|Bob Fife second from right seated|
Serving on the Students Council executive with Bob were vice president Tom Tangie, secretary Patsy Desbois and treasurer Jamie Doyle. The editor of Ad Astra was Robert Pellow while Alex Babin was the staff advisor to the Students Council and Tom Riddoch was yearbook advisor.
The Junior Raiders won the eastern division basketball championship of the North Shore Secondary School Athletic Association. Team members included Richard Martel, Paul Tremblay, Allan Laframboise, Robbie Jardine, Robert Doyle, Ron Thibault, Michael Dillon, Keith McAdam, Rene Lafreniere, Richard Desbiens, David Dillon, Tom McCrea, Luc Gauthier and Dave Vandal. Ross Hryhorchuk was the coach.
Peter Elliott was master of ceremonies at a school variety night introducing each act with flair, and building up the spirit of the groups, many of whom had never before appeared on stage. Some of the acts were as follows:
Pierrette Debris and Mary Ellen McKee presented the comedy dance 'A Prison Holiday' while Tina Cappellani and Gilles Babineau performed on the accordion assisted by Janice Robinson.
The 'Midget Boys' Chris Bernier and Rick Linklater turned in a credible performance as singers. I am giving them the benefit of the doubt here as Chris and Rick were members of the Midget hockey team I was coaching at the time.
The Woodwind with Robbie Jardine, Ken Lane, Ross Barlow and Murray Midkiff presented several numbers for the enjoyment of the audience and yes, folks, they were great.
Turning to curling, the team skipped by Claude Fortin, earned first place honours for the first time at a bonspiel in Marathon. Other members were Irene Johnson, Maurice Tremblay and Mona Rioux. Pat Bamford was the coach.
The high school posture contest saw Debbie Linklater emerge as the Queen with Cathy Lingenfelter and Hilda Jackson as runners up.
CHS also had an excellent boys' volleyball team with Eleanor Lyttle as the coach. Members included Jamie Doyle, Robert Petrunka, Peter Beaudry, Andre Paquette, Paul Simpson, John McKnight, Frank Rail, Ron Larcher, Keith Marsh and Richard Thibault.
The CHS Winter Carnival King was Richard Rioux and the Queen was Helene Fortin.
Remember the cheerleaders. They were Debbie Pellow, Gail May, Denise Joyal, Rosalyn Jardine, Mary Ann Morris, Doris Delaney and Cathy Lingenfelter on the junior squad while seniors were Cheryl Robinson, Lynda Rose, Pierrette Debris, Mary Emma Morris, Nicole Germain and Mary Ellen McKee.
The new CHS had opened in 1966, and an addition was completed in 1971 to meet the demands of growing enrolment. In the 1972-73 school year, there was a record enrolment of 452 students. The school had also adopted the credit and semester system.
Once again, thanks to all who have been contacting me about Chapleau Moments. After my column on the 1958 Chapleau Winter Carnival, I received several messages paying tribute to J.M. Shoup, the longtime principal of Chapleau Public School, for his work in many Chapleau activities. Thanks for writing. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org