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Classmates from 30 years ago reunite at General Amherst reunion

Updated: May 22

General Amherst Class of 94 reunion.

The Class of 1994 from General Amherst High School reunited last weekend next door to their former school.

The 30-year reunion was held in Toddy Jones Park last Saturday afternoon with live entertainment and food, with former students providing some of the entertainment. A “jam session” was included.

Organizational efforts were led by Jessica (Wilson) Watson, Maggie (Little) Young, Alex Storino and Kathy Shuel.

Watson said the reunion went well.

“We had about 65 people register,” said Watson. “Everyone had the opportunity to have some fun.”

Part of the festivities included a silent auction with proceeds from it to go towards the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. T-shirts and swag bags were distributed to those who turned out last Saturday afternoon.

“I think it’s important to give back in the community of the school we graduated from,” said Watson.

Watson said work on the reunion started about one year ago with registration of former classmates opening this past April.

“How do you miss this?” said Shuel. “It’s been 30 years.”

People came as far as Byron Bay, Australia to attend the event. Organizers added they also had people from Alberta, Nova Scotia, London and from around Windsor-Essex County that attended.

Storino said it is usually the responsibility of the prom king and hadn’t been in Amherstburg for 29 years. He returned from the Northwest Territories and started helping Watson with the reunion. Shuel and Young joined in and rallied the business community to support it, with many of the businesses having made an impact on General Amherst students over the years.

The location of Toddy Jones Park was selected due to its proximity behind the former high school. General Amherst High School closed in 2022 after 100 years of existence, with students and staff moving into North Star High School in September of that year.

“It’s been 30 years,” said Shuel. “You don’t realize how fast the time goes.”

Classmates from 30 years ago reunite at General Amherst reunion

By Ron Giofu

(Editor's Note: A spelling mistake was made in one of the names that appeared in the orginal version of this article and in the article that appears in the May 22, 2024 print edition. It has been corrected in this version.)

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