Hungarian Hall celebrates milestone

DELHI The Hungarian Hall here is celebrating its 70th anniversary this month.“We are proud of our Hungarian heritage,” said Andy Putoczki, hall president since 2008.“And we encourage our Hungarian friends and community friends to help preserve our heritage, culture, and Hungarian foods.”The hall was completed on May 15, 1949, after a group of Hungarian immigrants created an association to preserve their heritage, culture and language. The group was incorporated on June 7, 1947.The hall is used for all kinds of events from weddings to funeral luncheons. Regular meals are served on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.Before being president, Putoczki, whose father was vice-president at one time, served on the executive for a number of years. But he stepped away for a few years because of the workload of being a school principal.“I came back on, they elected me as president, and that’s been about 10 years now and I’m still here,” he said.As president, Putoczki organizes the events calendar for the year and oversees the financial books, among other duties.Mary Jane Kekes, president from 2002 to 2006, is the only woman to serve in that role.“I grew up in the hall; this was like a second home to me,” she said.“It means a lot.”Kekes was joined by three other women on the board during her tenure as president.“We shook the walls, but they’re still standing,” she said.Over past 70 years, the hall has gone through many renovations. The basement, which used to be a bowling alley, is now home to the Danube Bar and the Delhi Belgian Archery Club.The hall has been an integral part of the Multicultural Heritage Association of Norfolk since it was created 41 years ago, participating in and hosting many events.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Presentation of handball across the USA

Another successful handball presentation took place at Robert Frost Middle School inGranada Hills, Calif. on Monday.Even though Frost Middle School is only the third demonstration this year for the USATH Los Angeles staff, there is an interesting trend emerging among SouthernCalifornia middle school students and handball.As soon as the students file into the gym at least one of them always asks, “What are we playing? Are we playing indoor soccer today?”“Nope, we are playing handball,” USATH answers.“Handball? What’s that? Why can’t we play soccer?” says the student.Before the series of questioning continues much further, all the students are settleddown on the gym floor, curious and waiting to find out about this unfamiliar sport.Students listen as a brief history and the rules of the game are carefully explained.All attention is focused on the middle of the court as student volunteers make their wayto the 6-meter line and are shown how to form a defensive wall. It’s not until CoachJulio Sainz demonstrates how to do a jump shot over the defense, that the studentsreally get excited, expressing their enthusiasm with loud applause and hollering.At this point, there is no more talk of wanting to play indoor soccer.The rest of the class time is devoted to having fun playing handball. Frost Middle School, in particular, had several talented athletes, not to mention an unusually highnumber of southpaws, all of whom caught onto the sport quickly.Positive feedback about handball from Southern California students and teachersis overwhelming and exciting for the future of the sport here on the west coast.“I really like this sport,” said a student smiling as he left the gym on Monday.The next demonstration will be at Rancho Pico Jr. High School in Stevenson Ranch,Calif, Monday Oct. 25.Text source – www.usateamhandball.org ← Previous Story HBL: THW Kiel won in the old Derby of North Next Story → Al-Ahly wins Arabian Club Championship Handball in USAUSA handball read more