NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

From Canton Village Theater: Canton’s International Festival returns to Heritage Park on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., during Canton’s 26th Annual Liberty Fest. One of the many featured performances slated to take place at 12:30 p.m. during the International Festival is a special appearance by Soprano Ryan Blankenburg and Teno...

  This summer the Metro East will play host to a camp conducted by a professional European soccer team with a long and storied tradition. Juventus FC camp will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5-9 at Wood River Soccer and Skate Park, 2551 Rock Hill Road in Wood River. The camps are for male and female soccer players ages 5 to 17.  A storied...

This year marks the eighth annual CincItalia at Harvest Home Park in Cheviot. With the 2017 festival comes new food and new vendors, most notably Ohio’s own Corbo’s Bakery. Family-run Corbo’s Bakery first opened in 1948 in Cleveland’s Little Italy. The bakery is best known for its cassata cake: an Italian sponge cake with homemade custard, fresh st...

Dr. Russ and Dee Fine demonstrated some of the sparkle that led to them being honored with HerrinFesta Italiana’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday during the Mayor’s HerrinFesta Honoree Banquet in Herrin Civic Center. Dr. Fine started speaking by saying he could not achieved what he has without the partnership of his wife, Davadeen “Dee”...

Stepping into Maria’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in Morris for lunch one day, I immediately noticed something. Maria’s has the charm of Italy without trying too hard. Tables arrangements had a cafe feel. The murals of famous locales blended into the decor. The place mats tell the history and geography of Italy. And the hospitality was among the best I’v...

A sculpture brought in from Italy for the 2016 Eaux Claires Festival is finding its permanent home in downtown Eau Claire. The project named Baroque is a massive wire sculpture that held an organ during the Eaux Claires Festival last year. The sculpture valued around $250,000 will be permanently assembled on a wooden platform right next to the Chip...

A Lima charitable organization rewarded Allen County graduating seniors for their academic achievement this evening. The Charitable Italian American Organization presented 15 seniors across the county with $1,000 scholarships based on academic achievement, participation in extra-curricular activities, and services to the community. Family members o...

Everyone understands the risk of handing a Chicagoan ketchup, so what's the right condiment to pass? That's easy. Giardiniera. (Say it with me, "jar-din-air-ah.") It's the quintessential Chicago condiment, one that's as brazen and boisterous as the city itself. This fiery mix contains some combination of pickled chiles, celery, cauliflower, carrots...

When Gianluca Butticè moved from his native Sicily to the U.S., he faced the challenges of learning English and American culture. Surmounting that learning curve inspired him to make the journey easier for others. So after spending the past several years teaching Italian, he is branching out into offering tours of Italy that encompass language and...

Until recently, an olive oil's label and the bottles' position on a grocery store's shelf guided my purchase. Those boasting "first cold press," "extra virgin," "Italian," or similar alleged indicators of quality from the top shelf were what I grabbed and happily used. So I was skeptical when I read that my $25 bottle of oil was likely a sham and l...

An attorney with an infectious personality, who enjoyed taking younger lawyers under his wing, giving back to the community and getting to know everyone he came in contact with—those are some of the ways in which Dominic A. Musitano Jr. is being remembered. Musitano passed away peacefully at Rockynol Nursing Home in Akron on April 12. He was 83. “M...

Sausage will be grilling, families will be dancing, and dads will be honored as Onesti Entertainment hosts its 24th annual Italian Block Party-Oakley Avenue Festa Pasta Vino on Father’s Day weekend, June 16 to 18. The Father’s Day tradition will feature Italian food specialties representing generations-old recipes from the restaurants located in Ch...