Slovenian organizations – anniversaries in 2015

Dear Sir/Madam,nuska

Like last year, we would very much appreciate information on anniversaries of Slovenian clubs/societies/organizations/media within your community or anniversaries of Slovenian homes, schools and churches built by Slovenes, celebrated in 2015.

Please provide us with short information about the organization (cca. 100 words) , contact information (person, phone, fax no, e-mail) and link to the website, if there is one. If you wish, you can also share your plans on the celebration. If we can be of any assistance, please let us know.

We would very much appreciate your reply to Nuska.Zakrajsek@gov.si by Friday, January 16.

Z lepimi pozdravi,

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Kenny Yuko – Ohio State Senator

 

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January 5, 2015 – Columbus Ohio: Kenny Yuko being sworn in by Judge Terri B. Jamison. Kenny Yuko is now a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 25th District. Previously he was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and prior to his time in the legislature, was a political and union activist for more than two decades.

Kenny’s grandfather John Yuko emigrated from Slovenia to the United States prior to World War I. John originally work in the Uniontown Pennsylvania coal mines before settling in Cleveland.

Outside of his professional life Kenny has had the opportunity to sit in on the drums with many popular Slovenian style bands, including Joe Novak & Friends and the Joey Tomsick Orchestra.

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Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens

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Glow is a winter spectacular at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. The event features live holiday music, Christmas displays, thousands of lights and children’s activities.

 

I was surprised to see a St. Vitus Church gingerbread house on display in the main lobby. Better yet, Scott Hribar’s work took first place in the annual gingerbread competition – adult category. I wonder if Scott got any help from Father Božnar.

 

Phil Hrvatin

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U.S. Ambassador-designate visits Cleveland

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Pictured left to right: Phil Hrvatin, Brent Hartley, Tim Piergalski.

By Phil Hrvatin

December 18, 2014 – I had the opportunity to meet with the next U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia, Brent Hartley. Mr. Hartley traveled to Cleveland to meet with several groups and individuals before he takes his post in Slovenia. Currently Brent Hartley serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs U.S. Department of State. Traveling with Ambassador-designate Hartley was Tim Piergalski, Austria and Slovenia Desk Officer U.S. Department of State.

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Krofe

KrofeCLESLOTis the Season to have krofe, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Krofe, the iconic Slovenian raised donut is a favorite of Slovenians around the world. I stopped for a box at St. Mary’s Parish hall / cerkvi Marije Vnebovzete in Cleveland. As you can see, there was one extra on the table for me. Is that a baker’s dozen?

Phil Hrvatin

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Bishop Anthony Edward Pevec

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Bishop Anthony Edward Pevec passed away on Sunday, Dec. 14, the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland announced Monday. He was 89

Anthony (A.) Edward Pevec was born on April 16, 1925 as the son of the late Anthony (Anton) and Frances (nee Darovec) Pevec, Slovenian immigrants who arrived in Cleveland, Ohio as the “second” wave of Slovenian immigrants to the USA circa early 1900s to the end of WWI. The family at that time resided at 1251 East 61st Street in the St. Clair Avenue Slovenian neighborhood in this near northeast side of Cleveland, Ohio. There were four children born into the Pevec household: A. Edward, Helen Jerse (William), Dorothy Syzmanski (Donald), and William (Jacqueline). He was baptized at his home parish of St. Vitus Church on April 26, 1925 with Ignac and Francka Piskur as godparents; and then Rev. Bartholomew J. Ponikvar as pastor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Concert of Sacred Songs

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St Vitus Parish will have an all parish Mass followed by a “Concert of Sacred Songs” on Dec. 28, 2014 (Sun.) in St. Vitus Church, 6019 Lausche Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103. AN all parish Mass will be at 10AM.
 
The St. Vitus Christmas Choir consists of 50+ soprano, alto, tenor or bass singers who sing in English, Slovenian, Latin, and Italian. The choir is under the direction of John Srsen with principal organist, William Patrick. Accompanying the choir and organist will string musicians consisting of I Violin, II Violin, Viola, and Cello. The concert will feature the restored Holtkamp church pipe organ consisting of 1,500 wooden and metal pipes, three manuals and 30 ranks. The pipe organ was restored in 2009.     Read the rest of this entry »

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The SNH Transformed Into AMLA Christmas Wonderland

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The 2014 AMLA Children’s Christmas Party took place on Sunday, December 7, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland. Approximately 2,000 members and friends made their way through the wonderland made for children of all ages. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Tina Maze the Greatest Skier Ever?

“…On December 8, 2013, the world’s greatest skier stood at the start gate, on a mountain at Lake Louise, Canada, fighting Arctic conditions of -25 degrees Celsius. She looked even more like a superhero than usual, with her face covered in green bandages against the skin-peeling wind and cold. The world’s greatest skier, Slovenia’s Tina Maze, came in a decent sixth that day, with her arch-rival, American Lindsey Vonn, settling for 11th. German veteran Maria Hoefl-Riesch came in first. The difference between Hoefl-Riesch in first and Maze in sixth was 0.51 seconds. That’s hard to wrap your head around. It’s less time than it takes for you to read the first word of this sentence…” Read the rest of this entry »

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Thanksgiving Sausage

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What would thanksgiving be without sausage. Bill Azman and the boys are hard at work at their shop on East 200th Street in Euclid, Ohio. Anyone remember the space sausage? http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2010/09/12/Cleveland-Stops-at-Slovenian-bakery-meat-market-complement-National-Cleveland-Style-Polka-Museum-visit/stories/201009120278

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