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More on Frederick Ayer

Here’s some more information on Frederick Ayer to accompany Marie’s post from earlier today: Frederick Ayer died on March 14, 1918 in Thomasville, Georgia where he was spending the winter. He was 93 years old and had been one of Lowell’s wealthiest and most influential citizens. According to “The Biographical…

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Car Break Alert

The Lowell Police Department blog reports and uptick in break-ins to cars in the city, especially in South Lowell and Lower Belvidere. The police point out that in two-thirds of the breaks, the car doors were left unlocked. They urge everyone to always lock car doors and to refrain from…

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Battle of Bunker Hill

Two hundred thirty-five years ago today, 2400 regular troops of the British Army seeking to drive 1200 American rebels off of a hill just north of Boston engaged in a deadly battle that left half the British and one-third of the Americans killed or wounded. It was just two months…

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June 16, 1780 – Mass Constitution Adopted

Mass Moments, the daily digest of historical events in the Commonwealth, reports that the Massachusetts Constitution was adopted on this date in 1780. Written primarily by John Adams, the document endured a lengthy ratification process which was finalized on June 15, 1780, making the next day the date of its…

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Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Midway through my freshman year at Providence College I joined the ROTC program. PT, or physical training, was a big part of Army life so running became part of my daily routine back then. Thirty years later, it still is. Because I run for exercise and enjoyment, my distance, speed…

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Please take Lowell Police Community Survey

The Lowell Police Department has an online survey that asks residents to rate the Department’s performance and to assess the levels of crime in your neighborhood. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and is not the least bit intrusive. I think it’s great that the LPD is…

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Mercury, RIP

We bought our first Mercury Sable back in the 1990s and now have our fourth and fifth versions of that car sitting in the driveway. The recent news that Ford is putting an end to its 71-year old Mercury line provokes mixed feelings in me: I have some affection for…

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Charles Cowley – Week 1

In 1868, Lowell resident Charles Cowley wrote the “Illustrated History of Lowell”, a book filled with fascinating facts about our city. Earlier this week I began “tweeting” these facts on Twitter, one each day. Here’s a compilation of this week’s tweets: June 7 – My new project: a daily Tweet…

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