More than a century ago, many people were crossing the Atlantic looking for a new life in America. Some of them landed in West Virginia, working in the coal mines and the glass factories. A large percentage of those immigrants were from Italy. They settled here and worked hard, started families and became a driving force in their communities....

by Zach Tuggle   A small piece of Italy came to Ferguson Park in Shinnston Saturday in the form of the fifth annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Bocce Tournament. "Get in there!" competitors shouted as their team's ball rolled down the moistened dirt of the court toward a gap in other balls. "Just bounce it off the wall and...

The Order Sons of Italy in America, Dan DiMucci Lodge, Martinsburg/Hagerstown, recently presented a check to the St. Leo's Catholic Church food pantry. The O.S.I.A. is extremely proud to celebrate its rich Italian heritage. If you are of Italian heritage and would like to meet with fellow Italians, contact the O.S.I.A. The local lodge meets the las...

Non una semplice commemorazione che guarda al passato ma un punto di partenza per il futuro. Questo è quanto emerso dall'incontro tenutosi alla Camera dei Deputati per ricordare il "Disastro Minerario di Monongah" avvenuto il 6 dicembre 1907 in West Virginia. Ricordare in un luogo simbolo delle Istituzioni la tragedia e le sue vittime ha permesso...

The 33rd annual Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival wrapped up on Sunday evening. This year was bigger and better than ever before. From the bands to the bocce ball, thousands of people from all around the Ohio Valley seemed to have a great time at Heritage Port.   Wheeling's Mayor Andy McKenzie said the festival means a lot to...

Pietro Fiorentini S.p.A. (Vicenza, Italy) has signed a purchase agreement for a 17-acre parcel in Weirton's Three Springs Business Park (West Virginia). The company is currently manufacturing on a limited scale out of a leased location in Wheeling. While no timetable has been established, Fiorentini is planning a $9 million plant in Weirton. &nbs...

West Virginia has a long history of Italian emigration. In 1910 more than 17,000 Italians were living there, making up 30% of the entire foreign-born population of the State: Italy even had a consular office in northern West Virginia. The majority of the Italian immigrants came from the south: Calabria, Campania, Sicilia. In 1907, the worst mining...

by Darlene J. Swiger   People lined West Main Street in downtown Clarksburg Friday afternoon to watch the 38th annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival coronation. The ceremony officially kicks off the three-day festival held each Labor Day weekend.   Friday's ceremony began with the introduction of the festival's princesses, Mi...

by Taylor Deer   At the end of the 19th Century, the first Italians made their way into Clarksburg to find what they called, "big money jobs" in the coal mines but ever since the population has been growing quickly and the atmosphere the Italians bring along is part of what makes Clarksburg so nice, and once a year Clarksburg celebrates it's...

by Victoria L. Cann   On Saturday, bocce ball teams and spectators gathered at Ferguson Memorial Park to participate in the annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Bocce Tournament. "This is the biggest it has been. We have 15 teams this year," said Carl Felosa, festival board member. "It's the best year we've had. We had plenty...