Jerry Hoinacki, Joanne and Loretta came up from Belle Harbor, LI to visit with us in early August. Joanne is Wendy's long time friend - they met as kids on the beach at Westbrook, CT and Joanne still lives on the beach at Belle Harbor. We usually stop by at Belle Harbor on our way to a Lehigh game in Bethlehem, but I think those Lehigh games are now gone. Joanne is now fully retired - they are all doing well.

Dana Flannagan stopped by on her way from her parent's home in Sweden, ME to her home, now in Glastonbury. Dana is extremely busy with her new position with Agnelli Real Estate in Glastonbury - she has three or four employees that work for her. As is the case here, she is always texting or calling these people. Dana is now living with her good friend, Justina in G'bury..

Both families came up in late August. Here are the grandchildren, except for Katherine, who had just completed her summer internship at a small Internet company in Boxford. From left to right: Lucy, who will be 10 next month; eighth-grader, Sarah; Reid and John, now 12 and growing up fast. We surely did make a great decision to build High Meadow in Jackson as the kids love to visit us.

When both families were here, Todd and Cheri Eckbreth came up to Storyland with one of Cheri's nephews, and stopped by for dinner. Todd, Cheri and son Bryce live in Manchester, CT where Cheri, at the far end of the table, is still active in local politics. Todd has several apartments and has his own landscaping business.

Wendy, President of the Mountain Garden Club, had arranged a bus trip to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor, ME. So who went with her? Reid, of course. Reid has all sorts of interests and is quite the verbal guy so he and Wendy went on this all day trip. Wendy has lots of photos of all the flowers there, but found someone to take a picture of these two.

The last day of our families' visit, we all dressed up and went to the White Mountain Hotel in Bretton Woods for dinner to celebrate Wendy's birthday. We used to do this many, many years ago, and always had a great time. There have been many improvements to the hotel over those years. The most notable change has been that people no longer dress for dinner as was required in the past. It still was a great time!

August 2017