SCHROON LAKE - Schroon lake Central School turns 75 years old in 2010 and alumni are planning a party.
A two-day celebration is planned July 30 and 31.
"Plans are proceeding smoothly to help all the returnees enjoy a special weekend in this small Adirondack community," said Dan MacGregor, retired superintendent. "With only six months left to get everything fully prepared, the anniversary planning committee is working diligently and certainly could use more help. They would especially like advice at what should be placed in the school's cornerstone for posterity."
People with suggestions can mail their ideas to Schroon Lake Central School, PO Box 338, Schroon Lake 12870.
There will be a general registration at school Friday, July 30, followed by individual class gatherings to renew old acquaintances and reminisce.
"Alumna Joan (Richardson) Lawless has been contacting class representatives to spread the word and start the planning for these special events," MacGregor said.
Also there is a Facebook site where alumni can go and get more information and communicate with their friends. Updates will also appear on Schroon Lake Central's website at: http://schroonschool.org/75thAnniversary.htm
In conjunction with the anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 31, the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club will sponsor its annual children's fishing contest; the Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society will conduct a tour of local, special architecture; the Lynn Darling Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Schroon Lake Golf Course starting at 8 a.m.; and a tour of the new school construction will be conducted by students.
"There is an opportunity for other events to be scheduled here and the committee is open to ideas," MacGregor said.
The formal anniversary celebration is scheduled for 3 p.m. July 31 on the school's front lawn.
The program will start with a welcome by Essex County Clerk and alumnus Joseph Provoncha. Honored guests and letters of congratulations will be introduced by MacGregor. Other features will include musical selections by a school group, an unveiling of the cornerstone contents and a guest speaker.
"This is an open invitation to come and help celebrate this momentous occasion," MacGregor said.
After the anniversary ceremony the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club will hold a chicken barbeque for $10.
The Seagle Colony will be perform Romeo and Juliet at 8 p.m. and there may be an open mike entertainment in the park featuring alumni.
MacGregor said the anniversary booklet published for the school's 50th anniversary will be reprinted with additional pages featuring all the classes and various memorable events from last 25 years. Rosemarie Ritson is heading up a group to work on this revision.