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The Sidney Lanier Class of 1961 had a "Turning 70 Birthday Party" on Saturday night, April 27th, at the Montgomery Capital City Club.  The class, having celebrated their 50th Graduation Class Reunion two years ago, decided to get together to celebrate this milestone in their lives, TURNING THE BIG 70!

Ninety-two attendees, including classmates, spouses or dates, gathered at 5 PM on the Terrace Lounge of the Club for cocktails and then proceeded to the beautiful Montgomery Room for a fabulous dinner prepared especially for them.  No formal program was planned so that there would be plenty of time for just visiting and enjoying one another's company, and that they did.

Most high school classes think theirs was the best, and the Lanier Class of 1961 is no different.  There is a lot of love and respect for each other, as evident by the great time spent together on this historic evening.

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The Sidney Lanier High School Tower
by Marguerite Whitehead Edwards ~ Class of 1961

SLHS Tower by Marguerite Whitehead Edwards

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W. Durden Dean, candidate for Montgomery County Board of Education District 2, right, watches election results at Republican Headquarters in Montgomery on Tuesday. / Mickey Welsh/Advertiser
Written by  Tiffany Nabors
Republican W. Durden Dean was elected Tuesday night to the Montgomery County Board of Education to represent District 2.

The 61-year-old Sidney Lanier High School graduate said he is looking forward to working with the other six members of the board and Superintendent Barbara Thompson.

The former Union Springs mayor said he had been “guardedly optimistic” throughout the day. He said he’s hopeful about what he can bring to the board.

“I’m excited and very appreciative of the confidence the people have put in me to help move the school system forward,” Dean said.

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Edward Joseph "Joe" Dunlap, Jr. was born in Montgomery, Alabama, January 22, 1943 and died peacefully at home Wednesday, September 28, 2011 with his loving wife Kathy and his beloved companion of 12 years, "Muffy" by his side. He fought the good fight and never gave up his faith in Jesus through multiple illnesses.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother Lois Elizabeth (Betty) Dunlap and his father Edward Joseph Dunlap, Sr. and is survived by his brother Charles R. Dunlap of Sanford, Florida.

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11:58 PM, Jun. 4, 2011  | Written by Column by Deborah Hayes Moore

It was a grand weekend to celebrate the "big 5-0" in more ways than one as the 50th class to graduate from Sidney Lanier High School gathered in Mont­gomery recently to spend two full days reminiscing at a par­ties, blue and white finales and visits to their alma mater.

Linda Wilson of Alexan­dria, Va., summed up the re­union as "a nostalgia-filled weekend of laughter, delight at seeing old friends, tears over those who have de­parted, and one that included a tour of the majestic old school building that prompt­ed swells of pride."

Photo: Class President Rick Chappell (Center) greets Tommie Ruth Borroughs Blackwell, Dianne Roberts Barnes, Jeannene Hurt Mullins and Dianne Jones Bentley to the Welcome Back Party on Friday evening. (Contributed photos)
Photo: Class President Rick Chappell (Center) greets Tommie Ruth Borroughs Blackwell, Dianne Roberts Barnes, Jeannene Hurt Mullins and Dianne Jones Bentley to the Welcome Back Party on Friday evening. (Contributed photos)

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