Spring? It’s spring already? What happened to winter? We in the Northeast experienced the warmest and un-snowiest winter on record! You know how much I love the cold and the snow; I’ve been pretty grumpy all winter. I hope the rest of you had a peaceful and calm winter season. * Writing that retirement is great, Eric Joerg says he doesn’t miss a thing about his 37 years at Covidien (formerly Kendall Company). It all seems like a blur to him now. He, wife Kathie, and two cats are now enjoying life in Augusta, Ga. * From high in the sky, Rich Abramson writes he will retire as superintendent of schools in Maine’s Arundel, Wells-Ogunquit, and Maranacook schools after 17 years on the job. He’ll continue his education consultation work in the next chapter of his life. He and his wife, Paula, recently returned from a “wonder cruise” in the Aegean Sea, with stops in the Greek isles and Istanbul. (I loved Istanbul, too!) They will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a cruise along the Dalmatian coast ending with a week in Tuscany. Rich will continue his health and wellness work by serving on the nonprofit side of Dannon Corporation’s schools advisory committee. * Bill Hladky discovered the surprising joy of skiing! His son is enduring the uphill climb of tough courses with no whining or complaints or cries of desperation. * The son of another classmate, Nancy Neckes Dumart, made dean’s list in his sophomore year in college, and his parents are proud. * Martha Smith Mickles was knee deep in printing, mounting, and framing a show of photographs that hung at the Maine State Museum in Augusta in March. It was moving to the Portland Public Library in April. She enjoys hearing from Jim Hawkins, Field Reichardt, and Debbie Wentworth Lansing through Facebook. * One of three owners of a “ginormous Biergarten,” Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, N.J., Joel Goldfarb says that if anyone takes the ferry across the Hudson, and if he’s there, you will get, on him, a free liter of the best European draft! * Jerome Layman went to Calif. and had a great visit with Larie Trippet on a boat ride in the delta north of San Francisco. * Alaska is where the snow is this year, and Mike Round writes from there about his two intrepid children. His daughter biked more than 5,000 miles from Oregon to Florida taking two months-plus. His son spent the winter touring Europe with a backpack. Mike is waiting for retirement to get his traveling in. Meanwhile, the salmon fishing season is about to begin. * Nancy Gottlund Ghertner and other 9 Lawrence St. (Waterville) alums connected in Bluff, Utah, for an amazing long weekend in Sept. 2011. She has just released a documentary film she has directed, filmed, and edited over 10 years. After I Pick the Fruit documents the lives of five migrant women who live and work in upstate New York: www.afteripickthefruit.com. * Fred Copithorn and his wife bought a house in Harrisonburg, Va., having given up rural life. After lots of work to renovate it, he will enjoy a much shorter commute to campus. * As for me, I recently returned from another of those “once in a lifetime” experiences I am so fortunate to have. I spent a magical, magnificent weekend in St. Augustine, Fla., with Faith Tiberio Dougherty and her parents. Her parents invited me to attend this very fancy ball at the Lightner Museum in honor of Don Pedro Menendez, who founded St. Augustine. I felt like I was in the movie The Great Gatsby and am richer for having met so many wonderful people. The ball was only one of several very formal and magnificent events, the memories of which will last me a lifetime.