by Jean Caspers-Simmet Dennis Bollig, Dragotec USA president, reflected on the history of the business he and his wife, Darlene, grew on their farm. The Bolligs introduced the Drago GT corn head to the news media Nov. 10 at their rural Fenton location at the same time Olimac, the Italian company that manufactures the corn head, introduced it...

The Society of Italian-Americans will award a $1000 scholarship to a high school senior who is enrolling in a college or university this fall. Any high school senior with at least one Italian ancestor is eligible to apply, according to a news release. The winner will be selected based on grade point average and two required essays. Applications a...

Nella descrizione dei rapporti tra Italia e Usa l'emigrazione italiana ha un ruolo fondamentale. La Fondazione Migrantes pubblica dal 2006 il rapporto annuale sugli Italiani nel mondo, insostituibile punto di riferimento per chi si occupa di questo tema. Abbiamo chiesto alla redattrice capo del progetto, Delfina Licata, di parlarcene. Come è nata...

The Lodge and the Auxiliary will award scholarships at the June dinner. The Auxiliary voted to give out 4 scholarships this year (2 girls/2 boys) – this is in addition to what the Men's Lodge will give away.   Any member, son, daughter, and/or grandchild of a Lodge or an Auxiliary member who will be attending a college, community college, or...

by Diane Langton   The Giaur Lancia Moretti, a rare Italian race car, was being built for Italian Formula One driver Felice Bonetto, who planned to race it in 1953 in the Mille Miglia (thousand mile) road race in Italy. But when Bonetto was killed in November 1953, in the Carrera Panamericana race in Silao, Mexico, work on the car stopped....

The feast of St. Lucy is December 13th and in Italy ushers in the Christmas season. In keeping with this long-lasting tradition, the Cultural Center will have a celebration at the Center on the feast day, Sunday, December 13th. The celebration will begin with the lighting of the Christmas Fire at 3:30 pm. This will be followed by a candlelig...

By Tony Fioriglio Parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel learned at the 4 p.m. Mass Saturday that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to close the church and merge the parish with Sacred Heart Church in Swedesburg at the end of June.   The announcement came less than 24 hours after the Facebook page for The Bridgeport Feast said that th...

Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari tweeted this morning that he knew "there was something he loved" about Iowa. What was it? Two photos of the mural outside the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa on Indianola Avenue.   Calipari, an Italian American, said he was leaving mass when he came across the art. "Sent us to the r...

Viva L'Italia, the Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa, will take place on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 in Des Moines' Western Gateway Park. The fourth annual event is a celebration of Italian culture that features food and beverage vendors, dancing, live music, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, art, a bocce ball tourna...

Cristina Fontanelli has become a well-known personality through her recordings, her appearances on TV, radio, in concert, nightclubs, and opera, and through her acting debut on network television. Her most recent accomplishment is as PBS Host for Andrea Bocelli's historic free concert in Central Park also starring Celine Dion, David Foster and Tony...