by John Asebes   If you closed your eyes and smelled the air in Bluefield Saturday you may have thought you were in Italy. The tastes of Italy is here in Bluefield thanks to the Bluefield-Princeton Italian Lodge. Saturday brought in the 21st Annual Southern West Virginia Italian-American festival at the Bluefield Auditorium. I...

In a ceremony fit for the occasion, the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival will induct new members into the organization's Hall of Fame. Taking place on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Village Square Grand Ballroom in Clarksburg, the ceremony will honor and pay tribute to the inductees, all of whom were selected for their contributions to the long-...

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival (WVIHF) has named Steptoe & Johnson attorney Sharon Flanery Italian-American Woman of the Year. Flanery is one of four WVIHF honorees for 2013 and will be recognized at the WVIHF dinner in Bridgeport on Aug. 29.   Flanery maintains a busy legal practice while also leading the Steptoe & John...

by Dave Lavender   Back in 2014, The Facing Hunger Foodbank got a little help from their Italian-American friends with a fundraiser that included a taste of Italy - an intimate cooking class by Rocco Muriale and then a wine tasting and dinner at Ralph Hagy's La Famiglia. Last year, and with a whole lot of help from their friends, the Fo...

by Brittany Murray   Bridgeport resident Ranee Torchia has always had a love of baking. "I've been baking my whole life with my mom," Torchia said. "When I was little I started baking with her, and that's where I learned how to do all this." Four years ago, Torchia decided to use that love of baking to start her own business, Torchia's...

Representatives from the Embassy of Italy visited the Eastern Panhandle on Tuesday as part of the area's initiative to expand international investment in West Virginia.   This visit was organized by the West Virginia Development Office and the Jefferson County and Berkeley County Development Authorities.   Read more   Source:&n...

By Bill Archer The 19th Annual Southern West Virginia Italian-American Festival is bound to be one for the record books as the Herb Sims Youth Center and Bluefield City Auditorium were absolutely jam packed with visitors enjoying the tastes of good Italian cooking and the fellowship of friends. "I think this is about the biggest crowd I've ever s...

The Antonio Meucci Lodge 2506 met March 11 at Undo's with President Regina Truax presiding. Mary Rose Spano read the invocation, and Boyd Barker led in opening ceremonies.   Truax introduced new member Mary Basil and Bridget Akin, Walter Angeline's guest. Reports were given by Rita Orler, Carol Valenti and Linda Pfabe. Truax a...

Brandon LeRoy and Marissa Bailey will be debuting their new show "Amore" on the Antero Main Stage of the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival on August 31 at 12:00 p.m. They will be accompanied by the live WVIHF orchestra under the direction of Phil Wyatt.   "Amore" is a musical tribute to Italian heritage, family, and friends, featuring...

The Marino Brothers' popular Italian restaurant and deli is moving from North View to Glen Elk, and brothers Jimmy and Frank Marino couldn't be more excited. The new location, at 415 Baltimore Ave., will have three times the space, more parking, and will include a full-time catering business, Frank Marino said.   "The area of Glen Elk v...