members had decorated the tables and room with a patriotic school theme.

To open the ceremony, Philip Edwards rang the original bell from Pleasant View School. The bell, made by the Eagle Bell Company in Lebanon, was sold at the Pleasant View Auction to Clyde Williams and donated back to the school in later years. In order to display and ring the bell, Edwards made a stand out of an antique spoked car wheel. The bell will be on display permanently at the Upper Oxford Township (UOT) building.

Also during the ceremony, attendees saluted the flag, which was carried into the room by Jane Palmer Cannoy. Kathryn Fisher Steele read Psalm 23 from the Bible, provided comments on the passage, and prayed. Edwards presented reminiscences sent by Lawrence Waltman, who attended Penns Grove; Waltman wrote of Penns Grove school days and Sunset Park. Hazel Gray Duncan led the group in singing "The Little Red Schoolhouse," Iris Dowling spoke about Pfc. Jesse Thomas' funeral, and Abby Pinkerton took photos of attendees grouped by school. The reunion attendees shared a covered dish meal, including food provided by Blair Fleishman of the Upper Oxford Historical Commission.

Hazel Duncan, a historical commission member, spoke about the dedications of the plaques for four of the schools. Students from the fifth school, Penns Grove, have promised funds to go toward a marker for their school.

During the reunion, prizes were presented to the following class members over age 90: Betty Diem, Mildred Harris, Mary Reyburn, and Frank Steele. Others over 90 who could not attend were also recognized. Steele attended Pleasant View the longest of any of the Upper Oxford students. Other prizes given were for the largest families of students present. The following families were recognized: Elmer, Monica, Viola, and George Nickle; Mary, Samuel, Sylvia and Margaret Reyburn; and Cecilia, Alma, and Osborne Moran. Anne Hickman was recognized for traveling from New Mexico to attend, and Donald Robinson was recognized for traveling from Tennessee.

A gift of appreciation was given to Vivian and Cecil Miller for starting the one-room school reunions in 2003. Vivian spoke about the preparation for the first reunions and expressed her gratitude for those who have carried on the reunions bi-annually. Cecil continues recording the reunions on video each year.

These recordings were presented during the reunion as part of a video played continuously in the history room. The video also included all school pictures collected from as far back as 1893 and the dedications of the historical plaques. The DVD was created by Charles White, Hazel Duncan's son-in-law.

The history/memory room, set up by Iris Dowling and others, also featured ABC manuscript and cursive writing cards, books used in every subject, a desk, and photos, along with memory books from the reunions. Edwards brought an old school desk, a water urn, and pictures from his collection. Edwards operates a small museum containing some of the relics of UOT schools, along with things he collected from Sunset Park, which was located in Jennersville.

Hazel Duncan offered memorabilia for purchase, with a percentage of the proceeds going toward publishing a book about UOT history. Formers students who are artists also offered their work for purchase.

The schools' memory quilt may be viewed during business hours at the Pleasant View Building along Route 10. The quilt was started in 2003 by Vivian Miller, Sherry McCoskey, Amy Beeman, Joyce Patrick, and others. Approximately 179 students signed the quilt patches.

All the Upper Oxford Township one-room schools started in the late 1800s, the first being Maple Plain, which opened in 1854. The schools operated until 1954, when they closed and all students were bused to Oxford Consolidated Schools.


Class Of 1971 Slates Party October 3, 2017

J.P. McCaskey High School Class of 1971 will hold a Medicare (65th Birthday) Party on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Class members are encouraged to save the date.

Class members are asked to send current contact information to


Class Of 1951 Holds Reunion September 21, 2017


Class of 1957 Holds Reunion September 12, 2017


Groffdale Plans Homecoming Event September 5, 2017

Groffdale Mennonite Church, 168 N. Groffdale Road, Leola, will hold a homecoming celebration on Sunday, Oct. 1, to mark the congregation's 300th anniversary. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially those who have been involved with the congregation at some time in their lives.

The day will begin with a light breakfast served in the all-purpose room at 9 a.m. The congregation is planning a special worship service, which will begin at 10 a.m. in the auditorium and will include varieties of music that have shaped the congregation over the years and vignettes to remember important events of God's faithfulness. A catered lunch will take place at noon, following the worship service, in a large tent adjacent to the church.

Those who wish to attend are encouraged to preregister at or by calling the church office at 717-656-6388.


Class of 1957 Monthly Breakfast August 30, 2017

The Lower Chanceford High School Class of 1957 will hold its monthly breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Lion's Pride Restaurant, Red Lion, at 8 a.m.

The class meets on the second Thursday of the month. Former teachers, classmates, spouses, and guests are also invited.


One-Room Schools Reunion Set August 23, 2017

The Upper Oxford Township One-Room Schools Reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at noon at Manor Presbyterian Church, 505 Street Road, Cochranville, in the social room. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish and memorabilia.

The program will include a video of the one-room school dedications in 2016. The history room, featuring displays about the schools' history, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To make reservations, call 610-932-9718 or email


One-Room Schools Reunion Planned August 22, 2017

The Fairview Township, York County, one-room schools will hold a reunion on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Red Land Valley Church, 3553 Lewisberry Road, York Haven, in the Activity Center. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish. Place settings and beverages will be provided. Friends and family are welcome.

For more information, call Edie at 717-712-3120 or Pat at 717-938-2375.


Hess Family Plans Reunion August 16, 2017

The Hans Hess family will celebrate 300 years in America with a pig roast on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Promised Land Camp, 220 Boyscout Road, Conestoga. The event will also be the 45th John Hess reunion.

The reunion will begin with a 10 a.m. brunch. At 11 a.m., attendees will travel to the family's four main burial sites: the graves of Hans and Magdalena Hess at Baumgardner Cemetery, the Byerland Mennonite Church cemetery, the River Corner Mennonite Church cemetery and the David Hess Farm on Sickman Mill Road. The group will then return to the camp for a historical presentation at 3 p.m. and the pig roast meal at 4 p.m.

Hans Hess and his wife, Magdalena, were born in Switzerland. They eventually crossed the Atlantic in 1717 with their six children to find freedom to worship and live their lives by the principles of the Bible. Hans first purchased a tract of land from the Penn family near Willow Street and then sold it to buy a larger piece for his growing family. He cleared the land for farming, made friends with Native Americans living nearby, and built a special altar to God, where he gave thanks for God's blessings in his life.

To register for the reunion, readers may call 717-314-9683 or email


Class Will Hold Monthly Luncheon August 9, 2017

The Red Lion High School Class of 1959 will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, at Meadow Hill Family Restaurant, Longstown.

The class meets on the third Monday of each month. Spouses and guests are also invited to attend.


Markley Family Will Gather August 8, 2017

The annual reunion of the descendants of George and Mary M. Markley will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21, at the pavilion at Ironville Community Park, Prospect Road, Columbia. A covered dish meal will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting, games and an auction.

Each family is asked to bring its own place settings, as well as a hot or cold dish to share, beverages and an auction gift. For more information, readers may call Bob Schmitt at 684-6582.


Class Of 1957 Plans Reunion August 2, 2017

The Kennard Dale High School Class of 1957 will hold its 60th class anniversary event on Sunday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Great American Saloon, 20 Dairyland Square, Red Lion. The event will be a time to celebrate fellow classmates, reminisce, eat, socialize, and honor the 25 classmates who have passed away. Most of the classmates still live in southern York County.

For more information, readers may contact Paul K. Miller at 717-993-6456.


Sensenig Family Reunion Planned July 27, 2017

A Sensenig reunion and genealogy research day will take place on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Hahnstown Mennonite School, 255 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata. Sensenig (Sensenich, Senseny, Senseney, Sensiney) is a Swiss name found especially among the Mennonites of Lancaster County.

Attendees will be able to view their Sensenig genealogy and update their family information starting at 10:30 a.m. Attendees should also bring a hot and cold dish if staying for the meal at noon. A donation will be accepted to cover expenses.

The guest speaker, Donald Newswanger, will share about a conflict between two Sensenig descendants involving the Bowmansville Public School. There will be a committee meeting following the reunion for anyone who is interested in attending. Volunteers are welcome to help update their family's genealogy.

For almost 27 years, the committee has been compiling information, including more than 245,000 names of descendants of Jacob and Maria Krey Sensenig, who immigrated from Switzerland sometime around 1717. The committee will not add births, deaths, and marriages that occur after Dec. 31, but organizers will continue to update events occurring prior to Dec. 31. The work will be offered on a computer disc for a fee. Plans to publish the Sensenig Genealogy Encyclopedia are under discussion. Attendees of the reunion will be able to see examples of both the disc and the encyclopedia.

Anyone who thinks they may be a Sensenig descendent or wants to find out is encouraged to attend the reunion. For more information, readers may contact Sally Shirk at 717-464-1614 The subject line should be Sensenig Genealogy.


Wenger Family Reunion Posted July 26, 2017

The 95th annual Wenger Family Association will convene at the Muddy Creek Farm Library, 296 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 18, 19, and 20. The association also includes variant spellings such as Wanger, Whanger, Winger, Wengerd, Wengert, Wingerd, Wingert, Wingard, and Wingart. The event will celebrate 300 years of Wengers being in North America, as the family dates to 1717.

A historical meeting on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. will feature Jay V. Wenger speaking on "Brothers 'A' Henry and 'B' Christian Wenger, Immigrants of 1717 and 1718."

Beginning the day at 8 a.m. on Aug. 19 will be a tour of "A" Henry Wenger sites in Pottstown and northern Chester County, "B" Christian Wenger sites of Upper Leacock Township, and Lancaster County sites of "C" Christian Wenger of West Earl Township. The tour will leave from the Muddy Creek Farm Library and will return by 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

At 2 p.m. on Aug. 19 will be a reunion meeting at the Muddy Creek Farm Library, featuring Anne Schmidt-Lange's address, "The Swiss-German Background of 1717 Immigrants' Families." A family dinner will take place at 6 p.m. at Yoder's Restaurant, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland, with Darvin L. Martin speaking on "Land Records of the 1717 Immigrant Families."

Morning worship on Aug. 20 will begin at 11 a.m. at the Wenger Meetinghouse, 16 Supervisors Drive, Jonestown, with a noon lunch to follow. The service will be led by the Rev. David R. Wenger, with Donald and Virginia Good providing special music.

More information on the events and lodging may be obtained by contacting Jay V. Wenger at 717-859-2396 after 6 p.m. The deadline for reservations is Sunday, Aug. 6.


Spangler Family Holds Reunion July 26, 2017


Dover Class Of 1962 Holds Reunion July 26, 2017


Hershey Family Reunion Planned July 26, 2017

The descendants of Levi and Mary Jane Hershey are invited to attend the 95th annual family reunion. The event will be held Sunday, Aug. 13, at 12:30 p.m. at the Shrewsbury playground, which is located behind the Shrewsbury Fire Company.

The reunion will include a covered-dish luncheon, which will be followed by games for children and bingo for everyone, a white elephant sale and opportunities to socialize. Each attendee is asked to bring a bingo prize and an item for the white elephant sale.


Hirt Reunion Planned July 26, 2017

The 71st annual Hirt reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 20, at noon at the home of John and Venetta Capertino, 1747 Filbert St., York. Attendees are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share.

For more information, readers may call Venetta at 717-843-5360.


Class Of 1955 Sets Reunion Events July 26, 2017

The Dallastown High School Class of 1955 will meet on the second Tuesday of each month for breakfast at 8 a.m. at Meadow Hill Restaurant, 2935 E. Prospect Road, York. All classmates and guests are welcome.

Readers with questions may call Jamie at 717-244-5949.

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