An Italian manufacturing company that supports the natural gas industry is setting up shop in the Northern Panhandle. The Italian-based company Pietro Fiorentini broke ground in a ceremony this week to announce the purchase and development of a 26-acre plot in Weirton. Fiorentini has been operating an office in West Virginia since 2013, but the Wei...

The humble West Virginia pepperoni roll, born in the kitchens of coal miners’ wives and perfected in the Italian-owned bakeries of North Central West Virginia, has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and on the Food Network. It has been the topic of heated retail controversies and state legislation. It’s the centerpiece of annual eating contests...

As someone who has attended the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival every year of her life, Parkersburg’s Alyssa Oliverio has played several roles in the event over the years. Her newest role will be that of Regina Maria XXXIX. Oliverio was a member of the Minor Court in 1998 and Senior Court in 2014. Along with that, she helped her grandfathe...

The Antonio Meucci Lodge met April 10 at Undo’s, with Vice President Tony LaRosa reading invocation and Carol Truax leading the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by members singing “God Bless America.” President Regina Truax welcomed guest Emily Wagglei. Secretary Rita Orler called roll and read the minutes, which were approved. Linda Pfabe gave the t...

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival is always a big part of the community every year, and the first event to kick off festival season is the Spring Gala. The gala will begin at 5:30 p.m. April 29 at Village Square Conference Center. It’s not only the first festival event of the year, but it announces who the upcoming queen is, said Rose Maz...

Tickets are now available for the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Spring Gala announcing Regina Maria XXXIX and her court. The event will be held Saturday, April 29 at the Village Square Conference Center on Route 19, Milford Street in Clarksburg. Tickets are $40.00 for adults and $20 for children under 10. The event is reservation only. Pl...

Fairs and festivals across our state could take a big hit if lawmakers cut over $4 million in state funding. That's on the table right now, but what's also there is the governor's goal to support fairs and festivals by doubling the tourism budget. The directors of some local festivals say they would have to downsize a lot if they lose their largest...

A manufacturing facility first announced for Weirton in 2013 is closer to becoming a reality. On Friday, local officials met with representatives of Pietro Fiorentini USA to officially sign off an a land purchase agreement in the Three Springs Business Park. This will be the first manufacturing facility in the United States for Pietro Fiorenti...

It's about a month until the 32nd annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival gets underway, with this year's event set for July 25-27 at Wheeling's Heritage Port.   The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival began in 1983 as the brain child of Anthony Zambito, Vincent Colaianni, Anthony Iannarelli and Benny Battistelli who visited the Cl...

The annual upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival is one of the biggest events of the year in the Ohio Valley. But aside from honoring Italian history and providing authentic cuisine, it also provides for a number of scholarships for area students.   On Tuesday night at West Virginia Northern Community College, 15 students who have rece...