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Boarding School Blues, chapter 9

Boarding School Blues By Louise Peloquin Chapter 9: Inside & Outside Study Hall Sixty desks were arranged in ten rows in the second floor study hall where any breach of the silence rule lead to the worst of sanctions – recreation deprivation. Every cough, sneeze or sigh echoed so clearly…

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Zombie Wonderland

Zombie Wonderland By David Daniel The radio DJ said, “Be caller number seven and win!” Bored, I dialed. “Congratulations,” someone said, not the deejay, a young woman, probably a station intern. “You’re caller seven.” “Cool,” I said. “I never win anything.” “Well, you sure did this time. Your name and…

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Greek Angel of History

Greek Angel of History By George Chigas Two hundred years ago on March 25, 1821, Greek revolts broke out against the Ottoman Turks, who had occupied Greece for the previous four hundred years. Nine years later, after a hard-fought war, the Greeks regained their independence and now, each year, celebrate…

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A Walk Before the Storm

A Walk Before the Storm By Prudence Brighton Juniper turned toward me and announced, “I haven’t had fresh air in a long time.” She  is six and had just finished her remote learning for the day. We were out for a walk before a winter storm closed in. Walking with…

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Lowell School Committee Districts are set

The city of Lowell recently announced that the School Committee districts for the 2021 Lowell City Election have been set. Under the settlement of the Voting Rights Lawsuit brought against the city, the method of electing councilors and school committee members would change from the all members elected at large…

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Book Review: The Paper Route

The Paper Route By Jacqueline Cayer Nelson McDonald Reviewed by Richard Howe When asked to list my favorite activities, reading would be near the top. Because history would also be high on that list, most of the books I read are nonfiction. But every so often I pick up a…

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Low Tide on the Merrimack

Low Tide on the Merrimack By Cody Kucker The river’s dropped beneath the bundled scraps of wind-pruned trees, abandoned now and dammed. Stray branches split and thin the rivulets, silvered and made vitreous by the sun. Canals form, levied by skippable stones that, like the branches, have carried here and…

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