Two Salutes to Service!

Its not every day that one assistant superintendent retires from a National Park Service unit.   So having two retire on the same day is certainly a rare occurrence!  The dual departures of Peter Aucella and Sue Andrews will certainly leave Lowell National Historical Park with large shoes to fill, but on Thursday, February 21st, the focus was on celebrating the lasting legacy and positive impact the two career public servants has had and will continue to have on the park and the city for years and years to come.

A capacity crowd filled Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall to salute the service of two of LNHP’s most senior employees.

Here are the two citations offered by Mayor William Samaras and delivered on his behalf by Vice Mayor Vesna Nuon at their retirement party.  State Senator Edward Kennedy, City Councilor Jim Milinazzo, former Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, former Lowell Superintendent Michael Creasey, and current superintendent Celeste Bernardo  were among those who also offered their congratulations to two distinguished park service professionals.

 

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It took over three decades, but Peter Aucella finally donned a park service uniform

 

C I T A T I O N

Be it hereby known to all that
the City of Lowell in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
hereby offers its sincere appreciation and congratulations to

Peter Aucella

Upon the occasion of his retirement from Lowell National Historical Park.

 Peter retires from his position of assistant superintendent after 33 years of federal service at the Department of the Interior and National Park Service. Prior to joining federal service, Peter Aucella worked for state and local governments before joining the staff of US Senator Paul Tsongas.

In 1984, Peter came to work for the City of Lowell as Director of Planning and Development during a time of transformation as modern landmarks such as UML Inn & Conference Center, Middlesex Community College, and Wannalancit Mills Office & Technology Center were built or redeveloped during his tenure at the City. 

In October 1986, Peter became the Executive Director of the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, a position he held for nine years. As LHPC Director he directly oversaw the rehabilitation of historic mill buildings and canal infrastructure that would become the principle resources of the Lowell National Historical Park and supported over $660 million in private/public partner development projects throughout the city’s historic downtown.  

 In the 1990’s Peter returned to local government as Executive Director of the Lowell Arena and Civic Stadium Commission where he oversaw the construction of LeLacheur Park and the Tsongas Arena.  He is a founding member of both the Lowell Folk Festival and Lowell Summer Music Series and has also served on the Lowell Heritage Partnership since its inception in 2000.

 Now, therefore, I, Mayor William J. Samaras, hereby offer all the best to Peter Aucella in his retirement. The entire City of Lowell is proud to honor this distinguished individual for all his tireless work towards making our city a better place.

Given this 21st day of February, 2019.

William J. Samaras
Mayor

Sue

C I T A T I O N

Be it hereby known to all that
the City of Lowell in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
hereby offers its sincere appreciation and congratulations to

Sue Andrews

Upon the occasion of her retirement from Lowell National Historical Park.

  Sue retires from his position of assistant superintendent after 37 years of federal service at the National Park Service.  Sue began her NPS service in 1982 as a seasonal park ranger at the Upper Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River in New York and Pennsylvania. Sue has had passion for the outdoors, which helped inspire her to her career in the Park Service.  As a career NPS employee, she truly has supported the Park Service’s mission to protect the lands, cultures, and history that define who we are as a nation for future generations.

Sue has a diverse working background with career stops in six different parks across the United States over the course of her first 5 years. In 1987, Ms. Andrews first came to Lowell National Historical Park as Lead Ranger, Supervisory Park Ranger, District Ranger during an eight-year stint in the park.  After ten years at Blackstone Valley and Rogers Williams She returned to Lowell in 2005 as first the Director of Communication and Collaboration, then rising to Assistant Superintendent for Operations in 2012, the position she has held until the present.  All told she has spent 23 years of her career in service to Lowell National Historical Park and the community here.

 Throughout her time in Lowell, Sue Andrews has been a dedicated and passionate public servant. 

Now, therefore, I, Mayor William J. Samaras, hereby offer all the best to Sue Andrews in her retirement. The entire City of Lowell is proud to honor this distinguished individual for all his tireless work towards making our city a better place.

 Given this 21st day of February, 2019.

William J. Samaras
Mayor

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