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Michael Salardino, a lifelong supporter of Pueblo and numerous local organizations, is the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year. The chamber is scheduled to hold its 109th annual meeting on Jan. 24 at the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St. The evening is set to begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a si...

Twelfth century Italy faced many of the same tendencies and upheavals as modern day America. An affluent society with burgeoning travel and trade at home, the Crusades causing constant conflict abroad, a wealthy church that many felt had lost touch with the people, and everywhere a “pleasure-seeking culture,” according to Glenn Myers, professor of...

Revamped and raring to go, a new pizza joint on East Broadway plans to recreate Old World pizza for Missoulians hankering for a return to authentic Italian pie. Headies Brick Oven Pizza, located at 1250 W. Broadway, will open where the former Zimorino’s Red Pies Over Montana drive-up was located in recent years. The most recent incarnation of Zimor...

The Avon Town Council will examine Columbus Day on Tuesday, and the seven-member board is expected to consider a recommendation to stop observing the holiday in Avon. The recommendation comes from Town Manager Eric Heil, whom the Town Council asked in October to prepare a recommendation on renaming the holiday. Heil said in 2019, some members of to...

Customers at a new west Casper restaurant can watch house-made pizza arrive out of the 1,000-degree, Italian-designed wood-fired oven. Ludovico Farm to Wood Flame opened about a month ago with a focus on Italian fare made from scratch and an aim to use local and regional ingredients, operations manager Jason Groves said. The food ranges from New Yo...

What started out as a simple game between a father and son turned into a Christmas surprise of a lifetime from Italian supercar maker Lamborghini for a family from Erie, Colorado. Sterling Backus, 54, and his 12-year-old son Xander were playing the racing simulation video game "Forza Horizon 3" one day when Xander asked his father if they could bui...

Team Italy catcher and designated hitter Drew Butera recently re-signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies with an invitation to Spring Training Camp beginning in early February in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 36-year-old veteran with a decade of MLB experience under his belt will be competing for an opening day roster spot against 24-ye...

This real photo postcard of the Holy Rosary Church’s Christmas crib was taken during the 1941 holiday season. Missionaries of St. Charles founded Holy Rosary Parish, located at 911 E. Missouri Avenue, in the 1880s to serve the Italian immigrants in Kansas City, who settled near the old Market Square (now City Market) area. Still standing after the...

Judging from public comments on social media, the community has been in need of a good Italian restaurant. One is now on the way as Roma Italian Restaurant gets ready to open at Western Nebraska Regional Airport. Cousins Alex Gabrica and Noti Berisha are from Dallas, Texas, where family members are in the restaurant business. They learned the cooki...

Joe Saranella remembers it like it was yesterday. It was the summer of 1945 and he was aboard the USS Greeley steaming toward an American military base in China. The World War II campaign in Europe was won and the Allied Forces were turning their complete attention toward invading Japan, known as Operation Downfall. The Navy Department experts who...

Colorado is riddled with we call “ghost towns.” Abandoned after the mining boom became a bust, people vanished from these once-thriving communities and left a bit of the past behind, of which we can still see today. While some have remained quiet, others have managed to thrive in the modern world, and even some seeking to reclaim their past, like C...

Rena Guest, born in 1929, remembers every detail of growing up in the Tyrol Mountains in northern Italy. Her father was the only baker in the valley where she was raised. She recalls the need to wear what she calls “powerful shoes” because she lived in a mountain village close to the Swiss border. She had her first ice cream cone at age 7 when her...