Pinnacles from last year are a theme for this column. I prefaced this request with one of my highlights: a stop at Colby this summer with my 12-year-old grandson, Max. Catching fish in Johnson Pond was such fun, followed by our annual stay in Cherryfield at Norm and Pat Flanagan Olsen’s wonderful guesthouse. * Debbie Mael Mandino, Jackie Nienaber Appeldorn, Lisa Kehler Bubar, and I drove to Colby in July and placed two books in the alumni library in memory of our cherished forever friend Chris Mattern Way. * Rick Zaccaro’s pinnacles include completing 48 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire. He and wife Bonnie Washuk also took a trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Las Vegas. * Anne Huff Jordan’s pinnacle was her mother living long enough to learn of the birth of grandson William this year. She and husband Dan travel to Utah regularly to visit her daughter and family, including William and granddaughter Jordan, 3. Anne’s son, Alexander, is a doctoral-level psychologist who has a private practice in the Boston area and teaches in a number of programs. * Francesca Gates Demgen experienced her pinnacle last summer taking her 8-year-old grandson on a two-week trip to South Africa, which included Johannesburg, a photo safari in KwaZulu-Natal, and a wonderful time in Cape Town. * Ida Dionne Burroughs’s first grandchild, Aristides Robert Burroughs, was born this summer. Other highlights include opportunities to gather and enjoy her grandson as well family members who gathered for Thanksgiving from all over the country. After the election, Ida’s mood was lightened by her visit with Dick and Anne Badmington Cass as well as Jeri Theriault and her husband. * Dean Eaton had a number of memorable events last year. He closed his business and took his first summer off. The warmth continues for Dean and his wife as he has taken a winter job in Florida. Dean participated in a fundraiser that raised $50,000 in one night with a group called Dancing with Studs. Dean describes them as eight guys from 50 to 83 dancing their hearts out on stage—one was a former member of the Colby Eight, Ed Tommy ’59. Dean, I’ll give your name to Lisa Kehler Bubar as she’s always looking for Colby Fund volunteers. * Alex Wilson traveled to Ireland in September with friends and, by the sound of their experiences in Galway and Dublin watching the All-Ireland Gaelic Football Championship, this was a pinnacle of his year. Alex also enjoyed a gathering at Jennifer and Duncan Leith’s summer home in York, Maine, in mid-August with Lloyd Benson, Joe Mattos, Liz and Phil Ricci, Ron ’71 and Linda Howard Lupton ’72, Brian Cone, and Patti (Kelly ’75) and Bob Landsvik. * Congratulations to poet Gary Lawless, who won the 2017 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize from the Maine Humanities Council for contributions he’s made to the state of Maine. I encourage you to read the full article online here. * Lisa Kehler Bubar, Norm Olsen, and I attended a volunteer appreciation weekend at Colby last fall and learned about many exciting new initiatives. In addition to a tour of Waterville and the new buildings the College is renovating, we learned about Colby’s efforts in sustainability, plans for the new athletic facility, the new career center, and a number of new volunteer opportunities for alumni. We’re excited by the ways Colby is moving forward and want to find ways to actively involve our amazing class. Stay tuned for more news and please consider becoming involved in planning for our next reunion.