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October 25, 2012

Walnut Square School reunion truly hits home

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On Saturday, they met for breakfast at Haverhill Country Club before embarking on a cruise from Newburyport Harbor aboard the Joppa Flats, capped by a farewell dinner at Michael’s Harborside.

Talk to Dr. Shepherd and he’ll expound upon the time they won the city basketball championship, coached by Hank Woelfel, and how four of those members started for the high school years later and provoked yet another title.

The fifth starter on that squad happened to be refereeing guru/businessman Joe D’Orazio (a Greenleaf grad) who became “adopted” into the Walnut Square class, joining the clan with his wife, Joanne.

Conway became educated as an engineer, proceeded to business school, then ventured toward investment banking before staking a lucrative claim in real estate.

“Some classmates didn’t attend because they thought a grammar school reunion was weird,” Conway said. “But that’s one of the things that made this so much fun. Most wanted to attend but couldn’t because of overriding commitments. For those of us who returned to Haverhill, it was a moment etched in time and meant to be treasured forever.”

Conway did not land the prize for traveling the farthest to the reunion, coming here from Southern California. That honor went to Jean Woodbury Isteero, who spends half the year in Cairo with her Egyptian husband.

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