September saw the return of some school and community activities. While annual events such as the Pink Arrow game couldn’t be held in the same way as they have in the past, organizers have gotten creative to provide safe, outdoor entertainment opportunities for residents.
The top articles in September highlighted two such events as well as city news regarding marijuana businesses and police activity. Here’s a look at the five most popular articles on Lowell’s First Look in September, ranked by website views.
After seeing the success of other outdoor marketplaces in downtown Lowell, Ability Weavers decided an outdoor weaving fair would be a win-win for artisans and residents alike. The inaugural Lowell Weaving Fair brought fiber artists to the community to show off their weaving, spinning and twining skills. The article highlighting the event was the fifth most-read story on Lowell’s First Look in September.
The annual Pink Arrow game is one of the highlights of the Lowell varsity football season. For one night only, the Lowell Red Arrows become the Pink Arrows and help raise money for local cancer support services. For a while, it seemed unlikely there would be any game at all. Then, it was announced the game could proceed, but there was no way to safely fill the stadium with fans. That didn’t deter organizers who arranged for the Pink Arrow game to be livestreamed to the big screen as part of a drive-in event.
Always popular, the Police Beat highlights the monthly activities of the Lowell Police Department. In August, officers worked to enforce the speed limit along Main Street, investigated an embezzlement case at the city’s first recreational marijuana retailer and handled an increasing number of the handgun permits.
Marijuana businesses have honed in on W. Main Street as the place to be with four retail and one grow facility already approved by the city. However, a recent application for a building that could house a marijuana business was tabled by the Planning Commission so they could get a more complete site plan. The applicant is currently requesting approval to construct a building that could eventually provide both storage and sales of recreational marijuana. The Planning Commission expects to revisit the application in October. They have also been told a seventh recreational marijuana business is being proposed near the Ada Lowell 5 theater, and that too may come before the commission in October.
The top article of the month was a city council recap, but we’d wager people weren’t reading it for the riveting review of city revenues. Instead, the main attraction of this article was news that a local man was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Citation from the Lowell Police Department. It’s the highest civilian honor offered by the department and was given to David Sefton for his smart thinking and quick action in taking photos of a robbery in progress. The images he captured helped law enforcement quickly identify a suspect and retrieve the stolen goods.
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