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I am happy to post such positive responses that we receive from readers like these. We ask that interested contributors send information about their activities and events to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Phil Hrvatin

November 9, 2009

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Subject: Info on Pianecki family from Cleveland

Hi, all !Thought I would refresh my request for ANY information that you could possibly give me regarding my family -- The Pianecki family.  Mom was Victoria, her sisters were Anne Kristoff(married to Frank) and Mary Petric(married to Joe); dad was John.  They had a bakery in the 30s on St. Clair and a ice cream stand on E. 185 in the 50s.  My brothers are Joe (deceased) a drummer with many Cleveland-style polka bands and Johnny who played button box but never recorded -- should have. If there is anyone in your reading audience who knows anything about my family from those early days, I surely would like to hear about it.  My mom is 98 and living at Gateway Health Center in Euclid and Johnny is in Homestead One in Painesville. Thanks again.Viki Tucker Pianecki

Hi Vicky,

Let me post this and see if we get a response.

Phil Hrvatin

Thank you so much.  I really do appreciate it.

I had a real surprise yesterday.  I GOOGLED the name PIANECKI and a ROBERT PIANECKI showed up apparently living in Slovenia.  As far as I knew there weren't any other Pianeckis other than in Cleveland -- especially with that spelling because when my grandfather came to America in the late 1800s, it was spelled entirely different.  My dad never mentioned or visited any Pianecki family members when we were in the old Yugoslavia.  Robert was listed on Facebook and I sent a message to him but I haven't gotten a response yet.  Perhaps he doesn't speak English ! ! !   I'm curious to see what will become of it.

Thanks again for your assistance.


October 25, 2009

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Thanks for that great newsletter, Phil ........ again. I really feel in touch with the culture after going through your newsletter. There is so much going on in Cleveland; I am truly envious.  Thank you again for all you do!   Norm Setnicker, Twin Cities Slovenians.


Phil--Many thanks for sending me this publication--it's really full of a great deal of Slovenian news that is of interest to me--I appreciate your thoughtful consideration.

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Hi, Phil,

This is a link to the interview that Slovenian national radio did with me and my boss on Friday, 9th.

And there is another piece that Vlasta Jesenicnik did and it was on national news at 10PM shortly after the one mentioned in CleSlo.

The last starts at about 3:20.

Lep pozdrav,
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I am trying to find my husband's family without much luck.  His grandmother was Helen Hrvatin who died in 1940 when his mother, Lucy, was 11 years old.  One aunt told me she thought Helen's mother was a Sustarsic.  We do know her father was a Hrvatin but I have no first name and there are a lot of Hrvatins in the Cleveland area.  Any info you might have is greatly appreciated.

My husband's name is Jeff Skapin and is son of Ed and Lucy (Bezek) Skapin formerly of Euclid.  His grandparents were Tony and Kristina Skapin and Louis Bezek (and Helen Hrvatin).  They all lived in Cleveland.  They were such wonderful people, lived on St. Clair and I remember we would go to the Slovenian Home down the street.

I do have some records from the family, but the names just aren't matching up so I thought I might write and ask if anyone knows who Helen was.  Thank you so much and I love your website - what a wonderful center you have.  Take care and thank you again for any info you can provide.

Jill Hinig Skapin  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kent, Ohio


Hi Phil--Thank you so much for sending me the Cleveland Newletter.  I am delighted.  It seems like there is something going on in Cleveland all the time.  Boy, I wish I lived there.  I do attend many of the Slovene functions here and today I attended the 100th anniversary of lodge 202, a Croatian Society where President Luketich was the main speaker.  I hope I get a chance to meet you sometime.  I will be attending the SNPJ Convention next year.  Keep up the good work. You do a terrific job with the Cleveland Slovenian Newsletter.  Thanks again for having me on your mailing list.  Sincerely Grace Doerk

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October 12, 2009

Phil - a thousand thanks for sending us this link - really great info.


The Mozil Family  Concord Township, Ohio

October 10, 2009

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October 10, 2009


Thanks for listing our website on your

Mir in dobro.

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Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
739 Browns Line
Toronto, Ontario Canada

October 10, 2009


I just got done reading the newsletter and I am not only impressed but delighted to learn of all the activities going on, especially in Cleveland. You are doing a great job. Being out of the scene since 53 makes the newsletter extra special to me. I did not realize all the activities. Keep up the good work.

Col. Robert L. Vidrick, Sr (Ret'd)
7355 Dress Blue Circle
Mechanicsville, VA 23116


August 18, 2009

Dear Philip,

I would like to tell you how much your newsletter means to me. I was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Primorska and I fell in love with Slovenia. I was able to visit Ljubljana this summer, a city I believe, is the most beautiful in the world and a cultural capital that is spectacular. Thank you so very much Philip for your fantastic newsletter. It makes me feel so close to the country I adore and miss so profoundly.

Dr. Judi Bachay

August 17, 2009

Dear Mr. Hrvatin:

This last Cleveland Slovenians Newsletter is exceptionally rich and impressive. Thank you for all skills and hard work invested in it!


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Thank you for such an outstanding newsletter this month...My Mother's parents were Slovenian and we lived in their house. All of my relatives and family has died and this newsletter brings back so many memories.

I try to keep as many traditions that I can and make Potica every Christmas. Thank you again so much.

Can you give me the link again to the Slovenian radio station in your city that plays the polka music.  My Grandmother was the President of the Slovenian Union in Portland Oregon.  Her last name was Polajnar.

She was close friend to a lady that was well known: Marie Prisland

Take Care and God Bless

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What a great website promoting the Slovenian events and culture.  I host a polka radio show in the Akron, Ohio area that is on every Sunday from 6-7 PM.  Our radio station is 91.3 FM, WAPS, Akron, Ohio and the show is titled "Slovenian Melodies".  Frankie Spetich was the main host until he turned the show over to me full-time in February, 2008.  I would love to be able to put a link on my website to your website, if that is not a problem.  I just wanted to ask permission first.  If you have the chance to let people know about our website, direct them That is where they can find the past show we produced, CD information, links to other websites and much more.  Any help is appreciated and check it out for yourself.

AJ Hite

July 23, 2009

Kuhel/Kuhelj family reunion, August 2009

Are you a descendant of the Kuhel brothers who immigrated from Kostanejevica na Krki in southeastern Slovenia in the early 1900's? The brothers lived on the east side of Chicago near the Slovenian church St. George. The three brothers: Johann (John) Kuhelj, 1879-1936 (wife: Mary Skal, 1880-1959); Franz (Frank) Kuhelj, 1883-1931 (wife: Mary T. Kosic, 1885-1956) and Josef (Joe) Kuhelj, 1886-1946 (wife Frances/Fany Smole, 1883-1974). The three sisters who stayed in Slovenia: Amalia, Josephine and Leopoldina, 1871-1936 (1/2 sister) Please contact 847-433-4567,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Bob Kuhel, Kuhel family researcher) for more reunion details.


Hi Phil,

Many thanks to you and your team for accepting my review of Dr. Zigon’s book Ljudje odprtih srcand for your nice introductory note.  Your publication is representative and informative in every respect.  I will read the rest of this issue the next two days during the night hours.  I only partially realize how much work goes into each issue; however, I am aware of the importance of your work for the historical record of our times.

Many thanks and greetings to all,

May 4, 2009

A Note from Mirjam Grimes:

I will be in Slovenia from March 26th to June 2nd. I will be checking my g-mail occasionally. Have a wonderful spring,

Wishing you many blessings!

Check out my website at: or see what is new at:


A note fromLynn Zalokar ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ):

Kuhel/Kuhelj family reunion, August 2009

Are you a descendant of the Kuhel (Kuhelj) brothers who immigrated from Kostanejevica na Krki in southeastern Slovenia (near the Croatian border) in the early 1900’s? Maybe we'll find descendants of the sisters who didn't come over too! The brothers ultimately settled on the east side of Chicago in a Slovenian neighborhood near the Slovenian church St. George.

The Three Brothers:
Johann (John) Kuhelj, 11-23-1879, 3-17-1936 (wife: Mary Skal) 
Franz (Frank) Kuhelj, 12-21-1883, 3-2-1931 (wife: Mary T. Kosic) 
Josef (Joe) Kuhelj, 9-11-1886, 2-26-1946 (wife: Frances/Fany Smole)

The three sisters who stayed in Slovenia: 
Amalia, Josephine, Leopoldina. Leopoldina is a 1/2 sister, the daughter of Marie (Sekula) Kuhel from her first marriage to Leopold Lipic.


A note from Zvone Žigon:

On April 28 2009, I attended a farewell reception for the Slovenians and consular corps in Denver, Colorado. Attached are several photos at the event with attorney Lucky Vidmar who organized the reception. Also pictured is Mr. Raymond Kogovsek the Slovenian Honorary Consul in Colorado. I had thanked them for the excellent cooperation we had in the last four years with a symbolic gift.

Farewell reception

By the way, unemployment situation is affecting everyone, as you can see, even the bears are
looking for jobs...( I couldn’t pass up this photo opportunity in Denver )

April 21, 2009Slovenian Coin


I am a coin collector, specializing in Slovenian coins, medals, paper money, and tokens. By chance, I was in Ljubljana (my first of many visits) in the week in which independence was declared, and formed a great affection for the country and its people. When a few years later I started collecting coins, it seemed to me that specializing in Slovenian coins and related items was a natural choice.

Recently, I have become aware that at least two Slovenian organizations in America (one in Chicago and one in Chisholm, Minnesota) have at one time or another issued tokens for local use ("good for 5 cents", etc., presumably only for use at functions of the organization, perhaps at the bar).

I would love to have more information about such tokens, and so I thought I'd ask whether the Fairport Slovenian Club has ever issued any such tokens, or wooden nickels, or any medals or pins, or anything similar. Any information you might be able to supply, or any sources of information you might be able to point me towards, would be very much appreciated.

And, of course, although information is my primary objective, needless to say I'd love to collect examples, as well, and if you happened to be able to point me towards any opportunity to do so, I'd be delighted by that, as well.

In any case, I wish the Fairport Slovenian Club and all it’s members well.


Mark A. Brown, 
Vice President, East Syracuse Coin Club
Member, Numizmaticno Drustvo Slovenije

Hello Mark, 

I hope you and your family had a Happy Easter ?   I want to apologize for taking so long to get back to you on your Slovenian Club request.  With my business travels and Easter holiday plans I failed to find the time.   I would like to thank you for visiting our club website.   With respect to your inquiry regarding tokens, the club at one time had "drink chips" or tokens that would be issued to a member upon another member purchasing them a drink while visiting our clubhouse facility.  This chip was about the size of a quarter and was light blue in color and was the size of a quarter.  On one side the engraved words "American Slovenian Club"  could be found.   On the other side the words " Fairport Harbor , Ohio " was engraved.   Ironically there was never any indication of a dollar value to this chip.  I guess it was assumed the bar maid knew what drink was bought or what drink the member drank if they redeemed this chip at a later date.  At this time the club no longer utilizes this chips and does not have an inventory on them.  However, they surface from time to time as club members find them in old clothing they are discarding from their closets!

As far as examples of Slovenian nostalgia there is a host of Cleveland area Slovenians who could point you in different directions given that this area of northeast Ohio seeing that the Slovene population is very concentrated in comparison to other parts of the country.  In fact so concentrated that we have several fraternal Slovenian insurance organizations such as AMLA and SNPJ catering to the needs of the community.   I will copy numerous Slovenian people on this e-mail that could perhaps help you in your quest to learn more.  I am might also add there is a Slovenian Museum being constructed inside the Slovenian National Home located on St. Clair Ave.  in Cleveland .   Although not yet complete, it will be a must stop for you in the future.  Let me not forget to mention the Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame.  A great place to see polka history, present and the future.   It would be a great weekend getaway seeing that you are not that far away.

Take care and please keep in touch.  If you are ever in the area please stop by The American Slovenian Club in Fairport Harbor .   We have had visitors from all over the U.S. as a result of our website.  We are a friendly group and would love to hear about your Slovenian coin collection and efforts to collect.   Starting April 20th the Fairport Public Library will be displaying items from the American Slovenian Club.  I am uncertain of the display content but do know that it will involve a traditional Slovenian costume and an accordion that was used by a professional famous Polka musician.  It should be a good small display and will run through June 1st.  We do have Slovenian ball caps and T-shirt items for sale at the club.  And if you like Balina Ball (Boccie ball) we have a 24 team league that is top notch !!    Hope to see you in the Cleveland area soon !

Steve Zalar Manager Hauling Operations

Dairy Farmers of America Mideast Region
1035 Medina Road Suite 300 
Medina, Ohio 44256
Toll Free: 1-800-837-6776  ext. 7874   
Direct Phone: 330-670-7874


Hi Phil,

A while ago Diane Brahney asked me to send you notice of new editions of our newsletters. Here's a link to Novi Glas - the newsletter of Slovenian Catholic community in San Francisco.

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Hello, Phil,

Just wanted to share the cover that Mk has chosen for my book.  All looks set for the release next month in SLO.

Hoping all's great with you,
Jacqui Stewart
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April 19, 2009

Mr. Hrvatin,

I do hope you still remember us, (Cyril and Maria Mejac). We immensely enjoyed your e-mails, which you sent us periodically; news from Cleveland and other important news. We do hope you are well and that at some occasion we will meet again at some function of the Slovenian Embassy. We hope you will keep us on your mailing list and are really looking forward to hearing from you.

All the best,
Cyril and Maria Mejac 
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April 11, 2009

It is with great pleasure and pride that I convey to you that Father Lou Papes will celebrate Easter Sunday mass at Saint Lawrence Church. Lou is a class of '53 graduate of Saint Lawrence. Preceding the 10:00 AM mass will be a short choral concert starting at 9:40 AM

Come to Saint Lawrence this Sunday to celebrate Easter. We cannot be certain that we will have another opportunity to have an Easter Sunday service at Saint Lawrence since Bishop Lennon has announced that he plans to close Saint Lawrence.

Hope to see you this Sunday.

Best wishes for a most blessed Easter.

Elaine & Tony
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Any chance you could email some of the photos to me?


Hi Phil:

I took some photos each day, Thursday through Sunday.

The services were awesome (did I actually use the word awesome to describe the church service? WOW!!!) I just wish I could get my hands on the various homilies. I will try to. 
Lou Papes contributed so much to a very joyous Easter we couldn't get the people out of the church. Eventually someone shut the light off at least 45 minutes after the service ended. It was a wonderful sight to see and participate in.

Take care and keep in touch. 


March 7, 2009


Frankie YankovicThanks for your continued work on the Cleveland Slovenian website. I saw Rich Terselic’s article. I think it would be helpful to build a list of songs that have been preserved. I mentioned to Rich that my father in law used to play as a sideman to Frankie Yankovic when Yankovic came to Chicago and Milwaukee. My father in law had an extensive collection of polka records. However I would rather not spend the time noting every single song. It would be more efficient to catalog what he and Chuck Debevec have already preserved.  By the way, Chuck has a translation of an interview with Yankovic, which was done in Slovenian. Chuck who is not fluent in Slovenian translated it. I took a look at it after he did it and was impressed. I am not sure what Chuck has done with it.

John P. Vidmar, Ph.D.
Senior Vice-President
Public Sector & Health Services Research Group
Global Director of Performance Tracking
222 S. Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606

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March 1, 2009

Dear Sirs,

I am looking for Mrs. Karolia Moze, who moved to Cleveland from Slovenia many years ago. I will be very thankful if you can forward any information about her or her family.

Thank you very much. Greetings from Slovenia

Manca Juvan
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I read the article about your efforts to preserve Slovenian and Slovenian-American music in the Cleveland Slovenian newsletter.

I'm not in Cleveland, or even from Cleveland, but Phil Hrvatin keeps me informed.

I'm from Joliet, Illinois, where my grandfather, Joe Perush, led a polka band at our family's tavern.

I have collected old 78s from friends and family members and had them dubbed onto CD.  I'll be happy to send you copies.  Should I send them to your address in Frederick, at the end of the article?

(As coincidence would have it, I also live in Maryland, in Arnold, north of Annapolis.  Up until a year ago I was in your part of the state, Germantown.)

This is a great thing you are doing.  Have you considered donating CDs to the Library of Congress or the Smithsonian?

Best of luck with the project.

Jim Berard
410-757-5536 (home)
202-226-5064 (office)
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January 14, 2009

Hi Emanuela,

My name is Mimi Kozina Cupar. I am your mom's cousin's daughter. I received message from phil hrvatin regarding your survey. I went online to complete and it is no longer there. Is it too late? I didn't know till yesterday that you are tilika's daughter. It has been a long time since I went to Maribor. I remember meeting you years ago when you were little. Let me know if there is anything else you need. Say hello to your family.

lep pozdrav 

-----Original Message----- 
From: emanuela šlebinger 
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Sent: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 2:53 pm 
Subject: Re: survey

Hi Mimi,

I can't believe we found each other on the Internet. I hope you and your family are doing fine. I phoned your aunt Slavica yesterday to help me get my survey across. That page allows me to see only 99 responses for free so I had to change the link. The new link is:

Thank you for taking part in my survey. Please, be free to send the link to other Americans of Slovene origin you know. Lepe pozdrave iz Lenarta. Here is a picture from your last visit in Lenart.


November 16, 2008

Dear Phil,

I truly do enjoy reading your e-newsletter; there is such a void for community information among us Slovenian-Americans in the USA. Although most of your news is relating to the Cleveland area, I am interested in what is happening around the USA, and what other Slovenian communities are doing.

As an officer of the Univ. of Wis.-Milwaukee Slovenian Arts Council, I and my fellow council members are continually seeking performing artists from Slovenia or the Slovenian-American community whom we could showcase or help host in the Milwaukee area. I like to read your newsletter and get ideas for future programs here in Milwaukee.

Good luck to you in your endeavors and keep up the good work,

Christina Carroll 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]


Tom Lekan writes about his visit to Slovenia:

Four of us, three Slovenian Americans, Joe Skerl, Deacon Lou Primosic of St. Basil the Great Church, Tom Lekan and Fr. Walt Jenne, an Irish Priest who spent 15 years living at St. Lawrence Church headed to Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy for ten days in September of this year. Each of us wanted to visit the place where our parents or grandparents were born, for Fr. Jenne, the Pastor of St. Basil the Great Church in Brecksville, it was to see all that he heard about from the Slovenians at St. Lawrence Church. Our visit started at a small Bed and Breakfast just outside of Ljubljana. We flew from Zagreb, Croatia and on to Split and Dubrovnik where we drove the beautiful coast for a couple of days and then back to Zagreb for a day tour. We then went back to Slovenia stopping in Zuzenberg for dinner and to explore some of Deacon Lou and Joe Skerl's heritage. We then drove north and spent a wonderful night and day in Ljubljana. On Saturday night we joined the locals along the Ljubljanica River listening to music and tasting "Union" beer. The next morning we went to church for a Slovenian mass and then had a private guide show us the city and the castle. We then headed for the coast of Slovenia to Portoroz and Piran. Ljubljana to Portoroz is amazing as it transforms from green mountains to a dry plain and then a beautiful coast. We ate fish in Piran and visited the casino and just took in the absolute beauty of this area. The next day we headed for Trieste, Italy . We had lunch in the center of town and observed this busy coastal city that was much larger than we ever expected. We headed for Bled for a two night stay in one of the most impressive and beautiful places on earth. In Bled we had a wonderful guide named Monja who could talk about everything from politics to economics as well as the sites.

This trip made me feel so proud of my heritage as the Slovenian people are warm and friendly as well as prosperous and energetic. We were so fortunate to have wonderful local guides who could not only show us the sites but also discuss culture, government, politics, and economics. There is no doubt in my mind that Slovenia is a model of success. I also had the opportunity to have all of the food my grandmothers and mother made for me when I was a child. You may be able to find a McDonald's if you look real hard however there are local family owned restaurants everywhere. The care shown to the environment was overwhelming, the people love the land and never abuse it. Everywhere we went it was so clean and pristine. The efforts made to keep the history and culture alive again made me so proud to be a Slovenian.

By the way for those who are Croatian, I could write the same things about this beautiful country too. This was a trip of a lifetime and I want to go back soon.

A special thanks to Betty at Kollander Travel for making the trip perfect.

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Good afternoon, Phil . . . Have been receiving your newsletter for a few weeks now and am enjoying it a lot.

I had written to you a few weeks ago telling you that I was from Cleveland originally but now live in Southern Maryland. I keep in contact with one of the DJs from and he keeps me informed of all the polka events in the Ohio/PA area.

I'm a "wayward" Slovenian inasmuch as I married at 20 in 1971 and moved to Maryland more interested in the "rock" scene but over the last year or so I've had this desire to return to my roots. I'd love to communicate with folks back home that can fill me in about families, events, etc.

As far as a feature for your newsletter, I would just suggest that there be a "PenPals" section for those of us who may not be living in our hometowns and would like to reconnect with old acquaintances or folks from the "old neighborhood". If I could, I'd move back to Cleveland, but more than half my life has been lived right here in Maryland and I have family here now and I still work full time.

My family was originally from the St. Clair Avenue area although I grew up in Richmond Heights. My parents ran a bakery on St. Clair back in the 30's -- waaaaaaay before my time ! ! ! My brothers were born in that area and attended the schools there. I was a very late in life baby and therefore do not recall any of that. However, I would LOVE to be in touch with folks who might remember my parents, the bakery or my brothers, John and Joe (Joe is now deceased but was drummer to several Cleveland-style polka bands including Pecon, Vadnal, Habat, etc.)

If you would consider such a format, I'd be truly grateful.

Thanks so much.
Viki Pianecki Tucker [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]


Dear Phil,

It may have been my SGSi membership that resulted in my being on your Distribution List for the Cleveland Slovenian Newsletter but I am delighted and look forward to each issue of the Newsletter. As a former Clevelander of the Collinwood area I still have family ties in the Cleveland area after having left there some seventy plus years ago and at present I am the only Slovenian resident of the Redneck Riviera for the past 50 years.

I really enjoy the Newletter and please keep it coming.

Lep pozdrav,
Raymond F. Leskovec [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
Major, US Army (Ret) 
Pensacola, FL. 32506


Dober dan Phil,

Per my good friend Steve Fon's suggestion, please add me to your newsletter:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Sounds like a good idea to keep all Slovenes, especially outside of Cleveland, informed on cultural activities. Hvala lepa!

Josef Laposa, president
Indianapolis-Piran Sister City Committee
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Hello Phil,

I enjoy your Slovenian News. It was very enjoyable reading. I hope you will be able to keep it sending it

Thank you,
Tony Moze [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]


How about and "Angie's List" of the Slovenian community. Any homeowner knows how difficult it is to get a good, reliable contractor for any kind of services...

Lauren Merkys [ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]


November 2, 2008

Circle 2 will hold their annual Fall Concert, November 9, 2008 at the Slovenian Society Home - 20713 Recher Ave, Euclid, OH 44119. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Circle 2 Slovenian Junior Chorus. This is one of the oldest children’s choirs in the country and Circle 2 is still going strong. The children are looking forward to showing off their talents at their first event of the year, the annual Fall Concert, and we would like to see each and every one of you there.

To celebrate the anniversary, I would like to personally invite all of the former Circle 2 members to join us at the concert and also to join the current members on stage for a sing a long. It would be wonderful to see as many alumni there to support the children at this concert. It is important to encourage and cheer on these children who work so very hard to prepare for these events.

The concert is set for Sunday, November 9th at Slovenian Society Home - 20713 Recher Ave in Euclid, Ohio. The children will perform a short program starting promptly at 3pm under the direction of Shirley Ivancic Stall. Following the program, music will be provided at 4:00pm for your dancing and listening pleasure, by The Eddie Rodick Band. Sandwiches and beverages will be available for purchase. Doors will open at 2pm.

The cost of the tickets are $6.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. Any former Circle 2 members will be entitled to one free admission. Please contact Kathleen Trebets directly at 440-622-1044 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to purchase tickets or if you are a Circle 2 alum and interested in attending the concert.

Kathleen S. Trebets
Circle 2 Director


Thanks for your ClevelandSlovenian Newsletter, always very informative. A friend has asked me for some Slovenian points of interest, restaurants and the like in and around Cleveland. Any suggestions?

I appreciate your efforts in keeping the Slovenian heritage alive.

Best regards,
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Thank you so much,

As a third generation Slovenian you have been my ticket back to our culture. The more I learn the more proud I am and the more I understand myself.

You are easily the best resource and Cleveland Slovenians are truly blessed to have people like you and Dr. Zigon. The Slovenian community is incredible but was hard to find until I was introduced to your site!

Lepsa Hvala,
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October 27, 2008

I had the pleasure of meeting Mirjam Gremes and her husband, Chuck at the Cleveland National Air Show and Slovenska Pristava, courtesy of Dr Zvone Zigon. Here is a truly talented Slovenian, whom we should all be proud of. Her website is in progress, but as you can see from her paintings, this is a very talented artist. Her website will also give lessons in Slovenian, as well as many interesting facts.

Mirjam is from Minnesota and does most of the translation services for the consul general and embassy. Check it out. It is worth it.



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August 23 (Sat) COLLINWOOD SLOVENIAN HOME REVERSE RAFFLE, in conjunction with its 95th Anniversary,. Main Board tickets are $65 and additional dinner tickets are $25. There will also be a Chinese Auction. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, please call 216-681-6649.

August 30 (Sat) Sterles Country House - Music by the Joey Tomsick Orchestra 6:00-10:00pm

August 30 (Sat) Slovenska Pristava veselica www.slovenskapristava.orgl Special Guest Ansambel Donacka

August 30 (Sun) FOLKLORNA SKUPINA KRES 60TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE at the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Ave. Donation is $15 for
adults, $5 for children from the age of 6 to 18 and children under 5 years of age have free admittance. For tickets, please e-mail Marija Rowane or Matej Turk at or call, Rachel Krevh at 440-829-3077. The Alpine Sextet will play after the performance. Everyone is very welcome to join in the 60th anniversary celebration.

August 31 (Sat) SNPJ Recreation Center 877-767-5732 Music 2-8pm Joe Grkman Jack Tady

September 10 (Wed) Slovenian Sausage Festival at SNPJ Farm – noon to 8:00. Vote for Best Sausage Maker; dance to favorite polka bands; enjoy home cooking. (216-261-Fame)

September 14 (Sun) Vinska Trgatev (wine festival), NO MASS, Dinner at noon Music by Grant Kozera 1:00-5:00 Triglav Park 6464 South Loomis Road Norway, Wisconsin 53185

September 14 (Sun) Vinska Trgatec wine festival

September 20 (Sat) Slovenska Pristava CLAM JAM

September 20 (Sat) On Saturday evening, September 20, a gala dinner dance is to take place to salute the SNPJ Farm. The festivities close on Sunday, October 26, with a Polka Brunch. SNPJ Farm is located on Heath Road, off Chardon Road (Route 6) in Kirtland, Ohio, three miles
east of State Route 306. You can also rent SNPJ Farm for picnics, anniversaries and special events. For details, call (440) 256-3423 or (440) 943-1191

September 27(Sat) Oktoberfest in the parking lot of the Slovenian Cultural Center. 630-243-0670

September 27(Sat) The St. Clair Rifle and Hunting Club annual clam bake at their club grounds, 6599 Ravenna Road in Concord Township.  Clam bakes and steak dinners will be served from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The Jeff Pecon Orchestra will provide the musical entertainment for the evening. For tickets call Bob Siers at 216-408-9366.

September 28 (Sun) Club Slovenia - Grape Fest Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107

October 8(Tue) Club Slovenia meeting.  Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107

October 12 (Sun) Koline Pristava pensioners

October 18 (Sat) Please join us in celebrating Slovenska Pristava's first annual Oktoberfest! The event will be held in Lausche Lodge on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Authentic German foods, pretzels, pastry, and beer will be served, while the sounds of traditional polka music will fill the hall! More details to follow! Spread the word -- All are welcome!! PROST! NA ZDRAVJE!

October 26 (Sun) Slovenska Pristava annual meeting

November 4 (Tue) Club Slovenia meeting. Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107 www.slovenianhall

November 27-29 (Thur-Sat) Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend – Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel.  Reserve hotel $105/night. Reserve tickets: Kollander Travel 216-692-1000 or go to: or at Polka Hall of Fame 216-261-FAME.

November 29(Sat) Annual Polka Awards Show. 2:00 p.m., New location: Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel. 

January 24, 2015 (Sat.) Pristavska No?.