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German Pen Pal Visits Pompey Friend By Cindy Loomis As do most visitors from foreign shores, Sabine Langen- bach had preconceived ideas about what the United States would look like. Her vision was one of crowded and busy cities. But she found that there is another type of living-in thisna- tion—one of uncluttered days in the country. She found this time during the month she has spent with her pen pal, Nancy van Kesteren, and family in thahiliy countryside off Sweet Rd. near Pompey Hill. ' \I didn't think it would be'so lonely,\ said the 19-year-old, who lives in Giesen, a city of 100,000 near Colognes, West Germany. \I thought everything would pe crowded and busy. Here (about eight miles south of the center of Fayetteville) you're obliged to have a car or you can't go anywhere.\ Miss Langenbach has had a taste of more than country life during her visit. She and the van Kesterens spent four days in New York City among the teem­ ing crowds a week after the re- dedication ceremonies for the Statue of Liberty. She has also been to Albany and Niagara Falls. New York City was her favo­ rite, particularly watching all the limousines traveling to and fro. The German observed that Americans are very patriotic. \You see the flag and hear the national anthem all the time,\ she said. \You hardly ever see a Germanflag at home.\ The two young womettbecame acquainted about *two*and >U'- half years agOvNancy,' who likes meeting people^ wrote to People to People International for the name of a foreign pen pal and received Sabine's name. A political organization to which Sabine belongs asked who was interested in having a Un­ ited States pen pal. She replied in the affirmative and was given Nancy's name. Nancy, who is also 19, spent three weeks in Europe with her parents in 1981 when they vis­ ited her father's parents in the Netherlands, so had a familiar­ ity with her friend's lifestyle. She hopes to go back to Germany after she completes her radio and TV broadcasting studies at Cayuga Community College where she begins as a freshman this fall. Sabine has studied English for eight years and speaks with as much a British as a German ac­ cent, having been taught the Check Your Mailbox An overflowing mailbox is, at best, a way to damage or destroy mail and, at worst, an invitation to burglars, warns Manlius Postmaster Guy Hobbs. \Before you pack up and leave for vacation, contact your post office and ask them to hold your mail or arrange with them to have your mail forwarded for a specified time, then held again while you're enroute home,\ Mr. Hobbs said. , . Travelers, he said, can ar­ range for first-class mail to fol­ low them for up to 18 months and 60 days for second-class pub­ lications at no charge. The postmaster said such ar­ rangements can be ac­ complished by filling out a change of address order, Form 3575, which includes beginning and ending dates. The form is available at local post offices. British way of speaking. She will begin her last year of the German equivalent of high school five days after she returhs- to Giesen and intends to con­ tinue her studies at tne uhiver? sity level studying law''\or * perhaps, languages. 4 _„ : But during her summer vaca-'* tion in Central New Yotfk, far from thoughts of school, she_is living the life of a typical Ameri­ can teen-ager. She rides a bike to Jamesville Beach to swim- alSd wanders in-the^Shopping mails. \They're riicVf Especially if it rains,\ she said. Sabine said hiking the Pom­ pey hills, doesn't bother her too«. much, besides Jamesville Beach is all downhill from the van Kesteren's.. ' \Dad will bring her back,\ said Nancy .one blistering hot day last week. \We wouldn't be that cruel (to make her ride back).\ Nancy stayed home to nurse a sprained ankle. When asked her opinion of American television, Sabine re­ plied, \It's horrible. They even interrupt the news with .com­ mercials.\-Although German TV has commercials; they Only appear before and after prog­ rams and never during the news. There is not a tot of morning television programming. Broad­ casting usually doesn't begin until 3 or 4 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. The German also finds that American mealtimes are diffe­ rent than at home. \We usually eat a sandwich in the morning, have our big meal at noon and a 1! t J --.-V\. .... - Nancy van Kesteren, left, and her family have been hosts to Sabine Langenbach, right, of Germany since July 4. Sabine, who has been corresponding with Nancy for more than two years, was surprised very critidal^about war and pat­ riotism. \They're very different from Americans who are not critical of their government.\ She said thatsince the war her country has been occupied by American and other foreign sol­ diers and remains divided into two separate nations. There is a group of mostly young people in West Germany who want to get rid of the foreign workers who moved to Germany after the war when there was a shortage of manpower. \Most came for economic reasons,\ she said. \They perceived Germany as a paradise of wealth.\ Sabine^ does not support, the to find that the United States is not one big New York City and that there is so much open countryside; Photo/Cindy Loomis. s noted j^^cy v !^'you stopsomei oneronthe street (inEurope)and a8fc .for help; they >will. In New Y<ork City theyTl ignore you and keep x oh walking.\ But the attitude of Germans toward America is very negative now, according to Sabine. \There is a lot of anti- Americanism,\ she said. \America is regarded as a big aggressor.\ Germans opposed the American invasion of Gre­ nada, Lebanon and Libya. She also said that since World War Two,-Germans have been pj&t ^balg^s^ated. Sabine, who arrived on the fourth iJf^^^a 4 d,gasf spent the reriamder^flier^si^observing Americans and their patriotism, is to return to her home August 1. Her father works for a big firm, Sabine said, and her mother works in a hospital. Nancy is the daughter of Hank van Kesteren, who works at Sargent, Webster, Crenshaw and Folley architects, and his wife, Lucerne, who is a typeset­ ter for this newspaper. 1K Dr. Jerome Weiss Dr. Leonard Savedoff OPTOMETRISTS FAMILY VISION CARE • Eye Examinations • Contact Lenses — Glasses • Visual Perceptual Assessment of Learning Disabled Children • Sports Vision Consultation y-., 8076': By appointment 472-0339 MANLIUS - CAZEHPVWV RD. (R^ 1 1] mmmm Approve New Regulations ie Manlius Town Board ap­ proved new subdivision regula­ tions for the town following a public hearing at its July 23 meeting. \This is a tremendous step ahead for the town and for plan­ ning,\ said Supervisor Richard Lowenberg after the new regu­ lations were adopted. The regulations, revised by a committee of representatives of the town board, the Manlius Town Planning Board and the Town of Manlius Environmen­ tal Council, will replace those last revised in 1969. 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