Lots of news—let’s get started. * Joanne Herbold Clarey is back from a month-long residency at the Jenney House in Nova Scotia awarded to her partner, artist Anne Garland, and her. They collaborated on a nature book featuring Anne’s sketches and Joanne’s essays. Joanne has published two thrillers and four mysteries and is challenged by the genre change. * Dick Mittleman attended a Colby reception in Rhode Island, where he renewed friendships and met new alumni. He and his wife spend most of the winter in Fort Lauderdale and plan a 50th anniversary trip to Europe, regrettably ruling out our 50th reunion. * Peter Leofanti took a few friends (John McHale, Jay French, Ed Hayde, Doug Mulcahy ’63, Terry MacLean, Jay Webster, and Cy Theobald) to the Colby-Bowdoin football game Nov. 12, only to watch Colby go down in defeat. However it was a good time, and tailgating Eddie Woodin ’69-style was fantastic. Michael and I also attended and met up with Dick and Jeanie Banks Vacco. * Brenda Wrobleski Elwell Gottschalk traveled to the former Republic of Georgia, where she “saw enough monasteries to keep me holy the rest of my life.” For Thanksgiving she headed to Yellowstone for several days of wolf watching and in February will do a “girlie getaway” to the Great Wall of China with her best friend. * Doug and Gail Macomber Cheeseman celebrated the 60th African safari and their 32nd year of leading safaris via their company, Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris. Next is a trip to Chile, Easter Island, and Patagonia, followed by Argentina and Peninsula Valdes. Gail claims that retirement is still a long way off, as they love what they do! * Brenda Lewison has left the “editorial world,” loving her free time and finding great contentment in “my happy marriage, children, grandchildren, reading, and the gifts of mother nature.” Husband, Bill, is Cleveland Clinic’s architectural consultant, working on hospitals in Ohio and Abu Dhabi as well as designing homes. They spent time in New England last summer, including three nights with Colby roommates Cynthia and Sandy and their husbands at Cynthia’s Vermont “paradise.” * Peter Duggan, after two years of trying, sold his home on the Hudson River and will retire to Naples, Fla., spending four summer months in the northeast. Anyone have a “small house with a view” they’d like to rent? He retired as chairman of the board of the Storm King School after nine years, a very rewarding experience after decades of “corporate America.” Peter hopes to attend our 50th reunion. * Toshi and Jean Gaffney Furuyama still work part time, Jean three days a week for the buyer of her practice, doing expert witness work, and lecturing at various dental meetings. * With a European river cruise, Jim and Susan Welch Bishop celebrated their 50th anniversary and her fifth year as a cancer survivor. They play golf as often as “stamina allows” and plan a trip to the Masters in April. She keeps up with Jan Cole Courant, and Jim recently reconnected with John Sheldon. * Gary and Peggy Bone Miles send news from California, where they “still swim in the Pacific every morning, year-round.” And without wet suits! Peggy teaches ESL to adults, despite cutbacks in the California budget, and Gary volunteers with an organization that supports former foster youths, runaways, and wards of the court. Their son and family live close by, and their daughter’s family lives in southern France. * Penny and Ed Kyle write from Florida, where they spend fall and spring, alternating with winter and summer in New Hampshire. “Skiing still calls, and summer provides hiking, kayaking, camping, etc.” He sees Allie Weller on the slopes and hikes with Bill Chase on occasion. Ed and Penny look forward to June in “scenic Waterville.” * John Chapman reflects: “It seems life on the road will only heat up.” Daughter Abbi was married to Peter Gregory in Damariscotta in May, and grandchild number eight, Ben Chapman, arrived in August.” John and his wife, Allison, enjoyed a lobster lunch at the beautiful home of Nancy Rowe Adams in East Boothbay, joined by Debby Price and her friend and Michael (McCabe) and me. * Michael and I are back in Atlanta for the winter, with plans to travel to Alabama and the Florida coasts. We’re busy helping to make our 50th reunion this spring a great experience, and we encourage everyone to attend. See you then!