Greetings, classmates! My plea for fabulous vacation news was answered in spades. I am pleased to say I connected with many Colby friends this summer, starting at the wonderful reunion in June. I encourage all of you to go to the Class of ’78 Facebook page to see photos of about a dozen of us owning the dance floor into the wee hours. * Outgoing class president Jim Cook and his wife, Sue Conant Cook ’75, toured the French wine country this summer, but Jim says the French he learned at Colby was sadly rusty. When he returned, he connected in Marshfield, Mass., with Laura Hyer and Eddie Smith, who was visiting from Denver. Laura was sorry to have missed the official reunion in June but was happy to connect with Jim and Eddie. “We had an absolutely wonderful time catching up, laughing, hanging out on the beach, and taking a swim in the cold Atlantic,” she said. Jim planned to participate in the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing’s Dempsey Challenge ride, Oct. 12-13 in Lewiston. Noting that we have lost several classmates to cancer, Jim hoped others would join him and Mary Rolerson Hebert, John Geismar, Mike Slavin, and Ian Ogilvie for the fundraising ride. “It would be cool to have a big ’78 group to ride in memory of our classmates and raise money,” Jim said. * Speaking of Ian Ogilvie, his summer biking adventures started when he connected with Fritz Martin at our 35th reunion in June. Ian and Fritz rode some of the Central Maine NEMBA trails through Colby and around Waterville. Fritz was having so much fun he bought a new (to him) bike before heading back to Vermont. Since then Ian has been four times to the Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vt., where more than 100 miles of single track weave through the town, offering what Ian describes as an amazing experience. Ian also took part in the Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge and rode 100 kilometers in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Ian recently visited with Bill Middleton at his place on Diamond Cove just off Portland, Maine. Bill and his wife, Gloria, are between moving from Almaty, Kazakhstan, to New Delhi for a warm-weather experience. * Greg Jordan lives in Carlsbad, Calif., and his family took an Alaskan cruise this summer. During the trip they visited the Tracy Arm Fjord and picked up a book about it, which happened to be written by Nick Jans ’77. * Steve Jacobs pronounced his summer “superb” as he took his daughter Emily camping in Wyoming and Montana for two weeks. Steve summited two 10,000+ footers on that trip and reported that he also achieved personal records in 5K, 10K, and half marathons over the summer. He also doffed a hat to the Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale produced by Doug Maffucci’s Atlantic Brewing Company—Steve tried the ale during a camping trip to Mount Desert Island. * In August I had a great weekend with Anne Marie Hobson Pesarik at her family’s beach accommodations in Rye, N.H. Anne Marie and I reminisced about our senior-year adventures with the late Steve Sparkes, and she entertained my daughter with stories about how I was always losing my shoes back in 1978. Thanks a lot, Hobson. After that I spent a great weekend in Gloucester, Mass., with a crew that included Lindy Williams ’79, Bill Muller ’79, Howie Ingraham ’79, Jim Coull ’80, John Longley ’80, Jack McBride ’80, and Kevin ’80 and Robin Gathany Shea ’80. I missed seeing Kristin White and Jim Shaw ’79, but maybe next year. * Thanks to everyone who has been so accommodating, and I hope you’ll all keep the news coming. And join that class Facebook page!