Amanda Howland had a great 2016. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her three daughters. The oldest is a freshman at Franklin & Marshall and her middle daughter is looking at Colby. She’s happy to have one more at home! Amanda ran the Boston Marathon on team UNICEF in April, loved the experience, and can’t wait to repeat this spring. She was grateful to have lots of Colby supporters. Amanda is the marketing director of a restaurant group. * Bob Thomas writes from Cohasset, Mass. where he and Carrie (O’Brien) are raising sons Nate and Henry, both 15, and daughter Nonie, 18, in her freshman year at Columbia. Bob got together with Dean Schwartz at The Stowehof in Stowe, Vt. Bob is an owner of Saltaire Properties, which specializes in revitalizing small independent hotels, and The Stowehof is their newest acquisition. * Leah Basbanes continues with her wetland consulting business, squeezing in as much volunteering and travelling as possible. She was elected selectman in her town of Dunstable, Mass. Leah and wife Grace Jeanes ’96 were gearing up for their annual ski trip with Steff Rocknak. * Jeff Bruce had a fairly long and successful career in print journalism as a designer and editor at papers including the Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Baltimore Sun, and the Boston Globe, but he’s now in the fortunate position to be a stay-at-home dad for his three elementary school girls and do freelance editing for the Berklee College of Music while his wife “rakes in the big dough as design director at the Boston Globe.” * Todd Nicholson sent news from North Yarmouth, Maine, where he lives with his “beautiful wife, three kids, and a golden retriever.” Todd works in major gifts at the UNH School of Business. It calls for lots of travel, but it’s engaging work and the travel has allowed Todd to become a connoisseur of awesome cocktail bars throughout the country. Todd and Gloria’s oldest, Emma, is a junior at Bucknell and heads to New Zealand for the spring semester, where the family will visit in March. Daughter Claire is a freshman at Hamilton and “satisfies her dad’s NESCAC snobbishness.” William is a freshman in high school, swims for the school team, while trying to meet his sisters’ high academic standards. Todd enjoyed a summer Cape Collective 50th with the Burkes, Angelis, Molloys, Hurleys, and Cantaras. A bonus guest appearance by Toby Emerson rounded out the weekend festivities. The annual New Year’s celebration was at Mike ’89 and Joanne LaMarre Cantara’s Stowe house, followed by a March ski trip to Aspen with Burke, Hurley, and Molloy. Todd will enjoy the annual canoe trip in Maine in May with Tom Ferris and Kevin Webb as well as the annual fishing trip with this group at Greg Cunningham’s fishing compound in September. A true testament to lasting Colby ties, Todd says he has Colby College to thank for the many deep and profound relationships that he enjoys through all seasons. * In November 2016 Suzie Welch Carpenter launched her book On the Bright Side: A Mother’s Story of Love and Healing Through Her Daughter’s Autism. While writing the memoir Suzie was reminded of her freshman English class (with Greg Cunningham and others). An early assignment was to write a descriptive piece. Suzie sat in the library and wrote about the library with all its pink pipes, illustrating with words what she saw while also describing the social nuances she witnessed as a new student. “The professor read my paper to the class as an example of good writing. I wanted to hide, I had no confidence in my writing and was shocked that she chose my paper. Remembering that moment kept me going while writing my book, and whenever I doubted myself I remembered that professor.” After years being basically housebound, Suzie hopes this book leads her to cities where she can reconnect with Colbians. * I have more news from Meg Galloway Goldthwaite and MJ Carty Brown, but strict word limits will push them to the next issue. Thanks all!