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Never in days of old, when I had the “enormous fortune” to be stuck with football yobs in the subways of Munich (“wir sind die blöde Idioten” or “we are the stupid Idiots” echoing around innocent passers-by as their rallying cry), did I think I’d ever venture to write a piece about soccer (European football), but as Butch Cassidy once declared, “there are no rules in a knife fight”. There is always a first time for everything. A good Estonian has gotta do what he has gotta do. Estonia (population 1.3 million) faces Republic of Ireland (population 4.5 million) in a two-game play-off during the first half of November. Round 1 to transpire this Friday – Nov. 11 – while the second match will be played Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Dublin. Responding preemptively to nitpickers, “bantamweight” is of course boxing nomenclature, but you get my drift.

Honoring A Trustee Of The Seabrook Educational And Cultural Center 

 

The Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center (SECC) museum has been an important place for Seabrook Estonians whose post-World War II history has been prominently displayed in it.  Mr. John Fuyuume, a Trustee of SECC and well known and respected among Seabrook Estonians, was honored on September 7th with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, a prestigious decoration bestowed by the Consulate General of Japan in New York in the name of the Emperor of Japan. The local Estonians, museum docent Helgi Viire and Trustee of SECC Evi Truumees, were among the honored quests. The event took place at the Maplewood III restaurant and was attended by Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York Shigeyuki Hiroki, Consul Takashi Kamada and Consul Fumiho Suzawas, of the Consulate General of Japan in New York City.

ERR News - Although joblessness has declined significantly in Estonia whilst slightly growing in the EU, the nation's unemployment rate is still alarmingly high.
Estonia's high unemployment has not gone unnoticed by the International Labor Organization (ILO), which recently released its annual World of Work Report.

 

Luisk is a fantastic name for a witty designer. It means sharpening stone, water stone or whetstone, used to grind and hone the edges of steel tools and implements. It turns out that although it's sometimes mistaken as a reference to the water often used to lubricate such stones, "whetstone" is a compound word formed from the word "whet," which means to sharpen a blade, not "wet". The process of using a sharpening stone (luisk) is called stoning (luiskamine, luisu- või luisu-kiviga teritamine).

 

I grew up in California as an Estonian-American. Despite the fact that only my father was Estonian, my parents were unusually avid: my mother learned Estonian from him and they raised us together in an Estonian-speaking household, with a strong sense of identification with Estonia. Before I was three years old, I knew how to respond when someone asked: „Veervay? What kind of name is that?” „Estonian,” I’d say. And when the nearly inevitable question – what kind of a language is that? – came up, I knew well that my mother often answered „It’s close to Finnish.”

 

We invite all who share a love of Estonia and Estonian culture to KLENK 2011, which will be held Friday-Saturday, January 6-7, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Florida. We plan to start late Friday afternoon and continue all day Saturday and Saturday evening. The annual KLENK business meeting will be held Sunday morning, January 8, 2012. Founded in 1958, this will be the 54th year that KLENK (Estonian Society of the Midwest) hosts its annual conference on Estonian culture and fellowship.

 

Riga, Latvia, Sep. 22.  - The U.S.-Baltic Foundation (USBF) today donated $10 000 to the newly created Baltic Center for Investi-gative Journalism (BCIJ) in Riga.  USBF Board member Ints Silins, former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, made the presentation to BCIJ Director Inga Springe. This grant represents the Center’s initial operating funds and will be used to finance its first two research projects: an investigation of off-shore business and banking practices in the Baltic region; and an inquiry into Russia’s exercise of “soft power” in the Baltic states through financial support to non-governmental organizations.

 

There are times when we need to recognize non-Estonians, who have positively impacted our communities. This would be the case on October 12, when Casimir Martin Zacharski, Jr., a true friend of Estonians, turns 90. To mark this occasion, I could  write about his growing up in Baltimore as a son of  a Polish-American couple, whose parents on both sides had come from Poland; his pride and appreciation of his Polish heritage and language, which he has retained to this day; his graduation from the renowned City College high school, the Loyola College ( later known as Loyola University), and  the University of Maryland Law School; his service during World War II in India and the Philippines as a US Army Signal Corps officer; his work at the highly respected law firm  O’Connor and Sweeny, where he later became a partner; and his participation in the activities of his church.  But I won’t, because of limited space.  Instead, I will write about his contributions to our community and about Casimir as a person.  

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