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This Week In History, 4-24-08


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The following reports are taken from The Calhoun Chronicle archives:


1933, 75 years ago

The Calhoun High School orchestra and band, under the direction of Henry Clay Palmer, won first place in the orchestra and band contests sponsored by the Federation of Music Clubs of West Virginia, which was held at Parkersburg last week.


The splendid appearance and performance that these two musical organizations made has given the high school and the county statewide publicity of the highest and most cultural form. No one can say that this is not the kind of publicity that the school and county desires and should have.


The two beautiful trophies that were won will be on display in the window of Thompson’s on Main Street. Let everybody at every opportunity give these fine musical organizations a boost. A boost for them is a boost in return for every citizen of Calhoun County.




  1958, 50 years ago

Grantsville Ground Observers will take part in another alert on Sunday and are making preparation to have personnel on hand at the observation post during that alert.


Vearl Haynes will be captain for the day, according to Sue Ayers, local supervisor.


It is reported that SA-16 Seaplanes will be used in the test alert, flying over parts of Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.


The test will be conducted between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and will have approximately 3,500 civilian volunteers taking part.





  1983, 25 years ago


If you like pizza and pasta, prosciutto, spaghetti and rigatoni -- staples of Italian cuisine -- you may be excited to learn that on Monday, May 2, Grantsville will boast its first authentic Italian restaurant --Giuseppe’s Little Italy. It’s at the corner of Court and Mill streets, where, until last Friday, stood the Rainbow Hotel and Restaurant.


Owner of the new restaurant is Joe (Giuseppe) Tarpazi. On Apr. 22, he bought the Rainbow building from Denzil and Vivian Dye, who had operated the Rainbow for about seven years with only one interruption.


The Dyes sold out about a year ago, but soon thereafter took back the operation of the restaurant and hotel. This time, they’re looking forward to taking life easier and are even planning a vacation.


During the week of Apr. 25, Giuseppe was redecorating the restaurant and installing such specialized equipment as a pizza oven in the kitchen.


He will be the cook, and he regards the kitchen as his artist’s studio, from whence will emerge such delicacies as his Tarpazi sandwich -- deep-fried pizza dough filled with pepperoni or sausage, mozzarella cheese and sauce. Very hungry customers can order a “Super Tarpazi,” which presumably is lots more of the same.


In order to emphasize the authentic Italian atmosphere of the new restaurant, Giuseppe’s guest of honor on opening day will be Mrs. Velia Zannoni, who was born in Italy and will be 89 years old in September.

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