We have lots of exciting news from our class this time. Matt Ritter was elected Connecticut’s house majority leader last November. * Walt and Emily Bernier Shepard welcomed their second child, Nora, in July. They enjoy raising her and big brother Sam, 2, in Freeport, Maine. * Brian and Amanda Belden Kramer welcomed their third child, Savannah, last September. She joins siblings Delilah and Mikey. * Kirsten Helmcke moved to Japan for three months to work as a senior medical-writing program manager at Astellas supporting colleagues on the medical-writing team at headquarters in Tokyo. She and her husband, Joe Dudeck, continue to call Northbrook, Ill., home. * Allison Dwyer married Tom Webb Aug. 26, 2016, in Austin, Texas. They had the most incredible day and were lucky enough to share it with Kaitlin McCafferty, Kim Betz Kearns, Grace Becker Lochhead, Ashley Harris, Mandy Zobel, Jen Barrett Crocker, and Meaghan Lane. Allison and Tom left right after the wedding for their new home in Bermuda as Tom preps for the 2017 America’s Cup race in June. * Jackie Dupont won the election for Ward 7 city councilor of Waterville, Maine, last November. It was an exciting month as she and her husband, Zack Crate, welcomed their first child, Maeve, shortly after she was sworn into office. * Sari Gilbert Rudolph lives and works in Salem, Mass., and is an elementary school adjustment counselor. Her son, Jackson, 2 1/2, will become a big brother in March. She’s close with Ashley Porter Walsh and Katie Sweeney Lepak and they get together as much as they can. * Jesse Morrisey got a new job as art director of 42 Design Fab in Indian Orchard, Mass. They make interactive exhibits and themed environments for museums and galleries. * Gabe and Marley Orr Reilly welcomed their first child, Leia Elizabeth Reilly, into the world June 27, 2016. * Karen Prager and Emma McCandless and big brother Teddy welcomed new baby Eli June 1. Last fall the whole family had fun getting together with Jesse Morrisey and Janine Elliott, who don’t live far from them. * Tim Smith moved back to Boston where he’s director of innovation at the Boston Foundation. He recently attended Abby Wheeler’s wedding to Matt Millis with Susie Blair Ruf, Ande Nicoletti, Meredith Needle, and Ted Sullivan, where they danced like they were in Heights. * And as for me, things are continuing to grow with DRINKmaple. My travel schedule led me to Los Angeles, where I was beyond fortunate to have dinner with Lindsey Lanier, who works in the music-publishing business.