Greetings classmates, from the outer Cape. We’re still basking in the splendor of our 55th reunion in June. So many folks showed up to celebrate the magnificence of the school and continued devotion to it. Amazingly, most people have a recognizable feature and pulling up names to match was not difficult. Several highlights, of course, but the big one for John and me was the trip to the Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor on Friday. A delicious lobster luncheon, hosted by Paula and Peter Lunder, was held in the Children’s Garden, a wondrous place worthy of a special visit with your grandchildren. Thanks to all who worked to ensure the success of “Our Last Hurrah.” * Barbara (B.J.) Davis Howard floored me with the news that she and her husband met Jackie Huebsch Scandalios and her husband in Europe this summer. They were on the same riverboat! With them, also, was Margaret Vallaly ’07, a much younger grad. They toasted Colby on the deck! Jackie told B.J. of her wonderful summers spent boating around the Greek islands with her grandchildren. B.J. also connected with Ken Swanson, who has happy memories of his freshman year at Colby. All good stuff, B.J. Thank you. * Julie Brush Wheeler writes from Oregon that several of her former students attended Colby. “The College is well recognized in the Pacific Northwest and I’m proud to say I went there.” Julie is an avid advocate of antigun violence, raising large sums of money to perpetuate gun turn-in programs in Oregon over the last 16 years. She told a poignant tale of a recent visit to Istanbul and being outside the Blue Mosque, where she helped a struggling worshipper who gave her a “perfect rosebud retrieved from his ragged belongings. It was a precious moment of connection.” Thanks for sharing, Julie. * Ruthann Simmonds Mac Kinnon is one of the many people who said how great it was to be together at reunion. She was pleased to have Barbara Faltings Kinsman visit for a few days after reunion “to just hang out.” * Janet Nordgren Meryweather stays upbeat despite her odyssey with poor health. She and husband Steen are indeed role models. Steen had a grand time being pushed around campus by a darling coed, by the way. Thanks Colby for not missing a trick. * It has been a pleasure for me to be your class correspondent the past five years. I send my heartfelt thanks to each of you who contributed news for the many issues, sharing little glimpses into your senior lifestyles as we cope daily with old man old age. Our class is unique in many ways, but the ongoing relationship, still so caring after more than a half century, is still, by far, the most important. John and I continue to be grateful. * Charlene Roberts Riordan will be your new correspondent.