Litene parish


Parish: Litene Parish
Population: 949
Area - 127.35 km2

General information: Litene parish is located in the north-eastern part of Gulbene region. Distance to the nearest town Gulbene - 18 km, to Riga - 204 km. The territory is flat without particularly pronounced relief elevations. 54.2% of the territory is covered by forests, agricultural land - 33.9%. In the territory of the parish there is Salenieki bog - in the area of ​​221 ha. The river Pededze (length - 159 km) is a popular recreation place for water tourists, the largest tributaries: Sita, Guldupe, Kaugurupe, Mugurupe, Around. The river feeds the Aiviekste basin. There are 2 lakes in the territory of the parish - Lake Kalna (119.5 ha) and Lake Kaugura (23.9 ha). The biological diversity of the territory of Litene Parish is related to the specially protected nature territories of national and local significance. There is a fenced deer and fallow deer garden (110 ha) in the property "Buciņi". There is a North Vidzeme Bird Research Society, the head of the local group of the Latvian Ornithological Society in Gulbene - Elvijs Kantāns.

Entrepreneurship: Currently in the territory of the parish operates SIA "Aptieka Litenē", VSAC "Latgale" branch "Litene" center with 215 customers (with mental disorders), 1 private shop, shop "Maks", post office, family doctor's practice, car service " Dzeduks ". There are actually about 20 farms. In February 2008, the regional Maliena municipal waste landfill was opened in Litene Parish. SIA Agro 3 - biogas plant started its operation in 2011.

Education: Since 1924, there has been a school in the manor house of Litene manor. From 1944 to 1961, there was a secondary school in Litene. Litene Primary School 2007/2008. m.g. 90 students studied, 14 teachers worked. The principal from July 1, 2000 - S. Locāne, before that - the long-term principal of Litene Primary School was J. Zvaigzne.
From August 1, 2017, Litene Primary School became Litene Primary School. Primary school principal - Elita Trupavniece. On August 31, 2018, the school was liquidated.
As of October 1, 2019, the Litene pre-school education group is included in the pre-school educational institution “Ābolīši”. Ābolīši also includes pre-school education groups from Stāmeriena, Galgauskas and Beļava parishes. The head of the institution is Ginta Ozoliņa.

Culture: Litene Parish Folk House was established in the former manor barn in the 1920s. It works without interruption to this day. In the parish, from the 80s of the last century to the present day, long-lasting traditions of singing and theater playing have been preserved. The head of the People's House is M. Leimane. Litene Parish open-air stage "Parkalīcis" with 1000 seats resumed its work on May 30, 2008 after complete reconstruction. Great place on the bank of the Pededze River for various celebrations and entertainment events. Next to the stage there is a rest area, which is also intended for spending the night with tents. The “Dream Temple” or “Tea House” opened in 2016 on the green promenade of the Pededze River is a favorite place for weddings. Since 1923, there is a library of Litene Parish (headed by D. Dzērve). Litene Library is the only free publicly available place for obtaining electronic information in the parish. Library services: distribution of books, home delivery of books, press, computer and Internet use, SBA services, local history materials, copying, printing, scanning, Lursoft, Latvian databases, literary events, thematic exhibitions and creative workshops, outdoor reading room, outdoor game set, board games. Since 2016, the Litene Parish Library has a Tourism Information Point. There is a gym in the former laundry house of Litene manor.

Health: Currently, SIA "Aptieka Litenē" operates in the territory of the parish. Patients are admitted to the practice of doctors I.Luguze's family doctor.


Cultural and natural monuments: The ensemble of Litene manor - a historical and cultural monument with the castle of Baron Wolf and the manor buildings preserved to this day - barns, stables, “vešūzi”, servants' houses, vagaras, gardener's houses, with an area of ​​15.36 ha. From 1925 the castle housed a school. There are 4 archeological monuments in the territory of the parish - Podnieki, Lešķi, Akmeņrūča, Grīva ancient burial ground. The territory of the Latvian soldiers' summer camp, where in the summer of 1941 brutal repression took place against Latvian army officers and soldiers. Memorial site "Wall of Pain", where the remains of 11 killed Latvian army soldiers were reburied in December 1989, burial place of A. Lagars, a knight of the Lāčplēsis War Order, in this cemetery. Ozols, where 4 Litenians were involved in the riots in 1906. Sita battlefield at the Sita bridge on the side of the Gulbene-Balvi road.
The biological diversity of the territory of Litene Parish is related to the specially protected nature territories of national and local significance:
• nature reserve “Sita and Pededze floodplain” (NATURA 2000 territory);
• nature reserve “Mugurupe meadows” (NATURA 2000 territory);
• 17 micro-reserves.
There are 3 national and 15 local trees in Litene parish.

Notable personalities: A.Tullijs (1851-1909) - writer, author of textbooks, teacher at Litene school; J.Brūņņš (1876-1943) - author of textbooks, teacher, writer of Litene folklore; J.Dievkociņš (1879-1906) - writer, journalist, from 1898 to 1902 a teacher in Litene; E.Balodis (1880-1951) - economist, professor at the University of Latvia; R.Liepiņš (1885-1946) - author of textbooks, teacher at Litene school; J.Vītoliņš (1886-1955) - composer, bassoonist, conservatory teacher; K. Kalnbērzs (1893-1960) - doctor, doctor of medicine; G.Upītis (1899 - 1994) - writer; S.Duks (1902-1973) - choir conductor; A. Sudārs (1906-1997) - pastor, publicist.

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