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Olympic Happy Hour Ahead!

Olympic happy hour ahead! Seine River water for sale at 10 euros a bottle By Louise Peloquin      On July 9th, “The last lap” covered a major player in the upcoming Summer Olympics – La Seine, the venue to host the sure-to-be-spectacular opening ceremonies. Readers can find it on this…

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Lowell Politics: July 14, 2024

Tuesday night the Lowell City Council discussed how to fill a vacancy on the council. The precipitating cause was the coming resignation of John Leahy, something reported by the Lowell Sun last Sunday and confirmed by Leahy during this meeting. He said he would begin his new job with the Lowell School…

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Allen Ginsberg in Lowell

Allen Ginsberg in Lowell By Leo Racicot      A sad irony — the first time Allen Ginsberg came to Lowell, it was to help bury his beloved friend, Jack Kerouac. The two met in 1944 at Columbia University when they were students there. They hit it off instantly, traveled…

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Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July

In the years before the American Civil War, Frederick Douglass was a frequent visitor to Lowell. Although the city’s entire reason for existence was the production of cloth made from cotton harvested by enslaved Africans in the American south which provided a strong incentive for those in Lowell to remain…

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4th of July in Lowell from L’Etoile

4th of July in Lowell – (PIP #37) By Louise Peloquin A 4th of July throwback announcing an honor roll dedication, advertising an evening of celebration and covering heat elevation. Times have changed and yet, have they? Articles below from L’Etoile, June 30, 1944. Honor roll dedication on Tuesday   …

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The Letter and The Counterculture

The Letter and The Counterculture By Ed DeJesus The red rhododendrons in front of the government building were blooming. The sunny forecast for Tuesday, June fourth, 1968, was great. Ideal weather to take a half-day off from my monotonous mail clerk job at the IRS in Andover, MA. I showed…

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