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Hero in Our Midst – PART II – Gunners Mate 3rd Class Thomas Petrillo, U.S. Navy – WW II

Hero in Our Midst – PART II – Gunners Mate 3rd Class Thomas Petrillo, U.S. Navy – WW II

Valley Patriot of the Month PART 2   By: By Ted Tripp April, 2007 (read part 1) METHUEN – It was late in the summer of 1943 and Tom Petrillo…

Heroes in Our Midst PART 1 – Methuen’s Thomas Patrillo – US NAVY WWII

Heroes in Our Midst PART 1 – Methuen’s Thomas Patrillo – US NAVY WWII

Valley Patriot of the Month   By; Ted Tripp – March, 2007 METHUEN – Sixteen million Americans served in World War II. Only a fraction of this number saw action…

Valley Volunteers Saving Lives Around the World

Valley Volunteers Saving Lives Around the World

    By: Tom Duggan – February, 2007 For North Andover resident Al Movsesian, volunteering a day of his time at the old Lucent Technologies building on Rt. 125is a…

Hero in Our Midst – Corporal James M. Cassidy, U.S. Army – WW II

Hero in Our Midst – Corporal James M. Cassidy, U.S. Army – WW II

Valley Patriot of the Month By: Ted Tripp – February, 2007 NORTH ANDOVER– On the morning of June 6, 1944, the Allies finally began the liberation of Europe from the…

Latinos Peddling Racism Further Divides Our City

  By: Atty. Robert O’Koniewski – February, 2007 Recently a local Latino publication bemoaned in inflammatory racist terms the development of the Wood Mill by Robert Ansin. The writer speculated…

Hero in Our Midst – Lieutenant Colonel Muriel Katschker, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Hero in Our Midst – Lieutenant Colonel Muriel Katschker,  U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Valley Patriot of the Month   By: Ted Tripp – January, 2007 NORTH ANDOVER – Muriel Katschker remembers well where she was on December 7, 1941. She was with her…

HEROES IN OUR MIDST Chief Master Sgt. Michael Ingham U.S. Air Force

HEROES IN OUR MIDST Chief Master Sgt. Michael Ingham U.S. Air Force

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH   By: Ted Tripp – December, 2006 HAVERHILL – Next month Mike Ingham will retire after 33 years of service in the Air Force, both…

Valley Patriot Editorial – Essex St. Coming Back!

* Valley Patriot Editorial *  December, 2006 For years, officials in the city of Lawrence have been talking about returning Essex Street to two-way traffic. But all we’ve heard is…

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,…