Valley Patriot of the Month – Lawrence Native Fred Pietrowski, U.S. Navy

  By: Helen Mooradkanian – January 2013 LAWRENCE – It was early 1961 during the Cold War. The United States had just closed its embassy in Havana, Cuba. The Cuban Missile Crisis would not come to a head until one year later, in October 1962—the closest the U.S. and the Soviet Union ever came to […]

Radio, Political Legend Ronnie Ford Dies at 75

Radio, Political Legend Ronnie Ford Dies at 75

Hero war Veteran Ronnie Ford not only served his country in the military but when he came home from battle became a police officer in Methuen to serve his community.  Ford also served his community as a city councilor in Methuen, a School Committeeman, and as a member of the Greater Lawrence Vocational School.  He […]

Military Connection, Inc.

Military Connection, Inc.

  By: Anne Knowles – November, 2012 The Military Connection, Inc., is an organization with a mission to reach out to anyone who has served or is currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Staff Stg. Eugene “Gene” Smith (Ret,) who left the army in 1995 with an honorable discharge has been active helping […]

Warrior Dash

Warrior Dash

 By: Christine Prescott – October, 2012 The Warrior Dash is held annually throughout the world. It’s an intense 5k running event held on the most challenging rugged terrain. The race also includes obstacle courses, mud,) crawling under barb wire and fire leaping events. The event is meant to challenge every single ounce of endurance and […]

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH: Angelo Giambrusso

HERO IN OUR MIDST By: Helen Mooradkanian – October, 2012 One month before his 21st birthday, lst Lieutenant Angelo Giambusso, U.S. Army Air Force, North Andover, Mass., had flown five extremely hazardous combat missions—into Hitler’s oil fields in Ploesti, Romania—plus another 40 strategic bombing attacks in 10 countries across Europe. Yet nothing compared to the […]

HERO IN OUR MIDST Corporal Philip Cote, USAAF

HERO IN OUR MIDST Corporal Philip Cote, USAAF

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH By: Helen Mooradkanian – September, 2012 Corporal Philip Cote, U.S. Army Air Force—who will celebrate his 96th birthday on October 31—was an eyewitness to history on Tinian Island in the Pacific during World War II. Raised in a log cabin in Tewksbury, Mass., and now living in Dracut, he witnessed two […]

Hero in Our Midst: Corporal Samuel Blumenfeld

Hero in Our Midst: Corporal Samuel Blumenfeld

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH   By: Helen Mooradkanian – August, 2012   On March 3, 1945, in Italy’s northern Apennines, storm clouds gathered as Private Samuel L. Blumenfeld, now of Littleton, Mass., first entered combat in WWII with the 10th Mountain Division, Field Artillery Battalion. For one born and raised in New York City, mountain […]

Distinguished Dignitaries Receive High Honors At ACONE Luncheon

Distinguished Dignitaries Receive High Honors At ACONE Luncheon

July, 2012 Two nationally recognized personalities received awards at the prestigious Cabot Awards sponsored by ACONE, (Aero Club of New England.) Herb Kelleher Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Southwest Airlines, received the coveted Cabot Award from Dan Schrager, Acone president and John G.L. Cabot for his dynamic leadership in making Southwest the 5th largest airline […]

Hero In Our Midst: PFC. Edwin Fraser

WESTFORD – On February 16, 1945, at 8:30 a.m.—three days before the Marines stormed ashore on Iwo Jima— PFC Edwin Fraser, Westford, Mass., a combat medic, was among the 503rd Airborne’s Regimental Combat Team (RCT) of 1,800 paratroopers who made a surprise assault on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines. The skies filled with fifty-one […]

Heroes in Our Midst: Cpl. Tony Lutz and George Lutz

Heroes in Our Midst: Cpl. Tony Lutz and George Lutz

VALLEY PATRIOTS OF THE MONTH   By: Helen Mooradkanian – April, 2012 When 25-year-old Corporal George A. (Tony) Lutz, II, U.S. Army, of Virginia Beach, VA, was killed by a sniper’s bullet outside Fallujah on December 29, 2005, only six weeks into his deployment in “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” his tragic death set in motion a […]

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