News of the Week:
==> Currently Sean is a freshman at Roger Williams University where he is double majoring in Legal Studies and Environmental Science. Like at Tabor, he is an active & productive participant on the varsity Sailing team. He ended the 2008 Fall fleet racing season on a high note by winning the Freshman Intersectional (formally the ACC’s) at Connecticut College. This regatta sees top freshman sailors from across the US competing head-to-head. His 43 point lead over the 2nd place team from Dartmouth enabled RWU to win the event. This convincing win spurred the New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association to name Sean and his crews the “Sailors of the Week” (Look for Week 10 here). Nice to report that classes are going really well too. Sean continues to coach at the RBYC and do one or two 420 regatta’s each summer. He was really able to up his golf game this past summer by playing the Belmont 3 to 4 times a week. Shaelyn remains a big part of his life and we’re very happy.
==> RJ continues to steam right along as he’s now almost half way through his 2nd year in the PhD program at Roswell Park. He was one of four students selected into the 2007 Cellular and Molecular Biology Cancer Genetics research program. He has a big test coming up in January 09 so fingers crossed. In August 2008 he moved to a different apartment which is a bit more comfortable. It’s not all a grind in the great white north though as the Holiday Valley ski mountain is about a one hour drive south of Buffalo so he and his friends are able to do lots of night and weekend skiing. On top of that, who’d a thunk the sailing scene in Buffalo was as lively as it is, but RJ’s been plugged in to weekly sailing and frostbiting through the Buffalo Yacht Club. And of course, Buffalo is home to the famous Buffalo Wings said to be invented here at the Anchor Bar which remains a popular watering hole. Most exciting news was that for Thanksgiving 2008 we met his close friend Elizabeth and we’re very happy.
==> Mary Clare is doing Great, just Great ! Between volunteering and children she continues to be one very busy gal. Mom is over the moon as our Cabin project continues to move along. For 2008 we have shifted from building a Barn over to finishing off most of the basement…let’s just call it “Craft Central”. We are not in Vt enough in her opinion and I have to agree but, we will be someday. Her knitting needles are usually sparking each evening as I try to watch the news and over Thanksgiving she was very excited to lure Elizabeth into the murky netherworld world of the Knitters Guild.
==> Same status as usual…if Mary's happy, I'm happy