Hello from Maine! * EJ Meade got back on his mountain bike this summer and reconnected with the Colorado backcountry after a hiatus of several years. EJ’s company, Arch 11 Inc., has developed a regional reputation for carbon neutral and net-zero energy-use modern homes and institutional buildings. EJ and his wife, Bridget, are taking their girls to Vietnam this winter. EJ had dinner with Linda Hurwitz a few months ago in Boulder. He’s planning a trip to Maine to take his daughter, Eliot, on the college tour. EJ says he’ll show up to our 30th reunion if Lavinia Stefani is there! * Bob Benjamin shares another update from Afghanistan. He’s been busy working on plans for the reverse surge, as well as managing sustainment for our current efforts. He looks forward to getting back to his “real” job in the classroom. Upon his return Bob will also take a battalion command in New Hampshire. * Mary Rudolph Black continues to practice law in her hometown of Gloucester, Mass. For fun, Mary sings with an all-women’s a cappella group called Leven and participates in her local community theater company, Theatre in the Pines. Mary’s twins, 17, are looking at colleges, and she and her husband, Peter, will make the rounds to Maine. On occasion, Mary sees Adam Bolonsky ’83 and Tammy Jones Howe ’84. Mary throws a “hello” out to (using maiden names) Julanne Cully, Wende Davis, Kathy McHugh, and Ingri Gundersen! * Jen Maire Hagemann recently moved to Freeport, Maine, where she and her family are renting a house, building a boatshed, and finishing up the restoration of a boat over the winter. She and her family hope to go cruising for a year or two starting next summer. Jen still has her business with Juice Plus and appreciates the fact that it affords her the freedom to go cruising. Jen’s oldest daughter is working for an environmental nonprofit in Boston with hopes of heading to grad school in the fall. Her youngest daughter is a junior at UVM, majoring in linguistics and sign language. * Gino ’85 and Alisa Diehl Bernat enjoy the small-town life in Upton, Mass. Alisa’s in her 12th year as a guidance counselor in Southborough Middle School and enjoys her work. Alisa and Gino’s two children, Kiara Bernat Morningstar, 27, and Nicholas Bernat, 25, are in grad school and live close by. This summer Alisa and Gino are starting plans for an off-the-grid, energy-efficient home and welcome any ideas. They see fellow Colby grads in the area and look forward to seeing more at our reunion this year. * Doug and Kim Smith McCartney rode the Pan-Mass Challenge last summer, a two-day, 162-mile bike ride ending in Provincetown. At one of the rest stops, Kim heard a familiar voice— Janice McKeown, who was riding with a group of women from Wellesley to Bourne in memory of a friend. Kim and Doug recently had dinner with Tom and Ann Skinner Rider, who were back East from Minnesota for Bowdoin parents weekend. Ann and Tom’s daughter, Molly, is a freshman at Bowdoin, and Kim and Doug’s son, Will, is a junior. * Mark Hopkins continues to work for Komori America. His oldest daughter, Kristin, just had her second son. His oldest son, Taylor, and second daughter, Brittany, will graduate from college next summer. His second son, Ryan, is a freshman at the University of Dayton and enjoying the college life. Youngest daughter Kaylee’s high school soccer team won the division-one state championship. Mark occasionally connects with John Crowley, who is transitioning to the South from Minnesota.