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Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:19:05 -0600
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Dear Friends, I don't know if this made the national news or not, but
two 12-year-old Pike County, Missouri boys lit out for the woods this
week one day after school.  They were Amish lads who live in the country
near Curryville and Bowling Green.  They never came home from their
little country school house Tuesday.  It was big news -- amber alert
material and everyone was scared to death. Of course a giant search was
organized, including a helicopter.   Which is a pretty big deal in these
parts.
    The boys were found late Wednesday afternoon.  They were in a copse
of woods -- cold, wet, and happy as a pointer in a covey of quail.  The
reason they had lit out?  They had been reading Tom Sawyer and
Huckleberry Finn and decided they wanted some adventure of their own!
    True story.
    Hope everyone is with someone they love this week.
    Terrell Dempsey in Hannibal

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