Alumni News

Welcome to the Juniata Valley Alumni section of the Juniata Valley School District web page.  Here you will find contact information for the officers of the Alumni Association,  a press release about the most recent alumni banquet and information about the next banquet.  There is a brief section about how to become an active member, a list of JV graduates who have passed away since the last banquet along with a section that will try to pass along news of noteworthy accomplishments of JV graduates.
Are you looking to organize a class reunion and need to get the word out or looking for a lost classmate?  Check in the “Lost Alumni” section of the web page.  By contacting any of the AlumniAssociation officers you can have an announcement placed on this page to announce your reunion efforts or ask other alumni if they know where your lost classmate might be.
And last of all, feel free to offer your ideas for other alumni-related news or information to include on the webpage that might be of interest to your fellow JV Alumni.”
–Recent News–

JV Class of 1967 celebrates 50th class reunion

The Juniata Valley High School Class of 1967 gathered at The Inn at Edgewater and Riverside Grill Oct. 14 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Members present were, front row, from the left, Pat Gensimore Auker, Darlene Patterson Paquette, Linda Brown Woodring, Mary Ann Price Banks, Ann Jones Clark, Linda Wileman Harbst, Phil Ieraci, Sandra Hammond Kelly, Sam McGargle, Tom Anders, Dan Ritchey, Ron Walters; second row, Eric Kurtz, Stan Carper, John Foster, Chuck Hood, Tink Hickes, Dan Davis, Jim Borst, Roger Dietz, Galen Ingram, Jerry Houck, Pat Patterson Aungst, Debbie Eberle Daubert, Judy Davis, Kathy Whitaker Davis; third row, Bill Showalter and Bob Grove. Other class members who participated, but were not present for the photo, included MaryEllen Turnbaugh Coble, Lida Miller Oxnard and Harvey Port. Submitted photo
Hartslog Heritage Day weekend was the backdrop of the 50th anniversary reunion of the Juniata Valley High School Class of 1967.
The prelude was held Oct. 13 at B&D Acres, the home of Bill and Deb Hoover, in Warriors Mark Township, with 26 class members and 13 guests attending. The evening’s delicious fare of informal dishes and finger foods was prepared by class members. In anticipation of having a group photo done on Hartslog Day, a commemorative T-shirt was promoted by Eric Kurtz, designed by Phil Ieraci and produced by Steve Wilson of Huntingdon. Each classmate was given a T-shirt and asked to wear it while touring the sites of Hartslog Day and for a photo at noon on the front steps of the library.
Friday evening’s hours were filled with storytelling, reminiscing of school days, reconnecting with old friends and catching up on the last 50 years of everyone’s lives. As a touch to the rural and agricultural roots, Chuck Hood, Jim Borst, Dan Davis and Bob Grove performed an a cappella version of Hee Haw’s, “Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me.” The song’s lyrics were written to showcase some of the hidden talents, and shortcomings, of the class. In honor and recognition of Bill and Deb Hoover, the class donated over $250 to Skills of Central Pennsylvania.
At noon on Hartslog Day, 17 class members gathered near the famed pumpkin pole at the Alexandria Memorial Library. After the group photos were taken, the class dispersed to check out the many craft and food vendors that lined Main Street and to look for familiar faces in the crowd of thousands.
The evening’s festivities began at 4:30 p.m. with a social time at the Inn at Edgewater and Riverside Grill. The group assembled at the Edgewater gazebo for a photo taken by Mary Jane McElwain Smith. Six former teachers and their spouses were invited as guests of the class. Those teachers were Tom Woodrow, Bob Bocz, Ron Rock, Ed McLaughlin, Herb Kann and Russ LaForce. The dinner tables were decorated with centerpieces created by Pat Aungst using mugs emblazoned with the class of ‘67 design. Also adorning the tables were wine bottle accent lights that were designed and created by Phil Ieraci as gifts for each classmate. Prior to the evening meal, a roll call of deceased classmates was read to honor the memory of each soul. Jim Borst offered grace, thanking God for this gathering and asking his blessing for all participants. Entrees of roast beef and stuffed chicken breasts anchored the buffet that included soup, salad and multiple side dishes. Dessert was an assortment of 10 delectable flavors of mini cupcakes created by Erika’s Custom Confections.
Take Note, a musically talented group of 15 women from the Huntingdon area, started the evening’s entertainment. Their performance centered on tunes from the 1960s that were so familiar to many in attendance, the audience sang along with many of the songs. The highlight of their show was when class members Tink Hickes and Ron Walters were brought out front and center and serenaded by the women with the song, “Lipstick on Your Collar.” Each member of the group plastered a “kiss sticker” on the shirts of the blushing men as the song was sung. Take Note was given a standing ovation at the conclusion of their show.
Bob Grove started the second phase of the entertainment by introducing one of the sponsors of the show, The Hiney Winery. Following a Hiney Winery commercial, Grove gave a history lesson about the Native Americans in this region of the Juniata Valley. The lesson concluded with the story of the lost Indian maiden, “The Legend of Indian Princess Falling Rocks.” Next on the agenda of entertainment was Dan Davis, who regaled the audience with stories about married couples, wrinkled skin, the aging process, sexuality and his bachelor’s knowledge of brassieres. Raucous laughter followed each of his offerings. Davis then morphed into the character of Ed McMahon and introduced Grove as Johnny Carson’s Karnac the Magnificent. As the mystic of mystics, Karnac brought clarity to some of the world’s greatest mysteries,
The evening concluded with the raffle of gift baskets that were created by Judy Davis, Pat Aungst and Bob Grove, a 50/50 raffle and the raffle of table centerpieces. The finale was an a cappella singing of the alma mater of Juniata Valley High School. Plans are now in the works for an August 2019 reunion celebration of the 70th birthdays of class members.