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Official Publication of the Slovene National Benefit Society
USPS: 448-080
ISSN: 1080-0263
History awaits entrants in the Miss SNPJ Pageant
SNPJ Fraternal Director
Up-and-Coming Calendar of Events.......... 2
Slovenska Stran......................................... 4
PROSVETA Crossword Puzzle.................. 5
SNPJ Recommender Coupon.................... 6
SNPJ Fraternal Sympathies....................... 8
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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
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
Miss SNPJ 2014
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
While in Washington,
Ashley had the
opportunity to meet
the Ambassador of
Japan, Kenichiro
Sasae, and his wife.
Activities set
for Region 1
and Region 2
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
Bylaw change affects National Board candidacy
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.
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,, to complete an online
Recommender form and get a head start
on your reward.
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April 30, 2014
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.
— 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
1-800-843-7675 (THE SNPJ)
Fax: (724) 695-1555
e-mail: [email protected]
web site:
Jay Sedmak
Associate Editor:
Kimberly Gonzalez
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(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:
e-mail: [email protected]
Have something for
Type of Event
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Who to contact
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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.
SNPJ Fraternal Director
[Right] ASHLEY and
her escort, Bro. Mike
Brately (158),
before the Cherry
Blossom Grand Ball.
Spring blossoms for Miss SNPJ 2014
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
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
Lodge 153
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.
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 kevinrichards22@
• 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 • [email protected]
April 30, 2014
New hires will help
complete forest cleanup
SNPJ Marketing Department
Aiming for 100
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.
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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
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.
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
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).
PROSVETA • [email protected]
30. Aprila 2014
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
“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
ZAPOR - “Zakaj pa ti sediš?”
vpraša kaznjenec sojetnika. - “Noge me bolijo!”
Eden najlepših
HEADLINE: One of the
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
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
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
“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.
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.
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
PROSVETA • [email protected]
April 30, 2014
SNPJ Young Adults filling Jared Boxes for community service project
SNPJ Fraternal Director
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
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. 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
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.
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.
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
The committee thanked the Wellington representatives for the presentation and ended the
phone conference at 3:50 p.m.
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
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
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
Report of the Secretary for the period Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013
Security Description
Continental Resource
FREMF 13-K29 B
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
Security Description
WMC Finance USA
Coupon Rate
Par Value
Maturity Date
Coupon Rate
Par Value
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
Maturity Date
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
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
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53.*Told to go away
in nursery rhyme
55.Affirmative action
57.*Double Dutch action
61.Set the boundaries of
65.Biblical patriarch
68.*Harry Potter antagonist
69.Bed on a ship
70.Big galoot
71.Wading bird
73.Over the top
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
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
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
45.Switzerland metropolis
49.What 49ers did
51.*Little ______ Books
54.Ice house
56.Sad song
58.Substance abuser
59.*Looney Tunes’ Marvin
was from here
60.Goose liver dish
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
PROSVETA • [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
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
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!
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.”
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
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
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)
Phone: (
Indicate Preferred Agent____________________________________
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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
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April 30, 2014
La Salle Lodge 2 pays tribute
to their Member of the Year
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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.
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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,
BIRTH DATE_____________________________________
POLICY NUMBER_________________ LODGE_________
PARENTS’ NAMES________________________________
I will compete in the Miss SNPJ talent competition
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
PROSVETA • [email protected]
April 30, 2014
SNPJ fraternal sympathies
Sis. Rose Angelo
• Lodge 87 •
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
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.
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
Check Entry:
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)
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
Check Entry:
— 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
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
Lodge 138
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
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
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
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.
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.