Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good fall and winter season. * Joy Nelb Ericson, who retired more than two years ago, still lives in Amherst, N.H. She spends winters skiing at Loon Mountain and summers gardening, boating, hiking, and taking it easy. Her four children are grown, and when she wrote, she had eight grandchildren from 0 to 15 years old and expected more in 2016. Joy says, “It is fun keeping up with everyone.” * Craig Stevens announced the birth of his first grandchild, Rell Sevigny Recker, Nov. 12 in Boulder, Colo. Craig says, “she is a joy to behold.” Craig’s in his 29th year as a professor of photography at Savannah College of Art and Design. He’s planning a sabbatical leave next spring to work on a new body of experimental digital prints that will result in an exhibition in a year’s time. He enjoys his house/studio in Camden during the summer and would love to see Colby friends if anyone passes through the mid-coast area. * Steve Fisher returned from what he describes as an unforgettable trip to the West Bank and Israel. “Against the heartbreak of a crushing and often brutal occupation of the West Bank, of which I had been largely unaware, I continue to be deeply moved by the resilient spirit and brightness of light shining through the Palestinians and Israelis we met who are working for peace.” * Mike Foose, recently retired, found himself working again in Guinea, where he’s looking to improve the geological survey there. * Larry Kassman retired from full-time work as an emergency physician at MaineGeneral Medical Center (previously Thayer Hospital in Waterville) four years ago but continues to work part time in Waterville and in Wyoming, which he chose because of his love of fly fishing. In addition to fishing, he spends his free time biking, gardening, and golfing. Larry and his wife, Janice, former dean of students, have traveled to places they put off, such as Hawaii and Sicily. Colby is less than an hour’s bike ride from his house, so he plans to see everyone at the 50th Reunion (June 6-9, 2019). * Pam and I also had a fun traveling year with visits to northern Arizona, Hawaii, and Great Britain. I recently met with Rae Jean Braunmuller Goodman, Richard Upton, Jon Eustis, Steve Anderson, Bart Menitove, and Laurie Killoch Wiggins. Together with Cherrie Dubois, Eddie Woodin, and Bob Anthony, we’re leading the planning and gift effort for reunion. Dick retired from many years working in international banking in NYC, spending much of that time travelling around the world selling operating services to overseas banks. He doesn’t miss airports, airline food, and hotel room service. Laurie is serving as the planned gift chair for our 50th, and in planning discussions told us that she, Carol Putnam, and Carol Feldman Roberts were Lorraine Morel’s roommates in Boston the first year after graduation. After Lorraine’s death in 1970 they established a fund in her honor to award a gift to a junior woman of academic standing active in some significant aspect of campus life. She reported that the fund balance now stands at $406,000! Regarding fundraising, by now you will likely have heard from one of our classmates urging you to attend our 50th Reunion and asking for your help in raising funds for our class gift. The gift is composed of all the donations of any kind made by our class between the 45th and 50th reunions (Colby Fund, capital/endowment funds, bequests, etc.). Please consider coming to reunion even if you have never attended one in the past, and please seriously consider a contribution toward our class gift. Have a wonderful spring!