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What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
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Poland under Water
A flood wave moving down the
thru central Poland for the last week has spared Warsaw, but flood waters on the
River, on the
border with Germany in the western part of the country, are now threatening towns in the German federal state of Brandenburg.
that have claimed 15 lives to date. The damage is being blamed partially on the country’s 50,000 beavers. Apparently the animals
build tunnels in dams and embankments along the river weakening them. In response, authorities have increased the hunting quota on beavers. Officials are beginning to tally the financial toll as well, estimating $240 million in damage to the country’s road network. Poland’s top insurer PZU, went public just a week before the flood and as of late Friday already had recorded more than 20,000 claims. Analysts expect the numbers to spike when residents in northern regions start assessing the damage. Total damage may exceed $2.5 billion.
The focus on rising water has done little to distract people from the
airplane accident investigation
The Moscow News
is reporting that pilot error has been blamed for the plane crash which killed Polish president Lech Kaczynski and 96 others . Earlier today officials confirmed that Poland’s air force chief, General Andrzej Błasik was in the cockpit at the time of the crash. According to some reports, the crew had attempted to land the plane four times.
There is some speculation Błasik’s prescence means the crew was being pressured to land despite the conditions. Read the latest
In less frantic times, the rehabilitation of Polish astronomer
) would be headline news. Last weekend, the Roman Catholic Church ceremoniously reburied him after 500 years in a tomb in the medieval cathedral at Frombork on the Baltic coast. It is seen as a final sign of the Church’s repentance for its treatment of the scientist over his theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun, declared heretical by the Vatican in 1616. Learn more about it
Locally, we experienced our own realizations at the
YSU’s Prof. Brian
Bonhomme did a wonderful job prefacing the viewing of Andrzej Wajda’s Academy Award nominated film with a history lesson to put the topic in perspective. A collaborative effort with the university’s History Department and Club, the well-attended screening prompted both insightful and heated discussion afterward.
Our community outreach on the weekend when we joined with members of Poland Village’s
Town One Streetscapes
to do spring gardening clean up and planting. What started out as a dreary day ended up sunny and a lot of fun. After working on the bridges and around the
sculpture, the group drove to the Riverside Cemetery to inspect the possible location for Krakusy veteran memorial relocation. More info on that to come soon!
Wednesday May 26
will be your last chance to participate in
Come out, learn to “pinch" and help stock the St. Stan's freezer for all those graduation party and wedding orders. There are May devotions too, so you can come for the devotions at 6 PM and head downstairs afterward. There will be pinching as usual on Thursday morning from about 7 AM till 1:00 PM.
Plans are underway for two very fun events:
: Polish Happy Hour at the Gardens and
Polish Night at the Indians
. Check out the details on our website. You don’t want to miss the chance to enjoy these two events. Here are a few more things on our calendar …
Polish Singers Alliance of America
triennial conference May 27-30 in Buffalo…
is Sat. May 29
features the Polkatones …
Three Poles Walk into a Bar Comedy Tour
at the Youngstown Club
on June 5
American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC)
Youth Leadership Conference
in Washington, D.C. June 20-26.
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