Boxing Legend King Levinsky

Did you know the Valley once was home to someone who fought the great Joe Louis? Harris Kraków (aka Kingfish Levinsky) was born in 1910 to a family of Chicago fish peddlers. Levinsky fought all the leading heavyweights of his time, including 265-pound giant Primo Carnera, known as “The Leaning Tower of Gorgonzola.” In 1932,… Read More

Suzanne DeWitt

Book Review – Mill Power by Paul Marion

I am one of the reasons Patrick J. Mogan, an Irish-American educator who became a Lowellian by marriage in the late 1940s, fought for more than a decade to establish Lowell National Historical Park. Mogan, who died in 2012 at age 94, spent much of his life as an advocate for his troubled red-brick city, one… Read More

Emilie-Noelle Provost

Forty-Fives: Merrimack Valley in the Cards

So much about the card game forty-fives doesn’t add up. If in the right suit, the 5 is the best card, a jack beats a king, and a 2 can be better than a 10 … but only when it wears black. For the uninitiated, it just gets more confusing from there. Even the name… Read More

Will Courtney

Celebrate National Lobster Day with Local Catch

June 15 is National Lobster Day. This year, why not feast on crustaceans from the waters right off the mouth of the Merrimack? Bob Hartigan, owner of Bob Lobster in Newbury, is a commercial lobsterman who has been fishing off the coast of Plum Island for more than 30 years. He hauls his pots from… Read More

Suzanne DeWitt
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