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February 16. 2013 7:36PM

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Two classes – one that graduated before and one that graduated after the merger of the Lake-Lehman School District – gathered to celebrate their 70th birthdays at Grotto Pizza on Aug. 10.

The Lake-Lehman School District formed in 1960 and those who graduated from Lehman Township High School in 1959 and Lake-Noxen High School in 1960 gathered to reminisce – though neither class ever attended the same school.

"I don't know any of those people," said Norma McNeill, of Shickshinny. "I just came to see what's going on."

She and three other friends who graduated from Lehman Township sat at a table in a private room in Grotto Pizza to reminisce with each other during the event.

Their class had about 70 graduates, and two years ago they held a 50th anniversary reunion weekend. They even visited their former high school, which is now the site of the River of Life Church on Outlet Road.

"It was wonderful," said McNeill, a former cheerleader. "We had a 70 percent turnout for that reunion."

Robert Gregory Jr., of Lehman Township, worked on his father's farm during high school, but tried to sneak in a football game from time to time.

Al Niezgoda, who lives in Dover, Del., was an athlete, playing football and other sports.

"My favorite subjects were lunch and recess," he joked.

On the other side of the room, Lake-Noxen grads hammed it up for old time's sake while enjoying various appetizers.

The Martins happened to find love through staying in touch over the years. Al Martin and his bride of seven years, Mary Ann, reconnected after their spouses died.

Al was living in Lake Township at the time and eventually made the big move to Florida to be with his girl – at least that's what he called her when they dated in high school back in 1960.

"They play golf together, and sometimes she lets him win," said friend and cousin-in-law Alice Piatt-Martin.

Mary Ann Martin loves going to reunions because it makes her feel like she's back in high school.

"Age doesn't matter," she said. "We get together, we sing old songs, we tell stories. It makes you feel young."


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