Massachusetts Democrats Must Walk the Walk on Homelessness ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (12-23)

Massachusetts Democrats Must Walk the Walk on Homelessness ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (12-23)

12-23 Right now, there are tens of thousands of American citizens in Massachusetts who are homeless, jobless, hungry, and in desperate need of help. This is a human tragedy, and it is 100% the fault of the Massachusetts Democrat Party. Why blame democrats? Well, democrats control every single constitutional office from governor to state treasurer. […]

Valley Patriot Publisher Tom Duggan Bestowed Overcoming Obstacles Award

Valley Patriot Publisher Tom Duggan Bestowed Overcoming Obstacles Award

By: Santiago Reyes Cruz, Jr. Fresh out of the hospital from a life-threatening illness, Valley Patriot publisher Tom Duggan was presented with one of the most prestigious awards in the Merrimack Valley last month, the Greater Lawrence Psychological Center’s Overcoming Obstacles Award Most people may know that Tom is a homeless advocate; he feeds them, […]

America in World War II and Korea, James Fiorello ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

America in World War II and Korea, James Fiorello ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – Nov. 2023 Hailing from the long-gone Boston neighborhood, once known as the West End, Methuen’s James Fiorello graduated from Boston’s Mechanic Arts High School with the class of 1941. He then enrolled at Fitchburg State College, with the intent on becoming a teacher. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December […]

KANE’S KORNER ~ Michael Petterson, New England Mindfulness & Performance LLC, A Veteran-Owned Business

KANE’S KORNER ~ Michael Petterson, New England Mindfulness & Performance LLC, A Veteran-Owned Business

10-23 Kane has the jitters and is having trouble concentrating because he can’t decide what he should do on his “to do list.” His energy increases in the fall due to the cooler weather. He has been worrying about which of the things on his schedule he should tackle first. This inability to concentrate resulted […]

Our Silent Generation Speaks – Two-Service Vet Robert Lister ~ Valley Patriot of the Month

Our Silent Generation Speaks – Two-Service Vet Robert Lister ~ Valley Patriot of the Month

By: John Cuddy 10-23 Raised in Methuen, Massachusetts, where he returned to over thirty years ago, ninety-year-old Robert Lister and his daughter Joan, recently met with the Valley Patriot to tell his story. Growing up, he had three sisters and one brother. Robert attended Lawrence High School for a while before joining the US Navy […]

The Methuen Veterans Center: A New Vision for Veterans’ Services

The Methuen Veterans Center: A New Vision for Veterans’ Services

State Rep. Ryan Hamilton 10-23 I am proud to come from the Merrimack Valley, where we cherish and uplift our veterans and their families. I am also proud to come from a family who understands the sacrifice our veterans have made. My grandfather was a Korean War veteran and two of my uncles served in […]

Still Serving, Chris Manning & the American Legion ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

Still Serving, Chris Manning & the American Legion ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

  Haverhill native Chris Manning is the current Commander of American Legion Post 4 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Chris grew up in Haverhill, one of twelve children, his three brothers all served in the US Military. His dad served in the South Pacific during World War II, as a Machinist Mate First Class. His older brother […]

Lawrence High School Alum Guy Curtis, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST

Lawrence High School Alum Guy Curtis, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST

By John Cuddy LAWRENCE – Lawrence High School Alum Guy Curtis, Class of 1967, like many incoming Freshmen, wanted to play football for Lawrence High School. His family doctor would not approve him playing high school sports. Five years later, in 1968, the US Air Force cleared him medically for military service in Southeast Asia. […]

US Army Vet. James Hajjar, Attorney & Lawrence Lion – HERO IN OUR MIDST ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

US Army Vet. James Hajjar, Attorney & Lawrence Lion – HERO IN OUR MIDST ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – 7/23 Lawrence’s James George Hajjar, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the Plains neighborhood in Lawrence, a community of Lebanese, Sicilian, and Irish, a few blocks northwest of Campagnone Common, named after three Lawrence brothers, who were killed in the Normandy Campaign of World War II. James […]

Clear Path To Provide Services for Veterans in Methuen, Lawrence, and Haverhill

Clear Path To Provide Services for Veterans in Methuen, Lawrence, and Haverhill

7-23 Randy Carter and Jason Gilbert from Clear Path for Veterans New England (in Devens) held a public meeting at the Methuen VFW last month to announce a $205,000 grant to service veterans in Lawrence, Methuen, and Haverhill. Clear Path’s announcement came at just the right time with the closing of Veterans Northeast Outreach (VNOC) […]

Ed Girroir, U.S. Army Paratrooper and Firefighter ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Ed Girroir, U.S. Army Paratrooper and Firefighter ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy 6-23 HAVERHILL – During World War II, Haverhill’s Ed Girroir enlisted in the US Army after Pearl Harbor, with most of his friends doing the same. He served as a Paratrooper with the US Army, in the European Theatre. He was on Active duty, from 1944 to 1946, assigned to the 517th […]

World War II Veteran Robert “Boots” Chouniard ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST, Valley Patriot of the Month

World War II Veteran Robert “Boots” Chouniard ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST, Valley Patriot of the Month

By: John Cuddy – 05-23 Despite the fact that I arrived with a two-pound box of Tripoli’s cookies, ninety-nine-year-old US Army Veteran Salisbury’s Robert “Boots” Chouniard, spent a good part of our time together, on his rowing machine, vigorously working out. He walks a mile a day, rows, lifts weights, and travels worldwide. Boots spends […]

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