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Betty (Serpouhie) Apigian Kessel was born in Pontiac, Mich. Together with her husband, Robert Kessel, she was the proprietor of Woodward Market in Pontiac and has two sons, Bradley and Brant Kessel. She belonged to the St. Sarkis Ladies Guild for 12 years, serving as secretary for many of those years. During the aftermath of the earthquake in Armenia in 1988, the Detroit community selected her to be the English-language secretary and she happily dedicated her efforts to help the earthquake victims. She has a column in the Armenian Weekly entitled “Michigan High Beat.”
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Detroit Does it Better: ARF Celebration Draws Hundreds

On the evening of Dec. 7, 450 hamagirs and believers in the Armenian Cause led by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) filled the ballroom of Livonia’s Embassy Suite Hotel to celebrate the ARF’s 123rd year in defense of the Armenian people. A scene from the celebration The Detroit ARF [more...]

December 16, 2013 // 2 Comments

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Letter: In Memory of ‘Dashnak Pete’

Dear Editor: Bedros Peter Stepanian passed away peacefully following surgery on June 22, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Bedros from Amarij* (in Keghi county) preferred to be called “Dashnak Pete,” and attended many Armenian functions no matter the location, including Detroit where he had many [more...]

June 27, 2013 // 5 Comments

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Apigian-Kessel: Please, You Can’t Take That Away From Us

For many, the brightest times in metropolitan Detroit’s Armenian social life—that arrive with spring and continue through October—are the agoump dinners prepared by Krista and chef-husband Ara Tossounian. While Krista is in the kitchen preparing her mouth-watering salad, rice, and bulgur [more...]

June 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

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St. Sarkis Sunday School Events Serve Lord with Gladness

Youth is not wasted on the young, and the metro Detroit area can thank Diane Changelian, the superintendent of the St. Sarkis Sunday School program in Dearborn, along with the exemplary volunteer staff of teachers, for their dedication to the religious upbringing of the future generation of [more...]

June 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

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Dr. Paul Haidostian on Haigazian’s Success

It’s always a thrill to learn about Armenian successes, and Dr. Paul Haidostian, the affable president of Haigazian University in Beirut, on May 7 provided interesting information to diasporans about his liberal arts school of higher learning during his talk at the Armenian Congregational Church, [more...]

May 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

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The Brothers Topouzian: Keri and Ara

With proud father Armen mingling among the nearly 100 friends, relatives, and book-lovers gathered, Keri and Ara Topouzian gave everyone a wonderful reason to be at the lavish Hagopian World of Rugs showroom in stylish downtown Birmingham, Mich., on the evening of May 1, 2013. The book ‘A [more...]

May 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

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Minnesota’s ACOM: A Bright Light in Armenian Culture

We know our people are dispersed all over the face of the earth—making up the Armenian Diaspora—but today we will focus on a group that deserves special attention for their drive to keep Armenian culture alive in the upper Midwest. I became aware of the Armenian Cultural Organization of [more...]

March 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

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Cynthia Erickson and Team Building Houses in Armenia

I was a guest at the 2010 Vanetzi social evening, where I had a brief encounter with an unfamiliar face across the room. Who was that tall not traditionally Armenian-looking woman? Fortunately I was soon introduced to Vanetzi Cynthia Reimers Erickson, who grew up on a farm near Wimbledon, N.D., but [more...]

March 1, 2013 // 2 Comments

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Souroun: Lovingly Made Recipe from My Keghi

“Are you on the way, and if so how closeby are you?” my voice anxiously rang out on the cell phone. My guest replied, “We are at Orchard Lake Rd. and Woodward Ave. We’ll be there in five minutes.” Even after all these years of entertaining, I still get last-minute [more...]

February 24, 2013 // 3 Comments

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