Photos: Polish Pride

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  • Gertrude Zagrodnik, left, of Northampton, who turns 102 next month, chats with fellow Polish Heritage Committee member Bob Gibowicz and his wife, Tessie, after a brief ceremony in front of Memorial Hall in Northampton on Tuesday to mark Polish-American Heritage Month. Zagrodnik accompanied her daughter, Charlene Zagrodnik, to the event but opted to stay out of the rain and watch from the car as the group raised the Polish and American flags. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Christine Newman, left, and Chris Majewski of the Polish Heritage Committee listen as Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz reads a proclamation from the governor’s office marking October as Polish-American Heritage Month during a ceremony outside Memorial Hall on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, right, reads a proclamation from the governor's office making October Polish-American Heritage Month during a ceremony to raise the Polish and American flags in front of Memorial Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. Joining him are members and friends of the Polish Heritage Committee, from left, John Skibiski, Fredrick Zimnoch, Christine Newman, Chris Majewski and Bob Gibowicz. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz read a proclamation from Gov. Baker proclaiming October as Polish-American Month during a brief ceremony in which the Polish and American flags were raised outside Memorial Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Chris Majewski and Bob Gibowicz of the Polish Heritage Committee help raise the Polish and American flags in front of Memorial Hall in Northampton on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, during a ceremony to mark October as Polish-American Heritage Month. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, right, raises the Polish and American flags in front of Memorial Hall during a ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, marking October as Polish-American Heritage Month. Joining him are members and friends of the Polish Heritage Committee, from left, Charlene Zagrodnik, John Skibiski, Fredrick Zimnoch, Christine Newman, Chris Majewski and Bob Gibowicz. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 10/6/2021 9:59:28 AM

NORTHAMPTON – In an October tradition in the city, members and friends of the Polish Heritage Committee recognized the 40th anniversary of Polish-American Heritage Month by raising the Polish and American flags outside Memorial Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Amid a light rain, Bob Gibowicz and Chris Majewski assisted Mayor David Narkewicz in raising the flags after which Narkewicz, who has grandparents who are Polish immigrants, read a proclamation from Governor Baker’s office noting the past and continuing contributions of Polish-American citizens. The red and white colors will continue flying for the month of October.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.
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