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St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville has been in existence since March 1, 1914. Serbs have been involved in the political process in Lake County since the early 1900s.

I came on the St. Sava scene as president for 12 years, from 1994 to 2005, and got to know the parishioners well. There are many talented members and some stand out as shining stars.

One of these talented members is Olga Velazquez. Her parents, Tamara and the late Nikola Galich, raised Olga under the roof of St. Sava church with all the teachings of love, respect and honesty. Olga generously devoted her talents by directing and singing in the choir and chairing important events. Olga and her entire family worked hard to make our Serb Fests the most successful in the country.

Olga and her husband, Julio, are supportive of each other and have instilled the same values in their sons, Adam and David.

Olga will continue to work hard to provide leadership, service and vision for Portage. Mayor Doug Olson has been an example of what a great mayor can be, and he has endorsed Olga.

Michael Galich, Hobart

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