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Last Updated: 8/14/2012
VOLUNTEERS. Please consider volunteering a little of your time for picnic day. Just let someone on the committee know that you are interested in devoting a little of your picnic day to help things run smoothly. If you are willing to do so, please contact Anna Marie Ward Bochter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Adele Henning Kunz (email@example.com) or John Kohan (412-233-4155).
TENTS. If your class is planning to rent a tent for the upcoming picnic, please notify someone on the Committee. You are responsible for the rental of the tent...with tables and chairs...but we would like to know about it for planning purposes. Please contact one of those listed above and inform them of your tent rental plans.
The Clairton High School Classes of 1960 and 1954 have scheduled a picnic at Clairton Park Lodge/Pavilion on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Please note that this date is THE FIRST SATURDAY OF SEPTEMBER! Please check back from time to time to see updates of the information.
PARKING CONTROL: We are planning to have policemen help in parking control on Saturday, 9/1. Please adhere to their instructions so that we may have an orderly parking situation at the park.
RAIN OR SHINE: Don't let thoughts of bad weather scare you away from attending the picnic. We'll be there regardless of the weather. The caterer will prepare the food and we hope to have a day that will dawn as a beautiful day for a picnic. Our hope is to have sunshine and 75 degrees (unlike 2011!!!).
Picnic: A picnic for Clairton High School alumni from classes 1934 through 1972 on Saturday, September 1, 2012, at the Clairton Park Lodge and adjoining pavilion.
Cost: The cost for the 2012 picnic has not yet been determined. We will be meeting with the caterer soon to determine the cost of the 2012 picnic based on his 2012 cost to us. We will pass that information along as soon as we determine it. We have been fortunate enough to maintain the $10 picnic charge for a number of years. We would raise the picnic cost to attendees ONLY if it is absolutely necessary. The major part of the cost is from the caterer. In this age of ever-increasing costs, we are hoping to maintain this $10 charge as long as we can. Your understanding of this situation is appreciated. Please note that we are not preparing you for a cost increase; at this point, we just don't know. You will know as soon as we know.
COST UPDATE - 1/31/2012: Well, fellow CHS alumni, our good fortune could not last forever. Reluctantly, the cost for the 2012 picnic is being increased from $10 to $11 per person. Our caterer is increasing the cost to us by $0.96 per person. So we are passing that cost increase along to our faithful picnic attendees. We are sorry to have to do this, but during discussions with our caterer, he said that the price increase is necessary on his part. He said that they raised their prices last year, but since we had locked in a price early in the year, he did not charge us the increased price for 2011. But his costs are spiraling. As an example, he mentioned that even the cost of the utensils alone has gone up considerably...not to mention the cost of the food. We hope this will not discourage anyone from attending our wonderful picnic. We have kept the picnic charge at $10 for a number of years and we are essentially only increasing the picnic charge by the amount of the increase in cost to us. We sincerely hope to see all of you back to enjoy a wonderful day with friends. It is always a fun day and we hope this price increase will not deter anyone from attending. As always, we appreciate any feedback that you might have. So....don't forget to send in $11 per person when registering to attend the picnic.
ADDITIONAL NOTE ON PICNIC COST - 2012: It should be noted that ALL attendees at the picnic (except faculty) are expected to pay the nominal $11 fee. Some people are under the mistaken notion that if they don't eat, they do not have to pay. We want to clarify that notion. The $11 fee that we assess covers the meal, rental of the Lodge/Pavilion, faculty meals, name tags, tablecloths, website fee, and any additional expenses that are incurred with a picnic of this size. Your cooperation with this $11 fee assessment is requested.
Caterer: For those who have asked, our caterer is: D&D Foods, Inc., 214 Mikula Road, Arnold City, Belle Vernon, PA 15012, Phone: 724-929-7565.
Starting Time: As in the past, we will gather at 11:00 a.m. Catered lunch will be served about 12:30 p.m. If there is a change to that schedule, we will notify you here on this website, but we don't anticipate any changes.
Meal: The meal menu for 2012 will be essentially the same as 2011, but we have added something new this year. In addition to the HOT sausage, we will also have SWEET sausage. After meeting with the caterer in July, we decided on the following items: hot AND sweet sausage with buns, rotisserie chicken, halushki, parsley potatoes, ziti with red sauce, meatballs in sauce, hot green beans, cold 3-bean salad, salad and dressing, linguine salad, buns and dinner rolls.
Meal Notes: Please note that there are SIX (6) lines inside the Lodge for the food. All six lines are serving the SAME food. Please help us in moving the crowd along by utilizing all six lines. Also, faculty and handicapped will be served first. If you have a handicap, please see the door attendant who will be collecting meal tickets and you will be allowed to enter the Lodge immediately. Also, if you need assistance in getting your meal, please see any one of the Committee and we will make sure that you receive help.
Dessert: Optional: Please bring a dessert to share. We always enjoy the display of desserts brought by everyone. It is one of the highlights of our picnic. Your contribution adds to the enjoyment of the day and we appreciate anything you can bring. If at all possible, can you please cut your dessert into individual servings to assist those preparing the dessert table in getting the desserts set out quickly.
Beverages: The Clairton Lions Club will be selling water, soft drinks, and coffee at the picnic in 2012. They have assured us that the cost will be $1.00 per drink. We urge you to patronize their sales. The Clairton Lions Club will benefit from any profit they make on beverage sales. Of course, you may still bring your own beverages if you should so desire.
Lawn Chair: You may bring a lawn chair to enjoy the fun.
Share the Wealth: We are expecting to have a "Share the Wealth" raffle. You could be the lucky winner!!!! We had one unclaimed prize for the 2011 picnic. Make sure you check your tickets. Unclaimed prizes go back into the treasury to help defray the costs of the picnic.
Camera: Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the wonderful moments of the day. After the picnic, Anna Marie will be posting pictures that you provide to this website. The preference is for a CD/DVD or some electronic transmission of the pictures, but hard copies can be put on the website also. Check with Anna Marie at the picnic on where to send your pictures. Share the fun with everyone!
Donations: Your generosity is always appreciated. Donations are being accepted.
NEXT YEAR: Remember, future picnics will be held on the first Saturday in September.
Sponsorship: Co-sponsors for the 2012 picnic will be the Classes of 1960 and 1954. We are looking for future sponsors for the picnic. The Class of 1960 would like to retire from heavy picnic duties and mingle with the crowd more than they have been able to in the past. We will continue to serve on the picnic committee, but we would like to turn over sponsorship to another class(es). Please contact one of the committee members if your class is interested in sponsoring the picnic.
PICNIC RESERVATIONS - 2012: Reservations will start to be taken on March 1, 2012. Registration and payment are due no later than August 1, 2012. NOTE: Don't forget that the charge for the 2012 picnic is $11 per person. Please see the Picnic Registration Form on this site. That is a form you can print, fill in and mail along with your check to Adele Henning Kunz. Checks should be made out to "CHS Reunion Picnic". Facilities at Clairton Park and caterer restrictions can accommodate a limited number of people. IMPORTANT: PICNIC ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED ON A FIRST COME/FIRST SERVED PAID RESERVATION BASIS.
MAILING ADDRESS FOR REGISTRATION: Your registration form and check can be mailed to Adele Henning Kunz (CHS'60), 1022 Dale Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.