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13 January 2000

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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13 January 2000 - Il Messaggero

Castelli - Di Giosafatte's ceramics at the Museo delle Genti, Pescara / Le ceramiche di Di Giosaffatte al Museo delle genti d'Abruzzo
Vincenzo di Giosaffatte, director for over 20 years of the Istituto d'Arte in Castelli, will keep his works on show until the end of the month in Pescara. There is also his own permanent exhibition in Castelli, just below Monte Camicia.

13 January 2000 - Il Messaggero

Everything ready for Sant'Antonio in Trasacco, Collelongo and Villavallelonga / Tre paesi per Sant'Antonio, by Loreto Taricone
Three marsican villages are getting ready for one of the most poignant appointments in the calendar of folk traditions: Sant'Antonio Abate, next 16 january. In Villavallelonga there is the "panarda", a rich banquet going up to the morning for friends and relatives. In Collelongo, le "cottore", big copper pots where corn, called "cicirocchi", is boiled, then offered to everybody, spending the night drinking wine. In Trasacco the "mascaritte", a group of men and women walking through the alleys and singing ancient popular and religious songs, stopping to eat the cicirocchi and the holy "panetta" (white bread loaves), and performing scenes of the saint's victory on the temptations, with actors masked as Sant'Antonio, the Devil and Archangel Gabriel.

13 January 2000 - Il Centro

Pescasseroli - The parish archive shows 1000 inhabitants less than in 1900 /In 100 anni persi mille abitanti
In 1900 there were 3,331 inhabitants, 108 births, 34 marriages and 60 deaths. This year 2,270 inhabitants, 16 births, 14 marriages and 39 deaths. Data is taken from the parish archive by don Vincenzo De Mario, who supplied statistics for the whole century. the most prolific year was 1905 with 117 births. After 1950 births are always under 50 a year. The darkest year was 1918 with 99 deaths, mostly due to the "spagnola" (a severe flu epidemics) - no marriage was celebrated that year. 1992 has the record for the fewest births, only 12. Other data: 1910 introduction of electricity, 1919 the telephone, 1946 the first cinema.

13 January 2000 - Il Centro

Finally restored the tower in Roccamorice and Santa Maria della Croce in Pietranico - Restaurate la torre di Roccamorice e la chiesa di Santa Maria della Croce a Pietranico
The medieval tower in Roccamorice, a defensive military structure, was brought back to the ancient splendor with a restoration of the large stones, a new chestnut roof and an inner steel staircase, and demolishing an ugly building just beside it. A highly technological approach was used instead to remove the excessive humidity in the walls of the Oratorio in Pietranico, and the restoration also brought to light an ancient inscription which nobody remembered, where the origin of the church itself is explained. A very cumbersome, and highly successful job made by architect Bruno Buccella from Alanno.