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Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1989 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1989 Mirror Class History.

 

Class Gift....

2014 September

The Morgan Street School Bell
This bell was restored by the Class of 1989 and presented as the class gift. It is now known as The Victory Bell and was rung by celebrating winning Ilion teams.

 

Tyler Brien< br/>Cortland Pitcher Tyler Brien
Image used with permission of Patrick Brien

Tyler Brien IHS 2012 and the Cortland Red Dragons Baseball Team

Tyler Brien and the Cortland Red Dragons won their first-ever Division III World Series and were welcomed home as national champions. The Red Dragons have been to the World Series 13 times. This was their first time winning the championship. Tyler is the son of Patrick Brien IHS 1996 and step-son of Katherine (Donahue) Brien IHS 1998.

In mid-May, Ilion's Tyler Brian was granted a "... a rare military exemption waiver earlier this week. The NCAA Division III Baseball National Committee allowed SUNY Cortland to include Brien on its 25-man playoff roster for the regional's opening two days Wednesday and Thursday at Falcon Park in Auburn, N.Y., and then replace him for the remainder of the tournament." see the full story - SUNY Cortland Relief Pitcher Fulfills Duty on the Mound and in the Military. (June 13, 2015)

Tyler Brien
Tyler Brien with Coach, Mike Urtz IHS 89
Image used with permission of Patrick Brien
Tyler Brien
Tyler Brien with his dad, Patrick Brien IHS 93
Image used with permission of Patrick Brien

 

 

20 Year Class of 1989 20th Reunion - weekend of July 17, 2009....

"Here is our tentative schedule of events:

- Friday, July 17th: Ilion Doo-Dah parade starts at 6:30 p.m. and we need to meet at 5:30 p.m. to participate in the parade itself. A reunion t-shirt based around the theme of the parade 'Ilion is a Hidden Treasure' can be purchased. (Purchasing the t-shirt is optional.) The cost will be $10.00 for an adult t-shirts (size S-XL) and $8.00 for children (size S-L). The deadline for the orders has passed, but you can contact Julie Ball to get in a late order (if enough classmates are interested in ordering.) After the parade, we will then have a gathering at Crossway's Tavern for a cash bar, DJ, & free munchies (DJ & munchies donated by Jim Crossway for free!).

- Saturday, July 18th: There will be a tour of Ilion High School for those who haven't been back to see all of the changes--- WHAT A CHANGE! WOW! If only it had looked that way when we were there! The tour is set for 12 noon. We can meet around the back of the school, off of Phillip Street, and at the "I" entrance. At night, there will be a dinner at the Knight's Inn in Little Falls (hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, cash bar, dessert, and DJ). There will be a social hour and hors d'oeuvres from 6- 7 p.m., dinner @ 7 p.m., and dancing/ socializing until 11 p.m. If you need a hotel room, then please call reservations toll free @ 1-866-631-4470 or email stay@knightsinnoflittlefalls.com. Mention 'reunion' and receive the rate of $79.00 per the General Manager, Mary Labreche.

- Sunday, July 19th: There will be a family picnic/ get-together at Glimmerglass (meet families). This is SUBJECT TO THE WEATHER-obviously if it is not nice out, then we will not go. There are no set plans for this we will just meet up, swim, and play some games with the kids-just good, wholesome family fun! You will be responsible for bringing your own food, beverages, and anything else that you and/or your family would need. The pavilion costs too much to rent, so we will just have 'Class of 1989' signs and balloons for you to locate our gathering area. If you have any questions, then please contact Julie Ball @ curleyball@hotmail.com. Hope to see you next month!" - Julie Curley Ball email (July 11, 2009)

 

10 Year Reunion News 1999 from Mike Fitzer.....

"This year is our 10 year reunion. It is tentatively scheduled for Thanksgiving of this year. Anyone interested in either helping or attending contact me." - Mike Fitzer (Updated May 20, 1999)

 

Congratulations...

"Laura and I would like to announce the birth of our 2nd daughter Paige Elizabeth, born on 11/14/05, weighing 7lbs 10 ounces" - Kyle Luke (April 5, 2006)

"Sally (Knowles) Harris and her husband Lloyd had a daughter born. June 24, 2005 Rachel Emily Harris 8 lbs 15 3/4 oz." - Sally (Knowles) Harris (April 5, 2006)

"Laura and I would like to announce the birth of our daughter Madison Noelle. She was born on April 12, 2004 and weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces. " - Kyle Luke (May 18, 2004)

Congratulations to Jeff '90 and Kristin (Crookes) Klein '89 on the the birth of their daughter, Olivia Blanche, June 20, 2002. Olivia was born at 7:20pm weighing 8lb 9oz and she was 21 3/4 inches long. (February 14, 2002)

 

Condolences.....

Michael R. Fitzer, IHS '89, age 41, of 123 Elm Street, passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 11, 2013. Michael was born February 24, 1971 in Herkimer, the son of James and Joann McCumber Fitzer and was a graduate of the Ilion Central School and received his BA from SUNY IT Michael was united in married to the former Carole Albin on September 9, 1995 in Ilion. Michael was employed as Assistant Comptroller with F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica. Michael was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk, and Vice-President of St. Francis De Sales Regional Catholic School Board of Education, where he previously served as President.


Michael J. Fitzer

Michael is survived by his wife Carole, a son and daughter Andrew and Paige, his mother Joann Fitzer and his father James Fitzer, his in laws Don and Cindy Albin of Ilion, and his maternal grandparents Michael and Joan Conte of Ilion, also several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM from the Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk with the Very Rev. Mark Cunningham officiating, assisted by Sr. Mary Jo Tallman, Parish Life Director. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call on Thursday February 14, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the St. Francis De Sales School, Herkimer in Michael's memory. To light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Feb 16, 2013)

 

Bombers Buzz Website.....

Robert Ludden, Independant Benefits Consultant, email, from Toledo, OH, registered. (Oct 7, 2013)

Ann Helmer Farmer, RN, email, Cornelius, NC, re-registered. (Sept 4, 2012)

Kelly Des Champs Slentz , Warehouse/Purchasing Dept. Six Flags Fiesta Texas, email, San Antonio, TX, re-registered. (Mar 26, 2009)

Jennifer Crossway, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Nov 1, 2008)

Sally Knowles Harris, Nurse, email, Cassville, NY, re-registered. (Oct 12, 2008)

Joann Perry Kelly, Teller Supervisor, email, Herkimer, NY, registered. (Oct 12, 2008)

Laura VanPelt Archer, Corporate Compliance/Laws & Regulations, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (Aug 13, 2008)

Kelly Wheeler-Tero, from Herkimer, NY, sent news. (Apr 18, 2008)

"Currently living in Herkimer NY, married Brian Tero in Sept 2003. Working for Mohawk Valley Community Action and loving life. Hope to see everyone next year at our 20th!!"

Kyle Luke, email , from Ilion, NY, sent news. (Jan 26, 2008)

"Just a quick update to let you know that our family welcomed our third little one on 4/25/07- Ryan Allen weighing 7lbs 8 oz- his older sisters love him to pieces."

Mark Raux, Operations Manager, email , from Milton, PA, re-registered. (Dec 14, 2007)

Jennifer Crossway Howell, email, from Edgewater, FL, sent news. (May 11,2007)

"My 2 children and I are going to be moving back to Ilion soon! I'm a disabled single mom and miss my family and friends! I can't wait to be back to the place I call HOME!"

Lisa Smith Candela, MA/PSR, email, from Middlebury, IN, ask for prayers. (May 9,2007)

"I wanted to let everyone know that my husband, Jeff Candela has an advanced cancer. We now have hospice coming into our home. We have 4 children. Any prayers will be appreciated."

Shane Earl, email, from Pemberton, NJ, sent news. (Oct 17, 2006)

"Well...I give in and I sign. I currently have 17 Yrs in the USAF and I'm looking to retire soon (well kinda). OMG, retire! I'm sure I will be working again. I did get married to Melanie Malorzo from Frankfort. We have one daughter...Kristen (5 Yrs), and will be moving home in 2009. After all these years I still find it hard to call somewhere else home...but New Jersey is cool. I have been here (NJ) since 98' and traveled all over before then, too many places to list! If anyone wants to contact me at my e-mail to chit chat...LOL...it's cool, look forward to it. Bombers rock!"

Kevin Holmes, Machine Operator/ Student, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (Sept 14, 2006)

Julie Curley Ball, Elementary School Teacher, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Sept 14, 2006)

Kerry Willsey Bishal, Homemaker, email, from Chittenango, NY, re-registered. (August 3, 2005)

Melissa Sudakow Dodson, email, from Goose Creek, SC, sent news. (March 5, 2005)

"Just updating my contact information. Hope everyone is doing well. Love this site! Feel free to drop me a line and catch up. Still living in the Charleston, SC area and somehow I still don't miss the winters!!!

Dana Wahl Tupua, email, Fort Bragg, NC, registered. (May 18, 2004)

Michael Sklarz, Retail Sales (Verizon Wireless), email, Nashville, TN, re-registered. (April 3, 2004)

Tara Eldred Fischer, Nurse, email , Mohawk, NY, registered. (Jan 5, 2004)

Charles 'Chic' Scaparo, email, Ilion, NY adds..... (November 24, 2003)

"Hello everyone. I'm writing to inform you all of Michael Dayton's upcoming wedding and bachelor party (taking place in La Mexico) and my personal struggle to save enough money to make it. I'm still not sure if washing all of these windows and cleaning those port-o-potties will save me enough cash for 'la fiesta de Michael'. Although I have taken a part time endeavor artificially inseminating cows on a local farm for 200 pesos a week, now talk about being up to your neck in greatness. If I can get my mule, "Ricardo Jose Valdez Fernando Rodriguez Del la Rosa" out of rehab, (he's addicted to generic Mexican vicadin) then we can leave acouple of months early and save air fare. It would be really nice to be back across the boarder with 'los amigos' and not have to swim back, comprende? I have also looked into joining the circus as a Bulgarian blow fish tamer, but the entire company feels that I would make a much better "extremely poisonous snake charmer".! So as you can see, I would do anything to make the wonderful trip across the boarder to land of young chica's and cheap cerveza's with some old friends and some new, but if Jesus feels that I may disappear in the endless pit of a Mexican prison and thick red tape he wont let me go. So I pray to my friend Jesus and ask him to 'muestreme el dinero' and by his will I shall 'llegue en Mexico'. So until further notice I am in limbo and sorry to those who wait on bated breath for the prices to drop considerably. I, as well as Ricardo, will do all that we can to let you know 'pronto como posible' if I am a lock for la fiesta! Wait...I think someone dropped an empty can off of thier 1935 chevy pick-up with cut tires for bumpers and a rebel flag flying from the rusty antenna. I am that much closer to Mexico! So pray for me one and all so that I can make the trip and enjoy yet another fine adventure. Have a Merry Christmas!!" -Chic

Pam Kiefl Listovitch, business owner, email, from Utica, NY, re-registered. (June 1, 2003)

Jessica Bacon Mortka, USAF-ANG, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (May 29, 2003)

Karen Richards, Frankfort, NY, re-registered. (August 27, 2002)

Kelly Hoyt Zell, email, Vero Beach/Sebastian, FL, re-registered. (July 23, 2002)

Karen Rose Clark, Consumer Lending, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (May 19, 2002)

Dean Kelsey, email, from River Forest, IL, submitted the mega-reunion survey form and registered. (March 4, 2002)

Kristin Zito Kim, Pharmacist, email, from Jamesville, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form and registered. (March 4, 2002)

Chet Gregg, U.S. Army JAG Attorney, email, from Hinesville, GA, re-registered. (March 1, 2002)

Beth Durkin, email Chicago, IL submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 23, 2002)

Dean Kelsey, Manager for Brinker International,email, River Forest, IL, registered. (February 12, 2002)

Ann Helmer Farmer, Ilion, NY sent news. (February 23, 2002)

"Hello to all 1989 classmates. It was good to see so many faces at the 10 year reunion, I'm looking forward to seeing a lot more at the Jumbo reunion this fall! My husband, Rick, and I are living in Ilion and just celebrated the birth of our first child born in January- a girl- Jillian Mae. Hope everyone is doing well!" Ann

Kathleen Harris Johnson, email Chittenango, NY submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 23, 2002)

John Seiselmyer II, email, Clinton, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 19, 2002)

Deanna Knoblauch Rose, email, Ilion, NY, signed the GuestBook. (February 19, 2002)

Luke Gadziala , email, Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 17, 2002)

Lori Klippel Deveans, email, Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)

Scott Patterson, email, Gloucester, VA, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)

Eric Chafin, Auditor, email, from Indianapolis, IN, submitted the mega-reunion survey. (Feb. 16, 2002)

Heather Bloomfield Zaino '89, Assistant Director of Residential Services, Ilion, NY, registered. (February 15, 2002)

Sean Tutty, email, from Ilion, NY, is the 1st member of the Class to Sign up for the MEGA-REUNION. (February 10, 2002)

Kirsi Maria Neuvonen Viskari, email, from Rauma, Finland, sent news. (31 Dec 2001)

"Hello everyone! Just wanted to say hello to everyone andwish a awesome New Year 2002! "(31 Dec 2001)

Crystal Maddocks, email, from Utica, NY, sent news. (1 Dec 2001)

"Hi everyone!I just wanted to say a big thank you to the creator of this page! I enjoy keeping up on my classmates and the other classes.I haven't done anything too exciting with my life.I am acertified pharmacy technician and living in Utica because it's closer to Faxton hospital where I work.I had a great time the weekend of our reunion and wonder if we'll be having a 15 yr reunion.Good luck and God Bless to all :)" (1 Dec 2001)

Heather Fresco Duesler, email, from Gloversville, NY, sent news. (Thu, 8 Nov 2001 )

"This Website is great!!! I was looking through the guest book and sighted a lot of people I know. It's good to see all of you are good and doing well in your lives. I left Ilion in 1989 and came home to Fulton County. I'vewas divorced for 10 years and have been remarried for two years to a wondorful man. I have 3 degrees in various fields ranging from the Medical field, to Human Services, and finally to my favorite practice of Psychiatry. I'm hoping that by saying hello, I can also ask for some help. I, along with my dad and step mom who are still in Ilion, have been trying to find Melissa Krowicki for a very long time. She was my best friend and I would love to get in touch with her. If any one has any information on her were abouts, or if you can get in touch with her I would appreciate yourself or her getting in touch with me... Take care all, and thank you for any help you can give me in finding Missy..... " (Thu, 8 Nov 2001 )

Pam Kiefl Listovitch, email, from Utica, NY, sent news. ( Sun, 12 Aug 2001)

"Brian and Pam (Kiefl) Listovitch, Class of '89, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Taylor Renee. Taylor was born at 8:14pm on Tuesday, August 7, 2001 at Faxton-St.Lukes Healthcare Center. She weighed 9lb. 11oz and was 21 inches long. Mom, Dad and baby are doing fine."

Monika Zehren, email, from Cologne, Germany, sent news. (17 May 2001)

"Finally I found the homepage and had to find out, that I missed the reunion. Hopefully I will come backsometime. I work as a lawyer in the German Federal Ministery for Research and Education. My husband Rafael (still the same as 1989) live in Cologne."(17 May 2001)

Bruce Garlock, SysAdmin, email, from Ashburnham, MA, registered.(August 2, 1999)

Michael Sklarz, Publicist in Country Music, from Antioch, TN, registered. (email modified February 27, 2002)

"I have been working with a Music Publishing company in Nashville, TN and have been named Project Manager for the company.(I handle general publicity for the company), Also, last week, I was named director of Media Relations for Blue Spoon Entertainment. This is a management company that represents Brad Hawkins (CBS mini-series Shake, Rattle, Roll). I oversee his PR and make the decisions regarding newspapers and Television. I am very happy living in Nashville, and Make sure you look for Brad in the lead role of this mini-series (Novemeber 7th and 9th) Hope all is going well with everyone.Loving!!." - Mike

Kirk Coffin, Heavy Fork Roller, email, from Dolgeville, NY, registered. (June 13, 1999)

"I've been married almost 5 years and my wife and I have a 2 year old son. This is a great site." - Kirk

Sean Shepherd, financial consultant, email, from Scottsdale, AZ, registered. (May 31, 1999)

"I'm still in AZ- it'll be 9 years this summer. I found out about this site from Mike Dayton and Steve Staffo (who live in Phoenix) and are too chicken to sign the guestbook. I'm engaged to a lovely woman, April. Our wedding date is in May 2000! I'm working as a financial consultant, with a private firm, here in town and all is great. All the best to my fellow Bombers!" - Shep

Tara Eldred, LPN, email, from Mohawk, NY, registered. (April 18, 1999)

Andrea Eldredge Williams, Teacher, email, from Glen Allen, VA, registered in the directory. (January 28, 1999)

Kirsi Neuvonen, email, from Finland, registered in the directory. (December 4, 1998)

Janie Neale Polley, email, from Ilion, NY, signed the Guest Book. (February 10, 2002)

"This website is great!! My husband came across it one day. I been married for 4 years now to Earl Polley (class of '81') and have 2 children, Jonathon 6, and Brittany 3. I'm living in Florida and I love it down here. I just graduated from college with an AA degree in Paralegal. I hope everyone in the class of '89' is doing well. I hope to hear from you." - Janie (September 6, 1998)

Rachel Thomas, email, from Ilion, NY, signed the Guest Book. (August 30, 1998)

"Just stopped to say hi. Still in Ilion, working for AFSA Data Corp as Quality Control Coordinator. It's a great site, thanks." - Rachel

Robert Ludden, Student-Computer Science, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (August 22, 1998)

"It's great to see that someone has taken to the time to compile a central location for all Ilion Alumni to gather and see what is going on with our fine school and classmates we knew in school. Thank-you." - Robert

Ms. Kirsi Neuvonen, from Rauma, Finland, email, registered in the directory. (July 9, 1998)

"Hello from Finland. European bonehead is still in action. I'll be back (again)! Do not hesitate to write!!!" - Olga

Bill Durkin, email, answered correctly in The Guess the Graduate Feature. (May 9, 1998)

Edward Jackson, an Engineer Technician, email, from Frankfort, NY, registered in the directory. (April 17, 1998)

Todd Hoffman, Physical Education Teacher, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (April 13, 1998)

Sam Maneen, Pharmacist, email, Manassas, VA, registered in the directory. (March 1, 1998)

"I married Christine La Monica July 26, 1997. We live in Manassas, VA. Chris teaches in the Fairfax County school District. I am the pharmacy manager for NeighborCare Pharmacy. We are expecting our first child in July." - Sam

Todd Hoffman, Physical Education teacher, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (January 9, 1998)

Shannon Connors, email, from Charlotte, NC, registered in the directory. (January 4, 1998)

I am currently living in Charlotte, NC and working on internet site development at The Charlotte Observer."

John Coroniti, a Consultant, from Ilion, NY, email, registered in the alumni directory. (December 21, 1997)

Jean Fitch Pokorney from Derry, NH, email, sent the following news and registered in the alumni directory. (December 5, 1997)

"Hello everyone!! I'm back in New England, I have two kids now (both girls 6 & 2) I'm doing fine. I've had the opportunity to travel and see the world, and now I'm getting serious again about going to school. Better late than never!! I love this idea.....IHS having a website....Wow!! Feel free to get in touch with me, I'm sure we have lots of stories to share. Happy Holidays!! Later, Jeanster!!"

Eric Burt from Ilion, email, the latest alumnus from the Class of 1989 to register in the alumni directory. (November 30, 1997)

John Seiselmyer II an electrical salesman from Whitesboro, email, registered in the alumni directory. (November 28, 1997)

Michael Fitzer a Cost Accountant from Ilion, registered in the alumni directory. (November 1, 1997)

Lisa Canipe Alexander from Ilion, NY., email, the fourth alumnus from the Class of 1989 to register in the alumni directory. (October 25, 1997)

"I was so excited to discover this web-site. It is a great idea and I will be sure to pass it along to others. I am currently working at Holland Patent High School as a tenth and eleventh grade English teacher. I still live in Ilion with my husband Scott and our three children: Drew 7, Amanda 4, and Zachary 6 mos. I look forward to checking back often. For now, you can contact me at this email, address."

 

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