Rockland High School Class of 1944 reunites

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 16, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Members of the Class of 1944 held their 70th reunion luncheon at the Offshore Restaurant in Rockport Aug. 12. In attendance were, front from left, Georgia Tasho, Gloria Witham, Esther Novicka, Charlotte Staples, and Florence Hammond and Eleanor Nash from the Class of 1945; and back, from left, Debbie Shepard, J.T. Welker, Mary Welker, Louise Knowlton, Elsie Brown, Charles Whitmore, Onni Kangas, Wilfred Mills, Betty Knight, Beverly Worthington, and Ann Welker.

Rockland — The Class of 1944 held its 70th class reunion at the Offshore Restaurant in Rockport on Aug. 12.

Esther Munro Novicka welcomed all who came and presented a beautiful corsage to Mary Welker, the widow of classmate Ralvan Welker. She came the longest distance — from South Hampton, NY — with her daughter Ann and son J.T. (John Timothy). They were invited as a surprise to other classmates.

Gloria Witham gave the invocation followed by a moment of silence for those lost, namely Ralvan, Christine Newhall McMahon, Mary Connolly Hills, Alice Hall Hedrick, and Bickford Sylvester.

Joan Look Remig of Austin, Texas, sent money to furnish a beautifully decorated cake for the luncheon.

There were 12 members of the Class of 1944 along with two members of the Class of 1945 who were also invited to attend. All gave Novicka a round of applause for organizing the event, as well as the luncheons they hold throughout the summer.

Their next planned luncheon is Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Offshore Restaurant.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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