TATRA AREA RESEARCH GROUP
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Newsletter for August-September 2003
Greetings to all TARG members! Another issue of the TARG e-newsletter
comes to you at long last.
What a whirlwind it has been since I last sent out this newsletter. The
month I had from August 8th to September 8th over in the "old country" was
marvelous and I will likely be talking about it for a very long time to come.
I joined up with Helene B. Cincebeaux's "2003 Goral Tour" in Zakopane and
then stayed with the group until we put them on the plane in Bratislava to
head home. I then picked up my 19-year-old son in London and we flew back to
Krakow. We headed for the Tatras and spent more very rewarding time there.
The weather was perfect. The people were (as ever) warm and wonderful. And by
September 1st the crowds disappeared and we really enjoyed ourselves and the
sights even more. The entire trip was more than we had ever hoped for.
While there I was able to photograph the parish records from Bialka
Tatranska, Poland. I also got to do some research in the Krakow Roman
Catholic Archives. And I shipped almost forty kilograms of books and maps
home which all just finally arrived safe-and-sound last week.
Also while I was away my Slovakian uncle (who is 88 and lives an hour
from us here in California) had a malignant lump removed from his leg and
began chemo treatments. Now he is emaciated and his hair is gone. He can no
longer care for himself fully. His memory is foggy and his infectious laugh
and jovial demeanor has been replaced by a forlorn expression and a quiet,
sunken stare. It has been difficult for him to say the least. We are now
having to care for him along with a nurse who lives upstairs from him. He has
no other living family but us. But he seems to be improving slowly in some
ways, so we are not giving up.
So shortly I will tell you more about our fantastic trip and try to post
on the www.targ.net website which new books and maps are available to you.
But please be patient as we get through our family challenges and to your e-
mails and requests. And if you will keep our uncle Jerry (Jaraslav) in your
prayers, too, it would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
-- Paul K. Bingham
SPECIAL ISSUE FOR TARG MEMBERS_______
The huge "double issue" of the CSGSA Journal "Vcera a dnes" is still
available. Older TARG members know that I edit this quarterly and often put
TARG articles and photos in it.
This jumbo issue is full of great information about travel and research
in the old country. It goes into great detail on how to plan and execute a
successful research trip to Slovakia and/or Poland. Annual membership to the
CSGSA (so you can receive the Journal) is $20, but if you would specifically
like just a copy of this "keeper" issue, you can send for one from their
Treasurer. The cost is $5, which includes first class postage. Don't send
this to me or TARG, but rather to the CSGSA, care of Celeste Sampson,
Treasurer, 7311 North 69th Drive, Glendale, AZ 85303. Please indicate that
you want the special "Travel Issue " of the journal and that you are a TARG
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