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September 19, 2013

The Lamp Post


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — ‘Tis the season: Although the city has no preliminary election this year (leaving only the November final vote), campaign signs are starting to pop up on lawns in neighborhoods across the city. Campaign literature from candidates is also beginning to show up in mailboxes. As we get closer to the November vote, look for many more signs and mailings to appear.

:It’s also their season: As temperatures drop and we edge closer to winter, the first groups of Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorgeese are heading to warmer climates. Lately, the Lamplighter has noticed the birds honking in the distance as theyText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color fly south.

About time: It’s good to see the parking lot at the the Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorold Friends Landing nightclub finally getting cleaned up. For years after the club was torn down, the lot has been dotted with cracked pavement, Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorpiles of debris and overgrown shrubs. But now that the owner of the property plans a Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorcondo development there, workers are cleaning up the site, a prime location along the Merrimack River.

Never to be forgotten: Schools across Haverhill had events to mark the recent Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Coloranniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, but one in particular stood out — probably because it was in clear view of the public. Students at Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorNettle Middle School used small U.S. flags to spell out Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color“9-1-1’’ on the grassy hill in front of their school. The display caught the eyes of many passersby on Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorBoardman Street.

:Earning their stars: Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorElaine Barker of Haverhill’s Brightside organization has a new way to recognize community spirit. She calls it the Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color“Brightside Star of the Week” program. She recently named Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorDick LeBlond, Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorJim Ferguson and their crew of volunteers “Brightside’s Stars of the Week,” after they decorated the Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorrest area on Route 110 with cornstalks donated by Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorSrybny Farms. The city reopened the rest area this summer after closing it to the public 15 years ago. Barker also gave a star to the Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorTeam Haverhill civic organization for doing an outstanding job with the downtown Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorRiver Ruckus festival. The event included the annual Haverhill Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorRotary Club Rubber Duck Regatta.

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:Stop, stop and stop again: A once-simple Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorintersection near the Haverhill-Plaistow line has become Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorcomplicated to navigate. It’s the intersection of Main Street in Plaistow, just off North Avenue and near Route 125. Cars coming from three different directions meet there. Officials first put up one stop sign there. Then came another, and then another. The signs mean all cars entering the intersection must come to a stop there.

:A blemish on their work:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color The city’s new money-saving process of Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorrepaving streets has gotten a bit of a scar — literally. The part of Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorBlaisdell Street closest to Broadway is sporting a Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorbig gouge, looking like someone spun their tires there not long after the resurfacing. No word on whether old-fashioned paving would have stood up better.