Category Archives: Miscellania

Memorial Service for Jonathan Ratila 01/26/20

There will be a memorial service for Jonathan Ratila, long term Raivaaja business manager, on Sunday, January 26th , 2:00 PM in the Saima Park Function Hall, Scott Road, Fitchburg. There will be some music, time to share memories, and … Continue reading

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New PM in Finland; she is 34 (the world’s youngest.)

Finland has a new government, headed by Social Democratic Party vice chair, Sanna Marin. The administration is Finland’s 76th. At just 34 years old, Marin, the former Minister for Transport and Communications, is now the world’s youngest premier. Her cabinet … Continue reading

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FINNISH BREAKFAST! Saturday, January 25,

Saturday, January 25, at the Function Hall at Saima Park. 8:00-10:00. PANNUKAKKU BREAKFAST: Oven pancake, bacon, sausage, fruit, Finnish coffee bread, juice, coffee/tea/cocoa. $8. Finnish coffee bread loaves available for purchase. Raivaaja* Foundation will have an information table. *Raivaaja will … Continue reading

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The novel “Crossing” by Finnish writer Pajtim Statovci nominated for National Book Award

The National Book Foundation has announced its longlist for the National Book Awards for 2019.   The categories are Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Translated Literature and Young People’s Literature.  The novel Crossing by Finnish writer Pajtim Statovci is one of nine … Continue reading

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‘Finland’s Munch’: the unnerving art of Helene Schjerfbeck | Art and design

One of her country’s most celebrated artists, Schjerfbeck is little known in the UK, but now her singular paintings will be seen in a major exhibition.. More at: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/06/helene-schjerfbeck-finnish-painter-royal-academy

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Purl jam: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship

JOENSUU, Finland (AP) — Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland. With … Continue reading

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Girl Scouts around the World

Natalie Robb, great granddaughter of Sirkka and Olavi Tastula of Fitchburg, represented Finland at a Westminster Girl Scout Juniors, Troop 64651, event held at the Westminster Senior Center on June 8, 2019. The Scouts were working for their “Bronze Award … Continue reading

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‘A miracle’: Helsinki’s radical solution to homelessness

Finland is the only EU country where homelessness is falling. Its secret? Giving people homes as soon as they need them – https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/03/its-a-miracle-helsinkis-radical-solution-to-homelessness

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Suomi on jääkiekon maailmanmestari (Finland Wins Hockey Championship)

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/selkouutiset/maanantai_2752019_radio/10804725

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TWA Hotel Opens at JFK, Giving New Life to Saarinen’s Flight Center

“We need those to pay for this,” says developer Tyler Morse, standing in the middle of Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport. “Those” are the two seven-story, black-glass buildings containing 512 hotel rooms, built at … Continue reading

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