As I write this in late November, it seems everyone has been very busy working on his or her biography, as correspondence for this issue has been limited. What’s more, many of us were recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Mary Dexter Wagner wrote from Long Island, N.Y.: “Yes, Sandy certainly proved that we live on an island! We live in Wantagh Woods, an area totally nestled in tall oak and pine trees, hundreds of which went down in the storm. Fortunately none landed on our house, but many did land on our neighbors’. We were without power for eight days, and with the help of Sterno and the gas grill we were able to cook. We traveled to our son’s in the city for a few days, camped at neighbors’, and stayed home under the covers to keep warm. We searched the neighborhood to get branches and small logs to put in the fireplace. We were the lucky ones! My husband and I worked Election Day and accepted votes from anyone in New York State who could not get to their polling place due to the storm. My dear Colby friends Joanna Buxton Gormley and Cindy Richmond Hopper both called to see how we were doing. It was wonderful “mental medicine” to hear from them. Remember the beautiful northern lights we used to see at night at Colby? We’d all go outside in our PJ’s to see them. They were a much more welcomed sight in the sky than what we just experienced!” * Cindy Richmond Hopper also had a Sandy experience: “We were very lucky to have escaped this year’s storms without any damage. We live in the middle of CT and although 60 percent of our town spent two days in the dark, we had power. We are thinking that we paid our dues last year in the October blizzard, but after seeing this year’s damage along the coast we realize it could have been much worse. In fact, we had just finished the last repair from last year the day before Sandy arrived. We live in a wooded area and last year we lost at least 30 trees—one went through our study. We also lost power for 11 days, and since we are on a well we felt like real pioneers. I imagine that you will hear from Pauline Ryder Kezer and Mary Dexter Wagner, but in case you don’t, the Kezers live a block or two from LI Sound in CT and they evacuated to their daughter’s. Their house is good, but they lost their furnace for the second year in a row (Hurricane Irene).” * Lillian Waugh and Lucille Waugh will both attend our 50th, and Lillian’s husband, David Yelton, an avid golfer, will also join us. Lillian adds: “The Waugh twins have interesting recent Colby connections to report. In August Lillian attended Cellospeak 2012 at Bryn Mawr College, where first-time CS faculty member and coach of Lillian’s quartet turned out to be none other than 22-year-old cello phenom Jonah Kim, arrived from a guest appearance with the Colby-sited Atlantic Music Festival symphony. Lucille, who lives in Waltham, Mass., was thrilled to reconnect with Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64 as a volunteer for Doris’s son Joe Kearns Goodwin’s campaign for the Massachusetts Senate. The twins and Doris shared three years of beloved professor Jan Kempers’s unforgettable Russian language classes in 1960-63.” * It has been wonderful to talk with many of you about your bios as they progress. And by the time you read this, our book will be in the final stages of completion, including the extraordinary covers by Jane Melanson Dahmen (the front) and Joan Dignam Schmaltz (the back). I know Al Carville and the rest of the reunion committee, as well as the tremendously helpful staff at Colby, have all been working very hard to make this a fabulous reunion. We look forward very much to seeing everyone in June!