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Nartura's Person of the Year 2017: The Cultural Association for Art & Nature "NARTURA" has established the title "NARTURA’S Person of the Year", which will be awarded annually during their AGM. The aim of establishing and awarding the title is to express appreciation to this person, highlighting his/hers work and recognizing his/her contribution to art as well as to society in general.The title for 2017 has been awarded to Peter Kraaijmes. Peter was born in the Netherlands but is now a resident of Stoupa. He is an artist working with watercolours and oil, Art with Art Trouve and furniture design. He is also the founder of the Art Club Stoupa in Greece. For more details about this. Visit Nartura's facebookl page for more information: Facebook
"Το Πολιτιστικό Σωματείο για την Τέχνη & Φύση «ΝΑΡΤΟΥΡΑ» έχει θεσπίσει τον τίτλο «ΠΡΟΣΩΠΟ ΝΑΡΤΟΥΡΑ», που θα απονέμεται κάθε χρόνο –μια φορά το χρόνο- σε μία προσωπικότητα, που θεωρεί ότι πληροί απόλυτα τις προϋποθέσεις για αυτόν τον τίτλο. Για το 2017 (έτος ίδρυσης του Σωματείου), κάτοχος του τίτλου "ΠΡΟΣΩΠΟ ΝΑΡΤΟΥΡΑ 2017" είναι ο Peter Kraaijmes, σύμφωνα με την ομόφωνη απόφασή του Δ.Σ.Σκοπός της θέσπισης και της απονομής του τίτλου από το Σωματείο ΝΑΡΤΟΥΡΑ είναι η δημιουργία μιας αφορμής, ώστε να εκφράσει ευρύτερα, την εκτίμησή του στο πρόσωπο αυτό, αναδεικνύοντας το έργο του, και αναγνωρίζοντας τη συνεισφορά του στην τέχνη, αλλά και στο κοινωνικό σύνολο γενικότερα. Δείτε περισσότερα στο: Facebook (AP 22-2-18)

Urgent warning to dog owners: Two little dogs from our area came recently in contact with the so called Processionary Caterpillars.  Vet Kostas Antonopoulos had to amputate parts of their tongues. We want to inform you about these dangerous insects and want to give you advice of what to do when your dog (or cat) licks or eats one of these caterpillars.  
Our vet Kostas recommends to give the steroid MEDROL,  1mg per kilogram of body weight as a first aid measure, when you see an acute allergic reaction caused by these caterpillars. The following three or four days the dog should get half the dose of the steroid. Vet Kostas stresses the importance of contacting your vet because not all dogs react well to steroids and because there could be a million other reasons why your dog should be treated individually and maybe with a different drug.  Kostas Antonopoulos does not know any cases of cats that had to be treated against the allergic reactions from Processionary Caterpillars.  We have included more information and photos on MIAO;s page here(AP 7/2/18)

Happy New Year and request for help from the Editor::
Dear Readers - Happy New Year!
The year has got off to a cold and wet start in most of Greece, although we have had a few lovely days interspersed in the Mani area.
As we start a new year we are looking to our community for help with Parea sti Mani.
As some of our readers will know Parea sti Mani has a support group in place. The group is made up of volunteers who in an emergency situation will help during the first few days with, for example shopping, cooking, taking care of pets, watering plants, contacting authorities, informing families abroad, translating and interpreting should there be a language problem. Over time the support group has dwindled as some of the volunteers have moved back to their original countries or can no longer help. We are therefore asking for volunteers who would be happy to be added to the support group list. Please contact Christina-Maria Sitka if you are interested or would like further information. Her email address is sittka@otenet.gr.
We are also keen to speak with individuals who would like to contribute to the website. We do now have an advertising co-ordinator in place, Jacqui Sirs, who will be looking after our commercial advertisers and will soon also be responsible for small adverts as well as adverts for Skills and Services. However, we are still looking for a volunteer to take on the “News snippets” section. Please contact me on contact@parea-sti-mani if interested.
We have made a few changes to the website already and will continue to refresh as the months go by. A key change that has been proposed by the committee is that we remove the German language website as we do not have anyone to update or edit it and it is now very out of date. Unless we can find any German speaking volunteers to manage the site this will happen at the end of January. Of course, we will continue to publish items in German on the main site (for example adverts) if the text is provided to us.  
Parea sti Mani is a community asset so we are always keen to receive your comments and suggestions. 
Wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018!

Winter Sales period: The official winter sales start today 8th January and will end on Wednesday 28th  February 2018 (AP 8-1-17)

Gaia receives an award - Gaia was recently recognised by the Hellenic FIre Service for the fantastic work they do in the Messinia region. Christina Constantios attended the award ceremony in Kalamata last week to collect the Award. Well done to Christina and all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication! Details (AP 1-12-17)



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