I have to start the column with an update on daughter Kayleigh’s wedding. Nature gave us a terrible start to the week with the Waldo Canyon fire here in Colorado Springs. A frightening wall of fire, homes lost, families uprooted, and a community coming together, left us realizing that whatever happened would be a small blip on the way (the photographer had to find a replacement for herself as she was involved with the local food bank’s massive food drive). Family and friends came from all over the U.S. and the weather (no smoke), cooperated for us to have a beautiful wedding ceremony on the patio at the Flying Horse Country Club (our venue was in the eastern part of the city and often confused with the Flying W Ranch, which burned to the ground). Now to the news from classmates! * David Linsky is serving his seventh term as a Mass. State Rep. and as chairman of the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight. He returned from his fourth trip to battleground states on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, where he serves as a surrogate for President Obama. David also practices law in Mass. * Catherine Courtenaye has a solo exhibition of her recent abstract paintings opening mid-September at the Modernism in San Francisco. She’s been working hard since January on this new series, taking advantage of the Montana Historical Society’s rich collection of manuscripts for inspiration. * Katie Cofsky Lemaire spent a wonderful summer vacation in France with her family. Katie’s husband is French, so they usually spend time there every summer, but this year they did a special three-week tour seeing friends and family. The trip started in Paris, then on to the beach in Brittany (which always reminds Katie of Maine!). They hiked in the Pyrenees, relaxed in Provence, went paragliding in the French Alps, and of course, ate amazingly the whole time. * Becky Alex’s oldest, Leia, headed to Georgetown this fall to the School of Foreign Service, studying culture and politics. Not empty-nesters quite yet, as daughter Kira is a high school sophomore (loved visiting Colby and will probably apply). Becky remains busy painting and teaching art. She and Eric recently took up sea kayaking, enjoying the bay of Santa Cruz. * Meg Matheson stayed cool this summer at camp, a mile down the road from Lisa Sauer and her husband. Meg retired three years ago after 27 years as an attorney for the Maine Legislature, the last half of which she was the Revisor of Statutes. Retirement is fantastic! Meg is a commissioner on the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices and is starting her third year as the theater program director at Thomas College in Waterville. Husband Frank puts his carpentry skills to great use creating the impossible set pieces that Meg designs for her shows. * Tony Musgrave celebrated his 55th by retiring from Hewlett-Packard and climbing Mt. Katahdin. * Emily Grout Sprague checks in from northern N.Y., where this summer they had visits by several classmates. Stacey Cox Slowinski, husband Joe, and son Stephen and bride Lura, visited Emily’s lake house, an annual event. Stephen has moved to Boston and will be close to his “god sister,” Emily’s Caroline, who is attending Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. Stacey and Emily are planning several visits to Boston to see kids and friends. Sue Raymond Geismar brought youngest son Brad on a college tour and spent several days with Emily, visiting St. Lawrence and catching up. Emily’s daughter Julia, a recent S.L.U. grad, provided a personal tour. Emily returns to her position as head teacher for English 12 at Watertown H.S. for a year or two, with plans for a new career soon—something that doesn’t include evaluating student research papers. This fall, Emily plans to meet up with Jim and Betsy Bucklin Reddy in Lake Placid; any classmates nearby are encouraged to join them. Contact her for details. * Cal Cooper lives in Prospect, Maine, and has a new job as K-12 SPED coordinator, working with adults about kids, instead of directly with kids. He’s still puttering along trying to finish his house—since 1985—but the house is winning. Some projects, like decorating and re-roofing, are being redone, even though some first timers are still waiting for attention. Son David is in the Peace Corps in Paraguay; and daughter Meghan is in her final year at Vassar. * Thanks for the news!