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Victoria Taylor Allen

This newsletter was written just days after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, and our area of New York was still largely without power. Our computer and phone service were a nightmare in the storm, so if you sent an email with your news and you don’t see it here, please let me know so I can put it in the next newsletter.

Patti Jones Schacht and Richard traveled to Italy, seeing the Amalfi Coast, Rome and Vatican City, Assisi, Florence, Venice, and Cinque Terre. Their first grandchild was married in Colorado in the spring. Richard returned from a trip to South America, where he and a group that funds the building of churches in several South American countries visited towns and orphanages. The Schachts planned their annual Thanksgiving reunion.

Anne Liady Lynch retired five years ago but was busier than ever with governmental and nonprofit organizations. She and husband Bob, an attorney in private practice, travel a lot, with many trips connected to Bob’s legal practice. Places they’ve visited include Monterey and Napa Valley, Calif.; Victoria, B.C.; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and Sun Valley, Idaho. Their oldest daughter and her husband are architects in Phoenix and have 4-year-old daughter Teagan. Middle daughter Caroline of Alexandria, Va., is also an attorney, as well as chief counsel to the Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. Youngest daughter Stephanie has a doctorate in physical therapy and volunteers in a clinic in Peru. Anne and Bob visited her there last year but looked forward to her return to the U.S. in December.

Susan Orebaugh Nicholson had a bout with breast cancer, had radiation treatments, and was feeling great. Indefatigable, Susan made previously scheduled presentations at the Healthy Kitchens/ Healthy Lives conference at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, Calif., just three weeks after surgery! Between radiation treatments, she presented talks to the Arizona and Louisiana dietetic associations. Autumn brought a conference of the Association of Food Journalists in Washington, D.C., and a visit to the updated Smithsonian exhibit of Julia Child’s kitchen. The Nicholsons spent a week in Paris. Susan reminds us to get our mammograms. Look for Susan’s Seven-Day Menu Planner for Dummies in bookstores everywhere.

Sharon Haythorne Stack planned a November visit to the New York area for a family wedding. Sally Crenshaw Witt and husband Sam have a new grandchild, Henry Witt, born last June to Sally’s son, Clay, and his wife. Sally and Sam have a new dog, rescued from the house of a hoarder. Sally gardens, and she grew a Norfolk pine so healthy and tall they use it as a Christmas tree. Ann McCallum Murray of Buhl, Idaho, is a volunteer guardian ad litem for foster children through the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. She works with the Boys and Girls Club, is a member of her local Rotary group, was preparing for the Octogenarian Dinner, works with metal in her studio, and is president of the Idaho Metal Arts Guild.

Don’t forget to email. Your classmates love to hear your news. I’m impressed with the activities, courage, spirit, and selflessness of our classmates. Have a safe year. As ever, Vicky.