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Cheektowaga

Fifty years ago, they were the first graduates of the brand new John F. Kennedy High School in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District.

And now it’s time for the Class of 1963 to celebrate. A reunion is scheduled for June 22 at the Elk’s Lodge in Lancaster.

The building on Cayuga Creek Road replaced Sloan High School on Halstead Avenue, which now serves as Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. The new high school opened in September 1962 – even before construction was completed – and is believed to be among the first named after the 35th president of the United States.

It’s been a year-long celebration of the school, including this past week’s observance of JFK High School Day in the town. It was held Wednesday, May 29, the date on which the president was born in 1917.

The reunion, scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m., costs $50 per person. Contact Kathleen Drzyzga Neal at 627-2423 or Carolyn Wujek Soponski at 668-9282 before June 10.

Also this week:

• A work session of the Cheektowaga Town Board is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Monday in the Council Conference Room at Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board has a work session scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Irma Czubaj Board Room at Woodrow Wilson School, 166 Halstead Ave.

• A work session of the Cheektowaga Central School Board begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Board Room at the high school, 3600 Union Road.

• The Cleveland Hill School Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room of the district office, 105 Mapleview Road.

• The 5th Annual Cheektowaga Crabapple Festival begins Friday in the town park on Harlem Road with a Super Cruise scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. and music by Crash Cadillac from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday’s activities include Taste of Cheektowaga, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and there will be a ceremony at noon Sunday in the War of 1812 Cemetery on Aero Drive.