‘Rocktober’ Like It’s 1976

September 22, 2012

This website gets lots of ‘hits’. Lots. And the majority is from all around the country and, in fact, the world. So this entry probably won’t hold much interest to most of Bangagong’s visitors but it’s important to me, personal, you know?
I attended high school at Orrville High School in Orrville, OH from 1972 – 1976 and I can say, without any doubt, that everyone I attended high school with were among some of the best people I have ever associated with. When I think of my former classmates words like decent, integrity, fun, character, respect come immediately to mind.
Well, next month the OHS Class of ’76 is coming together for a good thing. and everyone is invited, inlcuding you! Thanks to such wonderful & special people like Ruth, Jeannie, Shelly, Jeff and so many others.
The Orrville High School Class of ’76 Reunion Committee has announced a special event to benefit the Class of 1976 Memorial Scholarship Fund. The 1st Annual ‘Rocktober Reunion Benefit’ will be held on Friday evening October 12, 2012 from 8:00 PM – Midnight at the Orrville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3446 located at 430 W. Market Street in Orrville, OH. The evening will be a benefit for the Class of 1976 Memorial Scholarship Fund with all proceeds going towards the continual building of the Class of 1976 Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 Admission will be $10.00 per person. There will be a cash bar and Dalessandro Concessions will be providing food at a special low price. The event will run from 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM and will include a 50/50, raffle items and music provided by Liquid Sky. All proceeds will go to the Class of 1976 Memorial Scholarship Fund. The event is open to any OHS alumni from any class.
The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior of the Class of 2016, the 40th anniversary of the Class of 1976’s graduation. The Class of 1976 Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in memory of former classmates who are no longer with us, including Daniel Rehm, Steve Rogers, Joe Derflinger, Greg Begert, Mike Weiss & Richard Wright.
During the Saturday evening activities the renowned band, Liquid Sky will be performing. The professional band features Class of ’76 alumni Ed Marthey on keyboards. Liquid Sky, a band from Akron, Ohio, is a group of five talented men who have crafted a show that has something for everyone, particularly those who want to rock.
The band specializes in music that most other rock-n-roll bands don’t usually play while keeping it highly danceable. In short, they are rock without apology. Liquid Sky consists of Marthey, Ben Powers, Brad Johnson, Bruce Lindamood and Chip Maggio, who performed at the OHS Class of ’76 35th Reunion held last September 17, 2011.


The GOODWILL BAND will be opening for LIQUID SKY at the 1st Annual ‘Rocktober Reunion Benefit’. The Goodwill Band consists of Jim Good, Tom Williams & Bob Good. All three began their music careers in Orrville and have all performed with a number of bands throughout the years.
The three longtime friends hooked up in 1999 as the Goodwill Band and have played all over the state, most notably at the Miss Ohio Festival and opening for Red Ball Jets at The Brickhouse. They were also fixtures at the former Starboard Café in Orrville.
The Goodwill Band performs both originals and covers of songs by Beatles, Eagles, CSN&Y, The Who, Hollies, Al Jackson and others.
Tickets are available at Gary’s Drive Thru and the State Liquor Agency, both located at 331 West High Street in Orrville as well as via mail order.
More information, including possible additional fund-raising activities for that evening, will be announced soon. “Just from our class website and Facebook page, we already have commitments from former classmates in four states who will be attending,” said Walentik-Johnston. “This will be a special, special night!”

To order tickets send $10.00 per person (checks made out to Class of ’76) to: Ruth Walentik-Johnston, 347 Wabash Avenue, Orrville, OH 44667. Pre-sale tickets will be mailed. For those wanting more event information, suggestions, make donations of raffle prizes, contact Walentik-Johnston at: 216.820.1439 or email: ruthjohnston@sbcglobal.net Updated information will also appear on the OHS Class of ’76 website at: http://ohs76.wordpress.com
In the meantime anyone can donate to the ‘Class of 1976 Memorial Scholarship’ fund at anytime by sending a check to the reunion committee (Ruth Walentik-Johnston, 347 Wabash Avenue, Orrville, OH 44667). Donors are asked to signify on the check memo that the monies are designated to the scholarship fund. Make checks & money orders payable to OHS Class of 1976.

The OHS Class of ’76 Memorial Scholarship Fund is in memory of Daniel Rehm, Steve Rogers, Joe Derflinger, Greg Begert, Mike Weiss & Richard Wright.

Daniel Rehm

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