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By Staff | May 25, 2016

SISTERSVILLE – Sistersville High School Alumni will be returning this weekend to celebrate the 117th anniversary of the first graduating class.

“Welcome back – 2016 ought to be a good reunion,” said Randy Kehrer, president of the SHS Alumni Association. “Make sure any alumni attends Saturday’s dance. I think everyone will have a good time. Alumni have put in a lot of work over the years, so that’s why this weekend keeps growing and growing. The school was a special place for a lot of us.”

Kehrer noted as alumni fade into the ages, more alumni will need to step up to make this weekend possible for future of Tyler County. He thanked Jennifer Surface and Beth Roberts for their tireless efforts year after year to put the school’s alumni tab together and keep in touch with various classes.

“They did a great job,” he said. “This year we probably mailed over two thousand letters to alumni all over the globe.”

This year’s theme is “Heroes & Villains.” Chapel at the SHS Gym will kick off the weekend activities at 9 a.m. Friday, May 27, with a great line up of speakers representing the following classes: 1956-Pete Carroll, 1966-Susan Shurtliffe Keifer, 1971-Laura Jane Kelly Young, 1976-Brenda Starkey Collins, 1981-Sarah Miller Dunleavy, 1986-Jodie Frum, 1996-Corey Carson and 2011-Boone Kehrer. Chapel will also include recognition of our eldest alumni, both over 100 years old, Harriett Deuel Elliott, Class of 1933 and Martha Williamson Smith, Class of 1935, along with classes 1936, ’41, ’46, ’51, ’61 and 1991. Entertainment at Chapel will be presented by the Tyler Consolidated High School Choir. Following Chapel will be the annual Golf Scramble at the Sistersville Country Club and the President’s Luncheon at the Elks Ballroom, catered by the First Baptist Church.

The annual parade will be at 1 p.m. Saturday May 28. The parade lineup begins at 12 p.m.. The Alumni Banquet begins at 5:30 p.m.. and will feature our speaker, trophy presentations and presentation of the Roy Heinlein Scholarship. In addition, alumni will voting on the incoming 2nd Vice President and other officers for the 2016-17 year and announcing the theme for Alumni Weekend 2017! The Dance will be held in the Elks Ballroom from 9 until 1 with the band “The M-80s.” This year’s dance band is a theatrical power pop rock band specializing in New Wave music from the 1980s.

Evocative of the era, “The M-80’s” band plays music of the Cars, Cyndi Lauper, the B-52s, Blondie, Devo, the Pretenders, Talking Heads, the Romantics, the Go-Gos, Duran Duran, Joe Jackson, Joan Jett, Robert Palmer, the Power Station, Katrina and the Waves, the Clash, Neena, the Knack, the Bangles, the Fixx, the Escape Club, the Vapors, and Billy Idol. The band features costume changes to fit the music era as well.

Tickets for the Luncheon ($8), Banquet ($20) and annual membership dues ($5) are available for purchase at Union Bank and WesBanco. Tickets will also be available at Chapel for all events. The Golf Tourney fee is $50 per individual and you may enter by contacting Dana Johnson (304-652-1310) or Bill McCoy (304-652-6281) or Jimmy Willison (304-652-2256). The association will also be selling raffle tickets for a deluxe Cornhole Board Set for $5 each or 5 for $20. Raffle tickets will be sold at all events over the weekend with the winner drawn at the dance on Saturday night.

Contact information for any officer of the alumni association is: Randy Kehrer, President, 304-266-0743; Lori Cool-Knowlton, 1st Vice President (Chapel), 740-228-2080; and Diane Rial Rice, 2nd Vice President (Parade), 304-771-8405.