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August 2, 2012

Dyers turn home into a United Nations


For the most part, the Dyers have become surrogate parents, enjoying their athletic accomplishments and scholastic merits. Rules of the house apply to one and all here.

Dave wouldn’t have it any other way, despite a tight work schedule which knows no boundaries and the daily demands of staying on top of the news. Somehow, it’s been a juggling act and occasionally a ball will drop, only to be retrieved.

Next year they’ll be hosting their first Russian teen. He happens to be from Siberia and lives next to Lake Baikal — the deepest lake in the world.

“We felt it was a great experience for our younger kids to have older children who are motivated and can be good role models,” Dave said. “We’ve loved every one of them and have maintained some great friendships.

“The Dyers took one trip to Germany during which they were hosted by two former students and their families. To say they were treated “royally” might be an understatement.

“The food was always abundant and the hospitality unprecedented,” said Dave. “It’s their custom.”

A visit to the Ukraine last year not only rekindled a rash of memories provided by five host students but served another valid purpose. They got to meet another Ukrainian student who is staying with them this year.

So what happens to these students once they leave the Dyers and return to their native lands? Ted Reyes, their first student from the Philippines, is now a doctor living in Washington, DC. The Dyers conjured up a visit two summers ago.

A German student, Steffen Mueller, revisited the Dyers twice over the past two years. Together, they climbed Mount Washington with Paul Bilodeau, another Tribune staffer.

Another named Pasha Smityukh has a standing offer to join a barbershop in downtown Haverhill when he graduates from barber school in Kiev.

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