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Alumni Reunion - May 25, 2014

Dear Graduate of Hopkins Academy:

Come join us in celebrating the 350th anniversary of Hopkins Academy at our all-class reunion this year!

If you know any Hopkins graduates who have not received the enclosed information, please share it with them and also direct them to our website. While we have tried very hard to build a complete database, this was a huge undertaking and it was not realistic that we would have complete information for all graduates. Any alum who is not in our data base and therefore did not receive this information may now register with us on our website.

On the website, also, you are able to see the by-laws of the Association and are able to stay in touch with our updates about the Alumni Reunion which will be held on May 24, 2014, at the Young Men's Club in Hadley. The reunion itself will consist of a social hour and cash bar and a buffet dinner.

Because we do not have the staff to keep track of dues and such, we decided to instead ask for donations. Our Association is run by volunteers, but we need money to keep our website on line and various other things including the Constance Higgins scholarship that we give to a graduating senior every year. Any help you can give us, we appreciate!

Call me at 413-584-3642 if you need some guidance.


Connie Paulson Mieczkowski,
1962 Chairman, Hopkins Alumni Reunion Committee


350th Reunion Parade - May 25, 2014, 2:00 p.m

Download the 350th Reunion Flyer

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Just print the documents, fill out the info, send along a check and we will see you there!!  (If you have trouble getting the documents, please email bwwyman436@yahoo.com )


Hopkins Academy 350th Anniversary
5K Road Race: May 10, 2014


Legend has it that some of the money from the estate of Edward Hopkins, which was intended to be used to support a new school for young people in the newly-created town of Hadley, never got to its intended recipients. Instead, as the story goes, this money eventually found its way, in a somewhat dubious fashion, to the eastern part of the new colony of Massachusetts, to be used to support other educational institutions in that part of the Commonwealth.

Now is your opportunity to correct this wrong. A runner dressed as John Harvard will be sent ahead of the rest of the entrants. Your task will be to "catch" this miscreant and to right the wrong which occurred so many years ago. Special awards will be given to those runners who catch and pass Reverend Harvard before he finishes. All runners will be recognized in some fashion. Come join the fun.




Hopkins Academy 350th Celebration 5k Race Information and Entry Form
If the link does not work, go to www.hopkinsacademy350.org to get the form.



Pioneer Valley Historical Mural

The Trustees of Hopkins Academy have donated a plaque displaying the names of the artists who participated in the creation of Pioneer Valley Historical Mural (1998) which is in the Hopkins cafetorium.  The plaque is now permanently mounted under the mural.

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Class of 1958 - 50th Reunion Held

The Hopkins Academy Class of 1958 celebrated its 50th class reunion at the Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst on Saturday, July 5, 2008.  The reunion committee consisted of Elsie (Grabiec) Waskiewicz, Theresa (Jekanowski) Pickunka, and Monica (Drabeck) Vandoloski.  They took care of all the wonderful planning and made arrangements for the attending classmates and their guests.  Mrs. Norrine (Jacobus) Tiley and Mr. Frederick Luddy from the teaching staff joined in the festivities with their respective spouses.  Before the evening event, a "mini-reunion" was held at noon with classmate Susan (Martula) Perry from Troy, NY, who was unable to attend the evening portion and wanted to meet with as many as possible for lunch.  Many had not seen Susan since graduation time.

Attending the class 50th were:  Richard Baranowski, Robert Barrett, Kenneth Barstow, Esther Boisvert Grohowski, Monica Drabeck Vandoloski, Barbara Fil Bednarz, Richard Fil, William Gnatek, Elsie Grabiec Waskiewicz, Eileen Hannigan Muzyka, Walter Helms, Theresa Jekanowski Pickunka, Rose Kermensky Hebert, Richard Moreau, MaryAnn Pietras Grandonico, Sharlene Reil Locker, John Royko, David Russell, Joann Tudryn Barnes, and Patricia Wanat Bye.  Twelve were unable to attend due to commitments and circumstances. 

Our class has 9 deceased members:  Chester Baj, Jr., Alice Baj, Theresa Fydenkevez Pippert, Elizabeth Meakim Sadlowski, Edward Nolan, Eleanor Powers Barber, Jeanette Russell Shoro, Stanley Soldega, and Robert Sanders.

Mrs. Jacobus Tiley and Mr. Fred Luddy highlighted the evening with their memories of our class and the whole evening was lively as acquaintances and friendships were renewed.

Bob Barrett explained that next year's all-class reunion will be held on June 13, 2009 as part of Hadley's 350th town celebration.  More information will be found on the Alumni website, www.hopkinsalumni.org.  All in all - a great 50th reunion for all those attending!!  Next one will be...????


Reunion Report - Class of 1957

Members of the Hopkins Academy class of 1957 met for an informal reunion at the Whately Inn, the evening of  Saturday, September 1,  2007.  This event was the culmination of efforts on the part of Ann (Duffy) Rust and Dick Martula.

The evening began with a social hour followed by dinner.  Thirteen members of the class were able to attend the event.  They included Junie (Latham) Baceski, Eileen (Chmura) Malan, Tom Devine, Dick Karakula,  Bill Kicza, Fred Kowal Robert Martula, Rita (Moczulewski) Montague, Kikie Niedbala, Richard Sawicki, Connie (Tudryn) Keen, plus Mrs. Rust and this writer.   Spouses of  classmates were also in attendance.

June Baceski and husband, Joe, were kind enough to invite all to their home after the dinner.  They were very generous with desserts and drinks.  This venue gave us another opportunity to share our pasts and thoughts with those who did not sit next to us at the dinner.  Junie even distributed copies of  a class history written upon completion of 8th grade courtesy of the misses Malan, Carol Ann Duffy, Baceski and Montague.  She also included a photograph taken at Russell School.  Sometime later she sent a current photograph of alumni in attendance.

These events often require some to travel great distances to attend.  The Martulas traveled 900 miles; Ms. Malan probably traveled an equivalent distance.  Mrs. Rust probably traveled 300 miles.  Connie and her husband traveled from New York. The Kicza’s  and Kikie probably traveled the farthest if you include their addresses in Florida.  Others are considered local since they live near Hadley in the Connecticut Valley. 

Mrs. Rust is attempting to collect single page statements from each us re:  notes or pertinent facts we would like to share with classmates.  The final document is not ready at this printing. 

An unusually large number (11) of our classmates have passed; they include:  James Blyda, Margaret Callahan, Lewis Chunglo, John Czerwinski, Elaine Fydenkevez, David Klimoski, Alice (Mientka) Lipski,  Ed Podolak, Bernard Rocasah, Doris Sanders, andLewis West.   Dates of their deaths were not available at the time of this writing.

 Nonetheless those attending the reunion event made the most of the time together.



Class of 1956 Holds 50th Reunion

Hopkins Academy Class of 1956 celebrated its 50th class reunion on June 10, 2006.  The class gathered at the Whately Inn for a social hour – compliments of Joe and Carol Zgrodnik – with dinner following.

In attendance were 17 graduates and 2 non-graduates.  Catching up on years past with Frank Sienkiewicz and Richard Sanders was truly a special part of the evening.  Richard Fox, who also left us prior to graduation, sent along a letter describing his journey through life – a letter read by Ted Kosior.

Graduates in attendance were:  Philip Duffy, Georgia (Hannigan) Fowler, Jean (Lannon) Hodgdon, Eugene Hoynoski, Irene (Borowski) Hoynoski, Stan Jekanowski, Ted Kosior, Tom Kowal, Nancy (Adams) Muraski, Connie (Bussiere) Niedzielski, John Pipczynski, Peter Sadlowski, Martha (Waters) Vincellette, John Waskiewicz, Tom West, Carol (Tudryn) Zgrodnik and Joe Zgrodnik.

Three classmates who have passed away were recognized:

            Irene (O’Shepa) Lankarge                            July 19, 1997

            Michael Matusek                                        April 17, 2004

            Joel Searle                                                 July 6, 1999

Mr. “Bud” Kneeland gave a wonderful short speech of the many contributions of the Class of 1956 – contributions that the Class had made to him – and, all the while it was HE who gave so much to this class.  “Bud” Kneeland will forever be a class individual.

After viewing some of the photos that were available of events gone by, and exchanging stories, it was time to call it an evening.

Each individual who at some point or other was a member of the Class of 1956 received a copy of “Hopkins Academy and The Hopkins Fund 1664-1964”, autographed by the author Margaret Dwyer.  The book was given compliments of Joe and Carol Zgrodnik.


Class of 1960 Get-together


Members of the class of 1960 gathered July 12, 2006 at Butternut's
Restaurant in Hadley to have a "mini-reunion" with class member Bob Piziak who is on his annual vacation in Hadley.  Coming out to say "hello" to Bob and to each other were Class Advisor Fred Luddy and his wife, Judy, Dottie Filkoski Gnatek, Richard Yarrows, Marion Kostek Waskiewicz, Diane Kozera Baj, Bernie Pipczynski Wyman, Leona Waskiewicz Chmura, Mary Ann Taraska Wolfe and husband Wayne, and a member of the class of 1961 Dave Martula.  A good time was had by all!


Reunion - Class of 1955

The class of 1955 had a 50th reunion at the Olde Hadleigh Grill on August 20, 2005.  Ten  classmates and several spouses attended.  The next day all but one couple met for breakfast at Sully’s.  According to our sources, a great time was had by all!!


Celebration of 2004 wrap-up


The Alumni Association of Hopkins Academy celebrated the school’s 340th anniversary by having an alumni all-class reunion on July 17, 2004.  There were about 270 people in attendance, from all over the country, including Hawaii.  The Association honored a member of the class of 1931, Mrs. Evelyn Day Ruddeforth.  Also, Miriam Russell Pratt was celebrating the 70th anniversary of her graduation.  The classes of 1944 and 1954, celebrating 60 and 50 years respectively were well represented.  The youngest class represented was 2004.

The committee chairperson was Connie Paulson Mieczkowski and her assistant was Kathy Tudryn.  Members of her committee included Kate Carney Iles, Vicki Bell, Joe Pipczynski and Brian Glazier.  Food was catered by Alumnus Ken Beretska and again this year the dessert cakes were decorated with the logo.

All of the guests sported name tags with their names, maiden names and dates of graduation.  Shirts and t-shirts sporting the Alumni Association logo were sold as a fund-raiser and will continue to be sold throughout the year, soon on the website.

Alumni were reminded of their website and were asked if  anyone wishes to register a current name and address with the Association to please do so on this website.

Mr. Bill Mahoney, present principal of Hopkins Academy, spoke to the group about the present state of the school.  He had many positive things to say about the school and the students who are currently there.

Bernadette Pipczynski Wyman, President of the Association, held a brief business meeting and announced to the members what the Executive Board voted to have the Association fund this year.  Among other things, the Association supports a scholarship given each year to a member of the graduating class.  This year it also donated money to the Hopkins Academy Band’s trip to Florida to compete at Disney World and is now waiting for a quote on enlarging the trophy cabinets in the school as it will support that to some degree as a 340th birthday present to the school.


Reunion of 2003 wrap-up:

On Saturday, August 2, 2003, Hopkins Academy held its first all-class reunion in 30 years. The event was co-chaired by Bernadette Pipczynski Wyman and Marion Kostek Waskiewicz and attended by 450 people from all over the country. The event also gave birth to the newly reorganized Alumni Association of Hopkins Academy. A chicken barbecue was served and cakes sporting the Association logo which was unveiled that night, were dessert. The oldest class represented was 1927 and the representative was Clementine Wanczyk. The youngest class of 2003 was represented by Lindsey Basara. The graduates coming the farthest were from California, although others were there from Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Florida and many other states.

A business meeting was held invoking the newly edited by-laws and a slate of officers of the Association was presented and voted upon. Speakers included Fred Luddy, a former Hopkins teacher, Mrs. Margaret Dwyer, author of Hopkins Academy, 1664-1964 and Joseph Zgrodnik, a member of the Hopkins Academy Trustees. Fred Wilda, artist and designer of the Association logo, unveiled and presented the logo, dedicating it to Florence Utley, a long standing art teacher at Hopkins.^ Top

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