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Monday, 01 September 2014 18:59

The Right Visit at the Right Time

In advance of the NATO summit on Sept 4–5 in the United Kingdom, President Obama will visit Tallinn, Estonia, to meet with presidents of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

On Tuesday, 19 August, Lietuvos Bankas issued two collectors coins – 25 and 50 litas - dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way, reports the Bank of Lithuania.

If you are in Utah and longing for Lithuanian culture, don’t miss the Lithuanian folklore song-and dance-ensemble “Šiaudelė”, scheduled to perform and dance at the Springville World Folkfest from July 28th through Aug 2nd, 2014.

European leaders announced July 23 in Brussels that Lithuania will become the 19th country to use the euro, with the currency entering circulation there on January 1, 2015.

Barbara Rimkunas, a curator of the Exeter Historical Society, shares her experience in tracking down Lithuanian heritage.

Lithuania’s ambassador to the United States Žygimantas Pavilionis was in Brattleboro on June 6 to announce that local resident Kerry Secrest will serve as the Vermont Honorary Consul of Lithuania.

Pavilionis said for a small country like Lithuania the honorary counsuls serve an important role in reaching out to local populations to spread Lithuanian culture, as well as to open up business opportunities and trade between the two countries.
The consulate was opened in Vermont during the Strolling of the Heifers weekend to recognize that both Lithuania and Vermont have strong agricultural economies.

The ambassador encouraged summit attendees to take the opportunity for bilateral cooperation and use strengths of the both countries.

Kerry Secrest is an American Lithuanian of the fourth generation. After graduating from Vilnius University in 1991, she spent two years in Vilnius, where she was teaching English. After returning to the United States Secrest joined the new Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as the Advisor for Educational and Cultural Affairs. She left four years later to get her graduate degree at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, and after working a few years in Washington, D.C., for the American Red Cross Secrest moved in 2003 to Brattleboro.

In an intreview to Reformer Secrest said:

I am fortunate to know a lot of people in Lithuania in a number of sectors and how to leverage those relationships to facilitate economic and cultural opportunities for both Lithuania and Vermont. Lithuania is situated at the geographic center of Europe. It could serve as a great connection to Europe for Vermont exports, and a gateway in particular to Eastern Europe for Vermont businesses.

 

The Hoover Institution's newest exhibition, Revolutions in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Democracy, 1989-1990, features several images of Lithuania's role.

“Seni krienai” (Old horseradishes) from Texas bagged the trophy at The 11th Lithuanian Embassy Basketball Tournament, Saturday, June 7th, after clinching a 66-65 victory against last year’s winner “Gelezinis Vilkas” (Iron Wolf) from New York.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed May 22 H.R. 4435, the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included an amendment by Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) aimed at recognizing the victims of Soviet Communist and Nazi regimes and designating August 23 as the “Black Ribbon Day”.

Kerry Secrest of Brattleboro, Vermont has been appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania to the State of Vermont.

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