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Spring Lake 6th-grade class gets together after 40 years

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Published:   |   Updated: August 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

SPRING LAKE - Cathy Beck walked through the kitchen door of the Spring Lake Community Center on Saturday afternoon, greeted with laughs and squeals.

The majority of the sixth-grade class of 1966 decided to get together for a reunion, marking the 47th anniversary since they studied together in the three-room Spring Lake school house.

"One thing led to the next," said Carol Bacon, explaining that many of the former classmates reconnected using social media. "We decided to see who we could find."

Bacon said the 1966 graduating class had eight members, with two unable to make the event, and one who had died. The Spring Lake schoolhouse closed in the late 1960s, and Bacon thought their sixth-grade class was either the last class, and if not, the penultimate.

The Spring Lake Community Center was their cafeteria back in 1966. As the women posed for pictures outside, the talk quickly turned to memories, not all the things that have happened in the more than 40 years since many had seen each other.

"We played under those trees over there," said Charlotte Dushane, explaining how she'd pull the Spanish moss off to play Herman Munster.

Vicky Clemm came clean to the others that she and Dushane would sometimes sneak off to the nearby general store to buy candy. There was the one time everyone caught poison ivy, the memories of the annual Halloween carnival organized by the parents and the Christmas play.

Clemm vividly remembered her one line.

Many have traded the orange groves of east Hernando County for towns and cities not too far away - Largo, Jacksonville, Dade City.

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