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Bridges - May 2012

Bridges - May 2012

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Lithuanian-American News Journal, http://javlb.org
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L I T H U A N I A N A M E R I C A N N E W S J O U R N A L
may2012
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“BRIDGES”
(ISSN:87508028)ispublished10timesperyear(Jan./Feb.&Jul./Aug.combined)for$20.00,by
LithuanianAmericanNewsJournal.
Issue:363
Addressofpublicationis:
LAC, Inc./BRIDGES,
78MarkTwainDr.,HamiltonSq.,NJ08690
BRIDGES
istheofficialpublicationoftheLithuanianAmericanCommunity,Inc.
National Executive Board
2715E.AlleghenyAve.,Phila.,PA19134Tel:800-625-1170Fax:856-428-6014
E-mail:LithuanianUSA@yahoo.com
BRIDGES Consultants
Jeanne Dorr EditorGema Kreivenas Art Director/ProductionRimas Gedeika Treasurer & SubscriptionManager
Copyright ©2012 Lithuanian American Community, Inc. All rightsreserved. No part of the publication may be reproduced without writ-ten permission of the publisher. All statements & opinions, includingproduct claims, are those of the organization/advertiser makingthose statements or claims. The publisher does not adopt, or putforth, any such statement or claim as his own, & any such statementor claim does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher.
Addressalleditorialcorrespondenceto:
BRIDGES
JeanneDorr
4 Shrewsbury Yard,Riverton, NJ 08077-1038
E-Mail:Jeanneshalna@aol.com
For subscription & advertising information,please contact: 
LAC, Inc./BRIDGES,
RimasGedeika78MarkTwainDr.,HamiltonSq.,NJ08690
Subscription rate is $20.00 annually, 2 full years for$38.00 (US Mail serviced subscribers). Subscrip-tions to other addresses are (US $35.00), payablein advance (US funds). Periodicals postage paid atTrenton, NJ & additional locations.
ContactusontheInternetat:
http://www.lithuanian-american.org
Postmaster: Send any address correction &/or changes to:
LAC, Inc./BRIDGES,
RimasGedeika
78 Mark Twain Dr.,Hamilton Sq., NJ 08690
c o n t e n t s
BACKCOVER:
The 14th LithuanianFolk Dance Festivalis coming to Boston onJuly 1, 2012
Come experience this celebration of Lithuanian dance and culture!
Lithuanian AmericanCommunity 
ONTACT 
NFORMATION 
:
WEBSITE 
WWW.LITHUANIAN-AMERICAN.ORG
TELEPHONE 
800-625-1170
in this issue
2
editorial
Letter from the Editor 
 Jeanne Dorr 
3
trivia
4
reflections
Sisters and Mothers
 Jeanne Dorr 
5
reflections
 Part 
 III -
My Lithuanian Summer 
Terese˙ Vekteris
9
here at home
A summer to remember 
 Michel Krevenas
10
culture
RETRO- Dance groupSanta Clarita, CA
Sigita Barysiene
10
culture
LAUME - Dance groupfrom Buffalo Grove, IL
 Raimonda
11
culture
AIDAS - Youth Folk Dance Group of Kansas City, Kansas
 Nancy Stegeman
12
photo album
Sisters and Mothers
14
history
T
HOUGHTS REGARDINGTHE COLUMNS OFGEDIMINAS
Saulius V. Ploplys
18
lac news
Cape Cod LithuaniansParticipate in aMulti-Cultural Festival
 Aurelia Nijole Borges
19
reflections
Excerpt from
"We Were There, Too"
 Phillip M. Hoose
22
calendar
FRONT COVER
:
The photo was taken by Msgr. Leonas Jakimavicˇius in the region of Alytus, Lithuania. Msgr. Jakimavicˇius is the pastor of  Alytaus ˇ vcˇ 
.
 M. Marijos Kriksˇcˇioniu˛Pagalbosbazˇnycˇia (Mary Help of Christians Church) in Alytus. He also ministers to the parishionersof the 18th century Church of S ˇ v. Trejybe˙s(Holy Trinity) in the small village of Rumbonys.This church has a holy water font from the17th century. Msgr. Jakimavicˇius enjoys photography and wood sculpting. Some of his sculptures can be found inside the church in Alytus and on the grounds of both parish churches.
TRIVIA QUESTION
 
 Brass Band 
)
Which one of the following had the firstLithuanian Brass Band in America?
(a)-Chicago (b)-Shenandoah (c)-Brooklyn
Answer to Trivia Quizon page 21
ˇ v. Trejybe˙s (Holy Trinity) Church in thevillage of Rumbonys, Lithuania
 Photo by Joanne Antanavage, Phila. PA
 
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here at home
Monika Vaicyte˙ and Inga Kveinyte˙ are students atthe University of Vilnius and natives of Visoginas.They set out together for their great summer ad- venture in Ocean City, New Jersey on a work pro-gram sponsored through the LithuanianWorldCenter (Pasaulio Lietuviu˛ Centras). Ocean Cityhas been an attractive US beach resort for studentsfrom Lithuania for many years because of thefamily like community, a variety of available jobs,affordable living and a small town atmospherewhich is safe and relaxing. But it was anything butrelaxing for these two very bright, industrious andhardworking gals. My Aunt Gema and I met thesedelightful young ladies working as servers atAugie’s Seashore Grille by day. In the evening,Monika works at a kite shop on the boardwalk andInga is a cashier at a nearby pharmacy. Eachworking close to 75 hours a week, both of themare trying to make enough money to do some trav-eling in the US and possibly Europe, and most im-portantly, to save enough cash to finish their senior year at college.When time permits Monika and Inga have en- joyed exploring NYC, Philadelphia, Atlantic Cityand Washington, DC. They are extremely im-pressed by the size of the cities and all museumsand the variety of food, etc. Their boss Eddie atAugie’s has been a great tour guide and guardianangel for them. They enjoy the beach, the vast va-riety of American kitsch at the souvenir stores andthe amusements on the boardwalk. All of this is very different from their favorite beach resort inPalanga. They also pass the time watching moviesand they really enjoy meeting other young peoplewho are working at the shore for the summer.They are not crazy about the huge amount of fried food the boardwalk has to offer and thenagging seagulls hovering around you waiting to pounce.The program offered by LWC only appliesto students in the first three years at univer-sity. The program does allow seniors becausethe US government is concerned that theywill over-stay their visas. In order to qualify for thissummer program one must have a job contact inthe States. A letter is required from the future em-ployer confirming the position and the hiring date.After a contract is completed between the Agency,employee and employer, the applicant must showproof of housing to give to the US Embassy. Afterapproval and clearance from the US immigrationofficials they are issued a visa.Their families await their return anxiously.Monika and Inga are extremely appreciative of what the US has to offer and thankful they weregranted this wonderful opportunity to experiencetime here.
Michel Krevenas 
St. Louis, MO 
Monika Vaicyte and Inga Kveinyte 
     

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