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About Tom Vartabedian (747 Articles)
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.
 Why is the cow wearing boots and a red hat?

Bohjalian’s ‘Idyll Banter’ Still Hits Home

Why is the cow wearing boots and a red hat? What becomes of old books written by well-known authors? They either disappear into a yard sale, are found in a disposal section of an antique store if you’re lucky, or are put on a library shelf with other authors and sold for a buck. That’s where I [more...]

July 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian addresses a Merrimack Valley crowd during an Armenian Genocide observance in Lowell

Rally Around Peter Koutoujian

LOWELL, Mass.—Over the years, Peter Koutoujian has been a good friend to the Armenians of Merrimack Valley, both back when he served as a state representative and now as sheriff of Middlesex County. Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian addresses a Merrimack Valley crowd during an Armenian [more...]

July 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

Norman Rockwell’s 'Thanksgiving Pie' was on the cover of Country Gentleman in 1930.

Country Stores Evoke a Touch of Americana

I share an affinity with country stores, no matter where I may find them. Just as I would brake for yard sales in the midst of nowhere, I would do the same for a country store that may cross my path. They’re quaint, charming, and mystifying. I cannot resist a dash of American pie and Norman [more...]

July 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Sunset on Cape Cod Bay (Photo: PapaDunes)

Country Stores Evoke a Touch of Americana

I share an affinity with country stores, no matter where I may find them. Just as I would brake for yard sales in the midst of nowhere, I would do the same for a country store that may cross my path. They’re quaint, charming, and mystifying. I cannot resist a dash of American pie and Norman [more...]

July 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

Arakadz Lodge, Merrimack Valley Knights of Vartan, honored its area high school graduates June 21 at St. Gregory Church, North Andover. (L-R) Rev. Fr. Stephan Baljian, lodge chaplain and pastor; Denis Hamboyan, commander; Charlie Sirmaian; Allie Sirmaian; Michelle Ryan; Rob Couyoumjian; Kristina Bebirian; Ben Balian; Charles Kochakian, master of ceremonies; and Tom Vartabedian, featured speaker. Missing from photo is Ani Minasian.

MV ‘Knights of Vartan’ Honor High School Graduates

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—Class officers, athletes, honor students, musicians, and community volunteers. This year’s crop of high school graduates in Merrimack Valley (MV) certainly made the Armenian community quite proud of its achievements throughout local schools. As tradition has it, the Arakadz [more...]

July 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

Squirrels prove unwarranted guests.

Squirrel Invasion Is Driving Me Nuts

Squirrels prove unwarranted guests. How’s my summer going, you may ask? Rather nutty at the moment, gasp! Thanks to the squirrel population at my lake home, I’m spending my spare time warding off the predators instead of feeding the birds. I arrived home the other day from an overnight at Cape [more...]

July 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Bob Semonian

Bob Semonian Was the Ultimate Tipster!

Bob Semonian People often ask me where I get my ideas for stories. Most of them are self-initiated and spontaneous. They come to me during periods of insomnia. They hatch like chicken eggs when I’m in deep thought inside a church pew. Or in the shower. I have no pad or pencil while the water is [more...]

June 29, 2016 // 1 Comment

'The voice belonged to a 7-year-old child so near and dear to me. With his bright blue eyes and face of innocence, he pondered the question many his age might pose.'

A Child’s Understanding of Cancer

June 8, 2016 “What’s cancer, grandpa?” “An illness, buddy. It’s when you’re sick and trying to get better.” “Do you have cancer?” The voice belonged to a 7-year-old child so near and dear to me. With his bright blue eyes and face of innocence, he pondered the question many his age [more...]

June 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

'As you may know, America is a land of immigrants where refugees can build and develop a lifestyle that suits their very needs. '

Immigrants Bolster Our Communities

God bless the American dream! As you may know, America is a land of immigrants where refugees can build and develop a lifestyle that suits their very needs. My parents took advantage of the many freedoms that govern our precious nation. I would venture to say that anyone else out there is a product [more...]

June 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Old cameras get new life

Outdated Cameras Find a New Home

A piece of my valued lifestyle has wound up in the best of hands. Remember my dilemma about what to do with my camera collection gathering dust in the basement? After months, really years, they’ve found a new home. I donated the whole lot to the photography classes at Haverhill High. Old cameras [more...]

June 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

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