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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 4 April2015
GREECE 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2015 Lesvos’ oil museum tops CNN’s list The Municipality of Agia Paraskevi is doing an excellent job in preserving the island’s industrial and cultural heritage The CNN network has featured a list of the 11 top food museums in the world, including the Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production in Lesvos (MBEL), located in the picturesque village of Agia Paraskevi. The Museum of Olive Oil Production focuses on how Greece's olive oil industry was transformed by the introduction of machinery. The Municipality of Agia Paraskevi has entrenched the right to use the premises, founded and designed by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP), which is also responsible for its operation. MBEL is housed inside the restored old communal oilmill, which is an imposing stone-built architectural creation, preserving all the old machinery. The museum and the machinery - that is of historical value- is being put into operation, and with the help of digital shows, the visitors find themselves before a unique experience. The guides share their knowledge of the mass cultivation of olive trees, crushing of the olive pulp and separating the oil from water, and even explain the science behind the acidity test, essential to figuring out the The well-preserved and restored machinery is set to function for the museum’s visitors. quality of olive oil. Visitors can indulge themselves in the secrets of oil testing while learning the best culinary combinations. Lectures on the history of the island as well as the socioeconomic circumstances at the time are also available from the Cultural Foundation. Piraeus Bank Group aims at presenting Lesvos' industri- al and unique architectural heritage and contribution to the wider field of technological advancements. The museum's main hall is available for hosting various types of events and it also operates a cafe and a small open-air theatre. For more information visit www.lesvosgreece.gr/en/ museum-industrial-oliveoil-production-lesvos-mbel DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM RIP Sifis The Greek cold weather killed the famous crocodile of Crete Sifis, the famous Cretan crocodile that became a nationwide sensation over the summer, was found dead on Sunday. He was found belly-up, in an empty lake amid harsh winter conditions. "The crocodile was found dead on Sunday," regional water management official Vangelis Mamangakis said. According to the first veterinary inspection, the six foot long Nile crocodile, who made the lake his home for the last nine months, probably died of cold exposure, as the waters froze and there was not sufficient food. The reptile is believed to have been abandoned by his owner when he began to get too big, up to two years prior to the discovery by forest rangers. Several team and individual efforts by specialists to capture the crocodile failed, making it an attraction for both tourists and locals. Sifis was last seen alive on 14 February by a vet team responsible for the animals in the artificial lake located at the dam of Potamon. He was nicknamed Sifis by the locals, as he seemed fearsome enough to be given a traditional male Cretan name, even though the gender hadn't been specified as the reptile eluded the efforts of specialists to come near it. "The last time, in February, an entire team spent a week out there. He was very happy in the lake, there was a lot for him to eat there." "It will be taken to the natural history museum of Heraklion for tests," Mamangakis added. Sifis was found dead the other day in the cold waters. The impressive facilities of the Museum of Olive Oil Production in Lesvos. The last time the vet team saw the animal alive in February. Fundraiser for Greek Orthodox priest raises nearly $600k Last month, the parishioners of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church said their last goodbye to Father Matthew Baker, the young priest, husband and father of six who died in a car accident on Route 2 in Norwich, Connecticut, in the US. Father Matthew had only been pastor of the Norwich church for less than two months, replacing Father Paul Pantelis who recently retired, yet he had managed to touch the heart of the community. Fr Baker only became an ordained priest in January 2014 after joining the parish 12 years ago, leaving his job as a high school literature teacher in Virginia. An online fundraiser for the late 37-year-old priest was started by Seraphim Danckaert, a close family friend and godfather to Baker's youngest son. The campaign is nearing $600,000 in total contributions which will go directly to Baker's wife. Thankfully, his six children, who were also in the car, all sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Hundreds of parishioners from around the country gathered in the Church of the Annunciation in Cranston for the vigil, liturgy and funeral. Amongst them, Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, Bishop Andonios of Pha- siane and about 50 priests from many jurisdictions celebrated the services. Metropolitan Methodios read a moving letter from His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, addressed directly to Presvytera Katherine, wife of the late father. Bishop Andonios read another letter from Archbishop Demetrios of America. For more information www. gofundme.com/nizf2g During an evening snowstorm, Father Baker was travelling home from his parish in Connecticut when he had an accident which he did not survive. He left behind his wife and six children.
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