Tornadoes no doubt predate what we now refer to as Massachusetts on the North American continent, but the first "whirl-wind," as they were called back in the day, was recorded right here in Massachusetts.
January 28, 1986, 35 years ago today, Space Shuttle Challenger exploded live on television. On board were Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka, Teacher-in-Space participant Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist Greg Jarvis and mission specialist Judy Resnick Pilot Mike Smith, commander Dick Scobee and mission specialist Ron McNair.
The MDI Scouts are now set up at a new location, selling wreaths and trees. For the last 25 years they have been located at Holland Avenue, but this year they will be at 70 Cottage Street, at the American Legion Hall.