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					                 Za Boha a Národ                                                                                             For God and Nation



                                                    Slovensk¥ Katolícky Sokol
                      OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE SLOVAK CATHOLIC SOKOL– MEMBERSHIP 30,000 – HOME OFFICE: 205 MADISON STREET , PASSAIC, N.J. 07055
                                           Periodical Postage Paid at original entry of Passaic, N.J., 07055 and additional mailing offices.
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
                                         call (703)573-3986.
                                            ■ 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
                                                                                         THURS.SEPT. 18
                                                                                    ■ 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
                               ISSN: 0897-8107                                    hours are Monday-Friday, 8                             Minimum Face Amounts:
                                                                                  a.m. to 4 p.m. Best wishes for           Certificates may be issued for all issue ages in amounts
                    Established April 15, 1911                                    an enjoyable Labor Day ob-           equal to or greater than the following:
         Official Publication of the Slovak Catholic Sokol                        servance.                                All Life Plans - Minimum................. $5,000
                         Issued Bi-Weekly
                                                                                                                             With the expanded eligibility requirements for member-
                     Daniel F. Tanzone, Editor                                                                         ship, now is the time for us to make a concerted effort to en-
                   Editorial office: (973) 777-4010                                  OUR NEXT ISSUE                    roll all our family and friends. New membership insures the
                                                                                     IS SEPTEMBER 10                   continued growth of our organization. Make an effort now to
                          Annual Subscription Rates                                   In keeping with our bi-          participate in our “Help Us Grow (HUG) Membership Cam-
               United States $35.00 - All others countries $40.00
                                                                                   weekly publishing schedule,         paign” which covers all business submitted from January 1 to
                                                                                   the next issue of the Slovak        June 25, 2008. It’s an appropriate title for a membership cam-
        POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Slovak Catholic Falcon,
                  P.O. Box 899, 205 Madison Street,                                Catholic Falcon will be that        paign since it makes sense to give that family member a “Big
                      Passaic, New Jersey 07055                                    of Wednesday, September 10.         hug” and say “I love you” while wrapping them in a S.C.S.
                                                                                   Deadline for all photos and in-     life insurance or annuity security blanket. For applications, rate
                        Member of the Catholic Press
                                                                                   formation for this issue will       charts or brochures, feel free to contact the Home Office at
                 Association and the Slovak Newspapermen's                                                             our toll free number: 1-800-886-7656. Thank you for your part
                           Association of America                                  be Friday, September 5.
                                                                                   Thanking you for your con-          in helping to increase our membership in 2008. Zdar Boh!
                          Proprietor and Publisher                                 tinued cooperation in this
                  SLOVAK CATHOLIC SOKOL                                            matter, I remain                                               Fraternally yours,
                          P.O. Box 899                                                       Zdar Boh!                                            Steven M. Pogorelec, F.I.C.
              205 Madison Street, Passaic, N.J. 07055                                        Daniel F. Tanzone,                                   Supreme Secretary
                  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.
                                                    Anna Gaydosh
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
                                                Assembly 16
                                                                                        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.
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                                                                                     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,
                                         2668.
                                                                                   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 kathyw626@comcast.net.
   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.
                                                   Zdar Boh!
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-
                                                   President
      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.
                                                   Secretary
      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-
                                                                                    assured.
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
           Zdar Boh!
                                           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.
           President                                                                Slovakia.
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                                                                                                                                     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
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                                                                                                                                     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




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                                                                                                                                     “picking up the banner of Christian values from the dust.”




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                                                                                                                                           KDS doesn’t officially have any Members of Parliament,
                          Au                                                                                                         meaning that it will have to collect 15,000 signatures in sup-
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                                     ia                                                                                              port of Miklosko’s candidacy. This task has been launched
                                                                                                                                     this month.
                                                                                      ary                                                  Miklosko doesn’t view his candidacy as assisting the
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                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                  July 31.
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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                    (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.
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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
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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
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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             lou@bolchazy.com.                    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,
                                                                                                                     N.J.                                     N.J.
                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                          Best regards,
                                                                                                                                                                          Ronald Schlebusch
           express thanks and gratitude                                           zation. Zdar Boh!
                                                                                           Sincerely yours,
                                                                                                                          mail today. I would like to thank
                                                                                                                          you and the Scholarship Commit-
                                                                                                                                                                          Group 14
                                                                                                                                                                          Pittsburgh, Pa.
                                                                                           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       nepresident@c-rs.org. 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
                                                                                                                                     Walk-A-Thon
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
                                                                             vania.
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
                                                                             with care.
   City____________________State____________Zip_________                     *Watch for kids walking or biking
                                                                             on or alongside roads and streets
                                                                             near school.
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                                                                                                                              In Memoriam
                      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
                                                                                      Assembly 11
                                                                                                               Richard Grega, Farrell, PA
                                                                                                               Raymond J. Bezak, Chicago, IL
                                                                                                                                                             78
                                                                                                                                                             52
                                                                                                                                                                         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.
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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
                                                                                                                                                               ke
Anna Sakmar                                                                                                                                                         st
                                                                                                                                                                         he
      (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
                   THE FALCON, AUGUST 27, 2008                                         Page 17


Report of the Supreme Secretary for the Month of July, 2008




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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.                    TomᣠFranta
                                                                                                                  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. V䙣ina akcií sa uskuto™ní
skupina Limbora z New Yorku.           tisíc Slovákov.                      kov TomᣠFranta 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 “GulᣠParty”.        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.
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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-
                                                                              New Yorku.
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.

				
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