LONG CREEK - Domas Gymnasium at Long Creek School was decorated and full of friends greeting and visiting of old times June 20. The week prior was filled with preparations of posters with pictures of students from 1930s to 2014. Parents took their children from class poster to class poster showing what their school was like when they attended.

Other memorabilia were on display, including uniforms for the majorettes in the Rose Festival Parade band of Long Creek. Sports shirts were hung about the baskets. Yearbooks and old school newspapers lay on tables to peruse. In one corner was a tribute to veterans from this area. Many sent pictures and records of their proud career serving the United States.

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Parker, Linda Johns Hunt and Marilyn Colebank Gibbs spent the week arranging items for display. Sherry’s catered the dinner and served 140 beef dinner plates Saturday evening.

A meet-and-greet cake reception was held in the school cafeteria June 19. That’s where some help was needed knowing who is who, after 50 years of not seeing each other – fun and laughter times. The Long Creek Historical Society served a continental breakfast and a lunch of lasagna with homemade sauce Saturday. The guests were very generous donors. Thanks so much.

In the afternoon, Monica Johnson of Oklahoma sang and played, while the Johnson family of Mt. Vernon accompanied. Grant Dickerson, a past student, played his music as well. For the dance, Frank Carlson of Baker City performed. A ticket raffle was held halfway through the dance. Odds and ends were the reward for the winning dinner tickets. Though our crowd thinned, he played energetically until nearly midnight. Some of us were less energetic.

Sunday, June 21, the farewell breakfast was provided by Allovars organization. Oven-baked French toast, with fresh blueberry syrup over the top, is hard to beat. Yum.

It is hard to say ‘adios’ after such a brief time. To some it was an A-plus time even with few attending, but that meant one could spend more visiting time with individuals.

For some it was their first time to attend, especially for those from Canada. Others have not missed one reunion, and are excited to come every five years to enjoy old and some new friends.

Bill from Germany enjoys and helps clean up. Charley from Idaho helps stack chairs. Dwight from Oklahoma fills in wherever there is a need and with sacks of garbage. Chris from California with a camera on demand. Kent wore a mountaineer costume. Eldon Johns and Gail Ledgerwood Pholot were two from class of 1947. Eston Weissenfluh was the eldest graduate attending from the class of 1940.

What a great weekend for the city and alumni with gorgeous weather – perfect in the green Long Creek Valley.

Reiba Carter Smith and Gaye Pruit are members of the Long Creek Historical Society.

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