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The Polish name for Christmas Eve supper is “Wigilia” from Latin “Vigilare” – to await

95% of Polish families have preserved the Wigilia tradition and regard it as the high point of the Christmas season. We hope you can join us and make it a part of your Christmas tradition.

PACT and TPGS (Toledo Polish Genealogical Society)  is proud to announce that we will celebrate Christmas with the traditional Polish Wigilia Celebration.  This year’s Wigilia is scheduled for Sunday, December 18, 2016.  It will be held at Olivet Lutheran Church’s Christian Life Center, 5840 Monroe Street in Sylvania.  Wigilia begins at 5:30 PM.

THE WIGILIA CELEBRATION INCLUDES:

LIGHTING OF THE FIRST CANDLE

SHARING OF OPLATEK

MEATLESS MEAL OF TRADITIONAL POLISH FOODS

EXPLANATION OF WIGILIA TRADITIONS

SINGING TRADITIONAL POLISH CHRISTMAS CAROLS (KOLEDY)

READING THE PASSAGE OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST

Price: $15.00 PACT members, $20.00 non-members,

$10 children 12 and under, children under five: free

Reserve your seat today by calling Tim Paluszak at 419-410-6167

or email us with your reservation at info@polishcommunity.org

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PACT Logo Update 10-1-14

If you like kielbasa, you will want to make sure you attend this special kielbasa dinner featuring the top three winners from the 2016 Kielbasa Cook-Off.  The dinner will include the award winning kielbasa from Jeremy Pryba (Polska Pryba), Mike Hofner and Ron Smith (Dziadzia and Busia’s OldFashioned Kielbasa), and Adam Michalski (Michalski’s Special Recipe ).  Jeremy and Adam will also be serving their family’s pierogi in addition to their kielbasa.  We will also be serving kapusta (sweet and sour cabbage), mashed potatoes and gravy. mizeria (cucumber in dill sauce), placek (coffee cake), and those sweet tasting delectibles – paczki!

Saturday,  November 12, 2016

Christian Life Center, Olivet Lutheran Church

5840 Monroe Street in Sylvania

2 to 6 PM

$18 adults (non-members)

$15 PACT members

$5.00 children under 10

You can reserve tickets in advance for $15 by sending us an  email at info@polishcommunity.org.  Just leave your name, phone # or email address and how many in your party. Your tickets will be at the door.


Here are some of the upcoming events sponsored by Toledo Polish Genealogical Society:

October 15 – Show and Tell something about your ancestor who came to the United States

November 19 – Building Edmond Fitzgerald presented by Jen Domanski Baker

December 3 – TPGS Christmas Party

January 21 – Polish Traditions presented by Tom Sorosiak

February 18 – Kuhschwanz Train Tragedy presented by Carol Lake

March 25 – Soup Sale at Sts Adalbert & Hedwig from noon-6 p.m.

 

For more information about these events,  please go to their website:  http://tpgs02.org

 

 


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The Polish Cultural Center Advisory Board along with

The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America,

Polish-American Community of Toledo,

Toledo Polish Genealogical Society,

&Toledo Poznan Alliance

 

Invite you to a fund raising dinner featuring

the preliminary renderings of our

Polish Cultural Center

6p.m. Polish Happy Hour

6;30p.m. Dinner

Program to follow

Guest Speaker

Gene Bak

Polish American Cultural Center of Cleveland, OH

 

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Premier Banquet Hall

4480 Heatherdowns Blvd.

Toledo  OH  43614

 

$100 per person/$175 per couple

Business casual

 

RSVP no later than Friday, September 9, 2016

 

For Additional Information Contact:

Tom Waniewski

Polish Cultural Center Advisory Board

P.O. Box 1033

Sylvania  OH  43560

419-754-3633

Email: info@polishculturalcenter.com


This year’s Kielbasa Klassic was held at Whiteford Valley Golf Course.  It was a beautiful day on the course, especially for the winners.  This year’s first place team is Eric Buczkowski, Ryan Buczkowski, Cary Garnett and Tom W.  Second place team is Jack Sparagowski, Angie Sparagowski, Billy Peneff and John Sparagowski.  Darrell Staup, Stan Machosky, A.J. Machosky and Tony Machosky came in third. Corey Lepiarz won closest to the pin on hole #5.  Cary Garnett had longest putt on hole #18, and on hole #11, Angie Sparagowski made the longest drive.  Congratulations to all and thank you for participating in this year’s Kielbasa Klassic.

First Place Team: Team captain Eric Buczkowski, Ryan Buczkowski, Cary Garnett and Tom W.
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Second Place team: Darrell Staup, Stan Machosky, A.J. Machosky and Tony Machosky.

 

 

 

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Third Place team: Jack Sparagowski, Angie Sparagowski, Bill Peneff and John Sparagowski.

St. Anthony Catholic Church – Rummage Sale

Wednesday & Thursday,  October 5 & 6, 2016

9am – 7pm

St. Anthony Kenna Hall,

4635 St. Anthony Road, Temperance (between Secor & Whiteford Road)

Thursday is $2.00 Bag Day!

For more information, please call the Parish Office 734-854-1143 or go to our website:

stanthonytemperance.org

 


Sign Up is now open for the 2016 Kielbasa Klassic 4-Man Golf Scramble!

Sunday, August 7th
at Whiteford Valley (blue Course)
7980 Beck Road, Ottawa Lake MI
10:00AM start time

$75 per man/ $300 per team

Includes golf, cart, food, beer, pop, team skins, door prizes, challenge holes, and the famous “Kielbasa Klassic” t-shirt.

**Proceeds used to fund PACT scholarships and Child Help, an organization dedicated to helping abused children**

Deadline to enter is July 30, 2016.

There are 2 ways to register for the Kielbasa Klassic:

1

Register Online
Register at the Kielbasa Klassic website by clicking here.


2

Register by Mail.

Download the registration form here.
Right-click the button above and select Save Target/Link As… to save the registration form to your computer.

Download and complete the registration form and mail with check to (make check payable to “PACT”) :

Tim Paluszak
2260 Grantwood
Toledo Ohio 43613


Please direct any questions to Tim Paluszak at 419-410-6167.


Sixty Years Ago–Poznaǹ June 1956 and its Significance in Polish and World History

excerpted from a longer study by David Gwidon Chełmiǹski, Ph. D.

Not even a year after the formation of the “Warsaw Pact” mutual defense alliance in 1955, Poland suddenly made it into the world news headlines with the first significant uprising of the workers voicing dissatisfaction with the centrally-controlled Marxist economic system which had been imposed upon them in the decade since the Second World War, and remarkably, Poznaǹ, was at the center of what was happening.

After the Minister of Machine Industry withdrew several promises given at the Polish capital of Warszawa to a delegation of workers from a metal Industries factory at Poznaǹ, a strike started spontaneously at the multi-factory complex at six in the morning of Thursday June 28th, 1956.  Around eighty percent of the workers were protesting the increased workload and loss of bonus pay and demanding compensation after the government had suddenly raised their required work quota.  Students and workers from other plants joined their procession.  Between 9 and 11 a.m., 100,000 people had gathered at the Adam Mickiewicz Square in front of the old German Kaiser’s Imperial Palace, demanding lower food prices, wage increases, revocation of some recent changes in the law which had eroded work conditions and a visit by Poland’s Prime Minister Józef Cyrankiewicz.

The crowds stormed a prison at ulica Młyǹska, releasing hundreds of prisoners, distributed firearms from the prison’s arms depot among themselves, and attacked the Communist Party’s local headquarters and the office of the Ministry of Public Security.  By six p.m., the protesters had seized many government buildings, including a radio-jamming station and police stations in outlying districts, and the military school at the Poznaǹ University of Technology and the prison camp in Mrowino, destroying police records at the district courthouse and procurature as well as at a police station.

The city was pacified by Saturday June 30th, 1956.  An estimated fifty-seven to over one hundred civilians had been killed, and about six hundred people were wounded.   By nine p.m. a wave of detentions had begun—the detainees were taken to the airport and subjected to brutal interrogations.  Seven hundred forty-six individuals were detained for over five weeks, until Wednesday August 8th, 1956, while prosecutions carried on for many years.

Clearly encouraged by the Polish example of voicing their dissatisfaction with the Communist regime and getting some significant changes, Hungary began its own uprising on Tuesday October 23rd, 1956.


 

Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) Annual Scholarship Competition ends May 31, 2016

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

Over the past five years over $13,000 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?”

Those interested in applying have until May 31, 2016 to complete Scholarship Application Form and submit it along with their essay.

Click on the Scholarship Application icon on the right under “PACT Resourses” to download the application today.

Send you completed application and essay to PACT, P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, OH, 43560.


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First Place “Kielbasa King” Winners

Polska Pryba Crowned 2016 Kielbasa King

(Toledo, OH) — The team of Polska Pryba, led by Jeremy Pryba, was voted the People’s Choice and earned the title “Kielbasa King” for the Polish-America Community of Toledo (PACT) Fifth Kielbasa Cook-Off held Saturday at the St. Clements Community Center in West Toledo.

Polska Pryba competed in the Fourth Kielbasa Cook-Off in October 2014 and finished in second place and tied for the Celebrity Judges Award.

For the past 15 years, Mr. Pryba and his family have used the same recipe handed down to them. And just as their grandparents did, they make their kielbasa with Polish pride and love.

“Making kielbasa has brought the Pryba family closer together. Recently, even our younger children learned how to make it and to appreciate what has become a family tradition,” said Mr. Pryba.

Polska Pryba has participated in several PACT Kielbasa Cook-offs and has already won several awards.

“We hope to be able to take our kielbasa and market it commercially some day, along with some other Polish dishes like pierogi,” said Mr. Pryba.

For more information on Polska Pryba Kielbasa or to order some for the holidays contact Jeremy Pryba by email: jeremypryba@hotmail.com.

Polska Pryba earned a trophy and $350 for the first place finish. The team voted to donate the money back to PACT for use in the PACT / Toledo Poznan Alliance Scholarship Competition.

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People’s Chioce Second Place Winners

 



Finishing second in the People’s Choice was Dzia Dzia and Busia’s Old Fashion Recipe led by Mike Hofner and Ron Smith. They picked up a check for $200.

Dzia Dzia and Busia’s Old Fashioned Kielbasa recipe came directly from Mr. Hofner’s grandparents – hence the name! They have been making their kielbasa with the rest of their family for over 20 years and have participated in the PACT’s Kielbasa Cook-Off several times having won several awards.

 

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People’s Choice Third Place Winners
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The third place finisher was the team of Michalski’s Recipe led by Adam Michalski. They picked up a check for $150.

Mr. Michalski says his family has been making kielbasa for five years, and it just keeps getting better and better! They have taken two recipes that have been in the family for years — combined them — and made it to their liking.

Mr. Michalski says his family has been making kielbasa for five years, and it just keeps getting better and better! They have taken two recipes that have been in the family for years — combined them — and made it to their liking.

“Making kielbasa is a true love for the family and we believe it helps to bring them all together,” said Mr. Michalski. “The more family members that help, the better!”

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Celebrity Choice Award

The team of Ed’s Kielbasa led by Ed Mikonowicz captured the Celebrity Judges Award. Mr. Mikonowicz started making kielbasa 15 years ago. He remembers begging his grandma for her recipe. Many of his uncles would add their two cents and say that, “this batch needs this and/or this batch needs that.” The recipe was truly a family project. Ed started off working on the kitchen table with 70 pounds of pork and having to cut it up into small pieces. Today, he has the help of his son and he is able to make quick batches of 75 pounds in a matter of hours. His kielbasa has been served at small weddings, graduation parties, and many Christmas and Easter celebrations. Ed believes his kielbasa is one of the best in Northwest Ohio. It just took him a while to get the courage to enter the Kielbasa Cook-Off.

The judges were former Toledo Mayors Mike Bell and Donna Owens, Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski, 1370 WSPD morning air personality Fred LeFebvre, and WTOL and Fox 36 news anchor and reporter Joe Stoll.

Ten teams competed in Saturday’s competition for title of “Kielbasa King or Queen”. The Kielbasa Cook-Off is a family fun event where area teams / families compete in a friendly competition to see who makes the best homemade kielbasa from old family recipes.

“People in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are so proud of their ethnic heritage. Most families have those special homemade recipes that have been passed down from generation-to-generation. PACT is looking for best homemade kielbasa recipe. We want to taste that secret family recipe for kielbasa,” said Stan Machosky, Past President, PACT.

Approximately 1,000 people showed up for today’s event. PACT estimates that it will net about $8,000 for the five-hour event.

Money raised by the Kielbasa Cook-Off goes to fund the annual scholarship competition and the Capital Campaign for development of Polish Cultural Center in the Toledo area. Over the past five years, PACT, along with the Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA), awarded over $13,000 in scholarship money to area Polish-American high school and college students.

For more information on the Kielbasa Cook-Off, the PACT Scholarship competition, or other PACT events, visit www.polishcommunity.org or e-mail, info@polishcommunity.org.