Home Page for Alumni Weekend and Heritage Day
July 14-16, 2017
(updated July 7, 2017)
Downloadable Registration Forms - Due with payment now:
Dinner Reservation Form
5K Run/Walk Reservation Form - CANCELLED
Kayaking on the Allegheny Reservation Form
Hike to the Bear's Cave and Breakfast - CANCELLED
The Alumni Committee has had to make the call on cancelling two of our
special events due to low registration. We are still holding the kayaking
event with Preston Van Curen! We are offering alumni who signed up for
the run or hike to switch to the kayaking if they so choose or their money
will be refunded.
This year, we will be gathering at the Event Center at Good Times of Olean
on Friday, July 14, 2017. If you have not experienced Good Times yet, you
will find it has a lot of activities in a very large complex. They have
bowling alleys, arcade games, mini-golf, volleyball pits, the Hammerback
Bar and Grill, The Point Restaurant for fine dining, and the Snak Shak for
quick, casual meals.
Our dinner will be held in their private banquet room which has been
updated with nice carpeting, new wall decor, audio/visual capability, and a
portable cash bar. The evening begins at 6pm with a social hour and
dinner at 7pm. Our program features our scholarship recipient and the
Portville Hall of Fame inductees for this year. After the banquet, hang out
there or head to the Portville American Legion Street Dance in Portville.
Fun Alumni Activities Last Year
Our favorite day in the summer is always Heritage Day in Downtown
Portville! It is the place to be all day Saturday when tents and vendors
are set up all around Pioneer Park. Bob and Holly Fischer's Antique Car
Show is a main feature as well as children's games, a petting zoo, chicken
BBQ at the Fire Hall, more food and many crafts.
Our Alumni Committee set up a large tent for the first time, providing
shade and places to sit for anyone needing a rest. We designed an alumni
t-shirt and had a tie-dye station for anyone desiring a more funky look.
We got to see many of our classmates and their families while everyone
took in the booths and food available. We had a few sprinkles of rain but
it served us well, cooling off the hot July temp.
Alumni Get Physical
We held our first 5K Fun Run/Walk in 2016 and the event was well
received by a dozen and a half enthusiastic early morning runners and
walkers. Participants stopped at dice run stations along our route that
was marked with photographs and descriptions of historic landmarks of
The die-hards never broke their stride for the entire route and others had a
more casual jaunt and enjoyed the sites. The best dice roll was awarded
prizes at the finish line. An easy pre-registration form is required so we
can be prepared for the crowd. We all had a great time!
Extreme Sportsman Preston Van Curen led the Alumni Kayakers down the
Allegheny River. They got everyone equipped and started off at about
10:30am at Mill Grove, arriving at Linn Landing by the Steam Valley Bridge
shortly before noon. Despite some concerns about low river level
conditions, everyone enjoyed the event and will be back for this year's
regatta. Bring your own kayak and paddle or borrow one from us.
Sunday Adventure in 2016
On Sunday, a group of us had a fun trek up to the Bear's Cave on the "New
War Path" and when we reached the top, a hot breakfast was waiting for
us. For us older alumni, the hill behind the school has changed a lot in the
last 40 years! The brush is so overgrown you can no longer see down to
the village. Our surprise guest was Mr. Denny Dorman, beloved gym
teacher for so many of us. We had a small vehicle to transport the
supplies and anyone unable to hike up the path. No one left behind! The
woods were cool and the memories came flooding back from our youthful
days of gym and track practice!
The school opened their Pierson Ropes Course on Sunday afternoon with
free access to the pubic. Many thanks to the teachers who assisted - they
are specially qualified to be guides on the course. No matter how many of
these types of challenges you have already done, it is always an
exhilarating experience. Frair's Forest is a fun place to play and the
course, named after Bernice Pierson, is a great addition to Portville school.
For more information on 2017 events, go to our Calendar of Events page.
You will also find the reservation form for the Banquet and registration
forms for our special events (5K, Kayaking, and Hike) formatted in
printable PDF files.
Portville Alumni T-Shirts
We are making some changes to our alumni store this year. We have
decided to sell our own t-shirts. Go to our store page for more information.
Like Us on Facebook
Our Portville Alumni Facebook group has proven to be a facebook
favorite. Teresa Piccirillo keeps it current and interesting. Posts include
happenings around Portville, at the school and in the community, with
some really fantastic pictures, both old and recent. If you are not a
member yet you really need to join the over 1,000 Portville alumni that get
their local news here.
To join, click on the blue Facebook icon below and it will take you to the
group page. It is a public group but you must ask to join. We are sure
that you will see something on there that you will "like"!
Help us Keep Accurate Records
This year our honor classes are the ones that end in 7 like 1967 for the
50-year class or in 2 like 1982 for the 35-year class. Some of our alumni
members attend each year regardless of their year and we welcome all
members at every banquet.
Thank you to all of the alumni who have taken the time to send us an
address update. Keeping track of everyone that went to Portville's Schools
is a huge job and requires two committee people plus each Class
This process is never finished due to the large number of records in our
database. If you have not attended the banquet in a few years, we
possibly do not have your most recent address or current email. It just
takes a minute to send us an update. Contact us directly at our link
The Portville Central School Alumni facebook group is for alumni - about
alumni - so we encourage posts about classes and classmates. (Please do
not use our group for your business marketing purposes.)
Bookmark Our Site on Your Browser
We hope you have found our site helpful when deciding on your Alumni
Weekend Plans. Be sure to bookmark portvillealumni.com so that you can
find us right on your toolbar next time you are thinking about "the good
See you all this summer!
Portville Alumni Association