BRRR… What a winter! The cold snap was second to none, but the 21-inch snow was really nothing compared to the 1952 storm we can brag about. Three feet of snow! Ninety of us still lived on the old campus and rode the Blue Beetle to the Hill for classes. (Who remembers the driver’s name?) My roommate often slept late and would run to catch the bus in her PJs, carrying her clothes and changing in the back of the bus, make-up and all. Honest! During the storm we were stuck downtown for three days. After a path was made, a horse and rider took milk and newspapers up to the new campus. Classes were canceled. Drifts were as high as the Park Diner! * Jo Bailey Campbell celebrated her 80th birthday with friends and relatives in the fall. She says the challenge for 80-year-olds this year was to stay upright when outdoors. She used a cane last winter but now takes an aerobic exercise class at the Y. She is happy with her new life in Newcastle and wishes classmates a happy New Year. * John Reisman, a regular in this column, has no news. He’s just trying to keep warm! “With the wind chill,” he said, “it should be 40 below tonight, and it’s not Maine, but Ohio!” * The first thing Betty Harris Smith does when Colby magazine arrives is read our class news. She enjoys condo living, where there are a few Colby folks. They often talk about dorm life, waiting in line in the dining hall, and the bus trip up and down Mayflower Hill. In February she’ll go to the Caribbean. * Germaine Michaud Orloff moved to Granite Hill in Hallowell, Maine. Her family keeps her hopping with trips to New Jersey, New York, D.C., Colorado, and of course, Belgrade, Maine. One grandchild, Anaise, is in Bangladesh on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the plight of women in a third-world country. A grandson, Ian, son of Karen ’81, has been accepted at Johns Hopkins. Germaine keeps busy with all 13 of her grandchildren, including Cole, 3, son of Glenn ’84. Anyone coming to Waterville can contact her at Granite Hill. * Marilyn Faddis Butler has a new interest in the city of Charleston, S.C. After traveling there with her husband, she described it as an enchanting place, a little like old Boston with lots of historic buildings and churches. They’re limited with travel due to her husband’s surgery of three years ago. She still enjoys tennis and bridge. * Louise “Pinkie” Fall Achor wrote a very detailed account of her 80th birthday. Her kids, along with both daughters-in-law, planned a family dinner for 15 and a dessert and coffee hour for 41 invited guests at the cottage. Dessert included the famous Achor wedding cake—almond-flavored with a delicious rum glaze, raspberry filling, and almond icing! Celebrations went on through the next week with friends from school days surprising her. She ended it all by attending a church organ and brass concert. Sadly, on Jan. 24, 2013, Pinkie’s husband died from cancer. She and her family were thankful that they could get through a very stressful time. She now lives alone and is grateful for her loving children, who have been so supportive in the midst of their own grief. * Jane Whipple Coddington wrote about her ‘blank mind’ after a few wonderful, busy weeks seeing all their family (i.e. grandchildren) during the holidays. She and Chan were vegetating until they could unfreeze! * Happy New Year, good friends. May happiness and health be yours throughout 2014.