Happy New Year! We’re writing this around Thanksgiving after receiving 10 inches of snow in the North Country. * Big congratulations to Karen Heck on her win in the race for mayor of Waterville. The city’s in good hands with Karen as mayor and city manager Mike Roy at the helm. * We learned from Deb Wathen Finn that our ace Boston Globe reporter Brian MacQuarrie leaves soon for another round of reporting in Iraq. Be safe, Brian, and let us know what’s happening. Brian and several classmates, including Norm and Chris Bogosian Rattey, enjoyed a fun day at the Colby-Bowdoin football game Nov. 12. Deb, Remi Browne, Artie Bell, and Janet Hansen Drouin ’75 hung out for the tailgating and the game, and then cooked dinner together at Artie’s house in Yarmouth. Remi’s wife, Gail, joined the fun there. * Herb Landsman wrote after a 20-year silence that he’s executive vice president of merchandising for HomeGoods and “travels the world in search of extraordinary products at wild value!” Herb spends weekends in Boston stores, at the Pocasset, Mass., golf club, on his boat on Buzzards Bay, or attending field hockey games at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, where his daughter, Ellie, is a junior and readying herself for D1 field hockey. Herb’s wife, Cindy, is an administrator at LSRHS and is an expert gardener, groundskeeper, and 24/7 counselor to Ellie and Herb. Their son Sam, 27, is in his first year at Tulane Medical School and is getting married next June. Charlie, 25, is managing “The Runway” at TJ Maxx and training to be a buyer. Teddy, 21, a junior at Wake Forest majoring in business, is spending a year abroad in London. Thanks, Herb, for the news. Hope it isn’t another 20 years before you write again. * Robin Hamill-Ruth just graduated child number five from college, while her sixth, Leah, is a high school sophomore. Wanting to downsize, she put her house on the market until two of her kids came back home to live along with three kids, three dogs, and three cats. Robin decided that downsizing could wait. She has gotten back into quilting, started rowing again for the first time in 40 years, and is learning Spanish. All of that should keep her young at heart. * Jeff Barske, from Thompson, Conn., is entering a new chapter in his life. Recently divorced, he’s met a wonderful new woman. He enjoys his Patriots season tickets and has started a challenging project restoring a 1949 GMC pickup. Like many of us, he is also busy caring for his 91-year-old parents. He adds that he can still dance and sing. Way to go, Jeff! * Shelley Bieringer Rau’s life seems to revolve around her children’s weddings of late. Daughter Adrienne was married at the family’s log home on a small lake in Turner, Maine, in July. Son Lucas plans to be married next July in Las Vegas. Shelley works as an occupational therapist in the local school system and, for fun, sings with the Androscoggin Chorale (Lewiston/Auburn) and Choral Art Society (Portland). She also enjoys spinning fiber and knitting. * Sean and Barb Thayer Barry live north of San Francisco but came back to Orrs Island, Maine, in October to visit Barb’s father, Jim Thayer, Class of 1938! He is 95 years young and still going strong. Unfortunately, they were unable to meet up with their esteemed class correspondents (Vicki and Jill) and Sonja Powers Schmanska due to time constraints. Definitely next time! * We hope everyone’s holidays were blessed and filled with family fun and good times. Let us know what’s going on for the next issue.