prosveta Your for News Official Publication of the Slovene National Benefit Society YEAR CVII ISSUE 9 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 USPS: 448-080 ISSN: 1080-0263 History awaits entrants in the Miss SNPJ Pageant by KEVIN RICHARDS SNPJ Fraternal Director ON PAGE 8 Up-and-Coming Calendar of Events.......... 2 Slovenska Stran......................................... 4 PROSVETA Crossword Puzzle.................. 5 SNPJ Recommender Coupon.................... 6 SNPJ Fraternal Sympathies....................... 8 brief ly IMPERIAL, Pa. — Here at the SNPJ Home Office, we’re hard at work planning all of the fun things the Miss SNPJ Pageant contestants will be taking part in during this year’s Slovenefest weekend. I would like to extend an invitation to all eligible SNPJ young ladies to become part of history and enter this year’s pageant. Contestants must be single females between the ages of 17 and 25 by Dec. 31, and an SNPJ member for at least three months at the time of the pageant. The Miss SNPJ Pageant is one of the main highlights of Slovenefest weekend. The contestants are introduced on each performance stage throughout the weekend and are the honored SEE MISS SNPJ PAGEANT In This Issue Spartans Lodge 576 has May 12 meeting planned The field of contestants entered in the Miss SNPJ Pageant held in July 2013 during Slovenefest weekend at the SNPJ Recreation Center. CLEVELAND — The members of Spartans Lodge 576 will hold their next meeting Monday, May 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Waterloo Hall. We hope to see you there. Nancy Novak Lodge 576 Recording Secretary Lodge 371 sets meeting, cemetery clean-up date PERIODICAL MATERIAL Miss SNPJ 2014 ASHLEY RUSS (158) taking part in the parade while representing the Embassy of Slovenia at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. A chance to blossom in the nation’s capital Miss SNPJ represents Slovenia at the weeklong Cherry Blossom Festival by ASHLEY RUSS (158) Miss SNPJ 2014 EUCLID, Ohio — During the week of April 7, I had the opportunity to represent the Embassy of Slovenia in the Cherry Blossom Princess Program held in Washington, D.C. “Aspiring Leadership and Empowering Young Women” was the theme of this weeklong program that was established in 1948. Each year, state/territorial societies and international embassies select young women between the ages of 19 and 24 to participate in a variety of educational, leadership and cultural activities. I was honored to represent Slovenia as the Slovenian Embassy Cherry Blossom Princess. The other princesses and I stayed very busy throughout the week with packed schedules. We visited many international embassies, including the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Embassy of Japan. At the different embassies, we got to experience cultural activities and try traditional cuisine. In addition, all of the princesses attended the Accomplished Women Panel where we were able to network with a number of successful women from the area. It was very interesting to hear the inspiring stories SEE CHERRY BLOSSOM PRINCESS ON PAGE 2 While in Washington, Ashley had the opportunity to meet the Ambassador of Japan, Kenichiro Sasae, and his wife. Fraternal Activities set for Region 1 and Region 2 by KEVIN RICHARDS SNPJ Fraternal Director IMPERIAL, Pa. — The SNPJ Regional Fraternal Activities for 2014 are in the process of being planned, and there are already a few on the calendar that I would like to share with you. But first, I’d thank our Regional Vice Presidents for organizing these activities with assistance from the Fraternal Department. These events have been quite successful in the past. Our first Regional Fraternal Activity for the year takes us to a very popular bowling area in SNPJland, the Lodge 6 Bowling Center in Sygan, Pa., for the Region 2 NoTap Bowling Tournament on Sunday, May 18. This will be the fourth year that Region 2 Vice President Jim Curl (6) has hosted a no-tap bowling tournament. The Region 2 No-Tap Tournament will start at 2 p.m. The cost is $21 per bowler and includes a free beverage and the chance to win your entry fee back. To register for the tournament, phone Margie at (412) 221-9862. All members in Region 2 are invited to parSEE REGIONAL ACTIVITY ON PAGE 7 Bylaw change affects National Board candidacy by KAREN A. PINTAR SNPJ National Secretary IMPERIAL, Pa. — At the SNPJ National Convention held in 2010, a change was made to the Society bylaws that affects individuals wishing to be considered as candidates for the National Board during the 2014 National Convention. If you have an interest in serving on the National Board, please read carefully. In accordance with Bylaw Section 10 – Eligibility and Qualifications: “All individuals who wish to be a candidate for a National Board or Executive Officer position must submit his or her name to the National Secretary’s office no later than 45 days prior to the beginning of the convention.” Therefore, you must submit your name to the office of the National Secretary by July 3. “Only candidates whose eligibility has been verified will be considered as nominees. No nominations from the floor will be accepted during the convention.” We will verify eligibility for all candidates, so in accordance with Section 10: “A candidate for the National Board must have been a member of the Society for at least three (3) continuous years prior to the convention and have attended at least 50 percent of the regular Lodge meetings held in the 12 months prior to the meeting of the election of delegates, and must have signed his or her name in the Lodge attendance book. “A member cannot qualify as a candidate for the National Board for any of the following reasons: (1) while he is suspended or expelled; (2) if he has been found guilty of defrauding funds of the Society; (3) if he is on the National Board or is a local lodge secretary of another fraternal organization; (4) if he is a representative of any commercial life insurance company; and (5) if he is a Personal Producing General Agent or sub-agent of the Society.” CLE ELUM, Wash. — The Lodge 371 quarterly meeting will be held Saturday, May 24, at the home of Katy Kladnik, 602 E. 2nd St. in Cle Elum, beginning at 11 a.m. Following the meeting and lunch, members will spend time cleaning up the local SNPJ cemetery for Memorial Day. For additional information, contact Ken Kladnik at (509) 962-2417. Ken Kladnik Lodge 371 President W. Pa. Federation plans annual dance in June STRABANE, Pa. — The SNPJ Slovene Federation of Western Pennsylvania will hold a dance at the SNPJ Recreation Center Sunday, June 22, featuring the Don Wojtila Orchestra performing for your dancing and listening pleasure. The dance will held from 2 to 6 p.m. at the upper pavilion. The SNPJ Young Adult Conference will be concluding that day, so we’d like to invite all of the young adults to stick around and enjoy what will be a beautiful afternoon of polkas and waltzes. DON PROGAR (138) Federation President Have you recommended a new member lately? IMPERIAL, Pa. — Take advantage of SNPJ’s Recommender Program which offers members an enhanced benefit for encouraging family, children, friends and acquaintances to join SNPJ. The recommender will receive $10 for each valid referral. Every valid referral earns the recommender one chance in the quarterly drawing for a chance to win $100 and an additional opportunity in the year-end drawing for a chance to win $500. See page 6 for the Recommender coupon or pay a visit to the SNPJ website, www.snpj.org, to complete an online Recommender form and get a head start on your reward. THE DEADLINE The next two PROSVETA issue dates are May 14 and May 28. All material must be received by Monday, May 5, for the May 14 issue, and by Monday, May 19, for the May 28 issue. If you are concerned about making the deadline, send an e-mail to [email protected] or submit your material via the publications area of our website, www.snpj.org. follow SNPJ on Facebook! Make snpj.org your first stop for SNPJ information on the go. Scan the code to get started. 2 PROSVETA www.snpj.org • [email protected] April 30, 2014 PROSVETA ENLIGHTENMENT Opening party launches 2014 Trailer Court season (USPS 448-080) (ISSN 1080-0263) The Official Publication of the Slovene National Benefit Society by AMY MAVRICH (138) SNPJ Trailer Court Civic Assoc. BOROUGH OF SNPJ, Pa. — The water is on at the SNPJ Trailer Court and the Gostilna is open — hip, hip, hooray! It’s time to get the season started after a long cold winter. The first party of the year will be our opening party, planned Saturday, May 24. More information will follow as the date nears. Be sure to mark your calendar for this too-much-fun event! 247 W. Allegheny Road Imperial, PA 15126-9774 Phone: (724) 695-1100 Toll-Free: 1-800-843-7675 (THE SNPJ) Fax: (724) 695-1555 e-mail: [email protected] web site: www.snpj.org Editor: Jay Sedmak Associate Editor: Kimberly Gonzalez Subscription rate is $8 per year for non-SNPJ members in the United States (Fla. subscribers, please add 6 percent sales tax). Canadian and foreign subscriptions, $50 per year. Advertising information available by writing our office. Material concerning the official workings of the Slovene National Benefit Society is given publication priority. Unsolicited manuscripts returned only if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is enclosed. Postmaster: Send all address changes to: PROSVETA, 247 W. Allegheny Rd., Imperial, PA 15126-9774 (Issued biweekly on Wednesday) (Periodical postage paid at Imperial, Pa., and additional mailing office.) SNPJ National Board Executive Committee: National President Joseph C. Evanish National Secretary Karen A. Pintar National Treasurer Robert J. Lawrence Correspondence received at: 247 West Allegheny Road Imperial, PA 15126-9774 Office hours are Monday -Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Finance Committee: Chrm.: Roger C. Clifford – 568 Lang Road, Sewickley, PA 15143 Robert Lawrence, Secretary Joseph C. Evanish Kenneth Anderson – 2400 Derby Road, Birmingham, MI 48009 Richard Hervol – 183 Wylie Ave., Strabane, PA 15363 Supervisory Committee: Chrm.: Phyllis Wood – 9519 Evergreen Lane, Fontana, CA 92335 e-mail: [email protected] Vincent Baselj – 1001 Grandview Ave., Apt. 903, Bridgeville, PA 15017 Louis J. Novak – 6308 Highland Rd., Highland Heights, OH 44143 Stan Repos – 1255 McCaslin Rd., Imperial, PA 15126 Joseph M. Grkman Jr. – P.O. Box 584, South Park, PA 15129 Regional Vice Presidents: Frank Bregar, Region 1 – 25 Willow Crossing Rd., Greensburg, PA 15601 James L. Curl, Region 2 – 503 Orchard St., Carnegie, PA 15106 Nancy Koutoulakis, Region 3 – 4321 Beverly Dr., Aliquippa, PA 15001 Linda Gorjup, Region 4 – 712 Fiddlers Way, Painesville, OH 44077 Tracey Anderson, Region 5 – 1014 Edgewood Dr., Royal Oak, MI 48067 Justina Rigler, Region 6 – 1116 Berkley Lane, Lemont, IL 60439 Fred Mlakar, Region 8 – 13592 On kayha Cir., Irvine, CA 92620 SNPJ Recreation Center 270 Martin Road Enon Valley, PA 16120 (724) 336-5180 • fax (724) 336-6716 Toll-free: 1-877-767-5732 web site: www.snpjrec.com e-mail: [email protected] Have something for Up-and-Coming? Lodge/Organization Type of Event Site If a concert or dance, who is performing? Date Time Who to contact Phone ( ) Complete and return to: PROSVETA 247 W. Allegheny Road Imperial, PA 15126-9774 e-mail: [email protected] Join SNPJ for a night of Buccos baseball in May [Above] In front of Slovenian Embassy prior to the Grand Ball: Lodge 158 members Bob Russ, Lori Russ Kiefer, Michael Brately, Miss SNPJ Ashley Russ, Stacey Black and Slovenian Embassy Cultural, Press and Public Diplomacy Officer Nuška Zakrajšek. by KEVIN RICHARDS SNPJ Fraternal Director [Right] ASHLEY and her escort, Bro. Mike Brately (158), before the Cherry Blossom Grand Ball. Spring blossoms for Miss SNPJ 2014 CHERRY BLOSSOM PRINCESS FROM PAGE 1 of these educated women and how they achieved their life goals. The Cherry Blossom Princesses also visited Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM), a non-profit organization that aims to positively change people’s attitudes about blindness. BISM not only employs over 500 blind workers in manufacturing plants, but also has an innovative rehabilitation center to help blind students master everyday skills to become independent and successful. It was truly eye-opening to tour this amazing organization. Lastly, the princesses and I had the opportunity to tour the White House. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to meet the Obamas, but we were delighted to meet the “First Canines” of the household, Sunny and Bo. Perhaps the most exciting event of the week was the official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball that took place Friday Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Ulle family on the passing of Teeny. He was a very special part of our Trailer Court family and will truly be missed. Deepest sympathies are also extended to the Zele family on the passing of Pat. When they had a trailer, the Zele family was always involved in the Trailer Court Civic Association. Pat was a beautiful lady and so very nice. Until next time, see ’ya at the Gostilna! evening. During this event, the United States Cherry Blossom Queen was chosen by the spin of a wheel. The lucky lady, Miss Rainey Sewell of Oklahoma, was chosen as the 2014 U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen. Rainey was also awarded a beautiful strand of Mikimoto pearls and a trip to Japan. The grand finale of the program was the Cherry Blossom Parade. All of the Cherry Blossom Princesses and the Cherry Blossom Queen rode down Constitution Avenue on three gorgeous floats. We waved and smiled at the huge crowds on our final journey of this amazing week. I would like to thank the Embassy of Slovenia for allowing me to represent their society as a Cherry Blossom Princess. In addition, I want to extend my gratitude to Ambassador Dr. Cerar, Nuška Zakrajšek and all of the embassy staff for being so welcoming and accommodating during my stay. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget! IMPERIAL — Join fellow SNPJ members in downtown Pittsburgh for SNPJ Night with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, May 10. The Pirates will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in this 7:05 p.m. game. A Zambelli Fireworks show will follow the game. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased by sending a check to the SNPJ Home Office, Att’n: Fraternal Department, 247 West Allegheny Road, Imperial, PA 15126. Please note “Pirates Game” on the memo line. We look forward to seeing everybody at PNC Park for this May 10 game. Let’s see if the Buccos can keep the momentum going from last season. If you have any questions, contact me at the Home Office at (724) 6951100 or [email protected] Plans are underway for Lodge 153 activities by WILMA VUKOVICH Lodge 153 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Lodge 153 February meeting was held in the Shepherd of the Valley clubroom in Poland, Ohio. All officers were in attendance. Congratulations go out to Edward Steinke who celebrated his 50-year SNPJ membership anniversary Feb. 1. Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family of Frances A. Pinkerton, who passed away Dec. 18, 2013. Frances was a member of the former Alliance Lodge 96, then became a member of Lodge 153 when the two Lodges merged. Our condolences are offered to the family of Frank Verdinek, who passed away Feb. 10, and Guy Pagano, who passed away March 2. The Lodge would also like to extend get well wishes to Ann Babich. Plans are underway for our 2014 activities, which include our annual dance in September and our Christmas party scheduled for Nov. 30. I would like to extend happy birthday wishes to all members celebrating birthdays in February, March and April. Up-and-Coming... A look at events planned by the Slovene National Benefit Society • MAY 2-4............. SNPJ National Bowling Tournament weekend at the SNPJ Recreation Center, Borough of SNPJ, Pa. Bowing will take place at Colonial Lanes, New Castle, Pa., with all social activities in the Gostilna. For details contact Fraternal Director Kevin Richards at 1-800-8437675 ext. 144 or [email protected] • MAY 4�.............. Fontana, Calif., Lodge 723 jam session at the Fontana Slovene Hall; 2-6 p.m. All musicians welcome. For details phone (909) 823-1953 or (909) 987-8714. • MAY 4�.............. Midway, Pa., Lodge 89 family bingo in the upstairs hall. Early bird games begin at 3 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. All ages welcome. For details contact Nancy Wingertsahn at (412) 576-5446. • MAY 10.............. SNPJ Night at the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals game, PNC Park, Pittsburgh; 7:05 p.m. start. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased by contacting Fraternal Director Kevin Richards at 1-800-843-7675 ext. 144, or [email protected] • MAY 11.............. Fontana, Calif., Lodge 723 Mother’s Day dinner dance at the Fontana Slovene Hall. Dinner service begins at noon; reservations required. Music by the Mlakar Orchestra at 2 p.m. For details and reservations, contact Phyllis Wood at (909) 823-1953 or Diana Rote at (909) 987-8714. • MAY 18.............. Imperial, Pa., Lodge 106 hosts the Eddie Rodick Band and Jack Tady in the Imperial Room; 2-8 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Kitchen will be open. For details phone the Lodge at (724) 695-1411 or e-mail [email protected] gmail.com. • MAY 18.............. No-tap bowling tournament at the SNPJ Lodge 6 Bowling Center, Sygan, Pa., hosted by Region 2 Vice President Jim Curl. For additional information contact Lodge 6 at (412) 221-9862. • MAY 18.............. Spring Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at the SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For details contact Joseph Blatnik at (440) 943-1191. • MAY 24.............. CAL Don Gorjup Golf Open at Rolling Green Golf Course, Huntsburg, Ohio. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. For details contact Rick Gorjup at (440) 354-5001 or (440) 773-3233. • MAY 24-25......... Fontana, Calif., Lodge 723 Memorial Weekend Polkafest with the Gruber Family Band at the Fontana Slovene Hall; 2-6 p.m. both days. For more information phone (909) 823-1953 or (909) 987-8714. • MAY 25.............. Herminie, Pa., Lodge 87 dinner dance in the Crystal Ballroom. Music by Silver Sky Duo. Dinner includes buffet, salad bar and dessert. Advance tickets only. For details contact Shirley Bailley at (724) 864-1606. • MAY 26.............. Val Pawlowski’s Memorial Day dance at the SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio; 1-7 p.m. Music by the Frank Stanger and Don Wojtila bands. For details contact Tammy at (440) 256-3423. • JUNE 1.............. SNPJ Farm Board summer kickoff picnic at the SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio. Music by Frank Moravcik from 3-7 p.m. For details contact Joseph Blatnik at (440) 943-1191. • JUNE 1.............. Westmoreland Co. Federation polka picnic at the Evanstown Picnic Grove, Herminie, Pa.; 1-7 p.m. Music by the Mikey Dee and Skovenski bands. For more information contact Mary Ann Bebar at (724) 668-7394. • JUNE 1.............. Imperial, Pa., Lodge 106 car cruise at Lodge 106; noon-4 p.m. Music by George Suhon and Silver Sky. Phone the Lodge at (724) 695-1411 or e-mail [email protected] for details. • JUNE 7.............. Western Pa. Golf Tournament at Rolling Green Golf Course, Eighty Four, Pa. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. • JUNE 8.............. Fontana, Calif., Lodge 723 jam session at the Fontana Slovene Hall; 2-6 p.m. All musicians welcome. For additional information phone (909) 823-1953 or (909) 987-8714. • JUNE 8.............. Westmoreland Co. Federation Pretty in Pink benefit at the Evanstown Picnic Grove, Herminie, Pa.; 2-6 p.m. Music by Silver Sky Duo. For information contact Lois Denning at (724) 832-2279. • JUNE 8.............. Euclid, Ohio, Lodge 158 annual picnic at the SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio; 1 p.m. A craft show will be followed by music from the Eddie Rodick Band from 3-7 p.m. • JUNE 14............ Tony Mlinar Sr. Memorial Golf Outing, New Berlin Hills Golf Course, New Berlin, Wis. • JUNE 15............ Fontana, Calif., Lodge 723 Father’s Day celebration at the Fontana Slovene Hall; 2-6 p.m. Music by the Frank Rote Orchestra. For details phone (909) 823-1953 or (909) 987-8714. • JUNE 15............ Steve Novosel’s Father’s Day picnic at the Evanstown Picnic Grove, Herminie, Pa.; 1-7 p.m. Music by the Dick Tady Band and Frank Stanger Orchestra. For more information contact Mary Ann Bebar at (724) 668-7394. • JUNE 15............ Cleveland Lodge 614 picnic at the SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio. Music by Wayne Tomsic from 3-7 p.m. For details contact Joseph Blatnik at (440) 943-1191. • JUNE 15-20....... Youth Roundup at the SNPJ Recreation Center, Borough of SNPJ, Pa. Contact Fraternal Director Kevin Richards at 1-800-843-7675 ext. 144, or [email protected] for registration forms and additional information. • JUNE 20-22....... SNPJ Young Adult Conference at the SNPJ Recreation Center, Borough of SNPJ, Pa. For details contact Fraternal Director Kevin Richards at 1-800-8437675 ext. 144, or [email protected] • JUNE 22............ Westmoreland Co. Federation UMPAPA polka picnic at the Evanstown Picnic Grove, Herminie, Pa.; 2-6 p.m. For details contact Mary Ann Bebar at (724) 668-7394. • JUNE 22............ Orange County, Calif., Lodge 786 wine tasting picnic at Wiens Family Cellars, Temecula, Calif.; noon-5 p.m. Music by the Fontana Button Box Club and others. Advance tickets only. For more information contact Jean Koci at (949) 495-0097 or [email protected] • JUNE 22............ Slovene Federation of SNPJ Lodges of Western Pa. dance in the upper pavilion at the SNPJ Recreation Center, Borough of SNPJ, Pa.; 2-6 p.m. Music by the Don Wojtila Orchestra. • JUNE 28............ Westmoreland Co. Federation oldies dance at the Evanstown Picnic Grove, Herminie, Pa.; 6-10 p.m. Music by Silver Sky Duo. For tickets contact Mary Ann Bebar at (724) 668-7394. • JUNE 29............ Cleveland Lodge 53 annual picnic at the SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio; 1 p.m. Entertainment by the Jeff Pecon Orchestra. For details contact Martha Meglich by calling (440) 884-5043. PROSVETA www.snpj.org • [email protected] April 30, 2014 New hires will help complete forest cleanup DENISE HERRON SNPJ Marketing Department Aiming for 100 T he world’s population has exploded over the last 50 years, and there are now seven billion people sharing planet Earth – almost triple the population of 1950. Birth rates haven’t been going up, but longevity has been. The number of people 100 years old and older will increase 900 percent between now and 2050, from 455,000 to 4.1 million. There will be a lot of people repeating Mickey Mantle’s famous quote, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” There will also be a lot of people who will say, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have bought more life insurance.” The policy that they purchased many years ago will probably not be enough to cover a funeral by the time they reach 100, let alone the medical expenses they will more than likely accrue. Maybe you are one of those older individuals realizing you’ll need a bit more insurance coverage, especially if you’re going to live to age 100. But maybe you’re also starting to have some health issues, and because of that you assume that more life insurance is no longer obtainable. SNPJ has designed a plan with your needs in mind. SNPJ Security Whole Life is a final expense life insurance plan that is issued between the ages of 40 and 85. It is intended for those individuals who, because of health issues, may not qualify for our standard policies; it offers relaxed underwriting, which means the applicant will not be required to get a medical exam. The face amount available for Security Whole Life ranges from $2,000 to $25,000 – the ideal amount for covering those final expenses. Age 100 is a long way off, and by the time you reach it you may have accumulated quite a bit of expenses and debts that you won’t want to leave behind for your family. At least there will be plenty of company during your march toward the big 1-0-0. By 2050, the 60-and-over population will grow from 750 million to 2 billion and will account for 22 percent of all the people on the planet. Contact your local SNPJ agent or Lodge secretary, or phone the SNPJ Home Office at 1-800843-7675 to find out more about Security Whole Life. • Thought for the Week — Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. Author Unknown Ljubljana (STA) — A total of 328 million cubic feet of trees will have to be cut down in the aftermath of the devastating ice storm that swept across Slovenia in February, causing an estimated $296 million in damage to forests. Recent reports indicate that the cleanup will cost Slovenia an estimated $50 million. “About 16 percent of the trees covered by the cleanup plan are in national forests and the remaining 84 percent in private forests,” acting director of the Forest Service Damjan Oražem reported while presenting the government’s restoration plan. “To date, 31.8 million cubic feet have been cut down,” he said, adding that not all trees affected by the ice storm would have to be felled. Two-thirds of the trees that would have to be cut down are broad-leaf varieties. However, removal of conifer trees is more critical because of a possible infestation of bark beetles. Not all of the conifers that collapsed under the weight of the ice are expected to be removed by May 15, so there is a concern that the infestation will exacerbate. Once the affected trees have been cut, reforestation or natural regrowth of trees will follow. The Forest Service estimates some 2,500 acres of forests will have to be reforested. Oražem expects that it will take until spring 2015 to cut down the damaged conifers, and that the bulk of badly damaged broad-leaf trees will be felled by the end of 2017. He also said that no major drop in the price of wood is expected for the time being, but noted that “storage facilities are full” at present. To help with the forest cleanup, the Forest Service will employ some 60 additional staff beginning May 1, and an equal number of new hires is expected through the public works department. “The priority in the forest cleanup is for everyone to stay alive, to register the fewest possible number of injuries, and to remove as much damaged conifer wood as possible by May 15, while the cleanup of the board-leaves will take several years,” Oražem said. The cleanup effort has already claimed two lives in 30 separate accidents. Notice of Annual Meeting of Members The annual meeting of members of the Slovene Home for the Aged will be held Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in the Laurich Room of The Slovene Home — Skilled Care and Rehabilitation 18621 Neff Road, Cleveland. Registration: 4:30 p.m. — Meeting: 5 p.m. *Members are cordially invited to attend this meeting. *Members, as defined in the bylaws, are those individuals and organizations who have contributed a minimum of $25 during the preceding year. For the May 14, 2014, meeting, this is the period from April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. A CENTURY in the making Proud of your SNPJ membership? Then you owe it to yourself to delve deeper into SNPJ history through the pages of An Inspired Journey — The SNPJ Story: The First One Hundred Years of the Slovene National Benefit Society. This richly-illustrated chronicle of SNPJ history compiled and written by SNPJ Publications Editor Jay Sedmak is now available for purchase. $15.00 each — plus $2.50 s/h add $1 shipping for each additional copy ordered RETURN THIS ORDER FORM TO Slovene National Benefit Society 247 West Allegheny Road • Imperial, PA 15126-9774 Name_________________________________________ Address_______________________________________ City/State/Zip___________________________________ Number of copies_______________________________ Payment in full must accompany all orders. Make checks payable to SNPJ. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Union warns of alarming shortage of nurses Ljubljana (STA) — The trade union representing employees in the health care field held a press conference in mid-April to explain what it believes is an alarming shortage of nursing staff in health care institutions and home care. Union president Jelka Mlakar said recent calculations show that Slovenia is short by around 1,500 nurses, which is roughly 21 percent of the current number of nurses employed throughout Slovenia. “The need for additional nurses in Slovenia is growing on a daily basis,” Mlakar said, noting that in intensive care units, for instance, one nurse must care for three or more patients on average, while the ideal nurse-to-patient ratio should be one to two at the most. According to Mlakar, the overload increases the likelihood of a nurse making a mistake, and some of these mistakes may end up being fatal. The union is demanding that the government respond to this alarming situation and abide by the agreement on working norms signed in May 2013 by the government and a majority of the trade unions. “Otherwise, the union will urge nurses to adhere to the work-torule,” Mlakar said, noting that a January analysis showed that nurses generated a total of 200,000 unpaid overtime hours on a monthly basis. In reply, the Slovenian Health Ministry stated that talks with the union are ongoing. More accurate weather forecasts for Slovenia? Portorož (STA) — Through the use of weather measurements recorded by planes crossing the country’s air space, Slovenia is the first nation to develop a solution that will enable more accurate short-term weather forecasts. This type of forecasting is a result of cooperation between Slovenia Control (which is the Slovenian air traffic control center), the Slovenian Environment Agency (ARSO), and the Ljubljana Faculty of Computer Science. According to Slovenia Control representative Marko Hrastovec, “The weather measurements are acquired directly from airplanes and then forwarded from the source to ARSO. This is a very accurate way of recording wind and temperature data in a certain place at a certain time. Before, this had been done with helium probes, a process that is considerably more expensive and time-consuming. “Even though a similar program, called AMDAR, already exists for the same purpose, only 13 European airlines use it. A system of our very own will enable [forecasters] to obtain data from some six percent of planes,” Hrastovec said. According to the air traffic control center, some 230,000 planes fly over Slovenia every year, which means that the amount of data gathered via the new system would be far from negligible. The Air Traffic Control Office is counting on other countries to follow Slovenia’s example after realizing how effective this new system of forecasting can be. An urban apiary in Ljubljana’s BTC Mall Ljubljana (STA) — An urban apiary opened on April 11 in Ljubljana’s BTC commercial district as part of a joint project by the BTC and the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association to promote urban beekeeping, preserve Slovenia’s native Carniolan honey bee, and raise awareness of the importance of bees on the environment. “Setting up the urban apiary in this commercial district is the realization of a commitment to support environmentallyfriendly, responsible and sustainable development,” BTC chairman Jože Mermal explained to the press. Mermal’s opinion was echoed by the president of the Beekepers’ Association, Boštjan Noč, who said that the apiary will provide an important contribution to the development of beekeeping in urban environments. “This project aims to promote beekeeping as an extracurricular activity in elementary schools, to encourage city residents to keep fruitful plants, and to inform people about the importance of bees,” Noč said, adding that “one third of world’s food production depends on bee pollination.” Noč also expressed his concerns over the fact that bees presently enjoy better living conditions in urban environments as opposed to the countryside, which in his opinion means that there is something wrong with Slovenian agriculture. Slovenia has a long tradition of beekeeping. Noč stated that Slovenia has the greatest bee density per square mile in Europe, and is the second most numerous beekeeping country per capita with a total of some 10,000 beekeepers. The BTC apiary isn’t the first urban apiary in Ljubljana. Since May of 2011, the Cankarjev dom arts center, located in the center of the city, has been the site of a similar urban apiary. Analysis indicates that the honey produced by the 100,000 or so Carniolan bees at the Cankarjev dom apiary is safer than honey produced in areas with intensive farming since it contains no pesticides, acids or heavy metals. Noordung’s tombstone in Vienna now bilingual Vienna, Austria (STA) — The grave of Slovenian rocket engineer and space-travel pioneer Herman Potočnik Noordung (1892-1929) in a Vienna cemetery was recently decorated with new bilingual tombstone. Noordung’s will be the first ever bilingual tombstone dedicated to a Slovenian buried in the Austrian capital. A ceremony marking the occasion was held April 11. A procedure is also under way to have Noordung’s grave included on the list of honorary graves. At present, only Slovenian linguist Fran Miklošič’s grave is on the list. Herman Potočnik was born to Slovenian parents on Dec. 22, 1892, in the present-day town of Pula, Croatia. His father, a naval officer in the AustroHungarian army, died when Herman was 2 years old, prompting his mother to move the family to present-day Slovenia. Potočnik attended military schools and eventually graduated from the technical military academy in Austria. After the First World War, he studied electrical engineering in Vienna, specializing in rocketry, and devoted himself entirely to rocket science and space technology from 1925 on. 3 In 1928, shortly before his death, he finished his book on space travel under the pen name “Noordung.” On 188 pages, which include 100 illustrations, Potočnik set out a plan for a breakthrough into space. Potočnik, who has a science and art center dedicated to him in the Slovenian town of Vitanje, is considered the first to draw-up plans for orbiting space stations and geostationary satellites. Slovenians decorate St. Peter’s Basilica for Easter Ljubljana (STA) — Two Slovenian florists had the honor of decorating St. Peter’s Basilica for the Vatican Easter celebrations. It took three days to set up the arrangements in the central portion of the basilica, the pair explained to the press. The floral arrangements measured over 197 feet in length altogether, said florists Sabina Šegula and Peter Ribič, who began cooperating with the Vatican a few years ago when they asked to be allowed to watch as florists decorated the immense cathedral. Šegula and Ribič were eventually entrusted with decorating some areas of the basilica, which has gradually blossomed into an annual cooperation between the Vatican and the Slovenian florists. Last year they decorated the basilica for Christmas, and this year marked the fourth time that they decorated it for Easter. The Vatican gardeners do not interfere with their work; however, the florists are obliged to uphold tradition which, for instance, dictates that only the colors of the Vatican flag may be used in the arrangements. “There is no room for mistakes; everything must be perfect,” Šegula said as she explained that they need to follow the cathedral’s history and Renaissance style. “In addition, each year Šegula and Ribič have the opportunity to decorate other parts of the Vatican, where more creativity is allowed,” Ribič said. To date, the pair have decorated the chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the pope’s private chapel and even the central loggia, where the pope usually gives his apostolic blessing during the Easter and Christmas celebrations. Šegula, who has a PhD in agronomy, and Ribič are valued experts in their field. Both teach at the Naklo Biotechnical Center, which offers secondary and advanced educational programs, in addition to conducting research in agronomy. Slovenians select their country’s best ski slopes Maribor (STA) — The “Best Ski Slope” campaign hosted by a Maribor Saturday morning radio program came to a conclusion in mid-April as Vogel, Golte, Celjska koča and Rogla were declared Slovenia’s favorite ski slopes for this season. The “Good Morning, Slovenia” show, broadcast on several Slovenian radio stations, announced the winners in several categories: best small ski slope, best medium-sized ski slope, best large ski slope, and best snow park, as well as most family-friendly ski slope. Ratings were collected from visitors to 81 Slovenian ski slopes and seven snow parks, where skiers rated the amenities and condition of the slopes. Some 25,000 ratings were submitted. Recognition for best large ski slope, best medium-sized ski slope and best small ski slope went to Vogel, Golte and Celjska koča, respectively. This was the first year Vogel was recognized; Golte and Celjska koča repeated as titleholders from last year. The snow park at the Rogla ski center defended its title of best snow park for the third consecutive year. The Rogla ski center was also recommended as one of the most family-friendly ski centers. Besides Rogla, Trije Kralji, Kranjska Gora and Cerkno were also recognized as being family-friendly. Although the weather wasn’t the best for skiing this season, the Vogel ski center reported an excellent turnout. According to a Vogel spokesman, “The weather wasn’t the best in January and February, but the sun started shining on us in March. We welcomed more than 100,000 visitors so far, which is more than last year, and the season has not come to an end yet.” Now in its 23rd year, the competition for best ski slopes aims to promote Slovenia’s many ski facilities. The articles comprising this feature have been reprinted with permission from the Slovenian Press Agency (STA). 4 PROSVETA www.snpj.org • [email protected] 30. Aprila 2014 Slovenska Stran Ureja Vida Kosir Stara vojaška oprema na enem mestu HEADLINE: Old military equipment in one place TOPIC: The 32nd annual gathering for collectors of old military equipment was recently held in Šempeter near Gorica. This activity was designed to attract all kinds of collectors. Besides old military equipment, old money, stamps, postcards and other collectable antiques were also available. Close to 100 exhibitors from eight countries participated in this event. The participants were dressed in historical uniforms from the First and Second World Wars. In one place, visitors were able to see many articles connected to military history, for which they would have to visit quite a few museums. They could also purchase or trade for some of the articles, as well as learn about their meaning, history and value. V Šempetru pri Gorici se je vršilo tradicionalno, že 32. srečanje zbiralcev stare vojaške opreme. Namenjeno je bilo vsem zbiralcem, saj je bilovpoleg stare vojaške opreme mogoče tu dobiti tudi star denar, znamke, razglednice in druge zbirateljsko cenjene starine.Na srečanju, ki je bilo v Hit šport centru, si je bilo mogoče različne predmete ogledati in kupiti, ter predmete oceniti ali prodati. Srečanja se je udeležilo približno 100 razstavljavcev iz osmih držav. Sodelujoči so bili oblečeni v zgodovinske uniforme iz prve in druge svetovne vojne. Jakob Marušič je v imenu organizatorjev povedal, da ima srečanje zbiralcev tudi pomemben kulturno-varstveni učinek. Na njem je namreč mogoče na enem mestu videti predmete, povezane z vojaško zgodovino, za kar bi morali sicer obiskati kar nekaj muzejev. Nekatere med njimi so obiskovalci lahko kupili ali zamenjali ter izvedeli vse o njihovem pomenu, zgodovini in vrednosti. V času srečanja pa si je bilo mogoče ogledati tudi bližnji muzej Stolp na meji, znan kot najmanjši muzej na svetu, ter muzej Spomni se name, posvečen ilegalnim prebežnikom čez državno jugoslovansko-italijansko mejo v Mirnu. PRIMORSKE NOVICE Jug Italije bliže Portorožu HEADLINE: The south of Italy closer to Portorož TOPIC: In the beginning of May, Portorož and southern Italy will be connected by an aviation route. A charter plane will fly three times a day every Thursday and Sunday, bringing 50 passengers from Catania, Salerno and Rome. The new aviation connection could present an opportunity for Slovenian tourist agencies since the plane will carry tourists both ways. Airline tickets for Italian guests will be available only in a package with hotel reservations. The hotels are hoping for new guests. “Italy is, for us, one of the key markets. We don’t attract a large number of tourists from the south, and the city of Rome could be a basin of potential guests,” said representatives of the Kempinski Palace Hotel. Most of their guests arrive to Portorož in their cars, and some on private jets. V začetku maja bo Portorož in južno Italijo povezala letalska linija. Čartersko letalo bo vsak četrtek in nedeljo trikrat na dan v Portorož pripeljalo po 50 potnikov iz Catanie, Salerna in Rima. Dogovori za vzpostavitev letalske povezave z južno Italijo so se začeli pred štirimi leti, ko so v Turističnem združenju Portorož in hotelih Life class iskali goste, ki bi nadomestili pričakovan upad gostov iz severne Italije. Ponudbo je tam zagrabil Antonio Gervasio iz italijanskega podjetja CTM Travelair. “Začeli smo s prevozi v Trst, nato pa zaznali potrebo po čarterskih poletih, ki bi povezali južno Italijo in Portorož. Od maja bo tako vsak četrtek in nedeljo trikrat na dan v Portorož priletelo letalo s 50 sedeži, tu bomo imeli tudi pisarno. Če bodo uspeli podaljšati letališko stezo, bomo prihajali z letali s 100 mesti, ker je to finančno rentabilno,” napoveduje Gervasio. Njegovo podjetje sodeluje z grškim letalskim prevoznikom Minoan Air, ki bo tudi vozil med južno Italijo in Portorožem. Pogodbo je sklenil za pet let, vsako leto pa naj bi v povezavo vložil 3,7 milijona evrov. “Naložba je povsem zasebna, zanjo smo se odločili, ker verjamemo v razvoj Slovenije kot cilja za počitnikovanje gostov iz južne Italije. Tam slabo poznajo Portorož, zato bomo HEADLINE: A mass festivity for the city tribe TOPIC: The competition that was recently held on the new skateboarding range showed that the investment in the skateboarding park, a rare skateboarding park in this area, hit the center of the target. To the sound of loud music, teenagers and older participants – dressed in everyday “street uniforms” – performed different tricks on their skateboards, both on the ground and in the air, as they pushed through the skateboarding range. Apart from 70 competitors from across Slovenia, this event, titled “Flowgrind Skate Contest,” welcomed participants from Croatia and Italy who were invited to the new skateboarding range. Old and young followed the event with enthusiasm, even though many of the spectators didn’t know how the competition was arranged or what was being judged. Sobotno tekmovanje na novem rolkarskem poligonu je dokazalo, da vložek v skatepark, kakršnega ni daleč naokoli, ni bil strel mimo, ampak v sredino tarče. Poligon je resda veliko stal, zaradi tega pa naj bi se tudi dolgo obdržal. Veliki in mali, dolgolasi where empty building currently stand because they are pressed for time and the construction of a new building is impossible at this time. The formal establishment of the company will begin next month. Četrti obisk občinske delegacije na Kitajskem je prinesel prve oprijemljive rezultate. Kmalu bodo Maribor obiskali predstavniki družbe Shihlien Apex, ki bo v Sloveniji postavila tovarno baterij. Delo bo dobilo od 200 do 300 ljudi. Svetovalec župana Andreja Fištravca za gospodarstvo Marko Kovačič je povedal, da je bila štiričlanska delegacija med 9. in 19. marcem v štirih kitajskih mestih, kjer je imela več kot 30 sestankov. Najpomembnejši je bil s predstavniki družbe Shihlien Apex. Kovačič je dejal, da jim je mesto ponudilo več lokacij, kjer stojijo prazne hale, saj zaradi časovne stiske gradnja nove v poslovni coni Tezno ni mogoča. Štiričlanska delegacija se je na Kitajskem zanimala še glede investicije v novo javno razsvetljavo (predstavilo se je več kot 20 podjetij), ter si prizadevala vzpodbuditi turistična potovanja po vzhodni Evropi, pri čemer bi kitajski turisti dan ali dva preživeli v Mariboru. DELO TRŽNICA - Dva črva se srečata na tržnici. “Si videl? Kilogram jabolk stane tri evre,” reče prvi. “Ja, ja,” odvrne drugi, “danes so stanovanja vedno dražja.” Zbirajo rabljena očala HEADLINE: They are collecting used eyeglasses TOPIC: The charitable activity of collecting used correctional eyeglasses for the residents of less-developed countries will again be held across Slovenia. The Slovenian Lions Club has been arranging this event, which is part of the well-organized international campaingn to collect used eyeglasses at the local level. In 2013, the Slovenian Lions Club collected 11,547 pairs of used eyeglasses, which is almost four times more than during the previous year’s campaign. According to the World Health Organization, there are 153 million weak-sighted people in the world, millions of whom cannot afford correctional eyeglasses. Tudi letos bo po Sloveniji potekala dobrodelna akcija zbiranja rabljenih korekcijskih očal za prebivalce ekonomsko manj razvitih držav. Kdor ima doma še uporabna očala, ki jih ne potrebuje, pa lahko ta odda v 74 poslovalnicah podjetja Hofer po Sloveniji. Slovenski Lions klubi akcijo, ki je sicer del dobro organizirane mednarodne akcije zbiranja rabljenih očal, na lokalni ravni organizirajo že več let. Leta 2011 pa so se v Lions klubu Trnovski zvon odločili PRIMORSKE NOVICE Množična veselica za urbano pleme Kitajci bodo zagnali tovarno baterij HEADLINE: The Chinese will start a battery factory TOPIC: The fourth visit of a Maribor municipal delegation to China brought the first tangible results. Soon, representatives from the Shihlien Apex Company, which will open a battery factory in Slovenia, will visit Maribor. The new factory will employ between 200 and 300 people. Marko Kovačič, the mayor’s adviser for the economy, said that a four-member delegation visited four Chinese cities in which they attended more than 30 meetings. The most important meeting was held with the representatives of the Shihlien Apex Company. Kovačič added that the city of Maribor is offering numerous locations še veliko delali na promociji, a verjamemo v ta projekt,” pravi Gervasio. Nova letalska povezava je lahko priložnost tudi za slovenske turistične agencije, saj bo letalo vozilo potnike v obe smeri. A vozovnico bo mogoče kupiti le v kompletu s hotelskimi nastanitvami, v ceno pa bo všteto tudi parkiranje na letališču. O tem, koliko gostov iz južne Italije pričakujejo v Portorožu, Furlanič ni želel ugibati: “Želje so velike. Nekdo, ki je toliko vložil v projekt, pričakuje rezultate. Potencial je velik, zadovoljni pa bomo z vsakim gostom. Pustimo se presenetiti.” Na nove goste upajo predvsem hotelirji. “Italija je za nas eden ključnih trgov. Trženjsko smo se osredotočili predvsem na Veneto, delež gostov iz te dežele se tudi zato v zadnjih mesecih povečuje. Z juga Italije doslej nismo imeli veliko gostov, a že Rim je lahko bazen potencialnih gostov,” pravijo v hotelu Kempinski Palace. Večina njihovih gostov se v Portorož pripelje s svojim avtom. “Nekateri pa tudi s svojimi letali. Če bi še podaljšali stezo na portoroškem letališču, bi to odprlo nove možnosti,” še upajo. akciji povečati prepoznavnost, zato so organizirali prvo vseslovensko zbiranje očal. V letu 2013 so zbrali kar 11.547 rabljenih očal, kar je skoraj štirikrat toliko kot v prejšnji akciji. Tudi letos bodo rabljena očala zbirali v vseh poslovalnicah podjetja Hofer, ki je že drugo leto zapored partner pri projektu. Po podatkih Svetovne zdravstvene organizacije je na svetu kar 153 milijonov slabovidnih ljudi, med katerimi je več milijonov takšnih, ki si očal ne morejo privoščiti. Zato so v Lions klubu Ljubljana Trnovski zvon ponovno povabili vse, ki morebiti še imajo doma uporabna rabljena očala, da pobrskajo po predalih in očala prinesejo v njim najbližjo Hoferjevo poslovalnico. Zbrana očala bodo Lionsi pregledali in nato poslali v enega izmed zbirnih centrov, kjer jih bodo očistili, razporedili ter označili z optičnimi parametri, drugi del očal pa bodo izročili tako študentom Medicinske fakultete Maribor, ki odhajajo na odpravo v Malavi, kot tudi Sekciji za tropsko in potovalno medicino Medicinske fakultete, ki v ekonomsko manj razvitih državah večkrat letno opravlja osnovne okulistične preglede tamkajšnjih prebivalcev in jim priskrbi primerna očala. PRIMORSKE NOVICE ali obriti, najstniki in tisti, krepko čez trideset, vsi odeti v vsakodnevne “ulične drese”, so se ob bučni glasbi na deskah poganjali po poligonu in na tleh in v zraku izvajali najrazličnejše trike. Sobotni t.i. Flowgrind Skate Contest je poleg 70 tekmovalcev z vseh koncev Slovenije, Hrvaške in Italije v novi rolkarski poligon v Novi Gorici privabil številne obiskovalce. S ta r i in mla d i s o z navdušenjem spremljali dogajanje, četudi številni gledalci niso vedeli, kako se sploh tekmuje in kaj se ocenjuje. Za seboj so jih potegnili aplavzi, ki so ob dobro izvedenih zahtevnih trikih prihajali iz živopisane množice pripadnikov urbanega plemena. “V slovenskem prostoru že kar nekaj časa ni bilo tekmovanja na takšni ravni. Tudi v širši okolici ne,” je o razlogih za dober obisk in dobro vzdušje na tekmovanju povedal Grega Simčič iz goriškega Športnega društva Raketa, ki je tekmovan- je organiziralo. “Park se je zelo dobro prijel. Ob lepem vremenu ga dnevno obišče tudi sto, stopetdeset ljudi od vsepovsod, saj takega objekta trenutno ni daleč naokoli,” je še povedal Grega Simčič iz ŠD Raketa. Napovedal je tudi, da se bo v njem v kratkem začela šola urbanih športov, namenjena najmlajšim. “Ne rečem, da je bil park poceni, a treba je pogledati, kaj je mesto z njim pridobilo. Tukaj se vsakodnevno nekaj dogaja, tako da denar ni bil vržen proč. Vsi, ki pridejo mimo, so navdušeni,” je Simčič komentiral kritike, ki so med in po izgradnji parka letele na račun tega, da je samo izgradnja novogoriškega rolkarskega poligona brez ureditve okolice stala dobrega pol milijona evrov. PRIMORSKE NOVICE ZAPOR - “Zakaj pa ti sediš?” vpraša kaznjenec sojetnika. - “Noge me bolijo!” Eden najlepših HEADLINE: One of the nicest TOPIC: The Predjama Castle is among the 10 castles in Europe worth seeing. This has been stated and written by the editors of the Tourism Review website, the leading Internet media for travel news. Predjama Castle is the only preserved cave castle in the world, which provides evidence about the romantic past in the times of knighthood in the Middle Ages. Most castles of this kind were already abandoned in the 16th century because of difficult access, inconvenience and dampness. The same thing probably would have happened to Predjama Castle if it weren’t for Weriand Windisgrätz, who took the castle under his care in the beginning of the 19th century. The castle’s astonishing exterior and proximity to the Postojna Caves attract a great number of people from around the world. Predjamski grad sodi med deseterico gradov v Evropi, ki so najbolj vredni ogleda. Tako so ugotovili in zapisali uredniki spletne strani Tourism review, vodilnega spletnega medija s popotniškimi novicami. Predjamski grad je edini še ohranjen jamski grad na svetu, ki priča o romantični preteklosti in časih viteškega srednjega veka. Večino tovrstnih gradov so zaradi težkega dostopa, neudobnosti in vlage začeli zapuščati že v 16. stoletju. Tako bi verjetno propadel tudi Predjamski grad, če ga ne bi v začetku 19. stoletja pod okrilje vzel knez Weriand Windisgrätz. “Njegova osupljiva zunanjost in bližina slovite lepotice Postojnske jame pripomore, da ga obiščejo množice ljudi iz celega sveta,” so dodali v družbi Postojnska jama, ki z gradom upravlja od konca druge svetovne vojne dalje. Za letošnjo sezono napovedujejo, da bodo gostom edinstveni preplet narave, kulture, zgodovine in legende omogočili z zvočnim vodenjem po gradu v več svetovnih jezikih. PRIMORSKE NOVICE Antični grobovi na vrtu škof ije HEADLINE: Antique graves in the diocese garden TOPIC: During recent archeological research, six graves with skeletons, probably from the fifth century A.D., were discovered in the Koper diocese garden. Such old graves are very rare in Koper. Another exceptional discovery was a grave that had a bottom paved with stones. “When we made the test sound, we didn’t find the graves, but we expected to because everywhere in Koper is a burial place,” explained Barbara Hofman, a representative of the Okra Company which is performing the archeological excavation. When the workers started to remove the material by hand, they found the foundations of old buildings, a few destroyed structures and, at a depth of six feet, six graves, among them the graves of four children. Now the skeletons will be examined by anthropologists who will probably be able to determine gender, how old the people were when they died, when they lived, and if they had any injuries or illnesses. Then the skeletons will be stored at the Koper Provincial Museum where they will perhaps await additional research. Na vrtu koprske škofije so med arheološkimi raziskavami odkrili šest grobov s skeleti iz pozne antike, verjetno iz petega stoletja. Tako stari grobovi so v Kopru izredno redki. Izjemno je tudi odkritje grobne jame, ki je imela s kamni tlakovano dno. Antični grobovi so v Kopru redki, saj so nove zgradbe v mestnem jedru postavljali na območju starejših, pri tem pa uničevali tudi stare grobove. Območje, kjer je zdaj vrt koprske škofije, se je takšnim posegom očitno uspelo izogniti. “Ko smo naredili testne sonde, nismo naleteli na grobove, smo jih pa pričakovali, saj je Koper povsod grobišče,” pojasnjuje Barbara Hofman iz podjetja Okra, ki opravlja arheološka izkopavanja. Zatem so začeli ročno odstranjevati material in našli temelje starejših stavb, tudi takšnih iz srednjega veka, nekaj porušenih struktur, na globini 1,8 metra pa naleteli na šest grobov. “Predvidevamo, da gre za grobove iz petega stoletja našega štetja, to je iz pozne antike, ko je bil Rim- ski imperij že v zatonu. Od šestih grobov so štirje otroški, v nobenem pa ni grobnih pridatkov, kar otežuje natančno umestitev v čas in kulturno pripadnost pokopanega,” pravi Hofmanova. Eden od grobov je obrnjen proti jugu, ostali skeleti so položeni v smeri vzhod-zahod. Imajo pa vsi najdeni grobovi jasno označeno grobno jamo - obdajajo jo delno obdelane kamnite plošče. “Na območju nekdanjega otoka v Kopru to ni pogosto, pri teh grobovih pa je grobna jama izrazita. Na drugih lokacijah je okoli skeleta pokončno položenih le nekaj kamnov, tu pa so postavljeni celotni obodi. Poleg tega ima eden od grobov tlakovano dno; to je edini tak grob, ki sem ga odkrila,” najdbo opisuje Hofmanova. Zdaj si bo skelete ogledal še antro- polog oziroma osteolog, ki bo verjetno lahko ugotovil, ali gre za moške ali ženske, koliko so bili stari, kdaj so živeli, ali so imeli kakšne poškodbe im bolezni. Kosti bodo na koncu shranili v depojih Pokrajinskega muzeja Koper, kjer bodo čakale na morebitne nadaljnje raziskave. Skeleti so bili zagotovo pokopani v istem časovnem obdobju, ki pa je lahko dolgo tudi 300 let, še pojasnjuje Hofmanova. PRIMORSKE NOVICE PREMOG - “Ej, fantje,” spodbuja MacPerson svoje štiri sinove, ko vidi, da so sosedu pripeljali premog. “Pojdite in tistemu, ki je pripeljal premog, pokažite jezik! Morda vas bo obmetaval s kosi premoga!” PROSVETA www.snpj.org • [email protected] April 30, 2014 5 SNPJ Young Adults filling Jared Boxes for community service project by KEVIN RICHARDS SNPJ Fraternal Director IMPERIAL, Pa. — The delegates attending the SNPJ Young Adult Conference first performed a community service project during their weekend at the SNPJ Recreation Center back in 2012. This tradition will continue in 2014, the next work weekend slated for the conference. The 2014 YAC chairperson, Sis. Shannon Fetcko (138), has selected the Jared Box Project for this year’s service activity. The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of chronically-ill children. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope and love. Each Jared Box is a shoeboxsize plastic container filled with small gifts, toys, cards, and games for a specific age and gender. The boxes are delivered to hospitals to provide a special diversion for young patients as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. The SNPJ young adults can use the help of all of our members and Lodges for their participation in the Jared Box Project. We’re looking for items similar to: bibs, rattles, soft books, teething rings, booties, pacifiers, sippy cups, burp cloths, bottles, stuffed animals, Play-Doh, toy cars, dolls, col- oring books, crayons, bubbles, art supplies, story books, action figures, puppets, stickers, playing cards, puzzles, brain teasers, travel-size games, costume jewelry, Nerf balls, Silly String, Yo-Yos, craft kits, gel pens, electronic games, journals, nail polish, reading books, etc. Donated items can be dropped off at the SNPJ Home Office in Imperial, or mailed to or dropped off at the SNPJ Recreation Center, Att’n: Kevin Richards, 270 Martin Road, Enon Valley, PA 16120. Please make sure all donated items are received by Wednesday, June 18. Of course, we’ll need to purchase plastic containers to hold these items. That is where any monetary donations will be used. You can make checks payable to “SNPJ” and note “Jared Box” on the memo line, and mail them to the SNPJ Home Office, Att’n: Kevin Richards, 247 West Allegheny Road, Imperial, PA 15126. All donations will be greatly appreciated to make this project a complete success. For more information about the Jared Box Project, I invite you to visit their website, www. thejaredbox.com. Of course, if you have any questions you can always contact me at the Home Office at 1-800-843-7675 or [email protected] Rec Center invites SNPJ seniors for a week of fun by KEVIN RICHARDS SNPJ Fraternal Director IMPERIAL, Pa. — Are you a senior SNPJ member and would like to spend a week at the SNPJ Recreation Center, renewing past friendships and enjoying the camaraderie of a week filled with balina and bean bag toss, arts and crafts, and special entertainment? If so, Senior Week is for you! Senior Week will run from Aug. 1723. In addition to lodging in one of our cabins, SNPJ members will enjoy three meals a day and all of the activities and entertainment of Senior Week. For an SNPJ member to attend Senior Week, the special rate is only $190 per person. The non-member rate is $340 per person. Do you have a trailer at the Recreation Center? You can enjoy all the fun of Senior Week for a reduced member rate of $150 per person. To make your Senior Week reservation, contact the SNPJ Recreation Center toll-free at 1-877-767-5732. A $25 deposit is required to hold your cabin for the week. Lodge 321 has a June 8 picnic on the agenda by Cerkvena Miš Lodge 321 Photo submitted by Bro. Joe Valencic (5). SNPJ Members Take Annual Honors The Cleveland Federation of Slovenian Homes hosted the annual Slovenian Man and Woman of the Year awards banquet March 22. The main honorees were Rose Mary Jisa (643) [third from left], president of the Slovenian Genealogy Society, and Anthony Hiti (576) [second from left], president of the Slovenian American Heritage Foundation. The Masters of Ceremonies were Patricia Ipavec Clarke [left] and Joe Valencic (5). Honorees were also selected from each of the seven Slovenian Homes in the Federation. ! Important figures to consider... 29%... people who would purchase more life insurance if they were asked 62%... people who own coverage, but don’t know what they have or why they have it 82%... people who are under-insured If your coverage is over 5 years old contact SNPJ for a policy review. 1-800-843-7675 WARREN, Ohio — My girls, Hermina Joy and Hermina Gail Church, put out quite a spread as usual for the last Lodge 321 meeting. Yes, there was cheese — thank heavens! — and Fred Church had sausage money... and it’s up to you whether you pay now or pay later. SNPJ now offers Roth IRAs in addition to our regular IRAs and annuities to help build a safe financial future for you and your family. We’ve helped build secure futures for our members for more than a century. Phone 1-800-843-7675 and we’ll be happy to help you too. bear-huggers! Lodge 321 must be after my heart; they have already started planning their June 8 picnic and spent a lot of time discussing the menu. Oh, how I hope there will be cheese! My girl Gail said something about pizza; I voted for extra cheese, and for held Jan. 30, 2014, at the Home Office, Imperial, Pa. The meeting was called to order at 2:15 p.m. by Chairman Clifford with Brothers Anderson, Hervol, Evanish and Lawrence in attendance. A motion was made by Bro. Anderson, second by Bro. Hervol, to approve the minutes of the Oct. 24, 2013, meeting. Motion approved. A motion was made by Bro. Hervol, second by Bro. Anderson, to approve the secretary’s (National Treasurer’s) report of bond purchases and disposals for the fourth quarter of 2013. Motion approved. Reviewed the portfolio and transactions for the period. Joined by phone conference at 3 p.m. with Wellington Management Company representatives Marc Mercurio, Mike Stack, Tim Antonelli and Liz Kleinerman. Discussion and questions on capital markets review by Mike Stack. The committee reviewed portfolio performance, outlook and strategy, portfolio compliance issues, and discussed current investment guidelines. The committee thanked the Wellington representatives for the presentation and ended the phone conference at 3:50 p.m. ACROSS 1. Hospital’s CAT and PET 6. Deadeye’s forte 9. Song “Sixteen ____” 13.Essay theme 14.Often precedes “bum” or “bunny” 15.Blender button 16.Swelling 17.*Princess fairy tale tormentor 18.In pieces 19.*Shooters and keepsies game 21.*Roald Dahl title character 23.It’s often served at Thanksgiving 24.Bad habit 25.As opposed to a hook or cross 28.Gauche or Droite in Paris 30.Store in a silo 35.Matured or cured 37.Short for returned 39.A hunter follows this 40.“Ta-ta!” in Italy 41.Self described “King of All Media” 43.Football great ____ Graham 44.Clumsy one 46.Black and white treat 47.Makes lacework, intertwines 48.Establishes 50.All excited 52.Get the picture Bro. Lawrence reported on securities received from the Bergant estate and subsequently sold. Discussion on portfolio duration and guidelines for maximum securities invested in less than A/A3 rated. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 4 p.m. by Bro. Hervol, second by Bro. Anderson. Motion approved. ROGER C. CLIFFORD Robert J. Lawrence Chairman Secretary Report of the Secretary for the period Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013 Purchases: 12/18/2013 10/2/2013 11/22/2013 11/18/2013 11/7/2013 11/18/2013 10/28/2013 11/6/2013 11/5/2013 12/4/2013 10/8/2013 10/17/2013 Security Description Continental Resource FREMF 13-K29 B FREMF 13-K35B Five Corners Funding Nationwide Mutual Nationwide Mutual Northern Trust Corp Pacific Gas & Electric Perrigo Co Thermo Fisher Scientific WFRBS 2013-C14 A4 Sacramento CA Sales or Full Calls: Disposal Date 11/15/2013 Security Description WMC Finance USA Coupon Rate Par Value 575,000 160,000 775,000 170,000 235,000 190,000 625,000 550,000 440,000 305,000 625,000 400,000 598,719 139,044 724,441 170,000 336,125 271,309 624,288 615,247 438,165 304,177 592,212 392,212 Cost Maturity Date Coupon Rate Par Value Consideration Gain/Loss 5.000 3.601 3.947 4.419 9.375 9.375 3.950 6.050 4.000 4.150 3.073 7.250 7.250 20,000 20,000 9/15/2022 5/25/2046 12/25/2041 11/15/2023 8/15/2039 8/15/2039 10/30/2025 3/1/2034 11/15/2023 2/1/2024 6/15/2046 8/1/2025 0 Maturity Date 11/15/2013 ROBERT J. LAWRENCE Secretary, Finance Committee PROSVETA Crossword Kids’ Classics all my girlfriends to be there! With a full belly and a smile on my face, I’m going to take a nap. Hopefully I will see all of my friends at the June 8 picnic. Please come. Even more importantly, let my girls know if you are coming so they can plan. Minutes of the Finance Committee Meeting Trade Date Uncle Sam wants your sandwiches. I am so jealous! I think my girl Hermina Gail has been getting too cozy with Pete November lately. But in his defense, Pete did share his cheese with me. Charles Paukovich shared lots of his food with me, and he is still one of my favorite (#0914) by StatePoint Media 53.*Told to go away in nursery rhyme 55.Affirmative action 57.*Double Dutch action 61.Set the boundaries of 65.Biblical patriarch 66.Grassland 68.*Harry Potter antagonist 69.Bed on a ship 70.Big galoot 71.Wading bird 72.Gaelic 73.Over the top 74.Must-haves DOWN 1. Kind of cell 2. Musical finale 3. Rich Little, e.g. 4. Not in my backyard, acr. 5. Relating to a musical scale 6. Nile reptiles 7. *He follows Mike on candy box 8. Dolphins’ home 9. South American Indian 10.Face-to-face exam 11.Egghead 12.___ _ good example 15.Plate used to hold bread during Eucharist, pl. 20.Eastern V.I.P.’s 22.*Highest card in “War” 24.One who is celebrated on special holiday 25.*a.k.a. Knucklebones 26.Catlike 27.Knockout or dandy 29.Obama’s special power 31.*Dick and Jane’s dog 32.I to Greeks, pl. 33.Fishes with a wormlike filament for luring prey 34.Jagged, like a leaf’s edge 36.*Pencil-and-paper game 38.Fortune-telling coffee remnants 42.Nobody 45.Switzerland metropolis 49.What 49ers did 51.*Little ______ Books 54.Ice house 56.Sad song 57.Agree 58.Substance abuser 59.*Looney Tunes’ Marvin was from here 60.Goose liver dish 61.Cuckoo 62.Filly’s mother 63.Coffee choice 64.Marines’ toy recipients 67.Chow down The solution to puzzle #0914 will run in the May 14 issue. © StatePoint Media 6 PROSVETA www.snpj.org • [email protected] April 30, 2014 Don’t miss the 50th anniversary of the Don Gorjup Open golf tournament by RICK GORJUP (158) CAL President CLEVELAND — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the CAL Don Gorjup Golf Open, so don’t miss out on your “golden” opportunity to attend. We always have a great bunch of golfers, and with our CAL representatives, friends and volunteers, this year’s outing should be the best! The outing is just 24 days away and we’re hoping for a record crowd. After the weather we had this past winter, we pray that Mother Nature treats us well. The 2014 CAL Don Gorjup Golf Open will be played at Rolling Green Golf Course in Huntsburg, Ohio, Saturday, May 24. With a 9 a.m. shotgun start, we ask that you arrive at the course by 8:15 a.m. for check-in at the pavilion. Here’s where you will pick up your goodie bags and scorecards before heading out on the links. Hot dogs and pivo will be available at the turn, and a great steak dinner will be awaiting at the 19th hole. This is always a fun day filled with meeting old friends and making new ones. And remember, ice cold beer, pop and bottled water will be free all day long! The entry fee of $75 per adult ($67 per youth) includes your greens fee, cart, prizes, a goodie bag, dinner, and a sandwich and beverage at the turn. We will once again offer our hole-inone prize, which awards $5,000 to the lucky golfer who attains that elusive ace. Prizes will be offered on other par-3 holes as well. As always, your friendly hostesses will be around to visit each foursome for a photo and a toast to Don. In celebration of our 50th anniversary, every golfer will receive a three-button polo golf shirt this year! Be sure to indicate your shirt size (S, M, L, XL or larger) on your entry form. The deadline to secure your correct size is May 1. Donations continue to roll in for our drawing, and we’re planning a few surprises as well. Call your golf buddies and sign up early. We hope to see you on a beautiful, sunny and warm Saturday, May 24! Lodge 33 member Sis. Janet Duzicky is giving back to Beaver County by SHANNON M. NASS for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette AMBRIDGE, Pa. — With roots running deep in Ambridge, Sis. Janet Rosenberger Duzicky (33) is committed to giving back to the Beaver County community in which she’s lived, learned and served. “It’s a great little town,” she said. “There are a lot of really good people and business owners that believe in it and want to see it thrive.” Ms. Duzicky is the new vice president of the Ambridge Area Chamber of Commerce, which represents Ambridge, Baden, Bell Acres, Economy, Fair Oaks, Harmony Township, Leet and Leetsdale. Organized in 1923, it’s one of the few community-based chambers left in the state. Born and raised in Am- bridge, and a graduate of Quigley Catholic High School, Ms. Duzicky comes from a family of six. Her father and brother were Ambridge business owners and community leaders. A longtime member of the chamber, she was the owner/operator of the former Mane Attraction Beauty Salon in Ambridge and now is a parttime stylist at Unique Choices Salon, also in Ambridge. She also has worked as a Realtor in Howard Hanna’s Sewickley office for 22 years, specializing in the Ambridge, Baden, and Economy and Harmony areas. Janet described her hometown as neighborly and very community-oriented, and said she enjoys selling homes there because it’s a great community in which to live and raise children. Her own community involvement includes being a board member of the Laughlin Memorial Free Library in Ambridge, a member of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, an active parishioner of Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge and a volunteer at Villa St. Joseph in Baden. She also volunteers with the non-profit organization Team Tassy, which helps Haitian families pull themselves out of poverty and be self-sustainable by helping them secure health care, education, employment and general family accompaniment services. The organization was founded by her nephew, Ian Rosenberger, and was inspired by a Haitian man, Tassy, who survived a lifethreatening tumor and is now working with Haitian families to help them achieve healthy and happy futures. Janet was one of Tassy’s hospital advocates when he had his surgery and said he is like an adopted child. She frequently travels to Haiti to work firsthand with the families to help them by helping them secure employment and establish a budget, which she said makes them responsible and helps them learn to live once they have an income. “I’ve been to Haiti, and I’ve seen it personally work,” she said. “They have to learn and they do, and they’re hungry for it.” Back home, Janet continues to draw on her strong belief in community, and through her new position she is working closely with the Ambridge council to re-establish a relationship, which she said has already been beneficial and Slovene Day at Kennywood tradition continues by KEVIN RICHARDS SNPJ Fraternal Director IMPERIAL, Pa. — Slovene Day at Kennywood Park is scheduled Monday, July 21. Imperial Lodge 106 and Chef Brian have stepped up once again to sponsor the Slovenian Kitchen this year. The kitchen will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., so be sure to stop over and grab a bite to eat while enjoying all the fun at Kennywood with fellow SNPJ members. The Grkmans will once again be on hand to greet all visitors to Kennywood Park with their upbeat music. They’re always a hit! We’ll see if we can have them provide some music while our members enjoy lunch. We’ll also be playing bingo in pavilion #3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Regular Fun Day Tickets are priced at $23.50, and Senior (55 years and older) Fun Day Tickets are $13.50. All tickets can be ordered by mailing a check, made payable to “SNPJ” and noting “Kennywood Tickets” on the memo line, to the SNPJ Home Office, Att’n: Kevin Richards, 247 West Allegheny Road, Imperial, PA 15126. If you have any questions, please contact me at the Home Office at 1-800-843-7675 or [email protected] I look forward to seeing everyone at Kennywood Park! Pioneer Lodge Helping Out the Community Photo submitted by Sis. Anita Vitous (559). On April 11, members of Pioneer Lodge 559 held a food drive collection for St. Mary’s Church in Lemont, Ill. The food collected and donated by Lodge 559 will be distributed to those in need in the Lemont community, where the Slovene Cultural Center is located. SNPJ Recommender Program I would like to introduce _________________________________________ Recommender Benefits • Receive $10 for each valid referral submitted. • Every valid referral earns the recommender one chance in the Quarterly Drawing for an opportunity to win $100. • Every valid referral also earns the recommender one chance in the Year-end Drawing for an opportunity to win $500 cash. By submitting one valid referral, you have the opportunity to earn a total of $610 in cash prizes! Sis. JANET DUZICKY (33), the current vice president of the Ambridge (Pa.) Area Chamber of Commerce. offer and the more people to get involved and want to make it go in the right direction, that’s going to make the flow of it go.” EDITOR’S NOTE: Shannon M. Nass is a freelance writer. This article was reprinted with permission from Pittsburgh PostGazette, copyright ©, 2014. All rights reserved. SNPJ Recreation Center 2014 Dance Schedule May 3 May 25 Nat’l. Bowling Tournament 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Party of Five (Gostilna) Memorial Day Weekend Dance 2 to 8 Joe Grkman Orch. & Turcola-Kravos Orch. June 7 June 15 June 22 June 28 Heritage Center Weekend 2 to 8 Eddie Rodick Orch. & Frank Stanger Orch. Val Pawlowski Radio Dance 3 to 7 Del Sinchak Orch. (Alpine Room) Western Pa. Federation Dance 2 to 6 Don Wojtila Orch. Turcola Polka Dance 5 to 9 Turcola-Kravos Orch. July 6 July 11-13 July 26 Val Pawlowski Radio Dance 3 to 7 Frank Moravcik Orch. (Alpine Room) SLOVENEFEST 2014Day-long Turcola Polka Dance 5 to 9 Turcola-Kravos Orch. Aug. 3 Aug. 9 Aug. 17 Aug. 31 Lodge 643 Annual Dance 3 to 7 Jack Vasko Orch. & Al-Ray Combo (Alpine Room) SNPJ Fraternal Weekend 3 p.m. to midnight Mansfield 5, Don Wojtila Orch. and Eddie Rodick Orch. Val Pawlowski Radio Dance 3 to 7 Wayne Tomsic Orch. (Alpine Room) National SNPJ Days* 2 to 8 Joe Grkman Orch. and Jack Tady Band (lower pavilion) *Denotes free dance Admission is $5. Dances are held in the upper pavilion unless otherwise noted. Schedule is subject to change. For information phone the SNPJ Recreation Center at 1-877-767-5732. Westmoreland County Federation of SNPJ Lodges Picnic Schedule 2014 The Evanstown Picnic Grove Evanstown, Pa. The grounds open at noon for SNPJ membership June 1 Mikey Dee’s Polka Picnic Mikey Dee and Skovenski bands 1 to 7 Please contact:___________________________________________ June 8 Pretty in Pink Benefit Picnic Silver Sky Duo 2 to 6 Address:________________________________________________ June 15 Steve Novosel’s Father’s Day Picnic 1 to 7 Frank Stanger and Dick Tady orchestras June 22 UMPAPA Polka Picnic June 28 Federation Oldies Dance Silver Sky Duo July 6 Prime Time Polkas Picnic 1 to 7 Klancnik & Friends and Silver Sky Duo July 20 Steve Novosel’s Polka Picnic Steve Meisner Band July 27 American Slovene Day Picnic Noon to 7 Frank Stanger Orchestra and more Aug. 10 Federation Picnic Karl Lukitsch Band 2 to 6 Aug. 24 Mikey Dee’s Polka Picnic Mikey Dee and The Polka Quads 1 to 7 Sept. 7 Jack Tady’s Polka Picnic Jack Tady Band and more 2 to 6 The SNPJ Recommender Program provides an opportunity for adult members to encourage family, friends, children and acquaintances to join the Slovene National Benefit Society and take advantage of SNPJ’s competitive products and numerous fraternal benefits. Not only will you be helping a friend and strengthening our Society, you’ll also be receiving benefits yourself. is a step in the right direction. Future plans also include a membership drive, increased marketing and advertising of member merchants, and holding various events such their annual Wine and Chocolate Walk. She said she has a lot of connections within the community and hopes to get more people involved, especially those businesses in the area that have never been involved with the chamber. A few new businesses have to come to the area in the last few years, and Janet said they are reaching out to them. New members bring new ideas, which she said is what keeps everything going and helps them stay current. “We need to all work together for the good of the town and the good of the businesses,” she said. “There’s a lot here to (Parent or guardian if under age 18) _______________________________________________________ City/State/Zip:____________________________________________ Phone: ( )__________________________________________ Indicate Preferred Agent____________________________________ (Optional) My Name:_______________________________________________ My Lodge Number:________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ City/State/Zip:____________________________________________ Phone: ( )__________________________________________ e-mail___________________________________________________ Each individual must be informed that an agent will contact him/her and the referral must have some interest in SNPJ in order for the recommender to be considered valid. Complete this coupon and return to Slovene National Benefit Society Att’n: Marketing Department 247 West Allegheny Road • Imperial, PA 15126 2 to 6 6 to 10 2 to 6 Sept. 21 Annual Grape Festival Noon to 7 Don Wojtila Band, Frank Stanger Orchestra, Silver Sky Duo, and more PROSVETA www.snpj.org • [email protected] April 30, 2014 La Salle Lodge 2 pays tribute to their Member of the Year by DELORES SPELICH Lodge 2 Secretary/Treasurer LA SALLE, Ill. — All Lodge 2 officers were present at our most recent meeting, and we were happy to have Anne Gregorich join us for the afternoon. Minutes from the previous gathering were read by Recording Secretary Eleanor Kuhar and approved. Financial Secretary Delores Spelich gave her report which was also approved. After discussing various issues, the group honored Vice President Jeannette Ravnikar as Member of the Year with a pretty gift. President Ray Miklavcic and our wonderful cook made delicious hot beef and pork sandwiches for our potluck lunch. Thank you to all the members who supplied goodies. Badger Jabber by BOB SMOLE Lodge 584 Milwaukee — It is becoming all too frequent that I open my article with news of the passing of one of our members, a member of our SNPJ Society for many years. Sis. Olga Mohr (nee Yerman) passed away April 5, 2014, at the age of 88. Sis. Mohr was the motivational leader and secretary behind the success of SNPJ Lily Lodge 764 from 1971 until 2013 when it merged with two other SNPJ Lodges in the Milwaukee area. Sis. Mohr transferred to Badger Lodge 584 during this merger. Her dedication to the SNPJ and the members of Lily Lodge 764 – as well as in the history of Lodge 764 and of SNPJ in the Milwaukee area – was remarkable, unrelenting and extremely significant. She was involved with the Lily Club Hall located near 21st and National Ave. in Milwaukee, as well as the former Lodge 764 Youth Circle 8. During Sis. Mohr’s 42 years of outstanding SNPJ service, she attended many Quadrennial Conventions as a delegate. Many years ago, Sis. Mohr was instrumental in forming the first committee for creating the Slovenian Heritage section – which still exists – in the Milwaukee County Museum. This committee laid the groundwork for this successful venture. I can still see Sis. Mohr guiding SNPJ youth members in the soda booth at Arcadian Park during the years of the annual SNPJ picnics. Youth Circle 8 members manned the booth selling soda, ice cream, candy bars and chips to raise funds for their Circle treasury. She was a retired employee of the Milwaukee County Hospital, and a former employee of CMSTP&P Railroad. Sis. Mohr was the beloved wife As we ate, we marveled at the lush green lawn outside the building. Then, all of a sudden, the snow started to come down... again! Goodbye, winter; hello, spring! Our next meeting will be Monday, May 12, at the Dickinson House in Oglesby, Ill., beginning at 1 p.m. If you know of an SNPJ member who is not receiving prosveta because they have changed addresses or moved into a nursing facility, please notify the SNPJ Home Office at 1-800-843-7675. Older members enjoy keeping up with their longtime friends through the paper. An invitation is extended to all snpj members and guests to attend our spring luncheon Monday, June 2, at Four Star Restaurant, Hwy. 80 in Peru, Ill., at 11:30 a.m. See you then. Lepa dan! of Bro. Don Mohr; the dear mother of Bro. James (Sis. Deborah) Mohr and Mary (David) Krocka; the loving grandmother of John Papp and Christopher Briggs; and great-grandmother of Aja, Rae and Jadyn. The family requests that memorials be donated to the SNPJ Scholarship Program. Sis. MaryCay Freiberg (584) represented SNPJ and the Badger Lodge at the Bevsek-Verbick Funeral Home by reading the Society Ritual. Badger Lodge 584 extends sincerest condolences to the Sis.Mohr’s family, relatives and many friends. Farewell and hvala, Sis. Olga Mohr. The SNPJ Youth Telegraphic Bowling tournament was rolled Sunday, March 30, at Lucky Lanes, newly re-opened under new owners/ operators Bro. Tom and Sis. Michelle Schweiger (584). Lucky Lanes is located at 5014 W. Howard Ave. You can visit their website at www. luckylanes.biz. A nice group of young SNPJ members had a wonderful time on the lanes, followed by a lunch sponsored by Badger Lodge 584. Sis. Mary Donovan handled the event, and I am sure she will follow up with some photos and details. The bowlers ranged in age from 5 to 15. It was amusing to watch the bowlers of various ages trying to do their best getting their balls to the pins and knocking them down... always a joy to watch! The Badger Lodge 584 regular meeting, held Thursday, April 10, at the Mary Queen of Heaven gym, was called to order at 7 p.m. by President Tim Donovan. All officers were in attendance with the exception of Recording Secretary Sis. Mary Donovan. In her absence, Sis. Jan Gehm was appointed recording secretary for this meeting. Following approval of the previous meeting’s minutes and the secretary/ treasurer’s reports, several official communications were presented. SNPJ Regions 1 and 2 slate 2014 Regional Fraternal Activity dates REGIONAL ACTIVITY FROM PAGE 1 Back in mid-December 2013, Lodge 2 members attended the “Huskie” Show at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Ill., prior to enjoying lunch. The next Lodge 2 lunch is planned June 2 at Four Star Restaurant in Peru, Ill. One referred to a community service project that is being handled by the delegates to this year’s SNPJ Young Adult Conference. The chairperson of this year’s project is Shannon Fetcko (138), and she has chosen the Jared Box Project. The Jared Box helps lift the spirits of chronically-ill children. The Jared Box is a shoebox-size plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, cards and games. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender, then are delivered to hospitals and are given to chronicallyill children. You can make a monetary donation to the SNPJ Jared Box Project or give from a list of items as indicated on the website www.thejaredbox.com. Donations should be sent to SNPJ, Att’n: Kevin Richards, 270 Martin Road, Enon Valley PA 16120; or to SNPJ, Att’n: Kevin Richards, 247 W. Allegheny Road, Imperial PA 15126. All donations should be mailed to arrive by June 18. The other communications regarded the delegates to the SNPJ Young Adult Conference and the TEL Workshop. The following Badger Lodge 584 delegates were nominated to attend the Young Adult Conference: Jeremy Gorgas, and Bryan and Eric Donovan. Karen Bolka, Amber and Carley Schweiger, Bailey Phalen and Tyler Trickle were elected to represent our Lodge at the TEL Workshop. Another election was held for Badger Lodge delegates attending the SNPJ Quadrennial Convention in Daytona Beach, Fla. Our convention delegates are Jeff Mlaker (automatic, as Lodge secretary), Sis. Kari Mlaker, and Brothers Bob Smole and Rudy Papa. The birthday song was sung in celebration for Brothers Jeff Mlaker, Bob Alpner and Rudy Papa. The attendance award winners were Brothers Tom Schweiger and Don Lesar. The meeting was adjourned and the traditional after-meeting social started, at which coffee and desserts ticipate in this fun day of fraternalism. We are pleased to announce the first-ever Regional Fraternal Activity planned for Region 1 as Region 1 Vice President Frank Bregar (87) plays host to Family Fun Day at Idlewild and Soakzone Monday, June 23. Voted “Best Kids Park in the World” by Amusement Today, Idlewild will provide Region 1 members with a perfect setting for family fun. Pavilion C3 will be reserved for SNPJ, so plan to bring a picnic lunch for your family. Tickets for Family Fun Day at Idlewild and Soakzone are priced at $24 each and can be purchased by sending a check, made payable to “SNPJ” with “Region 1” noted on the memo line, to Slovene National Benefit Society, Att’n: Fraternal Department, 247 West Allegheny Road, Imperial, PA 15126. We are still putting together details for events in other regions. As soon as these are finalized, I will report them. I look forward to seeing all of our members at these fraternal events. were available On Sunday, May 18, the USPEH Chorus will hold their 35th anniversary concert and dinner at Sacred Heart Church, 49th and W. Wells St., starting at 2 p.m. The cost to attend will be $20 to cover the concert, dinner, a CD and the “Let’s Sing” songbook. Make your plans now and contact Sis. MaryCay Freiberg at (414) 778-1464 or Sis. Jan Gehm at (414) 321-1413 for information and tickets. It’s not too early to start putting your foursomes together for the Tony Mlinar Sr. Memorial Golf Outing. Bro. Jerry Wucinski will be handling the entries again this year with assistance from committee members Brothers Tim Donovan, Bob Smole and Sal Sanicola. The date to mark on your calendar is Saturday, June 14, and the New Berlin Hills Golf Course will be the location again this year. Watch PROSVETA and the “Badger Jabber” column for additional details. This year’s Badger Lodge 584 annual picnic will be held Sunday, July 13, at Root River Picnic Area #1, as it has for the past few years. This event will start at about noon and run until 4 p.m. SNPJ members from all Lodges are welcome to participate. A fee of $6 per adult Badger Lodge member in good standing will be charged. NonBadger Lodge members will pay $9 per adult, and all children age 16 and under will be admitted free of charge. Your reservations and payments must be made in advance in order for the committee to estimate food and beverage needs, plus avoid any money exchange at the picnic. The admission donations cover the park rental, food and drink (beer and soda) expenses. This is a family-style picnic for socializing, acquainting or re-acquainting yourself with other SNPJ members and families. You will receive a wristband for attendance. It is extremely important that all advance registrations and payments be submitted by July 1. Send your PROSVETA 2014 Publication Dates JANUARY 2014 1234 5678 9 1011 12131415161718 19202122232425 262728293031 7 MAY 2014 SEPTEMBER 2014 1 2 3 123456 456789 10 7 8 910111213 11 12 13 14151617 14 15 16 17181920 18192021222324 21222324252627 25 26 27 28293031 282930 advance payment to Tim and/or Mary Donovan, 4190 W. Carpenter Ave., Greenfield, WI 53221-2506, then watch the “Badger Jabber” column for information as it becomes available. As in past years, we are inviting all SNPJ members to attend; all are welcome. Sis. Mary and Bro. Tim Donovan have been taking on this responsibility for the past several years, so if you are planning on attending please give them a call at (414) 817-0192. Please don’t wait until the last minute to make a reservation. We need these counts to ensure that we have sufficient food and drink available that day. Please send in your responses as soon as possible to Bro. or Sis. Donovan at the address above. Save the date of Saturday, Oct. 18, when “Four Guys in Dinner Jackets” will perform for a KSKJ matching fund fund-raiser at St. John’s the Evangelist Church, 8500 W. Cold Spring Road in Greenfield, Wis. For additional information contact Sis. Jan Gehm at (414) 321-1413. The next regular Badger Lodge 584 meeting will take place on the second Thursday of the month, Thursday, May 8, at the Mary Queen of Heaven gym, 2360 S. 106th St. in West Allis, Wis., starting at 7 p.m. Following the business meeting we will have our regular post-meeting social with coffee and desserts. We sit around to drink coffee and eat the wonderful desserts that are brought each month for us – and we enjoy every minute of it! Our thanks to those who have that wonderful baking ability, and many thanks as well to the kitchen committee of Sisters Rose Chepeck and Kari Mlaker, and to Bro. Bob Alpner for making sure that all is cut and ready for consumption. These socials are also the time when the “brainstorming” goes on. So come on out and “storm your brain” with us; we would love to storm with you. 2014 Miss SNPJ Pageant Official Entry Form Entrants must be between the ages of 17-25 by Dec. 31, 2014, and an SNPJ member in good standing for at least three months. NAME__________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ _______________________________________________ CITY/STATE/ZIP__________________________________ FEBRUARY 2014 JUNE 2014 OCTOBER 2014 1 1234567 1234 23456788 9 10 11121314 56789 10 11 9101112131415 15161718192021 12 13 14 15161718 16171819202122 22 23 24 25262728 19202122232425 232425262728 29 30 26 27 28 293031 PHONE ( MARCH 2014 JULY 2014 NOVEMBER 2014 1 12345 1 2345678 6789101112 2345678 9101112131415 13141516171819 9101112131415 16171819202122 20 21 22 23242526 16171819202122 23242526272829 2728293031 23 24 25 26272829 3031 30 AUGUST 2014 APRIL 2014 1 2 DECEMBER 2014 1 2345 3456789123456 6789 10 11 12 10111213141516 789 10111213 13141516171819 17 18 19 20212223 14151617181920 20212223242526 24252627282930 21 22 23 24252627 27282930 31 28293031 GRANDPARENTS’ NAMES_________________________ Publication dates are highlighted in black boxes; deadline dates are circled. The deadline for submissions is noon on the Monday a week prior to the issue date, unless otherwise noted above or on the front page. Submissions may be mailed to PROSVETA at 247 West Allegheny Road, Imperial, PA 15126; faxed to (724) 695-1555; e-mailed to [email protected]; or submitted via the Publications section of the SNPJ web site, www.snpj.org. )___________________________________ E-MAIL__________________________________________ BIRTH DATE_____________________________________ POLICY NUMBER_________________ LODGE_________ PARENTS’ NAMES________________________________ _______________________________________________ HOBBIES_______________________________________ I will compete in the Miss SNPJ talent competition YESNO Type of talent________________________________ (NOTE: Talent is not necessarily proficiency on a musical instrument or singing ability. Creativity is encouraged. Everybody has a talent.) On a separate sheet of paper and in your own words, please describe any school honors you have received, and any organizations, clubs and activities you were involved with. Be sure to include specific SNPJ Youth Circle, Lodge or Federation activities. Mail completed application, along with a clear, color photo, to: Slovene National Benefit Society Att’n: Fraternal Director 247 West Allegheny Road Imperial, PA 15126-9774 Application Deadline: June 9, 2014 8 PROSVETA www.snpj.org • [email protected] April 30, 2014 SNPJ fraternal sympathies Sis. ROSE ANGELO (87) Sis. Rose Angelo • Lodge 87 • HERMINIE, Pa. — The members of Lodge 87 sadly report the Sept. 4, 2013, passing of Sis. Rose Angelo, 98, of Mt. Lebanon, Pa. She was an 82-year member of the Society, having outlived her SNPJ life insurance policy in September 2011. Sis. Angelo was born July 5, 1915, in Somerset County, Pa., a daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Vozel) Batis. She grew up in Herminie, where she became a member of SNPJ Lodge 87. She resided in Library, Pa., (now South Park) for many years until moving in with her daughter in Mt. Lebanon. On Nov. 15, 1937, Rose married the late Michael “Pie” Angelo. He worked as a coal miner until developing black lung, then went into business as a dry cleaner. In addition to her SNPJ membership, Sis. Angelo was also a member of Prime Time Adult Care Center, Bethel Park, Pa. Rose was a gentle woman who enjoyed reading, crocheting, and playing solitaire and bingo. Surviving are three children, Josephine “Josie” Swentosky, Michael (Margaret) Angelo Jr. and Gerald “Jerry” (Marcy) Angelo; a sister, Sophie Gigliotti; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. SNPJ Crossword world landmarks (#0814) solution She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Mary “Mitzi” Battista; two brothers, Joseph Batis Jr. and John Batis; and a son-inlaw, John Swentosky. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Sis. Angelo Sept. 10, 2013, in St. Joan of Arc Church, South Park. On behalf of the members of Lodge 87 and the Slovene National Benefit Society, we offer our sympathies to Sis. Angelo’s family, relatives and friends on their loss. Bro. Daniel L. Moncilovich • Lodge 138 • STRABANE, Pa. — With sadness, the members of Lodge 138 report the March 7, 2014, passing of Bro. Daniel L. Moncilovich, 74, formerly of Canonsburg, Pa., in Conowingo, Md. He was a 58-year SNPJ member. Bro. Moncilovich was born Oct. 31, 1939, in Canonsburg, a son of the late Daniel and Rose Verdinick Moncilovich. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Prior to his retirement, he owned and operated the Village Center Inn in Swedesboro, N.J. Surviving are two sons, Daniel and Glen; a stepson, Steven Baxter; three grandchildren; a brother, Gerald Helmick; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Alan Moncilovich. A memorial service for Bro. Moncilovich was held March 28 in Forest Lawn Gardens Cemetery Memorial Chapel, McMurray, Pa. On behalf of the members of Lodge 138 and the Slovene National Benefit Society, we offer our condolences to Bro. Moncilovich’s family, relatives and friends on their loss. Sis. Velma O. K apel • Lodge 677 • DETROIT — The members of Lodge 677 sadly report the March 12, 2014, passing of Sis. Velma O. Kapel, 81, originally of Detroit, in Granite View Adult Care Home, Prescott, Ariz., where she was receiving care for Alzheimer’s Disease. Velma was born in Detroit on April 23, 1932, to Daniel and Velma (Snyder) Obed. When Velma was 15 months old, her mother passed away. Her father married Margaret Steffler, and five years later her sister, Margery Obed, was born. Music was always an important part of the Obed household. At age 5, Sis. Kapel began learning piano, and she sang solos in the first grade. She began singing at the Slovenian Hall at the age 9, where she was regularly asked to sing the National Anthem for banquets and programs. Sis. Kapel met her future husband, Stanley Jack Kapel, at the Slovenian Hall. The two were married in 1955 and had three children, Garth, Valerie and Diane. Velma worked within the Detroit Public School System until she married. While at home with her children, Velma volunteered at the library, learned to type braille, and sang with her husband and various groups. After her children were in middle school, Velma returned to the workforce and worked at several different advertising agencies throughout Detroit. She was very involved in the Melvindale Slovene American Club, volunteering as secretary for several years. Sis. Kapel was known best as “the Slovenian Nightingale,” a name given to her for her beautiful soprano voice. She and Stan performed Slovenian music on a regular basis. In 1972 they began performing Slovenian songs around the country, wearing traditional Slovenian costume. Stan spoke fluent Slovenian; Velma didn’t speak any! When they performed, Stan would teach Velma the pronunciation and meaning of lyrics so she could sing the songs with feeling. Some may argue that Velma was really best known for her baking. She loved to make strudels, napoleons, potica and unique cookies. An event at the Slovene Hall was not the same unless Velma brought her strudel. At Christmas, people hoped to be on her list, as they would receive a plate filled with her baked goods in lieu of traditional gifts. Stan died in June 1995. Velma continued to live in the Detroit area until 2009 when she moved to North Carolina to live with her daughter Diane. Her Alzheimer’s Disease progressed rapidly, and in 2011 she was moved to Arizona to be in a care home near her daughter Valerie. Sis. VELMA O. KAPEL (677) Velma is survived by her three children, Garth (Darlene) Kapel, Valerie (David) Burns and Diane (Kapel) Douglass; grandchildren Kendra, Garrett, Tara, Travis, Kevin, Lauren, Emma and Evan; great-grandchild Deven; and her sister, Margery Obed. At her request, Sis. Kapel’s ashes will be spread in Enon Valley, Pa., in the same location where she spread the ashes of her husband. A memorial celebration for Velma and her sister-in-law, Dorothy (Kapel) Golze, will be held Saturday, June 21, at the Melvindale Slovene American Club. The family welcomes all who can attend. Donations may be made in Velma’s name to the Slovene American Club, 18616 Allen Road, Melvindale, MI 48122, to the attention of Anita Martincic, treasurer. On behalf of the members of Lodge 677 and the Slovene National Benefit Society, our sympathies are extended to Sis. Kapel’s family, relatives and friends on their loss. In Memory Sis. Marilyn D. A amodt • Lodge 786 • 50th CAL Don Gorjup Open Golf Tournament May 24, 2014 at Rolling Green Golf Course, Huntsburg, OH 9 a.m. Shotgun Start Men Check Entry: Ladies Name Lodge Youth Phone Hdcp. 1. 2. 3. 4. The $75 entry fee covers greens fees, cart, prizes, dinner, and sandwich and beverage at the turn. Youth entry fee is $67. Return this form, along with entry fees, to: Rick Gorjup 7180 Kory Ct., Concord, OH 44077-2221 Phone: (440) 354-5001 [H] or (440) 773-3233 [C] Make checks payable to SNPJ Cleveland Athletic League (CAL) ENTRY DEADLINE IS MAY 18, 2014 The Home Office will verify all memberships. Complete tournament rules are available by contacting the SNPJ Fraternal Department, 247 West Allegheny Road, Imperial, PA 15126. 2014 SNPJ Western Pa./Slovene Federation Golf Tournament Saturday, June 7, 2014 Shotgun start: 1 p.m. Rolling Green Golf Course, Eighty Four, PA Auspices of Lodge 138 Men Check Entry: Women Name Lodge No. 1. 2. 3. ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — The members of Lodge 786 sadly announce the March 14, 2014, passing of Sis. Marilyn D. Aamodt, a loyal and active member of the Society. Sis. Aamodt became a member of Orange Coast Lodge 786 a few years after its organization, and she immediately began taking part in our meetings and activities. She loved music and dressing in her various costumes to brighten the surroundings at our dances, dinners and wine tasting picnics. We could always count on Marilyn to work the admissions table and greet our guests during special parties and cultural exchanges. She knew everyone in the “polka world” as she took part in every club that promoted dances in Sis. MARILYN D. AAMODT (786) Southern California. Sis. Aamodt organized monthly jam sessions at the German Phoenix Club in Anaheim, Calif., for accordion players to gather and play their music, dance, and enjoy a delicious meal. The Phoenix Club has been a popular place for food and music for many years, but it was Marilyn’s idea to showcase Southern California’s musicians, many of whom were retired, participated in various polka bands, or just enjoyed playing for family and friends. I think button boxes and accordions that hadn’t been touched in a while came out of closets on those nights, but all were very talented musicians that enjoyed meeting others with the same interest. For about nine years, the second Thursday of each month was filled with accordion music in Orange County. A lot of people came just to enjoy listening to the music and meeting with friends. Every evening the grand finale was (and I believe will continue to be) Marilyn’s favorite, “Daj, daj, srcek nazaj.” Everyone could play this simple tune, and they would join together to finish off the evening with spirits high. Many members of SNPJ, the Fontana Button Box Club and the Phoenix Club will remember Sis. Aamodt for her steadfast leadership in bringing so many together with this special music. She was also extremely active for many years in competitive ice skating. As a skater and later a judge, she contributed greatly to this sport. A memorial evening for Sis. Aamodt was celebrated at the Phoenix Club on April 10. The large dining area was packed with people who loved Marilyn and wanted to pay their respects. Sis. Aamodt leaves four children and six grandchildren. Our sincere sympathy is extended to her family and those closest to her. She will be missed. Submitted by Sis. Jean Koci Orange County, Calif., Lodge 786 A change of date for the W. Pa. Golf Tournament by RYAN BRUMBAUGH Lodge 138 STRABANE, Pa. — The date of the Western Pa. Golf Tournament has been changed to Saturday, June 7, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. This is a change from our usual Sunday tournament date, and with the shotgun start we will be limited to a maximum of 72 golfers with paid entry fees. Please arrive at the golf course by 12:30 p.m. to check in and receive card assignments. This year’s entry fee is $65 per person and includes golf, a cart, one hot dog, a steak dinner, and a contribution to the prize fund. As usual, we will have many Senior Corner by CARL ZVANUT Lodge 107 DEVON, Pa. — We’ve been through a lot of snow this winter. The bigger weather problem, however, was the accompanying ice; the kind that damages, mostly trees that fall under the weight of ice on their branches. But we lucked out through all of it. Although, the several storms we had weren’t important to me because I was confined to the house – because of my door prizes and drawings at the Lodge 138 Hall following golf. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. at Lodge 138 in Strabane, and the Lodge will be hosting the Billy Rapp and The Messengers band after dinner in the clubroom. The deadline for registration is May 16. Entry forms age, not the elements. I couldn’t do much about that, but Christmas came to the rescue to help spend my idle time a little more productively with a Barnes & Noble “Nook.” In case you don’t know what that is (I didn’t), the Nook is an e-reader developed by Barnes & Noble. For me, the e-reader was my first step into a new world where I was learning from day one. To make a long story short, I was sufficiently proficient enough after a month or so to feel comfortable with its chief quirk: changing the image without being asked. To get that far, I spent some time on and fees will be accepted in person at Lodge 138 or by mail: SNPJ Lodge 138, 269 Latimer Ave., Strabane, PA 15363. Make checks payable to “SNPJ Lodge 138.” Please include a contact name and phone number on your entry form for confirmation by the tournament committee. the web looking at sites on Nooks, got help from a few experienced users, and went back to the Barnes & Noble store. I found two Barnes & Noble sites: one had a discussion titled “How do I get books onto the Nook?” with a question and answer section, and another titled “Nook Tablet: Frequently Asked Questions.” Those Q&A sections, advice from experienced family members, and a lot of trial and error took me through the learning experience sufficiently enough to feel comfortable with the e-reader. But the image still changes without being asked. Take part in the pageantry during this year’s Slovenefest 4. The $65 per person entry fee covers green fees, cart and prizes. The entry fee is non-refundable. Field limited to the first 72 entries. Return this form, along with entry fees, to: SNPJ Lodge 138, c/o Golf Tournament 269 Latimer Ave., Strabane, PA 15363 Phone: (724) 745-9860 Make checks payable to SNPJ Lodge #138 ENTRY DEADLINE IS MAY 16, 2014 The Home Office will verify all memberships. Complete tournament rules are available by contacting the SNPJ Fraternal Department, 247 West Allegheny Road, Imperial, PA 15126. MISS SNPJ PAGEANT FROM PAGE 1 guests at a special reception with the SNPJ National Board and other dignitaries. And since this year marks the SNPJ 110th anniversary, I’m sure there will be more great things added to the agenda. The young woman who is crowned Miss SNPJ 2015 will win a $2,000 scholarship award. Miss SNPJ will have the opportunity to travel to SNPJ events across the country, and she will appear on the 2015 SNPJ calendar. The winner of the Miss Activity crown will be awarded a $1,200 scholarship; Miss Talent will receive an $800 scholarship. Participation in the pageant fulfills the activity requirement of the SNPJ Scholarship Program. Miss SNPJ Pageant contestants always have a great time during the weekend with the all-star treatment they receive. Young ladies who enter the pageant before June 1 will receive a special early-bird bonus of $50, and all pageant contestants will receive a $50 participant award. The Miss SNPJ Pageant Booster Fund is currently accepting donations. Any donation, large or small, will be appreciated and will be recognized in the pageant program. Checks can be made payable to “SNPJ,” noting “Miss SNPJ Pageant” on the memo line, and mailed to Slovene National Benefit Society, Att’n: Fraternal Department, 247 West Allegheny Road, Imperial, PA 15126.
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