Hello classmates! As I type this “offering” at the end of November 2011, another year just flew by for me. These years seem to go faster as we live into our 80s. Martin Bruehl reminds us of this with the shortest news item I ever received. He said, and I quote: “Still alive at 81.” * Electra Paskalides Coumou left her home of 40 years in Acton, Mass., to move to a condo just two towns away in Hudson. She survived the “dumping” of all the years of household accumulation, then took a rewarding trip to Italy for three weeks. They rented a farmhouse with three other couples in the Tuscany mountain area. She said that the drive to it on rough dirt roads was terrifying, with mountain heights on one side and deep ravines on the other. However, the views from the farmhouse were spectacular and worth the rough trip. * Art Klein attended the wedding of Roger Huebsch’s grandson. Although Roger and his wife, Susan (Smith ’54), are no longer with us, their spirits were there. * Ginny Falkenbury Aronson wrote, as promised, about her 80th birthday in New York City. She said her kids roamed Ellis Island and Ground Zero while she chose to do a walking tour of the theater district, St. John the Devine, and Park Avenue. She dined on sushi, Chinese, Indian, Korean, and more. Being with her four kids was a real joy and especially meaningful for her 80th. * Phyllis Whitcomb Laurin took a trip to Cuba in the early fall, and reports that the country is still very poor under Castro but some free enterprise was being allowed. European tourists were present, to her surprise. * What would our news be without a note from John Lee? He went on a cruise to Alaska aboard Holland America. He had never been there, so enjoyed seeing glaciers and whales. I think I just missed John in Maine the first week of August. I dropped in at Colby on the second. John was actually in Belgrade and Smithfield, on North Pond. Being there reminded him of his four summers at a resort on East Pond, where he started as a dishwasher and ended as assistant manager in the resort lounge. John’s daughter, Wendy, is in Baghdad and his grandson, Christopher, an Army captain, is in Afghanistan. * Carolyn English Caci’s husband, John, passed away Dec. 1. There were no further details at the time I received the news, but we send our sympathy to Carolyn. * Thanks for news!