John Kuzmirek: Where did the time go?

Where did the time go? My youngest child Haley is soon to be off to college. She will be attending Duquesne University, Mylan School of Pharmacy, this fall. I had the pleasure of being Haley’s softball coach since she was 12 years old. It was something really special for both of us. It was our “thing”, something that we got to spend a lot of time together doing, and something we both enjoyed tremendously. It was a great experience, and Haley was fortunate to be on a team with the finest group of young ladies and parents around. My wife Paula, Haley and I will cherish the friendships and all the good times traveling and playing tournaments! Although Haley had the opportunity to play in college, she chose a school that doesn’t have a softball team, but has an excellent pharmacy program.

On August 18th she moves into her dorm and Paula and I will officially be “Empty Nesters”. I don’t know how I’m going to feel that day on the ride home. Paula will have to drive as I won’t be able to see through my tears! Although I am extremely proud of the nice young lady she grew up to be, it’s very hard to let go and accept the fact that she is on her own (even though she’s only 30 minutes away from home). I trust that God will guide her to make good decisions and be very successful, but I sure will miss her. Of course Haley can’t wait to start a new chapter in her life.

As most parents in our situation, we didn’t save nearly enough to pay for all of her college expenses. Who does? It’s a reality that hits home as “the day” draws near. I wish I could go back in time to make sure that I would be better prepared. For those of you who are parents of young children, it’s not too late to start preparing for “the day” when you drop your son or daughter off at college. There are many educational saving plans available to help take the stress of college expenses out of the equation and let those tears that will flow down your face, be tears of pure joy and happiness for your child. We have a great resource at Polish Falcons in John Denning who can help you with the financial part of college planning. Reach out to him! Time marches on, so there’s no better time to start! God bless you!

Babcia’s Old Fashioned Onion Skin Dyed Eggs

Kraszanki – Old Fashioned Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs

Materials:
Raw White Eggs (Room Temperature)
Onion Skins (Brown, Red, Purple Or Mixed Skins)
//As Many Skins As Possible//
3 Tablespoons of Vinegar OR 3 Tablespoons of Salt
6 Cups Water
Porcelain Pot with Lid
Paper Towels
Bacon Fat OR Vegetable Oil

Directions:
1) Place onion skins and water into a porcelain pot. 2) Bring mixture to a boil, reduce and simmer for 30 minutes. 2) Cool onion skin dye and remove skins (strain liquid). 3) Add vinegar OR salt to the onion skin dye. 4) Layer raw, room temperature eggs into the liquid. 4) Bring eggs in onion skin dye to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. 5) Simmer for 20 minutes, turn off heat and let eggs cool in the onion skin dye. 6) Remove cooked, dyed, cooled eggs and blot with paper towels. 7) When dry and cool, rub dyed eggs with bacon fat or vegetable oil. 8) Proudly add to your “Swieconka” Easter Basket or table.

Variations Of Kraszanki

Marbleized* Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs

Materials:
Raw White Eggs (Room Temperature)
Onion Skins (Brown, Red, Purple Or Mixed Skins)
//As Many Skins As Possible//
3 Tablespoons of Vinegar OR 3 Tablespoons of Salt
6 Cups Water
Porcelain Pot with Lid
Paper Towels
Bacon Fat OR Vegetable Oil
Cheese Cloth or Cotton cloth
Twist Ties

Directions:
1) Take a 3 inch by 3 inch square of cotton, nylon or cheese cloth. 2) Take a raw white egg and wrap the onion skins around the raw egg. 3) Place the egg in the center of the cloth and bring the edges together, securing the onion skins around the egg. 4) Twist the cloth to form a tightly wrapped egg. 5) Secure the twisted egg with a twist tie. 6) Place 6 cups of water and salt OR vinegar in a large porcelain pot. 6) Bring wrapped egg to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. 5) Simmer for 20 minutes, turn off heat and let eggs cool in the onion skin dye. 6) Remove cooled eggs from the hot water and untwist the cloths to reveal a the marbleized pattern. 7) When dry, rub dyed eggs with bacon fat or vegetable oil. Enjoy a beautiful marbled egg!

*To create leaf imprinted eggs, arrange flat leafed parsley around the egg and secure leaves with cloth and twist ties. Proceed as above beginning with step #6.

Variations Of Kraszanki

Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs For Kids

Materials:
Raw White Eggs (Room Temperature)
Wide Rubber Bands Or Surgical Tape
Onion Skins (Brown, Red Or Purple Skins)
//As Many Skins As Possible//
3 Tablespoons of Vinegar OR 3 Tablespoons of Salt
6 Cups Water
Porcelain Pot with Lid
Paper Towels
Bacon Fat OR Vegetable Oil

Directions:
1) Take a raw white egg and position WIDE rubber bands around the raw egg to create a pleasing pattern. Surgical tape may be also be used to create bands around the eggs. 2) Place eggs in prepared, strained onion skin dye. 3) Cook eggs as directed above (Old Fashioned Onion Skin Dyed Eggs) beginning with step #4. 4) When eggs are cooked and desired shade of dye is achieved, remove from dye and cool. 5) Remove rubber bands or tape from each egg to reveal a beautiful geometric pattern. 6) Dry eggs and rub eggs with bacon fat or vegetable oil.

Dozin’ with the Dinos at The Field Museum

Polish-American Group Outing at The Field Museum in Chicago, Ill.

Date: April 4-5, 2014

Imagine roaming The Field Museum in Chicago, Ill. at night! Bring your sleeping bag and explore one of the most exciting spots in town! Overnights are a unique opportunity for parents and their children, 6-12, to spend the night at the Museum.

The evening begins with orientation and various workshops in the main hall. Stop by Dinosauria! Afterwards, we will watch a performance, munch on a snack, enjoy late night activities, and explore the Museum’s exhibitions, including Inside Ancient Egypt by flashlight.

Group Overnights begin at 5:45 p.m. and end the following morning after 8 a.m.

This is a family-friendly program. Give your children a night to remember.

Cost for Group Overnight is $55 per person. Sign-up now! Space is limited.

Click here for reservation form.

For additional information, please contact:
Polish Women’s Alliance – Vice President Sharon Zago, 1-888-522-1898 Ext. 208
Polish Roman Catholic Union – Vice President Anna Sokolowski, 1-800-772-8632 Ext. 2601
Polish National Alliance – Vice President Paul Odrobina, 1-800-621-3723 Ext. 316
Polish Falcons of America – Vice President Trish Del Busse, 1-800-535-2071

6th Annual Kidz Bowling 4 Kidz

When: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and bowling starts at 1 p.m.

Where: AMF Mt. Lebanon Lanes in Mt. Lebanon, Penn.

Why: Many children who suffer from serious illnesses and diseases are treated at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh every year. The proceeds from this event will benefit Children’s Hospital.

How: Children of all ages (5-99) can qualify.
Need not be a member of a fraternal society to participate. There is no cost to enter the tournament, however, you must have a total of $25 in sponsorships or promised sponsorships prior to entering.

Visit www.bowling4kidz.org for additional information.

All bowlers will roll a three game series (ages 5-7 bowl two games) and will be treated to entertainment, games, face painting, food, prizes and a commemorative t-shirt the day of the event. Also, the bowler who collects the most donations will receive a prize!
T-shirts for ages 18 & under.

The Fraternal Societies of Greater Pittsburgh is sponsoring this fundraiser to benefit the Free Care Fund of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The Fraternal Societies of Greater Pittsburgh is made up of approximately 11 different Fraternal Benefit Societies in the Greater Pittsburgh/Western PA area. The FSGP believes it is a great idea to give youth the opportunity to meet others while raising money for the kids at Children’s Hospital.

For entry form or additional information, contact Karen Pintar at 1-800-843-7675 or by e-mail kpintar@snpj.com.

John Denning: Benevolences of Fraternalism

Courtesy of Kaplan University

Fraternalism and Children

Perhaps in no single field of endeavor does Fraternalism play a greater part than in its work with children. The problems of properly training children are critical; child delinquency is widespread. Every institution that can help to solve such problems in these perilous days is greatly needed.

Through the local units of the Junior Departments of the societies, children are influenced by the principles of Fraternalism during their formative years. The local lodges sponsor activities for children; they are taught how to play, along with the fundamentals of right living. Fraternalism teaches sound morals. In lodge meetings children are taught by precept and by the examples of earnest and upright men and women.

The lodges also develop qualities of leadership in children. They are given positions of responsibility in the lodge and take part in its functions. They learn to speak in public and to work with their peers on worthy and worthwhile projects. Thus they receive good citizenship training and are fitted to take an active part in community work. Through their work in lodges, children learn to understand and to appreciate the value of benevolences. They see these services in action and know their effect upon the home.

Juvenile insurance teaches children the lessons of thrift and savings. As their lives are insured in the society, children can realize the meaning of the basic purposes of life insurance. They learn how life insurance creates estates, because they are building their own life insurance estates. In the lodges they see actual examples of how life insurance protects the home. And because they are given this understanding of life insurance early and because they see the practical example of its beneficiaries, they look with favor on it and become insurance minded. They are taught the sanctity of the home and the place that life insurance has in preserving it.

As the future of the nation rests upon the children of today, so the home life of the future will depend on the character that is developed now in the minds and hearts of our children. The

American Home Must Live

Times change, but worthwhile ideals do not. Home life changes; new comforts and luxuries of living are added and the old and cumbersome methods of the past are no more. But the need for proper home life does not disappear because of a raised standard of living. The home still occupies the most important place in our existence, and the love of home does not change. Our lives still center around our homes and our loved ones.

In recent times, in many ways, home life in America has been threatened and therein lies the responsibility of Fraternalism. By serving its nation, Fraternalism serves humanity.