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===2006: African-American Peace Corps volunteer Angela Jones has — to her surprise — blended into Peru===
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As one of her secondary projects, Jones recently formed an association of black volunteers along with two other Peace Corps colleagues. The association works as a support group and forum for understanding the experiences of Africans living in Peru. The group travels to villages with large black populations, where they talk with community members about their issues and integration into mainstream Peruvian society.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2044243.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Peace Corps.  "Peace Corps Volunteer Changing The Face Of America Abroad"  February 15, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2043020.html Headlines: February 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027563.html African American Issues]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027717.html Minority Volunteers]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027725.html Music]  <ref>[http://peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.media.press.view&news_id=1094 Peace Corps.  "Peace Corps Volunteer Changing The Face Of America Abroad"  February 15, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Peace Corps Volunteers  Wayne and Rolly Thompson eat guinea pig in Peru===
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My hosts took great pride in offering me the front of the guinea pig. The first time, I played with the guinea pig quite a bit. As the others watched to see whether I would eat it or not, I swallowed as much as I could.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2044546.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  The Register-Guard.  "Bowlfuls Of Borsch"  March 1, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2045428.html Headlines: March 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027639.html Food]  <ref>[http://www.registerguard.com/news/2006/03/01/fd.peacecorps.0301.p1.php?section=entree The Register-Guard.  "Bowlfuls Of Borsch"  March 1, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Peru RPCV Andy Nichols' story inspires public-health grad student===
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Before Nichols entered politics, the former Peace Corps volunteer who spoke Spanish paved the way to create rural and border health programs.  He created a public-health program at the UA, which eventually became the Zuckerman College of Public Health. He was instrumental in establishing five federally funded rural-health centers in Arizona and he helped establish the federal U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, which coordinates binational border health programs.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2052244.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Arizona Daily Star.  "Ernesto Portillo Jr.: Andy Nichols' Story Inspires Public-Health Grad Student"  April 21, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068857.html Headlines: April 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027796.html Public Health]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027713.html Medicine]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/6253/2027918.html Arizona]  <ref>[http://www.azstarnet.com/ Arizona Daily Star.  "Ernesto Portillo Jr.: Andy Nichols' Story Inspires Public-Health Grad Student"  April 21, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: RPCV  Alan Coyne returns to Peru after 37 years===
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The welcome was immediate and overwhelming from villagers who remembered Alan. Even though the 26-year islander has led his profession as president of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, it's hard to imagine people following the quiet "El Gringo Alan" through the streets like a Pied Piper.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2047265.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Hilton Head Island Packet.  "Former Peace Corps Volunteer Returns To Peru With His Son After 37 Years"  May 8, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068858.html Headlines: May 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2050149.html RPCV John Coyne (Ethiopia)]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027791.html Return to our Country of Service - Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/6253/2027953.html South Carolina]  <ref>[http://www.islandpacket.com/features/story/5714551p-5117937c.html Hilton Head Island Packet.  "Former Peace Corps Volunteer Returns To Peru With His Son After 37 Years"  May 8, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Lt. Ehren Watada, son of Peru RPCV Robert Watada, calls Iraq war illegal, refuses order to go===
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"I feel that we have been lied to and betrayed by this administration," Watada said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Fort Lewis. "It is the duty, the obligation of every soldier, and specifically the officers, to evaluate the legality, the truth behind every order — including the order to go to war." His father — Robert Watada, a retired Hawaii state official — was opposed to the war in Vietnam, and was able to do alternative service in the Peace Corps in Peru.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2047944.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Seattle Times.  "Officer At Fort Lewis Calls Iraq War Illegal, Refuses Order To Go"  June 6, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068859.html Headlines: June 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027715.html Military]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027677.html Iraq]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027585.html Law]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2093060.html Fathers]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/6253/2027915.html Hawaii]  <ref>[http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003044627_nogo7m.html?syndication=rss Seattle Times.  "Officer At Fort Lewis Calls Iraq War Illegal, Refuses Order To Go"  June 6, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Peru RPCV Alice Gilmore Alusic writes: Only in a culture of deep hospitality could a homemaker stretch an egg to serve six people, rather than serve nothing to the two guests who happened into her kitchen at breakfast time===
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It was my custom, as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in a small Peruvian town in the mid-1960s, to take breakfast at the pension up the cobblestoned main street. My compatriot Bob also usually ate at the pension in the morning. But on a particular morning, as I stepped out of my room in the family compound where I lived, I heard his laugh burbling out from just across the grassless courtyard. He must have come visiting.  Bob and I understood that it would be a breach of Peruvian hospitality to refuse to stay for the breakfast that Shena and Miguel were so obviously preparing for us, their unexpected guests.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2050684.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Christian Science Monitor.  "One Egg, Two Guests - And A Meal For Six"  June 26, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068859.html Headlines: June 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027596.html Cooking]  <ref>[http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0626/p18s02-hfes.html Christian Science Monitor.  "One Egg, Two Guests - And A Meal For Six"  June 26, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens writes:  A Victorian Mansion in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill===
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"When I served in the Peace Corps 35 years ago one of the most interesting and rewarding aspects of the experience was the opportunity to speak the language, learn the music, poetry, and customs of my country of service, and to some extent "get inside the heads" of the people I was working with to understand the world through their point of view. Living in a Victorian house for twenty years and immersing ourselves in books and movies that portray Victorian life has allowed my wife and I a similar experience - a journey not in distance but in time. In our culture today, we think of ourselves as advanced and modern, but in the past few years we have come to admire many aspects of Victorian life, the moral code that they lived by, and the graciousness of sharing our Victorian home with family and friends."  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2052416.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Reservoir Hill.  "A Victorian Mansion In Baltimore's Reservoir Hill"  July 25, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068860.html Headlines: July 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2050367.html RPCV Hugh Pickens (Peru)]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027576.html Cross Cultural Issues]  <ref>[http://reservoirhill.org/ Reservoir Hill.  "A Victorian Mansion In Baltimore's Reservoir Hill"  July 25, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: When "Mama Doris," wife of Peru RPCV John Platt, opened a sophisticated New Andean Peruvian restaurant in this city's fashionable Pearl District three years ago, she never imagined the enthusiastic response===
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The success of Doris Rodriguez de Platt and her family reflects the burgeoning interest in the foodways of the third largest South American country. Peruvian cuisine, with its mix of immigrant influences and characteristic native ingredients including colorful corn, chiles and potatoes, is exploding onto the culinary scene here and abroad, particularly in Japan, Spain and other parts of Europe and Canada.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2057971.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Winston-Salem Journal.  "Distinctive: Peruvian Food Is Exploding Onto The Culinary Scene"  August 9, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068861.html Headlines: August 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027596.html Cooking]  <ref>[http://journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ/MGArticle/WSJ_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1149189868058 Winston-Salem Journal.  "Distinctive: Peruvian Food Is Exploding Onto The Culinary Scene"  August 9, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Lt. Ehren Watada, son of Peru RPCV Robert Watada, says he was following his conscience and upholding his duty not to obey illegal orders===
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In January, after he became convinced that the war was illegal, he tried to resign rather than go to Iraq, but the Army wouldn't let him do so. As a compromise, he asked to be sent instead to Afghanistan, a war he supports. His request was not granted.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2055624.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Time.  "Putting The Iraq War On Trial"  August 18, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068861.html Headlines: August 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027715.html Military]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027677.html Iraq]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027585.html Law]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2093060.html Fathers]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/6253/2027915.html Hawaii]  <ref>[http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0\,8599\,1228779\,00.html Time.  "Putting The Iraq War On Trial"  August 18, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Ecuador RPCV Bob Watada opposed the Vietnam war and avoided serving in it by joining the Peace Corps, then going to graduate school===
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When Ehren Watada signed up for the army, he thought he was being patriotic. But after talking to veterans returning from Iraq and studying documents that showed Bush had lied about weapons of mass destruction there, the 28-year-old lieutenant became convinced that the patriotic position was to refuse deployment to Iraq. “After 9/11, he wanted to do something to serve the community, to serve the country,” said his father, Bob Watada, over coffee Monday morning in a South Berkeley café. The elder Watada is in the Bay Area this week speaking at more than a dozen events from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa in an effort to bring pressure from “the court of public opinion” to bear on the military.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2082464.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Berkeley Daily Planet.  "Father Of Army Officer Resisting War Speaks Out"  August 22, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068861.html Headlines: August 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027715.html Military]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027677.html Iraq]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027585.html Law]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/6253/2027915.html Hawaii]  <ref>[http://www.berkeleydaily.org/text/article.cfm?issue=08-22-06&storyID=24908 Berkeley Daily Planet.  "Father Of Army Officer Resisting War Speaks Out"  August 22, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Peru RPCV Maureen Haggerty honored for her exceptional efforts as a special education teacher===
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But it was Haggerty's experience before landing in the Brazos Valley that most helped shape her as a teacher, she said. After completing college, the Tennessee native joined the Peace Corps in 1971 and served as a teacher during the years following a disastrous earthquake in Peru.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2070172.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Theeagle.com.  "College Station Teacher Honored For Her Exceptional Efforts"  September 3, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068862.html Headlines: September 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027552.html Awards]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027603.html Disabilities]  <ref>[http://www.theeagle.com/stories/090306/schools_20060903025.php Theeagle.com.  "College Station Teacher Honored For Her Exceptional Efforts"  September 3, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Peru RPCV John McAuliff says that his group wants Washington to lift its 40-year-old restrictions on U.S. travel to the island, just as it liberalized U.S. food sales to Cuba===
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"We've isolated ourselves with our policy toward Cuba," said McAuliff, a former Peace Corps volunteer, active for 21 years with a New York-based nonprofit group called Fund for Reconciliation and Development that initially pushed for exchanges with Vietnam and Cambodia and took groups there.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2060151.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Orlando Sentinel.  "Group That Backs Freedom Of Travel To Cuba Seeks Support For Changes"  September 12, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068862.html Headlines: September 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]  <ref>[http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/custom/tourism/orl-cuba1206sep12\,0\,5683560.story?coll=orl-business-headlines-tourism Orlando Sentinel.  "Group That Backs Freedom Of Travel To Cuba Seeks Support For Changes"  September 12, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Meredith Dorneker is leaving to serve with the Peace Corps in Peru===
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Meredith's mother, Anne Dorneker, wasn't thrilled initially with her daughter's decision to join the Peace Corps. She envisioned politically hostile countries that seemingly lacked basic amenities like running water and hot showers. "I'm an old person, so I think of hippies in the '70s," Anne Dorneker said. "JFK and do-gooders."  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2060741.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Forest Park Review.  "Service To Others, Far From Home"  September 13, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068862.html Headlines: September 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]  <ref>[http://forestparkreview.com/main.asp?SectionID=6&SubSectionID=51&ArticleID=1587&TM=83349.66 Forest Park Review.  "Service To Others, Far From Home"  September 13, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Ricardo Chavira narrates newest Peace Corps Public Service Announcements===
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The PSAs are narrated by Ricardo Chavira, who currently stars as Carlos Solis on the ABC show Desperate Housewives. Ricardo's parents, Juan Chavira and Elizabeth Ries Chavira, were \link{http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2032561.html, both Peace Corps Volunteers}, serving in Peru from 1966-68. Ricardo narrated both the English and Spanish language version of the PSA. "I grew up hearing about how my parents' Peace Corps experiences shaped their careers and attitudes," said Chavira. "I'm delighted to share in this legacy by working with the Peace Corps to support its mission of promoting world peace and friendship."  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2060183.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Peace Corps Press Release.  "New Television Spots Showcase Decision To Join Peace Corps"  September 25, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068862.html Headlines: September 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027217.html Advertising]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027822.html Television]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027797.html Recruitment]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]  <ref>[http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=resources.media.press.view&news_id=1157 Peace Corps Press Release.  "New Television Spots Showcase Decision To Join Peace Corps"  September 25, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Bush promises Peru's Garcia to push for trade pact===
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Garcia, making his first official visit to the White House since becoming president in July, has embraced the free trade agreement after criticizing it during his election campaign. The free trade agreement was negotiated during the term of President Alejandro Toledo, the \newurl{http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2033040.html#POST46653, Peace Corps President}.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2061417.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Yahoo News.  "Bush Promises Peru's Garcia To Push For Trade Pact"  October 10, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068863.html Headlines: October 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027778.html Politics]  <ref>[http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061010/pl_nm/trade_peru_usa_dc_2 Yahoo News.  "Bush Promises Peru's Garcia To Push For Trade Pact"  October 10, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens writes: "Goodbye Darkness" is a Powerful Memoir that explains the "Greatest Generation"===
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"The book bears more than a superficial resemblance to another favorite book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," that is also a journey into darkness to discover the author's shadow self. Both books are written in first person, both recount a journey each author makes to places he had been before, both describe the memories that each author rediscovers during the journey, and both books end with the startling realization that the younger protagonist of the book and the author are one and the same. While Pirsig makes a motorcycle trip to Montana to a college where he taught before he had a nervous breakdown and was subjected to electroshock treatments that caused him to "lose" his memory, Manchester tells the story of his journey thirty years afterwards to the battlefields where he fought and of the battle wound that had made his subsequent memories "unreliable." "  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2061975.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Amazon.  "A Powerful Memoir That Explains The "Greatest Generation","  October 16, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068863.html Headlines: October 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2072747.html The Greatest Generation]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027715.html Military]  <ref>[http://www.amazon.com/Goodbye-Darkness-Memoir-Pacific-War/dp/B000HKM2OU/sr=1-4/qid=1161031261/ref=sr_1_4/002-7236596-1998454?ie=UTF8&s=books Amazon.  "A Powerful Memoir That Explains The "Greatest Generation","  October 16, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Peru RPCV Jerry Secundy appointed President of the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB)===
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Secundy comes to CCEEB after serving as Vice Chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. His past positions include Executive Director of Audubon California, a Vice President of External Affairs and Environmental Health and Safety at the Atlantic Richfield Company, and an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Land and Natural Resource Division. He also previously served as Chairman of CCEEB for three years from 2000-2002 and spent over two years as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps from 1966-1969. Secundy is a graduate of both Harvard College and Columbia University Law School where he was awarded his LL.B. He has been a life long member of the Sierra Club, Common Cause and the American Civil Liberties Union.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2077077.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Businesswire.  "Cceeb Appoints New President"  November 8, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068864.html Headlines: November 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027615.html Environment]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027720.html NGO's]  <ref>[http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/topix/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20061108006090&newsLang=en Businesswire.  "Cceeb Appoints New President"  November 8, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Watada court-martial set for Feb. 5===
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Lt. Ehren Watada, the son of Peru RPCV Robert Watada, of  is charged with missing movement for not deploying to Iraq with his unit from Fort Lewis, Wash., on June 22. He is also charged with conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman for comments he made. He faces up to six years in prison. An additional charge of contemptuous remarks against the president was dropped.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2082440.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Honolulu Star-Bulletin.  "Watada Court-Martial Set For Feb. 5"  November 20, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068864.html Headlines: November 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027715.html Military]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027677.html Iraq]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027585.html Law]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/6253/2027915.html Hawaii]  <ref>[http://starbulletin.com/2006/11/20/news/story08.html Honolulu Star-Bulletin.  "Watada Court-Martial Set For Feb. 5"  November 20, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Peru RPCV Warren "Bill" Weed/ writes: Lessons learned in Peace Corps lasted a lifetime===
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"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." John F. Kennedy's words during his inaugural address inspired this young college freshman, and I never forgot them. When the Peace Corps was looking for forestry professionals to embark on a tour in Peru, I signed up and, at the age of 22, soon found myself in the high Andes, confronted with the task of convincing the local forest engineer that the mortality he was experiencing in his nursery was not the norm.  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2087061.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  Dancers Herald.  "Weed: Lessons Learned Lasted A Lifetime"  November 22, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2068864.html Headlines: November 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027635.html Forestry]  <ref>[http://www2.townonline.com/danvers/opinion/view.bg?articleid=622488 Dancers Herald.  "Weed: Lessons Learned Lasted A Lifetime"  November 22, 2006.]</ref>''
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===2006: Update: Peru RPCV Ron Garfinkle sells Monroe Salt Works, company stays in Maine===
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What began in Maine will stay in Maine.  That’s the approach Jay and Karen Burke will take as new owners of Monroe Salt Works, said Jay on Tuesday in a telephone interview.  For an undisclosed price, the Burkes, from Cape Elizabeth, purchased the business that includes the production facility in Monroe and five stores in Maine and Massachusetts. The Burkes officially took over ownership of the business Nov. 15, from founder Ron Garfinkel.  Each piece of salt-glaze pottery made at Monroe Salt Works is one-of-a-kind.  Jay has a background in the seafood business, while Karen has retail experience, including 15 years in jewelry sales.  Jay said Monroe Salt Works is just what he and Karen were looking for. “We were looking for a company that produced products in Maine that were basically a part of Maine,” said Jay. “Then we found Monroe Salt Works.”  The Burkes saw the acquisition as a chance to continue a company that produces “good, high-quality products that are produced in rural Maine.”  “We didn’t want to see another company leave the state of Maine,” said Jay. “That was an important part of it for us, that we had a recognized company from Maine with an enthusiastic and skilled workforce. We can’t be any happier.”  [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2088814.html Click this link to read more.]
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* Original Source:  The VillageSoup Citizen.  "What Began In Maine Will Stay In Maine."  December 1, 2006.
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* ''See Also [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2074662.html Headlines: December 2006]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2030753.html Peace Corps Peru]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/4429.html Directory of Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/1504.html Messages and Announcements for Peru RPCVs]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2027216.html Business]; [http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/6253/2027940.html Maine]  <ref>[http://waldo.villagesoup.com/ The VillageSoup Citizen.  "What Began In Maine Will Stay In Maine."  December 1, 2006.]</ref>''
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Latest revision as of 23:20, 11 August 2008

The Peace Corps first opened a program in Peru in 1962. Volunteers worked in grassroots development projects targeting health, agriculture, education and business development. The program in Peru supported over 2,600 Volunteers from 1962 until Peace Corps' departure in 1975. On December 12, 2001, Peru's then-president, Alejandro Toledo, officially invited the Peace Corps to return to Peru . Peace Corps Volunteers now serve in Peru by providing support to communities in four primary areas: small business development, community health promotion, environmental awareness, and youth outreach. Currently, about 170 Volunteers serve in Peru.

Sharing borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile, Peru is a large and diverse country. Its unique environmental variations include the arid coastal desert, the Andean Mountains and valleys, and the Amazonian tropical forests. With so many ecosystems and climatic zones, Peru is a country rich in biodiversity, with many rare species of flora and fauna. The country is home to approximately 25 million people of various cultures. The Peace Corps first opened a program in Peru in 1962. Volunteers worked in grassroots development projects targeting health, agriculture, education and business development. The program in Peru supported over 2,600 Volunteers from 1962 until Peace Corps' departure in 1975. On December 12, 2001, Peru's then-president, Alejandro Toledo, officially invited the Peace Corps to return to Peru . Peace Corps Volunteers now serve in Peru by providing support to communities in four primary areas: small business development, community health promotion, environmental awareness, and youth outreach. Currently, about 170 Volunteers serve in Peru.[1]

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[edit] 2006

[edit] 2006: African-American Peace Corps volunteer Angela Jones has — to her surprise — blended into Peru

As one of her secondary projects, Jones recently formed an association of black volunteers along with two other Peace Corps colleagues. The association works as a support group and forum for understanding the experiences of Africans living in Peru. The group travels to villages with large black populations, where they talk with community members about their issues and integration into mainstream Peruvian society. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Peace Corps. "Peace Corps Volunteer Changing The Face Of America Abroad" February 15, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Peace Corps Volunteers Wayne and Rolly Thompson eat guinea pig in Peru

My hosts took great pride in offering me the front of the guinea pig. The first time, I played with the guinea pig quite a bit. As the others watched to see whether I would eat it or not, I swallowed as much as I could. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: The Register-Guard. "Bowlfuls Of Borsch" March 1, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Peru RPCV Andy Nichols' story inspires public-health grad student

Before Nichols entered politics, the former Peace Corps volunteer who spoke Spanish paved the way to create rural and border health programs. He created a public-health program at the UA, which eventually became the Zuckerman College of Public Health. He was instrumental in establishing five federally funded rural-health centers in Arizona and he helped establish the federal U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, which coordinates binational border health programs. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Arizona Daily Star. "Ernesto Portillo Jr.: Andy Nichols' Story Inspires Public-Health Grad Student" April 21, 2006.


[edit] 2006: RPCV Alan Coyne returns to Peru after 37 years

The welcome was immediate and overwhelming from villagers who remembered Alan. Even though the 26-year islander has led his profession as president of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors, it's hard to imagine people following the quiet "El Gringo Alan" through the streets like a Pied Piper. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Hilton Head Island Packet. "Former Peace Corps Volunteer Returns To Peru With His Son After 37 Years" May 8, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Lt. Ehren Watada, son of Peru RPCV Robert Watada, calls Iraq war illegal, refuses order to go

"I feel that we have been lied to and betrayed by this administration," Watada said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Fort Lewis. "It is the duty, the obligation of every soldier, and specifically the officers, to evaluate the legality, the truth behind every order — including the order to go to war." His father — Robert Watada, a retired Hawaii state official — was opposed to the war in Vietnam, and was able to do alternative service in the Peace Corps in Peru. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Seattle Times. "Officer At Fort Lewis Calls Iraq War Illegal, Refuses Order To Go" June 6, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Peru RPCV Alice Gilmore Alusic writes: Only in a culture of deep hospitality could a homemaker stretch an egg to serve six people, rather than serve nothing to the two guests who happened into her kitchen at breakfast time

It was my custom, as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in a small Peruvian town in the mid-1960s, to take breakfast at the pension up the cobblestoned main street. My compatriot Bob also usually ate at the pension in the morning. But on a particular morning, as I stepped out of my room in the family compound where I lived, I heard his laugh burbling out from just across the grassless courtyard. He must have come visiting. Bob and I understood that it would be a breach of Peruvian hospitality to refuse to stay for the breakfast that Shena and Miguel were so obviously preparing for us, their unexpected guests. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Christian Science Monitor. "One Egg, Two Guests - And A Meal For Six" June 26, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens writes: A Victorian Mansion in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill

"When I served in the Peace Corps 35 years ago one of the most interesting and rewarding aspects of the experience was the opportunity to speak the language, learn the music, poetry, and customs of my country of service, and to some extent "get inside the heads" of the people I was working with to understand the world through their point of view. Living in a Victorian house for twenty years and immersing ourselves in books and movies that portray Victorian life has allowed my wife and I a similar experience - a journey not in distance but in time. In our culture today, we think of ourselves as advanced and modern, but in the past few years we have come to admire many aspects of Victorian life, the moral code that they lived by, and the graciousness of sharing our Victorian home with family and friends." Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Reservoir Hill. "A Victorian Mansion In Baltimore's Reservoir Hill" July 25, 2006.


[edit] 2006: When "Mama Doris," wife of Peru RPCV John Platt, opened a sophisticated New Andean Peruvian restaurant in this city's fashionable Pearl District three years ago, she never imagined the enthusiastic response

The success of Doris Rodriguez de Platt and her family reflects the burgeoning interest in the foodways of the third largest South American country. Peruvian cuisine, with its mix of immigrant influences and characteristic native ingredients including colorful corn, chiles and potatoes, is exploding onto the culinary scene here and abroad, particularly in Japan, Spain and other parts of Europe and Canada. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Winston-Salem Journal. "Distinctive: Peruvian Food Is Exploding Onto The Culinary Scene" August 9, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Lt. Ehren Watada, son of Peru RPCV Robert Watada, says he was following his conscience and upholding his duty not to obey illegal orders

In January, after he became convinced that the war was illegal, he tried to resign rather than go to Iraq, but the Army wouldn't let him do so. As a compromise, he asked to be sent instead to Afghanistan, a war he supports. His request was not granted. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Time. "Putting The Iraq War On Trial" August 18, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Ecuador RPCV Bob Watada opposed the Vietnam war and avoided serving in it by joining the Peace Corps, then going to graduate school

When Ehren Watada signed up for the army, he thought he was being patriotic. But after talking to veterans returning from Iraq and studying documents that showed Bush had lied about weapons of mass destruction there, the 28-year-old lieutenant became convinced that the patriotic position was to refuse deployment to Iraq. “After 9/11, he wanted to do something to serve the community, to serve the country,” said his father, Bob Watada, over coffee Monday morning in a South Berkeley café. The elder Watada is in the Bay Area this week speaking at more than a dozen events from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa in an effort to bring pressure from “the court of public opinion” to bear on the military. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Berkeley Daily Planet. "Father Of Army Officer Resisting War Speaks Out" August 22, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Peru RPCV Maureen Haggerty honored for her exceptional efforts as a special education teacher

But it was Haggerty's experience before landing in the Brazos Valley that most helped shape her as a teacher, she said. After completing college, the Tennessee native joined the Peace Corps in 1971 and served as a teacher during the years following a disastrous earthquake in Peru. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Theeagle.com. "College Station Teacher Honored For Her Exceptional Efforts" September 3, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Peru RPCV John McAuliff says that his group wants Washington to lift its 40-year-old restrictions on U.S. travel to the island, just as it liberalized U.S. food sales to Cuba

"We've isolated ourselves with our policy toward Cuba," said McAuliff, a former Peace Corps volunteer, active for 21 years with a New York-based nonprofit group called Fund for Reconciliation and Development that initially pushed for exchanges with Vietnam and Cambodia and took groups there. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Orlando Sentinel. "Group That Backs Freedom Of Travel To Cuba Seeks Support For Changes" September 12, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Meredith Dorneker is leaving to serve with the Peace Corps in Peru

Meredith's mother, Anne Dorneker, wasn't thrilled initially with her daughter's decision to join the Peace Corps. She envisioned politically hostile countries that seemingly lacked basic amenities like running water and hot showers. "I'm an old person, so I think of hippies in the '70s," Anne Dorneker said. "JFK and do-gooders." Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Forest Park Review. "Service To Others, Far From Home" September 13, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Ricardo Chavira narrates newest Peace Corps Public Service Announcements

The PSAs are narrated by Ricardo Chavira, who currently stars as Carlos Solis on the ABC show Desperate Housewives. Ricardo's parents, Juan Chavira and Elizabeth Ries Chavira, were \link{http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/2629/2032561.html, both Peace Corps Volunteers}, serving in Peru from 1966-68. Ricardo narrated both the English and Spanish language version of the PSA. "I grew up hearing about how my parents' Peace Corps experiences shaped their careers and attitudes," said Chavira. "I'm delighted to share in this legacy by working with the Peace Corps to support its mission of promoting world peace and friendship." Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Peace Corps Press Release. "New Television Spots Showcase Decision To Join Peace Corps" September 25, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Bush promises Peru's Garcia to push for trade pact

Garcia, making his first official visit to the White House since becoming president in July, has embraced the free trade agreement after criticizing it during his election campaign. The free trade agreement was negotiated during the term of President Alejandro Toledo, the \newurl{http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2033040.html#POST46653, Peace Corps President}. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Yahoo News. "Bush Promises Peru's Garcia To Push For Trade Pact" October 10, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens writes: "Goodbye Darkness" is a Powerful Memoir that explains the "Greatest Generation"

"The book bears more than a superficial resemblance to another favorite book, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," that is also a journey into darkness to discover the author's shadow self. Both books are written in first person, both recount a journey each author makes to places he had been before, both describe the memories that each author rediscovers during the journey, and both books end with the startling realization that the younger protagonist of the book and the author are one and the same. While Pirsig makes a motorcycle trip to Montana to a college where he taught before he had a nervous breakdown and was subjected to electroshock treatments that caused him to "lose" his memory, Manchester tells the story of his journey thirty years afterwards to the battlefields where he fought and of the battle wound that had made his subsequent memories "unreliable." " Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Amazon. "A Powerful Memoir That Explains The "Greatest Generation"," October 16, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Peru RPCV Jerry Secundy appointed President of the California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB)

Secundy comes to CCEEB after serving as Vice Chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board. His past positions include Executive Director of Audubon California, a Vice President of External Affairs and Environmental Health and Safety at the Atlantic Richfield Company, and an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Land and Natural Resource Division. He also previously served as Chairman of CCEEB for three years from 2000-2002 and spent over two years as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps from 1966-1969. Secundy is a graduate of both Harvard College and Columbia University Law School where he was awarded his LL.B. He has been a life long member of the Sierra Club, Common Cause and the American Civil Liberties Union. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Businesswire. "Cceeb Appoints New President" November 8, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Watada court-martial set for Feb. 5

Lt. Ehren Watada, the son of Peru RPCV Robert Watada, of is charged with missing movement for not deploying to Iraq with his unit from Fort Lewis, Wash., on June 22. He is also charged with conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman for comments he made. He faces up to six years in prison. An additional charge of contemptuous remarks against the president was dropped. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin. "Watada Court-Martial Set For Feb. 5" November 20, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Peru RPCV Warren "Bill" Weed/ writes: Lessons learned in Peace Corps lasted a lifetime

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." John F. Kennedy's words during his inaugural address inspired this young college freshman, and I never forgot them. When the Peace Corps was looking for forestry professionals to embark on a tour in Peru, I signed up and, at the age of 22, soon found myself in the high Andes, confronted with the task of convincing the local forest engineer that the mortality he was experiencing in his nursery was not the norm. Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: Dancers Herald. "Weed: Lessons Learned Lasted A Lifetime" November 22, 2006.


[edit] 2006: Update: Peru RPCV Ron Garfinkle sells Monroe Salt Works, company stays in Maine

What began in Maine will stay in Maine. That’s the approach Jay and Karen Burke will take as new owners of Monroe Salt Works, said Jay on Tuesday in a telephone interview. For an undisclosed price, the Burkes, from Cape Elizabeth, purchased the business that includes the production facility in Monroe and five stores in Maine and Massachusetts. The Burkes officially took over ownership of the business Nov. 15, from founder Ron Garfinkel. Each piece of salt-glaze pottery made at Monroe Salt Works is one-of-a-kind. Jay has a background in the seafood business, while Karen has retail experience, including 15 years in jewelry sales. Jay said Monroe Salt Works is just what he and Karen were looking for. “We were looking for a company that produced products in Maine that were basically a part of Maine,” said Jay. “Then we found Monroe Salt Works.” The Burkes saw the acquisition as a chance to continue a company that produces “good, high-quality products that are produced in rural Maine.” “We didn’t want to see another company leave the state of Maine,” said Jay. “That was an important part of it for us, that we had a recognized company from Maine with an enthusiastic and skilled workforce. We can’t be any happier.” Click this link to read more.

  • Original Source: The VillageSoup Citizen. "What Began In Maine Will Stay In Maine." December 1, 2006.


[edit] References

  1. Peace Corps Web Site. "Peru" 2008.
  2. Peace Corps. "Peace Corps Volunteer Changing The Face Of America Abroad" February 15, 2006.
  3. The Register-Guard. "Bowlfuls Of Borsch" March 1, 2006.
  4. Arizona Daily Star. "Ernesto Portillo Jr.: Andy Nichols' Story Inspires Public-Health Grad Student" April 21, 2006.
  5. Hilton Head Island Packet. "Former Peace Corps Volunteer Returns To Peru With His Son After 37 Years" May 8, 2006.
  6. Seattle Times. "Officer At Fort Lewis Calls Iraq War Illegal, Refuses Order To Go" June 6, 2006.
  7. Christian Science Monitor. "One Egg, Two Guests - And A Meal For Six" June 26, 2006.
  8. Reservoir Hill. "A Victorian Mansion In Baltimore's Reservoir Hill" July 25, 2006.
  9. Winston-Salem Journal. "Distinctive: Peruvian Food Is Exploding Onto The Culinary Scene" August 9, 2006.
  10. Time. "Putting The Iraq War On Trial" August 18, 2006.
  11. Berkeley Daily Planet. "Father Of Army Officer Resisting War Speaks Out" August 22, 2006.
  12. Theeagle.com. "College Station Teacher Honored For Her Exceptional Efforts" September 3, 2006.
  13. Orlando Sentinel. "Group That Backs Freedom Of Travel To Cuba Seeks Support For Changes" September 12, 2006.
  14. Forest Park Review. "Service To Others, Far From Home" September 13, 2006.
  15. Peace Corps Press Release. "New Television Spots Showcase Decision To Join Peace Corps" September 25, 2006.
  16. Yahoo News. "Bush Promises Peru's Garcia To Push For Trade Pact" October 10, 2006.
  17. Amazon. "A Powerful Memoir That Explains The "Greatest Generation"," October 16, 2006.
  18. Businesswire. "Cceeb Appoints New President" November 8, 2006.
  19. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. "Watada Court-Martial Set For Feb. 5" November 20, 2006.
  20. Dancers Herald. "Weed: Lessons Learned Lasted A Lifetime" November 22, 2006.
  21. The VillageSoup Citizen. "What Began In Maine Will Stay In Maine." December 1, 2006.
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