What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2011-05-25 11:34:33
Issue #: 102

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From missile defense to shale gas, President Barack Obama will reaffirm a U.S. commitment to Poland's security on a variety of fronts when he pays his first, long-awaited visit to Poland on May 27-28. Relations with Poland, one of Washington's most loyal NATO allies, are back on a more even keel after a few wobbles early in this administration when the president was sometimes seen as indifferent to central Europe and its security concerns. The President will discover an increasingly self-confident, economically booming Poland that is making its voice heard on global issues from Belarus to the Arab Spring as it prepares to assume the European Union's rotating six-month presidency on July 1.
Obama has already been several times in Europe, but has not yet paid a visit to Poland. Last year the eruption of the Icelandic volcano forced Obama to cancel his visit to Poland where he was to attend the funeral of President Lech Kaczyński. There were fears that the recent eruption of another Icelandic volcano might cancel this visit the president adjusted his travels to make sure it didn’t happen.  Learn more about the visit here and look for updates later in the week on PolishYoungstown’s Facebook.

Let’s hope that while Obama is meeting with government officials, the topic of the Visa Waiver Program is addressed. The Secure Travel and Counterterrorism Partnership Act of 2011 would make it that Polish citizens, like most other Europeans, can travel here without requiring them to endure the red tape and pay the hefty fees to apply for visas. After years of continued hard work on the part of the Polish American Congress, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Congressman Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), have spearheaded bipartisan legislation to include Poland in the Program. But it will only become law through concerted and energetic political action on the part of all members of Polonia; we need to let our Congressional delegation know this is important to us.  YOU personally need to make sure Sens. Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R) and Rep.Tim Ryan know this is important to you. So we’ve made it as easy as possible for you...a suggested draft of the letter is available here. Cut and paste it into the above links or download it and mail it he old fashioned way. Either way, just act now! Together we can finally get this unfair burden off of our Polish brethren.

Let’s have a round of applause for the young women of the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle. Last Saturday night, Sara Katrenich was selected as the lead debutante at the Polish National Alliance District 9 Debutante Ball. In addition to scholarship money, Sara will be representing the region at the PNA national convention in Minneapolis in August. On Saturday night, three of the group’s core dancers-Heather Foust, Lexxi Haluska and D’Ella Heschmeyer-will have their moment in the limelight at 2:30 on Saturday when they are contestants in the 2011 Junior Miss United States Polka Association pageant. The event is part of the USPA’s three-day convention at the Cleveland South Double Tree Hotel. Contestants will be judged on an on stage question, appearance, poise and enjoyment in dance. Sto Lat girls!

Mark your calendars now for Polish Happy Hour in June. Under the direction of former PHH Chair and ever smiling Tom Kusiowski II, we  head to the Davis Center at MillCreek Park on Thursday, June 9th 5:30- 10 PM. To mark summer solstice, albeit a bit early, we will host Sobotka. But instead of young Polish maidens dressed in white, with wreaths of yellow and white wild flowers upon their heads, it will be you making and setting afloat your candled wreaths on the Lake Glacier. Will it help you find a mate? No guarantees but worth trying your luck!  New this year: Live music by the fun, zany, and truly unique Chardon Polka Band. Get a taste of their spin on polka here.

As long as you have your datebook out, don’t forget to mark in Simply Slavic. The first-ever downtown festival created specifically to celebrate Youngstown’s Slavic community, this fun event will take place on Saturday, June 18th from Noon-11 PM on Federal Plaza East. The event will include a baking contest, live music, folk dance performances, homemade food, children’s learning areas, educational exhibits and workshops and ethnic vendors. A Slavic Beer garden and Euro Disco will end the night! Check out the website and see how you can join in the fun!

Pinchers Wanted
The pierogi kitchen at St. Stan's Church is in serious need of help as 'Pierogi Dorothy" finishes up the last two weeks of the season.  Anyone that is able to help out on Wednesday nights (May 25th and June 1st) between 5:30 and 9 PM would be a warmly welcomed. If you’d rather jump in during the daytime, pierogi pinching also takes place Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 7 AM - 1PM. Come for the whole time or only an hour. Our version of the modern day quilting bee, pinching can be loads of fun!

...May 27-29 United States Polka Association Annual Convention, Cleveland... June 4-5 St. Joseph the Provider Festival, Campbell...June 18th Simply Slavic ...June 25th Veteran’s Monument Dedication in Peterson Park, Poland...Aug. 28th Polish Day 2011.

Do Zobaczenia!
Your PolishYoungstown Team


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