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Past articles by Scott:

Merrimack Valley Food Bank has a birthday party but everyone else gets the cake

LOWELL — This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. But there will be no birthday cake at the 735 Broadway warehouse. All the food that enters the building &#8212… → Read More

Edinburg Center helps keep parents, kids on top of their game

The daily commotion at most American households — where working parents and school-aged children manage the tight quarters and misaligned schedules to form a workable routine — has been… → Read More

Merrimack River mariner “crosses the bar” – Lowell Sun

LOWELL – “Crossing the bar” is a common term in boating that refers to the death of a mariner. Last month Armand “Butch” Milot “crossed the bar” at 71 years old, but his bright spirit continu… → Read More

Created in Lowell, Craic Sauce is getting hot

LOWELL — Craic (pronounced crack) is a Gaelic word for fun or newsy. Widely used in Ireland for centuries, craic can refer to events from the past: What’s the craic, or gossip, about your wee… → Read More

Mother facing chemo sets up nonprofit to encourage cancer testing

When Kerianne Capadanno is not undergoing chemotherapy treatments or tending to her parental duties, she finds time to create a charitable foundation established to help young people understand the importance of colonoscopies. → Read More

New LRTA administrator takes over during uncertain times

LOWELL – Following a unanimous vote by the 14-member Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) Advisory Board in October, new Administrator Dave Bradley was signed to a three-year contract. Br… → Read More

Despite pandemic, Neely Foundation finds creative way to raise funds in fight against cancer

LOWELL - The annual Comics Come Home fundraiser at TD Garden was shelved this year due to the pandemic. But even though the 26-year tradition was put on ice, the event sponsors at The Cam Neely Foundation found a creative way to keep the tradition of raising money for cancer, alive. → Read More

Renovated Pelham farmhouse preserves the past with 21st-century amenities

PELHAM, N.H. — The house at 11 Atwood Road is more than just a spot on the map, it is a place in history. The newly renovated structure dates back to colonial times — its skin and bones are 2… → Read More

Partnership makes Lowell charter school mural a reality

Plans for the original mural planned at the Lowell Community Charter Public School’s play-yard fell apart. Literally. → Read More

Beekeeper in Chelmsford quitting hobby after “Sully” the bear destroys hives

To some, it may read like a lost, darker chapter of Winnie the Pooh. But for Mike Erhartic, the bear’s love of "hunny," as Pooh would spell it, is a financial disaster. Erhartic is a beekeeper in Chelmsford. Correction, he “was” a beekeeper, until a month ago when his entire colony of 120,000 honeybees, along with their hives, was destroyed by a black bear. → Read More

Non-Profit Alliance of Greater Lowell honors unsung heroes

LOWELL – One group and four individuals took top honors at the annual Non-Profit Alliance of Greater Lowell Awards earlier this month. And for this year’s crop of winners the underlying theme… → Read More

The forgotten army

BEDFORD – They are the forgotten army of front-line workers. They don’t wear uniforms, their cars are unmarked and their duty station has no signage. They were essential long before the pande… → Read More

Chelmsford remembers Brad Emerson: friend, Realtor, selectman

Although many knew him as an enduring and prominent figure in Chelmsford’s business, social and political circles, his footprint is deeper and wider. He served honorably for decades in public service, holding more chairs than an auditorium. But privately, Brad Emerson was much more: friend and father, brother and mentor. → Read More

Lowell Farm to School leader Maggie Nowak wins national recognition for program

In just a little over a year, Maggie Nowak embarked on an initiative for Lowell Public Schools -- Farm to School programming -- as the district’s new farm to school manager. → Read More

The helping hands of veteran Roland Cartier will not be forgotten

LOWELL — He died unexpectedly on Oct. 22, four days before his 68th birthday, but the legacy that Vietnam Era Veteran Roland Cartier cemented will live on for years. When he was laid to rest Monday… → Read More

Lowell roads still under construction despite pandemic

If it seems like there is a lot of road construction underway in Lowell, it’s because there is. And the sudden surge in progress at these concurring projects has nothing to do with the lighter traf… → Read More

Sundaes? How about every day at these ice-cream stands?

After weeks of intensive, weight-gaining research and an informal poll of tens of people, the results are clear. The cold, hard facts: Ice cream is delicious. On the list of favorite things, ice cr… → Read More

Go fish! It’s the ultimate activity for social distancing – Lowell Sun

Wattles Pond is dotted with lily pads, umbrellaed by lush local flora and almost completely insulated from the sounds of Longley Road, which abuts its western boundary. The secluded pond is a close… → Read More

Tupelo Honey – Lowell Sun

Back in ancient times, circa 2019, live music and merriment were ubiquitous. Then the great cultural schism happened, and we find ourselves straddling the old normal and the uncertain future, purga… → Read More

Miss live music? Didgeri-DOO something about it

Mitch Rosenberg’s song is like an anthem for our time and a metaphor of our isolation, a solitary note echoing through an almost empty park. Pedestrians along the south side of Lowell’s Riverwalk c… → Read More