Mark and Patty Valavanis Smith are holding onto their seat belts as they navigate life in Andover, Mass., with their two teenaged boys. So far so good, thankfully. Mark, an independent general contractor for six years, manages commercial projects with an emphasis on medical suites and clean room construction. Patty is in year 22 as an internal communications editor for IDG and gets her musical fix singing in a women’s a cappella chorus. * Robert Crawford’s second book of poetry, The Empty Chair, won the 2011 Richard Wilbur Award. His poem “Odds Are” won the 2011 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and “The Numbered Stars” won the 2010 New England Shakespeare Festival Sonnet Award. He’s a trustee of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, N.H., director of the Hyla Brook Reading Series, and coordinator for the national Frost Farm Prize. Robert and his wife, poet Midge Goldberg, moved to Chester, N.H., and live on 11 acres on the shore of Whetstone Pond with his two stepchildren, Hannah and Ely, and his daughter, Alexa, who’s at Emmanuel College. * Mimi Brodsky Kress is busy with 26 homes under construction in the DC area. She’s active on several community nonprofit boards. Mimi caught up with Martha and Charlie Jacobs last summer and is hoping to get to Maine this summer to see Debbie Pugh Kelton and Gretchen Huebsch Daly. * Carrie Weeks DiProspero moved to Cape Cod last year. She’s an educational assistant (all the joys of teaching with none of the after-school hours and responsibility—no report cards!) at Eastham Elementary. Her daughter Chelsea just announced her engagement and is planning to move back east from Montana. * Alf Seabury sends aloha from the Big Island in Hawaii. He’s been using the Mandarin Chinese he learned at Colby to concentrate his marketing efforts on Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the rest of East Asia. * Scot Lehigh has been busy renovating a closet on the fourth floor of his house and “tuning up all the skills I learned at Colby, so I’ll have something to fall back on when the newspaper industry finally gives up the ghost.” When he tires of home improvements, he heads to Sunday River, where he often runs into Lawry Foster. * And speaking of Phi Delts, I got an e-mail attachment with a photo of a ski weekend at Lawry’s N.H. cabin featuring Scott Butterfield, Mark Garvin, Elliott Pratt, Chris Perrin, and Andy Goode, looking like a good time was had by all (judging by the bottles in the background). * Tamara Hannah recently joined the law firm of Belongia, Franklin & Shapiro in an of counsel position to assist with transactional real estate and entertainment practice in Chicago. She’s still involved in the real estate world in Miami and Chicago. * Lori Batcheller contributed a chapter to the just-released book Until They Have Faces. Lori was in Steamboat in February, skiing nearly three feet of powder and was then off to N.M. to teach yoga for a week. * Michael Fanger’s daughter, Rachel, is a sophomore at Muhlenberg, and his son, Jonathan, is a junior at St. Joe’s Prep in Philly. Michael’s wife, Linda, teaches government at Burlington Community College, and Michael is still CEO of Eastern Funding LLC, which celebrated its 15th year. Mike was planning a March ski trip in Colo. with Jonathan Smith ’78. * Carol Mordecai Myers and Weezy Swift were also planning a spring ski rendezvous in Vail. By the time you all read this column, the snow will have melted and we’ll be trading ski boots for flip-flops. I look forward to hearing news of everyone’s summer adventures.