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By Jan Tucker 

Warrior Weekend to include reunions

 

Submitted photo

THIS PICTURE, taken June 6, 2002, shows the closed White Pine School doors just after the last student left and the school was closed for good.

WHITE PINE - The red and white sweaters, cheerleading outfits and basketball uniforms will come out of mothballs this weekend for the annual White Pine Warrior Weekend.

Warrior Weekend is always the last full weekend in July and although it started small, it has snowballed since the last all-school reunion. It is a time that classes have their reunions and special dedications to former classmates.

The White Pine School closed at the end of the school year in 2002, but the Warrior spirit which was so evident during its operation remains today.

This year, the class of 1964, the first class to go all four years in the high school, will hold a reunion, as will the class of 1974.

One of the highlights of Warrior Weekend is the Chris Marchand Memory Walk. Marchand was a Warrior athlete and sports editor of a Midland newspaper.

He died of ALS several years ago.

At the time of his death, his parents, Bob and Kathy Marchand, received a tree to plant in their son's honor. It was eventually planted on the White Pine School grounds in memory of Chris. Since then, other trees have been planted near the track as a tribute to other deceased White Pine students and teachers.

On Saturday, the community will celebrate the ChrisWarrior 5K walk-run at 10 a.m.

The $10 donation at registration from 8 to 9 a.m. will be used to maintain Warrior Walk and anything needed by the community.

Music, visiting and memories are on the agenda at White Pine this weekend as the Warrior red and white are remembered.