BARRY’S BAY – The halls of Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) have seen many different people come through and then go on to do many different things with their lives. In preparation of the 50th year anniversary of MVDHS, the Gazette is honouring some of the school’s graduates over the years.
MVDHS is holding an open house and special reunion dinner (to be held at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre) on May 20. Tickets are still available at Afelskie Shoes in Killaloe, and in Barry’s Bay at PharmaSave and Talk O’ The Town.
Ralph Yeretch was a student at MVDHS from 1982 to 1986 when he graduated. Once graduating, Yeretch moved to Ottawa to work for the city. He was brought on as a Zamboni driver for the city. This is what he has been doing for the past 28 years. In 2000, Yeretch was offered a position to be a member of the ice crew for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.
With them, he drives the Zamboni and also does other work around the arena including stringing the hockey nets. Currently he is busy with the extended playoff run of Senators.
He remembers some of his memories of his time at MVDHS.
“I always had good times with my buddies and all of my friends there,” Yeretch said. “I remember being involved in sports and that. A lot of basketball and hockey. There was a lot good times.”
Yeretch added that he is happy that now with the power of things like social media, he is able to stay in touch with those people he grew up with.
“The good thing with Facebook is that you can still keep in contact with them through that,” Yeretch explained.