Local News Editor

Dan Phelps

He is currently in charge of the Schools section; designs the weekly Valley Dispatch newspaper; develops, edits and designs The Weekender section; and edits and designs the daily Lifestyle pages for both The Sun and the Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg; yet does not hold the title nor the salary of Lifestyle/Entertainment editor.

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Pets are even more important during these times
During these challenging times, it’s no surprise that your local libraries have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring library services to your fingertips. And with April 19-25 being National Library Week, there’s no better time to look at how local libraries are stepping up to keep you up and running. Thousands of electronic […]
Horror writers have been getting it wrong for decades. Zombies? They’re dead. Viruses that turn people into murderous, hatchet-wielding maniacs? Yawn. Nuclear apocalypse? That’s so 1980s. You want to write a horror novel about the end of the world that’s guaranteed to scare people bleepless? No toilet paper. That’s horror-ble. Here’s hoping Stephen King takes […]
WESTFORD — Forty-eight seniors at Nashoba Valley Technical High School have qualified to receive the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship. The scholarship provides free undergraduate tuition to state colleges and universities to students who score in the Advanced category in either the Mathematics or English Language Arts section of the 10th-grade MCAS test, and in […]
Chris Porter knows how to throw a festival. He is involved with Bumbershoot, a Labor Day weekend festival in Seattle and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco, to name just a couple. Last year, Porter, who grew up in the Belvidere section of Lowell, decided to put his connections and festival prowess to work in […]
U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan on Thursday received the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in her re-election campaign to the Third Congressional District. In a 41-second video released Thursday, Warren, a Democratic front-runner for president, says of the Westford Democrat: “I’m very glad to endorse my friend and colleague, Lori Trahan, for re-election to Congress. […]
Murder, mayhem and memorable characters make Dame Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” arguably the most popular whodunit among the dozens of detective stories she wrote over her long, prolific career. Since its 1934 publication, it has been adapted for radio, TV, film and even a computer game. This month, the Ogunquit Playhouse joins […]