Compared to the Easter holidays in 2018, which took place from March 30 to April 2, this year’s later Easter date resulted in 80% more arrivals and 90% more tourist nights. Of the cities, during the Easter holidays the largest number of overnight stays was recorded in Dubrovnik (53.978), followed by Poreč (34.155), Rovinj (33.499), Zagreb (27.276) and Split (23.361). 288.810 overnight stays were realized in hotels, which represents 51% of the total overnight stays, followed by household facilities with 115 thousand overnight stays or 20% share and camps with 89 thousand overnight stays, which is 16% share. According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), during the Easter holidays, ie in the period from Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22, 2019, 179.513 arrivals and 566.687 overnight stays. The largest number of overnight stays during the extended Easter weekend was realized in the tourist cluster Istra, 196 thousand (35% share), followed by Kvarner with 99 thousand overnight stays (18% share) and Dalmatia-Dubrovnik with 74 thousand overnight stays (13% share). “This year’s extended Easter weekend fell later in the calendar, which was in favor of the increased tourist traffic that we expect by the end of April. Due to the quality, content and diverse destination offer that attracts guests to Croatia, holidays in our nearest emitting markets, but also due to the May Day that follows, we expect additional retention of guests in our country and the growth trend of tourist traffic”, Said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the Easter holidays have encouraged excellent results so far in April, which compared to the same period last year recorded a 32% increase in arrivals and overnight stays. Looking at the markets, during the Easter holidays the largest number of overnight stays was realized by guests from Germany (124.229), Italy (58.205), Austria (48.975) and Slovenia (33.136). Source: Croatian National Tourist Board
Thank you to all veterans and their families for giving us the freedom that we all sometimes take for granted. For more information contact Laura Huber at (812) 212-5581. The St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery Inc. invites the public to the annual Memorial Day service on Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m. The church is three miles south of Sunman on State Road 101.The United Methodist Women will offer a roast beef dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carry-outs are $9, freewill offerings are welcome. For more information please call 812-932-2918.________________________________________________________________Batesville VFW Post 3183 and American Legion Prell-Bland Post 271 will honor veterans at six cemeteries and Liberty Park on May 29.Services will begin at the Holy Family Catholic Church Cemetery at 8 a.m. The group will then go to the St. Anthony Catolic Church at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. a service will be held at the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. St. John’s United Church of Christ in Huntersville will host a service at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. a service will be held at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Batesville and at 10:30 a.m. a service will be held at the United Methodist Church. At 11 a.m. Reverend Stan Pondo from the St. Louis Catholic Church will hold a ceremony in the pavilion at Liberty Park in Batesville._______________________________________________________________________On Saturday, May 27 at 11:00 a.m., the Versailles American Legion will gather at the Post Home and then proceed to Cliff Hill Cemetery to place flags on the graves of all veterans. Anyone who would like to help is welcome. Members of the Versailles American Legion will meet at the Post Home on Sunday, May 28 at 9:00 a.m. where they will meet to schedule a series of honor activities at several local cemeteries commencing at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday.The group will begin at Elrod 9:15 a.m., Marble Corner 9:30 a.m., Tanglewood 9:45 a.m., Holton 10 a.m., New Marion 10:15 a.m., Shelby 10:30 a.m., Benham 10:45 a.m., Olean St. Paul’s 11 a.m., Olean St. Peter’s 11:15 a.m., Akers Friendship 11:30 a.m., Dewberry St. Paul’s Lutheran 11:45 a.m., Cross Plains 12:15 p.m., Salem 12:30 p.m., Westfork 1:00 p.m., Grandview Memorial Gardens 1:15 p.m.All veterans are encouraged to participate in the parade through town that begins in town at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Transportation will be provided from the legion to the cemetery. After the service there will be a march to the Ripley County Veterans Memorial for a service to honor veterans._____________________________________________________________________In Napoleon and Osgood:Commander Ed Schmidt of the William A. Gilland American Legion Post #267 in Osgood says their schedule of services at area cemeteries on Sunday, May 28 is as follows- St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Osgood, at 7:45 a.m., Perseverance at 8 a.m., Delaware at 8:15 a.m., Mud Pike at 8:35 a.m., Finks at 9:00 a.m., Booker Napoleon at 9:20 a.m., County Line at 9:30 a.m., Napoleon Lutheran at 9:50 a.m., Napoleon Catholic at 10:10 a.m., Millhousen Catholic at 10:30 a.m., Flat Rock at 10:50 a.m., Hopewell at 11:10 a.m., Dabney at 11:20 a.m., Otter Creek at 11:40 a.m., Greendale at 11:50 a.m., and Manderley at 12:10 p.m._____________________________________________________________________In Milan:Members of American Legion Post #235, Milan, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Memorial Day at Pleasant Hill, Stringtown, 10:45 a.m., Cravens new section at 11 a.m., Col. Canfield Boone Daren Baker Park 11:30 a.m., Milan Flag, 11:45 a.m., Old Milan, 12 p.m., Old German Lutheran, 12:15 p.m., Prattsburg, 12:30 p.m., St. Paul’s – Stumpke’s Corner, 12:45 p.m., Pilgrim Home Church p.m., and Ripley Crossing at 1:20 p.m. Please meet at the American Legion by 10:00 a.m. The Ladies Auxiliary will serve lunch following the services.______________________________________________________________________In Sunman:Members of the Kenneth L. Diver Post #337 will begin observances Memorial Day at 7:45 a.m. Memorial start at St. John’s Lutheran at 8 a.m., Hubbles; 8:15 a.m. St. John’s Church of Christ, Penntown; 8:30 a.m. St. Stephens Lutheran – Spades, 8:45 a.m. St. Nicholas Catholic, 9:15 a.m. Little Memory Baptist, 9:30 a.m. Adams Lutheran; 9:45 a.m. St. Pius Catholic, 10:15 a.m. Zion Lutheran –Manchester, 10:30 a.m. St. Stephens Cemetery, 10:45 a.m. Seig Family Memorial and 11 a.m. St. Paul United Methodist.______________________________________________________________________In Greensburg Memorial Day is sponsored by the Welsh-Crawley-Kramer American Legion Post 129 at the South Park Cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, May, 29. The featured speaker will be Republican congressman from Indiana’s 6th District Luke Messer.____________________________________________________________________Monday, May 29 the St. Leon American Legion Post 464 will begin services with a 7:30 a.m. Mass All Saints Parish St. Joseph Campus. Cemetery services begin at the St. Joseph Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. St. John Cemetery, Harrison, 9:30 a.m. St. Jacob, Blue Creek, 9:50 a.m. St. Peter, 10:10 a.m. Klemmes Corner north, 10:25 a.m. Southgate, 10:45 a.m. Cedar Grove Catholic, 11 a.m. Cedar Grove old cemetery. Around 11:10 a.m. refreshments will be served at the Cedar Grove Firehouse. Dinner and elections will be held American Legion post at noon. Afternoon services include 2 p.m. at the Old Stone Church Ind. 46, 2:20 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant, Logan Township and 3 p.m. Old Sunman Family Cemetery.For the Lawrenceburg/Greendale area, a Memorial Day parade will stage at the Dearborn County Courthouse, the parade begins at 10 a.m. Services will be held at the Greendale Cemetery at 11 a.m.______________________________________________________________________In New Alsace the North Dearborn American Legion Post 452 will hold Memorial Day Services at the following Cemeteries on Monday, May 29.Ø 8:30 a.m. East Fork (Guilford)Ø 9:00 a.m. DoverØ 9:30 a.m. YorkvilleØ 10:00 a.m. New Alsace_______________________________________________________________________Family Time Adventures paddle board rental will give free rentals to all veterans this weekend. May 26 – May 29, 2017.In an effort to give back to those who serve our country – Family Time Adventures will give a FREE paddle board rental to all Veterans who visit Mounds Beach in Brookville, IN this Memorial weekend. We will be open from 1:00 – 5:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (weather permitting).
By John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Recent terrorist attacks in France have stunned and outraged everyone, with members of the local Islamic community joining the condemnation of such acts.The Islamic extremists’ attacks on the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 11 dead and 11 others wounded Jan. 7 and other violent attacks in France in its aftermath have been condemned by Reda Shata, the imam, or religious leader, of the Islamic Society of Monmouth County.“This is 100 percent against the Muslim faith,” Shata, an Egyptian, said through an interpreter in an interview with The Two River Times on Tuesday.Shata joined some members of the mosque at 496 Red Hill Road to talk a little about their faith, current events and where they and their religion stand on the acts of violence, following their regular Tuesday night prayer service.Shata regularly visits other mosques to conduct services and discussions. Following the events in France earlier this month, Shata, in a mosque in New York expressed his objections to the violent acts and the faith’s overall aversion to violence, said Ayman El-Sawa, a Highlands resident and member of the Middletown mosque who served as Shata’s interpreter.And Shata would offer his condemnation when he held regular prayer services at this site on Friday, Jan. 23, and invited The Two River Times to attend, according to El-Sawa.“Islam is the most against killing of any religion,” the imam maintained. But the media and many others concentrate on the actions of less than 1 percent of Muslims who embrace an extreme radicalism, he said. “What makes it sad is that the media and everyone else listens to the 1 percent,” Shata continued.The Quran states the only justification for killing is a punishment under rule of law for killing or other extreme violent acts, explained Mohammed Wasim Khan, Old Bridge, a mosque member and Quran scholar. Khan quoted a Quran passage which states “whoever kills a soul…it is as if he’s slain mankind entirely.” Conversely, the passage continues, “And whoever saves one – it is as if he has saved mankind entirely,” Khan noted.“On the other hand,” Shata noted, “we believe insulting the Prophet, no one agrees with,” referring to the magazine’s pejorative illustration of the Prophet Mohammad, believed to have instigated the violence.“Any disrespect to him is painful to us,” Shata added.But Shata still believed the response shouldn’t have been violence. At a recent service Shata told worshippers: “Whoever wanted to defend Mohammad should do it with Mohammad values,” meaning peacefully.The correct response should have been with discussions, peaceful demonstrations and writing letters to publications. “There are hundreds of ways,” said Tarek Sharaf, Piscataway.“Human life is more sacred than the Kaaba,” Sharaf said, quoting the Quran, referring to Islam’s most sacred mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.“People should get to know each other,” as a way of hopefully preventing additional bloodshed, Sharaf continued.“We don’t want people to judge us by the 1 percent,” of their faith who embrace violent extremism, Shata added.The Islamic Society of Monmouth County has been at its Red Hill Road location for about 25 years. It has roughly 1,500 members, mostly from Monmouth County, but also coming from northern New Jersey and from New York to attend prayer services and community activities, according to Shata, who has been with the mosque for 10 years.New Jersey has “no less than 1 million” Muslims, said Shata, noting only New York, Michigan and Illinois having larger populations.