The Adena Alumni dedicated a monument and benches on the lawn of the Adena Community Center on Aug. 18 prior to the Adena High School All Class Reunion that was held at the Hopedale Social Hall.
The recently dedicated monument reads: "In preservation of our Adena High School Heritage, we honor all who have graced the halls of the Adena Golden Wave."
Jerry Figurski of Clearwater, Fla., Class of 1962, gave the invocation at the dedication as well as at the reunion, which attracted a record 256, the largest number in the history of the reunions.
The class of 1962 also had its largest number of attendees. Dustin Kinsey, grandson of graduate Joyce Bernosky George, accompanied the crowd with music of the alma mater. Pete Milicia and Mitch Toto, originators of several ongoing projects, gave their "Memory Moments" of the village of Adena and AHS Golden Wave. Classmate Stanley Masloski, Class of 1962, entertained with music.
The reunion was occasion for AHS alumni to be entered into the Honors Program, including Toni Bedway, 1933; John Bedway, 1939; Walter Kovaleski, 1950; Larry Gosnell, 1960; and Anita Jackson, 1961. Also present was Anthony Viola, 94, Class of 1936, who was the oldest Adena graduate in attendance.
The committee is in the process of assembling a museum room in the community center and requests anyone who has Adena High School memorabilia such as yearbooks, Adenians - the school paper, graduation pictures, clothing or personal albums to contact the committee and either lend, sell or donate these to the project.
Another project is collecting the names of all who attended Adena High School along with their year of graduation or the year(s) they attended if they did not graduate. Dick Ferda and Sandy Harubin are working on the list of names.
Adena High School was closed in 1972. The Alumni Association was formed around 1981, and the committee has worked to contact all alumni. Anyone not on the mailing list can write to P.O. Box 125, Adena OH 43901.
Next year's reunion will be held Aug. 17 at the Hopedale Social Hall.
Adena Alumni Committee members are: Ray Konkoleski, 1952; president; John Parkinson, 1953, vice president; Hilda Wills Miric, 1952, secretary; Betty Walker Campbell, 1961, treasurer; Lois Raymer Konkoleski, 1954, reservations secretary; Jerry Anderson, 1959; Marge Gullo Bednarki, 1953; Dick Ferda, 1961; Marge Goldsborough, 1950; Sandy Harubin, 1965; Pete Milicia, 1949; Mitch Toto, 1955; and Mike Zonkoski, 1956.