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copyright the Chronicle September 27, 2017


by Joseph Gresser


NEWPORT — North Country Union High School, which opened its doors in the fall of 1967, used the occasion of its annual homecoming weekend to mark its fiftieth anniversary in style.

Dean of Students Bob Davis (Class of 1974) assumed the role of pit master and barbecued a pig to the exacting standards expected in North Carolina where he attended Duke University.

Not far from the line for pulled pork sandwiches, North Country Band Director Bill Prue (Class of 1989) was gathering his forces. Several alumni musicians, including trombonist Ray Bowen Jr. (class of 1987) brought their instruments and rejoined their high school band.

Mr. Prue said he intended to honor the school and its earliest graduates by playing a hit song from 1967, “Windy” by the Association. He admitted it wasn’t the number one hit of the year — that distinction went to “To Sir With Love,” by the British singer Lulu.

“It was a little too slow,” Mr. Prue said.

Roger Wells, Sara Williams, and Beatrice Sevigny Deslandes (all Class of 1968) sat on the bumper of Mr. Davis’ barbecue wagon and reminisced.

While the school’s doors opened in 1967, the first senior class did not receive its diplomas until June 1968.

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