Students’ efforts pay off: The pockets of Northern Essex Community College students are getting a bit deeper, thanks to their hard work and good grades. This year, the college awarded a record number of scholarships. Two hundred local students received about $178,000 for the coming school year.
Garden gazing: The city’s Garden Club is always looking for nominees for its Garden of the Month. As far as the Lamplighter is concerned, the club need look no further than the house next to the Oxford nursing home on Main Street. The garden in front of the house, right next to the sidewalk, is remarkable — with a variety of plants and an array of colors, all in open view of all passersby. The homeowners clearly work very hard to make the garden eyecatching.
Preserving (and protecting) history: The historic house next to Gale Park has always drawn the eyes of drivers passing by, but for a while there the property was also drawing cars — literally. Out-of-control vehicles on a curve next to the house repeatedly hit and damaged a wooden fence around the property. The problem has been solved by a guardrail that was installed in front of the fence.