Ilion High School CLASS OF 1965 News Pre-2010


Update from Penny Seely Homer....

Hi..I now have been married 36 years and still have 2 sons.Best of all we have a beautiful daughter-in-law, Sara, who gave us a wonderful 8lb.7 ounce baby boy in July 2008. We retired in Ocala, Florida - Horse Capital of the US. I am retired and just found one of my friends...please email me. I am looking for information on Linda Pierce. I know that she got married I believe." Penny - email (Feb 22, 2009)


Joseph Seymour

Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Ilion native and honorary Golden Bomber [Notre Dame Grad] Joseph Seymour was appointed Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Seymour, who has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority, was nominated for the Port Authority position by New York Governor George E. Pataki. He will succeed outgoing Executive Director Neil Levin, who was lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center. (modified February 15, 2002)


Arthur Stubbs ....

"Right now I'm working a contract with the US Air Force in the country of Qatar. It's one of the sandy little spots on the Arabian peninsula. Just finished a contract in Saudi Arabia leaving there after 3.5 years. An experience to tell at the reunion." (Jan 24, 2002)


Charles "Boots" Day ....

Former major league outfielder Charles "Boots" Day returns for his second season as the Redbirds hitting instructor and first base coach for the Memphis Redbirds. (June 10, 2001)


Update from Sharon Bradle Firley....

"Great site! I found it while at my daughter's in Erie, PA. (E-mail address is only for a few more days.) I have been here since school got out in June, helping my daughter as she had an accident and broke both legs. Best part is seeing Becky and spending time with my one year old granddaughter. I had time to really enjoy and read all of this site, as both are now napping!" - Sharon


Ilion Democrats Holding Rally! ....

Four former Ilion Mayors, Jack Manley, John Morris, Jim Garnsey and Joe Collea are hosting a rally at the Ilion Elks Club on Friday, June 2, 2000 at 6 pm. Come meet the Democratic Party candidates for Village Trustee positions: Norma Smith; incumbent Trustee, Tom Bechard; an enthusiastic newcomer and Nick Pannes; a proven administrator. The next time you can make a choice regarding the Village Board will not occur until the year 2002. The present board established four year trustee terms which means, that for the first time in village history, no annual village election will be held next year. Come meet the candidates, enjoy some refreshments and entertainment and be their guest. (May 22, 2000)


District Superintendent of the Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES.... ....

Dr. William R. Miles Class of 1965 was recently featured in an article in Oneonta's "The Daily Star". Dr. Miles has served as district superintendent of the Otsego-Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services for the past nine years. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Colgate University. Dr. Miles earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. (March 16, 2000)

ONC Boces


Daniel J. Burling
Daniel J. Burling

HCCC Hall of Fame Inductee - Daniel Burling

Congratulations to Daniel J. Burling - Class of 1965 will be inducted into the Herkimer County Community College Alumni Association Hall of Fame on March 11, 2000. He is the first HCCC alumnus elected to state office. Daniel was elected to the 147th Assembly seat and received 62 percent of the vote. His district includes parts or all of Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Allegheny, Cattaragus and Erie counties. After graduating from Ilion, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and earned several decorations and awards. He later graduated from HCCC and then attended the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1980 and became a state-registered pharmacist. He is president and owner of Burling Drug, Inc.. Daniel Burling is married to the former Jean Dunckel of Ilion. They have a daughter, Mary, a son, David and two grandchildren. (modified February 12, 2002)


Update from Elaine Victoria Hall Monroe....

Found your website in a rather round about fashion -- it's great! My Husband is in Holland working as a consultant for Lucent Technologies. He happened to be surfing the net and came across the site and immediately e-mailed me. Hasn't the world gotten MUCH smaller since we left our "glorious Ilion High School?"

Sadly, the last time I was in town for any length of time, was when my Mom passed away. I stayed with her from August to December 1996, except for driving back to Virginia once a month to take care of our personal business. I had been writing marketing training for Xerox on a consultant basis, so I decided I needed to take this time off to be with her. Very glad I made that decision -- it was valuable time for both of us. At the time, my Husband was consulting for Lucent in Canada. So in January 1997, I decided to become semi-retired and obtain housesitters. For a year, we lived in Toronto, Montreal and then Vancouver. When my Husband was sent from Montreal to Vancouver, I made the decision to take the train rather than flying with him. It was the trip of a lifetime, and I would highly recommend it.

We were home for part of 1998 until he went to Holland. I've made a trip over every three months or so -- love those new cheap fares! He comes home every three months in between. My husband loves what he is doing and will probably be there until the early part of next year and then, on to Australia or New Zealand. Since the kids are grown, we've made the decision to put the house on the market right after the first of the year, put our things in storage, and "traipse" (as my Grandmother used to say) around the world for another year or two.

It's a good time to get out of this area -- it was a great place to raise the kids, but Loudoun County, Virginia is the third fastest growing county in the country. The little country lane we've enjoyed for over 20 years is being swallowed up by "city folk" -- just kidding all you fellow classmates out there who are city folk!

Speaking kids, we have two -- Melissa is a second grade teacher, married and the mother of two, and Christopher is a psychiatric social worker working on his masters.

Anyway, keep up the good work. I'll come visit the site for memories every now and again. Hope everyone is happy and healthy.

Elaine - email email (December 4, 1999)


Classmate appointed Ilion's New Principal....

Joseph Collea will begin his appointment, as Principal of Ilion Junior-Senior High School, on November 1, 1999. He will be filling the position vacated by the retirement of George DeLuco. Joe began his teaching career in the Ilion District, 30 years ago, as a Junior-High, Social Studies teacher. He taught in the District for 15 years and later served as Vice-Principal, until 1993. He was principal at Middle-High School, principal of Mohoseon High School, near Schenectady, and most recently, principal of 330 students at Oxford Academy and High School.

The new principal was chosen from 15 applicants. Each applicant was screened by the superintendent and finalists were interviewed by the department chairmen, site-based team, the superintendent and the Board of Education. Mr. Gary Tutty, Superintendent said the Joe Collea was chosen based on his skills as " ...a leader and manager."

Joe Collea also was mayor of Ilion, from 1987 to 1993, and still maintains a home in Ilion, as well as a home in Afton.

Commenting on his appointment, Joe said, "Since the 1950s, I've known Ilion principals and its kind of nice being part of that line. I'm big on tradition and history. Ilion has always been a school where tradition is important." (September 25, 1999)


Elementary Classmate Recalls Ilion - Donald Burke....

I saw so many names I remembered, Carol Flathers, Jack Jewell, Chuck and Lester Stephens, Harold Stone, Bronnie Hamilton, Sue Metz, Nancy Parker, Annette Rota, Joanne Urtz, Bob Moody, and Ronnie Bluet.

Ronnie Bluet is a person I've talked about many times. I can remember those terrorizing Thursday afternoons at the Annunciation Catechism class, when Ronnie was told to recite his lessons. He was stumbling through them,looking at the ceiling, when suddenly, "Sister Mary Terrorizer" would yell, "It's not written on the ceiling MR. BLUET!!" He had my sympathy.

A little about myself: I currently reside in Edinboro, PA, and am the manager of a sales office for Morton Buildings. We specialize in the general construction of light industrial and commercial buildings. I am married to my wife of 28 yrs., Regina Kirley of Oriskany Falls, NY. We have 2 sons, Donald, 26, and Brian, 23.

It has been fun going over Memory Lane. If anyone wants to reminisce, email.

Again, Many Thanks. (August 16, 1999)


Short Family Updates - Joe Short....

Joe Short a Tool Designer/Remington Arms, from Ilion, registered in the alumni directory. (December 30, 1997)

News from Joe...

"Just letting those out there interested in my brother, Lester (1951), or my sisters, Carol (1955), Joanne (1958) and Marla (1973) are all doing well - Les just retired to Nanyuki, Kenya, East Africa and can be reached there at P.O.Box 1121. Carol is recently retired and living in Shippensburg, PA - Joanne is working part-time at a hobby & craft shop and lives in Medford, Long Island, NY - Marla is living in Issaquah, WA - She and her husband, Steve, were among to first 30 employees of MICROSOFT and Bill Gates when it started in Albequerque, NM.

As for myself, my wife and I are busy helping our twins, Peter & John, with their college selections, as they are seniors this year. Corrine & I are wondering what we will do after they leave, the last of our five sons. We'll be alone for the first time n 25 years !!! This is a great site - Keep up the fantastic work."


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