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15 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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15 December 1999 - Il Messaggero

The Abruzzese super shepherd dogs bought by French breeders / Super cani. Per far la guardia alle greggi non hanno pari in Europa - I francesi acquistano pastori abruzzesi - by Marcello Ianni
L'AQUILA - An agreement was signed yesterday for a mutual co-operation between Abruzzo and Savoy (France) for the introduction of the Abruzzese shepherd dog into France. Also Swiss breeders are interested. A common Abruzzo-Molise project is working towards a selection of the pure features of this hard-working dog, ancestral friend of Abruzzese shepherds.

15 December 1999 - Il Messaggero

Corso Manthonè paved with tiles inscribed with lines from D'Annunzio's poems / Nuovo fondo stradale in corso Manthonè: su ogni mattonella brani di d'Annunzio - by Sergio Cinquino
Franco Summa, a Pescarese artist and municipality consultant, has redesigned many important features. A new fountain in piazza San Francesco will feature passages from the Cantico delle creature all around. Then in Piazzale Le laudi a belvedere on the sea will be built. Corso Manthonè will be artistically paved before Casa d'Annunzio, on each tile a letter of the poet's historical words to Pescara.

15 December 1999 - Il Messaggero

L'Aquila - A congress to study ancient ethnic realities and romanization / Convegno internazionale sulle popolazioni italiche
The Department of History of the University of l'Aquila has organized a meeting on "Archeologia delle popolazioni italiche dalla formazione delle identità etniche alla romanizzazione", to be held in Celano (tomorrow, in the Museo della Preistoria abruzzese) and L'Aquila (Friday and Saturday). The meeting's will focus also on the recent discoveries at Bazzano and Fossa. Among the lecturers Tim Cornell, University of Manchester.

15 December 1999 - Il Centro

Lettomanoppello - New nativity in stone made by local artists / Il nuovo presepe - Tutti gli artisti mobilitati per l'iniziativa del Comune - by Emanuela Montanari
Twenty 30-cm tall statues for a new stone crib to be prepared in piazza Umberto I, while the old one will still be on show inside the Church of the Assunta. The municipality with this project wants to give new strength to the age-old tradition of stone carving in Lettomanoppello. A large "palatenda" will be put up in piazza Umberto I for New Year's Eve with music, tombola games, and a children's area with Santa Claus. At 1 o'clock on January the 1st prizes to the best dancing couple, the funniest joke, the nicest citizen and, on 6 january, to the most beautiful home-made crib.

16 December 1999 - Il Centro

PACENTRO - On the shops wrough-iron signs with coats-of-arms / Nei negozi di Pacentro insegne in ferro battuto con gli stemmi araldici
Throw away plastic signs, put up the iron and wood emblems of the ancient "contrade". Vincenzo Mariani, a local artist, has already made two signs, one for his wife's shop, the other for the Battaglini butcher's shop. Augusto Di Cesare, the President of the Associazione culturale pacentrana, praises the idea, a step towards a rediscovery of the symbols and traditions also in urban architecture.