Articles by Betty Apigian-Kessel

About Betty Apigian-Kessel (194 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.”

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: 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 // 2 Comments

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

When the Present Is Blessed by the Past

The wisdom and sayings from our past keep popping into my memory, causing a warm feeling of connection to my parents from long ago. For about two weeks, my left eye had an occasional annoying twitch and my mother’s superstitious accounting for that twitching immediately came to mind. Mom [more...]

July 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Power of the Press: 1895 News from Armenia

  ‘[The article] referred to Sultan Hamid, infamously called the Bloody Sultan, responsible for the death of thousands of Armenians from 1894-95.’ Never underestimate the power of the press. A newspaper is a powerful instrument used to inform, educate, and entertain readers. [more...]

July 8, 2016 // 1 Comment

The Greatest Gift of All

It’s funny how some things hit you unexpectedly, out of the blue. June 17, Bob’s birthday and Father’s Day, was fast approaching and a thought occurred to my always-active mind that had eluded me all these many years, or perhaps I had just taken “The Greatest Gift” for [more...]

July 1, 2016 // 2 Comments

The Armenian Education of Katie

Finding college student Katie so near my isolated location in Northern Michigan had to be a godsend. I found her by accident when, as I frequently do, I disregarded the “no trespassing” sign as I drove the dirt road entering her family’s 40 acres, mesmerized by the small herd of [more...]

June 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

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