When the blast went out to you this last time requesting news, another blast was hitting New England and nearby areas: the blizzard of 2013! We had not seen this kind of blizzard in many years. Once again, thousands of people were without power for days on end. It was another monumental storm, and I hope (again) that those of you affected have resumed your normal lives. It was shortly after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 that I wrote my last column; it seems we’re facing more and more of these storms. * Nancy Gottlund Ghertner directs and produces documentary films, her most recent of which, After I Pick the Fruit, was scheduled for screening in Waterville, Maine, in February. She and her husband, Lory Ghertner, were planning to attend. Other screenings are scheduled in the upcoming months, including one at Dartmouth organized by Steven and Marilyn McDougal Meyerhans ’72 and Bill and Pamela Cunningham Jaspersohn. * Claudia Caruso Rouhana was chosen as this year’s Citizen of the Year by the Port Washington (N.Y.) Community Chest, citing her many years of community service and volunteerism. Claudia just returned from a three-week trip to New Zealand. * I had a nice long chat with Dick Lewin. He and Margot are doing fine in Hanover, N.H. * In April Dave Williams will be the “token” U.S. player on a hockey team from British Columbia. He and Linda are traveling with the team to St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden. The team will play games, and he and Linda will tour. * Bill Hladky continues to be proud of his son, and he hopes to find grace on the black-diamond ski trails. * Debbie Wentworth Lansing finished the Maine section of the Appalachian Trail, but not without a challenge. She had to crawl a half a mile with a broken ankle in order to get cell phone service to call for help, then had to fly back to Florida for surgery and rehab. On the mend now, Debbie is excited to be building a new house next to a nature preserve in Bradenton, Fla. * A first time contributor, Joe Greenman writes that while he continues to be the chairperson of the trust and estate department at his law firm, he retired as a village justice after 34 years. He bumps into Colby grads on his travels to and from Syracuse, N.Y. * Rob Wilson reported that he was digging out from snow in western Massachusetts. * Jon Stone had a great week in Wellesley, Mass., taking care of his grandchildren, except for the emergency appendectomy he had to have. * Pinky (Maurer) ’72 and John Slagle relocated to Sugarloaf, leaving their Scarborough home after 20 years. John continues to work for Kleinschmidt, a consulting firm specializing in the hydroelectric industry. He still aspires to become Gary Fitts ’73, and the gap is narrowing. * After 17 years as a school superintendent in Maine, Rich Abramson now keeps busy with three part-time jobs: educational consultant to the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine; director of education for Phoenix Academies of N.E. (substance abuse programs for adolescents); and director of member relationships for District Administration Leadership Institute (working with superintendents across the country on leadership development). In addition, Rich and his wife happily keep busy with new twin granddaughters. * In spite of advancing years and aging joints, Leslie Anderson, Pat Trow Parent, Jan Blatchford Gordon, Debbie Messer Zlatin, Karen Hoerner Neel, and Mary Jukes Howard still get together regularly to laugh and play. * It is with sadness that I write about losing our longtime friend and classmate Judy White Brennan this year. I send heartfelt thoughts to her family and close friends. * As the days lengthen, I am ever mindful of the wonders of nature.