"Each step upward makes me feel stronger and fit for the next step."
— Mohandas K. Gandhi
CHATTANOOGA High School Class of 1960 held a birthday party at Heritage Landing to celebrate the 70th birthdays of its graduates.
Also present at the event was Mary Barker, who taught English to the students.
The school, located on Third Street, now is Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences.
"The class has a social every summer and a holiday dinner," said class member Juanita Oliver. "We celebrated our 50th reunion a couple of years ago and are looking forward to our 55th. Many classmates still live in the Chattanooga area."
Oliver said music from the era was played during the celebration.
"We reminisced about our days at CHS, recalling football and basketball games as big social activities during the school year along with school dances. Our yearbook, the '1960 Dynamo,' was dedicated to Colonel Bates, the principal, who, along with the teachers and the coaches were fondly remembered."
Oliver said the class also held a May Day court May 1 when a king and queen were crowned, as well as electing a homecoming queen during football season and a Miss Chattanooga High School.
Oliver said her class was the largest graduating class in the Southeast with 602 graduates. Dwight Eisenhower was president at the time, and the United States had just started its exploration of space.
"ROTC was very important to the young men at that time, and it was a required class," she said. "Our Military Ball was a big social event. Sherry Hobbs Dahrling, who attended the party, was crowned Military Queen."
The classmates routinely pause for a moment of silence for deceased classmates, Oliver said.
Among those attending were class officers Houston Frazier, Betsy Barks and Joy Blackburn; drum major Judy Eastridge Rogers, May Queen Betsy Barks, Harry Hagan, Jana Wages Pierce, Glenda Galloway Holder, Glenda Christian Clark, Mickey McCamish, Norm Miller, Bernard Gloster, Carl Maxwell, Charlie Umbarger and Joe Galbraith.
HEARD ON THE TOWN
THE FRIENDS of the Chattanooga Public Library held their annual meeting and luncheon at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Alison Lebovitz was the featured speaker. Corinne Hill, library director, presented her vision for the future of the library, said library spokeswoman Andria Davis. Friends of the Library council chairman Tom Adkins, presided.
Friends of the Library helps staff development and supports other programs.
EAR TO THE GROUND
ENJOY AN EVENING of entertainment at the Tivoli Theatre on Nov. 8 at "Bright Night: Celebrating Children through the Miraculous Life of Shafer Daves."
According to Susan Sawyer, Erlanger Health System publications editor, Shafer Bray Daves, the son of Kevin and Jada Daves, of Ooltewah, was born in Oct. of 2009 with a medical condition, Denys-Drash syndrome, that has been diagnosed only 200 times throughout the world.
"Since Shafer's medical journey began at Children's Hospital at Erlanger, the Daves family wants to help other kids like Shafer have the opportunity to get well and become healthy, strong and developed kids," Sawyer said. "This fundraiser will help support ongoing medical needs of Shafer and other kids in the community. Children's Hospital Foundation is grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of this inspirational event."
Shafer's syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that includes chronic kidney disease leading to failure by age 3, kidney cancer and other difficulties, Sawyer said.
"Shafer's kidney function declined rapidly due to end stage renal disease in October 2010, resulting in a full kidney removal. Shafer's medical team approved his mother to be the living donor for her son. The successful transplant took place June 22, 2011, at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville," Sawyer said.
The fundraising event will including music and comedy featuring Gordon Mote, Louise DuArt and Squire Rushnell. Admission is $50 for adults and $25 for ages 12 and under. All proceeds go to support Shafer Daves' medical account with the Children's Organ Transplant Association, YMCA Boyz Inc. and Children's Hospital Foundation.
Purchase tickets online at ChattanoogaOnStage.com or charge tickets by phone at 757-5050. Tickets also can be purchased at Memorial Auditorium. The Tivoli box office will open at 10 a.m. the day of the show.
Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...