Mary “Muff” Symonds Leavitt sent a copy of a poster displayed in Salzburg advertising an Alex Katz exhibition from the Colby Museum of Art. Muff was pleased that Colby was sharing part of this wonderful collection with the people of Austria. * Bruce Brown opened an art gallery in Portland and was recognized in the July edition of Maine magazine as one of “50 people who have made a difference in Maine” (along with the Lunders). Congrats, Bruce! Bruce also enjoys traveling: He spent three weeks in Turkey in May and is planning on Vienna and Budapest in November. * Graham Barkham, with tongue in cheek, says he leads an especially boring life, but he did buy a new car. * Richard Mittleman finds it hard to believe it was 55 years ago that we started our college career on Mayflower Hill. Richard still practices business law and goes to his office at least three days a week. A mobile phone and iPad have made a significant impact on how he communicates with clients—face-to-face meetings are becoming a thing of the past. He enjoys golf and rides his bicycle eight to 12 miles several times a week. Winters are spent in Ft. Lauderdale. * Brenda Phillipps Gibbons spent her summer visiting and/or hosting family. Granddaughter Lily attended sailing school nearby, and granddaughter Devon is off to Syracuse. The Gibbonses were en route to Pennsylvania to celebrate Mother Gibbons’s 98th birthday. Brenda hopes to make it back for our 55th. * Richard Simkins enjoys a busy retirement managing the Grog restaurant in Newburyport, Mass. After 44 years he’s turned the reins over to his daughter and son-in-law. Rich opened a new store next to the Grog, Traders’, that features rocks, fossils, minerals, Southwest and Native American folk art, and jewelry. Winters are now spent in Tucson. Sonny Bryant and his wife and Mary and Peter Duggan stopped by for a visit. * Brenda Lewison and Bill Blunden celebrated their 20th anniversary and great happiness by spending three weeks in Florence, Italy. Brenda is retired from her editorial work, but Bill still works as the architect for the Cleveland Clinic. Their combined seven grandchildren are a great joy, and both Brenda and Bill are in excellent health. * Peter and Brenda Wrobleski Gottschalk spent Labor Day weekend taking a train ride in the underground salt museum in Hutchinson, Kan., and, of course, enjoying KC BBQ. They planned to hike Big Sur and Yosemite in October. * Sandra Keef Hunter spent June in Nashville, where she learned the costume of the day is cowboy boots and very short skirts; July in Maine, where she hired a guide and finally saw a spruce grouse; and August in Monterey, where she saw California condors and blue whales. * Pete Thompson responded for the first time. Wish I could reproduce his response in its totality—he is so funny. His biggest achievement was laying off partying long enough to earn his law degree; he’s spent the past 48 years practicing law in Lewiston. His ex-wife, Noemi Sanchez, died about a year ago. Pete and Noemi had a daughter, Ilse, and a grandson, Arlo, who live in Portland, Ore. Pete reports: “I’m joyfully single; live on a lake in the woods; work out at the * every morning and get to the office by seven; arrive at the watering hole with friends at five; pound ’em ’til eight; then come home and ply my passion for cooking great-tasting but awful-for-you food.” He has contact with Hope Hutchins Benton, Bruce Marshall, and Jimmy Johnson. * As for yours truly, Pat Farnham Russell, I spent my summer at our cottage on the lake near Millinocket with loads of family and friends in and out. This was my 46th summer in this beautiful spot. In September I took a wonderful river cruise/tour of Russia. Next on the agenda: a month in Germany, Prague, and Spain, where my daughter is conducting Wake Forest’s abroad program in Salamanca. Except for Prague, this will be a visiting family/friends-paced trek. No cathedrals or churches!