Greetings everyone. Bill Lyons officially retired from the University of Nebraska in May and in June moved to Castine. * For Steve Fisher “2015 was quite the year-—new house, new wife, new life!” Steve married Cynde (Reilly) on Labor Day, with Mickey Jako and John Kearns on hand, then honeymooned in Sedona. Steve says he can’t retire now as he finally learned enough from his patient/clients to become a reasonably decent psychologist. 2016 will also be memorable with Cynde’s three daughters, all expecting. “Greetings and bon santé to all.” * Eddie Woodin, a generous contributor to environmental and philanthropic initiatives, was honored as a finalist for the 2016 Maine Family Business Awards. * Don Clark, who spent much of his career in West Africa, wrote from Senegal. “I keep meaning to retire completely from USAID, and then get an interesting request to fill in somewhere, so off I go for a couple months at a time.” Last year he spent four months in Niger and was waiting to hear about spending a couple months in Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta) where he served in the Peace Corps. USAID historically designed/managed development programs but now, with security the biggest variable, current efforts will likely involve developing increased livelihood opportunities in agriculture and animal husbandry and seek to reinforce the voices of moderation to mitigate against the appeal by violent extremist groups, such as Boku Haram, to uneducated, unemployed, and frustrated youths. * Gary Austin and his wife, Judy, spent significant time on the road. They skied in NH in January, spent part of February and March in Machu Picchu, cruised around South America, and in April attended son Aaron’s retirement ceremony from the Navy in Seoul, his last duty station. This was followed by a few days in Shanghai to decompress. In July they were off to Ireland and England with lots of golf on the menu! * Judy Lee Moeckel remains very involved in singing sacred choral music with the New England Chamber Choir. At the choir’s Christmas and Easter concerts, she saw Fred Richter ’66 and his wife, Beth Rosenberg. “The pool of lovers of classical choral music is small, but fervent!” Judy received the Catherine Rees Volunteer Excellence Award from St. Luke’s Community Services in Middletown, Conn., an organization providing services to older people in Middlesex County, and received her 1,000-hour pin from Middlesex Community Hospital, where she is a volunteer chaplain. * Ines Ruelius Altemose also had some travel adventures. She attended the Cuba International Jazz Festival in December and The Best of India with Road Scholar in February, experiencing two different cultures with many wonderful experiences. In India she went to a dance retreat in Auroville and unfortunately suffered a serious injury, falling off a scooter into a metal gate. She suffered what her surgeon described as a “massive” rotator cuff tear and is now working with a physical therapist to recover her range of motion and strength in her right arm. She says, “as the old saying goes-—nothing ventured, nothing gained. But, what a price to pay!” * Mike Foose retired after 42 years at the U.S. Geological Survey, where he coordinated USGS activities in Africa and the Middle East and recently returned from fieldwork in remote parts of southwestern Algeria, near the Mauritania border. Retirement may not quite be the right term, as the USGS hopes that he’ll continue working with them on international activities. In addition to having more time to explore other interests, Mike is looking forward to the wedding of his daughter, Tara, this fall. * Ann Montgomery retired a year ago after 30 years at a Boston nonprofit that specializes in prisoner reintegration services. Her daughter has been working at her former agency for nine years, and her son is about to become a father. Annie enjoys her new little rescue dog, relaxing, walking, and traveling.