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Now it's Mr. and Mrs. George Brakeley
He and Tamara secretly sneaked off to Iceland on a 17-day trip where they tied the knot on May 5, 2017.
Attendees in addition to those named in the caption &ndash Howie Harrison, Esther Clovis ’12, Tony Prather *98, his son &ndash and my grandson &ndash Nicholas Prather (hopefully ’27)
Pre-rade - September 12, 2015 to welcome Class of 2019.
Alumni are invited to picnic with the class immediately following the Pre-rade. Finish the day by joining members of the Alumni Council's Princetoniana Committee for a sing-along at the Blair Arch Step Sing, where the Class of 2019 learns traditional Tiger songs and cheers. The Class of ’61 and our guests will meet prior to the Pre-rade at Cannon Club for a lunch cookout on the back patio.L - R, Joe Prather, Jon Hlafter, Jim Kellogg, Patrick & Diane Davidson, Spence Reynolds, Ev Prather, Gail Kellogg, Carol Wojciechowicz,
Kayla Lawrence '15 - our newest Class Fellow, who is teaching 1st and 2nd grades in Jersey City with Teach For America
I am gearing up for what will be my 4th (and likely my last) trip to Guatemalain February 2014. This mission is sponsored by HELPS, International, a well-knownnon-profit organization providing enduring programs of practical, social and spiritual value to people in the developing world (time for some younger men and women to fill out the team). Last year, our 16-person team installed 100vented stoves ( http://onilstove.com ) and water filtration systems in rural Mayan huts in the central highlands of that country. In the rural areas of Guatemala, respiratory illnesses and lung diseases are significant, especially in children, caused in large part by the smoke from unvented open cooking/heating fires on the dirt floors of huts and houses. Water purity-related maladies are also very pronounced due to inaccessibility of potable water. 20% of the children die before age five due to these conditions, and providing a smoke-free environment and clean drinking water has provided a much healthier home environment with measurable positive results. As a result, there are a growing number of Guatemalan families requesting stoves and filters.
The work is accomplished by volunteers who pay their own expenses to serve in this new and different way. The cost of the stoves, other materials/supplies and in-country services/transportation is paid by donations from people wishing to support this wonderful mission. You can send a check, made out to HELPS, International to: Dr. Jim Weeks, 1378 Vermeer Drive, Nokomis, FL 34275. You will also receive an acknowledgement and thank you for your tax-deductible contribution from HELPS, International.
Dick Edmunds - 12/11/13
Dick leveling the cement block foundation of the stove (Note the open fire the stove will replace)
Top of hill above Santa Avelina to complete an installation
Onil Plancha stove installed in Mayan home with white water-filtration unit
Team members moving on dirt paths between installations
Onil Nextamal stove installed outside for use in boiling in large pots
Typical Mayan house
Webb Stevens wrote to Jim Adams (11/14/11): I am writing you now just to ask for your prayers for the safety and success of the mission/adventure I plan to undertake in November. I am inserting below the letter I sent to a few family and friends that more clearly describes our work. Please be sure to visit the two web pages. They do a fairly good job of explaining the need and of the unique process we will be using.
I will be going to Sierra Leone, West Africa as part of seven-man team from Williamsburg Mennonite Church to spend 10 days building a 36' by 52' women's and under five all purpose clinic to serve orphaned babies and destitute mothers around Bo District in the Southern Province. Sierra Leone has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world.
We will be using 18-pound blocks (30,000+) made from the surrounding earth with a small amount of Portland Cement as a binder and formed using a mechanical press to mold each block under high pressure. Because the blocks need to be cured in the sun for about two weeks, these already will be made when we arrive. No mortar is required because these blocks are interlocking. The block machine and design were developed by a Williamsburg contractor with the assistance of a mechanical engineer in his church (go to pbmin.org for more details).
The host agency, Fresh Hope Ministries International of Bangor, Northern Ireland (fresh-hope.org), has planned this clinic as the first stage of an 11-acre complex for an orphanage with school, some women's housing, and training and outreach facilities. So far this block system has been used for small houses in Kenya, Ghana, Haiti and some other countries. Fresh Hope Ministries does not have the resources to finance the project, and so our team members must provide the estimated $3000 each to cover air and ground transportation, room and board, visa and other fees, and other miscellaneous costs as required. I also need to obtain my passport and receive every imaginable inoculation required.
Specifically pray for: safety and health of our team and others involved (there will be nationals assisting us.), success in laying the blocks, designing and building and installing the roof trusses required for such a large span (only 14-foot lumber is available).
These very poor and needy women and children will have their basic needs met, their lives enhanced, and their spirits lifted as a result of the project. I also ask that you consider sending some financial support for my participation in this exciting project. If you are moved to contribute, please send your check payable to: Williamsburg Mennonite Church &ndash Sierra Leone Project and mail to me:
4158 Rose Lane
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Please feel to free to call me at 757-566-4292 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your prayers and support. God bless you.
Thanks to Phil Shambaugh
for submitting these old photos, which he scanned from some old files he found. Additional names for captions welcome (click here
) - 12/22/10
Betsy and I spent a fun-filled 4 days at Yellowstone National Park in mid-February. We snowmobiled about 150 miles in 2 days, saw wolves, bison, elk, coyotes, and so forth. The only difficulty was that all the snow Yellowstone gets in December and January came to the east coast in February! The roads at Yellowstone normally have 5 to 7 feet of packed snow (packed down by snow-cats, snowmobiles, etc.). They had about 12 inches! The roads were bare in spots, and that makes for interesting snow-mobiling! We left Baltimore after the 42 inch snowstorm!
We were based at Yellowstone's northern end, Mammoth Hot Springs Lodge, and snowmobiled to Old Faithful, stayed overnight, and then continued around past Yellowstone Lake to the "Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone" to see the huge waterfalls. We continued around and back to Mammoth. 90 miles in one day..
Photos show bison, a couple of us and other sights. Quite an adventure --first time I've ever driven a snowmobile. The snowmobiles are "environmentally sane", in that they have 4 cycle engines, are well muffled, and one is not allowed go off the road in the park. As a result, the animals just ignore the snowmobiles; one group of bison were on the road as we went by (slowly). Our guide said that if anyone was tempted to pat a bison on the butt, don't!!! [grin!]
Best regards, Art Smith (4/5/10)