Don Vafides writes that “2014 was an incredibly busy year. My partner, Irv, and I took over a restaurant and bar and an ice cream shop in Provincetown, Mass. I’ve been splitting my time between my D.C. dental practice and Cape Cod, but the hope is to transition to retirement from dentistry and move full time to the Cape.” Don and Irv attended their first Patriots game at Gillette and hope to make it to more games and finally get back to visit Colby. * Jeffra Becknell brought her wife and two daughters (13 and 11) to Colby for the first time in July. “Mayflower Hill was spectacular, and I was able to point out my freshman dorm room in Averill. We visited Sandy Maisel at his home on Great Pond. We enjoyed lobster rolls, speedboating, and watching our California girls jump off a dock into a lake before a summer storm drenched us.” * “All is well, and life is good,” writes Jeff Brown, despite being in the throes of moving parents into retirement communities. In December Jeff and family visited son Alec, a junior at Davidson College, in London, as Alec finished up a semester there. They enjoyed food, theater, art, history, and more, then spent a few days in Vienna experiencing the Christmas spirit Austrian-style. * Mark Hopkins submitted a list of all the changes in his household: “My oldest daughter just had her third son. My oldest son was promoted and moved to Denver. My second daughter returns to Guatemala to continue her life as a missionary. My second son will graduate from Ohio State University this summer. My third daughter will move to Columbus, Ohio, and attend Ohio State University. My wife has been promoted and is now a director of her company. I continue to travel the U.S.A., managing my sales team for Komori America.” I’d need a list to keep all that straight too! * From Bob Benjamin: “Made it to Colby for Reunion Weekend in June and hung out with some of the Class of ‘84. Looking forward to the Colby rugby reunion in NYC this spring. Oldest son Bobby will get married in September. Older daughter graduated from University of San Diego last summer. Two other children are in high school. Still teaching and coaching at Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn., and serving in the Army Reserve. Hope to finish up the Army War College this summer. I’ve been selected for brigade command of a unit at Westover Air Base in Massachusetts, so I’m looking forward to that as well.” * Deb Nader Hartshorn and daughter Dana are celebrating Dana’s driver’s license and early-decision acceptance to Bates. They both volunteer for the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport Program at Sugarbush Ski Resort, where they have encountered every imaginable snow condition, including skiing in the pouring rain! Deb looks forward to heading Down East to connect with family and old friends … and catch a dance or two! * Our last bit of news is quite sad. Last June Beth Ellis Tautkus lost her son, Austin, 18, to a work accident. Although they lost Austin, he made life-saving organ and tissue donations to help others. Numerous Colby friends traveled to Beth’s side to help her through her grief. “Colleen Plourde Harvey, Denise Glennon, Sue Kallio, and Kate Docherty were pillars of strength and levity. Patty Valavanis Smith ’80 also attended Austin’s services. The weekend after the services, Colleen, her children, and Denise joined me and my daughters in Dewey Beach, Del., for some relaxation and reflection. A week later I joined Sue Kallio for a few days at her house in Mattapoisett, Mass., for more beach time.” Beth and her husband are back teaching school, and they and their children—Jason, Katie, and Jenny—get through one day at a time. Beth prays that no one else will have to bury a child. Beth provided a link to a poem about a balloon release they did to honor Austin. The author didn’t know Austin, and a friend of a friend found the poem purely by chance: rattle.com/poetry/after-the-memorial-by-megan-collins. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Beth.