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For farmers markets, growing challenges
Town officials were taken by surprise when organizers of the summertime farmers market decided not to run it this year, but for those in charge of the weekly event, the challenges had been steadily growing. With similar markets taking place in almost every surrounding town and local farms themselves selling produce on their own property every day, Westford organizers had trouble drawing enough attention.

The town is considering once again whether it may want to join Tewksbury and Dracut in a regional dispatch center. "We're hoping to have a couple speakers, from the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments and the state, to shed more light on the regional plan," said Chairman Glenn Diggs.

Nashoba Tech earns TAMY for costumes, hair and makeup
Nashoba Valley Technical High School struck gold again at the recent TAMY Award ceremony at Mount Wachusett Community College's Theatre at the Mount. Nashoba Tech's Drama Club won the TAMY Award for Best Costumes, Hair & Make-up in the Small School Division for its production of "The Little Mermaid."

What we are working on 7/13/208
It's Friday, July 13, 2018. Here is some of what Sun staffers and other news providers are working on for and this weekend's print editions.

Top Lowell building official headed to Chelmsford
Shaun Shanahan will replace former Building Commissioner/Zoning Enforcement Officer Mark Dupell, who left July 6 after eight years on the job. Shanahan and Town Manager Paul Cohen confirmed Thursday Shanahan accepted the job offer this week.


John Babcock (1900)
Prior to his death in 2010, at age 109, Babcock was Canada's last known surviving veteran of World War I. He joined the army at 15 by lying about his age. When he was discovered to be too young for combat, he was given labor jobs and was later transferred to England, where he continued his training in the Young Soldiers Battalion. Because he never actually fought on the front lines, he was uncomfortable with his fame as a veteran. At what age did Babcock finally earn his high school diploma? Discuss

Henryk Goldszmit, AKA Janusz Korczak (1878)
Goldszmit was a Jewish doctor and author of children's literature who wrote under the pen name Janusz Korczak. In 1912, he established an orphanage in Warsaw. When World War II broke out, he refused to flee the Nazis and continued to care for the children even after his orphanage was forced to move into the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940. In August 1942, Nazi soldiers came with orders to take all the children and workers in the orphanage to the Treblinka concentration camp. What happened to Korczak?

Louise Blanchard Bethune (1856)
Bethune was the first professional woman architect in the US and the first woman elected to the American Institute of Architects. After high school, she became an apprentice at a Buffalo, New York, architectural firm where she met her future husband, architect Robert Bethune. They married in 1881 and opened their own firm, which designed several hundred buildings throughout New York in the Romanesque revival style popular in the late 19th century. What building is considered her masterpiece?

Quote of the Day

Herman Melville
Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth. Discuss

Ambrose Bierce
Revolutions are usually accompanied by a considerable effusion of blood, but are accounted worth it—this appraisement being made by beneficiaries whose blood had not the mischance to be shed.

Gilbert Chesterton
Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. But what does he do if there is no forest? ... He grows a forest to hide it in.

This Day in History

Man Causes a Sensation by Jumping off Brooklyn Bridge—Or Not (1886)
The iconic Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883. Three years later, a New Yorker named Steve Brodie claimed to have survived a jump off the span, and newspapers eagerly reported the stunt, allegedly done as part of a bet. Vaulted to sudden fame, Brodie embarked on a successful stage career and opened the popular Bowery Tavern. "To pull a Brodie" even became a slang term for doing something flamboyant and dangerous, but Brodie's dubious claim about his leap was later disputed. What really happened? Discuss