Veterans Appreciation Ceremony To Be Held Saturday at Italian Fest. Before the first bocce ball is rolled or sausage sandwich is consumed Saturday at the Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival, a veterans appreciation ceremony will be held at noon on the main stage at Heritage Port. A committee led by John Looney, director of the Wheeli...

If the fictional city of Jeweltown and its suburbs bear more than a slight resemblance to the Clarksburg area in writer and columnist John Brown’s novel “Augie’s War,” there’s a reason for that. And if the main character — Harrison County native Augie Compton — reminds anyone of Brown, well, there’s a reason for that, too. “I thought I could write...

My American story begins with two Italian brothers and one ticket. Marco was 14; Gaetano 7. The boys came from Segni, a hamlet atop a hill south of Rome. One day in April 1904, Marco took Gaetano by the hand as they began a journey that would take them 110 miles to early twentieth century Naples, then thousands of miles across the Atlantic and end...

Victor Augustine Greco is among those selected to be inducted into the Weirton Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018. He has been nominated under the category of public service. This year’s induction banquet will be held 2 p.m., Aug. 12 at Undo’s in Weirton. Tickets go on sale July 1, at a cost of $30 per person, and will be available at the We...

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Spring Gala brought introduced a new royal court Saturday evening. They also introduced the new Regina Maria XL, Miranda Lang. The new title-holder expressed her excitement to be able to take the reigns of the Italian Heritage Festival throughout the upcoming year and be a figurehead for the community.  "...

Italian building products manufacturer TeMa Technologies & Materials srl has started construction of a 42,000-square-foot facility in Kearneysville, W.Va., where it will produce insulation and drainage products from recycled plastics. The automated plant will employ 30 and operate around-the-clock. Vittorio Veneto, Italy-based TeMa is investing abo...

Ground was broken Tuesday afternoon for TeMa North America to celebrate the Italian-based manufacturing company’s first North American venture in the Burr Business Park. Tonj Ciotti, with TeMa, said when it opens, it will provide jobs for 30 employees in the manufacturing of insulation and drainage systems for residential, commercial and industrial...

For decades, Muriale’s Italian Kitchen has been a staple of Fairmont and Marion County, and it’s still carrying on the same traditions and recipes that has made the restaurant a success for nearly 50 years. Muriale’s opened after the family bought the one-building restaurant, once known as Dick’s, in the late 1960s. With an official opening date of...

Mark Chatfield remembers when his Italian mother and grandmother would make pasta by hand mostly on special occasions, like Easter and Christmas. They would create a mountain out of flour, then form a hole in the center like a volcano. After pouring eggs in the middle, they would begin to combine the two, slowly, as the walls caved in. “You work it...

New outfits in soft pastels, the vinegary smell of egg dye, and chocolate bunnies commonly herald the coming of Easter. But in West Virginia’s Italian bakeries, anise-flavored bread is equally prized. It’s a centerpiece of the Christian resurrection celebration. For the staff at Tomaro’s Bakery in Clarksburg, Easter bread represents not only the pr...