Al and Rosemary Blankenship Hubbard celebrate their 55th anniversary this year. They grieve the loss of their grandson, Michael, at 19. He was a wonderful young man who accompanied Al, Rosemary, and Rosemary’s roommate, Donna Cobb Lawrence, to our 50th reunion. * More than a year ago, Arlene Jenkins Graber’s husband, David, had a heart transplant at Beth Israel Hospital, a world-class heart center in Newark, N.J. The surgery and rehab went really well. They joyfully spent seven weeks last summer at their island on Three Mile Pond, Windsor, Maine. Their four sons and families visited for sun, fun, and bass fishing! Classmates “are always welcome if they enjoy rowing and canoeing to an island!” Just give Arlene a call at 781-344-850. “The adventure keeps us young!” * Bill Smith’s eldest son is already planning his retirement in 12 years. “Six grandchildren growing up at light speed. Leaf raking, volunteer responsibilities, and doctors dominate life. Designing jet engine components only a memory. Best wishes to all!” * For the fourth time, Connie Miller Manter has retired, “except for a few interesting projects and programs!” She had successful back surgery and looked forward to three months in Venice, Fla., with husband Walter. Connie says, “I’m in good shape for the shape I’m in!” * After a very long hiatus, Coral Crosman’s memories of Colby are still warm and compelling. Colby provided her with a great foundation for the decades ahead. After graduation, she worked for a newspaper in Schenectady, then taught there at a junior high and “segued into being a ski bum in Stowe, Vt., where she met her Texan husband, resulting in children and grandchildren.” She enjoys retirement and appreciates what she has, including her “comfortable sofa with a window looking out to an Adirondack ridge to the west and a great public library to the east—just reading my borrowed tales.” * David Hunt returned to Vietnam this winter for a most interesting trip, reliving in part the two years he served there (’69 and ’70) and drawing favorable impressions on what has happened since. Because his fascinating narrative is far too long for this column, he may resubmit it as a separate article in Colby Magazine. * Donna Cobb Lawrence took a trip to South Africa, which included a safari for six days and nights at a reserve called Zulu Nyala, a day trip to St. Lucia on the Indian Ocean, a visit to Victoria Falls, and four days in Cape Town. The animals were amazing as were the people, who were so friendly and welcoming. It’s a beautiful country despite its corrupt national government led by President Zuma. * Carol and Lawrie Barr have been running a private nursing home for her mother, who turned 106 recently. In January 2014 his PSA level spiked to 250 (normal is 1-4). He has become friends with cancer doctors at Dana Farber and with naturopathic doctors. His real estate career followed a teaching career after his stint as executive director of KDR National after Colby. He was disappointed that his 50th reunion visit was short-lived. Lawrie is class agent for his 1954 class at Brooks School and is chair of the Francestown Democratic Committee. * Tim Dakin writes, “I have nothing to report, but the subject of your email reminded me of something one of my eighth-grade instructors asked. Try to explain the following: ‘Time flies you cannot. They go by at such irregular intervals.’ The explanation is that you can’t time the flight of a fly. I suppose the fact that I can remember something like that explains a lot about me.” He sends his regards. * Since our last column, we’ve lost five dear classmates: Iza Mary Brown, Nathaniel Butler, Ralph Noel, Jeanne Anderson Pollock, and Diane Nelson Teubner. Their obituaries in the back in the magazine. We send our condolences to their families.