Vicki and I are writing this column on Labor Day weekend as things are starting to slow down in the beautiful State of Maine. The nights are getting quite chilly while days are still warm and sunny. Let’s hope for a long-lasting indian summer. * I (Jill) returned from dropping my daughter Robin off in Florida for her freshman year at Stetson University in Deland. I’m now an official “empty nester” and thank all of my Colby friends for making this transition less traumatic. * Martha Bernard Welsh enjoyed attending a talk by Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64 (a fabulous speaker, of course) at a Colby alumni event. We always like to plug Martha’s nonprofit work in Boston. She’s working with a group of people launching a new nonprofit Home Away Boston. She says, “The mission is to provide housing and services to families who bring their child to Boston’s Mass. General Hospital for Children for treatment of critical conditions. Families who need to be in Boston will find a comfortable place to call home at no cost.” * David Roulston is running for clerk of courts of Franklin County, Mass. If elected, he’ll “continue to use his experience to protect the interests of Franklin County and its people.” The primary was Sept. 6. Artie Bell sent a picture of one of David’s campaign signs he spotted along the Mohawk Trail, Route 2, in western Mass. * Anne Callaghan has been in the Foreign Service for almost 28 years. After a yearlong assignment in southeastern Iraq leading a provincial reconstruction team on an Army Contingency Operating Station, she moved to Vancouver as U.S. consul general last year and covers British Columbia and Yukon. Her daughter joined her and is now a graduate student at the University of B.C. Anne recalled memories of her first-ever visit to Canada, driving up from Colby to Quebec City with a carload of friends so many years ago! Her brother, Neil, who spent two years at Colby before moving to Calif., loves life on the Big Island in Hawaii. * Mike McNamara and wife and children celebrated his 60th at a cottage in Cape May, N.J. He and his wife also spent 12 days this summer touring Italy. “The sites, the gelato, the wine—it was fantastic.” Mike is fully retired from law and has a great time teaching Spanish at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science in Manahawkin. Glad you’re enjoying your “retirement.” * Jim Heald, who lives in Alexandria, Va., with wife Laura, has his book, World of Wonders: the Lyrics and Music of Bruce Cockburn, now available on Kindle and in paperback at Amazon. Jim says, “If you don’t know the music of Bruce Cockburn, then you’ve been missing out on some of the best music of the last 40 years. Bruce is a Canadian singer-songwriter and an extraordinary guitar player.” Besides his venture into the literary world, Jim is a poet, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. * S. Ann Earon writes from N.J. that she is now a member of the Alumni Council’s Colby Fund Committee and will travel to Waterville in October for Colby’s bicentennial kickoff celebration. For her 60th, she, her husband, and her daughter, took a river cruise of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. Ann is now in her 30th year of consulting in the collaborative conferencing arena. She plans to become a master gardener next year. * Please let us know what’s going on in your life the next time our e-mail comes your way. Our column is only as good as the news and stories we get. We want to hear about exciting trips to faraway places, 60th or other significant birthday bashes, kids and grandkids, who you’ve seen recently, etc. Vick and I are good editors, so don’t be afraid to write a lot. Hope your summer was a great one and the coming fall treats you and your loved ones well. Take care and write!