Lehighton Area High School class of 1957 held its reunion in September at the Mahoning Ambulance building, Lehighton. The class reunion was attended by 74 guests, some from as far away as Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina and Maryland.
After a conversation filled social hour, the class members were served a delicious homestyle dinner.
Following dinner, the group was entertained by Astonishing Neal. Neal has performed throughout the United States, on cruise ships and on television.
The group was entranced by Neal's slight of hand magic and mind reading. At one point he told the group to think of an animal from Australia and what color it was.
When Neal revealed the answer, an orange kangaroo, they were aghast because that was the animal and color we had guessed.
LAHS class of 1957 has given two scholarships to a graduating LAHS student every year since 2006. The scholarships are in the amount of $2,500 and are given to two outstanding seniors, a girl and a boy. All of the recipients have been very grateful and appreciative. All are doing well in college.
On Sept. 1, 1990, the Fab 50s held their first reunion. The Fab 50s was open to LAHS graduates from the year 1950 to 1959. When meeting again in 1994, it was decided to continue with the funds which were left. The scholarships have been presented for the past 18 years, with two scholarship awarded to a boy and another to a girl.
Unless there are continuing contributions, the scholarships will end in 2013.LAHS class of 1957 scholarships to have have amounted to $30,000.
The LAHS class of 1957 has also presented a Freedom Shrine in honor of Lewis Ginder, a former physical education teacher of the class. The Shrine is on display at Lehighton Junior High School where it was presented and a plaque was presented to the high school. Listed on this plaque are the recipients of the LAHS class of 1957 scholarship awards. This plaque was sponsored by Capt. Bob Hofford, a member of the LAHS class of 1957 and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
All class officers were present at the reunion, Merle Wolfe, president; Maureen Markley, vice president; Nancy Wolfe, secretary; and Pat Fritzinger, historian.
Anyone who needs more information or Fab 50s classmates who wish to donate, should contact Maureen Markley at 484-464-7713 or Patricia Fritzinger at 610-377-2472. Past donation for the scholarship awards were gratefully appreciated. Donations to continue the scholarship award may be sent to: Mrs. Patricia Fritzinger, 375 Union St., Lehighton, Pa. 18235.