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29 December 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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29 December 2000 - Il Messaggero

Francavilla - Commemoration for the martyrs of Santa Cecilia / Commemoratione per i martiri di Santa Cecilia
On 30 december 1943 20 civilians were killed by the German troops. On the occasion a special Mass and a photo exhibition with docuents from the tragic event.

29 December 2000 - Il Messaggero

Lanciano - A book of Abruzzese proverbs / Proverbi abruzzesi, per non dimenticare
Mass-media have standardized the Italian language and dialects are fast disappearing. That is why the new book by Peppino Di Battista "Proverbi abruzzesi di ieri e di oggi" is so important. The proverbs are collected in categories, translated into Italian and explained, as, for example: "Panza satòlle nen créde a lu dijune" (A full belly does not believe in fasting"), meaning that well-off people do not think poor people are seriously suffering.

29 December 2000 - Il Centro

Pescasseroli - the "White Weapon" project / Progetto "Arma bianca"
Nine Abruzzese shepherd puppies were born in the park this Christmas from "Sangro" and "Jona" and will soon be given to a number of shepherds within a project of "ecological sheep-raising".

29 December 2000 - Il Centro

Sulmona - Let us save Santa Caterina / Santa Caterina è da salvare
The inhabitants of the "sestiere" of Porta Manaresca are trying to collect funds to restore the ancient church of Santa Caterina. To attract people in the church there is a wonderful terracotta crib made and hand-painted by Marco Angelilli from Pacentro, inspired to the pastoral tradition of the Peligna valley. The crib can be visited until 7 January (10.30 - 12.30 and 17 - 20).

29 December 2000 - Il Centro

Roccamontepiano - Preparing New Year's Eve / Preparando il veglione
A video on Roccamontepiano will be shown at 19,30 in the municipality today, tomorrow a living crib in Grava, and on Sunday the "Gran veglione di San Silvestro" followed by music and fireworks. On January 5 at Passolanciano the "Befana sulla Neve" and on the 16th feast of Sant'Antonio Abate with "farchie" and a representation of "Lu Sand'handune".

29 December 2000 - Il Centro

Torricella Peligna - School principal from Torricella lent money to poet G.Pascoli / Giovanni Pascoli chiedeva spesso denaro al suo preside di Torricella, by Walter Teti
Giovanni Pascoli, a poet and teacher of Italian, often short of money, wrote for help to the headmaster of his school, Vincenzo Di Paola (1833-1917). Pascoli often visited Torricella Peligna to thank Prof. Vincenzo, a great friend and a very patient creditor. Torricella Peligna was the ancestral town also of John Fante's father, Vincenzo Bellini's grandfather, Silvio D'Amico (Fedele) and Antonio Piccone Stella, the first RAI director.

29 December 2000 - Il Centro

Sulmona -Awards of dialect poetry / Premio di poesia dialettale, by Antonio Ranalli
Vincenzo De Luca from Pescara was first in the 4th "Panfilo Del Beato" Dialect Poetry Prize of Sulmona. The prize commemorates poet Panfilo Del Beato (1890 - 1972), widely known also outside Italy.