Bill Ames has “slowed down” to playing tennis only a couple times a week and has scrapped this year’s trip to Arizona because of a few health issues, which should be cleared up in time for him to attend our reunion. * Karl Decker has been attending a graduate short-story-writing workshop at Vermont College for Fine Arts and will return this spring to work on a novel. His book, The People of Townshend, Vermont, published last year, can be ordered through karldecker.com. Merrillyn Healey Decker has recovered from a total knee replacement. She continues to be involved with her book group, and she chairs the global issues study group with the American Association of University Women. Both Merrillyn and Karl are keeping in good health, staying warm, and eagerly awaiting spring’s arrival. They ask if this is the reunion year that we wear funny hats and get put in a convertible and driven around the track while waving arthritically to the ghosts of Colby past. * Carol Dyer Wauters still resides in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and spends a great deal of time outdoors skiing, biking, hiking, paddling, and doing the native plant and bird watching thing. She spent 17 delightful days rafting and hiking in the Grand Canyon. Although it has been a good many years since she has been back East, a trip to Colby is in the offing. * Vic Scalise and wife Carolyn will be traveling to Panama in January and Maui in February. They’ll be in Ocean Park, Maine, during July and August. * Chuck ’53 and Joyce Whitham Spencer had their daughter and her family, who live in Australia, with them for Christmas. * Ed Webber and wife Mary have more than satisfied their travel itch of late. They’ve enjoyed a time-share at the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont, spent time in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and in Waterville Valley, N.H., and taken a cruise along the Maine coast, visiting Ed’s hometown of Portland and numerous locations farther Down East and in the Maritime provinces. Both are looking forward to the reunion in June, remembering fondly the marvelous time they had in 2009. * After more than 50 years in Europe, George and Diane Chamberlin Starcher have decided to make the U.S. their permanent residence. They’re now living in Sarasota, Fla. * Tom Hunt’s life is very simple and very good. He spends his days “praying, reading, struggling with the challenge of learning to play classical music on the piano, walking, puttering around outside, visiting friends, helping out in various ways at our church and with its ministries to homeless families, and telephone chatting with our ‘kids’ and grandkids. All of this is a cherished blessing of good health, good marriage (Susan Miller ’56), and good friends. All of this is a sacred gift. I send my greetings to all of you.” * I think that the answer to the Deckers’ question is that this is the last reunion at which the Class of ’54 will be recognized as a class. Thereafter we will become members of the Golden Mules, who may need to be “transported around the track.” All the more reason for each of us to make every effort to be in Waterville June 6-8. Dick Gilman, who taught religion and philosophy at Colby in the ’50s and with whom many of us studied the Bible, will be with us for the reunion. See you on the Hill!