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Heroes in Our Midst – Corporal Frank Sanzi – Paratrooper Korean War

Heroes in Our Midst – Corporal Frank Sanzi – Paratrooper Korean War

By: Ted Tripp – November, 2006 NORTH ANDOVER – On June 25, 1950 the North Korean Army, bolstered by Soviet tanks and aircraft, invaded South Korea. Immediately, President Harry Truman…

Hero in Our Midst – Capt.Terrance Hart U.S. Coast Guard – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in Our Midst – Capt.Terrance Hart U.S. Coast Guard – Valley Patriot of the Month

By: Ted Tripp – October, 2006 GEORGETOWN – Late on the night of December 26, 1970, in stormy seas 600 miles off Cape May, New Jersey, the aging 540-foot Finnish…

Hero in Our Midst – Joe Messina of Methuen – Hero in our Midst

Hero in Our Midst – Joe Messina of Methuen – Hero in our Midst

By Ted Trip – July 05, 2006  METHUEN – Joe Messina was taking a shower below decks on the aircraft carrier USS Hancock after his Curtis SB2C Hell-diver returned from another…

Hero in our Midst – Luther McIlwain, Tuskegee Airman, Part 2 – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in our Midst – Luther McIlwain, Tuskegee Airman, Part 2 – Valley Patriot of the Month

(READ PART 1) By: Ted Tripp – May, 2006 METHUEN – As 85-year-old Luther McIlwain slowly walks around the kitchen table in his Pleasant Valley home, it is obvious that…

Hero in Our Midst – Tuskegee Airman Luther McIlwain, Part 1 – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in Our Midst – Tuskegee Airman Luther McIlwain, Part 1 – Valley Patriot of the Month

Read PART II By: Ted Tripp – April, 2006 METHUEN – Everyone meeting Luther McIlwain for the first time immediately realizes there is something special in the air. Even a short…

Hero in Our Midst – Ed Mitchell – Valley Patriot of the Month, March, 2006

Hero in Our Midst – Ed Mitchell – Valley Patriot of the Month, March, 2006

By: Ted Tripp – March, 2006 NORTH ANDOVER- An electrical short circuit had forced early termination of the dive of the Navy’s Deep Submergence Research Vehicle, Turtle. As the Turtle…

Hero in our Midst – William Callahan – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in our Midst – William Callahan – Valley Patriot of the Month

By: Tom Duggan -January, 2006 NORTH ANDOVER – Lawrence native Bill Callahan served his country in two wars, World War II and the Korean War. After completing his military service,…

Hero in Our Midst – John Doherty – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in Our Midst – John Doherty – Valley Patriot of the Month

  By Dr. Charles Ormsby – December 6, 2005 ANDOVER, MA – John Doherty had a lot of family history to uphold. His family had lived in Andover for over…

What Lawrence Doesn’t Need…. More Poverty Pimps!

What Lawrence Doesn’t Need….  More Poverty Pimps!

By: Tom Duggan – November, 2005 With 80,000 plus people crammed into six square miles, Lawrence has been a very attractive (and profitable) place for poverty pimps to ply their…

Hero in our Midst – CPL. Harvey Gibeau – Valley Patriot of the Month,

Hero in our Midst – CPL. Harvey Gibeau – Valley Patriot of the Month,

By: Dr. Charles Ormsby – November, 2005 Harvey Gibeau was born in Lawrence in 1923 and after high school he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s. He…

Hero in our Midst – Frank Shimko, E-4 Communications Specialist – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in our Midst – Frank Shimko, E-4 Communications Specialist – Valley Patriot of the Month

  By: Charles Ormsby – October, 2005 Frank Shimko, E-4 Communications Specialist Frank Shimko didn’t think his future lay in Nebraska, so at 19 he enlisted in the Army. It…

Hero in our Midst – Pfc. Alexander “Alex” Milne – Valley Patriot of the Month (9-05)

Hero in our Midst – Pfc. Alexander “Alex” Milne – Valley Patriot of the Month (9-05)

  By: Charles Ormsby – September, 2005 NORTH ANDOVER – Alexander Milne rarely speaks of his wartime experiences, even with fellow veterans. Such conversations were uncommon even with his brother,…

HA, HA I WON! – Raise ‘Em Right

HA, HA I WON! – Raise ‘Em Right

By: Barbara Peary, M.Ed. – January, 2005 My 10 and 12 year olds like to play board games. Whoever wins gloats for quite a while after the game ends. Any solutions?…

Hero in Our Midst – Jim Mulligan – Valley Pariot of the Month

Hero in Our Midst – Jim Mulligan – Valley Pariot of the Month

By Dr. Charles Ormsby – August, 2005 Bound, blindfolded and badly injured, Captain Jim Mulligan was led through the angry crowd of Vietnamese peasants. They screamed in Vietnamese while striking…

Hero in Our Midst – Charles Bruderer – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in Our Midst – Charles Bruderer – Valley Patriot of the Month

By: Charles Ormsby  – July, 2005 Charles Bruderer of Methuen is just wrapping up his military career. He will be leaving the National Guard after 33 years of service to our country…