ÓAbruzzo News: 4 December 1999
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4 December 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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4 December 1999 - Il Messaggero

CARAPELLE CALVISIO - The smallest municipality, 46 families, 110 inhabitants, not even a coffee bar, but the mayor says life is fine there / Il paese più piccolo d'Abruzzo. Ha 46 famiglie. Non c'è neanche un bar. Appena 110 abitanti. Il sindaco: «Ma qui si vive bene» - by Claudio Valente
Only on a Sunday you can meet someone here, and these Sundays are reserved to the olive harvest. Some very strange things happen: four Jeovah Witnesses knock at all doors, but nobody is there. A no parking sign, in a desert place, but a car parked exactly below the sign. Four clean containers for different waste collection (empty). Everything is in Piazza D'Annunzio: the Town Hall, post office, a phone booth, a fountain and a view of Rocca Calascio. Mayor Domenico Di Cesare, 36, a construction worker, has elected as his vice his adversary in the elections. The village is just one large family. The municipal secretary works two mornings here, another two mornings in Castelvecchio Calvisio, and the rest of the time in Capestrano and Ofena. Ermanno Florio, originary of Carapelle, is an orchestra director in New York. Between 1972 and 1977 no child was born in Carapelle, now there are 11 primary school children, while Calascio has only four and Santo Stefano di Sessanio two.

4 December 1999 - Il Messaggero

CARAPELLE CALVISIO - 1300 years' history from the barons to emigration / 1300 anni all'ombra del Gran Sasso, dalla grande Baronia all'emigrazione
"Carapellas" was first recorded in the 8th century. In the 11th century it was a Barony with Castelvecchio Calvisio, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Calascio, Rocca Calascio, and Castel del Monte. Those heroic times were recorded in the movie "Ladyhawke" with Rutgen Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer. In 1910 Carapelle had 1200 inhabitants but a first wave of emigration during WWI and then in the 1950's emptied the village. In Toronto there is a community from Carapelle Calvisio of 650 people, six times the population of Carapelle today.

5 December 1999 - Il Messaggero

3000-year-old warrior found in Comino / Trovato a Comino un guerriero di 3 mila anni fa
Near Guardiagrele a tomb of an 11th century warrior has been found, with a 60-cm long bronze sword with a decorated sheath, a fibula, a razor and four pots.

5 December 1999 - Il Messaggero

Chiaffredo Bergia, the "Abruzzi hero" / "l'eroe degli Abruzzi"
Captain Chiaffredo Bergia, born in Peasana, Piedmont, on 1st January 1840, deceased in Bari on 2nd february 1892 was the fiercest enemy of brigands after 1860. Near Scanno he defeated the gang of Vincenzo Tamburini from Roccaraso, at Cittaducale, near Antrodoco, he arrested Antonio Giorgiantonio and bloody Giovanni Palombieri. Then he received a gold medal for his gestures in the province of Chieti against brigands D'Alena and Pomponio, who were killed at Bosco Dogliola and Furci respectively

4 December 1999 - Il Centro

SCANNO - the famous costume proposed as a symbol of Abruzzo / Proposta da Scanno«Il costume simbolo d'Abruzzo»
Together with the Marsican bear and the Capestrano warrior, now another symbol for the region has been proposed, something that can also travel and appear in shopwindows. A delicate symbol, closely interwoven with all the traditions of this land. Only 150 women still wear it.

4 December 1999 - Il Centro

TOSSICIA - Great party for Lucia's 100 years / Festa per i 100 anni di Lucia Bonomo
At Chiarino, near Tossicia in the province of Teramo, Ms Lucia Bonomo will celebrate her 100th birthday. She was born on 3 December 1899, married Guerino Servili in 1925, and has been a widow since 1982. She lives now with son Angelo, and her large family of six children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

4 December 1999 - Il Centro

LORETO APRUTINO - Presentation of Simone Finocchio's book / Presentazione del libro di Simone Finocchio
«La vuccacce nna ll'abbruzze», written by Simone Finocchio and Vittorio Morelli, wants to tell ironical stories of nuns, priests and peasants, trying to emphasize the eternal contrast between the cunny and the suckers. Simone Finocchio also wrote in the past a famous book of poems in the dialect of Pianella.