On Thursday, July 29th about 40 people gathered at Ski’s Restaurant to listen to Tom Waniewski, Toledo City Councilman, who is currently running for the Ohio State Senate. Mr. Waniewski outlined much of his platform which included lowering state taxes, balancing the budget and cutting out much of the special interest spending which currently exists. He also talked about many city related issues and answered questions from the folks who attended. Mr. Waniewski is a native Toledoan who grew up in the old Lagrange Street neighborhood. He has strong ties to the local Polish community and is a current and active member of PACT. PACT encourages everyone to vote for the candidate of their choice in November.


On Saturday, July 24th, the Katyn exhibit came to Toledo. The presentation was shown at the Rosary Care Center on the campus of Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio. Dr. Allen Paul gave a lecture about the events surrounding Katyn in World War II and the background to this historic and tragic event that took the lives of 22,000 Polish army officers, intellectuals, teachers, and government officials by the hands of the Russian Army. This event took place in April of 1940. The event was sponsored by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (co-chair of the Polish caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives), the Polish Embassy and the Kosciuszko Foundation. If you missed this exhibit, you can view Dr. Paul’s presentation on the website of WTGE.


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Once again, PACT is busy in our quest to uphold our Mission Statement; specifically our promise to promote our rich Polish heritage and culture.  The Wigilia (Christmas Eve) celebration plans are progressing and we are excited that this traditional Christmas celebration will be offered to the Polish community.  We hope everyone will be able to attend.  All proceeds will go to needy Polish families to help them have a happier Christmas holiday.  Don’t forget, if you have any traditions that you would like to share, or ideas for the Wigilia, please e-mail us with your suggestions at infor@polishcommunity.org.  Also, don’t forget the Peggy Grant presentation which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m., and the Polish-American National Sports Hall of Fame will be at Ski’s on Tuesday, November 24th, at 7:15 p.m.  Call Ski’s restaurant at 419-882-1199 to reserve a seat for these two presentations.  Don’t forget to make dinner reservations! Continue reading…


WHO ARE THESE MEN ?

STAN MUSIAL    –    CARL YASTRZEMSKI   –    HANK STRAM

MIKE KRZYZEWSKI   –    ALAN KULWICKI    –    MIKE DITKA

DICK “PEACHES” SZYMANSKI    –     ALAN TRAMMEL

They are all famous sports figures of Polish descent and all are inductees of THE NATIONAL POLISH-AMERICAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME! Continue reading…


On Wednesday, September 30th, Mr. David Yonke, Religion Editor at The Blade, shared his reporter’s view of the Fr. Robinson trial with a crowd of approximately 70 enthusiastic attendees at Ski’s Restaurant.  Mr. Yonke was the first person to break the story that police believed Fr. Robinson killed Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in a ritual murder.   His book, Sin, Shame and Secrets; The Murder of a Nun, the Conviction of a Priest, and Cover-Up in the Catholic Church was published in 2006. Continue reading…


August has been a busy time for everyone with so many people going on vacation.  PACT has been busy also.  On Wednesday, August 19th, we had a presentation from one of the jurors in the Fr. Robinson murder trial.  Denise (she has asked us not to provide her last name) talked about how the jury came to a guilty verdict in this trial.  Because much of the evidence was not available to the jury, Denise explained that with what they knew at the time, a guilty verdict was the only verdict they felt was proper.  Since then, Denise has become aware of evidence that was not made available to them at the time of the trial.  Although she didn’t want to speak for any of the other jurors, she said that if this evidence would have been available to the jury, Denise is not sure the jurors would have come to the same verdict as they did.  Denise repeatedly said she would never want to have the future of someone’s life in her hands again and told of many sleepless nights struggling to come to terms with the trial and their verdict. Continue reading…


Polish American night at 5/3 Field gave the fans that attended an exciting game.  Toledo Mud Hens beat the Buffalo Bisons with an 11 to 10 win.  The Hens were behind the Bisons till the fourth inning when they tied the Bisons with five runs.  The Hens were again tied in the eighth inning with ten home runs each.  A home run in the ninth by Hen’s Scott Sizemore gave the Hens another win. Continue reading…


Proclamation 5720 — Polish American Heritage Month, 1987

October 5, 1987

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

During October the people of the United States recognize and rejoice in the many accomplishments of generations of Polish Americans. From the founding of our Republic to the present day, Poles have enriched, strengthened, and defended our Nation. Millions of Polish Americans have attained great success in the arts, sciences, scholarship, and every other field of endeavor, but perhaps their most special gifts to America have been the faith and love of liberty Poles have cherished through the centuries. Continue reading…