Summer went by too quickly for me, but I did get in two trips to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. One was a day visit to Madison/Silver Lake with lobster meat in hand to share with a friend I’ve known since I was 7 years old. The other trip was in answer to an invitation to a graveside service in Littleton, N.H., just above Franconia Notch, for my junior college roommate. This was actually a long weekend that I shared with her husband and two of her children I had never met. It was a memorable time for me. * Marty Bruehl sent a short note saying, “Still aging, but not gracefully anymore,” so I sent him an e-mail requesting some kind of explanation. He said his health is deteriorating, and he feels the loss of friends and loved ones. “There is a downside to outliving your peers.” * Harold Cross wrote that he and Alice moved to a continual care retirement community called the Seabrook on Hilton Head Island. Harold still works as a physician one and a half days a week. They enjoy a full program of exercise and physical fitness; Alice is even taking a dance class. He says the food is good and they are near family. * Electra Paskalides Coumou and Karl are still enjoying their condo, and they are near their two daughters and families. Their last trip (October 2013) was a cruise around the Mediterranean from Barcelona to Rome. They were with old friends they hadn’t seen for a long time, so that made it a great get-together. Barcelona was her favorite stop for its great food and wine. When she wrote, Electra was getting over knee replacement. She was planning to meet up with Carolyn English Caci in mid-August and hoping to visit the Colby museum in the same trip. * Virginia Falkenbury Aronson’s family included her in a trip to Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague. There were eight in all, plus her son’s two dogs. She enjoyed all that the area offers, such as the cathedrals, concerts, gardens, and museums. * Nan Murray Lasbury provided two somber pieces of news. The first was a handwritten note with an obituary attached for Ross Holt, who died July 1. He was a beloved principal of Camden-Rockport (Maine) High School. His hallmarks were his patience and kindness, his good cheer, his school spirit, and his ability to get along with anyone. The second piece of sad news was about Penny Pendleton Schultz, who passed Aug. 11, 2014.