Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Leaders get followed!


Did you catch the recent DA Magazine "Comments" section?

"The mountain climbers of the Class of '83 are an inspiration to us all" wrote Tom Wilson '48.  Then he included a photo of his 2013 summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (about age 86?)!
As usual we crushed the classnotes section including Nate Nourse's latest ski adventure getting its own page!!! And how 'bout the three page spread on the work Mark Beaubien is doing to track hurricanes?  The blog has had a few posts in the past as interesting things happened but the article compiles it all.

Our lives go their own ways but we're forever connected.  Thanks for sharing whatever is going on in your life - it all adds up to '83 leadership.. Screw the class of 1980 and their King...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Focus...For a Million Bucks

Three days left to help DA: 1) reach 50% alumni participation - a huge accomplishment and 2) earn an extra $1MM from a brother sister alumni pair.  Every gift, no matter how large or small, will get us closer to our goals.

https://deerfield.edu/alumni/challenge/

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Colorado Dreamin'

Don Hindman is living the dream my friends...

Saturday: Skiing Arapahoe Basin (a LeMieux favorite destination btw)
Sunday: Running a 10K in Boulder


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Met Life

Doug, Hank and Andrew connected on a NYC rooftop at the Met.  Great work fellas!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It's just lunch...

Will had business in Denver (he lives near Boulder) so made a point to schedule a lunch with JK.  Then the business cancelled and he still came to lunch.  Great wide-ranging chat between two old friends who hadn't seen much of each other in the last 30+ years.  You should try it too!


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Month With New Meaning

With April being Parkinson’s Awareness Month, I wanted to share some health news with you. 
This past September, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects nerve cells in the brain.  In short, a person's brain slowly stops producing a neurotransmitter called dopamine. With less and less dopamine, the nerve cells die, and a person has less and less ability to regulate his/her movements, body and emotions.
For about two years, I had been experiencing slight tremors with my right arm that progressively worsened. Over time, my right arm stopped naturally swinging as I walked, and I began dragging my right foot as I stepped. I attributed the “weakness” to an old shoulder injury, and the foot-dragging to wearing flip-flops. 
As it turns out, I exhibited many of the primary and secondary young-onset symptoms of the disease.  The good news is, with medications and rigorous exercise, unless I am an outlier, I should be able to manage well for the foreseeable future.
That said, I encourage you to learn more about Parkinson’s.  The Michael J. Fox Foundation is doing incredible things to advance research in this area.  If you are feeling philanthropic, now or in the future, after donating to Deerfield, consider going to my fundraising page athttp://www2.michaeljfox.org/site/TR/TeamFox/TeamFox?px=2304245&pg=personal&fr_id=1890
All the best,
Dean

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Makin' Movies

After 3 years of trying to get the next movie off the ground, and a steep learning curve on "Hollywood values", I was fortunate to work with some incredible people and finish shooting (first step in long march to your screens) an anti-romantic comedy called Brand New Old Love, written and directed by a young comedienne here in LA. It is a low budget project but we were fortunate to get some great and known actors from movies and TV shows like Broad City, You're the Worst and Silicon Valley and Austin Powers. But my highlight was the day we worked with Brian Doyle Murray, the writer of Caddyshack and we shot on a golf course no less. I had to explain to him that phrases like "you're killing me Smails" are part of my everyday vocabulary and I was not just trying to suck up. He was incredibly gracious and a tremendous actor. Unfortunately, I did not get an opportunity to ask about his years rooming with John Belushi. Otherwise, all adequate, spend a lot of non-working time walking the dog (not a metaphor) in LA for foreseeable future and lucky to see DA folks in region.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Oldie but a goodie

Chris Davey just updated his LinkedIn profile to inform his rabid followers (or am I the only one?) that he is now Chief Strategist for Publicis.Sapient.

Which sent me on a search for related news...which is when i uncovered the man himself in a company video...

https://youtu.be/M0UeZpxg5ZY


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

P.R.

In this case, P.R.= Premature Reprimand.

Varsity chain yanker, Chaz Gagne, pulled another one the other day.

Your intrepid editor merely wished him a happy birthday (in as few keystrokes as possible) on Facebook.

He then mentioned he had just seen a classmate.

Your editor immediately Chaztised him for not taking a picture for the blog.

Which he posted a moment later.

Nice.










Thursday, March 31, 2016

Same Flight!

Don and JK were on the same PHX-DIA flight on the way back from Spring Break - but didn't realize it until baggage claim!

Even though break was over - it was still a great day to see some '83!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hey - it's just news...

Eric Suher owns 6 of 14 vacant storefronts in downtown Northampton, says he's waiting for 'right tenants'

http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2016/03/eric_suher_owns_5_of_14_vacant_storefron.html

NORTHAMPTON -- When business owners and community members talk about downtown's empty storefronts, one person's name comes up more than any other.
Eric Suher owns six of the 14 vacant spots on Main Street and the core roads that connect to it, city assessor's records show -- the most prominent of which is the former space of Spoleto at 15 Main St.
For many, the popular Italian restaurant's 4,000-square-foot location, with its faded burnt-orange awning and the Iron Horse Entertainment Group fliers in the windows, has become synonymous with Suher's perceived neglect of his downtown Northampton properties. It has been empty for nearly four years.
Contrary to rumor, Suher maintains, the space isn't vacant because the rent is too high.
"If I feel like someone is going to be great for the town, rent is secondary," Suher said in an interview with MassLive, adding that two "fairly substantial restaurant groups" are considering the property.
Suher said he's been waiting for the right tenants to fill the space. There's been a lot of interest in the property, he said, but from "unqualified retailers."
He said he won't consider tenants who don't have enough financial backing to "weather the ups and downs of the retailer-restaurant cycle."
"I don't think Northampton needs any more nail salons, tattoo parlors, tie-dye or T-shirt shops," he added. "I don't think adding more of these certain stores, just for the sake of filling the vacancies, is what's best for the city."
The Holyoke businessman said he's toyed with the idea of splitting the former Spoleto space in half, as it is so much larger than the typical storefront on Main and Pleasant streets.
"Every time we look at that, someone comes along who seems like a promising fit," he said.
Suher has three vacant properties on Center Street, two of which -- numbers 21 and 24 -- he says he expects to fill by the fall; A building he owns at 47 Center St. is also vacant.
Northampton pedestrians share thoughts on empty storefrontsWhen a few retailers left the city's core in late 2015 and early this year, residents and visitors alike began to question the financial well-being of this 28,000-person community that has made a name for itself as the Pioneer Valley's pillar of arts, culture and food. 
He has come under fire for holding onto liquor licenses for properties that have sat vacant for years, including those for the former First Baptist church at 298 Main St. and the Green Room at 26-28 Center St., which opened in the fall of 2014.
The Northampton License Commission stripped him of his Green Room license in summer 2014, expressing unhappiness with the progress of the then-unopened bar and church projects. But Suher opened the cocktail lounge soon after, and transferred his license there from the Baptist church.
There are about 38 liquor licenses in Northampton. But because the city has reached the quota set by the stated Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, bar and restaurant owners have to wait for one to become available.
Suher said the 15,000-square-foot Baptist church site, which is slated to become an event venue, should be completed by the end of 2016. 
Suher also owns the Pleasant Street building that houses Diva's Nightclub -- which announced last week that it will close in the fall -- as well as several local music venues including the Calvin Theatre, Pearl Street Nightclub, the Basement and Iron Horse.
Why so many empty Northampton storefronts? High rents, e-commerce part of equation
When a few businesses left Northampton's core in late 2015 and early this year, residents and visitors alike began to question the financial well-being of this 28,000-person community that has made a name for itself as a pillar of arts, culture and food.

Pat Goggins of Goggins Real Estate, which represents many downtown spaces, said Suher is, in many ways, an asset to the community.
"Most downtowns would be happy to have someone such as him, who is as active a participant in owning properties over the years," he said. "As a practical matter, it's real green dollars he's spent." 
But, Goggins said in a general statement on downtown Northampton businesses, "It's just not good to have vacant buildings."
Hank Ross, a local realtor, has a differing opinion. He explained that a storefront that sits vacant has a perceived rent potential, one that assessors base a property value on. But if a landlord lowers rent to fill a space as quickly as possible, the building's value will likely decrease.
"If everyone drops rent prices, the whole value of the downtown will go down," Ross said. "It's a downward spiral."
Members of the Northampton Arts Council, the Downtown Northampton Association and the Chamber of Commerce are looking at ways to make vacant spaces available for pop-up cultural exhibits.
The proposal comes after a rash of Main Street establishments closed -- including The MercantileWestern Village Ski & SportThe Hinge nightclub and restaurant and a Subway shop -- in the span of just a few months.
Northampton has already home to such a pop-up: "Play Like A Girl," a multimedia perspective on musician and Institute For the Musical Arts founder June Millington, was displayed in the former Hempest storefront in February.
Suher said he's not opposed to potentially lending his empty properties to the arts community, but added that many of his spaces are undergoing renovations and it's "not so easy to show sites when there's full art installations inside of them."
Guerra said he is galled by how long the former Spoleto spot has remained empty.
"If I were a landlord of a nice piece of property downtown that's empty, I would lower my price to a point where I would get somebody in there," he said. "If the price isn't something I can live with in the long run, I'd give a short-term lease."
"Some of these buildings that have been sitting empty for this long, it's almost criminal," Guerra later added.
Guerra moved from the 15 Main St. spot to 1 Bridge in 2012. He said his mortgage for the new building is less than what his rent was at the former.
Adam Dunetz, owner of Green Bean and the Roost said "some really prime, beautiful locations are decaying visually and spiritually" in Northampton.
"Spaces that once felt vibrant and were part of Northampton's rich character are sitting vacant for years," he said. "It's very disheartening."
Suher said it's easy to point fingers at his choice to keep some buildings empty.
"As the building owner, I'm the most qualified to make that decision for the long haul," he said.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

University material...

More good advice from Denison University President Adam Weinberg: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-weinberg/five-tips-for-choosing-a-_b_9369730.html

What is the best way to choose a college? And what do we know about the connection between what matters in college and who succeeds in the job market? And more importantly, how does the choice of a college lead to a more fulfilling life? 
Let's start with some observations on trends in the college search process. 
  • Selecting a college has become a family decision. For most families today, choosing a college is considered among the most important decisions they will make. Parents often are involved in every phase of the process.
  • Families are searching for value. For parents, this often will be one of the biggest expenses they will have, along with the purchase of a home. Parents also are looking at a rapidly changing job market and believe this decision will impact their child's earning potential (and, hence, everything else) for the rest of their lives. Parents are trying to figure out what they can afford and what will open up the most doors for their children.
  • The college search process often is being driven by anxiety, which can lead to panic. Anxiety comes from the lack of information about admissions (can my son or daughter get in?), and value (what will it cost, and what will it do for my child?). That panic is leading to a lot of pressure early in high school to focus on the search process. And during senior year, it can increase to a level that is both unwarranted and unhealthy. 
Let me suggest a different way of thinking. 
There are more than 4,000 colleges in this country, and there are, at the very least, 1,000 colleges where students can get a great education and go on to do great things with their lives. 
Rather than starting by asking about value--which often leads to unwarranted anxiety, the wrong questions guiding the process, and bad choices--start by asking about fit. 
What does that mean? It means asking questions that help you to determine which college will meet the needs of a particular student. 
In his recent book, Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni argues that our anxieties allow the college search process to be driven by an industry composed of test prep companies, tutors, and numerous and conflicting rankings. Among his best pieces of advice is simply that college is less about where you go, and more about doing the right things once you are there. He dedicates his book as follows:
"To all of the high school kids in this country who are dreading the crossroads of college admissions and to all the young adults who felt ravaged by it. We owe you and the whole country a better, more constructive way."
So what do we know about what matters in college? In How College Works, Dan Chambliss and Christopher Takacs argue that students benefit most from going to a college where they quickly form friendships with peers and develop a close mentoring relationship with a faculty member. Students who go to a college where relationships don't form quickly and don't sustain and deepen over time, get very little out of college. The authors write:
"Without the motivating presence of friends, teachers, and mentors even the best-designed, potentially most valuable academic programs will fail. So students who want to both enjoy college and get the most from it in the long run must find at least a few good friends, and a couple of great teachers. A great mentor--a trusted adult advisor, if one can be found, adds a tremendous advantage." 
Chambliss and Takacs are picking up on two central points. The first is the critical importance of mentorship (which I will come back to). The second is a point made by Andrew Delbanco in his book, College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, about what he calls "lateral learning." The simple idea is that students learn a lot from one another. So it is important to go to a school with motivated students who bring a diversity of views, experiences, and life perspectives. And it is important that students take advantage of it. Relationships form the core of the college experience. 
The Gallup Organization and Purdue University have done extensive research to create The Gallup-Purdue Index, which measures what matters in college. Two important findings are clear:
  • Faculty mentorship is crucial. Students who have a great mentor have double the odds of thriving personally and professionally. In other words, having a faculty member who cares, who connects with you and catalyzes you, is the key to academic engagement. This is profoundly important and happens far less often then it should. The Gallup research suggests that as few as 14 percent of all graduates have that experience. Simply put, it makes no sense to go to college if you are not going to become academically engaged. 
  • The second part is getting involved in a co-curricular activity. Students who had experiences such as a job/internship, long-term school project, and/or were extremely involved in co-curricular activity had double the odds of being successful. Yet, sadly, only 6 percent of graduates had this kind of college experience. 
Notice I did not say a dozen co-curricular activities, which is one of the many bad habits we are encouraging in high school students in preparation for the college admissions process. Students are better off doing one or two things really well, especially in college. Bring a passion, and find a passion. 
The question is, how do you find a college where your son or daughter is likely to become immersed quickly, develop a close mentoring relationship with a faculty member, and get involved in sustained co-curricular activities that allow them to find good friends and develop strong life skills? 
First, prospective students and families need to start with some self-reflection. Spend less time focused on finding the right college, for that is the easier part, and spend more time up front reflecting on your son or daughter and where they are in their own personal development. 
Second, know your family finances and understand how much colleges really cost. The sticker price, meaning the listed tuition, is not helpful. Here is what you need to know: 
  • How many years does it take the average student to graduate? At Denison, like most private colleges, it is four years. At some public universities, it often takes five or even six years (hence, an extra year or two of tuition).
  • You also need to understand the discount rate, which is the average percent of tuition students receive in financial aid. For example, at Denison tuition is listed at $46,250, but we have an $800 million endowment and use our resources to invest heavily in our students. Our 59 percent discount rate means the average student pays less than half of the listed tuition.
  • And you need to know if the financial aid is for need or merit. Need-based aid will generally be given to families with a household income of less than $150,000. Merit aid is awarded without regard for income; it is based on a student's profile, GPA, and other special attributes. 
In other words, when you are visiting colleges, ask questions not about the list price, but what families with students like yours actually pay. 
Third, find a place that matches your son's or daughter's interests. One of the mistakes prospective families make is selecting a college because of very small differences in price. Fit is most important. It does not make sense to go to a college that is slightly cheaper if the fit is not right. A number of studies have been done on student debt. My own view is that debt of less than $30,000 after four years (which is about the price of a car) does not negatively impact a student. It is worth it to get an education that is the right one for an individual student.
If your son or daughter plays a sport or has a passion for an artistic endeavor, choose a college where he or she will be able to pursue that passion. Don't go someplace where they only will be able to watch others perform. Choose a college where they will be likely to make the team, be cast in a play, join a music ensemble, and have a chance to pursue their passion.
This is also true for students who want to major in the sciences. So much of the value of undergraduate work in the sciences comes from hands-on research. Choose a college where undergraduates get to conduct their own research and where it is built into courses. Be wary of places where graduate students replace professors in classrooms and knock undergraduates out of the labs.
Fourth, the college tour matters. Visit a range of different kinds of colleges. Try not to be strident with your views. Ask your son or daughter questions, as opposed to offering observations. Where do they feel comfortable? 
Ask an admissions counselor about the size of the endowment per student. Endowment translates into the financial resources a college can spend on providing student experiences. On the tour, ask about the mood on campus. You want to be someplace where faculty, staff and students are proud of the college. And get off the beaten path by going to the student union and asking students for their views on their experiences. Finally, once you get accepted, go back to campus if at all possible and take advantage of April visit days. Let your son or daughter spend the night at their top two or three colleges, and tell them to go with their gut. 
Focus on your son or daughter. Encourage him or her to reflect on the type of college that will create the kind of experience outlined by Chambliss and the Gallup-Purdue Index, a place where they are most likely to make good friends, find a faculty mentor, and become engaged academically and in co-curricular activities.
And make sure you, as a parent, understand the finances of what it will cost for your child to go to that particular college. It is more complicated than it appears. Denison has a $46,250 price tag for tuition, but most families pay far less. In many cases, Denison may be less expensive than a public university. 
And lastly, remember that getting into college is the easy part. Making the most of it is the hard part. Parents and students expend way too much energy worrying about getting in and selecting the right college, and not nearly enough focusing on how to transition into college and how to take full advantage of the amazing colleges we have in this country.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sign up for Service April 9...

Come join us!

SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016

Join alumni, families and friends on our Day of Service in 11 different locations.
Time: 2-4 hours of service (depending on the project)
This year's partnering organizations include:
  • Chicago, IL: DRW College Prep
  • Concord, MA: Gaining Ground
  • Denver, CO: Food Bank of the Rockies
  • Greenwich, CT: Boys & Girls Club 
  • New York (Brooklyn): BloomAgainBklyn
  • New York (Manhattan): The Bowery Mission
  • Los Angeles: OPCC
  • Providence, RI: Southside Community Land Trust
  • Shelburne Falls, MA: Mary Lyon Foundation
  • Worcester, MA: Boys & Girls Club
  • Washington D.C.: A Wider Circle
Learn more about the project near you and sign up today!
Space is limited.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Hey, Hey RJ!

RJ Harrington continues to work on his new company: NationalCarCharging and likes to wear branded clothing when in public.  Can't begrudge him that!  He also won a raffle for subscribers to the DA Club of the Rockies blog and was able to take his son to his first college lax game at defending national champs Denver Univ! Big wins all around.



At the same time he was sad to have missed Nate Nourse during his last minute ski trip to Colorado...Hope it was fun, Nate!
(Update from Nate: "My friend and I skied 7 mountains in 11 days, driving from central Pennsylvania and back. We logged 5,000 miles driving and almost 100,000 vertical. Next year our goal is 10 mountains in 14 days. Hopefully we’ll catch up with you then.")

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Must be Spring...


It's the time of year when Hardie Jackson and the gang at EvoShield drive all over Florida and Arizona to outfit the MLB teams at Spring Training. Lots of fun pics and videos on their FB and Twitter feeds!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Heights

Soon you will have received your recent DEERFIELD magazine...Even though the Class notes being published are more heavily curated - the Class of 1983 had the centerfold!!! (insert sophomoric thought here...) The great response to my original post about reaching 12K feet in Rocky Mountain National Park was a noteworthy thing and is a terrific display of what staying connected can mean for us as a group.  While I wish we heard from many more of you, I'll take this as a sign of the value of the blog...


The magazine went 1 for 2 with Leigh Guyer in the issue (and has been notified).  On page 96 he is identified as the winner of the previous issue's crossword puzzle prize, but on page 70 he is mentioned as a member of the Class of 1984. Still, that's a bunch of mentions!!!



Thursday, February 4, 2016

National Signing Day

It may come as a surprise that one of our classmates attended a letter signing for a talented high school athlete who is choosing to play college soccer at Vanderbilt.

Or it will come as no surprise when you learn it's Hardie Jackson's daughter who did the signing...

Time for John Houghton, Hardie, Rob Rigsby, John Sory and Jim Wareck to find some of those old stories and photos about her dad!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Another one of us...

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/01/former_deerfield_academy_stude_1.html
Former Deerfield Academy student files $40 million lawsuit against teacher, 3 others
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The main building at Deerfield Academy. A former student filed suit Tuesday against a former teacher there and three others claiming continued emotional distress as a result of sex with the teacher in 1979 when the student was just 14. (THE REPUBLICAN FILE)
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DEERFIELD — A California man has filed a $40 million lawsuit that claims he was sexually assaulted more than 35 years ago when he was a 14-year-old student by a Deerfield Academy faculty member.
The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston by former student Moss Krivin, names former instructor Peter Hindle and three unnamed "John Doe" defendants. It seeks $10 million from each of the defendants for the ongoing mental and emotional distress as a result of the assault.
Hindle was employed at the academy from 1959 through 2000.
The suit alleges that in 1979, Krivin, then known as Moss Steinberg, was sexually assaulted by Hindle and that the three John Doe defendants were responsible for hiring and supervision of people employed at the academy and that they should have known about the abuse and done something to prevent it.
Krivin was a student at Deerfield Academy from 1979 through 1981. The abuse is said to have occurred in 1979 when he was 14. 
The suit alleges that sometime in 1979, Hindle invited the student to accompany him to his dormitory residence, and once there, they engaged in sexual conduct. After they finished, Hindle instructed him that what had occurred "was to be kept secret by the plaintiff and that (he) must not tell anyone about it."
The suit claims that as a result of the incident, Krivin continues to suffer from "emotional distress and physical harm" including thoughts of suicide, depression, sadness, anger, anxiety, sleep disorder and panic attacks. The suit also claims a financial hardship caused by years of medical and therapeutic care and treatment, a long-term loss in earning capacity and other damages.
Hindle, reached at his home Tuesday afternoon, said he did not know about being named in the lawsuit until he was informed by a reporter. He said he had no comment, and said he did not have an attorney who could speak on his behalf. 
The suit is the latest in a line of allegations to trouble the prestigious 218-year-old private school since Deerfield Academy made them public in 2013.
Two weeks ago, the academy agreed to a $500,000 settlement to end a lawsuit filed in federal court in Connecticut by a former student who claimed he was sexually assaulted by another teacher, Bryce Lambert, on dozens of occasions in the mid-1980s.
Lambert died in 1997, and no charges were ever filed against him.
The lawyer representing Krivin in this suit, Mitchell Garabedian, of Boston, was also the lawyer in the Lambert case. Garabedian is the attorney who represented numerous victims of clergy sex abuse in the Boston Catholic archdiocese.
The academy in 2013 disclosed to students, parents, and alumni the allegations of sexual misconduct by faculty and launched an internal investigation. It later unveiled the results of that investigation that acknowledged some incidents of faculty engaged in improper sexual activity with students and that the school could have done more to prevent it from happening.
The report named both Hindle and Lambert, and disclosed the college confirmed instances where each had sexual activity with students. In Hindle's case, he admitted to having sex with one student, and there was strong evidence to suggest involvement with at least one other student, according to the report.
Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan in 2013 launched an investigationinto Hindle's actions, but concluded it was simply too late to pursue charges against him. 
Sullivan issued a statement in August that said he was unable to prosecute allegations of wrongdoing from 25 years ago because the statute of limitations had expired.
Deerfield Academy spokesman David Thiel said Tuesday he was aware of the suit but had not read it yet. Hindle had not had any affiliation with the campus in many years, he said.
"Obviously, the safety and welfare of our students is the most important responsibility we have," he said. 
"We empathize with the survivors. We are trying to respond with as much compassion, understanding and transparency as we can," he said.
Text of lawsuit filed by Moss Krivin vs. Peter Hindle

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

For rising 7th/8th graders

http://deerfield.edu/news/2016/01/the-experimentory-now-accepting-applications/10231685

The Experimentory Now Accepting Applications

Communications – January 20, 2016 
A four-week residential summer program for students entering seventh and eighth grade, the Experimentory at Deerfield Academy allows students to delve into project-based, interdisciplinary learning—right here on Deerfield’s campus. 
Course pairings for Summer 2016 include Theater & Electronics, Culture & Architecture and Design, and Music Composition & Film Production. 
This year’s program dates are July  10-August 6, 2016. Read more about the program or start an applicationtoday!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Closer to the end?

Deerfield Academy settles case alleging 1980s abuse for $500,000

Posted: Jan 13, 2016 10:14 AM MSTUpdated: Jan 13, 2016 10:14 AM MST

(Image Courtesy: MGN Online)(Image Courtesy: MGN Online)
By MICHAEL MELIA
Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A western Massachusetts prep school has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former student who said he was sexually abused by a faculty member in the 1980s.
Plaintiff's attorney Mitchell Garabedian provided details of the settlement with Deerfield Academy on Tuesday.
The plaintiff alleged in a lawsuit filed last year in federal court in Connecticut he was abused by faculty member Bryce Lambert while on trips to Connecticut for golf and squash matches against other prep schools. Lambert died in 2007.
A 2013 school investigation found evidence Lambert had sexual contact with two students.
School spokesman David Thiel says he won't comment on the settlement out of respect for the plaintiff's privacy.
The Associated Press generally doesn't identify people who say they're victims of sexual abuse.
Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Read more: http://www.westernmassnews.com/story/30956116/deerfield-academy-settles-case-alleging-1980s-abuse-for-500000#ixzz3x9fBIYVY

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Relax

It's a new year - find your way to relax:

Pete Townsend on a course in Florida, Knight and Cruikshank in a condo in Beaver Creek, Colorado....



Thursday, December 31, 2015

Together

Well, 2015 will soon be only a memory, like all the years, days and minutes since May of 1983 when we were together as a class.  Here's to a 2016 worth remembering...

The best part of this blog is seeing how we gather on purpose or impromptu and almost always share a story and a laugh.

Kudos to Sean Nottage and Chris Davey for connecting at the Brick Church in Old Deerfield for Christmas Eve service and then at the living creche in the barn behind the Deerfield Inn.  Lots of tradition in that town....

















Also, huge congrats to Adam Feiges for helping get the LA crowd together for some laughs in Manhattan Beach.  In the photo are Wareck, Tenenbaum, Feiges and Weir.  You figure it out!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Hank's Encounters

Consider following Hank Lemeiux on FB...

"OK, so, yes, this really just happened. 
I'm at Equinox getting in a quick workout before some work. So I'm in a hurry. 
In between sets I head to the sit-up bench. But they're both in use. So I head down one floor to where there is a secret, third sit-up bench I know about. And when I get there, some Will Ferrel-looking dude is in this bench too.
So now I'm exasperated. Don't these people know I'm in a hurry?
This is "New York Hank." He's uber impatient. I'm all thinking, "Will Ferrell-looking dude had _better_ get his ass up outta my bench."
At which point Will Ferrell-looking dude looks over at me, and...
Well, actually...
It _is_ Will Ferrell.
And he does get his ass up outta my bench. 
So now I'm feeling like I've got The Force or something. ("This is not the bench you're looking for.")
I go over and I'm like, "Do you mind if I work in, one quick set?"
And he's, "Sure!"
So I climb into the bench, which is a bit of a production because it's a decline bench, with those things you have to lock your legs and ankles around and I have to arrange some plates on my chest, etc. So then, finally I am ready.
And I look at him. And I say, "Now, don't make me laugh. I can't work out when I laugh."
And Will Ferrell starts laughing."