In April the Lewiston (Maine) Sun Journal reported that Emma Carlson ’08 and a friend had set out from Old Forge, N.Y., with a plan to complete a 740-mile canoe journey to Fort Kent, Maine, in 40 days. The duo was traveling without the aid of cell phones, computers, or GPS but planned to communicate with students at two Maine schools via postcards. * In May President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Clark Stevens ’03 as assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. At the time, Stevens was serving as an assistant press secretary for the White House. * Emily Boyle Westbrooks ’06 was featured in the March issue of U.K.-based lifestyle magazine The Simple Things, in which she shared some of her favorite Dublin spots. From her home base in Dublin, Westbrooks writes the blog From China Village. * The Bangor Daily News reported that after leaving Maine last November due to a difficult personal situation, Sarah Hart ’10 returned this summer on her own terms and under her own power—by completing a two-month, 3,850-mile bike trek from Seattle to Belfast.