Ellie Fortenbaugh de la Bandera arrived in Florida Oct. 17, so she missed Hurricane Sandy in the north. Some family members were without power for eight days plus; thankfully her home had no damage. Her son and daughter were able to move into other houses, though the storm made for a long trip between sites—“trees down all over the place. What a disaster! The Jersey Shore is a total wreck.” After that deluge, a nor’easter gave her daughter and family 14 inches of snow! Recent trips for Ellie were to Mexico and Uruguay to visit family. * John Edes has another great-granddaughter as well as a step-granddaughter. His great-grandson, 13, inherited the genes for basketball talent. He’s a 5’ 10” three-point shooter and made the Hollywood grammar school basketball team. “Hope we all stay in good health so we can make the 55th in June!” * Beryl Scott Glover joined friends on a riverboat cruise in November—Amsterdam to Vienna on the Rhine, Mein, and Danube rivers. “Lots of beautiful cathedrals and castles, some Christmas shopping in wonderful little German towns, a Strauss concert in Vienna, comfortable ship with great food, and we navigated 66 locks in two weeks, five of which were more than 80 feet high.” She discovered that “unpacking just once ain’t bad.” * Tony Kalloch had a trip with two friends from LA up to Lake Tahoe in the fall, supposedly for some golf, staying at a time-share up in the mountains. “On the third morning we awoke to almost three feet of snow and were stuck for a day and a half. We should have brought the skis instead of the clubs. It was beautiful though.“ * Karen Breen Krasnigor finds it hard to believe that our 55th reunion is approaching; she and her husband, Dick, do plan to attend and look forward to seeing classmates. They have traveled to Asia, Europe, and Australia but took a hiatus recently due to her spine surgery and knee replacement. “Happy to say all is well and I’m back on the golf course.” They have also been visiting and spending time with their 12 grandchildren. * Caroline Hall Hui and her husband now have their daughter and her two children living with them. The Huis like to ski and look forward to teaching the grandchildren. Caroline keeps busy teaching needlepoint and knitting for two adult education schools and volunteers for a local soup kitchen in Sunnyvale, Calif. * I spent two weeks in Tuscany in September with my sister and two friends. We visited more than a dozen towns and thoroughly enjoyed the people, countryside, and cuisine. I’ve also recently spent time with Dot Greenman Ketchum, Susan Sherman White, Carol Conway Denney, and Sally Fritz; all are doing well, taking trips and enjoying life. * I hope you’ve added the dates for our 55th reunion to your calendar: June 6-9, 2013. Remember it’s also the 200th anniversary of the College’s founding, and some big plans are afoot. You will be getting mailings in the next few months. One activity involves our class displaying memorabilia from our years on the hill. I volunteered to collect such, and if you have photos, newspaper articles, events programs, etc. that you can copy and send to me, that will mean you’ll keep the originals and I won’t need to return anything—good for everyone. Pam and David Adams have already sent a few contributions: an old copy of the Echo that is loaded with cigarette ads and a dance program from Homecoming 1954. So please look in those closets, attics, drawers, and scrapbooks and see what you can find!