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In honor of Columbus Day, The Torrington Chapter of Unico National, an Italian-American service organization, and the Torrington Historical Society will present a program about Italian-Americans on October 16, 2013. Time: 6:30 -9:00 pm. Place: Torrington Historical Society -Carriage House Gallery. Admission: Free. The program "Our Lives Are Stories" will feature author, Mario G. Fumarola of Macungie, PA. Mr. Fumarola will discuss Italian-American immigration including the difficulties that Italian immigrants overcame and the rich contributions they made to the cultural fabric of America. An intermission with refreshments will be followed by a panel discussion with members of Torrington's Italian-American community. Panelists, including Peter Pino, David Frigo, Raymond Mascetti and Francesca Lascari will tell stories about the Torrington Italian-American experience. Mario Fumarola is a first generation story teller and writer. He is the author of three books that focus on Italian-Americans: Wasn't It Only Yesterday, Immigrants All, and Last Of The First. Fumarola was born to Italian immigrant parents in Utica NY in 1935. After serving in the US military, Fumarola began a long career in the insurance industry. After retirement he turned to writing and speaking to share personal stories of Italian immigrant history. The Torrington Historical Society is partnering with the Torrington Chapter of Unico National to celebrate Italian-American heritage and to document Torrington's Italian-American history.