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Polish American Heritage Month is an annual designation observed in October. Across the globe, there are about 9.5 million Polish Americans. They represent about 3% of the American population. The first wave of millions of Poles migrated America between 1800 and 1860. The second and third generations of Poles were born in America in the late 1900’s, and grew up as Americans with a touch of Polish heritage. The Polish have always held onto a fierce passion for their culture, their independence, and their new country.

We celebrate Polish American Heritage Month in October, but it wasn’t always that way. Congress first deemed August as Polish American Heritage Month in 1981. Later, it moved to October to commemorate the first Polish settlers — as well as the deaths of General Kazimierz Pułaski and Tadeusz Kościuszko (military leaders who fought in the American Revolution). The switch also enabled schools to participate in celebrations. Whether you’re Polish American or not, it’s important to mark the culture of a people who helped shape this country.


The 2019 PACT/TPA Scholarship winners have been chosen. We extend our congratulations to this year’s winners.

The 2019 Scholarship winners are:LMueller Photo

Lauren Mueller is a sophomore at Owens Community College and is pursuing a Registered Nurse designation with an interest in cardiac nursing. Lauren is a Perrysburg High School graduate where she was involved in the theatre department.  Her hobbies include cooking, baking, reading and traveling.

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Colton Powaski, who recently graduated from Northview High School, plans to attend Miami University in the fall.  While at Northview, he was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.  He obtained Varsity Letters in football and track and was on the Senior All-Academic Team football and track & field.  He also played Northview baseball and participated in Speech and Debate.  At Miami, he is planning a double major in International Studies and Russian, East European and Eurasian studies.

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Joseph “J. T.”  Puszczewicz is a Junior at Blissfield High School.  He was on the Principal’s Honor Roll with all A’s in 2017-2019 and a National Honor Society member in 2019.  He was Student Council Class Vice President 2016-2017.  J.T. is also a Life Scout with Blissfield Boy Scouts Troop 708 with a goal of becoming an Eagle Scout this summer.

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Morgan Simon is a freshman at Otsego High School.  She is a National Junior Honor Society member and was on the Otsego High School Varsity Cheerleader Team and a Historian for her Wood County 4H Club.  Morgan is the Wood County Junior Livestock Showman Champion for Beef Cattle (2015-2018).


The Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT) has announced  that the 2019  Toledo Area Polish American Festival will be held on May 17, 18, and 19, 2019  at the Club 16 facility located on King Road just south of Hill Avenue in Holland, Ohio.

“The 2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival” is being sponsored by PACT, a non-profit organization.  Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for Polish-American students and to help fund the building campaign for a new Polish Community Center.

Anyone interested in more information about the event, call Tom at 419-540-8667 .

For information about volunteering, call Stan at 419-280-0035.

For information regarding entertainment and activities, call Tim at 419-410-6167

Children’s activities, call Rozanne at 419-944-5312 or Sherry at 419-260-1970.

2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival

FACT SHEET

DATES – May 17, 18, and 19th, 2019

TIMES – Friday 4 PM to 11 PM  –  Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM  –  Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM

LOCATION – Club 16 Grounds – 316 King Road (just south of Hill Avenue)

FACT – Over 360,000 people in the Northwest Ohio area can claim some relationship to having a Polish heritage.

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MAIN FOOD – 4 main food vendors serving a variety of Polish foods such as kielbasa, pierogi, galabki, and other delicious items.

ADDITIONAL FOOD ITEMS – Assorted foods including desserts, shaved ice, gourmet delicacies and fried goodies such as corn dogs, mac and cheese and pizza for the kids.

ARTS & CRAFTS – European and Polish American artisans and exhibitors displaying their crafts in our unique shoppers’ paradise. Arts and crafts will include, but not be limited to, glass blowing, jewelry making, stone carving, leather crafting and more.

ENTERTAINMENT – Visitors will see full-time entertainment including well-known national and local polka bands and dance groups,

THEME – The main theme and purpose of “2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival” is to promote the Polish-American culture through food, music, dance, the arts and education.

FESTIVAL HOST – The festival is being sponsored by the Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT), which is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the festival will provide scholarships to Polish-American students and financial assistance to other local groups who promote Polish cultural events. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to help build a Polish Community Center here in the Toledo area.


 

Friday night, something new, something cool!
DJ Tadeusz Gnida will spin the BEST songs from Poland and the US with our FIRST EVER Disco Polo Party!
For those who aren’t familiar with Disco Polo, it’s what ALL the DJ’s play at weddings, bars, festival and events all over Poland! Consider it polka music for the clubs!

Friday, May 17, 2019 Club 16, 316 King Road, Festival opens at 5:00 pm, Party starts at 8:00 pm!

Dancing with the stars, Polish edition starts after Echoes of Poland around 7:15 pm.

Echoes of Poland dancers at 6:30 pm.

 

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Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) Annual Scholarship Competition ends May 31, 2019

The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and the Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) have announced that their Annual Scholarship Competition to award $4,000 to area Polish-American students is currently underway.

Over the past seven years over $24,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to students of Polish-American heritage in the Toledo area.

The competition is divided into two categories — High School and College. Applicants must fill out an application form and submit an essay. The high school category is for students in grades 8 – 12. Their essay topic is “What is the meaning of your Polish American heritage?” The college category is for undergraduate students and the topic of their essay is “What individual or event associated with Polish culture has impacted you, your community, or country the most, and why?”

If a public high school student is awarded a scholarship, funds will be placed in escrow until the student attends college.

Former scholarship winners are not eligible to receive another scholarship in the same category. For instance, a high school winner cannot receive another scholarship competing in the high school category. However, the student could re-apply and could win while attending college.

Applicants are required to complete a Scholarship Application Form and submit it along with their essay by May 31, 2019 to:  Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT), P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, OH 43560

Click on the PACT/TPA Scholarship Application Icon in upper right hand corner under PACT Resources and download your application now!


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P.A.C.T. and the Toledo-Poznan Alliance are proud to announce the ONLY showing of the Academy Award Nominated and Cannes Film Festival Best Picture Winner “Cold War” (Zimna Wojna) in the Toledo Area!

THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
This movie is in Polish with English subtitles.

Please join us Wednesday, March 20th,
Doors open 6:15 pm, showing starts 7:00 p.m.,
Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St, Maumee, OH



Tuesday, April 2nd
IDA

Presented by the Toledo-Poznan Alliance

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The Toledo-Poznan Alliance is pleased to announce the FREE showing of “IDA,” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Sylvania Library, 6748 Monroe Street.

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It won the Oscar in 2015 for Best Foreign Language Film. A first for a Polish film. It has received widespread critical acclaim since it’s release in 2015.

Set in Poland in 1962, a young woman is about to take her vows as a nun when she learns from her Aunt that she was born Jewish. They start a journey to discover their family’s story and where they belong. The viewer gains an understanding of what transpired during the Nazi occupation of Poland in the 1940s and what life was like under Communist rule in the 1960’s.

Tuesday, April 2nd
Sylvania Library, 6748 Monroe Street

Doors will open at 6:00 pm with the showing at 6:30 pm.
The movie is 80 minutes long and rated PG-13 with English subtitles.
Seating is limited and registration is needed to hold a seat .
Register by calling (419) 836-0556 or click the “register now” button below.

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This event is not sponsored by the Toledo-Lucas Public Library


Join us on Sunday, February 24th from 1 to 6 PM at St. Clements Hall, 3030 Tremainsville Rd. for the 8th Kielbasa Cook Off sponsored by PACT.  Admission is $5 per person, $3 for PACT members and children 5 and under free.  Kielbasa, mizeria, kapusta, placek, paczki, and piwo (that’s beer) will be on the menu.

The 2019 Kielbasa Cook Off is almost upon us so we thought you would like to know a little bit about each of this year’s contestants.

Here are the 2019 Kielbasa Cook Off competitors:

Dan Evanski, from Pinckney Michigan.  Look for “Ski’s Sausage” to try his kielbasa recipe. His recipe is a 4th generation kielbasa recipe from Poland.  Dan learned how to make kielbasa from his dad and has been making it his whole life.  He likes to get his family involved in the kielbasa making to ensure it continues to the next generation.  Dan believes his salt and spice ratio that has been perfected over many years is the perfect combination for the best flavor.

Ron Smith and Mike Hofner  have been making kielbasa together for a long time.  They have entered previous cook offs under the name “Dziadzia & Busia’s Old Fashion Recipe” and they have placed in the top three numerous times.  Ron has been making his kielbasa recipe for many years.  He remembers making it at the age of 5 when he would stand on a crate and grind the meat.  His father used to sell his kielbasa to Rojek’s catering for weddings.  He believes his kielbasa recipe is the best because in his words, “That’s what the people say.”  Making their recipe is a family project and they will take orders for their kielbasa for holidays.

David Krueger, from Lambertville Michigan, returns to see if he will reclaim the first prize title.  He named his kielbasa recipe “Zbilski Kielbasa” which is a family name and he has been making it for over 30 years.  The recipe that Dave uses was handed down from Grandma Zbilski; straight from Krakow, Poland.  He considers his the best because he supplies a lot of kielbasa to his family and friends and he holds the 2017 PACT “Kielbasa King” title. He takes orders for his kielbasa any time especially during the holidays.

Philip Majewski is from Toledo Ohio.  To sample his kielbasa recipe, look for the “Kazlo, Simply the Best” name so it will be sure to please.  His motto is “Well you’ve tried the rest, now have the best.”  Making kielbasa is a family activity and Phil has been making it for at least 50 years.  His recipe comes from his grandfather on his mother’s side.  Phil considers his the best because he has made at least a ton of his kielbasa over his 55 years of life and has gotten many numerous compliments.

Diana, Gene and Sabrina Pilaczynski are from Toledo Ohio.   The name of their kielbasa will be under “Oink K. Basa” so make sure you try it. The recipe that they use has been passed down for generations.  They have been making it for 50 years.  Diana says that making their kielbasa is definitely a family activity and it has made 5 generations of Pilaczynski’s happy and smile.  When asked why their kielbasa is the best, she says “because it just is.”

Norm Symkowiak has participated in all but one of  the Kielbasa Cook Off  as “Busia’s Old Fashion Kielbasa”. He got the recipe from his Busia and can remember making it with his mom and dad when he was a child so he has been making it for about 55 years.   He believes his recipe is the best because it is an original old style recipe that he uses.  Norm makes his kielbasa both by himself and with his family.  He also makes a smoked kielbasa, a hot vegetable mix and dill pickles.  When he’s not making kielbasa, he is busy making some of his other Polish foods include pierogi, cruchiki and soups.  You can order any of his food.

George Wolfer from Cincinnati Ohio is competing under the “Lenny & Spud’s Fresh Kielbasa” name.  His initial recipe was given to him by his wife’s uncle Swi (Swiderski) and his sausage making bud named Spud.  He has modified the texture of their recipe over the years. He believes his to be the best based on his wife’s Toledo Polish relatives.  He has been making it for 38 years. Now that his children are no longer living at home, he makes the kielbasa by himself. He want everyone to know he has no MSG in his kielbasa but a lot of TLC.

David Wyraz is from Perrysburg Ohio and will be sharing his kielbasa recipe under the name “Chet’s Best Kielbasa”.  He is using his father’s recipe.  He has been making his kielbasa for four years and considers the flavor of his kielbasa to be the best.  He says it took many years for his father to perfect his recipe and Dave would like to share it with you.  Making the kielbasa is a family affair at the Wyraz household.

Rob and Kris Zielinski,  is from Perrysburg Ohio.  Rob’s kielbasa can be found under the name He has perfected his recipe by trial and error.  Rob considers his the best because “you can taste all the flavors, none are over powering; just a great taste.”  He has been perfecting his recipe for 7 years and he makes it with his family and close friends.  Rob started making kielbasa with his family because they just wanted to make their own and realized it was fun to do; it’s family and friends who like to get together and spend time making it.

All contestants would like to invite you to purchase some of their kielbasa at the cook off or order it from them.  Remember, Easter is just around the corner!