* You may remember that Ian Markham went to Russia last summer. Ian is a former student at St. Mary’s, son of Dan and Kem Markham and grandson of Phil and Mary Lou Marciniak Thanks to The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program Ian spent several weeks in Russia. I asked Dan what Ian has been asked to do since his return because of the trip. Dan said he had to complete two tests to demonstrate his proficiency in Russian. He passed both. “He’s been focused on his other activities- the cross country team, the school play and applying to colleges, specifically Georgetown University, which is his first choice. He wants to study International Relations, though he’ll probably minor in Russian wherever he goes.”
Dan said whenever possible, Ian tries to keep up with his Russian so he doesn’t lose the gains he made. He writes letters to both his former classmates and some of the Russian friends he made. He remains in close contact with many of his fellow students. “One student will be visiting us this weekend. She’s coming in from Ohio to see Ian and another girl from the trip who lives on the other side of Chicago.”
Ian will be expected to serve as an ambassador to the NSLI-Y program in some capacity, which he’ll likely do when his extracurricular schedule slows down in the winter. The NSLI-Y is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
* Jerry lee was interested in last week’s column about Nathan Cull’s sale bill offering a harpoon fork, hillside rake and other items. Jerry could explain how they worked because he’s seen them work. The sale bill was given by June Tumilty and I didn’t mention that Nathan Cull was June’s Great, Great Grandpa on her daddy’s side. June’s dad was WW I veteran Emmett Taylor. John said he and June visited Cull Ridge and found the home place where her daddy was raised. “There is a family cemetery there,” said John, “and the actual house where June’s daddy was born.”
* This Saturday, at the Baptist Church, is the “Women Just Want to Have Fun Day.” Rita Helmich showed our quilt group some items she is presenting. Alice Woodhull suggested we might not want to miss it. For $6 we can get lunch with soup, sandwich and dessert.