The Overland Trail Museum's History Cafe returns Wednesday with "Art from the heart of Logan County." The monthly program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the High Plains Education Center. After enjoying muffins, coffee and a short presentation, take a stroll through the museum where you will see art created by some of our founding citizens, art created...

Padre Pio was born to a poor peasant family in the rural town of Pietrelcina, Italy. They had little money and his parents could not read or write. However, Pio’s parents had high hopes their son could one day follow his calling to be a priest. As a young boy Pio had related to his parents a desire to become a religious and they asked a local Capuc...

The hospital staff called me “the victory baby.” My mother, however, was not happy about the vivid purple V on my forehead and was much relieved when the two dark veins close to the surface of my skin faded and disappeared. My mother’s letter to her brother, Cpl. Anthony Greco, announcing my birth in 1943, found him somewhere in Belgium, where he a...

Around 1,500 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean on Thursday and Friday in operations involving the Italian navy and ships chartered by NGOs and the EU border agency Frontex, the Italian coastguard said. On Friday alone, seven separate operations picked up 1,050 people as they tried to make the crossing to Europe. The operations were coordin...

Fairfield Farms is one of the last working farms in Essex County. Located on 177 Big Piece Road and owned by Sal and Joyce Francavilla, it is one of the oldest farms in Fairfield, dating back to when the town was still part of Caldwell Township. The Francavilla family story began in Avellino, Italy, where Sal’s grandparents, Salvatore and Maria, ow...

Bruno negli anni sessanta è un giovane artista seravezzino, un mosaicista così detto “bizantino” per lo stile delle sue opere. Durante un lavoro di restauro nella cattedrale di Venezia, viene notato da un alto prelato di New York, appartenente alla Chiesa Greco-Ortodossa, il quale è letteralmente affascinato dal suo lavoro e gli propone di seguirlo...

The men in suits were at the Maiorana family’s Monterey, California, home again. Mike, the family’s young son, watched as the agents rummaged through their belongings in search of guns, cameras, and shortwave radios. And again, they found nothing. This was during World War II, and the FBI had declared Mike’s mother an “enemy alien.” The sole source...

We Play for Tips, the outstanding new album by the Sicilian saxophonist Francesco Cafiso, is a homage to New Orleans jazz. The title comes from a saying that Crescent City street musicians have emblazoned on their caps, an image that Cafiso says stuck with him after a trip to New Orleans when he was a teenager. But the latest recording by the 28-ye...

“… and we cannot understand; all the way that God will lead us to that blessed promised land.” Thousands poured through the gates of Ellis Island, hopes high, as they left behind years of misery and poverty. Most were farmers from the southern regions of Italy where the land was rugged, harsh and unfit for farming. As they located mostly along Amer...

Gli italoamericani delle nuove generazioni, grazie alla loro mobilità sociale, si sono trasferiti in quartieri più eterogenei dove vivono americani di altre etnie. La gran parte di loro si è sposato/a con persone di altre etnie e quando il matrimonio crea dei problemi scelgono il divorzio.  Nella società odierna post-industriale, queste generazioni...