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About Tom Vartabedian (773 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.

An Olympic Wannabe Rests His Laurels

  In this Olympic year, I cannot get enough of the coverage. I don’t care what the event is, though I prefer the track and field and swimming. You can keep the commercials. Just give me the action. By the end of the night, that’s me on the sofa, bug-eyed and weary. It’s not easy being a [more...]

August 18, 2016 // 1 Comment

Bird-Watching is a Natural Past-Time

This is a column for the birds. I hope they’re being sighted, not cited. Did you happen to catch the latest bulletin from the Audubon Society? It contained yesterday’s bird-sightings across the area. ‘This is a column for the birds. I hope they’re being sighted, not cited.’ The [more...]

August 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

Lowell ARS Enhances Folk Festival

After 30 years, the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Lowell “Lousintak” chapter continues to be a time-honored tradition at the Lowell Folk Festival. After 30 years, the ARS Lowell “Lousintak” chapter continues to be a time-honored tradition at the Lowell Folk Festival. The chapter continues [more...]

August 4, 2016 // 2 Comments

Rev. Dr. Mesrob Tashjian Kept His ‘Kids’ Together

Whether it was the altar of God or the frenzy of a basketball court—a schoolhouse room or church picnic—Rev. Dr. Mesrob Tashjian was a “kid” at heart. Rev. Dr. Mesrob Tashjian He never allowed his clerical collar to stand in the way of humility. If anything, it authenticated his belief that [more...]

August 4, 2016 // 1 Comment

An Emotional Reunion Marks the Relay for Life

Every once in a while, a story hits home that’s meant to be packaged and preserved forever. Such a story belongs to Jenny Henderson, a vibrant crusader for the American Cancer Society, who’s been part of the Haverhill Relay for Life the past 16 years. Tom Vartabedian was reunited with Jenny [more...]

August 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

‘The Sandcastle Girls’ Making Film Inroads

LINCOLN, Vt.—At a time when the Armenian community is bursting at the seams for a legitimate film about the genocide, Chris Bohjalian’s gem The Sandcastle Girls is making headway. It’s enough to celebrate what is destined to become a monumental achievement for Armenians who have waited [more...]

July 26, 2016 // 1 Comment

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

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

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

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

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