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About Betty Apigian-Kessel (188 Articles)
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.”

Holy Lent and Resurrection of Our Lord

  It was the annual Lenten luncheon sponsored by the Women’s Christian Fellowship of the Armenian Congregational Church of Southfield, Mi. on Friday April 7. It is always a well-attended event by all segments of the Armenian community. Mrs. Carole Basmadjian graciously welcomed guests to the [more...]

April 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Forgive and Forget, Kiss and Make Up

  During my recent church attendance, I found the Der Hayr’s sermon very interesting, since it expanded on a topic I had written a column about several years ago: broken alliances between relatives and friends. ‘If any one group of people could use a lesson on humility, brotherly love, [more...]

April 12, 2017 // 1 Comment

The Women They Left Behind

Looking back, you wonder in amazement where the two years since his passing on March 1, 2015, have gone. They seem to have evaporated like your spirit to carry on.  But live you must, and only you know the true reasons for hanging on. ‘But live you must, and only you know the true reasons [more...]

March 6, 2017 // 3 Comments

Meet Nick Pompeian of the Gift of Life Transplant House

  When the need for an organ transplant is the medical diagnosis, it is understandable the patient and their caregiver are facing a very stressful situation. Nick Pompeian (Photo: postbulletin.com) Birmingham, Mich. resident Edward Pompeian was having serious health issues and it was suggested [more...]

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Detroit Marks 126th Anniversary of the ARF

This is to put Turkey on notice—you will never kill the Armenian Spirit. The youth sing patriotic songs at the 126th anniversary event If just one of you had been witness to the Nov. 19, 2016, celebration of the Detroit Azadamard Gomidehutiun 126th anniversary of the Armenian Revolutionary [more...]

January 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Armenian Congregational Church Holiday Activities

The Armenian Congregational Church of Greater Detroit has long established itself as a very welcoming place to visit, be it for church services or as a guest at one of their well-planned social functions. This tradition was perpetuated by Rev. Dr. Vahan H. Tootikian, Pastor Emeritus and Mrs. [more...]

December 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

A Keghetzi’s Memoirs of the Armenian Genocide

From Hell to Heaven: Memoirs of the Armenian Genocide and the Volunteer Corps By Armenag Antranigian Translated by: Vatche Ghazarian Published by Hagop James Antranigian ,Ottawa, Canada (2015); 252 Pages The year was 1896 and three-year-old Armenag Antranigian of Akrag village in Keghi was being [more...]

September 8, 2016 // 1 Comment

The Necessary Main Ingredient (Part I)

It remains the most vital tool for creating all those delicious Armenian baked goods, boeregs, cheeseburgers and hamburgers, and katah, my personal favorite, sprinkled with sesame seeds or sev gundeegs on top. It is, of course, the long, thin stick called a dowel, known to most Armenians as the [more...]

July 27, 2016 // 1 Comment

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