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Tom Vartabedian is a retired journalist with the Haverhill Gazette, where he spent 40 years as an award-winning writer and photographer. He has volunteered his services for the past 46 years as a columnist and correspondent with the Armenian Weekly, where his pet project was the publication of a special issue of the AYF Olympics each September.
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Which Season Is Your Favorite?

I’ll start out by telling you mine. It would be the one that’s embracing us all. The splendor of autumn. This all started when the grandkids were revealing their favorite season. One said winter for obvious reasons: Christmas. Another pointed to summer for camps and swimming on a lake, not to [more...]

October 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Birthday boy William Whittlesey (with hat) celebrates his 11th year by collecting more than $600 in gift contributions for Camp Haiastan.

A Child’s Birthday Gift for Camp Haiastan

SHERBORN, Mass.—In a world governed by corporate executives, venture capitalists, and philandering bureaucrats, sometimes it takes a child to do a man’s job. Birthday boy William Whittlesey (with hat) celebrates his 11th year by collecting more than $600 in gift contributions for Camp Haiastan. [more...]

October 23, 2014 // 2 Comments

Rose Narzakian was all heart when it came to her church and the Armenian Relief Society.

Lowell ARS Loses Beloved 65-Year Member

LOWELL, Mass.—Few have given more of their lives to the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) than Rose Narzakian. Rose Narzakian was all heart when it came to her church and the Armenian Relief Society. Whether it was collecting food and supplies for relief victims, tending to a booth at the Lowell Folk [more...]

October 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Vrej-Armen Artinian forever remains a Canadian-Armenian activist.

Vrej-Armen Artinian Is Canadian Strong

In most every major Armenian community throughout the world, there is usually one catalyst—the individual who keeps the embers of life burning and promotes the very ideals of our heritage. Vrej-Armen Artinian forever remains a Canadian-Armenian activist. Such an individual is Vrej-Armen Artinian, [more...]

October 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

Angele Manoogian receives a medal from the Artsakh Freedom Fighters Organization in Yerevan, recognizing her services during the Artsakh conflict. Making the presentation is Harmik Hovsepyan, a freedom fighter.

Artsakh Freedom Fighters Honor Angele Manoogian in Yerevan

A funny thing happened to Angele Manoogian on her way to Yerevan last month. Not only was her flight re-routed to Warsaw—that’s Poland!—but her luggage didn’t arrive until a week later. “Try living out of a carry-on and you get the picture,” she laughed, condoning such a calamity. [more...]

October 17, 2014 // 1 Comment

Filmmaker Stephanie Ayanian is producing a documentary on Armenian-Americans for the 100th anniversary of the Genocide.

Ayanian Documentary Planned for Centennial

Philadelphia, Pa.—Stephanie Ayanian is developing what she calls “A New Armenia” and just in time to commemorate the genocide centennial next year. Filmmaker Stephanie Ayanian is producing a documentary on Armenian-Americans for the 100th anniversary of the Genocide. She’s working with [more...]

October 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sam Manoian Post #1, Armenian-American Veterans of Lowell, presented five scholarships to worthy high school graduates on Oct. 4 during a dinner-dance at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Chelmsford. (L-R) Commander Richard Juknavorian, Samantha Sarkisian, Nairi Hovsepian, Robert Papazian, Daniel Donabedian, Rob Kochakian, standing in for son Matthew, and Scholarship Chairman George Manuelian. (Tom Vartabedian photo)

Lowell Veterans Award Five Scholarships

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—One graduate looks to a career in medicine. Another is opting to become a nurse. A third has chosen English literature and biochemistry as possible careers. A fourth yearns to design video careers as his future, while a fifth student looks for a business degree. Sam Manoian Post [more...]

October 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Community activist George Aghjayan is presented with a commemorative poster of the Armenian Genocide designed by artist Martin Barooshian and his wife Mary during an Armenian Independence Day celebration Sept. 20 in Lowell.

Aghjayan Keeps the Historic Wheels Turning

Retirement for most people is lying on a hammock with a cold drink and watching the world pass by unabashed. Community activist George Aghjayan is presented with a commemorative poster of the Armenian Genocide designed by artist Martin Barooshian and his wife Mary during an Armenian Independence [more...]

October 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

Paul Varadian: from AYF Olympics to Armenia

Looking Back at Detroit Olympics

Memories are a penny a pound when you’ve become a veteran of the AYF Olympic Games. When devotees like myself gather among friends, we turn back the pages of time and reminisce. Paul Varadian: from AYF Olympics to Armenia We recall the good old days when we competed, followed by our children and [more...]

October 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Detroit luminaries (L-R) Sue (Merian) Arzoian, Violet Gavoor, and Nancy Gavoor have kept the AYF spirit embedded in their hearts.

Sue Merian: Pioneer of AYF Women’s Track

RENO, Nev.—At a time when women’s athletics was not considered fashionable, Sue (Merian) Arzoian created inroads. Detroit luminaries (L-R) Sue (Merian) Arzoian, Violet Gavoor, and Nancy Gavoor have kept the AYF spirit embedded in their hearts. Over a star-studded career that encompassed all of [more...]

October 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

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