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TEWKSBURY — At this week’s Tewksbury Com­mu­nity Market, a new ven­dor, Amy Torro of Tewks­bury, made her market debut at the final market of the year. Her crafting business, “Amy’s She Shed Creations,” specializes in repurposed wood signs, as well as several other kinds of crafts.

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Before I go any further, please read this: you must make a reservation to hike in New Hampshire state parks. Massachusetts residents are welcomed to day hike, but if you don’t have a reservation, you will be turned away at any of the parking lots.

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TEWKSBURY — The Planning Board met Mon­day, Sept. 14 for a meeting via videoconference due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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TEWKSBURY — The mighty Merrimack has as history as long as its run. Lifeblood to the valley that bears its name, the river is both giving and challenging at the same time. Tewksbury draws its drinking water from the 117 mile river, which makes the new documentary, “The Mer­rimack: River at R…

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WILMINGTON — On Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, a community ga­thered together with heavy hearts to say their final goodbyes to fellow Wilmington resident, Massachusetts State Trooper 1st Class Thomas W. Devlin.

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TEWKSBURY — Among the new vendors at this week’s Tewksbury Com­munity Market at the Tewksbury Public Libra­ry was Cookie Monstah, a food truck specializing in homemade cookies and cookie-ice cream sandwiches.

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Dogs have long held the title of “man’s best friend,” al­though cats are ac­tually the world’s most popular pet, outnumbering dogs as many as three to one. Cats are independent, curious and loyal, making them wonderful lifelong companions.

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Rail bikes have become a popular activity across the country, taking abandoned stretches of railroad and providing a new generation of riders a way to access some of the most scenic yet hidden byways in America.

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TEWKSBURY — The Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library have been busy recalibrating during the COVID-19 crisis. The Friends’ biggest fundraiser of the year, indoor mini golf in the stacks, was cancelled in March due to the pandemic.

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The passing of Labor Day brings the unofficial end of summer. It means the end of cookouts, beach days, and to some of the older generation, the end of wearing the color “white” until after next Me­morial Day!

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A warm summer even­ing was the perfect time to visit Epping, New Hamp­shire’s New Eng­land Drag­way to watch the street car races. While this might not be the first activity one has in mind for a Friday night, I am pleased to re­port it was a family-friendly, interesting and easy activity th…

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TEWKSBURY — As the 2020-2021 academic year starts, many wonder how you go back to school in a midst of a global pandemic. How do we ensure that kids wear and keep on their masks? What do we do if someone in the school gets COVID-19? How will we track it?

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TEWKSBURY — After a week off for last week’s state primary elections, the Tewksbury Commu­nity Market was held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, outside of the Tewksbury Public Library. Among the 22 lo­cal vendors present at this week’s market was Sun­nyhill Candle Co.

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TEWKSBURY — At a recent Tewksbury Com­mu­nity Market, one of the 19 vendors present was My Scrubs Don’t Suck, a business specializing in handmade, made to order, luxury sugar scrubs.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Fire Depart­ment has been the recipient of several grants re­cently, each of which is designed to enhance safety through firefighter training and upgrade equipment. The department has been active in its pursuit of FEMA grants which are described as a way to “fund cr…

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TEWKSBURY — Tewks­bury teachers had just come back together to be­gin their professional development training in anticipation of school re­opening when a letter from Superintendent Christopher Malone was sent to the district on Fri­day, Aug. 28, 2020. The letter explained that a faculty memb…

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On a recent dri­ving trip to Central New York, we ex­plored Green Lakes State Park, a wonderous natural resource area just steps from the Erie Can­al Towpath in Fayette­ville.

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TEWKSBURY — On Tues­­­day, Sept. 1, 2020, Mas­sa­chu­setts residents voted in the state primary elections. In addition to traditional in-person voting, many voters opted to utilize absentee, mail-in ballots, and early voting in this year’s primary election.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Planning Board met on Aug. 17, 2020, for a meeting via teleconference to revisit several pieces of old business.

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Teachers As­so­ciation held a virtual for­um last week with more than 70 participants to discuss the contract bargaining pro­­cess and answer questions from parents about school reopening.

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TEWKSBURY — The Federal Trade Commission issued an alert recently to make people aware of contact tracing scams. While no information about this activity has been recorded by the Tewksbury Health Department or the Tewks­bury Police Department, is it important for residents to be informed abo…

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury School Com­mit­tee met last week on Aug. 19, 2020, to conduct reg­ular business and ad­dress parent questions about the return to school.

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TEWKSBURY — At this week’s Community Market, 16 vendors were present at the outdoor market. Am­ong them was Straingely Handmade, a small craft business specializing in greeting cards and festive wreaths.

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TEWKSBURY — In ad­dition to graduating with the TMHS class of 2020, Jessica Lisiecki capped off her high school and Girl Scout career by completing the Gold Award, a community service-based project which is considered the highest achievement in the organization.

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BILLERICA — On Aug. 17, Shawsheen Technical High School revised as­pects of its hybrid reopening mo­del to allow shop classes to proceed fully in person, while conducting all academic classes fully remotely.

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TEWKSBURY — On or before Tuesday, Sept. 1, Tewksbury’s registered vo­ters can vote by mail or in person for the state primary election. Informa­tion given out by the Town Clerk’s office explained that early voting can still be done at the town hall this Thursday or Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4…

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What? A hike with goats? Absolutely! A friend re­cently wanted to celebrate her birthday by go­ing on a goat hike at Maplebrook Farmstead in Sterling, Massachu­setts. Game for anything that involves walking out­doors, we met up with our kids for a socially distanced walk on the farm.

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Who could forget the good times had on a hot summer night at the local drive-in theater? The family station wagon stuffed with kids and a mid-Au­gust evening was the perfect combination for a night of movie magic under the stars.

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TEWKSBURY — On August 5, the Tewksbury School Committee held a 3 hour and 45 minute workshop via videoconference with parents, teachers, administrators, and students to share in­formation about potential reopening options and to field stakeholder concerns and questions.

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TEWKSBURY — So­cial distancing is vitally im­portant to slowing the spread of the corona­virus, but it has also created an impact on our youth. Kids have not been able to interact with their peers easily, and for those who may have health issues, the consequences of exposure to the virus cou…

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TEWKSBURY — “What is the ideal mask?” That’s the question Tewksbury resident Stephanie Tam asks in her project video for her summer internship.

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BILLERICA — Re­cent­ly, it was announced that Shawsheen Tech Super­intendent/Director Brad Jackson has decided to renew Principal Jessica Cook’s contract for the 2020-2021 school year. Cook’s new contract will expire on June 30, 2021, and will be reevaluated at the end of the school year in …

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TEWKSBURY — The School Committee met for a special meeting on Aug. 6 to vote on a re­opening plan for the Tewksbury Public Schools. The five School Committee members, along with business manager Dave Libby, as­sistant superintendent Brenda Regan, and superintendent Chris Malone, sat spaced s…

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TEWKSBURY — On Tuesday Aug. 11, the Tewks­bury Community Market held its first in-person market of the season. This comes after operating through a drive-thru format since the start of the market’s season on June 30.

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Ever trying to get outdoors and shake off the COVID blues, we travelled to Leominster in late spring to try the Monoosnoc Ridge Trail. The trail is varied and offers impressive views of central Massachu­setts.

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Nothing says good morning like a tall stack of blueberry pancakes, or a freshly baked blueberry muffin with your favorite cup of coffee.

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TEWKSBURY — The graduating class of 2020 had a rough year. From spring athletes losing their last seasons of their sports, theatre kids losing their last show, and all students losing their senior trips, proms, senior weeks, graduation, and saying goodbye to their friends and teachers.

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TEWKSBURY — On July 27, leaders of the Mas­sachusetts Teachers Association, the American Federation of Teachers, Massachusetts chapter, and the Boston Teachers Union signed a memorandum of understanding with Commissioner Jeff Ri­ley of the Department of Elementary and Secon­dary Education to…

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TEWKSBURY — On Aug. 3, 2020, the Tewks­bury Public Health Mu­seum announced the launch of The Pandemic Project. The project ser­v­es as an interactive timeline tour of the community spread of disease in America, linking to a series of informational articles.

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Dusty attics and old steam trunks make for an interesting find to the die hard antique lover, who is always out on the hunt for their next great find.

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TEWKSBURY — The Town of Tewksbury is announcing that the electric vehicle charging stations at the Tewks­bury Public Library and Town Hall Annex will begin charging a modest rate for use starting Sept. 1, 2020.