Good news, sad news, red news, blue news. Let’s get to it. Jen Pope writes that in June Abby Smith Derrig, Tammy Smith Wilkerson, Alex Kean Strong, Amie Sicchitano Taylor, and Courtney Sullivan Homer met in Florida for Jen’s bachelorette party (personal aside: I think that two thirds of these people were in my freshman English class with Charlie Bassett). Jen’s fiancé, Bill, proposed to her on a glacier on Denali in Alaska, and they’re getting married in New Hampshire Oct. 5, where henceforth they plan to live free or die. Jen is based in Washington, D.C., doing international public health work and reports that Patty Benson Bechard just moved to Germany with her husband and two boys. Das macht mir brech specht schreiber! * Our friend Gretchen Rice King has been ably coping with the sudden loss of her husband two years ago. She’s raising her two kids with lots of help and support from family and friends and enjoying her golf league and the beach She was looking forward to some time off for good behavior when the kids went back to school in the fall. * And sad news: RIP to classmate Michael Vosburg-Casey, who passed away in July of colon cancer. He is survived by his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Elena, 3. I learned that Michael spent several years working for the San Mateo County Park System before moving to Atlanta as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. After his service in JVC, Michael dedicated his life to the pursuit of peace and justice and to helping the poor and the marginalized. My heart goes out to his wife and family, especially Elena, who lost her daddy way too early in her life. * Maylene Cummings Mitchell wrote on Aug. 20, “Lydia Mae Mitchell arrived at 8:22 a.m. in Brunswick, Maine. She’s 20 inches long and weighs 8 pounds, 12 ounces.” Maylene’s husband, Erik ’97, is reportedly a diaper-changing champion. * Whitney Glockner welcomed her second son, Jasper Parry Glockner Black, May 13 and enjoyed the summer spending time with the new baby. * In lighter news, Alex Chin and a bunch of other Mules were part of a fantasy football draft at Champions (Waterville? No, in the Marriot Copley). In attendance were Brett Nardini (who was arrested for eating too many wings), Brian Cronin (who had his 8-year-old son on speed dial to make picks), Ben Lester ’99, Glenn Forger ’97, Jamie Harris ’97, Doug Ellinger ’97, Todd Guilfoyle, Dennis Collum ’98, and Dave Stephens (who used to work with my brother at Gillette). Jason Jabar joined online (and I’m hoping that afterward he hit dollar drafts at the Waterville Champions). * As for me, Kevin Thurston ’98, Tom Beedy ’97, and I were three fourths of a hellacious foursome at the annual Gaudet Invitational in August. The rain did not deter us; in fact, we played 18 times more golf holes than Chad Higgins ’97. In August we sold our Portland home, and at press time we were contemplating a move to the Portland ’burbs. * Send more notes, bitte Sie verrückte Leute.