Well, classmates, the election is over, the holidays have come and gone, and here we are in 2013. I think most of you have been so busy with all these occasions that we don’t have a lot of news this time around. However, I am always grateful to those who do keep in touch! * Dick Chamberlin writes, “Like so many folk who were not directly in the path of Sandy, we were concerned about where the storm would go after it hit NJ/NY, since in last year’s storm, Irene, we sustained severe damage here in North Belgrade, Maine. Once we realized we had been spared Sandy’s wrath, save some heavy rain, we worried about three families who are our neighbors here in the summer, but who live in different parts of New Jersey. We were relieved to hear from two of them who did not have any damage but who lost power for a short time. The other family had a lot of downed trees and lost power into November. Now we have looked at the latest storm to follow Sandy with a different perspective regarding the snow. Both Sugarloaf and Sunday River began making snow before Mother Nature provided her own natural cover and both mountains are open for skiing in late November—one of earliest dates ever.” * Don Hailer wrote to say, “Sheila and I survived the STORMS very well. A little flickering here and there and a few branches around the lawn, but that’s all. We have a son in Teaneck, N.J., and he was out of power until Friday and the gasoline situation was pretty tough. His office was out of power so he couldn’t even go to work. Our daughter lives just west of Newburgh, N.Y., and she was out and her son’s school was closed until Friday and they both got snow!” In late November Don had lunch with Herb Nagle, Carl Leaf, and George Lebherz. They all live in the Cape Cod area and get together occasionally. See a photo of them at alumni.colby.edu under the “Stay Connected” tab. * Russ Wallace tells us, “My sister in Southern Maine (Ogunquit) wasn’t affected by the storm Athena. We have had a nice fall in our area, which was great for the first phase of America Cup sailing/racing. Our last time away was in August when we took a fun cruise from Rome, a little bit of Sicily, around the boot of Italy, and up the Dalmatian Coast. Happily, the war damage was pretty well cleaned up in the areas we saw. However, we didn’t get far enough south to see areas where my son served down around Sarajevo. We jumped over to Venice for a wonderful trip finale. Had good weather, good food, drinks at Harry’s Bar, a leisurely tour of sites (e.g. the Doge’s Palace), and a fast boat trip to the airport and then home to San Francisco.” * That does it this time around. Hope you had a healthy and happy holiday season and a great start to 2013.