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VOLUME XCVIII PASSAIC, N.J., AUGUST 27, 2008 NUMBER 4867
Thousands enjoy annual celebration of Slovak culture and heritage
The 85th Slovak American Day Held at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh
by Michael J. Kopanic, Jr., Ph.D.
After reciting the Pledge of Al- him were priests of Slovak ances-
legiance to the Flag and the Slo- try from the Dioceses of Pitts-
vak and American national an- burgh, Greensburg, Altoona-
thems, Attorney Maleski intro- Johnstown as well as other area
duced special guests, which in- dioceses.
cluded several national leaders of While most of the liturgy was
our Slovak fraternals, including celebrated in English, as is typical,
Supreme Officers of the Slovak the singing was all in Slovak.
Catholic Sokol. Leader of song was Robert
A traditional part of the annual Ponchak with the Rev. Greg
Slovak Day observance is the cel- Madeya at the organ. As always, it
ebration of Mass in Slovak. This was an inspiring liturgy.
year’s concelebrated liturgy at 4 At the conclusion of the lit-
p.m. saw the Rev. Micah E. Kozoil, urgy, a special ceremony took
pastor of St. Mary’s (Nativity) par- place. The Slovak Heritage Soci-
ish in Uniontown, Pa. as principal ety of the Laurel Highlands
celebrant. Concelebrating with (Continued on page 10)
Well-known Slovak fraternal and cultural activist, Cecilia Sarocky, chairperson of this year’s 85th
annual Pittsburgh Slovak Day Committee is shown above introducing the members of the PAS Slovak
Folk Ensemble who plan to participate in the renown Detva Festival in Slovakia next summer.
In keeping with a long tradition, the 1920s, when many Slovak- After trying some early rides at
the Western Pennsylvania Slovak Americans decided they wished to the park, most everyone began the
Day Cultural Association hosted celebrate their heritage during the Slovak part of the day by enjoying
the 85th Annual Slovak Day at summer months. From the time it a bountiful lunch at the Slovenska
Kennywood Park in first began, Slo- kuchyna (Slovak Kitchen). The
West Mifflin - a vak-American meal included a bountiful helping
Pittsburgh suburb- newspapers had of halupky (stuffed cabbage),
on Thursday, July successfully ad- pirohy, halusky(cabbage and
17, 2008. Unlike justed to American noodles), klobasa, and ceregy. A Accepting the $500 check in support of the PAS Folk Ensemble from
last year ’s rainy life, while main- complete meal cost only six dol- the Slovak Heritage Association of the Laurel Highlands are from
weather, this time taining many of lars and was a delicious bargain the left, Angie and John Lipchak, Joseph Palus, Susan Kalcik and
the weather cooperated; it was hot their cultural traditions. compared to typical amusement Milenka Kopanic Feighner and Cecilia Sarocky. - photo by Michael
and humid, and all could enjoy the Since Kennywood is an amuse- park prices. J. Kopanic, Jr.
rides as well as the marvelous Slo- ment park full of shaded picnic Among those helping to serve in
vak events. grounds, it has afforded both young the Slovak Kitchen were David
The Pittsburgh event at and old alike an opportunity to en- Blazek, the president of the locally-
Kennywood has continued since joy a fun-packed day. based National Slovak Society.
Some of the first afternoon
events featured the lively dancing
and splendid singing of children
and youth from the Junior Pitts-
burgh Slovakians ensemble and the
PAS Junior Dance Group.
Another focal point of Slovak
Day is the opening ceremony and
the celebration of Mass. The Rev.
Joseph A. Grosko, pastor of Holy
Trinity Parish in West Mifflin, who
is also president of the Western
Pennsylvania Slovak Day Com-
mittee, offered the invocation. The
Honorable Cynthia Maleski Groch,
Esq. the regional vice president of
the Slovak League of American
Our Sokolka of Wreath 14 in Johnstown, Pa., Milenka Kopanic and a National Trustee of the First All smiles from some of the Slovak Kitchen staff including, from the
Feighner, is shown above performing a spirited Slovak folk dance Catholic Slovak Ladies Associa- left, David Blazek, president of the National Slovak Society; Joseph
as a member of the PAS Slovak Folk Ensemble at this year’s Pitts- tion served as the mistress of cer- Elliott, Ted Alden, Luren Strawser and Cindy Schlebusch.
burgh Slovak Day. emonies. - photo by Michael J. Kopanic, Jr.
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Rd., Annandale, Va.; Divine Lit- Oh.; beginning with devotions at
urgy at 10:30 a.m., festivities to 3 p.m., Mass at 4 p.m., dinner to
SOKOL follow until 6 p.m.; for information
■ Slovak Mass in the Crypt
follow, tickets $14.00, adults,
$6.00 children; call Rev. George
Franko at(330) 782-9126.
Make an effort to enroll new members in 2008
Who can be a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokol
Calendar Church of the Basilica of the Na-
tional Shrine of the Immaculate
■ Assembly 28 meeting at the
As per the decision of the delegates of the 30th National
Convention assembled in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 6-10, the
Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., Slovak Catholic Sokol Hall, Route following qualifications for membership have been adapted.
N.E., Washington, D.C. at 11 16, Douglas, Mass. beginning at Also, beginning January 1, 2008 the minimum life insurance
SUN.AUG. 31 a.m. 7 p.m. certificate issued by our organization is $5,000.
■ Annual Cleveland Slovak MON.SEPT. 8 SAT.SEPT. 20
Festival hosted by the Cleveland ■ Wreath 111 patronal feast ■ Rusyn-Slovak Song Festival Qualifications for Membership:
Slovak Radio Club at St. Anthony day observance at the American in the auditorium of St. John the To become an insured member of the Slovak Catholic
of Padua Hall, 6740 State Road, Slovak Club, 2915 Broadway, Baptist Parish, 364 Mill Hill Ave., Sokol, a person must furnish satisfactory evidence of insur-
Parma, Oh. from noon to 8 p.m., Lorain, Oh. beginning at 6:30 Bridgeport, Conn. beginning at ability and be no more than eighty(80) years of age, nearest
cultural program at 3 p.m. p.m. 1:30 p.m. birthday.
SEPT. 3-6 ■ Assembly 16 and Wreath 22 ■ Group 4 annual meeting at Insurability:
■ 121st annual meeting of the meetings at the Slovak Catholic the Franklin Public Library, 9151 To become an active member, an individual must meet
National Fraternal Congress of Sokol Club, 2912 East Carson West Loomis Rd., Franklin, Wis. the underwriting standards of the organization required to pro-
America in Washington, D.C. St., South Side, Pittsburgh, Pa., beginning at 11 a.m. cess an active life insurance or annuity certificate.
THURS.SEPT. 4 Wreath meeting begins at 7 p.m., ■ Assembly 28 centennial cel-
■ Assembly 206 special meet- Assembly meeting follows board ebration at the Slovak Catholic Membership Eligibility:
ing to fill two vacant officers’ po- of directors meeting. Sokol Hall, Route 16, Douglas, * Supports the ideals of the Catholic Faith.
sitions at the Slovak Catholic TUES.SEPT. 9 Mass. * Preserves the Slovak Heritage.
Sokol Club, 801 11th St., ■ Assembly 261 and Wreath ■ Sokol Home Association
Ambridge, Pa. beginning at 7:30 155 meetings at the Slovak Dance featuring the Blues Band * Upholds the Bylaws of the S.C.S.
p.m. Catholic Sokol Club, 411 of Mark Furman at the Slovak * An applicant must apply for membership through a
SEPT. 5-7 Crestmont St., Reading, Pa. fol- Catholic Sokol Club, 411 member in good standing or an appointed agent of
■ St. Michael the Archangel lowing the Home Association Crestmont St., Reading, Pa. 9:30 the S.C.S. Such application must be made by the
Byzantine Catholic Cathedral Meeting which begins at 7 p.m. p.m. - 1:30 a.m. form supplied by the Home Office.
Festival at the chapel grounds, SAT.SEPT. 13 ■ Group 1 officers meeting at
445 Lackawanna Ave., West ■ Assembly 11 annual meet- Slovak Catholic Sokol headquar- Individuals who may not be considered:
Paterson, N.J.; Friday and Sat- ing and luncheon at the Camelot ters, 205 Madison St., Passaic, * In anyway offends public morality.
urday 4-8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 noon Banquet Hall, 8624 West 95th N.J. beginning at 12 noon. * Supports a group/movement whose aims are con-
to 6 p.m. St., Hickory Hills, Ill. beginning at SUN.SEPT. 21 trary to the Catholic Church.
SAT.SEPT. 6 12 noon; call Joseph A. Seliga ■ 4th biennial testimonial din- * Fails to comply with the requirements of the Mem-
■ 33rd annual Group 3 Sokol (773)476-1844. ner hosted by the Western Penn- bership Eligibility.
Golf Open at Heritage Country ■ Quarterly meeting of the Slo- sylvania Slovak Cultural Associa-
Club, Charlton, Mass. vak Catholic Sokol Board of Di- tion at the Greentree Radisson Application and Acceptance:
■ 2nd Annual Slovak Catholic rectors via a teleconference call Hotel, Greentree-Pittsburgh, Pa.,
beginning at 10 a.m. * Applicant is bound by the laws of the State of New
Sokol Walk-A-Thon for partici- reception at 5 p.m., dinner at 6
SUN.SEPT. 14 Jersey.
pants in our walking program. p.m., call (412)531-2990.
■ 15th annual Pilgrimage in * Applicant is bound in all matters arising out of the
SUN.SEPT. 7 ■ Group 17 Annual Family Fun Bylaws.
■ Annual Slavic Festival of honor of Our Mother of Sorrows Day End of Summer Picnic at
at the National Shrine of Our Recommenders:
Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Boardman Park Ex-
Lady of Lebanon, North Jackson, * A member in good standing may recommend a new
Catholic parish, 3410 Woodburn Servicemen’s Pavilion, Route member.
224, Boardman, Oh. 10 a.m. to * A licensed agent appointed by the Slovak Catholic
8 p.m.; call Edith Babik (330) 782- Sokol.
Annuity Rate at 4.00% 9555. Application:
Effective July 1, 2008, our Slovak Catholic Sokol annu- ■ Wreath 103 continental * Form supplied by the Home Office of the S.C.S.
ities earn 4.0% interest. A Slovak Catholic Sokol annuity is breakfast following the Masses at
a very sound financial investment. For information and a SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, * All underwriting requirements must be met and fulfilled.
brochure, write the home office or call our toll free num- 189 Fifteenth St., Barberton, Oh.
ber 1-800-886-7656. in the school hall. Requirements for Insurance:
1. Regardless of whether the application is considered as
“medical” or “non-medical”, all questions on the application
for membership as well as PART I and PART II of the applica-
LABOR DAY HOLIDAY tion for insurance must be answered.
In observance of the Labor
Day holiday, the Home Office 2. Where a medical examination is required for member-
in Passaic, N.J. will be closed ship, the Medical Examiner’s Confidential Report(PART III)
on Monday, September 1. must be completed.
The Home Office will reopen 3. An Assembly or Wreath officer should sign new appli-
for business on Tuesday, Sep- cations for membership, whenever possible.
tember 2. Regular office
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Home Office: (973) 777-2605-06 Editor
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At the Greentree Radisson Hotel in Pittsburgh
Lodge Jottings Western Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association
to honor Bishop David A. Zubik at its Awards Dinner
BARBERTON, OH. Joseph A. Seliga The Western Pennsylvania Slovak a resident of Mount Lebanon for the includes more than 40 dancers. They
Financial Secretary Cultural Association (WPSCA) will past 25 years. His paternal grandpar- perform about 20 times a year in the
Wreath 103 host its Fourth Consular Testimonial ents both came from Slovakia at the Pittsburgh area. Over the years, they
As is our fraternal tradition, our LORAIN, OH. Awards Dinner on Sunday, Septem- turn of the 20th century. have also performed at the Slovak
Wreath will again host a Continen- ber 14th at the Greentree Radisson The WPSCA Business Award will Embassy in Washington, D.C. as
tal Breakfast on Sunday, September Wreath 111 Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pa. As is its tra- well as in many cities in Slovakia.
21 following the Sunday Masses at Our Lady has helped and in-
dition, the dinner honors those who Rudy, Sue and their four daughters
SS. Cyril and Methodius Church terceded for us in many ways by their distinguished leadership and have been dancers in the group. The
where the pastor is the Rev. Edward over the years. Our Wreath service have enriched Slovak culture popular couple have hosted the
F. Lajack. We extend a cordial invi- founders chose Our Lady as our and heritage in the fields of Religion, Western Pennsylvania Slovak Radio
tation to the parishioners as well as heavenly patroness. In apprecia- Business, Government, Heritage, Hour since 1979.
our own members to join us for some tion, we will host our traditional and Lifetime Achievement. Such The WPSCA Lifetime Achieve-
traditional Sokol fellowship in the patronal feast day observance on individuals have made substantial ment Award will be presented to
school hall located at 189 Fifteenth the feast of the Nativity of the contributions to the common good David G. Blazek, President of the
Street. We will have an exhibit of our Blessed Virgin Mary, Monday, and our American way of life. National Slovak Society, (NSS). A
organization’s activities as well as September 8 at the American Slo-
Heading the list of 2008 honor- resident of Peters Township, Pa.,
brochures indicating the various in- vak Home located at 2915 Broad- ees is the Most Rev. David A. Zubik, Dave is known throughout the fra-
surance and annuity products offered way beginning at 6:30 p.m. Follow-
the Bishop of Pittsburgh, who re- ternal benefit system. His career be-
by the Slovak Catholic Sokol. Hope- ing the regular business of the meet- ceives the WPSCA Religion Award. gan in 1986 when he was elected a
fully, in this way we will attract some ing we then enjoy some refresh- A native of Swickley, Pa., His Ex- director of the NSS. Since 1993, he
new members. ments. We will also host a traditional cellency attended St. Paul Seminary has served as the national president
We look forward to seeing a good Harvest Auction which will feature in Pittsburgh and received under- of the NSS, the oldest Slovak frater-
turnout at this fraternal activity items from our members’ gardens graduate degrees from Duquesne Bishop David A. Zubik nal in the United States, founded in
where we will have the opportunity and kitchens. An enjoyable evening University in 1971 and a master’s in be presented to Frederick N. Frank, Pittsburgh in February 1890. Under
to meet and greet old friends and has been planned and we extend a theology from St. Mary Seminary director of the Slovak American En- his leadership, the assets of the NSS
hopefully make new ones in the best cordial invitation to all our members and University in Baltimore. He was terprise Fund. Mr. Frank serves as a have more than quadrupled. He is a
traditions of Sokol fraternalism. to join us for this annual fraternal
ordained a priest in 1975. He was director of the Slovak American past president of both the New Jer-
Zdar Boh! event. ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Pitts- Enterprise Fund, having been ap- sey and Pennsylvania State Frater-
Rita Polacek This year marks the 86th an-
burgh in 1997. From 2003 to 2007, pointed by President Bill Clinton in nal Congresses and has served in
Recording Secretary niversary of the founding of our he served as Bishop of Green Bay, 1998. The fund’s purpose is to sup- positions in the National Fraternal
Wreath. It was in the spring of 1922 Wis. On July 18, 2007, he was port emerging small and medium Congress of America. Dave also
CHICAGO, ILL. that Wreath 111 was established. named Bishop of Pittsburgh. Both of sized businesses in Slovakia by op- served as president of the Fraternal
The first officers elected at that time Bishop Zubik’s maternal grandpar- erating as a private venture capital Societies of Greater Pittsburgh.
Assembly 11 included Maria Nocjar, president;
All members are urged to attend ents were born in Slovakia. Bishop fund with U.S. dollars. The Fund has The keynote speaker at this year’s
Bertha Vargo, recording secretary; Zubik is the first American of Slo- invested tens of millions of dollars dinner will be Charles Dougherty,
a special annual meeting and lun- Katarina Gencur, financial secretary;
cheon of our Assembly under the pa- vak ancestry to serve as Bishop of in Slovak-owned companies. In this president of Duquesne University.
Anna Zahoranec, treasurer; and Pittsburgh. capacity, Mr. Frank has made over Igor Pokojny, the Slovak Consul
tronage of SS. Cyril and Methodius Kristina Krupa and Margaret
on Saturday, September 13 at the The WPSCA Government Award 40 trips to Slovakia. He has been rec- General from New York will bring
Katricak, auditors. Over these many goes to Gregory C. Fajt, Chief of ognized for his service by receiving greetings from the Slovak govern-
meeting room of the beautiful decades, our Wreath has enjoyed
Camelot Banquet Hall located at Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Ed- awards from President George Bush ment. Musical entertainment will be
great fraternal success. We look for- ward Rendell. As Chief of Staff, Fajt in 2006 and from the Slovak Ambas- provided by Andrej Pivnicka and
8624 West 95th Street in Hickory ward to continued success in the best
Hills, Ill. Doors will open at 11:45 serves as the top advisor to the Gov- sador to the United States in 2007. The Friends. Tickets are $55.00 per per-
traditions of Lorain Sokol fraternal- ernor and manages the day-to-day directors serve without pay. son. For dinner reservations contact
p.m. and the meeting will begin ism. We remind our members that activities of the executive branch of The WPSCA Heritage Award will Joseph Senko at (412) 531-2990(of-
promptly at 12 noon with a delicious our meetings are held every second
family style luncheon, including des- state government, including 18 cabi- be presented to Rudy and Sue fice) or (412) 343-5031. A com-
Monday of the month at the Ameri- net agencies and the Governor’s Of- Ondrejco, directors of the Pennsyl- memorative book will be issued in
sert, served at the conclusion of the can Slovak Home beginning at 6:30
meeting. fice. Prior to that, he served as Sec- vania Slovak Radio Hour and the conjunction with the annual dinner.
p.m. We invite our members to join retary of the Pennsylvania Depart- Pittsburgh Slovakians. The Pitts- Ads for the book are available by
With the recent merger of Wreath us for these evenings of fraternal fel-
92 into Assembly 11, we now have ment of Revenue from March 2003 burgh Slovakians folk dance group contacting Brother Senko who
lowship. through February 2007. He also was formed in 1956 by Roman serves as the Honorary Slovak Con-
over one thousand members, how- Wishing all a pleasant fall season,
ever because of lack of attendance served as a State Representative Niznik. Rudy and Sue succeeded sul in Pittsburgh and is Executive
I remain from the 42nd District of Allegheny him in 1977. The ensemble with its Director of the Western Pennsylva-
at our meetings, as well as lack of Zdar Boh!
interest by our members, Assembly County from 1991 to 1996. Greg is senior and junior divisions currently nia Slovak Cultural Association.
11 is facing the very same problems President
that Wreath 92 and the other Assem- Welcome to the Slovak Catholic Sokol
blies and Wreaths that were merged PITTSBURGH, PA.
into Assembly 11. Our Assembly is
Introducing Our New Members
in excellent financial condition, but
if no one takes over the reins of our Wreath 22 Enrolled During the Month of July 2008
lodge, Assembly 11 will be, either As we anticipate the wonderful ASSEMBLY/
merged into another Assembly or fall season, we remind our members WREATH MEMBER CITY/STATE RECOMMENDER
Wreath, or dissolved, with our mem- that the first meetings of both our
bership and all of our assets being lodges are scheduled for Monday, S-113 Hannah Marie Albright Kenosha, WI Tony L. Scuglik
controlled by headquarters. September 8 at the Slovak Catholic S-113 Lily Ann Albright Kenosha, WI Tony L. Scuglik
There will be no charge for the Sokol Club, South Side. Our Wreath S-064 Josephine B. Berdis Erie, PA Amy Berdis
luncheon, but we are asking for a res- meeting will begin promptly at 7 S-016 Zachary J. Cielewich Pittsburgh, PA Michael J. Pjontek Jr.
ervation deposit of $10.00, which p.m. while the Assembly meeting be- S-079 Alexander Joseph Fencik Lilly, PA Robert P. Rusted
will be returned to the members at gins immediately following the S-096 James P. Fogle Niagara Falls, NY Charles J. Fogle
the meeting. For those members who Board of Directors meeting. All S-108 Robert Herbert Youngstown, OH Sue Prozy
can’t drive and need to bring a driver, members are invited to attend as we V-093 Bret H. Hoeck Milwaukee, WI Bradley Hoeck
non-members can attend the lun- make plans for the coming fraternal S-016 Roy Howard Pittsburgh, PA Kathleen S. Watkins
cheon, but will not receive a refund. season. S-227 Jessica Klimkait Toronto, CN Home Office
All reservations for this Special An- Looking ahead, we ask our mem- S-227 Justin Klimkait Toronto, CN Home Office
nual Meeting and Luncheon should bers to mark their calendars for our V-022 Blaze La Boon Pittsburgh, PA Kern Malanowski
be mailed to Joseph A. Seliga, 5650 traditional Halloween Dance for V-054 John Lengyel Jr Youngstown, OH Sheni Lengyel
South Richmond St., Chicago, IL adults and children alike which will S-016 Andrew Michel Pittsburgh, PA Kathleen S. Watkins
60629 no later than Saturday, August be held on Friday evening, October V-022 Sophia Michel Pittsburgh, PA Kathleen S. Watkins
30. for additional information on our 31 at the Sokol Club. An enjoyable V-022 Nancy Mihalcin Pittsburgh, PA Kathleen S. Watkins
gathering call Joseph A. Seliga at tel. evening has been planned and addi- S-l08 Dean Platt Youngstown, OH Sue Prozy
(773)476-1844. tional details will be forthcoming. S-025 Ryan Andrew Sharpe Perryopolis, PA Michael T. Matras
Zdar Boh! Zdar Boh! S-182 Gloria Jean Vadovic New York, NY Joseph Vadovic
Frank R. Stolar Jerry Lutz S-227 Michael B Wolfe Toronto, CN Home Office
President Recording Secretary S-219 Robert R. Begany Yonkers, NY Daniel F. Tanzone
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REFLECTOR ... The Word
Jottings from Sokol of God ...
(Continued from page 1 )
and Slovak life
Gospel for the Twenty-Second Sunday
Catholic Federation will host its 15th annual Pilgrim- of the Year – August 31
Cyrilites to inaugurate Centennial
age in honor of Our Mother of Sorrows, patroness of
Year observance on September 14 Slovakia and the Slovak people, on Sunday, Septem- Matthew 16:21-27
The Congregation of the Sisters of SS. Cyril ber 14 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon
and Methodius, which has enjoyed an important role in North Jackson, Oh. The shrine, designated as a place Jesus began to show his disciples
in the religious and educational training of genera- of pilgrimage with all appropriate rights and privileges, that he must go to Jerusalem
tions of Slovaks and their descendants over the past is located at 2757 Lipkey Road. The annual day-long and suffer greatly
century, will officially open its event recalls the time-honored traditions of pilgrim- from the elders, the chief priests,
Centennial year observance on age to the great Marian shrines of Sastin and Levoca and the scribes,
Sunday, September 14 at their in Slovakia. and be killed
Motherhouse, Villa Sacred Heart The program begins at 3 p.m. with the recitation and on the third day be raised.
in Danville, Pa. The festivities of the Rosary and the opportunity for reception of the Then Peter took Jesus aside
begin with a Pontifical Sacrament of Reconciliation in both English and Slo- and began to rebuke him,
concelebrated liturgy in the Ba- vak. At 4 p.m., the concelebrated Slovak Mass will "God forbid, Lord!
silica of SS. Cyril and Methodius feature the Most Rev. A. Edward Pevec, retired Auxil- No such thing shall ever happen to you."
at 2 p.m. Principal celebrant of the liturgy will be iary Bishop of Cleveland as principal celebrant and He turned and said to Peter
the Most Rev. Joseph V. Adamec, Bishop of Altoona- homilist. Priests of Slovak ancestry from the area will "Get behind me, Satan!
Johnstown, Pa. A reception for invited guests will concelebrate. Prior to the celebration of Mass, the sing- You are an obstacle to me.
follow the Mass. ing of our traditional Slovak Marian hymns will take You are thinking not as God does,
With an increasing number of Slovak immi- place in the shrine church. but as human beings do."
grants legally entering the United States in the final Following the liturgy, dinner will be served in the Then Jesus said to his disciples,
decades of the nineteenth and early years of the twen- shrine’s dining hall. Dinner tickets are $14.00 for adults "Whoever wishes to come after me
tieth centuries, Slovak parishes had been established and $6.00 for children under the age of 12. For dinner must deny himself,
in more than 200 American communities in the east- reservations contact members of the Slovak Catholic take up his cross, and follow me.
ern and midwestern states. Led by the call of the Federation or call the Rev. George Franko, chaplain For whoever wishes to save his life
American bishops to establish schools for the chil- of the chapter, at tel. (330)782-9126. Area Sokol mem- will lose it,
dren of these parishes, Slovak pastors longed for the bers are invited to come and spend an enjoyable day but whoever loses his life
day when their parishes would open their own paro- of prayer and good fellowship as we honor the Mother for my sake
chial schools. Led by the Rev. Matthew Jankola, who of God under her title of Our Lady of Sorrows. will find it.
was ordained a priest of the Scranton Diocese in What profit would there be
1892, the St. Anthony Treasury was established. This for one to gain the whole world
project had as its purpose the support of a new con-
Foundation disagrees with Commission’s and forfeit his life?
gregation of religious women who would teach in decision to close historic Slovak church Or what can one give
the Slovak parochial schools. In many Slovak Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. in exchange for his life?
churches, a shrine to St. Anthony of Padua was es- has served as the spiritual, cultural and fraternal cen- For the Son of Man will come
tablished with vigil candles to be lit by the faithful. ter of the city’s Slovak community for more than a with his angels
The funds realized from these shrines were collected century. The parish was founded in 1895 and its illus- in his Father’s glory,
in support of the new religious congregation. While trious pastor for 33 years was the noted Rev. Joseph and then he will repay
pastor in Hazleton, Pa., after several earlier starts, Murgas, a gifted Slovak Catholic leader and pioneer all according to his conduct.”
Father Jankola finally succeeded in interesting three in wireless telegraphy. During his pastorate a majes-
tic neo gothic church was blessed and dedicated in The Gospel of the Lord.
young Slovak women to consider joining the new
congregation. Through the kindness of the Sisters, 1908. An accomplished artist himself, Father Murgas
Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in created one of the most beautiful churches not only in Gospel for the Twenty-third Sunday
Scranton and their general superior, Mother Cyril, Wilkes-Barre but among the nearly 250 Slovak
churches in America. Many of his own works adorn
of the Year – September 7
the first three candidates were educated. In Septem-
ber 1908, the yet-to-be approved congregation the interior of the beautiful church.
opened its first mission, Sacred Heart Slovak School Since its founding, Sacred Heart has ranked Matthew 18:15-20
in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Finally, on September 11, 1909, among the most important Slovak parishes. It was in
the congregation dedicated to the Apostles of the Sacred Heart Church that the Slovak Catholic Federa- A reading from the holy Gospel
Slavs received Papal approbation and the first three tion was founded in 1911. All of our Slovak Catholic according to Matthew
members, Sister Mary Mihalik, Sister Joseph Bartek fraternals have hosted various gatherings in the his- Jesus said to his disciples:
and Sister Emmanuel Pauly pronounced their vows toric church. Exactly a century ago in September 1908, "If your brother sins against you,
in Scranton. Following the first profession, twelve the parish opened a parochial school with three nuns go and tell him his fault
additional young Slovak women applied for admit- of the not yet officially approbated community of the between you and him alone.
tance into the new congregation dedicated to teach- Sisters of SS. Cyril and Methodius as its teachers. Over If he listens to you,
ing the children of the Slovak immigrants. The rest the years, the faith community of Sacred Heart has you have won over your brother.
is history. grown and flourished. Following Father Murgas’s If he does not listen,
At their peak, the congregation staffed schools death, other priests have diligently served the parish take one or two others along with you,
in over 30 Slovak parishes in many dioceses in the including, Msgr. John Sobota, Rev. Michael Bernat, so that 'every fact may be established
East and Midwest. Over the past century, the Msgr. Francis J. Beeda, Rev. John Polednak, Rev. Jo- on the testimony of two or three witnesses.'
Cyrilites, as the community is known, have enjoyed seph Ziobro, Rev. Thomas Hitchko and others right If he refuses to listen to them,
a rich ministry of Christian education, service to up to the current pastor, Msgr. John Sempa. tell the church.
the aged and infirm, the promotion of the tradition With changing demographics, a decline in the If he refuses to listen even to the church,
of music as well as special dedication to the preser- city’s population along with the shortage of priests then treat him as you would a Gentile
vation of Slovak culture and heritage. Our Slovak available, the Diocese of Scranton closed the neigh- or a tax collector.
Catholic fraternals have always enjoyed a close col- boring territorial parish of St. John the Evangelist and Amen, I say to you,
laboration with the ministry of these consecrated the people of Sacred Heart welcomed their neighbors whatever you bind on earth
women religious. We congratulate Sister Linda Marie into their faith community. About two years ago, the shall be bound in heaven,
Bolinski, the current General Superior, as well as all neighboring Church of St. Stanislaus, which served and whatever you loose on earth
the Sisters as they begin their centennial year obser- the Polish community, was added to the faith commu- shall be loosed in heaven.
vance. We pray that God will bless the Sisters in the nity. Again, amen, I say to you,
years ahead as they continue to mirror their heav- The Diocese of Scranton established the Call to if two of you agree on earth
enly patrons, our great evangelizers, SS. Cyril and Holiness and Mission Project which was to seek input about anything for which they are to pray,
Methodius. regarding further mergers of parishes in the diocese. it shall be granted to them
The Planning Commission of the Diocese of Scranton by my heavenly Father.
has recommended to change the worship site of Sa- For where two or three
15th Mother of Sorrows Pilgrimage cred Heart/St. John’s Parish to St. Stanislaus Kostka are gathered together in my name,
in North Jackson, Oh. on Sept. 14 Church. The Sacred Heart Wilkes-Barre Foundation, there am I in the midst of them."
The Youngstown, Ohio chapter of the Slovak (Continued on page 10) The Gospel of the Lord.
THE FALCON, AUGUST 27, 2008 Page 5
Fall Film Festival
Promoting U.S.-Slovak cultural exchange The Western Pennsylvania Introducing the Members of Our
Slovak Cultural Association will
Loretta Ekoniak elected to the Youngstown again host its traditional fall film Board of Directors 2008-2011
festival. The first Slovak movie - Dennis J. Zifcak
Spisska Nova Ves Sister Cities Board to be featured “She Kept Crying
Chairperson of Supreme Auditors
The Youngstown - Spisska Nova Sr. have a son, Nathaniel, who is a for the Moon,” will be shown on
Saturday, September 27 at the Dennis Joseph Zifcak is a native of Whitinsville, Mass.
Ves Sister Cities of Youngstown, Computer Engineer residing in Se- where he was born December 18, 1945, son of the late Francis and
Ohio elected Loretta Ekoniak to its attle, Washington. The Ekoniaks en- Slovak Civic Federation Hall lo-
cated at 1200 Hodgkiss Street, Mary Gonsorcik. He has four siblings, and all are Sokol members.
Board of Directors to fill the va- joy membership He was named after his aunt, Sister Mary Den-
cancy of Mary Babnic who passed in Assembly 108 Northside, Pittsburgh, Pa. begin-
ning at 7 p.m. nis, who was a member of the Congregation of
away in June. (Mary served on the of the Slovak the Sisters of SS. Cyril and Methodius in
board since the group’s founding Catholic Sokol in As an added treat prior to the
film, chicken dinner will be Danville, Pa. He returned the honor and chose
in 1991). Loretta was recom- Youngstown. We the confirmation name, Cyril. Dennis was
mended by Board Secretary, congratulate Sis- served Paprikash style will be
available. The movie is free graduated from Douglas Memorial High School
Bernie Demechko, who has ter Ekoniak on in Douglas, Mass.
worked with Loretta on various her election to the however the cost of the dinner is
$8.00 per person. No movie tick- Shortly after starting his college years,
Slovak cultural activities. Board of the Dennis was drafted into the United States Army.
Loretta worked as a Registered Yo u n g s t o w n - ets are required, however dinner
reservations are necessary. For While in the service, he completed his under-
Medical Technologist for twenty Spisska Nova Ves Sister Cities. The graduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering
years. She then received her group promotes so many wonderful dinner reservations call the West-
ern Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural and Management. He later received his Master’s degree in Busi-
Master’s Degree in Secondary exchange programs which encour- ness Administration from the University of Southern California.
Education teaching Chemistry, Bi- age U.S.-Slovak cultural, educa- Association office at tel.
(888)SLOVAKS - (412) 531- He left active duty in the late 1970s but remained active in the Na-
ology and Environmental Science tional and healthcare exchange. tional Guard and began his career in Human Resources.
at Poland Seminary High School Loretta beautifully mirrors the high 2990. An enjoyable evening is
assured. His last civilian position, before retiring, was as Director
for 15 years before retiring. Since ideals of fraternal outreach which of Global Benefits for EMC Corporation, a $12 billion enterprise
Subsequent films to be shown
then, she has devoted her volun- are a credit to the fraternal benefit date storage company. His primary specialization was in the analy-
teer efforts to Slovak activities, system in general and Slovak fra- during the Fall Slovak Film Fes-
tival include the feature “Sweet sis, design, development, funding arrangement and implementa-
serving as co-editor of the news- ternalism in particular. tion of worldwide employee benefits plans. Dennis implemented
letter of the American Slovak Cul- We thank another wonderful Troubles” a comedy about a
bachelor who becomes an easy benefit cost containment programs that not only improved benefits,
tural Association of the Mahoning Youngstown Slovak fraternal ac- but saved $41.9 million over five years. In this capacity, he trav-
Valley and as a member of the Par- tivist, Bernie Demechko for shar- prey to his boss, his mother and
women eager to marry him. This eled the world to eighteen countries spanning the Americas, Eu-
ish Council at St. Matthias Slovak ing this story with our readers. rope, the Middle East and the Orient. He developed multi-national
Church where she also serves as film will be shown on Wednes-
day, October 15 at the Brashear and international pooling and funding arrangements, employee com-
lector at the Slovak Masses. This
summer, Loretta and her son,
Group 3 News Association located on Sarah munications programs, and innovative approaches to benefits while
Bay State Sokols and Sokolky are Street on Pittsburgh’s South Side reducing overall costs. He implemented the “first of its” kind caf-
Michael attended Slovak classes at eteria style plan for Germany, Italy and France.
reminded to mark their calendars for beginning at 6:45 p.m. The final
the University of Pittsburgh. His parents enrolled him in the Slovak Catholic Sokol
Michael is currently in Modra, Saturday evening, September 20 for film in the festival, “Night Rid-
the gala celebration of the 100th an- ers,” a wild west shoot-out that shortly after birth and he has been involved for many years in his
Slovakia, to further his Slovak lan- home Assembly 28 located in East Douglas, Mass. He recently
guage abilities at Comenius Uni- niversary of Assembly 28 of East takes place at the Slovak Polish
Douglas, Mass. The celebration will Border. This film will be shown passed the baton as president of Group 3 “Rev. Edmund Mochak”
versity. Upon his return, he will after sixteen years. At the 29th National Convention in Orlando,
continue graduate studies in Com- be held at the Slovak Catholic Sokol on Saturday, November 1 at the
Hall on Route 16 in Douglas, Mass. Mount Lebanon Public Library Fla. in 2003, Brother Zifcak was elected Chairperson of Supreme
puter Engineering at Virginia Tech. Auditors. He was reelected to this position at our latest, 30th Na-
Loretta and her family visited Assembly 28, founded in 1908, is beginning at 2 p.m.
the oldest Sokol lodge in Massachu- tional Convention in Las Vegas in 2007. In the best traditions of
Slovakia and became acquainted fraternal outreach, he is active in local shelters and food kitchens
with relatives residing in the setts. Complete details of the cel-
ebration will be forthcoming. Call as well as the Central Massachusetts Veterans Shelter in Worcester,
Zemplin and Spisska Nova Ves Mass.
area(what a coincidence!). Supreme Assistant Physical Direc- Annual “Mig Matras” Shortly after 9/11, Brother Dennis decided it was time to smell
tor Roger J. Manyak at tel. (508)476-
In addition to their son, Michael,
Golf Outing on Oct. 4 the roses and retired from both his civilian and military careers.
Loretta and her husband, Michael, Assembly 25 of Perryopolis, While in the service, he obtained the rank of Colonel and was
Pa. is pleased to announce that its awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze
Wreath 22 Sokolka annual “Mig Matras” golf outing Star for Valor, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with 29 Oak Leaf
is set for Saturday, October 4th Clusters, as well as numerous other awards.
Ann Kubis Kolski to note 80th Birthday at the Duck Hollow Golf Course Brother Dennis currently resides in Oxbridge, Mass. He is very
Ann (Kubis) Kolski, a long-time member of Wreath 22 in in Uniontown, Pa. This year’s proud of his two children, Brian and Donna Hardy and their two
Pittsburgh, Pa. celebrates her 80th birthday on September 22. tournament is open to all Sokol spouses, Mindy and Scott. He recently became a grandfather for
Ann is the daughter of the late Katarina Marsalek and Michael members and their guests. This the first time on July 12, 2008. His new grandson, Kevin has been
Kubis who emigrated to Pittsburgh from the Spis region of year’s format, as in the past, will enrolled as a member of Assembly 28, continuing a four-genera-
Slovakia in the early years be a blind scramble with a shot- tion Sokol tradition. His hobbies include golf, traveling, garden-
of the 20th century. Our gun start at 9:30 a.m. All golfers ing, cooking and helping those less fortunate.
Pittsburgh native married are to register at 9 a.m. Cost for
Joseph Kolski at the the event which includes skill
awards, snack at the turn, bever- Group 14 fund-raiser
former St. Matthew’s Slo-
vak Church located on the ages throughout and a conclud- Group 14 “St. Francis of $17,000 in cash. The seller of the
city’ south side in 1947. ing awards buffet dinner is Assisi” of Pittsburgh is currently winning ticket receives $300.00.
Ann was an active mem- $65.00 per person. For reserva- in the midst of a fund-raiser in To date a number of tickets have
ber of St. Matthew’s be- tions, please contact Bob An- support of its sports program. already been sold, however, we
fore its closing. Her hus- thony at tel. (724) 322-4923 or They are hosting a June-October invite our area brother and sister
band passed away in 1999. Clarence “Buff” Checton at (412) Lottery. Tickets are $20.00 each. Sokols and Sokolky to assist us
Their marriage was 691-4483 to enter your foursome. The Drawing will be held on by purchasing these lottery tick-
blessed with two children, The deadline for entering is Sep- Thanksgiving Day and will be ets. For ticket information, con-
son, David Kolski and his tember 22. based on the Pennsylvania Lot- tact Group 14 President Kathy
wife, Mary who currently In addition to our Assembly 25 tery. Watkins at tel. (412) 257-9944 or
reside in Baldwin, Pa. and golfers, we extend an invitation The winner will receive email email@example.com.
daughter, Michele Wecks to our Brother golfers from As-
and husband, Richard of Palm Harbor, Fla. Ann also has four sembly 16 of Pittsburgh to join
grandchildren, Nicole and Richard Wecks and Christopher us on the links. The golf course Your beneficiaries
and Daniel Kolski. has recently been renovated and
Our Sister Ann will be honored at a luncheon on Septem- will provide the ideal venue for When was the last time you looked at your designated benefi-
ber 21. Mass will be celebrated for Ann’s intention on Septem- this year’s fraternal competition. ciaries on your valuable Sokol insurance policy? How important
ber 23 in St. Wendelin Church in Pittsburgh. We thank Ann’s An enjoyable day is assured in is it? Just think about how much your life has changed. Have you
sister, Helen Danchik for sharing this information with our the best traditions of Perryopolis married, divorced, had children, maybe you lost a loved one? This
readers. Our congratulations and prayerful best wishes go out Sokol fellowship and good is an item you should consider annually. If you do need to make
to our Sister Ann on this milestone in her very fruitful life. sportsmanship. changes to any of your policies, contact the Home Office at 800-
May God continue to bless you with good health and happi- Zdar Boh! 886-7656.
ness for many years to come. Happy birthday and Zdar Boh! Michael T. Matras
President, Assembly 25
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will attend the 9 a.m. Mass at SS.
Make sure your lodge is represented Cyril and Methodius Church, located Celebrating Sokol fraternalism and fellowship
Group Annual Meetings Set at 13th Ave. & 2nd Street N.E. The
Group 1 “Msgr. Stephen J. Christine Manyak
meeting will be called to order at 10
a.m. in the Father George Dargay
Annual Group 17 Family Fun Day End of
Krasula” - This year’s annual meet- Secretary Memorial Hall. Coffee and rolls will Summer Picnic on Sept. 21 in Boardman, Oh.
ing will be held on Sunday, October Group 4 “Bishop Stefan be available before the meeting and Group 17 “”Rev. Francis Skutil” of Youngstown, Ohio will host
26 in New York City. The meeting Moyzes” - This year’s annual meet- lunch will be served at the conclu- its annual Family Fun Day End of Summer Picnic on Sunday, Septem-
will be called to order at 10 a.m. in ing is scheduled for Saturday, Sep- sion of the meeting. All delegates and ber 21 at the Boardman Park Ex-Servicemen’s Pa-
St. John Nepomucene Parish Social tember 20 in Franklin, Wis. Our guests from Minneapolis, Duluth, vilion located on Route 224 in Boardman, Oh. Fes-
Hall, 406 East 67th Street off First meeting will be held at the Franklin Superior and Ironwood are requested tivities begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until 8
Avenue in Manhattan. At 11 a.m. the Public Library, located at 9151 West to register with the Group Secretary p.m. An enjoyable day has been planned and we
delegates will attend the Slovak Loomis Road. The meeting room by October 5. look forward to seeing a good turnout of our
Mass in the church celebrated for the will be open at 10:30 a.m. and the Zdar Boh! Sokol families from across the Mahoning Valley
living and deceased members of meeting will be called order David J. Genosky at this year’s gathering which for the first time will
Group 1. Following the liturgy the promptly at 11 a.m. Delegate forms, President be held as a sort of end of summer picnic. The weather is still warm and
delegates will return to the parish hall directions to the meeting facility, as James T. Genosky the summer spirit is very much alive.
for a luncheon and the conclusion of well as other information will be Secretary All Sokol members belonging to our various Assemblies and
the annual meeting. Hosting this mailed to all our Group officers as Wreaths are welcome to attend a full day of activities and fun for every
year’s annual meeting will be As- well as to all Assemblies and member of the family. Pizza, games for children and adults with prizes
sembly 182 of New York City. For
Save the Date
Wreaths belonging to Group 4. All will be provided. Members are to bring their own supply of food and
additional details, call the Group The annual Benefit for St. Andrew beverages. Glass bottles and pets are not permitted.
Wreaths and Assemblies are re-
Secretary Dan Tanzone at home in Svorad Abbey in Cleveland is Boardman Park has much to offer: Bocce, tennis, volleyball, base-
minded that we need your input to
the evenings at tel. (914) 963-7755 scheduled for Sunday, November 2, ball, Kids Town, Tots Town as well as scenic walking paths are just
better our Group 4. We ask that ev-
or in the office at (973)777-4010. 2008 at Assumption of the B.V.M. few of the many attractions awaiting our Sokols and Sokolky. The pic-
ery lodge please make every effort
We hope to have all lodges repre- parish in Broadview Heights, Oh. nic committee is currently planning fun for all ages and if it’s hot, plan
to attend this meeting. An enjoyable
sentative at this year’s annual Festivities begin with a to get wet! As always, there will be plenty of traditional Group 17 Sokol
fraternal gathering is assured.
meeting where we will finalize our concelebrated Mass at 12:15 p.m. in fellowship and fraternalism for all to enjoy.
fraternal calendar for the coming the church located at 9183 For additional details on this year’s picnic, feel free to contact
Tony L. Scuglik
year. Broadview Road. Cocktails, hors Edith Babik at tel. (330) 782-9555 or Nancy Kropolinsky (330) 793-
Zdar Boh! d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment 6061. We look forward to seeing a great turnout for our End of Summer
Gloria A. Scuglik
John D. Pogorelec, Esq. along with a Slovak auction will take Picnic.
President place from 1 to 4 p.m. This year’s Zdar Boh!
Daniel F. Tanzone Group 6 “Msgr. Andrew benefit will honor Abbot Clement
Hlinka” - This year’s annual meet- Nancy Kropolinsky
Secretary Zeleznik, O.S.B. on his retirement Group 17 Picnic Committee
ing is scheduled for Sunday, Oc- as head of the abbey and as a
Group 2 “Rev. Stephen Panik” tober 12. Our meeting will be held welcome for the recently elected
- Our annual meeting is scheduled
for Sunday, September 28 in
at The Coalbarron Restaurant, Abbot Christopher Schwartz, O.S.B. New England Fraternal Congress to offer awards
7606 Nashville Pike on Route 40 Catering will be provided by Tom’s
Stratford, Conn. The day begins outside Uniontown, Pa. Our meet- The New England Fraternal The NEFC will also honor an in-
Country Place. Ticket prices begin
with participation (in a body) at the ing begins at 1 p.m. and a luncheon Congress,(NEFC) which represents dividual member of a fraternal soci-
at $65.00 for an individual ticket.
9 a.m. Mass at Holy Name of Jesus will be served. In order to make fraternalists in the six New England ety as its Fraternalist of the Year for
Additional sponsorships including a
Church located at 1950 Barnum the necessary reservations, those states is pleased to announce that it 2008. For an application for this
$100.00 “Honor a Monk” level are
Avenue. The pastor of the parish, planning to attend should call tel. will again offer $500 scholarship award, contact Serge Beaudoin,
available. For additional information
the Rev. Andrew Marus will cel- (724)736-4032. We hope to have grants to deserving students. These chairman, 122 Rustic Oak Drive,
on this year’s benefit, contact Marie
ebrate the liturgy for the living and all lodges belonging to Group 6 grants are available to students in Southington, Conn. 06489. Deadline
A. Golias at tel. (216) 228-8179 or
deceased members of Group 2. represented at this meeting. their sophomore, junior or senior for the completion of all applications
Bill Andrews at (216) 721-5300, ext.
Following the liturgy, our meeting Zdar Boh! year in college or graduate school. for any of the above grants is Sep-
252. An enjoyable afternoon is
will be called to order by President Anna Mae Warnick Any member of the Slovak Catholic tember 15, 2008. A stamped, self-
Eileen S. Wilson at the church’s Par- President Sokol residing in any of the New addressed envelope would be appre-
ish Center. Delegate forms and all Elaine Andras England States may apply for these ciated.
information pertinent to the meeting Secretary
Slovak language classes scholarship grants. For an applica- Any member of the Slovak Catho-
will be mailed to all Assemblies and
Group 10 “Rev. Francis
in the Baltimore area tion which includes guidelines and lic Sokol residing in Connecticut,
Wreaths by our secretary, to be re- The Czech and Slovak Heritage procedures, contact Marion Varga, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hamp-
ceived no later than Monday, Sep- Sasinek” - Our annual meeting is chairperson of the scholarship com- shire, Rhode Island or Vermont may
scheduled for Sunday, September Association is pleased to announce
tember 1. A reminder to all Group that classes in both Slovak and Czech mittee, 699 Wormwood Hill Road, apply for any of the above awards.
officers as well as Assemblies and 28 in Bethlehem, Pa. The program Storrs-Mansfield, Conn. 06268. Members of our organization have
begins with our attendance at the will be offered beginning this Sep-
Wreaths that your annual report are tember. The Slovak classes begin on In addition to the scholarship been recipients of past awards of the
due for the meeting. In keeping with 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Church of grants, the NEFC will select their New England Fraternal Congress.
SS. Cyril and Methodius located Saturday, September 6 at the Mary-
our Care and Share project, we ask land School for the Blind located at annual Family of the Year who will We therefore encourage our mem-
that all annual meeting participants at 617 Pierce Street. The Chaplain be honored at this year’s annual bers to apply.
of our Group, the Rev. Msgr. 3501 Taylor Avenue in Parkville,
bring non-perishable food items which Maryland. Language teachers in- meeting scheduled for Nov.7-8 in Zdar Boh!
will be given to the Holy Name of Jesus Michael J. Chaback, S.T.D., will Rockland, Mass. For an application Eileen S. Wilson
celebrate the liturgy for the living clude Dolores Zajickova Gentes,
Food Pantry.. We look forward to 100% Natalie Karlinsky, Mary Lou Walker for this award, write: Joseph Goda, Chair, Education & Programs
participation from All Assemblies and and deceased members of Group 10. chairperson, 85 Valleyview Road, Committee, New England
Following the liturgy, we will gather and Iva Zichova. The language
Wreaths, and a productive meeting school is open to anyone - elemen- Stratford, Conn. 06614. Fraternal Congress
which will benefit our membership and at the Best Western Hotel(formerly
the Holiday Inn) located at the in- tary students to elders - interested in
organization. learning about the Czech and Slo-
tersection of Routes 512 and 22
where we will enjoy a delicious lun- vak languages, history and culture. Michigan Fraternalist of the Year Award
Eileen S. Wilson For additional information on the
President cheon. Following the luncheon, our The Michigan Fraternal Congress addition, the Michigan Fraternal
president will call the meeting to new semester of Slovak or Czech is pleased to announce again its Congress will present a donation in
Darlene Musial language instruction, call Lois Hybl,
Secretary order. Delegate forms and informa- Fraternalist of the Year Award. The the name of the Fraternalist of the
tion have been mailed to all Assem- language school coordinator at tel. honor will be bestowed on a Michi- Year to a charitable/nonprofit orga-
Group 3 “Rev. Edmund blies and Wreaths belonging to (410) 243-1710 or e-mail: gan Fraternalist who is a member of nization of the honoree’s choice..
Mochak” - This year’s annual meet- Group 10. Let us hope to have 100% LHybl@verizon. net. a fraternal benefit society and has dem- The charity must be a 501.C and
ing will be held on Sunday, Septem- representation from all our lodges as onstrated dedication to fraternalism by have a local office operating in
ber 28. The meeting will be called we plan our fraternal calendar for the Slovak Mass in Chicago participating in volunteer acts of ser- Michigan.
to order at 10 a.m. at the Slovak coming year. With the arrival of a new priest vice.Any member of the Slovak Catho- A nomination form is available
Catholic Sokol Hall located on Route Zdar Boh! from Slovakia, the Rev. Marek lic Sokol residing in Michigan may be from the home office. Call Editor
16 in Douglas, Mass. Coffee and George J. Kostelnik Sitar, a regular schedule of Masses nominated for the award. Daniel F. Tanzone at tel.(973)777-
Danish will be served. We hope to President celebrated in Slovak will begin in The award presentation will take 4010 and a nomination form will be
see representatives from all our Ann Marie Motko Chicago. Mass is celebrated in place during the 2008 annual meet- sent. The completed nomination
lodges belonging to our Group. This Secretary Slovak every Sunday at 2 p.m. at ing of the Michigan Fraternal Con- form will then be submitted to
is an important meeting to plan our the Church of St. Genevieve gress which is scheduled for Octo- Jacquelynn Villareal, chairperson of
events and fundriasers for the com- Group 11 “St. John located at 4835 West Altgeld Street
Nepomucene”’ - This year’s annual ber 2-3 at the Odawa Casino Resort the Michigan Fraternal Congress
ing fraternal year and input from our in center Chicago. The new priest in Petroskey, Mich. The honoree will Fraternalist of the Year Committee.
members will insure their success. meeting is scheduled for Sunday, was sent by Archbishop Jan Sokol
October 12 in Minneapolis, Minn. be guest of the Michigan Fraternal We encourage our Michigan Sokol
Zdar Boh! of Trnava who is in charge of Congress. An engraved medallion activists to consider nominating an
J.Kevin Conway Hosts for this year’s meeting will be ministry to Slovaks living outside
Assembly 34 and Wreath 47. We will be presented to the honoree. In individual for this award.
THE FALCON, AUGUST 27, 2008 Page 7
Newest political party in Slovakia
selects presidential candidate
What’s making headlines in our ancestral homeland Representatives of Slovakia’s newest political party, the
R ep. Conservative Democrats of Slovakia(KDS), who have chosen
zech Poland party member Frantisek Miklosko as KDS’s candidate for next
year’s presidential elections, felt that it was their duty to offer
something that was missing vis-a-vis the existing candidates,
KDS chairman Vladimir Palko told TASR on July 29.
Palko pointed out that Miklosko didn’t want to stand
for the post, and that he is simply carrying out his duty by
“picking up the banner of Christian values from the dust.”
KDS doesn’t officially have any Members of Parliament,
Au meaning that it will have to collect 15,000 signatures in sup-
ia port of Miklosko’s candidacy. This task has been launched
ary Miklosko doesn’t view his candidacy as assisting the
News and Views from Slovakia... Hung
reelection bid of incumbent President Ivan Gasparovic. At
the same time, Palko claimed that it is misleading to view
the election as dismissal proceedings against Gasparovic.
Solzhenitsyn’s works were widely read world to show respect for human rights,” said Tichy. He reproached the main opposition parties for what he de-
According to AI, the Chinese have not only broken scribed as their confrontational policy. According to him,
in Czecho-Slovakia as ‘Samizdats’ promises made in 2001, vis-a-vis improving the observance
The works of Russian writer and Nobel Prize winner, the electorate expects politicians to come up with solutions
of human rights in the country, but have made the situation to problems instead.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who died on August 3 in Russia at even worse in many respects.
age 89, were widely read entering the former Communist KDS is the newest party on the Slovak political scene,
“All expressions of dissent are punished harshly by as it was only registered on July 22 of this year. Former
Czecho-Slovakia in the form of ‘samizdats’(clandestinely- the Chinese regime. The persecution of critics of the re-
copied texts), Slovak political analyst Miroslav Kusy told interior minister Vladimir Palko became its chairman on
gime, civil-rights activists and minorities continues. By sup- July 23. The nucleus of the party is made up of four Mem-
TASR on August 4. pressing unregistered Churches and religious groups, China
Kusy succeeded in obtaining a samizdat of bers of Parliament - Palko, Miklosko, Rudolf Bauer and
violates religious freedoms. Hundreds of political prison- Pavol Minarik - who left the Christian Democratic Move-
Solzhenitsyn’s famous book about the Soviet prison camp ers have been locked up in Chinese jails, including about
system: “The Gulag Archipelago,” which he still has. He ment (KDH) in February of this year.
130 participants in the protests on Tiananmen Square that
noted that during the “thaw” period leading up to 1968, were bloodily crushed in 1989. More than half a million
some of Solzhenitsyn’s works were actually published in people are in labor camps. The country is the world leader Farmers want lower VAT
Czecho-Slovakia, such as his well-known novel, “One Day in terms of executions - international organizations estimate on basic foodstuffs
in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” for example. that these exceed 7,000 per year,” stated AI Slovakia. The Central Steering Committee for Agriculture and
According to Kusy, Solzhenitsyn was a hero of the anti- Regional Development is proposing that the VAT on ten
communist resistance, fighting under the full control of the European Commission asks Slovakia basic foodstuffs should be lowered, the committee’s chair-
Soviet regime with the weapons of literature. man Miroslav Jurena, who is also a Member of Parliament
“He did a great deal of work while writing “The Gulag to explain new road-toll system and former agriculture minister, said on July 30.
Archipelago”. He himself survived hell in the Gulag, where The European Commission(EC) has asked Slovakia In order to materialize the measure, 3 billion Slovak
he was sent because of his literary work and his criticism of to explain the rules of the final stage of the newly proposed Crowns( $160 million) from the state budget would be neces-
Soviet conditions,” said Kusy. electronic road-toll system tender(like Ezpass in the U.S.) sary.
“Solzhenitsyn was a Russian patriot, and he strived for the , Public Procurements office (UVO) spokesperson Helena “We don’t view it as a vain attempt. We want it to help
return of Great Russia. He wanted to revive the idea of Rus- Fialova announced on August 1. consumers,” said Jurena on behalf of the agricultural pro-
sian patriotism, beaten and marked by the Stalinist cult,” said “The EC is asking us to explain the proceedings of the duce and foodstuffs producers. “Slovakia’s macroeconomic
Kusy. National Highway Company(NDS) and UVO concerning the (Continued on page 18)
course of the tender,” said Fialova. The EC’s request was sent
Analyst says Slovakia’s economy won’t to UVO on July 7, and UVO and NDS sent a joint reply on
slow down within the next 2-3 years According to Fialova, UVO stated that the tender docu-
There are only moderate signs that Slovakia’s economy ments didn’t state any obligation to submit certificates of
is becoming overheated, while there won’t be any slow- components used earlier than the realization phase.
down in economic growth within the next two or three years, “UVO therefore disagreed with NDS’s view that ap-
Slovenska Sporitelna bank analyst Michal Musak told TASR plicants are obliged to present certificates in their bids,”
on August 5. said Fialova.
Slovakia won’t follow in the footsteps of Latvia and UVO agreed with the claims of excluded bidders par-
Estonia, which are currently experiencing a significant slow- ticipating in the tender, leaving only one contender - the
down in their economic growth following a boom in recent SanToll consortium. The three unsuccessful applicants -
years, said Musak. Kapsch TrafficCom, Slovakpass and ToSy - took legal ac-
Despite some similarities with the Baltic economies, tion against NDS’s decision on July 14.
Slovakia is in better financial condition at the moment. The tender remains open, therefore, and Transport Min-
The country’s economy is recording a slower increase in ister Lubomir Vazny has already conceded that the elec-
credits, balanced economic growth, and a considerably lower tronic-toll system won’t be introduced beginning on Janu-
deficit, while the two aforementioned countries have seen a ary 1, 2009 as originally planned.
rapid growth in credit in recent years.
“That led to a significant rise in investment and the Slovak citizenship granted to
consumption of goods and services that the local econo-
mies weren’t able to produce, so they had to import a con-
229 foreigners to date
siderable amount,” said Musak. Slovak state citizenship has been granted to 229 for-
As Slovakia is catching up with the eurozone in terms eigners thus far in 2008, including 106 men and 123 women,
of prices, and the final Koruna-Euro changeover rate has the Foreign Police Office of the Interior Ministry announced
been fixed, inflation should be higher in Slovakia than in on August 1.
the eurozone after the country adopts the Euro on January The highest number of successful applicants came
1, 2009, said the analyst. from Ukraine(91), followed by the Czech Republic(20),
If interest rates charged by Slovakia’s banks are brought Vietnam(16), Serbia or Montenegro(13) and Romania(12).
in line with those in the eurozone, credit growth will prob- Citizenship allows holders to participate in the politi- The Slovak capital of Bratislava is home to many churches.
ably accelerate, inducing the economy to overheat before cal, economic and cultural life of the state. The tower of the Franciscan Church, dedicated to the An-
cooling down later, added Musak. A total of 1,117 foreigners acquired Slovak state citizen- nunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is shown above. The
ship in 2007, with the highest numbers coming from early gothic structure dates from the 13th century and is
Ukraine(625), the Czech Republic(84), Serbia or the oldest church in the area of the city known as “the Old
Amnesty International asks Slovak Montenegro(72), Romania(55), Vietnam(51) and Russia(28). Town.” During the 150-year period of the Turkish inva-
President to promote human rights According to the law on state citizenship, foreigners sions when Bratislava, then known as Pressburg, served as
Amnesty International(AI) Slovakia has sent a letter can obtain Slovak citizenship after eight uninterrupted years the capital of Hungary, following the coronation of a new
to President Ivan Gasparovic asking him to express his sup- of residence in the country. Foreigners married to Slovak king he would honor a group of noblemen by investing them
port for human rights at meetings with Chinese representa- citizens become eligible after five years of marriage. Ap- as Knights of the Golden Spur in this church. Attached to
tives when he visits China to attend the Olympic Games, AI plicants also have to demonstrate a certain level of Slovak the north wall of the main church is the Chapel of St. John
Slovakia director Branislav Tichy told TASR on August 5. language skills. the Evangelist added in the 14th century which is mod-
“Standing up in support of human rights isn’t a political elled after the famous Church of Sainte Chapelle in Paris.
gesture, but the propagation of humanity. The Olympic Selected stories are provided by TASR-Slovakia, the Attached to the church is the Franciscan Friars Minor
Games in Beijing are a great opportunity for China and the Slovak Republic’s official News Agency. Friary, the oldest in Slovakia.
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News and Views from Slovakia... Office’s website(www.statistics.sk).
(Continued from page 7) Fico doesn’t expect any problems regarding the ap- Olympic Torch from Beijing
growth provides scope for such a positive move,” he added. proving of the measures, as the respective changes have exhibited in Bratislava
According to him, the measure might help increase food also been discussed with the Finance Ministry, and are sup- One of the most important Olympic symbols - the Olym-
consumption, with Vladimir Chovan of the Slovak Asso- ported by all three parties of the Coalition. “That’s why I pic torch - is for the first time on exhibit in Slovakia beginning
ciation of Milk and Cheese Producers concurring with think that not only in government, but later in parliament on August 11, Tomas Koci of Omnipublic agency told TASR.
Jurena. we can expect a smooth course for the approval of this The torch, a symbol of peace, was carried to Beijing by
According to Chovan, the rise in milk prices during legislation(which will take effect January 1, 2009).” Jozef Pribilinec, Slovak Olympic winner in track from the
the first quarter of 2008 has resulted in a 14-percent de- A part of the changes being prepared will also be a shift Soul, Korea Olympics of 1988. As a souvenir, he was given
crease in milk and cheese consumption, with retailers and of the values of pensions beginning January 1, 2009. The pen- the 1,000-gram on a crystal stand with a logo of the Olympics.
high prices to blame for the decrease. sions are preliminary scheduled to be increased by 6.75 per- “It was the first time when only the fire, no the whole
cent, and they will be paid in the first month of the new year. torch was handed on. That is why we can see it also now at the
As for the minimum wage, which currently stands at Polus City Center,” according to Koci.
National bank says firming of Koruna 8,100 Slovak Crowns($375) a month, it could increase more
should be reflected in prices next year dynamically than the current legal enactment suggests. Ac-
The recent considerable strengthening of the Slovak cording to it, if the social partners don’t agree, the mini- Stefecekova was Slovakia’s first
Koruna(Crown) should have a gradual dampening effect on mum wage increases automatically on the basis of a set for- medal winner at Beijing Olympics
the employment market, the trade balance and overall eco- mula. Based on it, an increase to 8,690 Slovak Crowns per Zuzana Stefecekova, who became Slovakia’s first med-
nomic productivity, National Bank of Slovakia’s vice gov- month($400) would be carried out. However, the govern- alist the Beijing Olympics on August 11 when she won the
ernor Viliam Ostrozlik said following the NBS bank board ment will push the social partners to increase that figure to silver in the women’s rap shooting competition, said that
session on July 29. 8,900-9,000 Slovak Crowns($425). she had everything under control in the final.
It is mainly in 2009 - the first year of the Euro adop- “In the area of support for young families with chil- Stefecekova noted that she knew how her competitors
tion - that this should be reflected in the prices of goods and dren, we decided to go over the framework of agreements were doing, how many clay pigeons she had shot, and when
services, however. “Prices should also be influenced by sim- made at the Coalition Council session, and to provide the she had lost the chance to win the gold medal, the silver
plified trade exchanges and price comparisons,” said contribution not only when the second child is born, but medal came into view.
Ostrozlik. also for the third child. As of January 1, 2009, families will “The final shooting was average - it could have been
The bank board members also pointed to risks relating be entitled to a government contribution amounting to better and it could have been worse. I haven’t yet come to
to future macroeconomic developments, especially when it 25,000 Slovak Crowns($1,100) regardless of whether it is terms with how far I managed to go, the emotions will come
comes to the prices of energy and food. a first, second or third child being born,” continued Fico. soon in a much stronger way. At first, right after a success-
There will be a need to monitor the relationship be- ful competition, there isn’t much emotion, but the joy may
tween salaries and labor productivity in individual branches, While Telecom salaries declined come when I wake up in the morning. I was checking the
and salary developments in the public sector,” added scores all the time, I knew the rankings, everything was
Ostrozlik. they’re still the highest in Slovakia mapped out. And when we had two shots to go, a part of my
NBS decided on July 29 to keep its key interest rates Average monthly salaries in June rose in all sectors of soul wanted to believe that the gold-winning Finnish com-
unchanged. The decision left the key two-week report rate society, year-on-year, with the exception of the telecommuni- petitor would make a mistake. But when she hit her pigeon,
at 4.15 percent, while the overnight rates remained at 5.75 cations sector, the Statistics Office reported on August 11. all hope that I could overtake her disappeared immediately.
percent for refinancing operations and at 2.25 percent for According to the most recent data, the highest year- At that moment, I was sure that I had won the silver medal,”
draining excess market liquidity. on-year average monthly salary increase in June was re- said Stefecekova.
The key NBS rate has been in line with that of the Euro- corded in industry - a 10.2 percent increase over the 2007 Stefecekova shot 89 clay pigeons in the final. The gold
pean Central Bank(ECB) since early July, when the ECB de- figure. Other increases were: in real estate, rentals, busi- medal went to Finland’s Satu Makela-Nummela with 91 hits,
cided to increase its key interest rate to 4.25 percent. ness activities and other services - 8.5 percent; in whole- while American Corey Cogdell won the bronze medal. The
sale and in retail - both 8.1 percent; in transport - 6.9 per- 24-year-old Slovak will receive a reward of 600,000 Slo-
cent; in construction - 6.3 percent; in the sale and mainte- vak Crowns($25,000) from the Slovak Olympics Commit-
Michal Martikan wins gold medal in nance of motor vehicles and in hotels and restaurants - both tee for her achievement.
Slalom competition at the Olympics 5.2 percent; and in postal services - 4.1 percent. Slovakia garnered a total of 4 medals at the Olympics,
Michal Martikan, who won the gold medal in the men’s Average salaries in telecommunications fell by 3.4 per- three gold and one silver.
C1 Canoe Single Slalom competition at the Beijing 2008 cent over the 2007 period. Real salaries in industry rose by
Olympics on August 12, confirmed his reputation as a reli- 5.4 percent, year-on-year in June. Other year-on-year sal-
able medal winner: Atlanta 1996 - gold, Sydney 2000 - sil- ary increases included: in real estate, rentals, business activi-
Fico pays tribute to Alexander Dubcek and
ver, Athens 2004 - silver, Beijing 2008 -gold. ties and other services - 3.7 percent; in wholesale and in retail the 40th anniversary of the Prague Spring
At the August 12 final run, Martikan’s combined time - both 3.3 percent; in transport - 2.2 percent; in construction - In order to mark the 40th anniversary of the so-called
of 176.65 seconds was nearly 2 seconds better than Britain’s 1.6 percent; and in the sale and maintenance of motor vehicles Prague Spring and its brutal suppression by the Warsaw Pact
David Florence, who took the silver medal. Robin Bell of and in hotels and restaurants - both 0.6 percent. forces in August 1968, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico on
Australia took the third place bronze medal. Real salaries in telecommunications fell by 7.6 per- August 19 presented a memorial letter in tribute to former
“It’s an outstanding feeling, but after the Athens expe- cent, year-on-year, while those in postal services were down Czecho-Slovak leader Alexander Dubcek to Dubcek’s son,
rience, I’ll wait for the medal to be put on my neck first,” 0.5 percent. Pavol.
he said shortly after the competition, smiling, however, Despite this, the highest average monthly salary in the During the period known as the Prague Spring in 1968,
knowing that no referee will take the gold away from him first six months of 2008 was recorded in telecoms - 48,822 Alexander Dubcek who at the time was serving as the Gen-
this time. (In Athens, after the second run, it appeared that Slovak Crowns($2,500). Other average monthly salaries were: eral Secretary of the Communist Party of Czecho-Slovakia,
Martikan had won the Olympic title, but after examining in real estate, rentals, business activities and other services - and other reformers sought to liberalize the Communist re-
the video review, referees decided to penalize him 2 sec- 24,042 Slovak Crowns($1,300); in industry - 21,524 Slovak gime, whose goal was to create “socialism with a human
onds for touching a gate, therefore, he ended up in second Crowns($1,200); in transport 20,726 Slovak Crowns($1,150); face.”
place only 12 hundredths of a point behind France’s Tony in wholesale -20,462 Slovak Crowns($1,100); in the sale and Fico noted “I’m paying tribute to a man whose name
Estanguet, editor’s note). maintenance of motor vehicles - 20,097 Slovak shines in European political sky” during a special com-
Martikan’s semifinal run wasn’t ideal. “Just after the Crowns($1,000); in postal services - 16,963 Slovak memorative event held at the Government Office on Au-
start, when the water suddenly changed before the fourth Crowns($725); in construction - 15,914 Slovak Crowns($700); gust 19. The Prime Ministered hosted a group of more than
gate, I managed to go through only a wafer-thin margin. It and in retail - 14,508 Slovak Crowns($600). The lowest sala- 50 personalities who played a significant role in the his-
threw me to the rod, and I had to press in the paddle to erase ries were paid to employees in hotels and restaurants 10,921 toric events of 1968.
the loss. Nevertheless, when adding the positives and nega- Slovak Crowns a month($450). “I’m expressing my deep admiration for your human
tives, the run was indeed very quick,” said Martikan. Compared to the corresponding period last year, the bravery. I have in mind your personal sufferings and trials,
According to him, the track - with 21 gates - wasn’t highest rise in average monthly salaries during the first half often on the periphery of society,” Fico told his guests.
very difficult. “It was quite easy and offered quite a lot of of 2008 was recorded in postal services - 13.9 percent. Other “We’re striving to preserve continuity in Slovakia’s
options. But on a simple track, you have to solve some snares increases were: in real estate, rentals, business activities and life,” said Fico, adding that Slovaks all too often try to start
as well. I won’t complain about the track actually, as it’s other services - 11.3 percent; in wholesale - 10.5 percent; in again from scratch. The premier noted that Slovakia expe-
brought me golden joy,” he added. retail - 9.5 percent; in industry 8.7 percent; in transport - rienced an unheard-of blossoming during the 1963-1968
Martikan is ranked as the world’s no. 1 canoeist by the 8.4 percent; in construction - 7.3 percent; in the sale and period, not only in terms of the democratization process,
International Canoe Federation, and also the best man in maintenance of motor vehicles - 4.8 percent; and in hotels but also in those of scientific and cultural development.
his sport over the last 12 years. and restaurants - 4.7 percent. On August 20, 1968, the Prague Spring was brutally
Average salaries in telecommunications fell by 2 percent crushed by the Warsaw Pact forces at the behest of the Soviet
Fico says package of social measures during the first half of 2007. During the same period, salaries Union who invaded the country Dubcek was later removed
in postal services went up by 9.3 percent. Other increases were: from office and was not able to return to public life until the
for 2009 to cost a half billion dollars in real estate, rentals, business activities and other services - Velvet Revolution in 1989 when Communism fell in Czecho-
The package of social measures the Slovak govern- 6.8 percent; in wholesale - 6 percent; in retail - 5.1 percent; in Slovakia. He died tragically in a car crash in 1992. Had he
ment is expected to approve on August 20 at its first post- industry - 4.3 percent; in transport - 4 percent; in construction lived, more than likely he would have become the president of
summer holiday session will require additional funding from - 3 percent; in the sale and maintenance of motor vehicles - 0.6 Czecho-Slovakia. While a staunch Slovak, Dubcek enjoyed
the state budget of some 11 billion Slovak Crowns($520 percent; and in hotels and restaurants - 0.5 percent. During the great respect and rapport with the Czechs and many feel that
million), Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico told journal- first half of 2007, salaries in telecommunications fell by 6 per- under his leadership Czecho-Slovakia might have survived as
ists on August 7. cent. Additional information may be found on the Statistics a united country.
THE FALCON, AUGUST 27, 2008 Page 9
Most prestigious of U.S. government scholarships National Czech & Slovak Museum in
Wreath 2 Sokolka, Kathleen M. Bakarich of Clifton, N.J. Cedar Rapids seeks funds for restoration
Slovak Museum and Library
awarded Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany dealtThe National Czechas&part of the Cedar Rapids, Iowahas been
a devastating blow commu-
nity, which has experienced a disaster unprecedented in its history.
Kathleen Marie Bakarich of of the European business world. and accounting and just in general At the crest of the flood on June 13, 2008, the floodwater reached
Clifton, N.J. is a very organized, The city is the economic center of every day life of seeing things more than eight feet above the floor, leaving silt and muck through-
hardworking student who places the European Union and the Euro- through a new perspective on how out the Museum, Immigrant
great emphasis on detail. She is pean Central Bank. With such a Germans and Europeans treat ev- Home, Collections Center and
community oriented and has been combination, Frankfurt was an eryday life. I’ll experience life in Babi Buresh Center. A dy-
active at St. Mary’s Assumption easy decision for Katleen to decide a different country besides just be- namic team comprised of
Slovak parish in Passaic, N.J. where to pursue her Fulbright re- ing a tourist but really be an ev- staff, board and volunteers
where her family has enjoyed eryday citizen there,” she said. were able to remove two
membership for four generations. When she returns from the semi-trailers full of artifacts
She is our Sokolka of Wreath 2 in Fulbright experience in the fall of and printed materials before
Passaic. Her hard work certainly 2009, she already has a position the forced evacuation. How-
has paid off. Kathleen recently re- waiting for her at a public account- ever, not everything was not
ceived word that she has been ing firm in New York City. removed.
awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Kathleen hails from the 100% At this point, the
study in Germany. She left this Bakarich-Ryaby Sokol family who museum’s President and
month for Frankfurt, a European have been active in Wreath 2 and CEO, Gail Naughton indi-
city with high-rise skyscrapers, a Assembly 1 in Passaic for genera- cated that all damaged collec-
stock exchange and renowned cul- tions. tion items are in the process
tural and educational institutions. Our congratulations and frater- of being prepared for conser-
Upon arrival in Germany, she will nal best wishes go out to Kathleen vation treatment. She indi-
first attend a six-week language at this wonderful time in her life. cated that this is just the be-
course at the University of She is a credit to her faith and to ginning of a long recovery phase from this overwhelming disaster.
Marburg in Marburg, Germany. her Slovak heritage. The values she The outpouring of volunteers and offers for help has heartened all
Following the language study, she mirrors serve as a wonderful ex- associated with the museum While the volunteers, board and staff
begins her studies at the Johann ample for all of us. She is a credit have worked exhaustively, professional help is needed during the
Wolfgang Goethe University of not only to her own family but to present recovery stage. The museum has insurance for the collec-
Frankfurt where she will conduct Kathleen M. Bakarich her extended family, the Slovak tion, but the buildings are not insured. The National Czech & Slovak
research and study international search and studies. Catholic Sokol. Museum has incurred extraordinary expenses during the cleanup of
accounting and European Union Kathleen’s parents, Kathleen the site.
business. The Fulbright is the most and Peter Bakarich are very proud Slovak conversation Every American of Czech or Slovak ancestry has been proud of
prestigious international scholarship of her. Her mother said that she the work of this museum. Established in 1995 as the national mu-
awarded by the United States gov- recognized her goals and the steps
group meets again
After a summer break, the Slo- seum reflecting the Czech and Slovak presence in the United States,
ernment. She received her under- to try to achieve them. She is pa- it was dedicated in October of that year in the presence of three presi-
graduate degree with a major in ac- vak conversation group sponsored
tient, well-organized and works dents - U.S. President William J. Clinton, Czech President Vaclav
counting this past May from well with people. Peter, her father by the Western Pennsylvania Slo-
vak Cultural Association will again Havel and Slovak President Michal Kovac.
Fairfield University in Connecticut. who is an attorney and former In response to this tragedy in Cedar Rapids, the American Slo-
Katleen was featured in a spe- chairperson of the Diocese of meet on the first Monday of every
month at the Mount Lebanon Pub- vak community wants to do its part in assisting in the restoration of
cial article by Cecile San Agustin Paterson’s Pastoral Council said, this American cultural gem. The Slovak League of America, a civic
in the August 7 issue of The Bea- “I’m proud of her. She recognized lic Library in the Mount Lebanon
section of Pittsburgh. The first and cultural federation of Americans of Slovak ancestry to which the
con, the official publication of the her goals and the steps to try to five national Slovak fraternals are affiliated, will accept donations to
Paterson Diocese. achieve them. God has given her meeting is set for Monday, Octo-
ber 6 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. assist in this project. Tax deductible donations made payable to the
Responding to the announce- abilities and she has made the most Slovak League Heritage Foundation are welcome. Send all dona-
ment, Katleen notes “I have always of her talents.” The group discusses various top-
ics related to Slovak culture and tions to Slovak League of America, 205 Madison St., Passaic, NJ
been interested in he international As the “baby” of the family, 07055. Let us do our share to help restore the National Czech &
side of business and accounting so heritage. The evenings includes
Kathleen is the youngest of four, Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
I thought this program would be she believes her parents and older videos, show-n-tell, current events
ideal.” She credits her studies at the and an occasional visitor from
siblings – Peter, Mary and Eliza-
Jesuit-run Fairfield University in beth – really influenced her ethic Slovakia. They are always interest-
helping her prepare for her goals ing opportunities to learn more
of hard work. “My siblings have
in the business world. While in the been an influence on me. They’ve about our Slovak heritage.
honors program there, the univer- all had very successful paths in
sity introduced a Fulbright tract in high school and college and in their Slovak Radio Hour
which students conduct research careers. They’re definitely paved benefit set for Oct. 4
for their senior honors theses in the way for me to follow along,” said The annual benefit dinner and
their junior year, making it possible Kathleen in The Beacon article. “My dance in support of the Western
to use that research as a spring- parents worked hard for us so we can Pennsylvania Slovak Radio Hour is
board for a Fulbright proposal. go to college and have successful set for Saturday, October 4 at the
Living abroad is nothing new for lives. Anything we needed from Slovak Catholic Sokol Club, 2912
Kathleen. During the summer of them they always took the time to East Carson Street, South Side, Pitts-
2006, she took a few courses in support us.” burgh, Pa. Festivities begin with a
Florence, Italy and traveled during At Fairfield, Kathleen was ac- cocktail reception at 5 p.m. followed
her time there, backpacking tive in serving the community. She by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment
through Austria, Italy, France, Ger- credits her faith in helping her will be provided by the popular Jo-
many and England. Studying in achieve her goals. “My Catholic seph Jurasi Orchestra from New Jer- Slovak President Michal Kovac, U.S. President Bill Clinton and
Germany will make for a perfect upbringing definitely has helped sey. For tickets call (412)421-1204. Czech President Vaclav Havel at the museum’s dedication on
fit for Kathleen. During her four me and influenced me to see the The benefit supports the popular October 21, 1995.
years at Clifton High School, she world, help others and create an Slovak Radio Hour which is broad-
studied German and had the oppor- understanding between cultures,” cast every Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m.
tunity to visit Germany. she said. on WPIT (89.3 AM). Our well-
“I developed an interest in the With the world at her fingertips, known Sokol members, Rudy and BABY SPOONS
culture and the language and I vis- Kathleen’s ultimate professional Sue Ondrejco have been hosting the
ited there on vacation and really goals are to work for a company program since 1979. Previously,
enjoyed my time there,” she said. that would give her the opportu- their radio listeners were within a JUNE - JULY 2008 79 Alexander Muldon
“The people are very friendly. It’s nity to work and travel internation- 100 mile radius until they began Assembly 82 Lucia Yuhas
very clean there and organized. ally. She hopes to eventually be- broadcasting on the internet. Now No. Name 86 Emma Kratz
Trains run on time. Germans have come a CPA and earn her master’s they have listeners scattered through- 16 Nolan Kahler 113 Lily Albright
a very systematic society. Overall, degree and possibly become a col- out the U.S. and the entire world. The 16 Nico Macurak 162 Gregory Pogorelec
the culture, atmosphere and the lege professor teaching business. program features Slovak music, a 16 Zachary Cielewich Wreath
people are engaging. It’s a very She believes the Fulbright experi- news update from Slovakia as well 25 Spencer Anderson 22 Ashlyn Schmidt
intellectual place.” ence will be a great stepping stone as news of the activities of the Slo- 28 Joseph Bolte 93 Andrew Peterson
Looking ahead to a business ca- to “opening my mind to a new way vak community in western Pennsyl- 48 Matthew Cunningham 93 Amber Radtke
reer, Frankfurt is the ideal center of looking at things with business vania. 79 Brayden Muldoon 107 Jonathan Hub
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of Slovak Day in Pittsburgh. When Foundation disagrees with Commission’s
The 85th Slovak American Day at established, Slovak fraternals and decision to close historic Slovak church
Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh local clergy used the event to unite
Slovak Americans in the Pittsburgh (Continued from page 4)
(Continued from page 1) lar Sunday Slovak Radio Program area, and photos showed some of Inc. was formed to preserve Sacred
(SHSLH) based in Johnstown, Pa. then performed. Dressed in a the large crowds of past Slovak Heart Church as the worship site
donated a check for $500.00 to the myriad of very colorful and beau- Days, with many dressed in native of the parish. This foundation con-
PAS Dance Group. Slovak Heri- tiful kroj, the Pittsburgh Slovakians kroj(costume). Originally, siders the recommendation of the
tage Society President Susan put on an impressive display of tal- Kennywood Park only allowed Planning Commission to be ill in-
Kalcik and Treasurer Joseph Palus ent and dancing skill. Slovaks into the park on that day, formed and a poorly researched de-
presented the check to Milenka Indeed the Pittsburgh area is for- and people with picnic baskets cision arrived at without sufficient
Feighner, a former SHSLH mem- tunate to have the Pittsburgh flocked to the park from neighbor- parishioner involvement. In June,
ber, who now belongs to the PAS Slovakians and the PAS Ensemble, ing mill and coal mining towns the Sacred Heart Foundation had
ensemble and PAS directors John both fine Slovak folk groups who from across southwestern Pennsyl- submitted to the Diocese of
and Angela Lilpchak. The Pitts- work so hard to maintain a vibrant vania. Scranton and the Reid Group a 16-
burgh Area Slovak Folk Ensemble Slovak culture in the Pittsburgh Many individuals deserve rec- page dissenting opinion which also
is accepting donations to help fund area. ognition for the efforts in making contained 25 exhibits and charts
its planned 2009 summer trip to the This year’s Slovak Day featured this year’s Slovak Day one of the detailing finances, statistics, etc.
Detva Slovak Festival in Slovakia. an array of interesting and color- best ever. To be commended are supporting the case for Sacred
The Detva Festival is Slovakia’s ful displays and exhibits. PAS, the Slovak Day General Chairperson Heart/St. John’s Church as the
preeminent folk festival with en- Pittsburgh Area Slovak Folk En- Cecilia Sarocky and the Rev. Jo- most logical future site of the
sembles performing from all parts semble, featured a display of seph Grosko, as well as all those Catholic Community of North
of Slovakia as well as other coun- children’s works on a variety of who cooked, set up the colorful Wilkes-Barre.
tries as well. Slovak cultural topics, including exhibits, as well as the many un- The Sacred Heart Foundation
After the ceremony the PAS En- immigration, religion and rituals, named, generous people who gave presented its dissenting opinion at
semble, attired in the colorful holidays, needlecrafts, culinary of their time and talents in prepar- a well-attended meeting of parish- tion, Inc. in helping to preserve the
costumes(kroj) of Myjava located specialities, entertainment and ing for the occasion. Likewise, the ioners of Sacred Heart/St. John’s beautiful Sacred Heart Church as
in western Slovakia. general information on Slovakia. sponsors of the annual Slovak Day Church on August 25 at the the worship site of the Catholic
Another crowd pleaser fol- Maggie Fero and Michael Pacacha observance deserve credit, includ- Ramada Hotel in downtown Wi community of North Wilkes-Barre.
lowed. The Pittsburgh Slovakians, displayed some of the results of ing the Slovak Catholic Sokol, the lkes-Barre. This meeting was held All of the Slovak Catholic
directed by Sue and Rudy their ongoing research of docu- National Slovak Society, the First prior to the socalled “Parish Con- fraternals, all of whom have strong
Ondrejco, who also host the popu- menting information on the history Catholic Slovak Union, the First versation” meeting for members and vibrant lodges in the parish,
Catholic Slovak Ladies Associa- of the parish held at St. Stansislaus including our 1,000-member As-
tion, the Ladies Pennsylvania Slo- on August 26. This meeting was sembly 59, do not want to see his-
vak Catholic Union, the Greek designed by the Diocese of toric Sacred Heart church shut-
Catholic Union, the Slovak Sav- Scranton to give every parishioner tered. We hope that the Founda-
ings Bank as well as the Western a “Last Change” opportunity to tion, which includes many well-
Pennsylvania Slovak Day Com- voice their position to the pastor, known Sokol members, will keep
mittee. Their financial and moral Msgr. Sempa on the proposed clos- us abreast of any future plans re-
support, as well as their prayers, ing of this church and the future of garding Sacred Heart Church. We
helped to make the event some- the parish. hope that the Bishop of Scranton
thing to look forward to each and We salute the efforts of the Sa- will respect and understand the
every year. cred Heart Wilkes-Barre Founda- position of the Foundation.
Finally, if any of our members
is interested in supporting the PAS Annual Midwest Pastoral Seminar
Ensemble’s desire to participate in
next summer’s Detva Festival in set for September 28 in Chicago
Slovakia, they do so by making The annual Midwest Slovak offering for this annual seminar is
checks payable to PAS Folk En- Pastoral Seminar under the aus- $15.00 for pre-registration. At the
semble and send same to 1254 Old pices of the Slovak Catholic Fed- door, the cost is $20.00. Prepaid
Members of the Pittsburgh Slovakians are shown above delighting Concord Road, Monroeville, PA eration is scheduled for Sunday, registration can be arranged by
their audience. - photo by Michael J. Kopanic, Jr. 15146. For additional information September 28 in Chicago, Ill. The calling John Jurcenko at tel.
on how to help PAS get to seminar will be held at the (773)763-0810. Deadline for all
Slovakia, feel free to call (412)373- Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. pre-registration is Wednesday,
3873. Their cause is well worth our Casimir located at 2601 West September 17th. For additional in-
support. A number of Sokol mem- Marquette Road. An enjoyable formation on this year’s seminar,
bers are part of the PAS Folk En- seminar has been planned. contact Geraldine Hletko at (708)
semble. PAS deserves our support Ms. Susan Marcinkus will 387-7812.
as they beautifully promote a present a 45-minute DVD on For nearly 20 years, the Mid-
greater appreciation for Slovak Slovakia titled “Pictures of the Old west Chapter of the Slovak Catho-
music and dance. Country.” Following the presenta- lic Federation has hosted these Slo-
tion, a question and answer session vak Pastoral Seminars for those in-
Slovak Mass set at will take place. Ms. Marcinkus’s terested in learning more about our
the National Shrine film has been shown on PBS. The wonderful Slovak faith traditions.
seminar begins at 1 p.m. At 1:45 These gatherings are always enjoy-
Mass will be celebrated in Slo- p.m., Ms. Geraldine Hletko will able opportunities for those of Slo-
vak on Sunday, September 7 in the offer the official welcome and in- vak ancestry in the Chicago area
Basilica of the National Shrine of troduce the speaker. A buffet lun- to meet and enjoy traditional fel-
the Immaculate Conception lo- cheon will be enjoyed at 3 p.m. The lowship.
Members of the PAS Slovak Folk Ensemble are shown above en- cated at 400 Michigan Avenue N.E.
tertaining during the cultural program at this year’s 85th annual in Washington, D.C. at 11 a.m. The
Pittsburgh Slovak Day. - photo by Michael J. Kopanic, Jr. liturgy will be offered in the Crypt
Church of the basilica. Register for e-Falcon Today!
The Mass will commemorate
the 43rd anniversary of the dedi- The Slovak Catholic Sokol will be offering our members e-
cation of the Chapel of Our Mother Falcon, the Slovak Catholic Falcon publication on the Internet start-
of Sorrows, Patroness of Slovakia. ing December 5, 2007 as per the decision of the delegates of the
The chapel, a gift of the First 30th Quadrennial Convention, held August 6-10, 2007 in Las Ve-
Catholic Slovak Union of the U.S. gas, Nevada.
and Canada on the occasion of its e-Falcon will provide you with...
75th anniversary, was blessed and * A current edition of the SCS newspaper hot off the presses
dedicated on Sept. 4, 1965 by the * No more late deliveries
Apostolic Delegate in the United * A one month history of the Falcon
States, Archbishop Egidio * No more paper to throw away
Vagnozzi. The Slovak chapel is one Tired of late deliveries of the Slovak Catholic Sokol’s primary
of only two architectural prizes news source? Go to http://www.slovakcatholicsokol.org/mem-
awarded to works of art at the bers/efalconrequest.htm and register today!!! Zdar Boh!
The Pittsburgh Slovakians are shown above performing their spe- shrine. The public is invited attend Fraternally yours,
cial male-female song skit. - photo by Michael J. Kopanic, Jr. the liturgy. Andrea M. Tadlock
THE FALCON, AUGUST 27, 2008 Page 11
Schneider-Trnavsky concert set Newly published works
for October 19 in New York on Slovak songs available Sokol Birthdays
The Slovak American Cultural and conductor for several choirs Bolchazy-Carducci Publish-
Center of New York is pleased to and cultural associations in ers, Inc. of Wauconda, Ill. is SEPTEMBER 1 N.Y., a member of Assembly 182,
announce that a special concert re- Slovakia and abroad. Many of his pleased to announce that three Stephen Bakita, Barberton, Oh., New York City.
calling the musical genius of works joined the romantic tradition new works devoted to Slovak a member of Assembly 167, SEPTEMBER 9
Mikulas Schneider-Trnavsky is with intonations of Slovak folk songs are now available. “Slovak Barberton, Oh. Annette Telgarsky, Westchester,
scheduled for Sunday, October 19 songs. For the first half of the twen- Songs in Latin, Slovak and En- Edward Mangan, Plymouth, Pa., Pa., a member of Wreath 14,
in New York City. The concert will tieth century, Schneider-Trnavsky glish” with 170 music scores and a member of Assembly 59, Wilkes- Johnstown, Pa.
mark the 50th anniversary year of was the leading composer of 93 illustrations is a tri-lingual Barre, Pa. SEPTEMBER 10
the death of one of Slovakia’s church works in Slovakia. A total songbook edited by Ladislaus J. Diane Patter, Pittsburgh, Pa., a Michael Bajus, Orillia, Ontario,
greatest musical composers. The of 226 of his works appeared in the Bolchazy and Ivan Reguli with member of Wreath 22, Pittsburgh, Pa. Canada, a member of Assembly 227,
concert will take place in the Jednotny katolicky spevnik(The translations by Bystrik Luke V. Spisak, Johnstown, Pa., Toronto, Canada.
Church of St. John Nepomucene Comprehensive Catholic Hymnal Muransky. The book also in- a member of Wreath 14, Johnstown, Maria Belokostolsky, Jackson
located at the corner of 66th Street published in 1937. Many of his cludes a valuable bibliography Pa. Heights, N.Y., a member of Assem-
and First Avenue in Manhattan be- works were known and beloved in which is a unique introduction to Joseph Workosky, Johnstown, bly 182, New York, N.Y. Happy 94th
ginning at 2 p.m. most of the Slovak churches Slovak music and traditional Pa., a member of Wreath 14, birthday!
Mikulas Schneider-Trnavsky founded in the United States and songs. In addition, the CD se- Johnstown, Pa. Dominic Hajko, Bronx, N.Y.,
was born May 24, 1881 in Trnava Canada. He also composed numer- lected Slovak Songs in English SEPTEMBER 2 Honorary financial secretary of As-
in western Slovakia. He died in ous songs from the texts of noted sung by Anna Katarina Schatzl Kenneth Cyburt, Chesapeake, sembly 182, New York City.
Bratislava on May 28, 1958. He Slovak poets. Some of his works and Joseph Ivaska, Jr. and the Va., a member of Wreath 14, Allison M. Moore, Indiana, Pa., a
studied at the Royal Hungarian were composed for chamber and second CD selected Slovak Johnstown, Pa. member of Wreath 2, Passaic, N.J.
Academy in Budapest and studied orchestral music. Songs in Latin song by the Kevin Cyburt, Johnstown, Pa., a Joseph J. Prebola, Johnstown,
counterpoint in Vienna. His organ The October 19th concert will Schola Cantorum Ioannis Pauli member of Wreath 14, Johnstown, Pa., a member of Wreath 14,
studies were completed at a feature many of the works of II of Vajnory are also available. Pa. Johnstown, Pa.
conservatoire in Prague. He served Schneider-Trnavsky using a vari- The book and the CDs make the Paula J. Kaminski, Berwick, Pa., Dr. Edward A. Tuleya,
as choirmaster at the Church of St. ety of musical instruments, includ- perfect gift for those who love a member of Assembly 136, Millersville, Pa., a member of As-
Nicholas in Trnava from 1919 to ing the organ. A reception will fol- Slovak song. Nanticoke, Pa. sembly 261, Reading, Pa.
1939. He served as choirmaster low the concert in the parish hall. The works are available from Robert P. Kantor Jr., Port St. SEPTEMBER 11
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Lucie, a member of Assembly 313, Helen C. Karas, Johnstown, Pa.,
Scholarships available for Pennsylvania members Inc. To order, call them at 800 Winter Park, Fla. a member of Wreath 14, Johnstown,
392-6453 or email: Armina J. Lesinski, Mokena, Ill, Pa.
The Pennsylvania Fraternal of recommendation from their firstname.lastname@example.org. a member of Assembly 11, Chicago, SEPTEMBER 12
Congress(PFC) is again pleased to fraternal and submit a 500 word Ill. Larissa Adara Dorans,
announce that $500 scholarship essay on the theme: "My Family, Mary Ann Naple, Pittsburgh, Pa., Branchville, N.J., a member of
grants will be available for 2008 My Fraternal, My Life. The com- PAS concert in November president of Wreath 22, Pittsburgh, Wreath 2, Passaic, N.J.
high school graduates who will at- pleted application and essay must The PAS Slovak Folk En- Pa. Joseph A. Neslusan, Portsmouth,
tend an accredited college, univer- be post- marked no later than semble of Pittsburgh, Pa. hopes SEPTEMBER 3 N.H., a member of Assembly 28,
sity or trade school as a full time September 7, 2008 and sent to to participate in next summer’s Msgr. John J. Demkovich, pas- East Douglas, Mass.
student(twelve semester credits) Mr. Al Suhadolnik, Jr., American International Slovak Folk Festi- tor of St. Mary’s Assumption Par- SEPTEMBER 13
during the upcoming summer or Slovenian Catholic Union, 113 - val in Detva, Slovakia. They ish, Passaic, N.J. and chaplain of As- Margaret Gyauch, Johnstown,
fall semester. Any resident of Magnolia Dr., Glenshaw. PA hope to raise funds for this sembly 1 and Wreath 2, Passaic, N.J. Pa., a member of Wreath 14,
Pennsylvania belonging to a frater- 15116, tel. (412) 487-2492. The project by performing at various Sandra Sarosy Duve, Colorado Johnstown, Pa.
nal benefit society belonging to the scholarship awards will be pre- cultural gatherings. They next Springs, Co., a member of Assembly Carolyn A. Holodak, Yonkers,
PFC is eligible to apply. Any Sokol sented during the 107th annual scheduled event will be perform- 312, Passaic, N.J. N.Y., a member of Assembly 219,
member residing in Pennsylvania meeting of the PFC scheduled for ing at Carlow University in Pitts- Janet Gibbons, Central City, Pa., Yonkers, N.Y.
may apply for these grants. October 2008. An application for burgh on Sunday, November 23. a member of Wreath 14, Johnstown, Cheryl Ann Flanagan, Spring
Applicants must complete the this scholarship is available from For more information, call (412) Pa. Hill, Fla., a member of Assembly 11,
application and include proof of Editor Daniel F. Tanzone. Appli- 373-3873. Patrick Tech, Erie, Pa., a mem- Chicago, Ill.
acceptance at their school. In ad- cants should call him at the home ber of Assembly 64, Erie, Pa. SEPTEMBER 14
dition, they must obtain a letter office at tel. (973)777-4010. Joy E. Kovalycsik, Haskell, N.J., Joseph Barlak, Boonton, N.J., a
a member of Assembly 162, Clifton, member of Assembly 24, Boonton,
SEPTEMBER 4 Irene Matuschak, Uniontown,
Sharon Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh, Pa., Honorary Supreme Officer and
Pa., a member of Wreath 14, a member of member of Assembly
Johnstown, Pa. 239, Uniontown, Pa.
Dolores Kramer, Merrifield, Lisa Marie Neslusan, South
MN., a member of Assembly 11, Pasadena, Ca., a member of Assem-
Chicago, Il bly 28, East Douglas, Mass.
Rev. Methodius Pavlik, Troy, SEPTEMBER 15
N.Y., a member of Wreath 14, Edward V. Begany, Jr., Whittier,
Johnstown, Pa. Ca., a member of Assembly 312
Kathleen A. Rushin, Johnstown, Passaic, N.J.
Pa., a member of Wreath 14, Dolores Horner, Gathersburg,
Johnstown, Pa. Md., a member of Wreath 14,
Most. Rev. David A. Zubik, Johnstown, Pa.
Bishop of Pittsburgh Pa. and a mem- Dennis Kitsko, Washington, Pa.,
ber of Assembly 206, Ambridge, Pa. a member of Wreath 14, Johnstown,
SEPTEMBER 6 Pa.
John Kubacka, Jr., Johnstown, Mildred Novak, Watertown,
Pa., a member of Wreath 14, Conn., a member of Assembly 219,
Johnstown, Pa. Yonkers, N.Y.
SEPTEMBER 7 SEPTEMBER 16
Michael Fesko, Johnstown, Pa., Anthony J. Gober, Wilkes-Barre,
a member of Wreath 14, Johnstown, Pa., a member of Assembly 59,
Members of the Supreme Assembly who were present at this summer’s Clinic-Kurz held at Kutztown Pa. Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
University in Kutztown, Pa. in preparation for next summer’s 44th International Slet pose for a group Peter E. Ognibene, Emmaus, SEPTEMBER 17
photo. Seated on the photo from the left are: Member of the Supreme Physical Fitness Board Kathleen Pa.a member of Assembly 78, Kathleen M. Moliterno, Erie, Pa.,
S. Watkins, Supreme Assistant Physical Directress Julie M.Laury, Supreme Physical Directress Susan Bethlehem, Pa. a member of Wreath 15, Perryopolis,
L. Blosser, and Members of the Supreme Physical Fitness Board Katie Jozwiak Swift and Denise Bernard Vrabel, Johnstown, Pa., Pa.
DiMartino. Standing, l-r, Supreme Sports Director Edward D. Moeller, Supreme Assistant Physical a member of Wreath 14, Johnstown, Eugene Jan Hrban, Somerville,
Director Roger J. Manyak, Supreme Physical Director Dusan Dorich, Supreme Chaplain Rev. Andrew Pa. Mass., a member of Assembly 314,
S. Hvozdovic, Supreme Assistant Sports Director James C. Matlon, Supreme President Larry M. Glugosh, SEPTEMBER 8 Boston, Mass.
Member of the Supreme Physical Fitness Board Frank P. Laury, III, Supreme Secretary Steven M. Margaret Babik, Johnstown, Pa., SEPTEMBER 18
Pogorelec, F.I.C., and Members of the Supreme Physical Fitness Board Damian J. Suess and John M. a member of Wreath 14, Johnstown, Sister Grace Ann Kalafut,
Underation. The 44th International Slet is scheduled for the Kutztown University campus, July 7-11, Pa. S.S.C., Chicago, Ill., a member of
2009. Professor Karol Belak, Bronx, Assembly 11, Chicago, Ill.
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me as a scholarship recipient. my sincere thanks.
2008 Scholarship Recipients Thank you once again and may
God bless our wonderful organi-
Dear Mr. Pogorelec,
I just received your check in the
express thanks and gratitude zation. Zdar Boh!
mail today. I would like to thank
you and the Scholarship Commit-
Michael Vavrica tee for awarding me a $500.00
What the Slovak Catholic Sokol family of a strong Catholic back-
means to me... ground in both religion and nation- Fishkill, N.Y. scholarship towards my Catholic Dear Slovak Catholic Sokol Schol-
My name is Stephanie ality, and very proud of it. I enjoy high school education. arship Committee,
Schlebusch and I live in Pittsburgh, reading the articles and looking at Dear S.C.S. Scholarship program My parents also thank you, as I am honored to have been se-
Pa. I attend Bishop Canevin High the pictures in our Sokol newspa- and Mr. Steven M. Pogorelec, F.I.C., this gift will certainly help us with lected to receive the 2008 S.C.S.
School. The Slovak Catholic Sokol per that my family receives in the I would like to thank the Slovak tuition fees. I appreciate your gen- Abbot Jerome M. Koval, O.S.B.
means many things to me. I have mail. Even in the tenth grade, I still Catholic Sokol for awarding me a erosity and may God bless you all. Memorial Scholarship Grant. As a
enjoyed all of the various Sokol attend the annual Group 17 Christ- 2008 scholarship grant thus en- Sincerely, member of Group 11, I am im-
events I have attended. These mas parties with my grandparents abling me to continue my educa- Jeremy A. Lynch pressed by how much the Sokols
tion at James Madison University Greencastle, Pa. care about their youth’s Catholic
events bring together Slovak youth so that I can assist them with my
to celebrate our heritage, to give little sister. Last July, I had the in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I will be education. I have enjoyed repre-
continuing my studies in biology. Dear Supreme senting Minnesota at the past three
us confidence and opportunities to privilege of attending and partici-
show off our talents. I especially pating in our organization’s 43rd This money will relieve some of the Secretary Pogorelec, Slets and look forward to next
financial burden of paying for col- I would like to offer my deep year’s Slet at Kutztown, Pa. The
enjoyed when the Sokol youth at- International Slet. I have to say that
tended last years’ annual Slovak the Slet was one of the most excit- lege. It is an honor to be recognized gratitude for granting me the $500 Clinic this year was a wonderful
Day festivities at Kennywood Park ing and fun times I have ever ex- by this wonderful organization. My scholarship toward my Catholic opportunity to take a leadership
in Pittsburgh. The Slovak Catho- perienced. I look forward to par- heartfelt thanks is extended to the education. You would fully have role along with my cousins. I am
lic Sokol also supports our educa- ticipating in our next Slet as well. Sokol and its members. understood my appreciation had grateful for this opportunity and
tional pursuits in many ways, one I thank you in advance for consid- I wish to thank the Slovak you seen the smile on my face look forward to many more in fu-
of which is the Abbot Jerome M. ering me for this school grant. Catholic Sokol for their support when I received the check in the ture years.
Koval, O.S.B. Memorial High Angela Stana and I greatly appreciate their gen- mail last week. Thanks to your Zdar Boh!
School Grant. The grant would Youngstown, Oh. erosity. Zdar Boh! help over the years, I have attended Charles D. Matlon
Sincerely, a Catholic school beginning in kin- Group 11
mean the world to me. Please con-
sider my application. Thank you. The Slovak Catholic Sokol Katherine A. Minese dergarten and will now be complet- Minneapolis, Minn.
Portsmouth, R.I. ing my senior year at Saint Joseph
Zdar Boh! means family and tradition to me.
Stephanie Schlebusch My grandparents are very careful High School. I cannot express the Grade school recipients:
Pittsburgh, Pa. to make sure that my parents, Dear Scholarship Committee, thanks that I owe to your organi- Dear Slovak Catholic Sokol Board
brother, cousins and I all under- I am writing to inform you that zation for giving me that life- of Directors,
Being a member of the Slovak stand the importance of our Slo- I have received your generous Slo- changing experience. As I look for- I received the Catholic Grade
Catholic Sokol is a very important vak heritage. We are a very close- vak Catholic Sokol Scholarship ward to college, I have you to thank School Grant of $250.00 for my
part of my Slovak heritage. In the knit family that celebrate all reli- Grant in the amount of $1,000. for the solid foundation I have built school today. I would like to thank
past, especially when I was younger, gious holidays together. We vaca- Thank you very much for consid- in my past. the Board of Directors for choos-
I would attend various Sokol func- tion together and we go to church ering me and offering me this op- Sincerely, ing me as one of the grant recipi-
portunity to fund my college edu- Emma Scuglik ents. All of my family were very
tions with my grandmother. I enjoy together. I feel that the Slovak
reading the Sokol newspaper be- Catholic Sokol presents a great cation. I will continue my studies at Group 4, proud of me and I am proud of both
the University of Akron in the fall. Waukegan, Ill. my Slovak heritage and Catholic
cause it speaks about our beautiful opportunity to students who attend
heritage and traditions. a Catholic school, just knowing Once again, thank you very much. faith. Thank you for assisting me
This past summer, I attended my that there is an organization that Sincerely, Dear Slovak Catholic Sokol Board in my Catholic education.
first International Slet. It was one supports Catholic education is Heather Chewning of Directors: Sincerely,
of the best experiences of my life. comforting. The Sokol provides Group 5 I am writing to inform you that Charles Timothy
I met so many new people and many opportunities beyond that of Canton, Oh. I received my Catholic high school Foreman, III
formed bigger friendships with the grade school, high school and col- grant. I am very grateful to have Group 17
people in Group 17. Not only was lege scholarships and I deeply ap- High school recipients: been selected to receive it. Once Youngstown, Oh.
it a good experience, but it was also preciate having those opportunities Dear Mr. Pogorelec and scholarship again, my sincere thanks.
committee: Sincerely, Dear Slovak Catholic Sokol,
a growing experience. I feel I have available to me. Thank you.
grown more as a person because David Stana I am very thankful to you for Andrew J. Shorts As a Slovak Catholic Sokol
awarding me a 2008 Slovak Catho- Group 7, scholarship recipient, I want to tell
of the Slet. I am glad I was able to Youngstown, Oh.
participate and I’m looking for- lic Sokol High School scholarship Wilkes-Barre, Pa. you I am very grateful for my
grant. I will be a sophomore at Holy grant. I am lucky to be able to at-
ward to our next Slet in 2009. College recipients:
My grandmother, Josephine Dear Slovak Catholic Sokol Schol- Name High School this fall and this Dear Slovak Catholic Sokol Board tend a Catholic school. I know that
(Necko) Hlebovy, is the one re- arship Selection Committee: scholarship will definitely help my of Directors: I am getting a very well-rounded
sponsible for getting me involved I would like to thank you for se- family pay the school tuition. Thank I would like to inform you that I education. I am fortunate to be able
in the Slovak Catholic Sokol. The lecting me as one of the recipients you for choosing me out of the many have received my Catholic high to talk about my religion at school.
thing that I remember most are the of a 2008 Slovak Catholic Sokol deserving applicants. I am very school scholarship grant and wish I feel blessed that I was chosen to
Group 17 Christmas parties. My Scholarship Grant. The money is thankful. God bless. to thank you for helping further my receive this grant because I know
grandmother would love telling me greatly appreciated as I continue Sincerely, Catholic education. I was very how it will help my family in these
stories about our Slovak heritage my studies in business and ac- Daniel DiMarino pleased that you have given me this tough economic times. My family
Parma, Oh. opportunity. Thank you again. and I are proud to be Sokols and
and I would love listening to them. counting at Minnesota State Uni-
When I was about four years of versity Mankato this fall. I am for- Sincerely yours, Sokolky. Za Boha a Narod!
Dear Scholarship Committee, Alyssa M. Shorts Gratefully yours,
age, my grandmother gave me a tunate to belong to an organization
handmade doll from Slovakia. She that encourages and supports I want to thank the Slovak Group 7 Alexa A. Bakalarski
passed away when I was seven young people in completing their Catholic Sokol organization for Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Group 14
years old and when I think about education and reaching their life granting me the Abbot Jerome Pittsburgh, Pa.
my Slovak heritage, I always think goals. Thank you again! Koval, O.S.B. Memorial High Dear Brother Pogorelec,
of her. Sincerely, School Scholarship Grant. It will I wish to acknowledge receipt of Dear Slovak Catholic Sokol,
Stephanie Nicole Hlebovy Daniel Matlon be applied to my Catholic high my scholarship check in the I wish to express my sincere
Youngstown, Oh. Group 11 school education. I am proud to be amount of $500.00. The Abbot “thank you” for the Catholic grade
Minneapolis, Minn. a Slovak Catholic Sokol! Jerome M. Koval, O.S.B. Memo- school grant which I recently re-
Sincerely, rial Grant will be of great assis- ceived. I like my school a lot. I will
I am proud to say that I am a
member of the Slovak Catholic Dear Brother Pogorelec, Evan Pogorelec tance to me in my Catholic educa- be in third grade in the fall.
Group 1 tion. Once gain, my sincere thanks. Sincerely,
Sokol. My grandparents and my I received my Slovak Catholic
father are all Slovak, and oh so Sokol Scholarship Grant check and Clifton, N.J. Best regards, Catherine Rossi
proud! My grandparents are al- want to express my gratitude to Stephanie Schlebusch Group 2
Dear scholarship committee, Group 14 Torrington, Conn.
ways telling me and my brother you for choosing me as one of the Thank you so much for grant-
and sister stories that I enjoy hear- recipients for 2008. Pittsburgh, Pa.
ing me a Catholic high school Dear Sokols,
ing and are very interesting to me. This scholarship will be very help- scholarship grant. Thank you very Dear Brother Pogorelec, Thank you very much for the
I was fortunate enough to attend ful with the continuation of my edu- much for giving me the opportu- I have received my scholarship Catholic grade school scholarship.
St. Matthias grade school, kinder- cation this fall in the field of archi- nity to continue my education at a check in the amount of $500.00 I Thank you for helping me continue
garten thru seventh grade, and un- tecture at Dutchess Community Col- Catholic high school. Thanks am pleased to have been awarded my Catholic education.
fortunately due to the school’s lege. again, I really appreciate it. the Abbot Jerome M. Koval,
closing, I had to transfer to St. I will strive to do my best to Sincerely, O.S.B. Memorial High School Zdar Boh!
Charles School to complete my make the Slovak Catholic Sokol Jessica Dobbs Grant. Thank you very much for Katerina R. Tadlock
eighth grade year. I come from a organization proud for selecting Group 4 providing assistance with my Group 12
Racine, Wis. Catholic education. Once again, Reading, Pa.
THE FALCON, AUGUST 27, 2008 Page 13
* The American Way * Traditional Slovak Rusyn Song Festival set for September 20 in Bridgeport, Conn.
The New England Chapter of quartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. de- had their own country. The soci-
Celebrate Citizens’ Day, the Carpatho-Rusyn Society will voted to the study and dissemina- ety maintains ties with Rusyns in
Constitution’s Week present a Rusyn-Slovak Song Fes-
tival by the popular musician, can-
tion of information about Rusyn
ethnicity, history and culture and
Europe and provides encourage-
ment, humanitarian aid and relief
The signing of the Constitution pants. In 1952 Congress autho- tor, teacher and singer, Jerry Jumba has chapters in various areas of the to Rusyns living in the home-
on September 17, 1787, was only rized the President to issue an on Saturday, Sept. 20 at St. John’s United States. The New England lands.
the beginning. The proposed new annual proclamation designating Auditorium located at 364 Mill Chapter is one of the largest and Again, admission to this out-
Constitution still had to be ap- September 17th of every year as Hill Avenue in Bridgeport, Conn. most active chapters. The home- standing event will be free, how-
proved by the people. The states Citizenship Day in commemora- beginning at 1:30 p.m. There is free lands of the Rusyn people are now ever donations are welcome. Tra-
were called upon to determine tion of the signing of the Consti- admission, however a free will of- found in eastern Slovakia, Poland, ditional ethnic food and refresh-
whether “We the People” really tution. On this day, we recognize fering will be accepted. and western Ukraine. They are of- ments will also be available. For
wanted to establish the institu- all citizens - especially those who Put your cares away and come ten referred to as Rusins, Rusnaks, further information email
tions of govern- have come of and sing and dance along with Carpatho-Russians, Ruthenians or email@example.com. Area Sokol
ment set forth in age(new vot- Jerry and his nostalgic songs from Little Russians. The Rusyns never members are welcome to attend.
the Constitution. ers) and those the “Old Country” in Slovakia,
Approval was far who have been Poland and Ukraine. The festival
from automatic. naturalized will provide an exciting introspec- 2nd Annual Slovak Catholic Sokol
While several during the tive into Rusyn-Slovak music.
states ratified the Constitution year(new citizens). That com- Jumba is a graduate of Duquesne
unanimously, others were deeply memoration recognizes not only University and studied Rusyn cul- Where: Your favorite park, trail or neighborhood
divided, and the votes were very that “We the People” are the su- ture and music in eastern Europe. When: Saturday, September 6, 2008
close in several key states. But preme authority, but that citizen- He has translated folk songs into Time: All day long
with the New Hampshire vote on ship plays a primary role in our “sing-able” English, produced Triple Your Miles!!!!
June 21, 1788, the ninth state system of government. Participation Prizes will be awarded to all walkers!
many medieval Rusyn Bethlehem
convention ratified the Constitu- Now the President issues a plays, and served as a Cantor and Due in part to the success of last year’s Sokol Walk-A-
tion, making it the law of the single proclamation each year, Thon, we have decided to continue this fine fraternal tradition this
choir director for various Byzan-
land. designating September 17 as tine churches in western Pennsyl- year. Since our members are spread in such a
Two hundred twenty one years Citizenship Day and the period wide ranging geographic area, we cannot all
later, the Constitution is still the beginning September 17 and end- The Carpatho-Rusyn Society is come together in one place for our Walk-A-
law of the land, and “We the ing September 23 as Constitution a not for profit organization head- Thon. We can however all walk together, on
People” are still active partici- Week. the same day, celebrating the same traditional
fraternal spirit. You may walk alone or with a
Domovina Dancers to note 25th anniversary group of people. Encourage new members to
join us in this wonderful healthful exercise. If
The Slovak Domovina Danc- anniversary this fall at a festive Cyril and Methodius Slovak Par- you are looking for other Sokol walkers in your
ers, a well-known Canadian folk celebration. The dancers will host ish located at 1520 Chandler area, contact me and I will be pleased to see if
ensemble promoting the rich a special Harvest Festival Dinner Road in Windsor, Ontario, you could all meet for the afternoon. Walking together is a great
music and dance traditions of and Dance on Saturday, October Canada. For the past quarter of a way to meet new friends while at the same time staying fit. I am
Slovakia, will observe their 25th 25 in the Slovak Center of SS. century, this group of talented very excited about this year’s event which enjoyed such success
dancers and singers have per- last year. I hope that many more of our members will decide to
formed at many festivals not join us this year. I am so proud of all our past and present Sokol
Useful Slovak Websites only in various Canadian cities walkers. As always, I look forward to receiving the responses of
but in the United States as well. our Sokol walkers.
www.skonline.sk Slovakia Travel Guide They have also travelled to To participate, just fill out the form found below and re-
www.travelguide.sk Hotel and Spa Guide Slovakia where they have per- turn it to me no later than September 12, 2008. I would also appre-
kosice.region.sk Kosice-City Travel Guide formed at various folk festivals ciate if those participating would also include a photo of them-
www.slovakia.org Bratislava-Information about the citiy there. selves or their group when submitting their form. This will be a
www.vtatry.sk Information about the High Tatras In conjunction with their sil- great way to encourage more people to join us as we all promote
www.tatry.net Complete information about the Tatra region ver anniversary festival in Octo- our ageless Sokol slogan of “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.”
www.hotel-net.sk Tourist accommodations ber, Domovina Dancers will pub- Keep walking and Zdar Boh!
www.skonline.sk Slovakia On-Line(general information) lish a commemorative souvenir
www.kultura.sk Slovak cultural calendar book which will chronicle their Katie Jozwiak Swift
www.snm.sk Slovak National Museum activities over the past 25 years. Member of the Supreme Physical Fitness Board
www,savba.sk Slovak Academy of Sciences Purchasing an ad, which range
www.government.gov.sk Government of the Slovak Republic from $125 for a full page, $75 for ✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄
www.snd.sk Slovak National Theater a half page; $45 for a quarter
www.stv.sk Slovak Television page or $30 for a business card
www.nbs.sk National Bank of Slovakia ad, contributes to the support of Name_______________________________________________
this fine folk ensemble. Write:
Slovak Domovina Dancers, 3825 Group________________
Borelli Drive, Windsor, ON.
Canada N9G 2H7 or call Irene Where did you walk?____________________________________
Timko, the ensemble’s director
CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR REQUEST at tel.(519) 969-2899. Call Irene _____________________________________________________
FOR SLOVAK CATHOLIC FALCON for dinner reservations as well.
We commend the Slovak How far did you walk?___________
SLOVAK CATHOLIC SOKOL Domovina Dancers for their ef-
Now triple your miles____________
P.O.BOX 899 ● 205 MADISON STREET forts in sharing our wonderful
Slovak culture and heritage with
PASSAIC, N.J. 07055 their Canadian and American au- Do you have a favorite song that gets you excited to start walking
diences. and/or you enjoy listening to while your walk?
❑ NEW ❑ CHANGE ❑ CANCELLATION
September - Back to School ✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄
Certificate No._____________________________________ For Your Youngsters
School days mean Be careful Please note my new address:
Name______________________________________________ days for all motorists. Help make Katie Swift,
them safe for all the youngsters in Member of the Supreme Physical Fitness Board
your area: 3207 Playa Court
New Address_____________________________________ Marina, CA 93933
* Drive at posted speed limit in
school zones; be prepared to stop.
City_________________State____________ Zip_________ *Watch for and obey crossing
guards or patrols.
Old Address_____________________________________ *Approach and pass school buses
City____________________State____________Zip_________ *Watch for kids walking or biking
on or alongside roads and streets
Page 14 THE FALCON, AUGUST 27, 2008
Obituaries... The Slovak Catholic Sokol extends sincere sympathy to
the bereaved families of our deceased members
Active Slovak cultural, fraternal leader JULY 2008
Assembly/Wreath Member Age Date of Death
George N. Kantor, former New York Sokol Assembly 10
Richard Grega, Farrell, PA
Raymond J. Bezak, Chicago, IL
May 2, 2008
June 26. 2008
activist, succumbs at age 92 in Florida Assembly 11 Rita Slanina, Chicago, IL 88 June 29, 2008
Assembly 11 Agnes Seliga, Chicago, IL 88 June 12. 2008
For more than 50 years, there American passport. Thus on April Assembly 34 William P. Berzak, Minneapolis, MN 94 June 18, 2008
was hardly a Slovak or Sokol ac- 22, 1936, he departed Slovakia and Assembly 36 Mildred Mlynek, Detroit, MI 80 July 5. 2008
tivity in the New York area, which boarded the S.S. Washington for Assembly 53 John Zahurancik, Cleveland, OH 86 June 20. 2008
did not have the wholehearted and his return voyage to his native Assembly 57 Joseph P. Galgon, Allentown, PA 75 June 18. 2008
enthusiastic support of George N. United States. On May 1, 1936, the Assembly 57 John Thomas Petras, Allentown, PA 91 May 2, 2008
Kantor. His name was synomyous ship entered New York harbor and Assembly 59 Sister Petronilla Cizik OSF, Wilkes-Barre, PA 91 April 16, 2008
with the activities of the Slovak he gazed on the Statue of Liberty Assembly 59 Sister Mary Lucy Cizik OSF, Wilkes-Barre, PA 96 2004
Catholic Sokol, the First Catholic for the first time. Tears of gratitude Assembly 59 Stefan M. Baloga, Wilkes-Barre, PA 87 June 17, 2008
Slovak Union, the Slovak League came to his eyes as he embarked Assembly 63 Katerina Janos, Sleepy Hollow, NY 87 July 00, 2008
of America, the Slovak Catholic on his new life in America. He ini- Assembly 64 Robert J. Jurino, Erie, PA 81 June 17, 2008
Federation and other organizations tially returned to his native Assembly 71 Frank Sterbinsky, Edwardsville, PA 93 July 20, 2008
and groups as well. George passed Palmerton, where the sons of his Assembly 78 Michael Stefan, Bethlehem, PA 87 July 00, 2008
away peacefully on August 9 in godparents welcomed him. There Assembly 78 Mary Buchanio, Bethlehem, PA 92 May 10, 2008
Port St. Lucie, Florida where he was little work in the area and af- Assembly 78 Anna Krenicky, Bethlehem, PA 83 July 12, 2008
made his home for the past 26 ter a few weeks, he embarked on a Assembly 78 Elizabeth Jasso, Bethlehem, PA 88 June 3, 2008
years. He was 92. His was a full train back to New York City where Assembly 82 Edward Daniel Susko, Dunlo, PA 60 July 15, 2008
life enthusiastically lived and dedi- he was told there was employment Assembly 162 Mary Kormos, Clifton, NJ 86 July 24, 2008
cated to the promotion and love of available. He found an apartment Assembly 162 George Baron, Clifton, NJ 79 January 27, 2005
Slovak culture and heritage. on Manhattan’s Lower East Side Assembly 180 Helen V. Estenik, Canton, OH 91 June 22, 2008
George was a native of the coal and low and behold during a visit Assembly 219 Mary Dering, Yonkers, NY 88 July 00, 2008
mining town of Palmerton, in east- to the East Tenth Street Park, he Assembly 261 Thomas Zavada, Reading, PA 82 June 26, 2008
ern Pennsylvania, where he was met a number of Slovaks. One of Assembly 312 Margaret Payenski, Passaic, NJ 88 May 24, 2008
born April 19, 1916, the second of them found him a job at the St. Assembly 312 Edward Parzygnat, Jr., Passaic, NJ 76 June 28, 2008
three sons of Slovak immigrant George Hotel in Brooklyn - a lowly Wreath 1 Mary Kahanec, Bridgeport, CT 88 July 13, 2008
parents, Andrej and Katarina dishwasher. George was happy and Wreath 16 Stephen Palko, Joliet, IL 92 July 10, 2008
(Rapcan) Kantor. With the conclu- fulfilled. George earned $2.00 for Wreath 28 Josephine Chudy, Allentown, PA 94 July 20, 2008
sion of the First World War, his a nine-hour day. The Slovaks he Wreath 34 Carl J. Pezak, Cleveland, OH 63 February 7, 2005
mother packed up their belongings met also informed him of St. John Wreath 107 Anna Sakmar, Youngstown, OH 84 June 29, 2008
and took George and her other Nepomucene Church which was Wreath 155 Barbara V. Le Van, Reading, PA 84 July 17, 2008
sons in 1919 back to her native the center of the Slovak Wreath 157 Olga Bereziak, Whiting, IN 91 June 13, 2008
Slovak village nestled in the foot- community’s religious and social
hills of the Little Carpathian life. Thus began what would be a
Mountains which was now a part half century sojourn in the Big the area as part of the Army of Oc- Catholic Slovak Union, serving at Anna Sakmar, 84, was
of the newly established Czecho- Apple. cupation. After four years of active one time as president of Branch 45
Slovak Republic. After two years Upon his arrival in New York in service, George returned to his in New York. While in New York, Financial Secretary of
years in the village of Kokava, 1936, the first organization George wife Helen and his home to New he was active at St. John Wreath 107, Youngstown
his parents then moved to joined was Assembly 182 of the York City. The marriage was soon Nepomucene Parish, serving for Anna Sakmar passed away on
Hodejov, near the Hungarian bor- Slovak Catholic Sokol at St. John blessed with two the birth of two several years on its Parish Coun- June 29 at the Hospice House in
der. George was raised in this Nepomucene Parish where he was sons, George, Jr. in 1947, who cil. Youngstown, Oh. after a lingering
area of Slovakia and received his active serving in various offices passed away in 2006; and Robert Brother George enjoyed writing illness. She was 84.
education there. including that of president of the born in 1950. George’s beloved and was gifted with a prolific pen. A native of Youngstown, Oh.,
With war clouds on the Euro- lodge. wife Helen passed away in 1967. He served on the editorial board of she was born there October 4,
pean horizon, the Czecho-Slovak On January 18, 1941, George In 1972, George married Slovak v Amerike, the oldest Slo- 1923, daughter of the late Joseph
military attempted to draft George married the former Helen Saas at Marienka Durovic and the couple vak publication in the U.S., and and Anna Dzurak and was a life-
into its army. Since he was born in St. John Nepomucene Church. left New York for warmer climes, contributed many articles to other long resident until five years ago.
the United States, he wrote a letter With the U.S. entry into World War settling in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Slovak publications, including our Anna was a 1941 graduate of
to the American Ambassador in II, George volunteered to serve in His second wife, Mary passed own. During his years in Florida, Campbell Memorial High School.
Prague inquiring whether he must the U.S. Army in defense of his away in 2006. Brother George was active in The She worked at the Board of Elec-
take the physical examination for native country. He rose to the rank Throughout his long and fruit- Slovak Garden in Orlando and tions as presiding judge for over
the Czecho-Slovak Army. The of Sergeant and saw combat in the ful life, Brother Kantor was active served as chairman of several 50 years. She was a life-long mem-
American Embassy responded tell- European Theater helping to lib- in American Slovak life. He was Florida Slovak Days. He fre- ber of St. Elizabeth Slovak Parish
ing him to mail his birth certificate erate the Czech city of Plzen from among the founders of the Slovak quently visited Slovakia and en- in Campbell where she was active
and they would issue him an Nazi occupation. He remained in World Congress in 1970 and ac- couraged others to visit the scenic in the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild
tively promoted the work of the land of his forebears. Even with and the Rosary Society. She was
Slovak League of America and the frail health, he longed to visit an active Slovak fraternalist. She
Slovak Catholic Federation. Fol- Slovakia once again. During his was a long-time Sokolka and
lowing the Soviet invasion of the visits to Slovakia, he met with served for many years as the Fi-
then Czecho-Slovakia in 1968 and many prominent Slovak govern- nancial Secretary of Wreath 107.
the arrival of new Slovak immi- ment and cultural officials, in- She attended many national con-
grants, he served as treasurer of cluding President Ivan ventions and was also active in
the American Fund for Slovak Gasparovic. Group 17. She was also a member
Refugees. In addition to his son, Robert, of Branch 260 of the First Catho-
In the Slovak Catholic Sokol, Brother Kantor is survived by three lic Slovak Union.
Brother Kantor served as president step children and 13 grandchildren, She leaves to cherish her
of Assembly 182 until moving to all of whom enjoy membership in memory, her daughter, Nancy and
Florida where he then became ac- the Slovak Catholic Sokol. son-in-law, Marge Sakmar of East
tive in our Sokol Assembly 313 in Brother Kantor was laid to rest Lliverpool, Oh.; four sisters-in-
Orlando, Fla. During his New York in Florida on August 14 follow- law, Mrs. Marian Dzurak of
years, he was active as an officer ing a Mass of Christian burial. Campbell, Oh.; Mrs. Helen Kicko,
of Group 1 and attended several May Brother George, who was a Mrs. Cecilia Gentile, both of Penn-
national conventions. During the patriotic American and proud son sylvania, and Mrs. Eileen Sakmar
American Bicentennial, Group 1 of the Slovak nation who so beau- of Florida; four step-grandchil-
honored him with its St. Martin’s tifully mirrored our fraternal way dren’ and nieces and nephews.
Day Award for outstanding frater- of life, now rest in peace. Our Anna Sakmar was preceded in
George N. Kantor, right, is shown meeting with Slovak President nal leadership on Nov. 14, 1976. sympathy is extended to his fam-
(Continued on page 15)
Ivan Gasparovic during his August 2006 visit to Slovakia. He was also active in the First ily.
THE FALCON, AUGUST 27, 2008 Page 15
Obituaries... Slovak language
classes begin Assembly 53 of Cleveland, Oh. to
Thomas Franta, Assembly 1 officer in Pittsburgh be consolidated with Wreath 153
The Western Pennsylvania Slo- Effective August 15, 2008, the 123 members of Assembly 53 in
and Slovak activist, succumbs at age 89 vak Cultural Association Cleveland, Ohio will be consolidated with Wreath 153 in Parma,
Ohio. This reorganization has been agreed upon and approved by
(WPSCA) is once again sponsor-
Teofil(Thomas) Franta of president of Wreath 2 in Passaic. ing Slovak language classes for the Home Office in Passaic, N.J.
Saddle Brook, N.J. passed away On August 27, 1946, he mar- Pittsburgh area residents. Classes I wish to thank the Radic family and the past officers for their
peacefully on August 17 after a ried the begin on Tuesday, September 2 at cooperation and dedicated efforts for all they have done for the As-
lengthly illness. He was 89. f o r m e r the Kollar Club located at 3226 sembly and for our organization. I encourage the members of former
A native of Hajske, located Skolastika Jane Street, South Side, Pittsburgh Assembly 53 to remain active within our organization and their new
outside Nitra in western Cambalik in Wreath.
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The nine-
Slovakia, he was born there Janu- his native vil- week course for both beginners and If there are any questions or concerns that need to be addressed,
ary 18, 1919, son of the late lage of Hajske please feel free to contact the Home Office between the hours of 8
intermediate students meets every
Alexander and Ethel (Cambalik) in Slovakia. Tuesday evening until October 28. a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday - Friday at Tel. Nol 800-886-7656. If any
Franta . He came to the United Following member of Assembly 53 would like to be placed in another Assem-
The instructor is Bozena Hilko.
States as a child settling in their mar- Tuition is $10.00 for members of bly or Wreath, kindly inform me.
Passaic, N.J. In 1952, he moved riage, the the WPSCA or $20.00 for non- Once again, I thank everyone in advance for their cooperation
to Saddle Brook where he resided couple settled members. For additional informa- and understanding during this transition. With every good wish, I
until his death. He was a self-em- in the United States. The couple tion, call Pam at (412)531-2990. remain Zdar Boh!
ployed businessman. He was a celebrated nearly 62 years of
veteran of the U.S. Army and marriage. The marriage was Wreath 16 of Joliet, Illinois to
served in both the African and blessed with a son, Daniel Franta, Religious items are be consolidated with Assembly 257
European Theatres of Operation DMD of Somerset, N.J.; a daugh-
during World War II. He was an ter, Mrs. Irene Bliss and her hus- needed for the missions Effective August 1, 2008, the 149 members of Wreath 16 in
avid golfer during his lifetime. band, Roger of Gainesville, N.Y. Those of our members who Joliet, Illinois will be consolidated with Assembly 257 in Chicago,
Active in the New Jersey Slo- as well as a grandson, Michael would like to assist missionaries in Illinois. This reorganization has been agreed upon and approved by
vak community, the deceased was Loyd and a great-grandson, various parts of the world may do the Home Office due to lack of activities and officer replacement to
a long-time Sokol of Assembly 1 Michael Scott Franta Loyd. so by sending old holy cards, old assume the responsibilities of managing the Wreath.
in Passaic, N.J. and at the time Family, friends and fellow calendars with religious pictures or I wish to thank Mrs. Mary A. Lazar, as well as all the past offic-
of his death he was serving as fraternalists paid their final re- religious cards, pictures, medals, ro- ers for their cooperation and dedicated efforts over the years in pro-
saries, scapulars, religious booklets moting the work of the Wreath and our organization as well. I en-
vice president of his lodge. As- spects to Brother Franta at the
sembly 1 is the oldest lodge in the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home. A or pamphlets and other small reli- courage the members of former Wreath 16 to remain active within
gious items. These items may be our organization and in their new Assembly.
Slovak Catholic Sokol. He rep- Mass of Christian burial was cel-
resented his lodge at several na- ebrated on Thursday, August 21 sent to religious sisters for distribu- If there are any questions or concerns that need to be addressed,
tional conventions and was active at St. Mary’s Assumption Church tion to the missions. The sisters members of former Wreath 16 should feel free to contact the Home
in various Group 1 activities over in Passaic with the pastor, the paste the holy cards back-to-back, Office between the hours 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday at Tel.
the years. He was among the Rev. Msgr. John J. Demkovich therefore even memorial holy cards No. 800-886-7656. If any member of Wreath 16 would like to be
founders and served for many presiding. Concelebrating was - after someone has passed away - placed in a different Assembly or Wreath rather than Assembly 257,
years on the committee of the an- the Rev. John Catoir. Supreme are put to good use. If you would kindly inform me.
nual New Jersey Slovak Heritage Secretary Steven M. Pogorelec, like to help, send any of the above Once again, I thank everyone in advance for their cooperation
Festival. He was also active and F.I.C. represented our organiza- mentioned items to: International and understanding during this transition. With best wishes to all, may
Cord Rosary Center, 3800 West I remain Zdar Boh!
supported the work of the Slo- tion at the funeral rites. Interment
vak League of America and the followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery Peterson Ave., Chicago, IL 60659- Fraternally yours,
3116. May God bless you for your Steven M. Pogorelec, F.I.C.
Slovak Catholic Federation. He in Saddle Brook, N.J.
was a parishioner of St. Mary’s May our Brother Tom, who so help in helping to spread the Gos- Supreme Secretary
Assumption Parish in Passaic beautifully mirrored our Cyrilo- pel to all corners of the earth.
since coming to the United States Methodian heritage of faith and pro-
as a child. At St. Mary’s, Brother moted the works of charity and be-
Tom was a member of the Holy
Name Society and the church’s
nevolence in the best traditions of
Sokol fraternalism, now rest in
Our Ever-Popular, 304-Page Sokol Cook Book
Guard of Honor. The Franta fam-
ily is a 100% Sokol family.
peace. We thank him for his years of
faithful service to the Slovak Catho-
is Now in its Fourth Edition
Brother Tom’s wife, Skolastika, lic Sokol. Our sympathy is extended
who survives, currently serves as to the Franta family. Ma
Anna Sakmar st
(Continued from page 14) City on August 5 at the age of 75. pe
death by her husband, Frank A native of Macedonia, George rfe
Sakmar, whom she married Sep- immigrated to the United States as ct
tember 28, 1946, and who passed a young man and settled in New gif
away on March 28, 1992; her son, York. He became active in the t.
Richard Sakmar; a brother, An- dance community of the city, spe-
drew Dzurak; and two sisters, cializing in the colorful and cre-
Mary Sciranko and Helen ative traditions of not only his na-
Dzurak. tive homeland but of the family of
Family, friends and fellow Slavic nations, including Slovakia.
fraternalists paid their final respects He established the Tomov Dance
to Sister Sakmar at the Wasko Fu- Ensemble and dedicated himself to
neral Home. A Mass of Christian the promotion of Macedonian and ✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄✄
burial was celebrated in St. Elizabeth Slavic culture through folk dance Just $13.50 which includes postage and handling
Church. Interment followed locally. and songs. His ensemble com-
May our departed Sister Sakmar who prised mostly young Americans Sokol Assemblies and Wreaths can order a case of
served our organization so faithfully who remained loyal to him to the 12 cook books for just $150.00 – Place your order today!
and mirrored the high ideals of Slo- end. He was an outstanding dancer Make check or money order payable to:
vak fraternalism now rest in peace. and choreographer. Slovak Catholic Sokol
Our sympathy is extended to her For almost 40 years, George rep- P.O. Box 899 – 205 Madison Street
family. resented Macedonia on the Board Passaic, N.J. 07055
of the Slavic Heritage Council of
George Tomov, active New York and directed most of the NAME________________________________________________________________________________
annual Slavic Dance Festivals that
Slavic cultural leader were held initially at Lincoln Cen- ADDRESS_____________________________________________________________________________
It is with sadness that I inform ter and currently at the Fashion
the New York area Slovak commu- Institute of America. George will
nity of the passing of a dear friend CITY, STATE & ZIP____________________________________________________________________
be sorely missed by his friends at
and active promoter of Slavic cul- the Slavic Heritage Council. May
ture and heritage, George Tomov. NUMBER OF BOOKS_________________________________________________________________
he rest in peace!
George passed away in New York Lydia Demko
Page 16 THE FALCON, AUGUST 27, 2008
Held in Youngstown, Ohio
Minutes of the Semi-Annual meeting A unique benefit offered by our organization
of Group 17 “Rev. Francis Skutil” Slovak Catholic Sokol Offers
The semi-annual meeting of
Group 17 “Rev. Francis Skutil” was
the auditors. Brother Lucansky in-
dicated that he had no report at this
First Mortgage Loans
held on April 20, 2008 in St. time. The SLOVAK CATHOLIC SOKOL is a Fra- claims or demands which the S.C.S. Subsidiary Or-
Matthias School Hall in Young- Brother Jerek called on the Physi- ternal Insurance Society and, as such, its basic and ganization of S.C.S. members may have by reason
stown, Oh. The President, Supreme cal Fitness Board for their report pre- primary business is the issuance of safe, low cost of such cancellation.
Treasurer James G. Jerek called the sented by Sister Judy Sullivan. She fraternal insurance coverage to its members and Please note: S.C.S. First Mortgage Loans to
meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. He indicated that on Oct. 21, 2007, they the responsibility and safeguard thereof, and to eligible, qualified and responsible S.C.S. members
called upon Brother Glen Kramer to attended the annual meeting. On foster fraternalism among its membership through are applicable only for the purpose of purchasing a
open the meeting with a prayer and December 2, 2007, a highly success- its local lodges and Groups by encouraging par- home for personal family residency. Mortgage Loan
then asked Brother Ken Hlebovy to ful children’s Christmas party was ticipation in our various organizational local and Application forms may be obtained upon written
lead in the Pledge of Allegiance to held hosted by Wreath 54, Assem- national programs. request addressed to Steven M. Pogorelec, Supreme
the Flag. bly 108 and Assembly 107. It was The SLOVAK CATHOLIC SOKOL is NOT Secretary, Slovak Catholic Sokol, 205 Madison
Brother Jerek then called on the held at the Elm Tree Banquet Cen- a mortgage lending institution, although on occa- Street, P.O. Box 899, Passaic, New Jersey 07055.
Secretary, Sister Carol Gonda to read ter. It would not have been success- sion when deemed practical our S.C.S.Board of APPLICANTS QUALIFICATIONS
the roll call. All were in attendance ful were it not for the donation of Directors, at its discretion, may extend First Mort- S.C.S. members applying to the SLOVAK
with the exception of Sister Nancy $623.75 from Group 17. Over 150 gage Loans for the good will, promotion and/or CATHOLIC SOKOL for a First Mortgage Loan for
Kropolinsky, who was excused. children and adults enjoyed the an- fraternal benefits which our organization would the purpose of purchasing a home for personal fam-
The minutes of the annual meet- nual event. A total of 248 pounds of derive there from, to eligible, qualified and respon- ily residency are required to be financially respon-
ing were read since they had not ap- canned goods was collected and sible applicants who meet specific requirements, sible, active members, in good standing in their lo-
peared in our official publication. given to the Second Harvest i.e., to: (1) Active S.C.S. Subsidiary organizations, cal lodge and holding reasonable amount of S.C.S.
The minutes were accepted on a Foodbank in Youngstown during to assist, encourage and promote local involve- Life Insurance coverage. Membership requirement
motion by Brother Dick Hodos, sec- their “Feed the Valley Campaign.” ment to benefit our membership and organization includes both husband and wife, one of whom must
onded by Sister Edie Babik. Several area businesses donated as a whole; and (2) Active S.C.S. members in good have been a member of our organization for at least
Brother Jerek then appointed the items for the party, including: The standing, holding reasonable amounts of S.C.S. five years and the other for at least one full year
following committees: Verifications Elm Tree, Burger King, Arby’s, Life Insurance coverage, to purchase personal resi- prior to the date they submit their S.C.S. Mortgage
committee, Brother Glen Kramer Jullian’s, Glow Fore It and dency homes. Loan Application.
and Sister Edie Babik; New Mo- Tinseltown. The following members It is to be understood that our Board of Di- REQUIREMENTS
tions, Brother Dick Hodos, and Sis- also provided donations: Steve rectors, acting on behalf of and for the entire mem- 1. Application: A S.C.S. Mortgage Loan Ap-
ters Mary Garasic and Judy Sullivan. Blasko, who shared his balloon bership of the SLOVAK CATHOLIC SOKOL, plication, properly completed and furnishing all the
Brother Tibor T. Kovalovsky then sculpting talent and dressed as a cannot and will not issue mortgage loans indis- information requested therein, is to be sent to the
asked to offer a prayer for the repose clown; Stan and Joe Catullo, who criminately since any such loans, in fact, are in- Supreme Secretary, SLOVAK CATHOLIC
of the soul of Joseph Sharo, our donated gift certificates to Catullo tended to be safe, legal investments of our entire SOKOL, 205 Madison Street, P.O. Box 899,
former secretary who passed away Prime Meats; John Gordulic, who membership's monies. Passaic, New Jersey 07055. If the applicant's quali-
recently. donated two dinners at Teenie’s Tav- No application for a First Mortgage Loan is fications are acceptable and the requirements are
The meeting then broke for lunch. ern; Marie Scott, who donated cook- to be submitted to the SLOVAK CATHOLIC fully met, the application will be entered on the
Brother Jerek asked Sister Mary ies from Nemenz and Andy and SOKOL for consideration and/or approval by our agenda for the next scheduled regular meeting of
Babnic to offer the prayer before Norma Lucansky who donated the Executive-Finance Board when there is a dead- our S.C.S. Board of Directors for consideration
meals. After enjoying a wonderful gifts for the children’s prize bags, as line for its issuance as the established procedure 2. Down Payment: S.C.S. member applicants
lunch, the second session of the an- well as the beautiful poinsettias. A entails a certain amount of time. Our Board of for a First Mortgage Loan are required to make a
nual meeting was called to order at very special thank you goes out to Directors is required to operate discretionally and down payment of at least 10 % of the purchase price
1:30 p.m. Brother Jerek called on the all committee members, those who in accordance with our established procedure in of the property at the time of purchase.
Activities Committee and due to the signed up and those who jumped in ensuring safe investments of the monies of our or- 3. Mortgage Loan Amount: The amount ap-
fact that it was a semi-annual meet- and volunteered their services where ganization for the benefit of our organization and plicants request for the S.C.S. First Mortgage Loan
ing, some offices might not as yet needed. Members of the planning/ its entire membership. cannot be for more than the difference of the 10%
have a report to present. set up committee included: Edith Meetings of the S.C.S. Board of Directors are down payment and the total purchase price of the
Sister Carol Gonda then called on Babik, Bill Babik, Susan Babik, Judy held on a Quarterly scheduled basis, for economic property, up to a maximum of $300,000, requested
President Jerek to present his report. Sullivan, Nancy Kropolinsky and reasons. Understandably, the cost involved in to be mortgaged by the SLOVAK CATHOLIC
Brother Jerek reported that he met John Korpolinsky. Members of the bringing the members of our Board of Directors SOKOL. Applicant will be responsible for all clos-
at one place or another with the presi- sign in/raffle committee included: together for a meeting, from various states, in- ing costs.
dents or their representatives of Andy Lucansky, Mary Garasic, Stan creases the cost of our operations. Meetings are 4. Appraisal Estimates: S.C.S member ap-
Groups 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 14, 15, 18 and Bonish and Mary Bonish. We also scheduled to administer to all the financial busi- plicants must furnish for our records estimates from
19 to discuss some of the things go- thank our photographer, Tom ness of the S.C.S. which our S. C.S. Board of Di- two separate, reputable, local Real Estate Agen-
ing on in our organization and how Shirilla. Beginning in September, rectors is authorized to handle. cies certifying the current appraisal value of the
Groups were addressing them. All 2007 Sister Edith Babik supports the After due and favorable consideration by our property on which the S.C.S. Mortgage Loan is
the Groups are facing the same prob- Group 17 bowling league by partici- S.C.S. Board of Directors of the applicants who being requested.
lems as are all fraternalists. Brother pating in the weekly league compe- have met all the eligibility requirements and pro- 5. House Pictures: S.C.S. member applicants
Jerek indicated that he attended the tition. viding monies allocated for the purpose of extend- must provide for our records two clear pictures
20th International Basketball and Brother Jerek then asked Madam ing S.C.S, First Mortgage Loans are available at (snapshots) of the house on the property being pur-
Volleyball Tournament in Secretary Carol Gonda if we had any the time the files will be turned over to our S.C.S. chased, showing either (a) Full views of the Front
Uniontown, Pa. communications. Sister Carol indi- General Counsel to handle the legal details for the and Side of the House; or (b) Full views of the Front
President Jerek then called upon cated that a letter was received from processing of the transaction with the applicant's and Back of the house.
the Vice President, Brother Glen the Slovak Catholic Federation ask- attorney. If approved by our S.C.S. Board of Directors,
Kramer who had no report to ing for a donation to the annual The SLOVAK CATHOLIC SOKOL reserves the S.C.S. First Mortgage Loan will be issued for a
present. The Secretary, Carol Gonda SS.Cyril and Methodius Appeal. The the right to cancel the mortgage loan should the period of not more than 20 years.
then presented her report. She indi- president also asked Brother Shirilla mortgagors' membership in the SLOVAK Mortgage Loan payments on Principal and In-
cated that she mailed the minutes of if he had any communications and CATHOLIC SOKOL finds it necessary for any terest will be payable either Monthly or Quarterly as
the annual meeting to headquarters he indicated that he had none. reason to cancel a S.C.S. First Mortgage Loan, the approved by the S.C.S. Board of Directors, Interest
on October 23. She then called the Brother Jerek then call on Sister mortgagors would be required to release, in favor on the S.C.S. First Mortgage Loan will be at the rate
president to schedule the semi-an- Edie Babik to present the report of of the SLOVAK CATHOLIC SOKOL any and all determined by the S.C.S. Board of Directors.
nual meeting. After finalizing the the verifications committee. A total
date, she sent the announcement to of 19 delegates were present at the
the editor and then sent letters to all meeting. to assist. Brother Jerek indicated that new member. date has been set by the home of-
the Wreaths, Assemblies and offic- The president then asked if there it would be up to whatever the Group Brother Jerek reported that he was fice, he would then be able to set an
ers of Group 17 announcing the was any old business to discuss. Sis- budget had set if such support would speaking with a former Physical annual meeting date for Group 17.
semi-annual meeting. ter Carol Gonda indicated that we be possible. Directress of Group 6 who had re- With no further business, the
Brother Jerek hen called on he Fi- still do not have a Sports Director. Sister Carol Troll brought up the cently moved in the area. She indi- meeting was adjourned on a mo-
nancial Secretary-Treasurer, Brother Brother Jerek indicated that he was membership eligibility. He indicated cated that she was thinking about the tion by Sister Edie Babik, sec-
Tim Shirilla to present his report. still looking into filling this position that the application asks the new possibility of serving as Physical onded by Brother Dick Hodos.
Brother Shirilla reported the starting and has a few possible candidates. member to support the ideals of the Directress of Group 17. Brother Jerek called on Sister Mary
balance in the checking account was Brother Jerek then asked if there Catholic faith and the preservations The date of the annual meeting Garasic to offer the closing prayer.
$1,290.90 and that the balance as of was any new business. Sister Sue of the Slovak heritage, as well as had not as yet been set due to the Zdar Boh!
April 20, 2008 is $2,603.04. Babik asked if the Wreaths and As- uphold the bylaws of the Slovak fact that Brother Jerek serves on the Respectfully submitted,
The president then called on semblies sponsor a picnic or Christ- Catholic Sokol. Any member in Board of Directors which meets in Carol Gonda
Brother Lucansky for the report of mas party would the Group be able good standing may recommend a September or October. As soon as a Group 17 Secretary
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31. slovensk¥ festival New Jersey Opustili nás Vo Vlkolínci sa stretne 175
bude 28. septembra Juraj Kantor fotografov zo 45 krajín
V¥bor Festivalu slovenského spevákov a zabáva™ov Jozef a V Port St. Lucie, Florida, zo-
dedi™stva v New Jersey pokra- Dodo Iva£koví zo Slovenska, mrel vo veku 92 rokov známy slo-
™uje v prípravách 31. v¥ro™ného ktorí u¢ na festivale úspe£ne vensk¥ národn¥ ™initel« v Ame-
festivalu. V roku 2007 sa na vystupovali v minul¥ch rokoch. rike Juraj N. Kantor. Po™as svoj-
tomto podujatí zú™astnilo 10 tisíc Na festivale budú prítomní aj ho dlhoro™ného pobytu v New
l«udí a v¥bor o™akáva pribli¢ne v¥znamní hostia zo Slovenska. Yorku zastával mnohé funkcie v
tak¥ ist¥ po™et aj tohto roku. Od 3.00 hodiny bude hrat« do slovensk¥ch spolkoch. Bol pred-
Festival bude 28. septembra v tanca kapela Kontakty. Na fes- sedom 182. zboru Slovenského
PNC Bank Center v Holmdel, NJ tivale bude pribli¢ne 40 stánkov katolíckeho sokola a podpred-
(Exit 116 z Garden State Park- s v¥stavkami a s rozli™n¥mi zá- sedom 1. ¢upy. V Slovenskej li-
way). Za™ne sa o 10.00 hodine bavn¥mi, kultúrnymi a pamiatko- ge v Amerike, kde bol ™lenom v
ráno. O 11.00 hod. bude kato- v¥mi predmetmi a viac ako 10 Zdru¢ení slovensk¥ch katolíkov
lícka sv. om£a, ktorú bude ce- potravinov¥ch stánkov s pestr¥m zastával funkciu podpredsedu.
lebrovat« biskup Spi£skej diecézy v¥berom slovensk¥ch jedál. Po odchode do Floridy bol ak-
Franti£ek Tondra (ThDr.), ktor¥ je Vstup na festival je bezplatn¥. tívny v Slovenskej záhrade, kde
t.™. predsedom Biskupskej konfe- Záujemcovia o v¥stavné alebo bol zvolen¥ za podpredsedu a
rencie Slovenska. Asistovat« mu predajné nepotravinové stánky uko™ení svojej funkcie bol ™est-
budú viacerí slovenskí k∞azi z sa e£te mô¢u prihlásit« u Z. Kr™- n¥m podpredsedom.
okolia. márovej na ™. (973) 357-1209. Posledná rozlú™ka z J. Kanto-
Kultúrno-zábavn¥ program sa Rezervácie potravinov¥ch stán- rom bola 14. augusta vo Floride.
za™ne na javisku o 2.00 hod. po- kov si mo¢no zaistit« u Henriety Vo Vlkolínci s 29 trvalo ¢ijúcimi Podujatie sa bude konat« od 22.
poludní. Po tradi™nej prehliadke Daitovej (201) 641 8922. Tomá£ Franta
obyvatel«mi sa má stretnút« 175 do 30. augusta. Zá£titu nad ním
krojov vystúpi folklórna skupina Festival slovenského dedi™- Po t«a¢kej a dlhej chorobe sko-
fotografov zo 45 krajín, aby sa prevzal predseda vlády Robert
PAS z Pittsburghu a detská stva ka¢d¥ rok nav£tívi niekol«ko nal 17. augusta vo veku 89 ro-
pokúsili v rozmedzí 2 - 3 hodín Fico. Vä™£ina akcií sa uskuto™ní
skupina Limbora z New Yorku. tisíc Slovákov. kov Tomá£ Franta zo Saddle
urobit« najviac fotografií tejto v Ru¢omberku, niektoré v Bra-
Ú™astníkov bude zabávat« aj duo – V¥bor Festivalu Brook, NJ. Bol aktívny v sloven-
obce, ktorá je na zozname tislave a ›iline. Tento rok sa sve-
skej komunite v New Jersey. Za-
UNESCO. tov¥ kongres FIAP koná po prv¥-
stával funkciu podpredsedu 1.
Do Guinnessovej knihy re- krát vo svojej histórii na Sloven-
zboru S.K.S. v Passaicu, NJ a
Zahrani™ní dobrovol«níci obnovovali bol ™lenom prípravného v¥boru
kordov tak zrejme pribudne d«al£í sku. Prihlásen¥ch je 175 ú™ast-
zápis. Pôjde o podujatie v rámci níkov z ¤íny, Ománu, Singapuru,
slovenské pamiatky Festivalu slovenského dedi™stva
29. svetového kongresu FIAP - Japonska, Indonézie, Nové-
v NJ. Aktívny bol aj v Slovenskej
celosvetovej fotografickej organi- ho Zélandu a mnoh¥ch in¥ch
K záchrane slovensk¥ch hra- vol«níci z Francúzska, Srbska, lige v Amerike a Zdru¢ení slo-
zácie registrovanej pri OSN. krajín.
dov a zámkov u¢ tradi™ne pri- Talianska, Nemecka a z Ja- vensk¥ch katolíkov.
spievajú dobrovol«níci zo Slo- ponska pomáhali ob™ianskemu Posledná rozlú™ka s Tomá-
venska. Na zrúcaninách hradov zdru¢eniu DONJON pri renovácii £om Frantom bola 21. augusta Na Bratislavskom hrade otvorili
Sklabi∞a a Vel«k¥ ‹ari£ sa k nim historickej hospodárskej budovy v kostole Nanebovzatia Panny v¥stavu o rokoch s osmi™kou
pridali aj dobrovol«níci zo za- v blízkosti zrúcaniny hradu Márie v Passaicu, NJ.
hrani™ia. Na zrúcanine ‹ari£- Sklabi∞a. Projekt “Nechajte svet Vznik £tátu, nastolenie komu- Uhorsko kon£tituovalo ako mno-
ského hradu pri meste Vel«k¥ ‹a- príst« k Vám” realizuje INEX Slo- nistickej diktatúry i snahy o jej honárodnostn¥ £tát. V roku 1848
ri£ na v¥chode Slovenska pra- vakia vd«aka grantovému prog- zmenu na demokraciu v b¥valom zase Slováci podobne ako d«al£í
covali dobrovol«níci z Ukrajiny, ramu “Hl«adá sa dobr¥ nápad”.
Ve™era v Pittsburghu ¤eskoslovensku pripomína v¥s- Európania vystúpili za svoje
Slovenské kultúrne zdru¢enie v tava o míl«nikoch slovensk¥ch národné práva.
Srbska, Talianska, ¤eska i ‹pa- INternational EXchanges je
západnej Pennsylvanii (WPSCA) dejín na Bratislavskom hrade. Dokumenty pripomínajú aj
nielska. Ciel«om dobrovol«níc- mimovládne, neziskové ob-
usporiada v nedel«u 14. septem- V£etky z nich sa toti¢ udiali v dá- vznik spolo™ného £tátu ¤echov
keho tábora sú rôzne pomocné ™ianske zdru¢enie zalo¢ené v
bra slávnostnú ve™eru, na ktorej bu- tumoch zakon™en¥ch osmi™kou, a Slovákov v roku 1918 ™i rok
práce – úprava okolia zrúcaniny, roku 1993. Ciel«ovou skupinou
dú poctení viacerí zaslú¢ilí ™inite- a tak majú tento rok okrúhle v¥ro- 1938, ked« Slovensko získalo au-
oprava dreveného plotu, sta- aktivít zdru¢enia sú mláde¢ a
lia, ktorí povzniesli slovenské me- ™ie. V¥stava Magická osmi™ka v tonómiu. Rok 1948 zase prinie-
rostlivost« o zvieratá v areáli hra- mladí l«udia. Hlavné t«a¢isko
no úspechmi. dejinách Slovenska doputovala sol komunistick¥ re¢im, o 20 ro-
du a pomoc pri ™istení rieky práce spo™íva vo vysielaní a pri-
Banket na ich po™est« sa bude do Bratislavy po tom, ako ju videli kov neskôr snahy o demokra-
Torysy. jímaní dobrovol«níkov na medzi-
konat« v hoteli Radisson - Green- na viacer¥ch miestach v zahra- tizáciu komunistického £tátu
Medzinárodn¥ tábor dobrovol«- národné tábory dobrovol«níckej
tree na 101 Radisson Drive, Pitts- ni™í. skon™ili okupáciou vojskami
níckej práce organizuje zdru- práce. Okrem toho usporadúva
burgh, Pa. Recepcia sa za™ne o "Je to fakt náhoda, lebo v¥z- Var£avskej zmluvy.
¢enie INEX Slovakia v spolupráci národné i medzinárodné seminá-
5. hodine a banket o 6. hodine. namné udalosti sa udiali aj v Sú™ast«ou v¥stavy je aj rok
s OZ Rákociho cesta a trvala do re, £kolenia pre mlad¥ch l«udí
Vstupné je $55.00. Informácie a in¥ch rokoch, ale viaceré sa 1989, ktor¥ sa síce nekon™í os-
23. augusta. V ten de∞ skon™il pracujúcich s mláde¢ou, pripra-
rezervácie: WPSCA, 1910 Coch- udiali práve v rokoch zakon- mi™kou, ale ukon™il éru komuniz-
aj d«al£í dobrovol«nícky tábor, kto- vuje medzinárodné projekty
ran Rd., Pittsburgh Pa. 14220. ™en¥ch osmi™kou," povedal ¤TK mu. U¢ v marci 1988 toti¢ tisíce
r¥ zdru¢enie INEX Slovakia pri- prostredníctvom programu Eu-
pravil ned«aleko Martina. Dobro- rópskej únie “Mláde¢ v akcii”. Pavol Komora, spoluautor v¥s- Slovákov protestovali proti ko-
Gulá£ová ve™era tavy, ktorú 14. augusta sprís- munistickému re¢imu na Svie™-
v Linden, NJ tupnili. kovej manifestácii v Bratislave.
210. zbor Slovenskej ligy v Lin- V¥stava pripomína aj ™asy Vystaven¥ je aj ostnat¥ drôt,
den, NJ usporiada v sobotu 6. spred Vel«komoravskej rí£e. V ktor¥ e£te pred dvoma desat«-
septembra v Slovenskom klube roku 828 bol vysväten¥ prv¥ ro™iami ovíjal slovenské hranice.
na Tremley Point “Gulá£ Party”. krest«ansk¥ kostol v Nitre. O 210 V¥stava potrvá do 28. septem-
Za™iatok je o 7.30 hod. Prítomn¥ rokov neskôr zomrel prv¥ uhor- bra, doposial« bola in£talovaná v
bude aj americk¥ advokát, ktor¥ sk¥ král« ‹tefan I., za ktorého sa 15 £tátoch.
bude odpovedat« na otázky prí-
tomn¥ch. Informácie: Alena –
tel. ™. 908-247-3494. V Kremnici za™ali razit« euromince
n¥ch, ktoré majú okrúhly tvar,
ISSN: 0897-8107 Pút’ v North Jackson, Oh. práve 20-centová má najzaují-
Úradn¥ ™asopis Zdru¢enie slovensk¥ch katolí- mavej£í tvar tzv. £panielskeho
SLOVENSKÉHO KATOLÍCKEHO SOKOLA kov v Youngstown, Ohio poz¥va kvetu. Po jej obvode je sedem
Zalo¢en¥ 15. apríla 1911 – Vychádza ka¢dú druhú stredu slovenskú verejnost« na pút« d∞a mal¥ch oblú™ikov smerujúcich do
14. septembra k úcte Sedembo- stredu. Razbu od£tartovali za
Majitel« a vydavatel«: lestnej Matky Bo¢ej v Shrine of prítomnosti premiéra, ministra
SLOVAK CATHOLIC SOKOL Our Lady of Libanon, 2757 Lipkey financií a guvernéra Národnej
Daniel F. Tanzone, redaktor Road v North Jackson, Oh. Svia- banky Slovenska. Do konca roka
Telefónne ™íslo: (973) 777-4010 tost« pomazania chor¥ch bude o 3. plánujú v Kremnici vyrobit« 500
hod. a sv. om£a o 4. hodine. Homi- miliónov kusov slovensk¥ch eu-
V£etky ™lánky, príspevky a správy treba posielat« na adresu: listom bude biskup Edward Pevec V Kremnici 19. augusta za™ali romincí – od jedného centa a¢ po
Editor, Slovak Catholic Sokol, P.O. Box 899 z Clevelandu. Informácie a rezer- slávnostne razit« prvé euromince. dve eurá – ™o by malo posta™it«
205 Madison Street, Passaic, New Jersey 07055 vácie: Rev. G. Franko, tel. ™. 330- Tou úplne prvou je 20-centová na úvodné zásobenie l«udí novou
782-9126. eurominca. Na rozdiel od ostat- menou.
Za Boha a národ For God and Nation
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Smutné v¥ro™ie invázie ¤eskoslovenska Správy zo Slovenska
Po™as okupácie ¤eskoslovenska v roku 1968 pri£lo o ¢ivot 72 l«udí
Hukot rusk¥ch tankov, strel«ba, Nemecko zaúto™ili na ¤eskoslo- Magdu Ulmanovú, tá sa na£t«astie ð V júli zaznamenal importér vo- biskup Franti£ek Rábek, or-
ulice plné rozhor™en¥ch, no bez- vensko, preto¢e klike Leonida zo zranenia vylie™ila. zidiel Citroën na slovenskom trhu dinátor Ozbrojen¥ch síl SR. Le¢í
mocn¥ch l«udí pripraven¥ch brá- Bre¢neva v Moskve nevyhovoval V Ko£iciach zastrelili iba 16- 840 registrácií nov¥ch áut. Vd«a- v nadmorskej v¥£ke pribli¢ne
nit« svoju vlast« i hol¥mi rukami. experiment demokratizácie ro™ného Michala Hamráka ranou ka tomuto po™tu dosiahla auto- 1 400 metrov a je najvy££ie polo-
Tak vyzerali ulice ¤eskoslo- spolo™nosti, známy ako socializ- priamo do srdca. Bartolomej Hor- mobilka Citroën na Slovensku pr- ¢enou sakrálnou stavbou na Slo-
venska 21. augusta presne pred mus s l«udskou tvárou, o ktor¥ sa váth pracoval na stavbe hotela v¥krát trhov¥ podiel 9 percent. vensku. Slávnosti sa zú™astnilo
£tyridsiatimi rokmi. pokú£alo nové vedenie komu- Slovan, ked« ho ne™akane za- ð Od septembra otvoria v mes- pribli¢ne 120 veriacich. Kaplnka
V noci na 21. augusta 1968 pre- nistickej strany pod vedením siahla strela do brucha a ruky. tách Trnava, Martin, ›ilina, Ky- bola vysvätená pri príle¢itosti 70.
kro™ila hranice 750-tisícová oku- Alexandra Dub™eka. Mlad¥ robotník bojoval o ¢ivot sucké Nové Mesto a Doln¥ Kubín v¥ro™ia úmrtia otca slovenského
pa™ná armáda Var£avskej zmluvy, Nasledovalo obdobie dvad- dva t¥¢dne, nakoniec svoj boj £est« nov¥ch £kôl na prípavu £pe- národa.
ktorá v ¤eskoslovensku na 20 ro- siatich rokov normalizácie, Dub- prehral. V Su™anoch rusk¥ cister- cialistov automobilovej v¥roby. ð Telo t¥¢de∞ nezvestného 60-
kov pochovala akékol«vek nádeje ™eka v ™ele strany nahradil Gus- nov¥ voz strhol z chodníka 17- ‹koly pripravia kvalifikovan¥ch ro™ného ™eského turistu na£li 19.
na ¢ivot v slobodnej spolo™nosti. táv Husák. Vojská pri£li i na zá- ro™nú Ani™ku Ulickú. Následne ju pracovníkov podl«a sú™asn¥ch augusta horskí záchranári v
Obyvatelia ráno videli pri klade poz¥vacieho listu, ktor¥ pre£li d«al£ie dva vozy. Po usmr- po¢iadaviek trhu práce. doline Zlomísk v západnej stene
svojich domoch tanky, no celá Bre¢nev prevzal pravdepodobne tení diev™at«a kolóna bez zasta- pod Drúkom vo Vysok¥ch Tat-
ð V Ru¢omberku zomrel 10. au-
akcia sa za™ala na ruzynskom 3. augusta 1968 na záchode v venia pokra™ovala v ceste. rách. Pravdepodobnou prí™inou
gusta robotník po tom, ako sa na
letisku v Prahe. Tam najskôr o dne£nom bratislavskom hoteli Na bratislavskom ‹afárikovom bolo po£myknutie a následn¥
neho zrútili takmer dve tony be-
polnoci pristáli sovietske civilné Sorea. List podpísali Vasil Bil«ak, námestí pri£li o ¢ivot a¢ traja l«u- pád. Je to u¢ jedenásta obet« vo
tónu. Tragédia sa stala, ked« 46-
lietadlá. V nich sedeli velitelia Old§ich ‹vestka, Drahomír Kol- dia. Najznámej£ou obet«ou bola 15 Vysok¥ch Tatrách od za™iatku
ro™n¥ robotník usmer∞oval ná-
mohutnej vzdu£nej operácie. Po der, Alois Indra a Antonín Kapek. - ro™ná Danka Ko£anová, ktorú roku.
sypn¥ kô£ s betónom. Ked« hyd-
nich pristáli dva obrovské stroje, Vojaci Var£avskej zmluvy pri- okupanti zastrelili na schodoch
raulická ruka zdvihla betón nad ð Na Slovensku ¢ije 134 ob™anov
z t¥ch povyskakovali ozbrojenci, niesli do krajiny smrt« nevinn¥m Univerzity Komenského. O kúsok
jeho hlavu, zariadenie sa pokazi- vo veku sto rokov a viac. Z toho
ktorí budovu letiska obkl«ú™ili. l«ud«om. O ¢ivot pri£lo úplne zby- d«alej, na Námestí SNP, bezdô-
lo a kô£ spadol z 1,5 metrovej je 105 ¢ien a 29 mu¢ov. Naj-
¤oskoro prichádzalo jedno lie- to™ne 72 l«udí, z toho 19 na Sloven- vodne zastrelili 16-ro™ného Pe£-
v¥£ky priamo na robotníka. star£ia je 107-ro™ná Amália So-
tadlo za druh¥m, dohromady a¢ sku. Ústavu pamäti národa sa po- ka Legnera.
ð Vo veku 101 rokov zomrela v binovská z Nálepkova. 10-tisíc
800, z ich útrob vychádzali i tan- darilo zmapovat«, ako zomierali.
Bratislave známa slovenská he- dôchodcov u¢ dosiahlo 90 rokov.
ky. »Dal£ie sa valili z Pol«ska, Ne- Ne™akaná smrt« ™íhala na obyvate-
meckej demokratickej republiky l«ov vo v£etk¥ch kútoch Slovenska. Minister Kubi£ bude viest« re™ka, spisovatel«ka a astro- ð ‹tudenti z tretieho sveta poz-
logi™ka Vilma Jamnická. Patrila návajú prostredníctvom vzdelá-
a Mad«arska dovnútra £tátu po Na sídlisku v Detve ob™ania na delegáciu SR na VZ OSN k zakladajúcim osobnostiam slo- vacieho medzinárodného prog-
zemi. Ráno bola prakticky celá prechádzajúce tanky pokrikovali, Minister zahrani™n¥ch vecí Ján
republika obsadená... a tak ruskí vojak spustil strel«bu venskej ™inohry. ramu Európskej únie – Erasmus
Kubi£ bude viest« slovenskú de-
Jedinou zbra∞ou ne£t«astn¥ch zo samopalu do hlú™ika stoja- ð Miera nezamestnanosti na Slo- Mundus slovensk¥ vidiek. ‹tu-
legáciu na 63. zasadnutí Val-
obyvatel«ov bol ob™iansky odpor. ceho na chodníku. O ¢ivot pri£li vensku sa v júli nepatrne zv¥£ila denti z Albánska, Bolivie, Kam-
ného zhroma¢denia Organizácie
L«udia strhávali názvy ulíc, aby 28-ro™n¥ ‹tefan Zdechovan a iba na 7,47 percenta z júnov¥ch 7,42 bod¢e, Kamerunu, Kolumbie,
Spojen¥ch národov (VZ OSN),
znemo¢nili okupantom orientá- 18-ro™n¥ Rudolf Gavorník. percenta. V porovnaní so sied- Konga, ¤ile, ¤íny, Ghany, Haiti,
ktoré sa za™ne 23. septembra v
ciu. ¤eskoslovenská armáda ne- V Ro¢∞ave rozhor™en¥ dav so- mym mesiacom roku 2007 sa Indie, Mexika a z Nigérie sú uby-
bojovala, aby sa predi£lo ma- vietsku kolónu na chvíl«u zastavil, miera nezamestnanosti zní¢ila o tovaní v rodinách v obciach a na
Do predbe¢ného plánu práce
sakrom. Napriek tomu okupanti ™o malo krvavú dohru. Tank pritla- 0,83 percenta. lazoch v Bzovníku, ¤ebradskom
zasadnutia, ktorého sa zú™astnia
prakticky bezdôvodne zabíjali ™il k stene ‹tefana Ciberaja, otca Vrbovku a v Krupine. O svoje
vrcholní predstavitelia 192 ð Najvy££iu nezamestnanost«,
neozbrojen¥ch civilov na uli- troch detí, pri™om mu rozmlia¢dil zá¢itky a postrehy sa podelia na
™lensk¥ch krajín OSN, bolo za- viac ako 25 percent, mali v júli
ciach, neu£etrili ani mladé ¢eny. panvu a odtrhol pravú nohu. Mu¢ závere™nej konferencii “Viediec-
raden¥ch 154 bodov. T¥kajú sa podobne ako v predchádzajúcich
Sovietsky zväz, Mad«arsko, zraneniam podl«ahol. Tank tu za- ka turistika v Honte o™ami sveta”.
medzinárodnej bezpe™nosti, od- mesiacoch dva okresy na juhu
Pol«sko, Bulharsko a V¥chodné chytil i osemro™né diev™atko – zbrojenia, globalizácie, tero- stredného Slovenska, Rimavská ð Kytice k pamätnej tabuli obe-
rizmu, trvalo udr¢atel«ného roz- Sobota a Revúca. Tradi™ne naj- tiam pal«by sovietskych okupan-
voja, ¢ivotného prostredia, och- ni¢£ia bola v Bratislave. tov do neozbrojeného davu v au-
rany l«udsk¥ch práv, udr¢iavania guste 1968 polo¢ili prezidenti SR
ð Po™as no™nej búrky zomreli 16.
mieru, obnovy postkonfliktn¥ch Ivan Ga£parovi™ a ¤R Václav
augusta na hudobnom festivale
spolo™ností a d«al£ích nalieha- Klaus na ‹afárikovom námestí v
v Jaslovsk¥ch Bohuniciach dvaja
v¥ch otázok multilaterálneho Bratislave. Obaja prezidenti si
l«udia, ktor¥ch zasiahol padajúci
charakteru. potom porezreli v¥stavu foto-
strom. »Dal£í sklon™il s t«a¢k¥mi
V£eobecná rozprava VZ OSN, grafií z augustov¥ch udalostí.
zraneniami v nemocnici.
v ktorej vystúpia hlavy £tátov, ð Bratislava mala na konci minu-
ð Búrka a siln¥ vietor v ten ist¥
predsedovia vlád a ministri za- lého roku 426.927 obyvatel«ov.
de∞ spôsobili £kody v Trnavskom
hrani™n¥ch vecí, sa bude konat« Oproti roku 2006 pribudlo 836
kraji v okolí Pie£t«an, kde na ces-
d∞och 23. septembra a¢ 1. ok-
v Bratislav™anov. Podl«a údajov
ty popadalo viac ako 70 stromov.
tóbra. ‹éf slovenskej diplomacie Pracoviska ‹tatistického úradu v
Vietor strhol strechy z domov a
sa jej zú™astní 23. a¢ 27. sep- Bratislave po™et obyvatel«ov
voda zaliala cesty a pivnice.
tembra, pri™om odprezentuje sta- hlavného mesta SR predstavuje
ð Novopostavenú kaplnku na po- takmer 70 percent z Bratislav-
noviská SR k otázkam t¥kajúcim
™est« k∞aza, politika a horlivého ského kraja. V porovnaní s pred-
sa udr¢iavania medzinárodnej
turistu Andreja Hlinku v turistic- chádzajúcim rokom je to viac o
bezpe™nosti, reformy multilate-
kom areáli Smrekovica pri Ru- 4 097, z toho je 2 343 mu¢ov a
rálneho systému a sociálno-
¢omberku 17. augusta vysvätil 1 754 ¢ien.
Do Bratislavsk¥ch ulíc vy£li na protest proti okupantom tisíce l«udí. ekonomickej problematiky.