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Hero in Our Midst – Sara Payne Hayden – WASP Pilot

Hero in Our Midst – Sara Payne Hayden – WASP Pilot

By: Kathleen Corey Rahme – November, 2007 METHUEN – The Massachusetts Women Veterans’ Network named Methuen resident, Sara Payne Hayden the Woman’s Veteran of the Year at a special ceremony in…

Valley Patriot Editorial: Election Season in The Valley

October 10,2007   Election season is in full swing here in the Valley with a special congressional election in the 5th district this month and the general municipal elections in November.…

Ogonowski: Niki Tsongas Supports Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

Ogonowski: Niki Tsongas Supports Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

  “I will Support a Border Fence and Deporting Illegals”   September 21, 2007 Fifth District Congressional candidate Jim Ogonowski visited Lawrence again Friday morning holding a press conference at…

Hero in Our Midst – Methuen’s Mike Beshara – US NAVY

Hero in Our Midst – Methuen’s Mike Beshara – US NAVY

By: Tom Duggan – August,. 2007 When Methuen resident Mike Beshara tried to join the Navy in January of 1942, he was initially told that he could not join the…

Front Runner Tsongas Calls For Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq

Front Runner Tsongas Calls For Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq

PAYING ATTENTION! with Tom Duggan Former Congressman Jim Shannon Endorses Tsongas   By: Tom Duggan, May 16, 2007   Niki Tsongas, the front runner in the race for the 5th…

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…

Methuen’s Police Chief Joe Solomon Speaks Out

Methuen’s Police Chief Joe Solomon Speaks Out

Defends Grant Spending, Says Eagle~Tribune Attacks on Him and Dept. Motivated by “Racism Against Arab-Americans”      By: Tom Duggan – February, 2007 Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon said in an exclusive…

Lawrence City Council, Please! Just Shut Up and Vote!

PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN   By: Tom Duggan – December, 2006 The grandstanding, self praise and speech-making at Lawrence City Council meetings have got to stop!  Too often these…

The Attacks on Chief Solomon Must Stop!

The Attacks on Chief Solomon Must Stop!

By: Methuen Councilor Debbie Quinn – December 2006  A recent newspaper article in the Boston Globe quoted me as saying that I am “definitely pro-blue.” That is an accurate quote, and…

Valley Patriot Editorial: Methuen City Councilors Should Butt Out

December, 2006  Last month, Methuen city councilors tried to inject themselves into the so-called controversy between Police Chief Joe Solomon and the officers and union members under his command.  What’s…

Just Admit it…. You Really Don’t Care!

Just Admit it…. You Really Don’t Care!

PAYING ATTENTION! With TOM DUGGAN   By: Tom Duggan – November, 2006 BACKGROUND….. Upon learning that Deval Patrick had fought to free admitted cop killer Carl Roy Songer, I, like many of…

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…

National Red Cross Caught Red Handed Trying to Throw Flood Victims into the Streets

National Red Cross Caught Red Handed Trying to Throw Flood Victims into the Streets

RED CROSS NIGHTMARE Winner of the New England Press Association Award for General News Excellence Tom Duggan -June, 2006 Flood victims from Lawrence, North Andover and Methuen who were staying…

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…