A new history book about Lowell by Richard P. Howe Jr and Chaim Rosenberg to be published on March 11, 2013. To order a copy and to learn about local readings and book signings, check out our Legendary Locals of Lowell page.
As we sit and wait to see the full impact of today’s expected “Blizzard”, below is a look back at the storm of the century. The storm that those of use that lived through will never forget.
In 1978 I was living on the first floor of a three family house in Everett and teaching at Everett High. It was a Monday and on the way home after dismissal I stopped by the drugstore to pick up “I don’t remember what”. I’ll never forget it. Honestly, I remember thinking as I got out of my 1974 Pontiac Station Wagon “the air feels strange”. I’ll admit it, I was hoping it would snow enough so I’d get the next day off ..But, not in my wildest dreams did I image it would be close to three weeks before I’d return to my classroom at Everett High School. The Blizzard of ’78 was a memory maker…What do you remember the most about The Great Storm?
The Lowell Poets reading at the Gloucester Writers Center has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 6, at 1 pm, in the fishing hub of the North Shore.
Also, with Winterfest pushed ahead to Saturday, Feb. 23, that means the 2nd Annual Lowell Writers and Publishers Winter Roundup at the Old Court Irish pub will be happening in the middle of all the festivities downtown. I hope some young authors sign up for the Human Dogsled Race. The Writers Roundup is 12.30 to 4 pm, upstairs at the Old Court.
Years from now I hope when I read the headline of this post I don’t have to ask, “Which one?” As I write at 7am on Friday, February 8, 2013, it’s 24 degrees outside and scattered snowflakes have been falling since 5am. Yesterday, cancellations started rolling in: almost every school in the state has pre-emptively closed for today and government offices including the courts and the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds all will close at noon today. The MBTA and commuter rail cease operations at 3:30pm. The weather forecast I just watched on NECN reported that the heaviest snow will begin at about 4pm today with a foot on the ground by midnight. The snow will continue through the night with another foot falling by 10am tomorrow when the snow should begin tapering off. All forecasters put Lowell squarely in the 2 feet of snow zone. I don’t remember the last time we saw that much snow fall at one time.
As today and tomorrow pass, please come back to this post and give us updates from around the region of what you’re seeing, hearing and experiencing.