I hope you’ve all had a terrific summer. Let’s dive into the pool of news! Last December David Systrom left Mass General (MGH) for the Brigham Pulmonary and Critical Care Division. He’s refocusing on his true love—translational research in exercise physiology. David’s wife, Kathy Martin, is endocrine editor at UpToDate (an online medical text) and sees patients at MGH. Daughter Hannah graduated premed from Williams, and son Conor is majoring in sociology and Spanish at Trinity. David adds, “Two goldens and a ’57 Dodge pickup on Peaks Island, Maine, round it out.” * Kevin Carley and wife Ellen Grant ’79 returned to Cumberland, Maine, after four years abroad. Kevin spent two years managing the Peace Corps program in Micronesia and Palau and another two as director in six eastern Caribbean countries. In St. Lucia they had visits from classmates Liz and Harry Nelson, Kate and Rick Clunie, and Hilary and Rob Anderson. Ellen will work at Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland. Kevin is eyeing quality bicycle time and eldest daughter’s September wedding to a Bowdoin grad (“love is blind”). * Lydia McAnerney writes from Minnesota that she completed her sixth year at Great River School, a grades 1-12 Montessori charter school in St. Paul. In July she became enrollment coordinator and fundraising director. Son Andrew is a senior at Augsburg College, and daughter Rebecca is a sophomore at University of Minnesota. Husband John continues to landscape, but is lowering the hours. They’re “trying to decide what they want to do when they grow up.” They saw classmates Sam and Karen Smith Gowan last fall at a Minneapolis conference. * Joanne Defilipp Alex has been with Stillwater Montessori School for 29 years, currently as full-time teacher. She’s also adjunct faculty at the University of Maine. She presents at conferences around Maine and recently received the 2012 Environmental Educator Award at a statewide conference. She adds, “Our family is well, all graduated from college, and gainfully employed in jobs they love in Maine!” She and Joe ’75 are proud grandparents of a 2-year-old. * Rich Cifelli finished his 26th year of teaching and of researching mammal fossils at the University of Oklahoma. Recently divorced, Rich a lives on acreage outside of town with his younger son, 11. Rich is studying Italian and was planning to take a summer immersion course in Sicily. * Martha Bell graduated in May from Columbia University with her master’s in strategic communication. Husband Rob travels a lot for his nonprofit, the Intelligent Community Forum, including to Finland, Russia, and Singapore. Their oldest daughter, Vicki, lives in Somerville, Mass., with her husband, Devon. * Dave and Nancy Dubuc Serbun recently moved across Massachusetts, from Westford to Falmouth; they were relishing being full-time Cape Codders. Dave spent most of his career in college publishing; we were colleagues at McGraw-Hill in the 1980s, where Dave was a mentor to me in my early years there. Nancy has lived with MS since 1979 and now has to use a wheelchair. She’s happy to now be in a contemporary ranch. She invites classmates to look her up. * Scott McDermott and I reminisced that this column coincides with the 40th anniversary of our arrival at Colby. Two standout memories from then: President Strider’s serendipity speech and the welcome square dance at Runnals. (I was repeatedly paired at that dance with two Wendys—both became lifelong friends: Wendy Broadbooks Pickett and Wendy Swallow.) Well, that fills up this column. Look to our Facebook group (Colby College Class of 1976) for further details on these and updates from Paul Kueffner and Janet Breslin Gilmartin. The next column promises updates from Carrie Getty Scheid, Don Lougee, and hopefully YOU! As always, remember to give to the Colby Fund.