I heard again from Norma Rivero de Biermeyer. She and her husband were going to Germany for a vacation this summer. Norma reports the political situation in Venezuela has continued to deteriorate. The crime rate, including murders, kidnappings, and other crimes, is the highest in the world. Policemen who no longer work on the force now lead kidnapping gangs. She seldom goes out at night, and every cultural event they can go to is a great blessing. * Bob and I caught up with Barb Skeats MacLeod in March when we attended the annual Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland. Barb gave us a tour of the Portland harbor area, and we drove up to Freeport to see the expanded L.L.Bean complex. It certainly has grown since we were in college! Their son, Chris, is also a boat builder in his spare time, and we got to see his latest boat under construction. Finally, we took Barb to dinner at the Saltwater Grille in South Portland and exchanged family news. * By the time you get this, I hope that everyone had a great summer and will send me more for the next magazine.