Dear classmates, it’s timely to reflect on the aftermath of Sandy. I’d like to share Dave Seel’s insights: “I live on the north shore of Long Island and rode out the storm at my mother’s house, which is away from the coast. We’re incredibly thankful that both our homes came out unscathed. The toughest part for us was dealing without power and heat, dropping temperatures, and a toddler. The support this area is receiving is incredible. Locally, we can’t express the gratefulness we feel for the Canadian, southern, and midwestern power companies that have worked day in and day out to return us to normalcy. I hear lots of stories of people stopping to bring them coffee and supplies simply out of appreciation. They actually followed a pregnant friend of mine home to work on her house, because they saw she was pregnant. People are here to help, and we can’t tell you how much it means to us. I encourage everyone to give to the Red Cross or other charity helping this area; every small donation counts. There are a lot of families on the South Shore that were much harder hit, without homes, food, and clothes. Although we live in a privileged country, losing your home and life is devastating.” * Brett Lurman married Jenni Spiritis in early September. They had a great Colby turnout, including Tim Persinko, Fremont Latimer, Tim Cousins, Jean Preti, Carl Balit, Andrew Seidler, Martin Schnermann, Mike Ames, Jake ’03 and Hi’i Dye Hobart ’03, Kara Watson ’03, Rob Morse ’03, and Erik Bowie ’00. * Andrew Townsend’s wife, Maggie, gave birth to Graham Steven Townsend, a happy and healthy baby boy, Oct. 13. * Peter Morelli is moving from Boston to Denver in March and looks forward to skiing, biking, and catching up with Colby friends in the area. * Bliss Woolmington Bernal writes that they are still in Manchester Village, Vt., where they moved last January. In September they had a second son, Clive Martin Bernal. Bliss, husband Patrick, and kids are enjoying all the outdoor activities Vermont has to offer. Sara Saltzman, who lives in Boston, visits frequently. Sara had a baby named Ben earlier this year. * Matt and Loryn Traversi-Irwin had their second son, Jax James Irwin, in October. They’re still living in Plymouth, Mass. * JJ ’01 and Piper Elliott Abodeely are making a permanent and exciting move from Seattle to sunny Sonoma, Calif. * I, Sally Hall Bell, had the pleasure of attending Ali Culpen’s marriage to Paul Schwabe at the Denver Art Museum last September. Ali did her Colby alums proud by standing up with the band and singing an impeccable impromptu rendition of “Love Shack.” Many alums were in attendance: Whitney Alford Mallozzi, Ashley Landbloom, Emily Bridwell, Shannon Murphy, and Molly Van Campen.