NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Picture an artist in your mind. Is that person male? Probably. The majority of famous artists most people can name off the top of their head are men. But that doesn’t mean that women haven’t had an important place in the history of art. And while most of them have yet to make it into the textbooks, a new illustrated database should go a long way to...

The Sons of Italy thanked hundreds of area veterans for their service Friday with free spaghetti dinners at the organization’s headquarters. Service members from different military branches and eras of conflict ate and talked in a packed hall. “This is an annual function that the Sons if Italy puts on to honor the veterans,” Doug Hartleib, presiden...

At 100, Steubenville native Harry J. “Buff” Buffone distinguishes himself on two fronts. For one thing, he’s among a growing group of centenarians, as more people enjoy longevity and reach the 100-years-old mark. But as a veteran of World War II, he’s in a diminishing circle of men and women, too, as the ranks of those who fought and won the great...

The Grand Lodge of Illinois/Wisconsin, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America Celebrating its 94th Annual Columbus Banquet on Oct. 6 at the White Eagle Banquets in Niles. Margurite Rowley, Columbus Banquet Chair, welcomes the guests and introduced the Master of Ceremony for the evening, the Honorable Anthony Calderone, Mayor of Forest Park. T...

Verdi’s monumental and altogether ravishing “Requiem” is a signature work of Maestro Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Their recording of the great operatic mass was the winner of two Grammy Awards (Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance) in 2010. But in light of the recent horrific plague of senseless shootings...

Detroit è la principale città del Michigan. Affacciata sul fiume omonimo che la separa dal Canada, con Windsor che la fronteggia sulla sponda canadese, Detroit fu fondata nel 1701 da un ufficiale francese, Antoine Laumet de la Mothe, che la eresse come insediamento fortificato - Fort Detroit - in posizione strategica, nella regione dei grandi laghi...

The owners of Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery, a Bridgeport Italian-American restaurant that’s been open since 1990 less than a mile west of Sox Park, have plans to open a sit-down restaurant. The Bertucci family is in the midst of converting its private events space above Freddies in preparation to open Tria Sorelle at 701 W. 31st Street on the s...

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Sandy Pianalto, former President & CEO of the U.S. Federal Reserve System's Fourth District, headquartered here in Cleveland. Sandy was born in Valli Del Pasubio, a small town in the Veneto Province in northern Italy. Her family immigrated to Akron in 1960, where her uncles had previously settled. Her...

More than anything, Josephine Todd’s route to becoming executive chef at Pastina Rustic Italian Kitchen was inevitable. It had to be, when you grow up around food and cooking and you become a sponge in the kitchen, taking it all in from an Italian mother and German-Irish father. “My family has been in the culinary industry,” said Todd, who lives in...

The Garden Place in Norway will host an IL Mercatino, an Italian-style Market, on Friday to raise funds to support the U.P. Honor Flight. The market will be open from 6 to 9 p.m., with the gift shop transformed into a festive wonderland. This year’s vendors include authors Karl Bohnak and Jack Deo with their book “Sunburns to Snowstorms,” featuring...

Casetta Kitchen and Counter is an Italian-American deli in the Network222 building on West Washington Avenue just off the Square. The word Casetta, according to the restaurant’s website, means “little house” in Italian — and with the grill right behind the counter, you did get the feeling of being in a friend’s kitchen, even with the hip, urban atm...

One of this area's most accomplished baseball players was selected to join a hall of fame. No, not that Hall of Fame, the one into which Peoria native Jim Thome was inducted earlier this year. But it's still a pretty formidable hall. Former big-league player and former and probably future big-league manager Joe Girardi, the pride of East Peoria, wa...