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A yearly walk part 2 1.4.3

On May 23rd,the Rifle Association Bömighausen invited to the first Schnadezug in our times.

Finally we are ready to go for a walk along our village borders. On May 23rd, 2004 this first walk will take place in Bömighausen. The rifle association would like to invite everyone, and it doesn´t matter, whether you are adult or young.

The „Schnadechairmen“ in our association, Manfred Kronborn, Erich Werner, Otto Kamowski, Erich Pöttner, Hermann Schultze und Friedrich Koch worked out the route and tidied up all the border marks. Manfred Kronborn und Erich Werner will guide you along the border to Rhena. “Crop – Commanders": Chief: Hermann Schultze. Assistents: B. Trachte, A. Bunse, B. Koch, Th. Bielau, A. Müller und J. Piegza. Eric Pöttner und Dieter Pohlmann are ready to carry the flag.Financial matters, food and drinks : M. Koch, M. und B. Rummel and Herm. Schultze.


At 9.15 o´clock all participants meet in the village centre (phone box) ,together we march to the former station, mark stone Schweinsbühl- Rhena- Bömighausen.

10.00 Welcome to the representatives from Rhena and Schweinsbühl, service with Reverend Müller and members of the Music Corps MV Rhena, Detlef Ückert, the chairman and magistrate Detlef Ückert and chairman Hon.Friedrich Koch.

10.45 The walk begins. Route: Kalter Graben, upper and lower Rehtal, Ahrenscheid, Hergenschlade, Diebesbusch, Im Krankenborne, Hirtenscheid, in der Buh, Am Wipperberge- Vor dem Hermannsberg.

12.45 Break im Krankenborn – drinks and food.

14.30 Welcome to the Alleringhausen members at the markstone Rhena- Alleringhausen- Bömighausen on Wipperberge, way back to Bömighausen.

15.30 Uhr Small party in and outside the community house.

Important: Older or disabled people may use the 2 covered wagons which will accompany the whole walk from 9.15 on.

“Schnademedals“ for alle participants,“Schnadecertificates“ for all “Cropped ones“.



Erster Bömighäuser Schnadezug

Granite- stone for Friedrich Koch, Matthias Müller and Egon Eirund

Translation: Bömighausen´s first: first“Schnadezug“

The association chairmen who had to prepare the walk had worked well during the last weeks. They figured out the route and cleared the border markstones.The areal belonging to Bömighausen is about 361 ha, and the border´s length is about 30 km. In the past the border walks were necessary to inform the next generations about everything that was connected with the village´s borders. Mr. Karl Thomas who went into Bömighause´s history very intensely, found out that even in 1647 such a walk was written down in old documents. It is remarkable that a part of those ancient area names have been used until today.

The event began with a service at the border point Schweinsbühl, Rhena, Bömighausen. Pastor Müller´s sermon dealt with “borders”. The Music Association Rhena did the musical shaping. Pastor Matthias Müller´s sermon dealt with "borders". Some members of the Music Association Rhena played . Manfred Kronborn and Erich Werner were the "Schnadezug" - guides. The "Stutz"- Commander was Hermann Schulze, his team Berthold Trachte, Andreas Bunse, Benjamin Koch , Thomas Bielau and Andreas Müller were very busy during the walk. There were 30 border stones along the trail: stations to get "stutzed". Wanderers who could not walk so well were taken to the border points by horse wagon. The respectable chairman Friedrich Koch, pastor Müller, the chief of the Rifle Group St. Barbara (Korbach) and Egon Eirund had to carry a heavy load: Hermann Schulze gave a piece of granite – weight 4 kilo with a remembrance medal - to them as a "thank you" for their preparations. The event finished comfortably in front of the village hall. The Rifle Association intends to invite for the "Schnadezug" from time to time. "But not every year", chairman Detlef Ückert said, "This event should stay something special".

Being deeply impressed of Pastor Müller´s sermon the writers who wrote this chronical decided to take it in at full length.They find it remarkable and worth thinking about it.The sermon was given to the community in connection with the 1st walk along the village borders.

Dear Congregation!
A so-called „Schnadezug" is done regulary from time to time in different communities of Waldeck County. In former times it was done to figure out how large the different areas were, later the purpose of controlling the own borders towards the neiighbours was added. So a definition pointing out two important questions was set: How far can I go? Where is my limit?
Of course,these questions are important for the community´s geographic status, no doubt, but they encourage us to find out and control our own „borders", as well: Which fences do I erect towards other humans?
Perhaps we should walk along our own borders from time to time in order to find out something about our relations to other people?
What about my relations to other people an those ones I live with, to my family, friends and neighbourhood ?
It may be helpful to find out the point where I am situated because it can help me to recognize more clearly who I am and what is really important for me. I will get to know how far I can go until I hit the frontier, if I can use this possibility.
Day by day we have to learn how narrow our own area is. At school, there, where we have to work and even at home we feel how limited our strength is. Often we cannot fulfil the project we wished to manage, and so I get to know how limited my power is. Often I am forced to "shift back" and then I am not able to finish my work, my planned project.
Sometimes the "border" of patience and tolerance is reached very fast, and if I touch it, it may be impossible to let other people live completely in freedom because I break into other humans´ personal individual area. Sometimes acting that way will flash back to me, and experiences like those ones are well known in our own life. That kind of experience dealing with hurt borders make us feel that there are ways of living together which are impossible. Living together we have got borders which may deliver us from hyper action and haughtiness.

Thus, we humans are demanded to take up the borders of our own life. Dealing with the death we may feel sorrow and pain, and we feel that there is a border pointing painfully out the end of our actions. Death absolutey puts an end of our life in our world, and nobody will be able to ignore this final frontier.

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And some politicians, very rich concerns or Bavarian football teams need strong curtailing (=stutzen) which may be useful, because it can be taken as a chance to feel the own frontiers.
That is what we already know: When we get such a curtail (=Stutz) we will have to face the facts, it will be necessary to force ourselves to begin a new and other life.
Borders or frontiers can be dangerous places sometimes. Woe to somebody who is not able to find out where his own borders are!
When we walk round the area of Bömighausen to have a look at the old borders, we will also remember the ancient times with their possibilities of life. The place where a village was situated , gave the inhabitants those things which were needed: water from a spring or creek, stones, sand, clay, firewood and wood that could be used for building houses and barns, berries and wholesome plants, food for the stock. People were able to live from everything that existed between the frontiers.
The boundary within the borders made sure that people could exist. Here is another part of the Old Testament: "Don´t touch the ancient borders marked by your ancestors!"Those borders were sufficient and they also made life possible for the neighbours.
It is beautiful that we can welcome our neighbours with respect honour and also with humour today, and we can celebrate this day with the feeling of our own identity and the knowledge where we come from.
And we can celebrate it with hope, because God "puts our feet on wide space" (Ps. 31, vs.9)
God can turn my narrow borders and my short sight into width. When I believe, I can see my borders clearly and be sure that I feel good, because it is certain that He loves me. He will take us far above our frontier, and our hope within our Christian life is to overcome even the last border, the death, to learn to know the power of resurrection.
May God give us borders, which let us know, where we are and which sharpen our eyes, so that we can recognize his borderless reality. Amen.

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