Re: [maineswedishcolony] greetings from an old (but still young) friend
- Dear Eric,
To think that this kid used to drive me crazy whenever I substituted for
Thanks so much for thinking of us... I have more bad news for you. Danny
Bondeson died this evening from a gunshot. We don't know how or why....just
more sadness for all of us.
Please keep all of us in your prayers tonight... love to all of the
Andraes and your wife.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Andræ" <ericandrae@...>
Cc: <RAndrae@...>; <christinaandrae@...>
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2003 3:35 PM
Subject: [maineswedishcolony] greetings from an old (but still young) friend
> Dear friends far away, but not forgotten,
> In the midst of this Easter season of resurrection and life, it came as a
> sudden shock to read the sad and disturbing news in section A of the
> Pittsburgh Post-Gazette yesterday and on the AP wire (below) today.
> As many of you recall, my father, Rev. Hans Andrae, served the Northern
> Maine Lutheran Parish from Oct. 1979 to Oct. 1985. We lived in the
> next to Gustaf Adolph. I was 8 when we arrived, and 14 when we moved to
> Pittsburgh area, where I now serve as campus pastor for the LCMS in the
> Oakland neighborhood of the city.
> I remember Reid Morrill well--a kind man and friendly neighbor; as my
> said, "a real brother in Christ." I remember one summer I enjoyed feeding
> their rabbits while they were gone on vacation.
> How is Erich Margeson doing? Christian, his brother, was my best friend
> those years in Maine and I spent many days and nights out in Westmanland
> with the wonderful Margeson family.
> My prayers and thoughts are with you.
> In the Lord of Life,
> Pastor Eric Robert Andræ, VDM +
> 5700 Bunkerhill St. #1801, Pgh. (Highland Park), PA 15206. 412-441-2487
> Church poisoning shocks town--by Kevin Wack (AP)
> NEW SWEDEN, Maine (May 2) - Residents of this potato farming community
> themselves on the safety of their close-knit town, many boasting that they
> don't leave their house doors locked at night.
> Now many are scared and shocked after a fatal arsenic poisoning at a
> Homicide investigators said arsenic-laced coffee served at the church
> reception following Sunday's service killed a 78-year-old man and made
> several others sick.
> ``I just can't believe any of it. We watch TV and things like this
> said Pam Landeen, whose uncle, Dale Anderson, was in critical condition at
> Bangor hospital. ``When something actually happens to you, it's hard to
> State police continued interviewing members of the congregation in the
> community of about 650 people, including more than two dozen who had
> and baked goods at the church that has long symbolized the cultural fabric
> of a town settled by Swedish immigrants in the 1800s.
> Residents had held on to hopes until Wednesday that the poisonings would
> turn out to be accidental, said Alton Ketch. Told that it was a homicide,
> said, ``That's what we were scared of.''
> Following the death of Walter Reid Morrill, officials said the
> ``has produced no evidence that ... the arsenic was introduced into the
> brewed coffee accidentally.''
> Two other members of the Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church in New Sweden
> remained in critical condition Thursday, while the condition of a third
> upgraded from critical to serious.
> The case was declared a homicide Thursday after laboratory tests confirmed
> that the source of arsenic was in the brewed coffee. Arsenic also was
> confirmed in samples from the victims, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman
> for the Maine Public Safety Department.
> McCausland said he did not know whether the tan stucco church, which sits
> top of a hill near a vacant parsonage, was locked before last weekend's
> incident. But state police do know who had access to the building, he
> ``This case remains wide open,'' he said acknowledging that he did not
> whether investigators had discovered any disagreements among members of
> Arsenic poisoning causes skin sores, organ injuries and has been linked to
> cancers of the skin, lung, liver, bladder and pancreas. It is generally
> odorless and tasteless.
> Chief investigator Lt. Dennis Appleton, said he hopes residents being
> questioned by police would not dismiss a disagreement they might be aware
> as too irrelevant to mention.
> ``I think my investigators and my interviewers can convince people that
> the smallest thing maybe should be brought to our attention and we should
> evaluate that,'' Appleton said.
> Several people reported feeling sick after last weekend's reception.
> Morrill, a longtime member of the congregation who lived next to the
> and acted as a caretaker and head usher, died early Monday.
> ``We don't know what the motive is. We don't know who was responsible for
> doing this, but our investigators' focus now is to find answers to those
> questions,'' McCausland said.
> 05/02/03 03:21 EDT
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