The exterior of the house is looking much better due in large part to the help and support of alumnus Jim Snyder (ʼ72). We are now employing a full-service lawn company to take care of the grass, hedges, and everything in between at Jim’s recommendation, and he also personally helped add new flowers and other shrubbery to improve the house’s appearance. The new lawn maintenance company will be a big upgrade from prior years and has already drawn the praise of the undergraduates. Thank you, Jim, for all your help!

Garage Repair and Renovation

Brothers who lived in the garage will be happy to know that it has undergone extensive repairs and a renovation for the common area on the first floor. Beyond a facelift, the work included replacing the makeshift garage door and paneling “wall” on the Preston Place side of the building with a masonry wall and new windows. On the inside, there is new flooring, cabinets, counters, and appliances. Finally, the bathroom now has a new shower, flooring, sink and toilet.

After evaluating two bids, the Board awarded the contract to Royal Star Associates, Inc. of Bay Shore, New York. They completed all the work during the second week of September. Those coming to the Homecoming Tailgate should stop by the garage and admire the good work.

New Refigerator for the House Kitchen

Thanks to a generous contribution from Rob Bentley (ʼ87), the house has a brand-new GE refrigerator. It arrived just in time for a pre-fall-break party and should give the brothers years of service. And since it’s energy-star rated, it should help keep the power bills down during those years. (Side note: this came about in part because Rob’s daughter Cameron (a fourth year) is in Spence Phillips’ (’85) sustainability policy class this fall. Between the last name and a striking resemblance, it wasn’t hard to make the connection. Rob and Spence had the chance to catch up over drinks a few weeks into the semester, and after some reminiscing about mantel diving and catching up on nearly 40 years of personal history, Rob offered to finance the new fridge.)