Chester senior citizens dance the night away

Chester. The glamorous party-goers picked a king and queen, noshed on hors d'oeuvres, and had glorious fun in good company at their very own senior prom.

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  • The King and Queen, Carmen and Joe Verbert (Photo provided)

  • Bobby Rodriguez, Alba Gregorwich, Lynn Berenberg, Elliette Rochet, Linda Rutzky, Barbara Coughlin and Leah Clifford (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Town of Chester Police Officer Robert Bird, town employee Sharon Conklin, and Supervisor Robert Valentine bust a move on the dance floor (Photo provided)

  • Orlando Perez, Robert Valentine, and Walter Popailo (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Gary and Cindy Smith, polka masters (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Ralph and Eliette Rochet celebrated 55 years on the dance floor (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Eha Magri, Portia Thomas, and Hilda D’Agostino (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Sandi Kotkin and Shelly Heitman (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Pat and Bob Marr, with Allan Cohen acting goofy behind them (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Estelle and Allen Cohen (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Susan and Bruce Green (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Kristin Palmer, Cindy Smith, and Michele Deshler (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Lori Streichert and Bob Marr (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Sophie Halstead and Carol Mielke (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Joe and Carmen Verbert, Helen Gorczynski, Doris Donnelly, Kathleen O’Grady, and Marge Firehook (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

By Frances Ruth Harris

The first annual prom for Chester's senior citizens turned out to be a stellar event.

The excitement began when Susan and Richard Logothetis of Lycian Lighting delivered and installed a mirror ball with lights, complete with prom king and queen thrones.

Greeting everyone at the door were Robert Valentine, town supervisor; Orlando Perez, councilman; and Walt Popailo, director of the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, who also provided valet parking for every prom-goer.

Gary and Cindy Smith tore it up on the dance floor to music provided by DJ Patrick with Party Time Productions. Many followed their lead. Town of Chester Police Officer Robert Bird, town employee Sharon Conklin and Supervisor Valentine also showed off their moves.

They were fortified by non-stop hors-d'oeuvres, many provided by Orange-Ulster BOCES's culinary students.

Crowned at 8:30 p.m. were the prom queen, Carmen Verbert, and king, Joe Verbert.

Michele Deshler, Sharon Van Deusen, Conklin Linda, Nicole Griffin, Kristin Palmer, Linda Archacki-Gifford, and Lori Streichert formed the busy coalition that made the first annual Chester senior prom a night to remember.

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