U.S. Ambassador-designate visits Cleveland


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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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


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

AMLA Christmas Party

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


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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Feast of St. Nicholas – Evening with Bishop A. Edward Pevec

Sponsored by the Slovenian American Heritage Foundation

7:00 PM – Friday, December 5, 2014
The Center for Pastoral Leadership (Borromeo Seminary)
28700 Euclid Avenue, Wickliffe, Ohio. Read the rest of this entry »

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Slovenian American Business Association (SABA) Conference

LukaOn November 17, 2014 SABA hosted the Slovenia: Business Opportunities for US Companies conference at the Slovenian Catholic-Cultural Center 14525 Main Street, Lemont, IL 60439

Presentations and speakers included: Dr. Božo Cerar, Ambassador of Republic of Slovenia in Washington DC, Jurcek Zmauc, Slovenian Consul General Cleveland, Ohio, Gorazd Renčelj Economic Counselor at the Embassy of Slovenia in Washington, DC, Rudy Krasovec, Chairman KSKJ Life, Fr. Peter Rozic American Slovenian Education Foundation, Prof. Luka Zibelnik, Center for Slovenian Studies, Dean Kravos, representative for the Hidria Corporation, Tina Hozjan Ruda, president of Slovenian Catholic Cultural Center and Jože Kokal, President of SABA. Read the rest of this entry »

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Church Pipe Organ Concert – Dec. 7th, 2014

Nathan LaubeOn Dec. 7, 2014 there will be ONE all parish Mass at 10:00AM followed by a church pipe organ recital by Professor Nathan Laube on the restored church Holtkamp pipe organ. Prof. Laube is a 26 year-old assistant professor at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Prof. Laube is of Slovenian and German descent and a native of Chicago, IL. Following the church pipe organ recital will be a reception by private invitation only in the lower church hall.

Prof. Laube was graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA., where he studied organ and piano. He received the Institute’s two highest awards, the Landis Award for Excellence in Academics and the Aldwell Award for Excellence in Musical Studies. In June 2013 he received his Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany. he has performed in the Republic of Slovenia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, as well as in multiple states in the USA. Read the rest of this entry »

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