This has been the winter that wasn’t! Great for our age group to get out and walk, but terrible for winter sports enthusiasts. * Leave it to Nancy and John Conkling to find great skiing conditions at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine. They will head to Sanibel Island, Fla. in March for a delightful contrast in temperature. Back in September, those two “old hippies” (John’s term not mine) left N.H. in their ’89 VW pop-top camper and traveled to Ellsworth, Maine, to visit Babs Faltings ’56 and Warren Kinsman for socializing and a tour of Mt. Desert Island; then off they headed to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to enjoy the gorgeous scenery on the way to the Shellfish Festival in Charlottetown. Plenty of mileage put on that old VW! * Several years ago, Lou and Bill Bois designed their large ranch-style home to be handicapped friendly and energy efficient (just looking forward to the future). Bill was his own general contractor and did all the wiring. They sold their former home of 46 years and are now enjoying their new home. During the winter, they walk daily at the Colby field house. Their hobby is making wine, mostly from concentrated juice kits. Bill has about 300 bottles of various sorts in the wine cellar. Life is good! * Charlie Smith was selected to serve on the Half Crown-Marsh Conservation District (for historic architecture) in Cambridge, Mass. * Allan van Gestel, now in his 51st year as a member of the Massachusetts bar, was awarded the B.U. School of Law’s Silver Shingle Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession. * Don Tracy writes there is always a great deal happening within his family circle, but the highlight of last summer was a reunion with his six children and their families, together for the first time in 30 years. Cameras must have been clicking furiously! * Ed and Sally Dixon Hartin enjoyed a wonderful Christmas weekend in Walpole, Mass., where two of their daughters and families live; 31 members of their clan gathered, including 17 grandchildren. Sounds like a great reunion! * Don Dinwoodie welcomes the return of his Spanish family back to Colorado Springs. * Bob Pettegrew is still very busy and anything but retired, serving on three nonprofit boards, running a capital campaign for a live theater operation, and doing business development work for a bank management firm. * Mikki Chomicz Manno recently returned from a three-week trip in the Pacific, including New Zealand to Perth, Australia. It was a great trip with perfect weather, interesting excursions and lectures, plus the good company of nine friends. * The day Ron Rasmussen received our latest request for news happened to be his 77th birthday. Ron sent a wonderful quote from Mark Twain: “Birthdays are mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” * And if we don’t “get the boot” at our upcoming 55th reunion, we shall carry on in the next Colby magazine. Hope to see you all in June!