Poland’s status as world’s largest exporter of apples in jeopardy

Russia’s recent embargo on produce from the European Union (EU) in retaliation for sanctions levied against it for its role in the Ukrainian conflict has put Poland’s status as the world’s largest exporter of apples in jeopardy.

Poland is a major global apple exporter and had previously sent half its output to Russia.

In an effort to encourage cider production and consumption in the face of an apple excess, Poland’s Economy Ministry responded by proposing changes to a law that bans advertising on any alcohol other than beer.

The Economy Ministry says it makes no sense to ban advertising cider when there is no similar ban on beer, which has a similar alcohol content. The changes it has proposed to the so-called “law on educating about sobriety and counteracting alcoholism” are meant to help Polish farmers use the excess apples swamping the market due to the Russian embargo.

But, the Health Ministry and other health advocates are fighting the proposal. They say it is dangerous to encourage any alcohol consumption at all in a society that does not share the Mediterranean tradition of simply savoring small amounts of wine or beer at mealtimes.

He said there are some people who don’t like the bitterness of beer or other strong drinks who could take a dangerous liking to the lightness and sweetness of cider, which is currently consumed in only small quantities in Poland.

His agency, which is under the umbrella of the Health Ministry, is fighting the proposed change, which is to be debated in the Senate after it convenes in late September.

“Poles are not light drinkers; it’s the Eastern European model,” said Krzysztof Brzozka, director of the State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol Related Problems.

Meanwhile, the Embassy of Poland solicited Wizards center Marcin Gortat’s help in encouraging people to request Polish apples. “From my early childhood, I ate a lot of apples,” Gortat says in a new video. “Look how tall I grew. Join me and Mr. Ambassador requesting Polish Freedom Apples. I’m Marcin Gortat from the Washington Wizards.”

Source: Polonia Media Network

Member family welcomes daughter

Beth-and-BabyThe Sadowski Family (Paul (Nest 907), Beth (Nest 79) and Thomas) welcomed a daughter, Alina Joan Sadowski, on Sept. 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM. She weighed in at 7 lbs., 6 oz. and measured 20″. Well-wishers can leave comments at Alina’s own email address, alina.j.sadowski@gmail.com.

The name Alina is a female given name of Greek origin which means “light.” It is still regarded as a relatively rare and exotic name in the western world, despite beginning to be more widely adopted in places such as France and Brazil (as “Aline”), Italy and Spain. Besides its native home, it serves a similar purpose in Poland, Romania, Germany, Russia, Pakistan and Ukraine. In Polish, the meaning of the name Alina is “beautiful.”

Alina’s patron Saint is Saint Alena. Her feast day is given as 17 June by the Polish Breviary but other Polish-language sources also recognize 16 June, 28 July and 16 December, with 16 June and 16 December often being kept in Poland.

Baby and mother are very well.

Nest 79 Members joined in marriage

Scott & TanyaNest 79 Southgate, Mich. Members, Scott Andrew Pawlukiewicz and Tanya Lynn Andryscik, were joined in marriage on June 21, 2014 during a double-ring ceremony held at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church in Muskegon. The bride is the daughter of Kelly and Christine Andryscik of Norton Shores, Mich. The bridegroom is the son of John and Joan Pawlukiewicz of Flat Rock, Mich. A reception was held at the Muskegon Country Club.

The couple took a wedding trip to Hawaii. They reside in Marne, Mich.

Tanya is a 2003 graduate of Muskegon Catholic Central and received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University. She is currently employed by the Michigan Department of Transportation in Grand Rapids as an Assistant Construction Engineer.

Scott is a 2001 graduate of Flat Rock Community High School and received his bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Tech. He is currently employed as a project engineer with TRC Environmental Corp. in Grand Rapids.

Kosciuszko Squadron: Polish-American Allies

The Library Place at Pittsburgh Mills presents “Kosciuszko Squadron: Polish-American Allies” by retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, William Dedig, Jr., on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Find out about Polish Air Force Fighters during WWII who flew for the Allies while their country was being ravaged by the Nazis.

VP Trish: Gorecki Scholarship Program Changes

Since 1999, Polish Falcons of America has been granting scholarships to an amazing group of Falcon Members. As is quite often the case, there comes a time when there is a need for change.

Beginning with the 2015-2016 Program (applications will be available on our site in December of 2014 with a deadline of April 15, 2015), the PFA will now award three $10,000 grants.

The applicants, beginning with 2016-2017, will need to have had a permanent policy in force for at least one year prior to application. Therefore, if you plan on applying in 2016, you need to purchase a policy by April of 2015. College Freshmen, this means you!

If you have any questions, or need help with your insurance issues, please contact me at 800-535-2071 or by email at vptrish@polishfalcons.org.