Author: Adrian Bryttan

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – For 17 years, families that adopted children from Ukraine have been reconnecting at the Ukrainian National Foundation’s (UNF) Soyuzivka Heritage Center during annual Adoptive Families’ Weekend (AFW). Participants of the weekend event often look forward to the annual gathering, especially the many children who often become lifelong best buddies and even “soul mates” after spending time together at Soyuzivka. Although some don’t remember much of their homeland and may speak little Ukrainian as they have largely grown up in the United States, all of the children expressed longing to discover more of their roots and their heritage.…

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KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Amid the traditional pageantry and celebration, a central goal of the Ukrainian National Foundation’s (UNF) 2022 Cultural Festival, held on July 15-18 at the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y., was to raise funds and support for Ukraine, which has for five months been defending itself in a full-scale war launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24. Beginning with the Fundraising Gala on the evening of July 15, and continuing with all of the guest artists and speakers over the weekend, visitors grew to understand the importance of providing humanitarian aid for refugees from Ukraine,…

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Ukrainian National Foundation Board Member Valentyna Tabaka wears any number of hats – but to most, she is simply the beloved “Pani Valya” (Ms. Valya). Ms. Tabaka is the second vice president of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America. She works as wound care manager at the Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, N.J., and she is in close contact with the chiefs of medicine of many nearby hospitals. Ms. Tabaka coordinated with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to distribute medical equipment to the front lines, and to numerous hospitals in Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Uman,…

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Born in the Uzhhorod region of Ukraine, Petro Maha is known for his work in Ukrainian television, on stage, and, recently, for his war-poem videos on YouTube. On July 16, he screened these videos and recited from his book, “Poems from the trenches.” In an interview with this reporter, he spoke on a wide range of subjects. Upon the Russian invasion, Mr. Maha joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine to serve with the air defense of Kyiv. He notes with pride that every member of his theater group stepped up to the challenge – women volunteered for various jobs, while…

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Two instruments produced by Genadyne Biotechnologies, Stryker Corporation and Zimmer Biomet were the prime medical request from the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Ukrainian National Foundation President Wasyl Sheremeta explained the significance of their timely use, both in combat and in hospitals. He said that, during the U.S. Civil War, the number one cause of death was infection. The negative pressure wound therapy pump addresses this problem by means of a powerful pump which can be applied to the largest of wounds for extended periods of time. It offers variable intensity settings to combat sepsis. It can be reused as needed, and…

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KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Delegates to the 40th Regular Convention of the Ukrainian National Association (UNA) met on May 13-15 in the mountain heights of the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonskon, N.Y., where they elected Roman Hirniak the next president and chief executive officer and six individuals to a new Corporate Board of Directors, as well as two of three members of the Audit Committee. The 40th Convention marked the final transition from procedures and traditions that have been familiar to UNA members for decades to a more streamlined corporate governance structure. As a result of major changes to federal and…

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KERHONKSON, N.Y. – As an insurance company, the Ukrainian National Association (UNA) relies on sales of its life policies and annuities for much of its income. And Lubov Streletsky, a UNA Advisor and delegate to the organization’s 40th Regular Convention, has been one of the organization’s top producers for decades. She was honored at the 40th Convention for writing 51 policies over the last four years. In talking with The Ukrainian Weekly, Ms. Streletsky shared some of her “trade secrets.” A warm and sociable personality, she easily relates with almost anyone. Ms. Streletsky devotes her weekends to traveling to numerous…

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KERHONKSON, N.Y. – During his report to the Ukrainian National Association’s 40th Regular Convention, Second Vice-President Eugene Serba expressed regret over the small number of applicants (50) for UNA Scholarships. So, it was a hopeful sign that a group of younger delegates not only attended the convention, but also took an active part in many lively discussions. They shared their impressions with this reporter. For Volodymyr Myshchuk, from UNA Branch 13 in Albany, this was his second convention. Mr. Myshchuk affirmed the importance of participating “to help the community stay strong and keep the culture alive.” Petro Fill, also from…

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Andrew NynkaStephen Barankewicz (center, wearing a Soyuzivka t-shirt) was recently named the new manager of the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y. He and a group of some 50 volunteers gathered at the center for a work weekend on April 29-May 1.KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Stephen Barankewicz was recently named the new manager of the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y., and he believes there are a number of things that make the center special. But one in particular stands out for him. “The gem of Soyuzivka is its million-dollar view of the Catskill foothills,” Mr. Barankewicz told The Ukrainian Weekly.…

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NEW YORK – The first New York screening of the Ukrainian fantasy-historical film “The Amulet of the Kingdom” (Oberih Natsiyi) took place at the Ukrainian Institute of America on December 12. Following advance viewings in the United States, Canada and Australia, it will be presented in Ukrainian theaters in 2022. “Amulet” deserves wide attention, because...

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