By Dave Pevear, Lowell Sun
(Elise Amendola/Associated Press)
Police dogs howl in anticipation. The champagne is on ice. Duck Boats are ready to roll.
And the beards have all grown longer overnight.
Wednesday night the Red Sox can clinch a World Series championship at home for the first time since 1918. (And, by the way, the tough-luck losing pitcher for the Chicago Cubs in the decisive Game 6 at Fenway Park 95 years ago was Lefty Tyler, who later settled in Lowell and is buried in St. Patrick Cemetery off Gorham Street. He lost 2-1 on a two-run error.)
Remember way-way-way back - oh, 11 years ago or so - back when what has become an insignificant number, 1918, inspired a million taunts inside Yankee Stadium and haunted Red Sox fans into always bracing for heartbreak, even when everything looked as great as it looks right now. The last time the Red Sox were up 3-2 in a World Series, Bill Buckner happened.
But nobody wallows anymore in such history that has no bearing on present Game 6 matters. And for good Duck-Boat reasons. The Red Sox are oh-so close to their third World Series title in 10 years, which would be the most titles by any team during that stretch (while the Cardinals' hopes of winning their second title in three years and third in eight years are diminishing).
The Red Sox seem a good bet to finish the job so long as they are not required to make any throws to third base at critical times.
Work still needs to be done before New Englanders go dancing in the streets. Standing 6-foot-6 tall in Boston's way to celebrating Wednesday night is Cardinals 22-year-old gas-throwing phenom Michael Wacha, who is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his first postseason.show more
By Staff, Digital First Media
The eternal flame burns again at former President John F. Kennedy's gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
The permanent flame was restored during a Tuesday ceremony, replacing a temporary burner that had been in place since April while repairs were being made to the flame that had been in use for more than four decades.
The flame returns to the 35th president's memorial less than a month ahead of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's internment at the site on Nov. 25, 1963 following his assassination three days prior.
Repairing the eternal flame ensures "the light continues to remain a beacon of hope and remembrance for all who see it, a reminder of the President's legacy to our nation," Patrick K. Hallinan, a spokesman for Arlington National Cemetery, said in a release.
(Patrick Bloodgood/US Army)show more
By Ryan Teague Beckwith, Digital First Media
How long do you have to sign up for insurance?
There are actually several different deadlines under the 2010 health care law for the uninsured to sign up, and the White House just changed a key one.
Here's a quick look at where the deadlines stand now.
Dec. 15: The deadline to sign up for insurance that starts Jan. 1. If you're uninsured and you want coverage as soon as possible, you'll need to sign up by this date, since it takes two weeks to process an application.
Jan. 1: The first day that coverage under the law can start. Regulations requiring insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions take effect.
March 31: The last day to sign up for insurance and not receive a fine. People who haven't purchased insurance by April 1 will have to pay a fine of either $95 or one percent of their income, whichever is higher.
That last deadline was recently changed because of a mismatch in the law. Previously, people could sign up until March 31, but they would have had to sign up by mid February to avoid a fine. (Remember it takes two weeks to process an application.)
By John Hubbell, Digital First Media
Late on Labor Day, David Welch climbed into his maroon Pontiac van and suddenly disappeared from Manhattan, Kan.
His wife Kelly knew only that Welch, 54, suffered from early onset cognitive loss - an affliction that can compromise the ability to make sound decisions. She couldn't imagine where he might have gone, or why.
Weeks later, a Facebook page was created to help find him. But no one could
Police in the Welchs' home county of Riley conducted searches, but turned up nothing. Meanwhile, Kelly Welch continued to use social media in hopes someone could find him.
On the morning of Oct. 18, a hitchhiker ambling down a desolate stretch of Interstate 70 in Utah - a spot about 50 miles outside of Green River, Utah and nearly 900 miles from Manhattan, Kansas - happened to glance down a deep ravine. At the bottom lay a maroon Pontiac van, and in it lay the body of David Welch, pinned inside.show more
By BOB AUDETTE / Reformer Staff
Thomas Moffitt, President of Commonwealth Dairy displays a line-up of new low fat kids yogurt pouches that will soon be on the market. (Kayla Rice/Reformer)
BRATTLEBORO -- Since it opened in March 2011, Commonwealth Dairy's story has been one of success.
In June 2013, it completed a $12-million expansion of its $28.5-million plant to support a new product line. And on Monday, Thomas Moffitt, Commonwealth Dairy's president, returned from Casa Grande, Ariz., where it and its partner, Ehrmann AG, just opened a new facility.
The state-of-the art yogurt manufacturing facility in Arizona was built by the same company that built Commonwealth's factory in Brattleboro, said Moffitt, but it's twice the size. Currently it employs 110 people and Moffitt said in two years they hope to have 250 employees. It officially opens next week.
"Some of our largest customers pushed us to open a plant on the West Coast," he said. "They liked our quality and couldn't find comparable products out there."
Moffitt said the plan to expand on the West Coast began about 18 months ago and has been driven by the national appetite for Greek-style yogurt.show more