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With great pomp on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 the inauguration and the Blessing of the Cultural Center Homoris ceremony was held. In two ultramodern function rooms to host all the cultural activities of our association and the library.

Crowned with great success once again was the reunion on Wednesday, 14 August 2013, organized by the Association Worldwide Chomoriton Nafpaktias at the renovated Cultural Center Chomoris. The crowd, the excellent organization and rich dishes, combined with modern and traditional folk music and dancing till dawn, were some of the nicest features of this year's reunion.

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We have gathered here tonight in this beautifully landscaped space, to celebrate the inauguration of our cultural center. The dedication of this edifice as a cultural center (folklore museum and small library) is a very important and joyful event and all of us Chomoritans should feel proud for the noble causes for which it was established. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

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The reunion was honored with the presence of Father Nicholas Rigas, former Mayor Mr. Andreas Drossos, the former deputy mayor Mr. Thanasis Chantzis, the Councillor Mr. Chris Egglezos and the local chairman Mr. Nick Andreopoulos. Opening the events, the president of the association Babis Chantzis thanked the attendees then stressed ÂŤthe need to strengthen such initiatives is designed to strengthen relations between Chomoriton everywhere. A reunion has been established now within the general framework of the activities of the association that as the years pass becomes an institution while highlighting the association's unfailing assistance in solving problems of the village. " Finally, Mr Chantzis mentioned " the good cooperation that exists between the association with the local council and the municipality of Nafpaktos that the village remain live as a societyK. Greetings to those present by the director of the Cultural Center Chomoris Ms. Anna Zampara - Katsaros , director of the newspaper "The Voice of Chomoris" Mrs. Filio Athanasiou - Drossos, the Councillor Mr. Chris Egglezos and the local Chairman Mr Nick Andreopoulos. Honored for their great contribution to showing Ms. development of the village and our association Mr. Peter Patouckas and Mr. Jimmy Theofanis Residents America. Congratulations are in order to the organizers, members of the Association and all who toiled for the success of the excellent and successful reunion held in our village once again. See you next year!


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With great pomp on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 the inauguration and the Blessing of the Cultural Center Homoris ceremony was held. In two ultramodern function rooms to host all the cultural activities of our association and the library. The blessing was performed by Father Nicholas Masgalas and father Nicholas Rigas, while the ceremony was attended by the Mayor Nafpaktias Mr. John Boulles Chairman of the Board Nafpaktias Mr. Chris Sikolas, the Vice mayor Maria Ziampara and Mr. Takis Karkatsoulis, the council member Mr. Chris Egglezos, the local chairman Mr Nick Andreopoulos, the Head of GIC Aetoloakarnanias Maria Bakadima and president of Mixed Chorus of Nafpaktos Anna Papageorgiou, representatives of bodies and many people. At the beginning of the event, the Chairman of Association Mr. Babis Chantzis welcomed fellow villagers and guests and spoke of the importance of this project for our village and for all area of Nafpaktias. Then greetings did the director of Lymperiou Cultural Center, Ms. Anna Zambaras - Katsaros, the project sponsors Mr. Peter Skiadas (Vice President of Association) and Mr. Ted Skiadas (Cashier of Association) and the Nafpaktias Mayor Mr. John Bulles. Mrs. Maria Bakadima - Head of GAK Aetoloakarnanias - referred to the history of Homoris Cultural Center from the year 1883 until today. A very nice evening with favorite hits of "Theodorakis, Hadjidakis and Xarchakou" offered by the Mixed Chorus of Nafpaktos which roused the audience with excellent performances and the audience applauded at the end of their concert. It was a musical performance that raised the cultural level of Homoris, and all of Nafpaktos. Thanks to brothers Peter and Ted Skiadas for the show they provided. Î Î&#x2018;ÎĄÎ&#x2018;ÎŁ

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The Association Worldwide Chomoriton Nafpaktos and the director of the Cultural Center Homoris Ms. Anna Zampara Katsarou, salute you and we thank you for the music concert offered to us at the opening of our Cultural Centre. Unique moments, always be well to offer such wonderful melodic moments. The choir of Nafpaktos will always be in our hearts. Congratulations to you all. Your donation is an honor for our Cultural Center. Sincerely The president of the Association The Director P.KE.CHO.

Dear Sir and Madam, With great pleasure and emotion we accepted the honor for us from you and the brothers Tryphon & Panagiotis Skiadas to attend on 08/13/2013 the glorious opening of "Lymperiou Cultural Center Chomoris" and siding with the musical event. Personally our visit, I found that this is a standard cultural center is a rich source of knowledge about the tradition, culture, manners and customs and folklore of our country. Congratulations to the sponsors, artists, supporters, volunteers and all those who worked with passion, love and hard work to completion. The Mixed Chorus of Nafpaktos is always available and willing torespond to each invitation in the future! I convey heartfelt thanks on behalf of the entire choir for the warm welcome and hospitality we received from you all! It was undoubtedly a great night! Yours sincerely, FOR MIXED CHOIR NAFPAKTOU

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Dear friend George Varelas, The Association Worldwide Chomoriton Nafpaktos, the director of the Cultural Center Homoris Ms. Anna Zampara - Katsaros and myself, thank you so much for your great contribution to the success of our event "Opening Cultural Center Chomoris' in our village. I wholeheartedly wish to you personally and your family, personal and family happiness. Sincerely The president of the Association

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The head of the Library Papaxaralabio Nafpaktos Mr. John Chalatsis offered as a donation to Lympereio Cultural Center Chomoris books and agglomerates of material which covered almost all the needs of the newly established library of our Center. The Association Worldwide Chomoriton Nafpaktias decided to accept with joy the gift and write the following thank you letter:

Mr John Chalatsis, The Association Worldwide Chomoriton Nafpaktos and the director of the Cultural Center Chomoris Ms. Anna Zampara - Katsaros, salute you and thank you for your kind offer to donate a rich collection of books to our library. Your donation is an honor for our Cultural Center. Sincerely The president of the Association - The Director P.KE.CHO.

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We have gathered here tonight in this beautifully landscaped space, to celebrate the inauguration of our cultural center. The dedication of this edifice as a cultural center (folklore museum and small library) is a very important and joyful event and all of us Chomoritans should feel proud for the noble causes for which it was established. And these causes are noble and scared if one tries to understand them in the context of the opinions of many intellectual and prudent men of the past. One of them was the French revolution intellectual Victor Hugo who said that ''he who opens a school closes a prison.'' Our own Greek intellectuals like Cosmas Aitolos and the great classicist Adamantios Korais having acquired a deep knowledge of the meaning of Education for the liberation of man from the bonds of ignorance and barbarism, dedicated their lives building schools and preaching that education and culture generally liberate humanity. Others said that museums are the guards of human memory and their purpose is to preserve the cultural heritage of a nation for the benefit of society. Indeed, where can one experience past memories and appreciate the culture and traditions better that his ancestors passed down to him than in a museum with objects on display that his ancestors used in their daily life? Where can one feel and experience the splendor of Greek civilization and culture (ancient byzantine and modern) than in the library that would offer him the opportunity to read the books that have been written for these civilizations? Where would someone be able to admire and follow up the progress of modern technology and the achievements of the human mind than in the environment of a museum like the Smithsonian institute in Washington DC (the comparison of course is figurative)? Our small cultural center with its small library and its small folklore museum with exhibits related to our village's rural and stock breeding background will always be for all of us but especially for our younger generations an incontrovertible witness of the creativity and the hard work that their ancestors had to do trying to make a living with technically primitive tools. It is an honor to see a family's traditional clothes and personal possessions in a museum. A petroleum lantern that was used by our mothers and grandmothers to do their handmade artifacts at night, will remind us how difficult life was then without electricity but at the same time how simple and rewarding without electrical bills, special taxes and Memorandums. A spindle, a distaff or a loom will always remind us of the patience, love and proudness with which our grandmothers knitted and wove, like faithful Penelopes, their handmade creations for their daughter's dowry and their family's needs. Shepherding tools, cooking utensils and other folklore items of our heritage museum will be always an indelible testimony of our villages past history. One thing that should especially be emphasized here tonight and should not escape the attention of all participants is that what motivated the departed Dimitrios Lymberis to donate this edifice to serve as a primary school of our village and us the Skiadas Brothers to transform it into a cultural center was neither to show off wealth nor feelings of arrogance and selfishness, but rather feelings of unselfish love for our village and our country. A love which according to St. Paul ''  /      "  '' For us the immigrant Chomoritans who have spent most of our lives in foreign lands and generally all the Greek immigrants that always live with the Odyssian nostalgia of returning to mother land, this love for our country, becomes an unfulfilled yearning and equally as strong as death. Let us for a moment remember how Homer in his Odyssey describes this yearning '' A   ) $    _ Îź        !     #       !         #       Îź    ''.Ody.A 55 ''but Odysseus yearning to see smoke coming up from his island wishes to die''. In ancient Greece the love for one's country was greater than the love of one's parents. This is attested by the wise words of Socrates to his disciple Crito who was trying to convince his teacher to escape from prison and thus to avoid the penalty of death that was imposed upon him by the city of Athens. With his typical philosophical and stoic attitude he says to his student Crito Â&#x201E;Either you are so wise, or it has escaped your understanding that above one's mother and father and all other ancestors the most precious , most respected ,sacred is one's country according to the volition of the gods and the opinion of prudent men .Does it escape your attention that we should respect our country and abide by its laws and we should take care of it when it needs us even more than our fatherK? This kind of unconditional love for country and family fills the hearts of all Greek immigrants today wherever they live. In our demotic poetry (X    ) living in foreign lands is characterized as being worse than being orphan, the bitterness and love Â&#x201E; T  &    ,        ,      ,       ,       /     (         '  &    ''living in foreign lands, orphanage, bitterness and love, all four were measured to find out that being an immigrant was the worst thing. One would have expected that the difficulties that an immigrant faces in foreign lands would diminish his interest and love for his motherland: yet the opposite is true. Instead of diminishing it, they make it stronger and elevate it into the sphere of unselfishness and sacrifice. The histories of Modern Greek immigrants attest to this. Most of Greece's benefactors after the revolution of 1821 were Greek immigrants. During the Balkan wars 1912-13, thousands of young Greek immigrants left their jobs and families to come back as volunteers to fight and sacrifice themselves for their country. Let us try to imitate our ancestors and let us put love for our village and our country above ourselves. In these difficult times, our country needs everybody's love but above all the love of our politicians. Let us also embrace our cultural center with love and togetherness for the sake of our children and grandchildren who will inherit it. With love Panos Skiadas


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Harry Nikas married her good heart Merope Oikonomidou. The wedding ceremony took place in the beautiful Platamonas, Pierias. Our Best wishes to accompany them forever, in the most important decision of their lives. May they always be happy.

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The family of Stratos Savaidis and Elsi Kalaras welcomed a beautiful and handsome baby boy to their family. We wish them good health and happiness!

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     Îź ,   +     ! ,      (      Îź  "      , !     .    L               . ÂŤ> D }  >  >   )  ) \>  Âť                  !    Îź   ! We dreamed about you, waited for you, welcomed you, love youÂ&#x2021; and now we have chosen a name for you Â&#x2021; Hara (joy)! On Sunday, June 29 at 17:30 pm at the Church of St. Cosmas, in Elliniko, small Hara was baptized, daughter of Aris Alexiou and Nikoletta Chantzis. "THE VOICE OF CHOMORISKwishes them good luck and happiness! >        *    !       6   Îź  ,     (             .    Îź   ÂŤ    Âť!     / "              !   Îź   ! The family of Tasos Kalaras and Olympia Skretis baptized their son. And his name 'Georgios'! Congratulations! We wish them good health and happiness! ÂŤ (   Âť   !   /      ?  Îź      / "    $           09/07/2013   +     ?   $   . "  Îź   #           . Sophia Demetriou Chantzi left this world and her funeral took place on 09.07.2013 in Efpalio Doris. Our deepest sympathy to her relatives.

Â&#x201E;We are opening today Chomoris Cultural Center, an event which is now part of the history and tradition of our village. As Board of the Cultural Association Chomoris we owe a big thank you to our fellow former Mayor Platanias Mr. Andreas Drossos , for longtime maintenance of the building and its immediate and effective response to our request for grant of use of the building in our Society. For the same reason, we thank Mr. Athanasios Chantzis, former Deputy Mayor, Mr. Christos Egglezos , now the Municipal Council of Nafpaktos and Mr. Christos Sikolas, now Chairman Municipality of Nafpaktias. We t h a n k o u r f o r m e r p r e s i d e n t s o f o u r Association Messrs . George M. Chantzis and Antonis Drosos and all previous Board for their significant contribution in achieving the objective.

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Finally I thank the friend of our Association and now my personal friend Mr. George Varelas who surpassed himself for the success of today's event.

Due to lack of space, articles that were not published in current issue, will be published in the next coming. Babis Chantzis Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you all for your presence in our current event.

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