The Fourth Annual Kielbasa Cook-Off hosted by The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) raised an estimated $5,000 for PACT’s Capital Campaign to develop a Polish-American Community Center in the Toledo area.  At the same time, PACT also announced the start of  its on-line efforts — — to raise money for the  project.


Seven teams competed this year. Shawn Zaborski and his team of Polish Village Kielbasa, won the Kielbasa Cook-Off for the third year in a row.  They earned the title “Kielbasa King” a trophy, and a check for $300.   Second place went to Jeremy Pryba and his team Polska Pryba Kielbasa.  Mr. Pryba earned a check for $150 which he donated back to PACT and the capital campaign.  The third place finisher was Mike Hofner and his team of Dziadzia and Busia’s Old Fashion Recipe.  They earned $100 for their efforts.  Over 500 people attended the event held Saturday, October 4 at the St. Clement’s Community Center.

Polish Village Kielbasa and Polska Pryba tied for first in the celebrity cook off.  Tom Waniewski, Toledo city councilman, was the judge this year.

On Saturday, March 29, The Polish-American Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT) offered a Pierogi making class. A dozen people showed up to learn the process. It started with PACT showing all the steps and cooking a few, and a taste-test. Then participants were off to try it on their own — with a little PACT supervision and guidance. The event was held in the galley at The Maritime Academy of Toledo. PACT thanks The Maritime Academy of Toledo and their Chef, David Naperala (who is also Polish) for use of their facilities. Here are some pictures and the PACT recipe. Enjoy.




The Polish American Community of Toledo is happy to announce that along with the Toledo Poznan Alliance, we will be awarding four $1,000.00 scholarships to High School/College students based on academics, extra-curricular activities and an essay submitted about “What Having a Polish-American Heritage Means To Me”.

To apply for one of these scholarships, download the scholarship application located on the right.  It can be sent to PACT, P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, OH  43560.  The deadline for receiving applications is May 31, 2014.

Anyone can apply for these scholarships, so if you have a family members, or know of someone who would benefit from this, please forward this information on to them.

Email us at with your questions.

P1070252PHOTO:  Last year’s scholarship winners, Kassidy Regent, Joseph DuPuis and Emily Howland (winner of the Martin A. Blaszczyk Memorial Scholarship) with Stan Machosky, President of PACT Board of Directors and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

Thank you to those that came out to walk/ride with us in the parade.  It was great to see all of the spectators who enjoyed our float too.  Our Wigilia celebration will be held on December 22nd this year.  Call Tim Paluszak to reserve your seat for this cherished Polish tradition.


Polish Genealogy Seminar


Kris Rzepczynski

Researchers interested in their Polish roots are faced with a unique set of challenges; from the language to the infinite spelling variations, and the shifting bourndaries on the map.  This program will explore these challenges, review important American sources, both print and online, and describe research strategies that can shed light on your ancestral town in Poland.

Saturday, October 12,2013  11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Main library McMaster Center (second floor)

325 Michigan Street, Toledo  OH

**registration is required**

For more information, or to register for this seminar, call the Local History and Genealogy Department at 419-259-5233, or visit

Parking is free

About the speaker: Mr. Rzepczynski is currently a senior archivist at the Archives of Michigan.  Kris worked for 12 years at the Library of Michigan as the Michigan/Genealogy Coordinator.  He holds an MLIS from Wayne State University and an MA in History from Western Michigan University.  He has presented at national, state and local conferences, including National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Ohio Genealogical Society and for dozens of local genealogical societies.  He is also a past president of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.

The 24th Annual Dozynki dinner, sponsored by The Toledo Poznan Alliance will be held on Sunday, October 26th.  Please join TPA at the Franciscan Center on the campus of Lourdes University at 12:30 PM for this special event.

This year’s program includes:


Echoes of Poland Song and Dance Ensemble

Authentic Polish dinner catered by Malczewski

Recognition of Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT) scholarship winner

Open bar/silent auction/raffle (baked goods)

Tickets are $30 per person.  Please make checks payable to Toledo Poznan Alliance.  Send check to:  Rosalie Hinde, 2909 Spring Water, Toledo  OH  43617.

A $100 donation includes two tickets to the Dozynki Celebration and your name in the Dozynki program.


Thank you to the Toledo Polish Genealogy Society, Jackie Konwinski and all of the TPGS members who participated in the genealogy workshop for the Polish American Community of Toledo. For information about TPGS, go to their website and become a member. Continue reading…

accompanied on her trip by Marion Wojciechowski who was a Polish Cavalry Commander in the war.  He lived and raised his family in Toledo.  Ms. Kaptur recounted her trip with many stories and more than a few times had the audience laughing with some of her more amusing recounts of her trip.  When an audience member asked her what a typical day was like for her as a Congresswoman,  Ms. Kaptur pulled out her blackberry and read from it the lengthy schedule of a typical day for her starting early in the morning and ending well into the evening.  After her presentation, Ms. Kaptur was kind enough to answer all questions, talk with many of the people in the audience and pose for pictures with them.  PACT would like to thank Marcy Kaptur, and her associate, Dan Foote, Dr. John Klocinski, Susan Rowe, and Patti Skaff for making this presentation possible. Continue reading…

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Saturday, October 8th was a great day for the Kielbasa crowd in Toledo.  The 2nd Kielbasa Cook Off was held at the Donnely Family Neighborhood Center at Blessed Sacrament Church.  Twelve amateur kielbasa makers vied for the coveted title of “Kielbasa King”.  There was no shortage of kielbasa and everyone was able to purchase kielbasa samples along with other great Polish food like kapusta, mizeria, placek and Cruchinki.   After sampling the kielbasa, the votes were cast and the people of Toledo have spoken!  The new kielbasa king is Shawn Zaborski’s Polish Village Kielbasa.  Second place winner is the Smith Family Kielbasa and third place winner is Domanski Klassic Kielbasa.  Congratulations to the new Kielbasa King and all of the contestants.  The votes were very close this year which means all of the contestants offered great tasting kielbasa.  We are planning next year’s Cook Off already so all of you amateur kielbasa makers in the Toledo and Northwest Ohio and Michigan, make plans to compete in next year’s cook off.  You never know who will be the next kielbasa king.  It could be you.