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The book club that I belong to in Anchorage, Alaska,--the No Angst Book Club meaning you don't have to read the book to come and chat, chose Ruta Sepetys' Between Shades of Gray for this month, and all who came had read it and liked it saying they learned a lot about Lithuania's history from it, and now Lietuva is on their radar screens :)
According to Wikipedia, Talkeetna Air Taxi (est. 1947), originally called Talkeetna Air Service, is an Alaska-based flight company. It operates wheel-ski equipped bush planes [and helicoptors] and is one of less than a half-dozen air services with a permit to land in Denali National Park. Historically business included supply runs to remote homesteads and prospecting claims—though in the past decade traffic has been primarily tourist and climber related [and cabin runs]. Originally started by the legendary Don Sheldon of Alaska, it was bought by Paul Roderick, a 3rd generation Lithuanian-American. Paul's father's family's patronym was originally Radzevicius. Somehow that became…
http://www.musicperformers.lt/Danielius-Sadauskas   Laiduotuves siandien, Antakalnio kapinese in Vilnius. Burial today in Antakalnio Cemetery in Vilnius.   He was a very generous, joyful person who loved his family and his country above all else, and his inimitable voice resonated with emotion. He will be missed.
Svaja Vansauskas Worthington of Chugiak speaks to Alaskastar.com about her Lithuanian heritage and her job as an Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Alaska. “Lithuania has been a big part of my life always,” Alaskastar.com quotes Worthington saying. “I always have been aware of it. It was my first language. Before I became consul, I taught my children and grandchildren the culture of Lithuania.” Read the whole story here.

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