College Bound – Kathy Erskine Jenkins’ Daughter

College Bound – Kathy Erskine Jenkins’ Daughter

Happy Holidays from Kathy (Erskine) and Grace Jenkins!. Here is a photo of Grace in the Bahamas last week. She is graduating from The Purnell School in Pottersville, NJ in June and has been accepted early decision to Muhlenberg in the Fall. We are alive and well and living in NYC. Best to all. KJ


If others of you have children who have been accepted early decision, let us know where they will be going to college. And don’t forget to let us know in April also!



Anne Curtis Chittenden lives in a neighboring town and is helping women in crisis. I thought you’d like to hear about what she is doing and so asked Anne if I could post the information. Here is her response to my request and information on PetSafe.

“Hi Kathy,

Thank you! This is such a generous offer. I’ve had so little time to participate in the fun flurry of classmate communications, let alone get the word out to old friends who might be interested in what I’m trying to accomplish. The need is great, financial donations are critical, and I’m learning that we’ll always have new hurdles to clear. Some days it feels like eating an elephant- just have to take it one bite at a time and try not to look up (or too far ahead) for fear of losing courage. But most days, I feel good about all the progress made so far. We’ll get there….

I’ll attach a brief 1-pg Overview for you. I’d love for classmates to be able to get in touch with me if they’d like to, so thank you again for helping me spread the word.



Domestic Animal Sanctuary



CT SafePet provides animal respite care for those without means to safeguard their pets in times of crisis. Offering comprehensive veterinary and foster home care for up to 60 days, SafePet enables pet owners to reside in emergency shelters, enter residential treatment settings, or receive extended care in facilities where they are unable to care for their animals.

In response to the needs of some of Connecticuts most vulnerable residents, SafePet assures confidential and highly personalized standards of care. Our network of licensed veterinarians, emergency personnel, trained foster caregivers and frontline staffs review and prioritize each applicants needs and coordinate services accordingly. For the duration of the service agreement, we advocate for the best possible outcome for every animal in our custody.

Each request for services presents a unique set of circumstances. We accept applications on a case-by-case basis and assure a timely response. Eligibility requirements include enrollment or active participation in programs or services provided by a referring agent, and compliance with court orders and/or treatment plans in effect at the time SafePet services are rendered. Requests for services submitted by individuals without a referring agent cannot be accepted.

Referring agents include:

Victims advocates & judicial personnel

Law enforcement & animal control officers

Youth & family service organizations

Womens, childrens & elderly protective service agencies

Veterinarians & vet techs

Domestic violence & sexual assault crisis service providers

Mental health & addictions treatment providers,

VNAs & other health agency personnel

Created and managed by Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary, CT SafePet is the first program of its kind to be offered to Connecticuts residents in need. We encourage and welcome community support for this groundbreaking initiative.

Without the generosity of our dedicated foster care volunteers and veterinary professionals, CT SafePet services would not be possible. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation, sponsoring an animal in need, or volunteering to become an animal foster caregiver. Together, we truly make a difference!

For more information, please contact:

Annie Chittenden, CT SafePet Program Manager

There are indeed “angels among us.” Please let us know of any passionate causes you are involved in (I can hear my English teacher screaming, “Never end a sentence with a preposition!). We’d love to hear about them….and you!

Bonnie Casper’s 60th

Bonnie Casper’s 60th

I am responding to the call!

I turned 60 in June and Mark and Blair had a wonderful party for me. Actually my daughter was interning in NYC and said she would only come home to celebrate if we had a party she didnt want to spend the weekend seeing me sit on the couch, curtains drawn, bemoaning my old age! So she organized everything! Then we went to Edinburgh and London this fall to visit her while she was studying in London for the semester. We had a great time and enjoyed the family bonding as well as the touring!

Everything is going well as we look forward to a new era and a breath of fresh air come January 20th!

Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year and may our 401ks that are now 201ks find their way back so that we can enjoy our graying years.


Three Musketeers

Three Musketeers

Melanie Austin, Diana McBrier Wolfe and Maggie Williams, unfortunately missing their d’Artagnan (Anne Wells), met on Nantucket to celebrate their 60th birthdays.

One thing I love about these photos people send is seeing the wonderful things classmates are doing, how they are staying connected and how great they look!