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Congress brief - Left to right: JBANC Managing Director Karl Altau, SFRC Legislative Director Chris Socha, CSCE Senior Advisor Scott Rauland. Photo by Karin Shuey

 

The Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) held its biennial conference on Baltic security on 19-20 May in Washington, DC. World-class experts, diplomats, regional officials, and JBANC and EANC members came together to discuss issues of concern and connect with lawmakers on solidifying their support.

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The first of the much anticipated, life-affirming and life-altering spring floral trinity to appear in Eesti is the toomingas aka toome/puu. A very revered, much sung and written about shrub to tree (8-16 m tall), it is a species of wild cherry, native to northern Europe and n.Asia, south of the Arctic Circle. Its English names are bird cherry, hackberry and Mayday tree (Prunus padus) and although it’s sold as an ornamental plant in North America, it’s not the star it is in Europe. I never knew what all the fuss was about, or even what it was when I was still living in Toronto. Photo: Riina Kindlam

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Heimar, his wife, Beverly, and their grandchildren.

 

Heimar Niit died on October 3, 2016 after a long, courageous battle with leukemia.

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Former President Mauno Koivisto was laid to rest on May 25, 2017 in Helsinki. President Sauli Niinistö pays his last respect to former President Mauno Koivisto. Photo courtesy of ERR News

 

While former Finnish President Mauno Koivisto's decision not to more publicly support Estonia's bid for independence three decades ago was criticized by Finns, what was kept until his death last week was millions of euros' worth of aid funneled to Estonia under the guise of cultural cooperation.

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Photo and text: Riina Kindlam, Tallinn

 

During the 30th annual, SEB pank sponsored mai/jooks (May Run) on 20. mai at the Tallinna laulu/väljak (Song Festival grounds), there was a designated meeste/hoid, as there has been for many years now during the event, which is a naiste/jooks (women's run).

Nation celebrates as landmark 1918 document is tracked down in a German archive months before centenary year, writes The Guardian.

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Mast office visit - From left: Karl Altau (JBANC), Sarah Miller (Rep. Mast staffer), Karin Shuey (EANC), Liv Hega Fears (JBANC). Photo courtesy of JBANC

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Eve Mutso, born in Tallinn, Estonia, is a freelance dancer & choreographer and former Principal Dancer of Scottish Ballet, Scotland’s national dance company, where she danced from 2003 to 2016. 

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