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The Valley Patriot is a free monthly print newspaper serving Northern Massachusetts, and Southern New Hampshire. The print edition is published by the 10th of each month and is distributed to 51 cities and towns.

Bulletproof Backpacks; the Newest Quick Fix for Gun Violence at Schools?

Bulletproof Backpacks; the Newest Quick Fix for Gun Violence at Schools?

By: Abigail Juknavorian – Sept. 2018 Two hundred dollars; that’s the average price for the newest back to school accessory. What kind of accessory could be that expensive? Bulletproof backpacks. Following…

Reading Labels To Better Health ~ YOUR HEALTH WITH RICK BELLANTI

Reading Labels To Better Health ~ YOUR HEALTH WITH RICK BELLANTI

  By: Rick Bellanti – Sept. 2018 When following a healthy diet, it is important to not only read the nutrition labels on the product you purchase but also understanding…

Spirit Cat ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

Spirit Cat  ~ ROBIN’S KITTY CORNER

  By: Robin Demsmet – Sept 2018 My cat Nora is a spirit cat. Does this mean that she has mythical powers or that she brings me good luck? No,…

Results Demonstrate Legislature’s Commitment to Education

Results Demonstrate Legislature’s Commitment to Education

By: Linda Dean Campbell – Sept. 2018 As back-to-school season rolls around, now is as good a time as ever to express our appreciation to all who are dedicated to…

What Happens at the Dump

What Happens at the Dump

WELLESLEY’S TRASH By: Aliana Brodmann E. von Richthofen A 2016 posting in the “The Swellesley Report” lamented the moral demise at the Wellesley Dump, otherwise known as the Take & Leave…

Airing a Couple of Country Grievances in Dracut

Airing a Couple of Country Grievances in Dracut

By: Brian Genest – Sept. 2018 There’s a lot to love about living in Dracut. I’m not going to talk about any of them in this column. Instead, here’s a…

2018 Fall TV Preview: What You Should Watch ~ TV TALK with BILL CUSHING

2018 Fall TV Preview:  What You Should Watch ~ TV TALK with BILL CUSHING

  By: Bill Cushing – September, 2018 The new TV season is upon us and just like every year there are lots of new shows. Which are worth devoting your…

Middleton’s Douglas Bryant – 5 Combat Patrols vs. the Japanese, Before He Turned 20 ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST

Middleton’s Douglas Bryant – 5 Combat Patrols vs. the Japanese, Before He Turned 20 ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH By: John Cuddy – September 2018 The Silent Service Middleton’s Douglas Bryant originally hailed from Amesbury, Massachusetts where his father worked in the automotive industry.…

Massachusetts Lawyers Are Happy To Maintain That Two Plus Two Makes Five

Massachusetts Lawyers Are Happy To Maintain That Two Plus Two Makes Five

By: Bharani Padmanabhan – Sept. 2018 Recently-retired Justice Kennedy once wrote: “Nineteen Eighty-Four has one of the most brilliant scenes in literature. The protagonist is being tortured by his communist…

The Smoke of Satan Has Entered ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

The Smoke of Satan  Has Entered ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

  In his homily in 1972 on the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Paul VI made this ominous statement: “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of…

Superintendent Scannell Leaves with Tainted Legacy

Superintendent Scannell Leaves with Tainted Legacy

  By: DJ Deeb – September, 2018 The City of Methuen has gone through a very difficult few months. The latest involves the controversy surrounding Superintendent Judy Scannell not having…

Methuen School Committee Had One Chance to Get it Right ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (Sept. 2018)

Methuen School Committee Had One Chance to Get it Right ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (Sept. 2018)

  METHUEN SCHOOL COMMITTEE COVERED UP THE CORRUPTION THAT GOT US HERE Methuen has become the city of scandal and cover-ups. It is a reputation that has sadly been earned.…

John Lennon Pt. I ~ IN THE GROOVE with CINDY ANNIS

John Lennon Pt. I ~ IN THE GROOVE with CINDY ANNIS

By: Cindy Annis – August, 2018 Let’s get right into John as there is so much to say and less space to say it. John was born John Winston Lennon…

Town vs. City Government: The Governing Pros and Cons

Town vs. City Government:  The Governing Pros and Cons

  By: Casey Pratt – August, 2018 Groveland and Boston are two vastly different communities in Massachusetts, which have vastly different governing bodies. From a distance, local government simply seems like…

John Gallant ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

John Gallant ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

The Battle of the Atlantic – Defeating the Nazis on the High Seas! Haverhill’s John Gallant served in the Atlantic Theater of Operation during World War II on the U.S.S…

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