It’s heading into summer in Maine, and the lupines and lilacs are in full bloom. This is the weather that we Mainers look forward to when the snowdrifts are high and the wind chill is low. On to class news! * Stop the presses! Sonja Powers Schmanska is a grandma. What a great 60th birthday present. Sonja and Dave’s daughter, Helki, and husband Jeff welcomed a six-pound baby girl, Annabel, May 30. Congrats to the new grandparents. * A note from Bill Clay in Hanson, Mass: “As we all celebrate a special birthday around this time, I celebrated mine by running the Disney half marathon earlier this year with my daughter Lindsay, while daughter Heather ran the full marathon. Daughter Amanda, who works with me in our promotional company, was off in Washington meeting with senators and congressmen regarding the interests of our industry. Diana and I will celebrate our 35th anniversary this summer!” Bill was in touch with many of the basketball family last year with Dick Whitmore retirement events. “It was nice to be reminded of what a great group of people have made basketball a part of their Colby experience.” * Jim Heald had a busy spring. He celebrated his 60th with the help from friends including Ray Mazurek with a weekend at Rehoboth Beach, Del. They played golf and enjoyed the local cuisine. They’ll celebrate Ray’s birthday together as the year progresses. Jim is finishing work on his first book, on the music of legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. He also performs his own music at wineries and arts festivals in Northern Virginia once or twice a month. * Ted Field moved from Rockland to Portland, Maine, and is indulging some urban habits picked up during his time in D.C. “The move puts me closer to an artists’ community and much good coffee.” Ted is still recovering from a catastrophic illness nearly five years ago that left him partially paralyzed and living on S.S.D.I. In Ted’s words, “I’m alleviating my boredom by pursuing an M.F.A. in creative writing at Goddard College. So I read, write, and live one day at a time in downtown Portland.” * As in several years past, our group of woman friends, coming from as far away as Minn. and Colo., will get together in late June at Windfall, a spectacular summer cottage in Tenant’s Harbor, Maine, for a visit totally organized by the new grandma, Sonja. We’ll update you in the next issue as to how we celebrated our 60th birthday year. * Please send us your birthday bash stories for the next issue. We know that your classmates would love to hear them. Have a great summer and make a note to write us with news when the next e-mail blast comes your way.