There are those who seek it, and know it not. There are those who once were there and should return. There are those who deny it, yet in truth, belong.
Most people know Khachadoor Apovian primarily as the pioneer in using vernacular Armenian as a written language (for our eastern dialect). But he also climbed Mount Ararat, first on October 9, 1829 (September 27 on the Julian calendar), then two more times, which fewer people are conscious of. He was also first to summit Mt. Arakadz in July of 1843.
Some might remember the problem-plagued tunnel that was built in the 1980s to channel the waters of the Arpa River to Lake Sevan to halt the precipitous decline of its water levels. I hope that its namesake organization, Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, and Art (AFFMA), will not be similarly impacted after a troublesome episode at this year’s annual Arpa International Film Festival.
Just a few days ago, some good news hit regarding the environment of our homeland. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bill titled “Haiti and Armenia Reforestation Act”. But as with everything in life, it is not unalloyed good news. Also, in a somewhat atypical development, the bill was initiated by the senator, not the Armenian community, though he did reach out to our groups regarding the legislation.