New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels High School student Retraces Fletcher, right, Is shown with aviator Linda Finch, who repllcatsd Amelia Earharfs arouncMhe* world WghL
Rebecca Fletcher, a sophomore at New Braunfels High School, had the rare opportunity of meeting Linda Finch, who recently replicated Amelia Earhart’s 29,000 mile round-the-world airplane journey.
Finch, a 46-year-old single mother, was in Wichita, Ran., to visit with students at the Amelia Earhart Elementary School in late July.
The visit was one of Finch’s limited appearances since her circumnavigation of the world in her 1935 Lockheed-Electra KMB aircraft. In her remarks to students of the Amelia Earhart school, Finch spoke about finding the airplane sh* used in her journey in a bam in Wisconsin.
The aircraft, one of only two left in the world, had its wings off and parts were laying around in dusty
boxes. Restoring the airplane and making the journey were part of her fascination with aviation, which began 20 years ago when Finch earned her wings while working as a bookkeeper.
In the past 20 years, Finch has logged more than 8,000 flying hours, nearly 6,000 in vintage aircraft. During her remarks, Finch stressed the importance of goal setting and achievement of one’s objectives.
The Pratt-Whitney aircraft company provided middle schools across the United States with educational materials concerning the flight and the different countries and cultures encountered. Finch recalled how she would answer questions from students, electronically from the' cockpit of her plane, via a laptop computer and the Internet.
Finch told how her flight plan differed slightly from Amelia Earhart’s when crossing the African continent. Due to internal conflicts between countries and airspace restrictions, she was forced to fly a different route for a period of time.
Fletcher said she would have fond memories of her meeting the aviation pioneer.
Second-graders honor grandparents
Mrs. Bedford’s and Mrs. Schandua’s second-grade class al Frazier Elementary entertained their grandparents with food, gifts and a program. Bedford’s mother, Mrs. Affray, 90, was the guest speaker. She told the children what her life was like when she was their age.
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How do you see the world? Our world as I have always perceived it to be is relatively small. Now when I see the world, I think of diverse cultures blending together and clashing with fury. I see beautiful terrain and vegetation unknown to many in the United States.
Most people in the United States never have the opportunity to see the world beyond the one in which they live, know, and in which they feel comfortable. If they do travel, more than likely, they travel as tourists, rather than geographers, explorers and adventurers.
I have been fortunate enough to have traveled with the National Geographic Society, the United States Navy and a great group of teachers, students and professors from Connecticut, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
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When? How was this place built on a mountain, how long did it take to build it? When was Libson destroyed by an
earthquake? Why did Malcom Forbes build a home in Tangier? What led him to this gorgeous
We have to be impartial in our judgment of what we see and experience in our travels. We have to remember that not everyone is American and not everyone thinks with an American mentality, making quick and often rash judgments and
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“Why?” Why does the land look like this, why do the people practice these customs, why does this area thrive, while this one dies? We also asked the questions How, Where, What and
duty to lead them in the “right” direction. I, as well as everyone on this trip, learned to look, listen and get a feel for our surroundings before we judge anyone or any place. I feel
that I have a much broader view of the world now and when I think of the world, i envision a beautiful and magical playground for diverse cultures and peoples all inhabiting this vastly different world
I see beautiful tile work, camels, cars, cathedrals, donkeys, gods said goddesses, mosaics, mosques, persistent, yet kind people, pottery, smiles and a zillion other sights, sounds and smells.
I can visualize places in the world when I hear of them or read in books about the history of their country. I know that their history and future are just as important as mine. I know that the people face similar problems to Americans, but much more complex ones than we face.
There really is no way to describe my travels to you and know that you will be able to visualize, hear and remember everything that I have experienced.
The only way for you to truly understand, is for you to step out of your shell, take a chance, be bold and take in the world around you one step, breath and sight at a time.
fEnka Curtis is a student at Canyon High School.)
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Women’s Center sponsors poster contest
The Comal County Women’s Center is sponsoring a poster contest to educate the community about domestic violence, especially during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Participants are to submit a poster to the Comal County Women’s Center at or before 5 p.m. Oct. IO. General guidelines for poster themes include:
Capt. Anne Duke, 28, in her first season with the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron,
“Thunderbirds,” is the team’s executive officer. She supervises executive support, information management, budget and personnel selection. She also manages the overall squadron operations and serves as the squadron commander during the commander’s frequent deployments.
Duke entered the Air Force in 1990 upon her graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Before her assignment to the team, she served as the executive officer for Armstrong Laboratory’s Human Resources Directorate at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas.
In 1995, she was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of Operation Sea Signal. While there, she served as the officer in charge of linguist operations, overseeing 180 Spanish and Creole interpreters.
Duke, who calls Aurora, III., home, is married to Capt. Tom Duke of New Braunfels.
Marine Pfc. Anthony Moreno, son of retired Navy Lt. Cinder, and Mrs. William J. Moreno of New Braunfels, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Otego.
Moreno successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new Marine recruits, both physically and mentally.
He received instruction in the Marine Corps’ core values — honor, courage and commitment, and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. Moreno
• building awareness that battering is a widespread problem,
• informing the public of services and interventions that can help victims,
• encouraging community responsibility for prevention.
Beyond those general guidelines, poster designs and themes are at the discretion of the participant. Posters should be no smaller than 8-by-10-
and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour team effort, problem-solving evolution which culminated in an emotional ceremony in which the
inch and no larger than 28-by-40-inch.
Hundreds of dollars worth of prizes have been collected from local businesses to be awarded to winners.
For information, call Camille Haberman at the Comal County Women’s Center, 620-7520.
(Submitted by the Comal County Women's Center)
recruits were presented the Marine Corps emblem and were addressed as “Marines” for the first time since boot camp began. He is a 19% graduate of Nevi' Braunfels High School.
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