Friday, October 21, 2005
I first got the idea that I wanted to build a platform that floats on a cushion of air about ten years ago,having no clue that there was such a thing as a hovercraft!
After doing some research I discovered that "hovering platforms" called hovercraft were being made since approximately the year 1967-the year I was born! Growing up, I've always enjoyed building things that I could sit on and go-even if I didn't know what to call it when I was finished!
I obtained a set of plans to build a hovercraft and built it. It ran well but was too small to carry more then one person, so I sold it and made a bigger one, this one lasted about five years. Next I decided to build my own design, almost entirely out of Styrofoam and fiberglass - which gave me the freedom to make it look how I wanted it to look! It has a Geo Metro 3-cylinder engine for thrust and a 14hp Kohlar for lift, I also made my own propeller and lift fan. I had the GPS clock my speed @51 mph but my engine was missing pretty bad at the time,so I expect to get about 65mph after tune-up.
I only have about 20 hours on the craft-with most of those hours giving rides.So I have yet to give it a good test! [Way to go David]
Posted by Watchman at 7:33 PM
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Posted by Watchman at 1:52 PM
My name is Darren Beachy. I was born in Washington, Iowa and lived in Kalona, Iowa for the first 5 years of my life. Kalona is the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi River. From 1970 until 1985 I lived in Clarion, Iowa.
I went to school until the 8th grade and then worked for my dad full time in his auto repair shop. At 19 years of age I joined the US Navy and got married to Dede Dake. We spent 5 years in San Diego, CA. Upon my honorable discharge from the US Navy we moved to Fond du Lac, WI. I currently live in Huntingtown, MD.
I have been a Pastor for 10 years. Many have asked me about my calling to the ministry, how did it happen? what event changed your path? etc. I wish I could say what it was specifically but I cannot. I can tell you that God was working on me for a long time, and He is still working!
We moved to Searcy, AR. where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Harding University. I am currently attending Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. completing a Masters Degree in Theological Studies. I am a volunteer hospital chaplain, an active volunteer at the local homeless shelter, and I sit on the Board of Directors at the local pro-life organization.
I am interested in my Amish family roots. I am intrigued by the simplicity of life of the Amish and of the Mennonites. Living in the metro DC area I can appreciate the less hectic life of the Amish.
I like to read, not for pleasure, but for knowledge. I jog most mornings and I like to play racquetball. I have 3 daughters, one dog, and a cat.
Posted by Watchman at 1:38 PM
Thursday, October 06, 2005
A beautiful stone house built by Abraham, son of Peter I. Each generation a male descendant from the Beachy family has lived in that house until now. It is presently owned by Jerry and Martha (Compton) Beachy. His parents had lived in it. He is the first generation with no male descendants. so there's no one to pass it on to! All the stones were cut and gathered by Abraham and his family.
This information comes from the genealogy book, "The Family of Hans and Margaret Zum (Bach) Biettschi" Compiled by Raymond and Darla Beachy 1626 - 2004.
To purchase a copy of this book contact: Darla Kizer 4911 Old Oak Leaf Drive Sarasota, FL, 34233. email firstname.lastname@example.org
I highly recommend this (big) book for anyone interested in the Beachy Family history. It is very user friendly, with lots of interesting stories, notes, and historical pictures. A great book for researching the family tree all the way back to 1626 in Switzerland.
Credit for the above photo goes to Martha Beachy in Arizona.
In my phone conversation Oct. 6, 2005 with Jerry Beachy, he told me the stone house was built in 1809 and that he has sold the stone house and the new owner has moved in and is repairing it.
Posted by Watchman at 4:54 PM
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Captain Gordon was flying for TWA when this picture was taken of him seated in a MD-80. After American Airlines purchased and liquidated TWA he was laid off, and went on to ATA where he flew 757's for a year. ATA subsequently came down with "Airline Industry Disease," so Gordon accepted America's offer to fly for their regional affiliate, American Eagle, where he is Captain on their Embraer 145 (50 seat RJ). Gordon is a graduate of the only Mennonite aviation college, Hesston College, in Hesston Kansas. >Thanks Gordon, may your skies always be clear,<
Posted by Watchman at 9:35 AM