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Throwback Thursday: Wicked Local's Health and Fitness Festival

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 11:55 AM

If you were to do an internet search for exercise workouts, you will find hundreds (probably even thousands) of results for different aerobic routines that you can do to burn calories and gain muscle. However, you will probably not find any modern exercise regimen that replicates the very old fashioned workout featured below.

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Throwback Thursday: The Return of High School Football

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 12:26 PM

As schools across the Commonwealth go back in session for the fall semester, students start to commit to after school activities and athletics. The most popular of these sports is football, and it won’t be long before students are on the field and underneath the Friday night lights. These days you see a lot of athletes wear face paint and getting excited before a game. However, in this 1907 photo of Wayland High School’s football team, the squad looks very relaxed.

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Throwback Thursday: The First Day of School

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Sep 01, 2016 @ 01:09 PM

This week, across Massachusetts, students of all ages are headed back to school. Soon, seeing children with backpacks waiting at the bus stop will become a part of the normal routine. You may even start to use your GPS to find a quicker route around school traffic jams. These students (who are WAY too small for those desks) are in a mechanical drawing class at the old Technical High School in Newton in the early 1900s.

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Throwback Thursday: The Waltham Watch Company

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 10:33 AM

If you’re anything like me, you look at your watch, smartphone, computer, or clock to check the time throughout the day. We have the luxury of having plenty of different types of digital and battery operated timepieces to look at, but, watches and clocks use to be made of hundreds of small, intricate parts and it took a lot of work to create, assemble, and prepare them for customers. The Waltham Watch Factory was a local leader in producing high quality watches for more than a hundred years.

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Throwback Thursday: The Rochester County Fair

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 11:58 AM

The end of Summer brings warm days and offers a few nice weekends to have some close-to-home fun before Fall sets in. It’s not out of the ordinary to discover a local county fair or festival in your area, as communities come together and look to celebrate local businesses at the end of the season. For instance, this weekend, you can take part in the 17th Annual Rochester County Fair in Rochester, Massachusetts.

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Throwback Thursday: The Steam Fire Engine

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 12:32 PM

Fire fighters risk their life every time they go out on a call. Every day, they put their own safety on the line to save lives and property from fire. As they work, they use the simplest of tools like axes along with the advanced technology that exists in a modern fire truck. Fire trucks have become mobile command stations that can regulate water pressure, store equipment, hold medical supplies, and offer access to the upper floors of buildings. But, it wasn’t always that way. Fire trucks used to have one job, and that was to deliver water to the scene of a blaze. One of the first fire trucks was the Amoskeag steam fire engine.

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Throwback Thursday: Taking Aim at the Olympics

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Aug 04, 2016 @ 12:03 PM

For the next two weeks, millions of people from around the world will turn on their televisions and watch coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympic games strive to bring together the world’s people under the banner of sport to help foster cultural understanding and acceptance. Although, none of the women in this picture were olympic archers when this photo was taken in 1937, the archery team from Bridgewater State Teachers College appears to be prepared to win a few medals.

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Throwback Thursday: The Old Wicked Local

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 @ 12:58 PM

In 2006, Memorial Press Group (MPG), a local newspaper chain, launched the first Wickedlocal.com website for the town of Plymouth. Until that time, a few stories from the local paper, The Old Colony Memorial, were shared each week on the Patriot Ledger’s site; but finally the citizens of Plymouth had a destination where they could go and read their newspaper digitally. Videos, message boards, photo galleries, and community interaction helped make Wicked Local Plymouth a destination. A year later, MPG merged with Community Newspaper Company to form Gatehouse Media New England, and Wicked Local became the brand for all of the weekly newspapers. This is what our Wicked Local sites looked like in 2010.

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Throwback Thursday: Summer Games

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 02:38 PM

One of the best things about the summer is getting together with friends and enjoying the long, warm days. This weekend, the weather is predicted to be in the 90s, the perfect temperature to set up a barbecue, jump in the pool, or start a friendly game - of anything.

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Throwback Thursday: 120 Years of Revere Beach

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 01:05 PM

During the summer, the beaches of Massachusetts are packed full of people looking to beat the heat. Whether it’s local residents who have a day off or out of state visitors on vacation, our coast has always been a destination.

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