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28 August 1999

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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28 August 1999 - Il Messaggero

Pescasseroli, culture and cuisine in Europe's green Paradise / Pescasseroli, cultura e cucina nel paradiso verde d'Europa - by Antonio Mancini
Named after the massive mountain ("pieschio") closing its valley, Pescasseroli is in the heart of the oldest Italian park, originally a Royal hunting reserve. In 1912 Emidio Agostinone called the area "the land of bears", and emphasized that no estate tax ("fondiaria") was paid. After the first harvest, land owners allowed pasture and the income went to the Istituto delle Erbe seconde which paid taxes for the whole town. Rare animals and plants have found here a refuge. The administration favours an environment-friendly tourism, which brings here one million visitors a year. The "poor" traditional cuisine is maintained with the berries, cheese, dairy produce, meat, the icy Sangro and Fondillo water.

28 August 1999 - Il Messaggero

«Marilena I love you», and jumps into the river. Young electrician plunges into the Pescara river to die. Then repents and is saved / «Marilena ti amo», e si getta nel fiume - Giovane elettricista si lancia nel Pescara per suicidarsi. Poi ci ripensa e si salva - by Sergio Cinquino
He left his van in the middle of the bridge, then jumped. A 22-year-old man from Sambuceto added to his farewell message «Call number...to give back the car». A fisherman shouted to him: «Don't jump, life is beautiful, start swimming!». Two more men helped him to reach the bank. He was brought to hospital and will be out tomorrow.

28 August 1999 - Il Messaggero

BIRTHDAY - Granny Elena blows 106 candles - Big party in Città Sant'Angelo / IL COMPLEANNO - Nonna Elena spegne 106 candeline - Grande festa a Città Sant'Angelo
Lively eyes, an open smile, Elena Dejoannes is 106 today. She attacks the government, criticizes TV and the press, call the newer generation uneducated. She studied in Rome in the early XX century, then in Bologna where she married a doctor, who deceased in Albania in 1935. Her two sons also passed away. She lives with her "sweet" granddaughter Luisa. Her secret? None. Luisa says her granny is a strong, reserved woman. She eats everything, goes for walks, devours papers and books. Her favourites are Mann, Hemingway and Dostoevskji. One hundred guests for the party, with the mayors of Catignano, where she was born, and Città Sant'Angelo.

28 August 1999 - Il Messaggero

Perdonanza - Let's hope the rain does not spoil the festivity - The parade goes, it's Pardon day. To the event, live on Rete 8, 800 costume characters and 24 historical groups / Si spera che la pioggia (che ieri sera ha »graziato» gli spettacoli di Lina Sastri e Lucio Dalla) non guasti la festa - Sfila il corteo: è il giorno del Perdono - Alla rievocazione, in diretta Tv su Rete8, parteciperanno 800 figuranti e 24 gruppi storici. - by Antonio Di Muzio
Final stage in the Perdonanza in L'Aquila with the opening of the Holy Door in Collemaggio for the 705th Jubilee, the oldest in Christendom. At 15.30 the rugby final at the stadium. The procession will be opened by the carabinieri band, then four children, one carrying the key to the Door, the Dame carryng the "Bolla" and the Young Squire with the olive branch. Then the historical groups and all the authorities. Fireworks at 23.30.

28 August 1999 - Il Messaggero

Lanciano turns 3,180 years old, the event will be celebrated this 1st September / Lanciano compie 3.180 anni, la città festeggerà l'evento il prossimo primo settembre.
The birthday celebrations will commemorate the foundation of the legendary Anxia and the gestures of its heroes and knights. Poets' songs, folk music and ancient dances on stage at the Fenaroli theatre.

28 August 1999 - Il Centro

Marsian wolf on the Pyrenees - in France after a long journey. Sheep owners: «it kills our animals in the mountains» - Lupo marsicano sui Pirenei - E' arrivato in Francia dopo un lunghissimo viaggio - Gli allevatori: «Fa strage di pecore sui nostri monti»
Extinct for decades in the French territory, the wolf is back. Not from Spain, as originally believed, but from the Abruzzese mountains, as DNA exams on some hairs have finally revealed. A wolf can make 100 km a day, but to reach France it must have travelled through highly civilized areas.