Hello and welcome to the year of our 20th reunion! Can you believe it’s just around the corner? * Annaliesa and Scott Alprin announce the birth of Jacob Eno Thomas Alprin, born Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C. The Alprins wanted their second child about two years after their first, and they accomplished that: sister Marlie turned 2 Sept. 15. They suspect joint birthday parties will not be tolerated by either child. * Nicole Farkas Mogul enjoys living in a house in DC that she and her husband gutted and renovated. She stays in touch with Scott Alprin. * Last August Eric Johnson and his wife welcomed their second son, Chase Hudson. Chase was born in NY as Eric is in the middle of a two-year assignment there for PIMCO. In October Eric hung out with Dave Dore during a quick trip to Luxembourg, where Dave and his wife, Anita, have lived for four years. * Dana Mackin Pilchik is in her final year working toward her doctorate in clinical psychology. She’s finishing her dissertation and applying for internships around the country (hoping for Boston). * Carol Chamberlain Hebert caught up with old friend Beth Baumer LeBlanc at a beautiful and peaceful log cabin on Rangeley Lake in Maine. Beth lives in Auburn, Maine, with her husband and boys Joey, 5, and Tommy, 3, and works for L.L.Bean. Carol, a high school math teacher, lives on Cape Cod with her husband, son Daniel, 14, and stepdaughter Mandy, 13. * Norm Stillman is a small-animal veterinarian and owns a three-doctor practice in Plymouth, Mass. He’s married to Diane (Osgood ’91) and they have two daughters, Emma, 12, and Hannah, 10. Norm was recently at Colby to introduce the kids to their parents’ alma mater. He hardly recognized the place. Of course he went to Big G’s for his favorite sandwich (the Myles Standwich). The location had changed, but the food was exactly as he remembered it. * Rachel Klein-Ash recently returned from Christy O’Rourke and Scott Habetz’s amazing wedding in Sausalito, Calif. Scott is originally from NC, but the happy couple resides in San Francisco. The morning of the wedding, Christy, leading enthusiastically, encouraged a group on a hike up into the Marin Headlands, where they had spectacular, expansive views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Other Colbians in attendance were: Katie Martin, Marah Silverberg Derzon, Lisa McMahon-Myhran, KK Smith, Jenny Alfond Seeman, and Katherine Rynearson Tagtmeier. * Katie Drowne is working on a project that may resonate with some of you. She’s in the process of writing a book about Richard Russo, who taught in the English Department while we were at Colby. He’s left Colby but has won the Pulitzer Prize and many other accolades. Though Katie didn’t know him well and never took a class with him, she has discovered that he’s a wonderful writer and finds it a pleasure to write about his work. Her book, Understanding Richard Russo, will be published in 2013 by the University of South Carolina Press. * Pete Hayden moved to the DC area a year ago after returning from his second tour in Iraq. The air conditioning in his rental house broke last summer so he, wife Melissa, and their four kids moved into Pete Carney’s house in Arlington for a week. The two Petes and their families have gotten together a few times, but not often enough. Pete Carney is a partner at White & Case, specializing in international antitrust litigation. He’s busier now that his hands are full with beautiful daughter Claire, born May 27. Over the summer, Pete Hayden saw Yong Kwon and his family when Yong was returning from a mission trip to Tanzania. Yong’s boys, Caleb, 12, and Christian, 10, are almost as tall as Yong, and daughter Evelyn, 5, is growing into a lovely young lady. Pete Hayden is still an Army JAG, working for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs as deputy legal counsel for cyber and intelligence operations. His family is content with life in northern Virginia. Soccer, orchestra, Boy Scouts, lacrosse, and school keep the kids largely out of trouble. * I have just one more column until I pass the reins to the next person. Anyone? Happy New Year! See you in Waterville.