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Subject: BB News no. 147 dtd Jan, 31, 2006
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 08:45:02 EST


THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 147
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Our 11th Year- Issued monthly as email by )
January 31, 2006
(c) 2006 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)

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This first section of our 2-section newsletter concerns:

1. LDS Family History Center Fees To Increase
2. Are Bank Fees For Foreign Money Transfers Increasing?
3. BB Member Response To Newsletter Blocking Encouraging
4. Hungarian Descendant Searching For Burgenland Ancestors From
Kukmirn-Zahling
5. Allentown Hungarian Church Will Not Close
6. Minnesota Now Has 100 BB Members

1. LDS FAMILY HISTORY CENTER FEES TO INCREASE (from Margaret Kaiser)

(ED. Note: The most important source of Burgenland records available to us in
the US are the LDS microfilm copies of the Burgenland Church and Civil
Records. Available at LDS Family History Centers throughout the US, they can be
rented and scanned at the centers for a very modest rental fee. I received my
initial family history push by using these records. Without that experience I
would not have founded the BB or be editing this newsletter. The fee for their use
barely covers their postage from Salt Lake City and they must be the biggest
genealogical bargain in the world today. If you are not familiar with the LDS
or these records, use our URL links to visit the LDS website.)

Margaret writes: This was excerpted from Dick Eastman's Newsletter/Blog:

Family History Center Microfilm Rental Fees Increase

The following is an excerpt from an announcement to all Family History Center
Directors from the Family History Support department of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints:

The microfilm circulation loan fees will be changed effective 15 January
2006.

Loan fees for microfilm will change from $3.25 to $5.50.
Microfiche fees will remain at 15 per fiche.
All renewals, including films ordered at the $3.25 fee, will be renewed at
the new rate of $5.50.
This fee change, the first since February 1997, is needed to keep pace with
increasing costs. Continue to use the current Microfilm and Microfiche Order
Card (35068) and Microfilm and Microfiche Order Sheet (31895)
Please note that the new fees still include return postage.

Posted by Dick Eastman on December 28, 2005 | Permalink


2. ARE BANK FEES FOR FOREIGN MONEY TRANSFERS INCREASING? (from Bob Strauch
and others)

Bob writes: Have you encountered problems (like this)? I just had a call from
a BG-member from Whitehall asking me how to send the BG dues overseas or if I
do it en- masse. Recently, she sent money overseas to a friend in Gerersdorf
via personal check. Now she's received a letter from her bank advising her to
not send cash or personal checks abroad, or she'll be fined (probably meant
she'd be charged a fee.)

Editor's reply: I use the same bank. I always send my BG dues check directly
to the BG office in Güssing, without a problem. I've not heard from the bank r
e my last check (a few months ago). I know of nothing that prohibits sending
money overseas. Some banks charge high rates for money exchange and perhaps
this bank is joining them. The banking system can dream up many ways to make
money while paying miniscule interest on deposits.

Bob replies: I've gotten some feedback (see below) on this personal check to
Europe thing.

I talked to Günther Decker to see how he sends money to the BG. His method:
money order in US$. That was my method as well, and there was no problem. I
can remember a few times when I used a money order to buy merchandise (books,
records) or pay dues (not to the BG) where the money order was returned or I was
advised to not send money orders again because the banks over there were
imposing such a high service charge.

Last year, when the BG asked me to order a gift basket for somebody in
Whitehall, they sent me the money in cash (US$) with registered mail.

I suspect what happened to our member is that her bank has invented a new
service charge. One would think that in this age of high tech, international
banking would be more streamlined.

Chicago Editor Tom Glatz writes:
Since we have so many people here who subscribe to the BG newspaper, 3 years
ago I opened a special checking account at a neighborhood bank under the BG
name. I usually send one or two checks to the BG during the year. I haven't had
any problems doing it this way. I work with a small bank in Chicago and they
know I send the check(s) overseas. The banks are always thinking of something.
It surprises me however, in this day of globalization with global banking! I
would think it would be easier & less costly, especially with a EU member
country.

From another BB member: I sent my BG dues in September via a personal check
using the same bank. It took almost 2 months for the money to come out of my
account but otherwise I didn't have a problem.


3. BB MEMBER RESPONSE TO NEWSLETTER BLOCKING ENCOURAGING

Sometimes we only react to the downside of a problem. Like the government,
the squeaky wheel gets the oil and we forget the "silent majority." I was very
annoyed concerning the November and December BB newsletter distribution
problems. I now feel we have a viable solution (see BB News Special Edition Dated
Jan. 2, 2006.) On the plus side we received many supportive comments about our
special edition, fragments of which I'd like to share. I'd like to print them
all but space just doesn't permit. Our thanks to all who offered words of
encouragement, concern for our well-being and best wishes for the future.

Our members write: (names and addresses withheld)

*Thanks again for another year of dedication to the work you do on
Burgenland. The newsletters provide an interesting read for me. My wife and I hope to
visit (Burgenland) again in April.

* I received both parts (of the newsletter), no problem. THANK YOU and your
helpers for all your work, and worries. It is certainly appreciated.

*Thank you for tending the garden of the Burgenland Bunch! I have been the
beneficiary of your labor.

*Because of your work, I was moved to travel to the tiny village of
Glashuetten near Lockenhaus, and was able to see the house in which my grandmother was
born.

* You mention that the staff's efforts to further the aims of BB are
basically un-rewarded and I realize that I haven't told you how much I appreciate what
you and the staff do--and have done over the past 10 years--to publish such a
professional, informative and interesting newsletter. I am always delighted
to see it in my mailbox.

* (The BB) is such a valuable asset to all of us with connections to the
Burgenland and it has enabled me to put into context the life of my ancestors.
Stories in the BB fill my imagination of what life must have been like for them
in the 1800's. I recently read something about how family constellations can
affect our lives today; knowing about the lives of those who have gone before
us can help us to understand much in the way of current family dynamics. From
personal experience, the BB encouraged me to go to Austria and search out
information about my family.

*Thank you for all the work you do to send the newsletters. I do receive it
without a problem. I am so thankful for the exchange of information. I will
again be going to Nickelsdorf to visit with relatives that I didn't know existed
until I attended a BB Picnic in Eagan MN in 2002. What a great group of
people.

*Thanks to you and all your helpers for continuing with the newsletter
despite all the hassles of dealing with internet providers. I read each newsletter
faithfully and feel I know much more now about the land where my grandmother
was born than I ever would have learned from reading a book.

*Please never doubt that the members of the Burgenland Bunch, do not
appreciate all that you and your
staff do for us. I imagine that some, like me, don't feel that they have the
knowledge and writing skills to convey how we look forward to our newsletter
every month. That's why we get out of sorts when we don't receive it. You are a
part of the good things in our lives.

*When I first discovered the Burgenland Bunch, I really thought that I was in
a minority. It has been an informative, educational, sometimes humorous, and
altogether delightful experience. I sometimes wish that more information was
(available) in English. I also wish that more information covered the towns
that I am interested in, but I am realistic about this. I have learned much in
the past years and it's all because of you.

*AOL has been a problem for many people (I also send a short newsletter to a
small club and they are the only ones who give me trouble.) It can be
frustrating. Good luck with this. Alles gute fur Neues Jahr 2006.
Vielen Dank.


4. HUNGARIAN DESCENDANT SEARCHING FOR BURGENLAND ANCESTORS FROM
KUKMIRN-ZAHLING (suggested by Margaret Kaiser)

(ED. Note: I sent the following request to BB Editor Margaret Kaiser. The
query and her answer follow:)

In a message dated 1/7/06, writes:

Dear Genealogy Group! I want to join your group. ( I speak English a little
bit, sorry. Is there possibility communicating language of Hungary?) I want to
find my family tree. Their names were Kaiser and Pumm from Kukmirn (was
Kukmér) and Zahling. Énekes Ferenc, Budapest

Editor's reply: Sorry we can't communicate in Hungarian. Your English is
understandable-why not try it. Kukmirn and Zahling in the south of Burgenland are
well known to us. Check our Surname and Village Listings. Also search our
newsletter archives. See below for address. My own family come from the Zahling
-Kukmirn area. ( Invitation Letter also sent.)

Margaret Kaiser writes: Dear Énekes Ferenc, Welcome to the Burgenland
Bunch(BB). I am the BB editor for the Szt. Gotthard and Jennersdorf Districts in
Burgenland. My language is English, and a little German. Here are some ideas
for you to explore.

Go to
http://www.familysearch.org
Find "Find a Family History Center Near Your Home"
Enter: "Hungary" in the field, and click OK.

You will find that there is a Family History Center in Budapest at
Budapest Hungary
Huvosvolgyi Utca 94 B
Budapest, Pest County, Hungary
Phone: 36-1-135-3698

Other centers are in Debrecen, Pecs and Szeged.

Now go back to http://www.familysearch.org
On the right side of the screen, find "Search Genealogy Records & Library.
Below is "Explore the Family History Library Catalog."
Click on Family History Library Catalog.
At the next screen, click on "Place Search."
Now you will see, "Search for matching places." In the Place field, enter
Kukmirn and then click Search.
Now you will see Kukmirn, Austria, Burgenland, Kukmirn. Click on Kukmirn.
Now you will see what is available on microfilm for Kukmirn. There are
Church and Civil records. If you click on these you will see more information.
The church records are from 1828-1895 and are for the evangelical and Roman
Catholic churches. If you click you will see what films are available.

Examples:

Anyakönyvek, 1828-1895
Evangélikus Egyház, Kukmér (Main Author)
Az eredeti iratok mikrofilmrevétele Budapesten a Magyar Országos Levéltárban
történt.
Evangelical Church register of births, marriages and deaths for Kukmér, Vas,
Hungary, now Kukmirn, Burgenland, Austria.
Hungary, Vas, Kukmér - Church records
Austria, Burgenland, Kukmirn - Church records
Language Hungarian German
Kereszteltek 1828-1881 - VAULT INTL Film [ 700678 ]
Kereszteltek 1881-1895 - FHL INTL Film [ 700679 ]
Házasultak 1828-1895 - FHL INTL Film [ 700680 ]
Halottak 1828-1895 - FHL INTL Film [ 700681 ]

Anyakönyvek, 1828-1895
Római Katólikus Egyház, Kukmér (Main Author)
Language Hungarian Latin
Kereszteltek, házasultak, halottak 1828-1895 - FHL INTL Film [ 700677 ]


These are the civil records - after October 1895
Anyakönyvek, 1895-1920
Kukmér (Vas). Anyakönyvi Hivatal (Main Author)
Az eredeti iratok mikrofilmrevétele Budapesten a Magyar Országos Levéltárban
történt.
Civil registers of births, marriages and deaths for Kukmér, Vas, Hungary, now
Kukmirn, Burgenland
Hungary, Vas, Kukmér - Civil registration
Austria, Burgenland, Kukmirn - Civil registration
Language Hungarian
Születtek 1895-1903 - VAULT INTL Film [ 700325 ]
Születtek 1904-1920 - VAULT INTL Film [ 700326 ]
Házasultak 1895-1920 - FHL INTL Film [ 700327 ]
Halottak 1895-1906 - VAULT INTL Film [ 700328 ]
Halottak 1907-1920 - VAULT INTL Film [ 700329 ]

Zahling is just a little more complicated. The Roman Catholics in Zahling
attended church in Köningsdorf. The Lutherans attended church in Zahling. The
civil (after October 1895) records for Zahling are in Eltendorf. If you will
tell me which records you are interested in, I can help you find your films.

Films may be rented, read and copied at the Family History Center in
Budapest.

For Kukmirn photos see:
http://www.best-of-burgenland.com/
click Bezirk Güssing, then click Kukmirn
There is also a history of Kukmirn (German and English).

For Zahling photos see:
http://www.best-of-burgenland.com/
click on Bezirk Jennersdorf, then click Zahling.
There is also a history of Zahling (German and English)

I hope this information is helpful to you. Please write again if you have
questions. It will be very nice to exchange Burgenland information with you.
My name is Kaiser, but these Kaisers are not from Burgenland. I wish you much
success in your search.


5. ALLENTOWN HUNGARIAN CHURCH WILL NOT CLOSE (from Bob Strauch)
Parishioners of St. Stephen of Hungary Church are breathing a sigh of relief
since the Allentown Catholic Diocese has postponed a decision on whether the
church should be sold as reported in previous BB news. (see Jan. 26 Allentown
Morning Call for full story.)
6. MINNESOTA NOW HAS 100 BB MEMBERS

Hannes Graf, membership editor sends the following: "Minnesota has reached
100 Members."

(ED Note: If you haven't already done so, check our webpage-"Where We Are"
available from the Homepage. Hannes keeps track of member demographics and
you'll be surprised how far Burgenland immigrant descendants are scattered. In
addition it can tell you how many nearby BB members you might want to contact. In
this case, descendants in Minnesota appear to be very interested in their
ancestors who arrived mostly in the early years of the great migration period
1880-1924.)

Newsletter continues as no. 147A


From:
Subject: BB News no. 147A dtd Jan, 31, 2006
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 08:46:07 EST


THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 147A
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Our 11th Year- Issued monthly as email by )
January 31, 2006
(c) 2006 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)


This second section of our 2-section newsletter concerns:

1. Burgenland Birthplace Of Gustav Klimt?
2. Illegitimacy Can Remove A Whole Branch Of The Family Tree
3. Janossmorja (Hungary) Created From Three Villages In 1970
4. Finding Genealogical Help
5. Typical Request To Join The BB-Burgauberg
6. New Burgenland Related Website
7. Lehigh Valley, PA Obit
8. Meixner Music Releases A New CD With Burgenland Music
9. Lehigh Valley, PA Activities

1. BURGENLAND BIRTHPLACE OF GUSTAV KLIMT? (from Margaret Kaiser & Bob
Strauch)

(ED Note: I always enjoy being copied when Margaret and Bob exchange email.
Margaret finds interesting material, which generally leads to even more
interesting comment from Bob. Twinning involves two villages agreeing to treat each
other as twins like Stegersbach, Austria and Northampton, PA)

Margaret writes: An extract from an article I found.

Historical footnote marks twinning ceremony for Austro-Hungarian border
villages.
Budapest Sun, The (Hungary)
September 2, 2004
Author: Anonymous

"A small village of 640 souls near the Hungarian-Ukrainian border has become
the first (in what was Bereg County) to be twinned with an EU member state
settlement. Baumgarten in Austria's Burgenland, was officially twinned with
Csaroda on August 13, (2004) in an event sponsored by Austrian Airlines.

Both are frontier villages, as Baumgarten lies on the border with Hungary.
Csaroda is just 8km from the crossing into Ukraine. A delegation of 25 people,
including the mayor of Baumgarten were flown by Austrian Airlines to Csaroda
for a four-day program.... A gulyás party was also arranged using a genuine
gulyás kettle.

Baumgarten is principally famous as the birthplace of Gustav Klimt - the
Austrian avant- Garde painter -born on July 14, 1862, and for its Pauliner
monastery."

Bob Strauch responds: Gustav Klimt a Bglder? This called for an
investigation. The result:

"The painter Gustav Klimt was born on 14 July 1862 in Baumgarten (today a
part of the 14th district in Vienna - Linzer Strasse 247). His father was an
immigrant from Bohemia."

(ED note: There is a Baumgarten im Burgenland, but not the one where Klimt
was born. There are four Baumgartens in Austria. We aren't the only ones having
trouble keeping these Austrian villages straight.) Too bad we can't claim
Klimt although some might say, "it's a good thing.")



2. ILLEGITAMACY CAN REMOVE A WHOLE BRANCH OF THE FAMILY TREE

A member writes: One complication (in my search) is that my grandmother was
illegitimate and I don't know if she used her mother's maiden name or her
stepfather's name.

Reply: This question has come up before. I doubt if there is one family that
doesn't have the problem when researching family history over many
generations. This can remove a whole main branch of the family, but I've learned some
things about illegitimacy that may help.

Check all the cases of illegitimacy occurring at the churches involved in
your search during your time frame ( the baptismal records tell whether a birth
is legitimate.) Sometimes the decision is one involving only late posting of
bans. The priests then often make notes concerning the father-if the father
isn't mentioned, the mother's surname is used. Pay particular attention to the
god-parents names, often a clue. Also if you check a few years backward and
forward, you may find another entry for your g-grandmother with another birth.
Often happens and even more often there is a later marriage between the mother of
an illegitimate child and it's natural father. Many young people married late
for economic reasons and nature took its course. As one of my village
grandmothers said to me when I queried an illegitimate family birth-:"Everyone knew
who the father was!"

More difficult cases are those involving men of the household where a young
woman may have been working. They can be real dead ends for proof but it's
always worth digging further-someone always knew who the father was. Of course
many land owners or entrepreneurs took advantage of their female workers or
servants. The cigar factory in Szt. Gotthard (employing dozens of women) was
notorious for illegitimate births, the issue frequently raised by the grandparents
and the parties involved marrying later. Then there are the Viennese orphans
who were adopted. Lots of unsolvable problems there. It always pays to dig a
little further even in these cases.

An eminent historian once wrote, "Over half of the royal and aristocratic
births of European nobility were illegitimate. It was a lucky child who knew its
father." The "bar sinistre" on many of the European coats of arms bear this
out. It could only have been worse among the peasant population.

The really rough ones are those involving incest and I'm sure there was a lot
of that given the high death rate among mothers, not to mention the cases
resulting from military campaigns and Turkish and Hungarian raids. A number of
children born to Turkish rape cases as well as abandoned camp follower children
were raised by Güssing aristocracy as wards and baptized RC. I mentioned the
names of some in an older newsletter.

Just another area of family history, but as long as we follow paternal
bloodlines when establishing pedigree, it will continue to be a problem. In the
final analysis, remember that a tree does not need all of its branches-just many
in total!


3. JANOSSMORJA CREATED FROM THREE VILLAGES IN 1970

(ED note: Janossmorja, Hungary is a village very close to the northern
Burgenland Lake County border. This area supplied many immigrants to the US during
the early part of the Burgenland Auswanderung. The late merger of villages can
cause problems for those researching this area.)

A member writes: I initially contacted you because family tradition says my
grandfather John Huss came from St Johann and my grandmother Mary Fuchs from St
Peter. I learned the villages of St Johann and St Peter were merged as
Janossmorja, Hungary. They were Roman Catholic and I have their precise birth dates
and year of their marriage and there are records for those villages in the
LDS Library. I read them all during a recent trip to Salt Lake City and came
across many Husses, but not mine. Have you any further suggestions of where I
might search?

Reply: The first thought is that they used some church other than their own
parish. Are you sure they were RC and not Protestant? Both villages were their
own parish with their own churches so you'd think either the bride or groom's
church would have been used for the marriage-search the records of both. As
far as the baptism's go-they could have taken place in their mother's former
church so that would take you back to the church of the grandparents-maybe a
nearby village.

One that comes to mind is Somorja (Pusztasomorja-German Wüst Sommereien) the
third village that was incorporated in Janossmorja in 1970. It is just to the
west of Mosonszentjanos and had its own parish church. Mosonmagyarovar (to
the east) could also be a possibility but that's a big parish. with a population
of over 31,000 today -created from Moson (Wieselburg) and Ovar (Ungarisch
Altenburg) in 1939. Combined chrurches in 1873 had over 7500 RC parishioners.

There are (were) about 15 parishes in the district (Jaras-Bezirk) of
Magyar-Ovar in Moson Megye so you'd spend some time looking at all of them. I
certainly would try Somorja.



4. FINDING GENEALOGICAL HELP

In a message dated 12/31/ writes:

"I would very much like to hire someone who can help me find out more about
our Hollendonners (and/or Pums) from the Burgenland area. My understanding of
German is negligible, based on studying it years ago in high school. Can you
help me find a researcher in Austria (in the Burgenland area) who can help and
who speaks better English than I speak German?"

Reply: We are very reluctant to advise members of available Genealogists. We
can't determine their Burgenland expertise and they can be very expensive. We
prefer to provide self-help data from our websites. Have you used our Surname
lists, Village lists, Archives, Map Sites, Internet Family History connections
etc? You need no German to use our sites-as we are the premier English
language Burgenland site on the Internet. As a start, search any of the previously
mentioned BB Homepage sites for any reference to your family names. I know you
will find reference to Pum (Pumm) in Güssing.

If you would still like to secure the services of a Genealogist, you may find
one on the Internet. Try our Homepage URL list. You will find them listed at
various sites.


5. TYPICAL REQUEST TO JOIN THE BB-BURGAUBERG

Some requests to join merely say, "subscribe" (they get an email Invitation
Letter and we rarely hear more from them), others send more data than we need,
(they too get an Invitation Letter explaining how to join and we do hear from
them.) A very few find our Homepage and send us exactly what's required. I'm
then inclined to be generous and give them some extra help. Following is a
recent request.

I am very interested in becoming a member of The Burgenland Bunch.

Helen M. Boss, ; Ruther Glen, VA. HIRSCHBECK,
Burgauberg. Settled in the Bronx, NY in 1922.

Reply. I'll give you a special start. Burgauberg (Hungarian name Burgohegy
prior to 1921) is in the district of Güssing in southern Burgenland. Parish
church is in Burgau (Styria) and the civil records are in Stegersbach. The LDS has
the birth, marriage and death records from 1828-1921 on microfilm, available
from any of their family history centers. There are still 8 Hirschbeck
families living in Burgauberg. Amalgamated today with Neudauberg, the combined
villages have 1253 inhabitants. Established about 1345, it was part of what became
Herrschaft (Domain) Burgau, part of the then domains of Cseh von Leva and
Eberhard von Polheim bordering the river Lafnitz. Settled by both Croatian and
German settlers it later came under the control of the Güssing Herrschaft
(Batthyany family). It saw much grief during the many Turkish & Hungarian wars as well
as during WWII when it was part of the Russian front in 1945. Schoolhouse
built 1871, Volkschule built in Neudauberg 1878. Fifty-eight men died or were
missing from the villages as the result of WWI. Inhabitants took an active part
in the activity that joined the two villages to Austria as opposed to Hungary
in 1921. It became part of the Russian Zone of occupation until 1955 when
Austria again became independent. Still has an agrarian economy with fruit, corn
and vegetables as staple crops. Check our website for more. (A Welcome Letter
followed and we had another member.)


6. NEW BURGENLAND RELATED WEBSITE

Eleanor Zach, Webmaster for the Bruederschaft der Burgenlaender, one of the
oldest Burgenland ethnic groups writes:

The Bruederschaft der Burgenlaender (Brotherhood of the Burgenlaender Sick &
Death Benevolent Society) of New York is pleased to announce our new website
at http://www.burgenlaender.us/

We have included a link to your website on our LINKS page. WE KINDLY REQUEST
THAT YOU ADD A LINK TO OUR WEBSITE ON YOUR SITE (done). Comments and
suggestions are welcome.


7. LEHIGH VALLEY, PA OBIT (from Bob Strauch)

Jan. 20, Johanna Vollmann of Allentown died at the age of 94. She was born in
Deutsch Kaltenbrunn, Burgenland to the late Josef and Julianna Zach and was
the wife of the late Rudolf Vollmann also born in Deutsch Kaltenbrunn, the son
of the late Frank and Anna (Wallitsch) Vollmann.


8. MEIXNER MUSIC RELEASES A NEW CD WITH BURGENLAND MUSIC
I spent some delightful hours listening to a new CD sent by Al Meixner. It
included 8 Burgenland pieces that were exceptionally fine. The CD title is "The
Music of Al Meixner-vol.2" Those of us born and raised in the Lehigh Valley
are fortunate to have many musicians who continue to play, write and record the
music of their ethnic heritage-the Meixners are prominent among them.
As I listen to the music I feel I hear clues to the homeland the people left
prior to migrating to the Burgenland area. This CD has at least one from a US
immigrant who referred to the Burgenland as his home-a continuous thread.
Grandfather Meixner may have written "In Burgenland steht unser haus"- a nice
gift to his descendants! Maybe we can trace family history through music even
though each generation changes it ever so slightly. Listening to folk music from
south Burgenland I think I hear music from places like Swabia, Franconia and
the Rhineland. Music has no borders but it must live on in our genes.
You can find out more by going to Al Meixner Music / Euro-Class Music at
http://www.almeixner.com/rcat/page1.html or www.almeixner.com
As the Meixner logo says, "Music is the Heartbeat of Culture"

9. LEHIGH VALLEY ACTIVITIES (extracted from Morning Call, courtesy Bob
Strauch)
* "RECIPES WANTED: Fastnachts for the 21st century... the Morning Call is
looking for an update on the Valley's traditional pre-Lenten pastry. Think
fastnachts that are contemporary, maybe even - healthy." (BB Editor: no such thing!)

"Traditional fastnachts are heavy and hole-less doughnuts, made with yeast or
baking powder, with or without mashed potatoes, deep fried and served with
sugar, jelly ....They are eaten on Fastnacht Day, the Pennsylvania Dutch (read
German) equivalent of .... Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 28 this year."
"Send recipes to Morning Call Fastnacht Recipes, 101 N. Sixth St., Allentown,
PA 18101; by e-mail send to . Include category
(Master Class or Made at Home), name, address and phone number. Questions? Call
Joanna Poncavage at 610-820-6754."
*January 28, 2006. The vocal ensemble of the Lehigh Saengerbund (Singing
Society in German) presented its inaugural Liederabend (Evening of Song) written
by some of the greatest composers in the German language. The 8 p.m. concert
was held at the Bethlehem Club. At 147 years old, the Saengerbund chorus is one
of the oldest singing groups of its type in the United States.
END OF NEWSLETTER
BURGENLAND BUNCH Coordinator & Editor Newsletter, (Gerald
Berghold)

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