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26 November 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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26 November 1999 - Il Messaggero

A billion-lire-worth statue by Prassiteles / Opera di Prassitele che vale miliardi
In the will of late archbishop Peressin's also a bronze statue by celebrated Greek sculptor Prassitele (4th century B.C.). The will does not explain the origin of the work, but disposes it shall be donated to the Musei vaticani with the only condition that a plaque be placed saying it was donated by Monsignor Peressin and an American doctor.

26 November 1999 - Il Messaggero

Sulmona - On the ski-slopes this weekend - A new booming winter season is expected / Sabato e domenica sulle piste per la gioia di centinaia di appassionati. Un'altra invernata boom - by Sante Iavarone
Two weeks before the traditional opening of the skiing season for a possibly second resord season. Snowfall was heavy, and the ski-slopes are ready at Aremogna, almost ready at Valleverde, Gravare and Macchione. Still closed Montepratello and already booked Roccaraso and Rivisondoli hotels. Problems only for the management of the Pescasseroli skiing facilities.

26 November 1999 - Il Centro

Lettomanoppello - Fountains by four artist in Maiella stone / Arricchita dalle fontane di 4 artisti - Usata la pietra della Maiella
Simple, traditional stone carving for the new Lettomanoppello fountains. Antonella Conte from Rome created a simple stele placed around a well at Bivio di Lettomanoppello; at Largo Assunta lettese Giovanni Di Pietrantonio restored an abandoned cavity in a wall with a traditional basin, mask and putto. In piazza Umberto I Petronio Del Ponte created a structure in "paglierina" stone. Finally Aquilan Pasquale Liberatore, restored the sulphurous water fountain ("l'acqua a zolf") at Santa Liberata taking inspiration from sheperds' thòloi, creating a curved figure in the attitude of collecting water in a container.

26 November 1999 - Il Centro

San Benedetto del Tronto - Recovered in Marches more 17th-century statues stolen from Campovalano / Recuperate altre due statue del '600 rubate - Trafugate dalla chiesa di Campovalano, erano nelle Marche
The Carabinieri yesterday recovered the wooden statues of the angels and Child stolen last September at San Pietro e Paolo, Campovalano, which will be given back to parish priest don Marco Trevisonne. The statues of the Madonna, St. Peter and St. Paul had already been recovered. The carabinieri think the theft was ordered by a network of criminal art dealers who aim at little-protected Abruzzese churches.