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Centennial year inaugural celebrations were held outdoors simultaneously in Tallinn, Tartu, Kilingi-Nõmme, Haapsalu and Rakvere. In Tallinn, scouts and friends of scouts gathered in Vabaduse väljak / Freedom Square where they lit candles, played games, sang and watched video greetings from other troops. Cake was later served at the Tudengimaja / Student House on Raekoja plats where a video was shown of President Toomas Hendrik Ilves speaking about his vivid memories of Estonian scouting in the U.S. Karolin Lillemäe, editor-in-chief of Eesti Skaut magazine cut the cake honouring the birthday of the founder of Estonian scouting Anton Õunapuu (born Nov. 7, 1887) and marking the opening of the jubilee year of 100 years of Estonian scouting. The first troop was established in 1912 in Pärnu. Anton Õunapuu väljak, the main field at Kotkajärve was named after the phys. ed. teacher who introduced scouting to Estonia and fell fighting its War of Independence in 1919 at the age of 31.


Foreign Minister Urmas Paet reminded us of an issue that has completely disappeared from the agenda: new rounds of EU enlargement. Despite the changes of guard in Athens and Rome, Europe is still desperately trying to overcome its biggest crisis since the end of World War II, to use German Chancellor Merkel’s pompous words. The almighty and all-knowing rating agencies are not impressed by the vigorous statements made by crisis managers Mr. Papademos and Mr. Monti. European Commissioner Rehn spoke discouraging words about the economies of Belgium, Po-land and other member states. And even the Nether-lands, traditionally considered to be an economic stronghold i.e. a solid outpost of the Bundesbank, are facing rising bond yields.


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.


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