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Bittersweet Ending To Our Senior Year

Posted by mcnary69 on June 7, 2019

This post contains two of the last issues of The Piper. The prom was a big deal to some, but not all of us, end of the year athletic events were ongoing, and we see that school funding and the detrimental effects of teens on drugs were hot topics.  

How can our country still not make solving just these two problems a top priority? Things surely seem to have gotten worse – not better, and it it hard to see a light at the end of this dark tunnel. We can only hope that the voices of our children and grandchildren are loud and powerful enough to affect the necessary societal changes. How did we fail?  



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A New Play, Election Results, Student Apathy, Spring Tournaments, Music & Sports

Posted by mcnary69 on April 25, 2019

This issue of the Piper shows that although life at McNary goes on, there is still a sense of the end of the school year drawing nigh!  

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Spring! Time for Elections, Tryouts, More Sports Action & Sportsmanship Trophy

Posted by mcnary69 on April 7, 2019

Remember back when elections for student government were happening?  What criteria did you use for casting your votes?  I can’t remember back that far, but I am hoping I voted for those whom I thought would do the best job!

Recognition of McNary winning the coveted Sportsmanship Trophy for the second year in a row was a high point!

Read the Opinion page, as it also mentions a letter received that was the only one out of 1600 McNary students!  

All in all, this issue is a snapshot of what was going on as the school year was winding down.

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The Tournament and Some Interesting Art, Poetry & Opinion

Posted by mcnary69 on April 7, 2019

I’m posting two issues of The Piper back to back, as the first one is the lead up to the state basketball tournament and the second one issue was published AFTER the tournament. So, we all know what the outcome was.  Were our hearts broken?  Yes…. but our team and students were stellar!  So, we do have wonderful things to remember about McNary and not just that we won another tournament! Taking third place was a remarkable feat in and of itself.

So, the first issue of The Piper stokes the fires of school pride with the Celts earning a spot in the basketball playoffs!

The center pages showcase some of the talent at McNary with artwork and writing. Of great interest and of great controversy today is a piece written about women bus drivers.  Read the article and remember when it was written and how different things were back then. This could be an interesting topic of discussion with some of our classmates at the reunion!





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Courtyard Plans, Student Apathy, Speech & Music and Festivals

Posted by mcnary69 on February 28, 2019

This is the 12th issue of The Piper that was published during our Senior year.  On the front page was an article about collaboration between speech students and some of our great McNary musicians.  The McNary Booster Club starts on plans for the McNary High School inner courtyard, there were upcoming Choir and Band Festivals, and our great McNary athletes were winning wrestling tournaments, competing in gymnastics and continuing their basketball supremacy.  

Of interest are two articles: One is entitled, “Ways to Lose a Date,” and published responses from both Faculty and Student Government regarding student apathy. There is also a continuing problem with “bad behavior” from both adults and students at basketball games.

Read the articles and see if you remember any these issues when you were a Senior!

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Posted by mcnary69 on February 23, 2019

Dear Friends,

Some of you might be debating as to whether or not you want to come to our 50th Reunion. That’s understandable… for many of you it might be a long trip, it will cost money, or there may be other important events taking place in your life around our Reunion dates.  And, it just may be that you didn’t feel particularly connected to anyone or any group at McNary, feeling that High School was just something to endure until you could get out and get on with your life.  

I would like to present you with some things to ponder regarding our Reunion.  

  • It has been 50 years since we graduated from McNary!  Isn’t that incredible?  
  • Even if we didn’t participate in any activities, clubs, etc, we still were part of something together.
  • This may be the last time some of us will be given the opportunity to be in one place at the same time! Wouldn’t it be worthwhile to see who shows up? 
  • If there are old rivalries, dislikes, feelings that you had nothing in common with anyone…. let the Reunion be a time of healing, resolution and connection. What seemed a big deal in 1969 will most likely be of little to no significance in our lives now. We are different people.
  • Your presence will be missed. It’s true! We want to have as many of us as possible to be there in September to demonstrate that we recognize the significance of our time together at McNary, especially given the times in which we were entering young adulthood.
  • The Reunion Committee is committed to making this Reunion one that reflects what we all ached for back then and still do to this day…. Peace, Love, Harmony and Connection. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less. We need ALL of you to make this happen. Please join us and “Get Back to Where You Once Belonged.”

We opened registration early so that everyone could make plans, arrange funds, etc, and we did our best to make this affordable.

  • You still have 6 weeks (until June 1) to register for a reduced price of $75/person for ALL THREE SCHEDULED EVENTS!  
  • OnJune 1, the price increases to $85/person.  

Why register early?  It helps us pay deposits for sites, catering, and other costs associated with our events. We are committed to making sure our vendors, reserved sites etc, get paid, as we want to establish a good relationship with them and uphold McNary High School Alumni as being honorable and dependable.  

Remember that we also have the Ride-Share option if you’re concerned about transportation or just don’t want to drive!  We have you covered…..

Below is the Ride Share form –

“Take It Easy Drivers and Easy Riders” …Here’s the link to the Ride Share form:

PLEASE remember that we have agreed to give back to our Alma Mater by collecting funds and/or donations of school supplies and backpacks which will be provided to those McNary students whose families cannot provide these things for them. Please do what you can to contribute in some way to this great service project.  How can you do that?

  • When you send in your registration, please send a separate check or write one check that includes an extra amount that you would like to contribute to this project. Please designate the amount you are donating in order for accurate funds dispersal.
  • Purchase supplies based on a list that will soon be posted here and on our Facebook page and bring them to one of our events. We will have a donation barrel at each event.
  • If you are coming to the Reunion, but are unable to attend every event, consider paying for all 3 events but let us know you would like to donate the fees from those events you are unable to attend, to this project.

Any questions, concerns, etc?  Please feel free to email the following folks for answers!

Bruce Chapin – chapin@onlinenw.com

Sandy (Febach) Armstrong – anisarmstrong@gmail.com

You can also post a question on our Facebook page… McNary Class of 69 – we check it daily for questions, comments, etc.  

We are also on alumni class.com – McNary 69 alumni. 

Looking forward to being with you in September!!




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How Have Times Changed Since High School?

Posted by mcnary69 on February 14, 2019

Reading this issue of the Piper reminds me of how much some things have changed since we were at McNary. Girl of the Month and Rotarian of the Month were important honors at our school, the Valentine’s Day Dance was always a big event for the romantic among us! There was a call for applicants to compete in the Miss Salem Beauty Pageant and an article about the display of class rings and other items for those of us graduating in June 1969.

Of interest, in terms of how things have changed, there was an article revealing the results of a poll concerning what boys and girls wish the opposite sex would do. Read the answers and see how you feel about them, given the changing relationships between the sexes in today’s world. And a fellow Celtic, Peggy Kosack, was named The Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow.  

There is also an article about property tax relief and a sales tax! That seems to be a recurring theme in Oregon.  

Interesting editorials on love and another one calling out parents and students who boo and jeer the opposing teams at McNary sporting events.

The Wrestling team was headed to District… with three leading athletes named: Eddie Mellott, Bruce Chapin and the late Dave Luke. These guys were amazing to watch!  And, of course our Basketball team was powerful. The gymnasts were also heading to District, well representing our school.  

Enjoy this issue and see how things have changed and yet some things have stayed the same.

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Posted by mcnary69 on August 17, 2018


Thanks to everyone who filled out the survey or made suggestions on Facebook for a theme. Now the real work begins as we finalize catering, decorations, music, and plans for just having a GREAT time that will be very affordable, relaxing and as much fun as you want to have!!

The next step is for the Reunion Committee to finalize the Registration Form and prices for the events.  We will also be sending out the link for the Ride Share option (for RIDERS and DRIVERS). Updates will continue to be posted as we keep everyone informed on progress of all the plans, etc.

Again, here’s what is planned so far!!

Thanks once again to the generosity of our classmate Steve Johnson, we will be gathering  at the Grand Hotel for an informal meet and greet to get things rolling. This will be a very informal event with a no host bar and finger food. It will be very affordable and a good way to get the weekend started!

A new and unique venue for our Saturday evening gathering will be the Scenic Valley Winery on River Road in Gervais. This is a family owned vineyard and winery right in McNary’s back yard! The reunion members who visited there were impressed with the venue in terms of its location, size, rustic quality, flexible set up as well as the family who own it. We will have a catered meal (more info coming on that!!) and the evening will be a walk down memory lane as well as an opportunity to get caught up with the lives of our fellow classmates while listening to the music we loved in high school. Again, we are working to keep all costs within reason and still have a tasty, enjoyable meal together with plenty of opportunity to dance, etc. 

There is also discussion of having one or more events on Saturday morning and/or afternoon, depending on interested parties.  Some ideas have been trips to the Oregon Coast or local wineries, hikes in various locations, with other ideas still being generated! Feel free to share your ideas… either responding below or on our Facebook page. 

For our last event of the weekend, we have reserved a beautiful picnic spot at the South Falls of Silver Creek Falls. Folks who wish can hike the trails or just relax and visit. It is a short distance from Salem and the cost to get into the Park is $5 per vehicle, so we are hoping folks will consider the Ride Share option!. Will be a cookout with more details to come!!

Check back often for new updates, which will be posted here and on our Facebook page McNary Class of ’69

Now that our dates are set… make your travel plans.

Hope to see everyone next year!

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Our 40th Reunion Group Photo

Posted by mcnary69 on August 19, 2013

Remember these folks from our 40th?

40th Reunion


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