The Bath High School Alumni Association will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a parade that kicks off at 11 a.m. June 11. The parade will feature Morse High School students, as well as faculty and alumni who have attended Bath high schools in the 125-year history. The parade is one of several events scheduled over alumni weekend.
Cindy Footer Gabelmann, who graduated with the class of ‘71, said, “It’s like a huge city-wide party. My parents, siblings, daughters and many cousins, nieces and nephews graduated from Morse High School and this year we are celebrating the graduation of another nephew, so it will be even more special.”
More than 50 classes have signed on to join the parade, according to organizer Tamara Lilly, class of ‘86.
Mel Tukey, popular local musician from the class of ‘51, will perform with his band The Clam Flat Five on a float. Tukey performed for many years at the annual alumni banquet and has a fondness for parades, dating back to when he was 15 years old and joined the Masonic dance band for Easter festivities at Winter Street Church. “We’d parade down Washington to Centre, march to Front Street and continue the loop back up to the church,” Tukey recalled.
The Bath Municipal Band, which includes alumni, will also provide music in the parade, for which Virginia MacDonald of the class of ‘38 will be one of the grand marshals.
Spectators and participants should note that the route has slightly changed this year. Parade participants will line up on Oak Grove, then turn left down North Street, where they will then turn right onto High Street, passing Morse High School along the way. At High and Centre, the parade will turn left, continuing downtown, where it will turn left on Front Street and disperse after Library Park. Spectators are encouraged to wear blue and white along the route to celebrate Morse High School’s colors.
To get involved, call 358-0031, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.rsu1.org or follow the Bath High School Alumni Association on Facebook.
Midcoast Maine Community Action is one of five Maine organizations that will share $13 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Based in Bath, Midcoast Maine Community Action will receive $1.3 million.
Head Start was established in 1965 to promote school readiness and provide a comprehensive array of health, nutritional and social services to eligible 4- and 5-year-old preschoolers and their families. Head Start services include early learning, health, and family well-being. The Office of Head Start administers grant funding and oversight to the local agencies that provide Head Start services in Maine and across the country.
Tyler Killer, of Bath
Leigh P. Mathieu, of Bath, the daughter of John and Stacey Mathieu of Bath, who majored in biology, concentrating in neuroscience.
Eva M. Neczypor, of Brunswick, the daughter of Linda Iverson, of Lewiston, and Thomas Neczypor, of Brunswick. Neczypor majored in English and classical civilization.
St. Lawrence University
Madison D. Andrews, of Brunswick, who majored in English and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts cum laude.
Laurel A. Hurd, of Brunswick, who majored in estudios hispanicos and global studies and received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude.
Elizabeth A. Muller, of Brunswick, who majored in environmental studies and received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude.
University of New Hampshire
Hannah Bogart, of Brunswick
Kassandra Coulombe, of Brunswick
Matthew Kasabian, of Brunswick
University of Vermont
Morgan Quigg, of Bath, an art history major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Sophie Knox, of Brunswick, a communication science and disorders major in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Elizabeth Walfield, of Bath, majoring in biomedical engineering