Despite its flaws, there’s still a lot to like about our town


Dracut has always been a proud community and despite some recent blemishes, we have every right to fell good about our town.

No community is going to be without its occasional negative stories, but as these matters play themselves out, we can focus on the many positives that go on around us all the time.

This Monday is Memorial Day and once again, super volunteer Barbara Souza and her cast of volunteers will show us how a Memorial Day parade should be run, and that this town honors the service and sacrifice of its veterans.

The parade steps off at 11 a.m. sharp from the Greenmont Avenue School and will head down Pleasant Street and then take a right onto Lakeview Avenue, where it will stop at the Dracut High parking lot at Frederick Street.

This year’s parade will have four bands, including the DHS Marching Band, the New Liberty Jazz Band, the John Penny Band, along with the Jim Kilroy Jazz Band.

Veterans organizations will march along with members of our Police and Fire departments. And of course the town officials will be there marching.

As one that marched in the parade for more than 20 years I can tell you that local officials appreciate the support shown by the many Dracut residents that line the streets to watch the parade and show their respect for our veterans.

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local youth sports groups like Pop Warner and Dracut Youth Soccer, joined by Rotary, Lions, Knights of Columbus along with antiques and community floats all come together to march and make this a very special event.

The Memorial Day message will be offered by Lt. Col. Mathew McSwain, commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 345 of the University of Mass Lowell.

Get out there early and set up your chairs, as all of the choice viewing spots go quickly.

You have to feel good about the way our school board has handled its search for a new superintendent.

By the time you read this column, the committee may have already made its selection, but the process has been outstanding without a hint of politics. Hopefully, many of you took the opportunity to meet the finalists at the meet–and-greet held for each of them.

Our schools could use a break from all of the negative attention brought about by poor decision making, and if the selection process is any indication, the future is bright.

Another source of pride in town has been the award- winning Destination ImagiNation team from Dracut High.

This is a fabulous group of kids that have shown that they have what it takes, as they have been successful in state competitions and are now moving up to global competition.

Now that’s Dracut being Dracut.

Warren Shaw is a former Dracut selectman who hosts a popular Saturday morning radio show on WCAP-AM from 6 to 10.