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*Finland Through the Eyes of an Adopted Finn*
In coIt only took five months of living in Finland for Mike Loovis to declare that he is now to be known as an “adopted Finn.”
As a Fulbright Scholar, Loovis traveled to Finland and to the Lake District’s Jyväskylä to study and teach. Mike is a semi-retired Cleveland State University professor whose specialized area of study is the disabled and their disabilities. However, as attested by many who heard his presentation, Mike’s focus is more on the abilities of people rather than the other way around. He even told of a Finnish girl in her twenties who desperately wanted to sailboard. Through work, and many adaptations the quadrapalegic was able to experience sailboarding, with an aide of course, but she was out there, in the water,......Click here for the rest of the story.
SISU is in the Heart Project Click here for details.
Mentor's effort to help city in Finland after WWII becomes Concord man's project
Since traveling to Finland last year to visit the rural hometowns of his grandparents, Ron Toivonen has experienced many goose-bump coincidences. They’ve served to reconnect the 76-year-old Concord Township man with his Mentor past and a community-wide post-World War II effort to help an impoverished town in Finland.
Upon his return from that life-altering trip to the homeland of his ancestors, Toivonen got involved with the Finnish Heritage Museum in Fairport Harbor.
A deceased amateur historian and genealogist had left the museum dozens....Click here for the rest of the story.
In the picture above, Ron Toivonen points to his father in a 1949 picture discovered in a scrapbook by Kathie Pohl, city of Mentor communications director. She was given the scrapbook while researching for the book “Mentor: The First 200 Years,” which includes a story about the project undertaken by Mentor residents to help the the people of Suolahti, Finland. This story is provided by Janet Podolak and the News Herald.
UPDATE: KATHIE POHL VISITS FHM TO PRESENT HISTORICAL INFORMATION
Kathie Pohl paid a visit to the Finnish Heritage Museum on July 14, and formally presented the Sointula File to Ron Toivonen. She explained why she was there and the circumstances behind the donation. Ron Toivonen accepted the information and vowed that he would complete the project.
Incidentally, Kathie Pohl retired from Mentor, Ohio where she successfully directed Mentor's marketing and community relations for twenty five years. She has accepted the position of Fairport Harbor's new economic development director. She obviously has some great contacts at FHM.