School for the blind plans anniversary bash

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Vancouver — The Washington State School for the Blind will mark its 125th year in style with a celebratory dinner banquet.

The event will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in the Kennedy Gymnasium at the Vancouver campus, one highlight of a weekend alumni reunion.

A prime rib meal prepared by WSSB’s own Bob Lonnee will be served. There will a mini-”Ten Grands” musical performance, as former students Brent Gjevre, Nick Baker and Mac Potts entertain guests using three grand pianos. Local vocal music teacher Darcy Schmitt will perform.

WSSB Superintendent Dean Stenehjem will lead campus tours.

Alumnus and retired Columbian journalist Dan Tolva has written a commemorative book, which will be on sale in Braille, large-print and audio formats.

Cost is $25 per guest and includes dinner, dessert, and entertainment.

An RSVP is requested by July 1. Contact Janet Kurz at 360-696-6321, ext. 120, or janet.kurz@wssb.wa.gov.

The school is at 2214 E. 13th St., just east of Hudson’s Bay High School.