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PROFILE UPDATES


•   John Flaschen (Hansen-Flaschen)  12/28
•   Sarah McElhone (Moriarty)  12/22
•   Dr. Susan Santry (-)  12/22
•   Sue Hall (Horn)  12/9
•   Nathanael Greene Slater  10/25
•   Linda Farr (Darling)  10/20
•   Charles Matheson  10/20
•   Ann Morrow (-)  6/22
•   Douglas Cary Watson (-)  12/16
•   Kris Weckerley (Sechler)  6/10
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW


WHERE WE LIVE


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2 live in Alabama
6 live in Arizona
12 live in California
10 live in Colorado
43 live in Connecticut
23 live in Florida
5 live in Georgia
2 live in Illinois
1 lives in Indiana
2 live in Kentucky
4 live in Maine
6 live in Maryland
15 live in Massachusetts
1 lives in Michigan
1 lives in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
3 live in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
11 live in New Hampshire
1 lives in New Jersey
1 lives in New Mexico
11 live in New York
16 live in North Carolina
8 live in Ohio
5 live in Oregon
6 live in Pennsylvania
5 live in Rhode Island
9 live in South Carolina
1 lives in Tennessee
5 live in Texas
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1 lives in British Columbia
2 live in France
1 lives in Germany
1 lives in Honduras
1 lives in New Zealand
1 lives in Norway
1 lives in Switzerland
1 lives in Thailand
11 location unknown
49 are deceased

MISSING CLASSMATES


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sad News for NCHS - Jim St. Clair Obituary

Cape Breton has lost one of its greatest storytellers. 

Jim St. Clair died Tuesday night. The Mull River, N.S., resident was 90 years old. 

St. Clair was a historian, teacher, environmentalist and community organizer. He was born in Belmont, Mass., but his mother was from Cape Breton and after visiting the area every summer, he eventually moved to Mull River full time.

St. Clair was known for his many contributions to his community and for preserving Cape Breton history, but many knew him best through his talents at storytelling — both in English and Gaelic.

For more than 30 years, his booming baritone voice was heard across the airwaves every week in his column Then and Now on CBC Radio's Information Morning Cape Breton.

"Jim documented so much in thousands of columns over decades for CBC, and it was a privilege ... that we're able to play a part in helping to make some of his original research come alive," said Steve Sutherland, host of Information Morning Cape Breton

Sutherland said St. Clair carried knowledge of people and places that no one else did. 

"What was up here in Jim's head and in his heart, it's stressful to me to think that it's gone," he said.

St. Clair donated a large portion of his family's land to create the MacFarlane Woods Nature Reserve.

He also volunteered with the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum in Iona for more than 40 years and led the charge to preserve and move two buildings to the museum site, including the historic Malagawatch Church by barge on the Bras d'Or. 

Many visitors to the site have fond memories of St. Clair leading them on candlelight tours.

St. Clair was also passionate about teaching and especially loved working with children. Rodney Chaisson, director of the Highland Village, credits St. Clair with developing much of the children's programming at the museum.

A photo of Rodney Chaisson, Jim St. Clair and Catherine Arseneau taken at the Highland Village in 2013. The Nova Scotia Museum had presented Jim with an award to mark his 40 years as a volunteer at the Village. (Submitted by Rodney Chaisson)

Chaisson was a student of St. Clair's when he taught museum studies at Cape Breton University. He and Sutherland spoke fondly of the times St. Clair would come along for drives or walks in the woods and turn the excursion into a tour of the past.

"Every moment with Jim was a teaching moment, you would learn something about this place and about its people," said Chaisson.

"He really opened the door to the specialness of Cape Breton and its people and the importance of not only looking at the past so you have a better understanding of the past, but how can you learn from the past to better help today."

St. Clair was heavily involved in community development and the arts throughout Inverness County, and was a great supporter of young people.

Donna Tourneur, minister of Trinity United Church in New Glasgow, served in the Whycogomagh area for 10 years and knew St. Clair for three decades. St. Clair mentored Tourneur as her educational supervisor while working on her master's degree.

"Everybody who looked to him for advice knew that they mattered to him, that they had a special place in his heart," she said. 

"There were very few things in Inverness County that Jim did not have a hand in, especially things that were successful."

 

Dear Class of 1968 Classmates -

It is hard to believe that it was 2 years ago that we gathered to celebrate our 50th Year graduation from NCHS. And what a great weekend it was!  None of us could have imagined the reality we are living in now.

We sincerely hope that you are all well, and keeping you and your families safe by following social distancing and sanitizing guidelines.  As much as many of us would like to deny it, we are in the high risk group! Yet in some ways we were always high risk, and somehow we always came through!

Do you recall our graduation assembly? Mr. Kenny stood center stage in the auditorium, and with a slightly crooked smile and a twinkle in his eye dubbed us the "Clutch Class." We were usually a bit disorganized and last minute... like senior skip day when the telephone chain systematically called every class member the night before. We rallied at a NY State park in Pound Ridge, and in spite of traveling to several probable locations... poor Mr. Dunn never found us!

Speaking of clutching... it's a good time to do that. Clutch a memory, someone you love... an old friend (perhaps from NCHS 68) and connect.  Ask, "Are you safe and well?" "What's going on?" Are you washing your hands and respecting social space?" Recall, encourage, reflect and bring a smile to someone's face, maybe another member of the Clutch Class.

With clean hands and social distance,

Your reunion leaders and friends

(March 27, 2020)

 

The NCHS Class of 1968 has lost another beloved classmate.  Joan Vance Stretch passed away suddeny on April 9, 2019.  It appers that she passed away in her sleep, possibly from a stroke or a pulmonary embolism.  Joanie was still teaching English Literature at Charlotte Catholic High School in Charlotte, NC and she was loved by all the students and teachers at the school, as well as everyone who knew her.  Joanie's kindness and fun, loving personality has affected many.  She will live on in our hearts and memories forever.  Her smile was infectious, as was her laughter.  Joanie's husband, Ron, passed away 12 years ago.  She is survived by her son Chris and his wife Alex.  Her full obituary can be viewed at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/charlotte-nc/joan-stretch-8244183

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