I was looking forward to making up some delicious stories about the Class of 1986, but then I got all kinds of news from lots of classmates. Maybe next time. * I got a nice long note from Tim Kastrinelis. Tim and his wife, Kelly, celebrated their 28th anniversary early in 2016. They have two grown children, Tim and Kristina, now 24 and 22. Tim is a senior vice president at Liberty Mutual in Boston. Tim and Kelly live in Ipswich, where they do what a lot of us are doing—adjusting to, or getting ready for, the empty nest. He feels very lucky and blessed, and hopes that many of you feel the same. * Chris and Jessica Flood Leitz live in Melrose, Mass. She too is getting used to empty nest syndrome. Her oldest son, Keegan, graduated from WPI in 2013; second son Nils graduated from Knox College last June; youngest Duncan is a sophomore at Colorado State. Jessica suggests that she’s having lots of “fun” handling all of the government relations for the state’s K-12 agency. Last fall she and a group of friends—Terry Appleton, Amy Barnes Hurley, Lisa Foley Cooney, Robin Clisby Pelczar—got together for their annual birthday celebration. The only birthday girl missing was Laura Goepfert Stolp. * Mary Lou Kopas also wrote in, despite her busy schedule as chief of midwifery at Northwest Hospital in Seattle. After a brief stint as an empty nester while her sons were in college, her nest is newly active again with one college-graduate son who has moved home and her frail elderly mother-in-law. * Last July James Campbell became mayor of the City of Belvedere, Calif., (just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco). Although he is 3,200-odd miles from Waterville, he reports that Belvedere has a number of Colby grads as residents. * Last fall I met up with Meg Frymoyer Stebbins for lunch. We hadn’t seen each other in about 15 years but managed to pick right up where we left off. Meg lives in Boston with her husband, Peter. Meg and Peter are also getting adjusted to the empty nest with both daughters at Stanford. * Congratulations to Beth Harrington, who got married last fall! * Leslie Greenslet Perry started a new job at Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. She’s part of a team dedicated to teaching engineering and design skills from K through 12th grade. * Rich Deering and his real estate business partner have taken ownership and operation of REMAX Shoreline in Portland, Maine, and Portsmouth, N.H. If you want to purchase residential real estate in greater Portland, see Rich. Birch Rock Camp, near and dear to Rich’s heart, celebrated its 90th anniversary last summer. My son John, a Birch Rock alum, attended the wonderful day-long celebration. During a December lunch with Rich, Jen Imhoff Foley, Jen’s husband, Brad, Tad Allyn, and myself in Brunswick, we caught up with recent adventures. Jen raises money for the very bad college down the road that begins with a “B,” but we still welcomed her at the table. She and Brad are trying to shepherd their son Jamie (who was the counselor in my son’s cabin for John’s first summer at Birch Rock) through his engagement and to his wedding. Tad Allyn is an IT analyst for Starbucks in Seattle. His daughter is a junior at University of Washington. Jen and Richard report that Kristin Giblin Lindquist has a new job as deputy commissioner of “something in Massachusetts.” * Andrea Sarris is rumored to be leaving Greece, after living there for quite awhile and moving back to the U.S. to pursue her documentary dreams. * Dave Epstein is in his final year chairing Colby’s Alumni Council. He reports that it’s a great time to be volunteering for Colby as lots of exciting things are happening. If you’re interested in getting connected, or reconnected, with the College, don’t hesitate to contact him: firstname.lastname@example.org. * I think that’s about it for now. Don’t forget to send me your news!