Hello everyone. It’s hard to believe as I write this column that, when you read it, spring won’t be too far away. I hope you are all having a safe and happy winter. * Ines Ruelius Altemose experienced the wrath of hurricane Sandy and lost power for five and a half days. They had hot water and gas to cook, so they felt fortunate compared to some of their neighbors on the Jersey Shore. In early November she and her husband left for three weeks in Ecuador and the Galapagos and were looking forward to seeing lots of wildlife and landscapes and experiencing a different culture. * After spending 12 years in England and 10 in Oklahoma, Lisa and Brad Kelly returned to his home state of California. They live in a home his grandfather built in the 1950s with views of the Pacific Ocean. Brad says he has fulfilled his long-term dream of having a sailboat in the harbor on which he can sail across to Catalina Island when his work schedule permits. He is still fully engaged with Spur Capital, a venture fund he operates with three partners; Acesis, Inc., a healthcare IT company, where he is also a board member; and India Christian Ministries, an association of 3,600 Christian churches in Andhra Pradesh, India, with which his son works full time. He says, “It’s still too much work and not enough play but I hope to address the balance in the years ahead.” * Peter “Wick” Phillips is married, lives in Big Bear Lake, Calif., and owns Cabin Fever Gifts and Décor (www.cabinfeverdecor.com). He stays in touch with Mark Janes, Tom Whidden ’70, and Peter Hoffman and is looking to connect with Robert Anthony, Peter Emery, or others who may be on Facebook. * Bonnie Allen Rotenberg sends greetings and hopes to have something noteworthy or interesting to report in the spring edition of Colby. * Anne York Samson reported, sadly, that her husband of 25 years died peacefully at home of kidney failure surrounded by family and friends Nov. 11. He was buried in his family plot at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Ken., Dec. 1. Now home, Anne’s primary goals are to stay on her feet, take care of herself, and try to stay present-focused. Anne spent Thanksgiving with her son, Ethan, and his family in Portland, Ore., and will spend Christmas with her daughter, Sarah, and her family in Basel, Switzerland. In January she’ll be in Fountain Hills, Ariz., to prepare to sell a house she has there, and then will be working on cleaning out her house in Denver. She expects to continue working occasionally in the psychology float pool at Kaiser-Permanente. * Larry Kassman has spent his entire 37-year career as an emergency physician at MaineGeneral Medical Center (formerly Thayer Hospital) just around the corner from Colby and was expecting to retire from full-time work as of Jan. 1, 2013. He and his wife, Janice (recently retired dean of students at Colby), plan on doing some traveling and volunteer work. Larry also expects to work occasional shifts in the ER as he and Janice decide how they want to spend their “less young” years. * Thanks to everyone who has sent in news, now and in the past.