As we head into the home stretch of 2021, people are thinking about the holidays and what the new year will bring. Those themes are reflected in the most popular articles on Lowell’s First Look for November. Top stories included a new business coming to town, a resident spreading holiday cheer and an election that decided who would lead the city for the years to come.
The following were the most-read articles, based on website views, during November 2021.
For 20 years, Jody Haybarker has been a familiar face in the office at Schneider Manor. She has overseen programming, kept the books and perhaps most importantly, lent a listening ear to residents whenever needed. In November, Haybarker retired from her role at the manor, and she was feted with a luncheon and presented with a plaque that will be affixed to a stone on the grounds in memory of her service.
Located on W. Main Street, Dery Physical Therapy has a long track record of helping people get back on their feet and back in motion after an injury, illness or surgery. While the business has no intention of changing its commitment to excellence, it is changing owners. Lifelong Lowell resident and physical therapist Erin Dressander has purchased the businesses and is planning to continue current services as well as add some new therapies.
It was a relatively quiet election year, but City of Lowell residents did need to select three councilmembers and Vergennes Township residents were part of a special election for a State Senate seat. Our recap of the poll results was the third most-read article on Lowell’s First Look in November.
If you’re tired of negative news, here’s a feel-good story for you. Ty Sheppard loves decorating with Christmas lights, and this year, he’s donating his services to local homes and businesses. Born profoundly deaf, Sheppard is not only lighting up the town with holiday cheer, but he is an enthusiastic proponent of spreading awareness of the deaf community. It’s people like Sheppard who make Lowell such a special place, and our readers certainly agree, making this the second most-read article of the month.
Culver’s should have no trouble finding customers, if the number of page views this story got in November is any indication. Not only was it the number one article of the month, but it also makes the list of all-time top ten articles on Lowell’s First Look. Right now, the restaurant is shooting for a May 2022 opening.