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10 Kimball Tri-County NewS-Thursday, Oct 3, 1991 Letter from Joan Zahler Burkina Faso, Africa August 30, 1991 Joan Zahler, daughter of Jim and Theresa Zahler, left August 18 to return to Africa after hav. ing spent since March 10 with her family and friends here. Joan has a Master's degree in Agronomy which she earned in Iowa after having spent two years in the Peace Corps in Africa. She is spending a six year period in Africa working to find drought resistant crops to use in that area. She has spent two years in the program and this has been her first trip back to the States since starting work there. We appreciate her family's willingness to share her letter with our readers. Here I am back in Burkina, and some days it feels as though I never left. Everything is so familiar. My friends are still here, and life goes on much as it always has. The big difference, perhaps is the terrific rainy sea- son we're experiencing. It rains almost every day - and big rains at that. The rains have crumbled a lot of homes, but at least the water table is being recharged. Our journey to Ouaga went well. Someone drove us from Akron to JFK in New York. "We" means me with another family who are going on to Zaire after their French lan- guage study in Ouaga. The cou- ple has two kids - 2 years and 5 months so I think they appreci- ated having a spare set of hands to help lug kids and hand lug- gage through airports. The whole MCC crew in Ouaga plus a few friends were there at the airport to welcome us. It was nice to see familiar faces and to know that I had been missed. In celebration I broke out the peanut M&M's that I brought with me. I am glad to have these three free weeks before Bridget comes and we start More' I am no longer at my old house. My living situation is quite different although I live in the same general area as before. My home now consists of two rooms, each approximately 10 ft x 12 ft. There's enough room for a small table, chairs, a kerosene frige, kitchen counter, bed, bookshelf and moveable closet. I do have electricity, but for the moment it is not hooked up. The man who rented these rooms before me didn't pay his electric bill so the company cut off the current until it gets paid. There's also an outside faucet that everyone takes water from. We also share three latrines and two shower stalls. There are about ten adults and four children living in this compound. Each has their own "apartment", just like mine. I haven't met everyone yet, but the ones I do know are students, a teacher looking for work and a civil servant. It's very interesting living here. You get to know a lot about the culture and how peo- ple live. I'm sure everyone thinks it's pretty strange that a white person is living like this. Most Europeans prefer modern houses with air-conditioning, running hot and cold water, electricity and a lot of household help. I guess I would be happier with a little more privacy in the toilets and showers, but other than that I am quite happy here. I have already made a trip to Bareologho, the village where Bridget and I will be working. We took up a load of furniture, etc. to furnish the house and to talk rent with the landlord. Other than a very bad road full of pot- holes, the trip proved very suc- cessful. I met some more people and learned how to find my way around town. The landlord has promised to re-build the latrine and add a shower stall. We de- cided on cement floors, grass mat, walls and no roof. The GET UP TO A $10 REBATE WHEN YOU BUY A MATCHING PAIR OF WAGNER HALOGENS. Ten bucks isn't the onlyreason to replace burned out headlights with Wagner Halogens: 4096 brighter, whiter light Shine up to 200 feet farther The only headlights with a Lifetime Warranty See retailer for Lifetime Warranty details. WAGNER UGH'rING PRODUCTS Now available at Bumper-to-Bumper Kimball house is quite large - five rooms and the courtyard is big enough for a garden. Other than some plastering and a few roof repairs, the house is in pretty good shape. There's a family liv- ing there now so we won't move our stuff in until the end of De- cember. Looks like Briget and I will be celebrating Christmas with the folks in the village, rather than here in Ouaga. There still might he possibili- ties to phone. I learned there's a telephone at the Catholic mis- sion in Bareologho. If you have a chance, could you send me a set of plastic measuring cups and spoons? I mailed a set to a friend of mine here, but she never received them. She got the cookbooks I sent but needs utensils. Thanks. Hope you are all in good health and enjoying the last of the summer's warmth. Love, Joan School Lunch Menus Mon., OCL 7 Pizza Burger on a Bun; Pickle Slices; Oven Baked Beans; Pineapple Tidbits; Milk. Tues., Oct. 8 Cheeseburger on a Bun; Ketchup, Mustard; French Fries; Orange Smiles; Milk; Apple Crisp. Wed., Oct. 9 (2) Pancakes; Scrambled Eggs; (3) Sausage Links; Spiced Fruit; Orange Juice; Chocolate Milk. Thurs., Oct. 10 (2) Hot Dogs on Bun, Ketchup, Mustard, and Relishes; Potato Rounds; Chilled Fruit; Milk; Fruit Juicee. Fri., Oct. 11 Elem. Alternate Menus Mon., Oct. 7 - Corn dogs Tues., Oct. 8 - Burrito Wed., Oct. 9 - Chicken Thus., Oct. 10 - Fish Square Fri., Oct. 11 - Spaghe-i Elem. Breakfast Menus Mon., Oct. 7 Frosted Doughnut 1 oz. Cheese; 1/2 c. Applesauce; Milk. Tues., Oct 8 Blueberry Muffin; 1 oz. Ham Patty; 1/2 c. Orange Juice; Milk. Wed., OCL 9 1 oz. Cereal; 1 s!. Toast w/Peanut Butter; 1/2 c. Peaches; Milk. Thurs., Oct. 10 Cinnamon Roll; 1 oz. Cheese; 1/2 c. Raisins; Milk. Fri., OCt. 11 French Toast w/Syrup, Butter; 1 sl. Ham; 1/2 Orange; Milk. "Turkeywalk" to be held in Litchfield Walkers throughout the area can get out their favorite travel- ing shoes Saturday, November 2nd for the American Heart As- sociation's Turkeywalk. The Turkeywalk will be held in Lhchfield starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Ripley Elementary School. There will be a 4 mile walk around the lake or a 2 mile indoor walk planned. Walkers must register and collect pledges for the American Heart Associa- tion. Funds raised through the Turkeywalk pledges and dona- tions will support the American Heart Association's research, public and professional educa- tion and community service programs. The Meeker County Heart Group will co-sponsor this event and will serve a Turkey Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds from the lunch will go to the Meeker County Heart Group. For more information about the Turkeywalk call Lori Rice at 693-3242 ext. 145. Registration forms will be available in local grocery stores. The registration deadline will be october 28th. 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