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James L. Penasa — lifelong Coloradan, long-time Montrose resident, veteran and long-time active member of Zion Lutheran Church — passed away on May 7, 2018, at his home.  Jim was born to Italian immigrant parents Serafino and Mary Penasa in Rico, Colorado.  Jim attended grade school at the one-room school in Ophir and in Telluride. The family then...

Enjoy a highlight of the St. Louis Opera Theatre season with Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” May 19 – June 23 at the Loretto-Hilton Center.  In the opera, Violetta has one important rule:  Never fall in love.  She insists on her freedom.  Then she meets Alfredo, and things get complicated.   It’s a Verdi masterpiece and includes the directing debut...

As author David Fiedler explains in his book "The Enemy Among Us: POWs in Missouri During World War II," the state was once home to more than 15,000 German and Italian prisoners of war. Many of the camps where they were held have faded into distant memory as little evidence remains of their existence; however, one local resident has a relic from a...

Warrensburg business owner, Christian author, veteran and flight school instructor Tony Monetti is “pleased as punch” his name will be first on the Aug. 7 Republican party primary ballot. The placement is a happy accident. Candidates who declared their bids for election on the opening day of the filing cycle were assigned placement by random drawin...

In 1987, Franco Giannotti, Angelo Sita, Giovanni Ferrara, and Msgr. Salvatore Polizzi founded St Louis – Bologna Sister Cities Committee with the cooperation and support of Bologna Mayor Renzo Imbeni and St Louis Mayor Vincent C. Schoemehl. The sister cities committee flourished for over a decade with reciprocal youth summer exchange programs, lang...

Legislation to eliminate Columbus Day as a state holiday was sent to a state House committee on Monday and just never came back. House Bill 1231 was drafted by Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Adams County, and it had narrowly survived a vote in the House Local Government Committee earlier this session. At that lengthy hearing, the Italian American commu...

The second Monday in October, a federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus, would be Indigenous Peoples Day in Mankato under a resolution the City Council will consider in coming weeks. Dave Brave Heart — backed by about 30 community members — brought the request to a council work session Monday night. Brave Heart first offered praise for the ci...

“Buongiorno” or Good Morning in Italian! Do the names Padroni, Baseggio, Guenzi, Rizzolo, DeSoto and Campanella sound familiar? These are just a few of the familiar family names of Italian immigrants that made their way to Logan County during the past 120 years. Many of these immigrants not only helped to settle the northeast Colorado plains, but t...

The presentation will provide an overview of  the thousands of items of scientific and medical evidence that has been acquired from the Shroud of Turin to date. The presenter will further discuss millions and billions of unfakable items of scientific evidence that could also be acquired if the Shroud was tested at the atomic and molecular levels.  ...

The angelic voices of the Sistine Chapel Choir have garnered critical acclaim and recognition as they travel and perform around the globe. Through its liturgical music, the Choir communicates a message of peace and closeness among people, even if they are of other faiths or other religious confessions. “The Sistine Chapel Choir is delighted and hon...

Growing up in Florence, Italy, Nada Vergili was just steps away from some of the world’s most iconic spots—and had a front-row seat to a lifestyle overworked and stressed-out Americans want more of. Now her Charlotte-based tour company, Nada’s Italy, located in the heart of Dilworth, is all about sharing that way of life, “la dolce vita,” with peop...

For the third time, Michael Di Lauro has brought one of his interesting documentaries to St. Louis for viewing. The documentaries have been shown at the Missouri History Museum, once at Rose of the Hill and this time at the Browning Hall Auditorium at Webster University on February 2. This last time, he was sponsored by CIAO St. Louis and the Webst...