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February 13, 2014

The Lamp Post

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — If you have any doubt about the clout Haverhill’s own Brian Dempsey wields at the Statehouse, think again.

State Rep. Dempsey flexed his political muscles to the max recently, getting state support for the multimillion-dollar project planned for the long-vacant downtown Woolworth building. His powerful position as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee played a big role in UMass Lowell joining in on the project, deciding to put a satellite campus there.

There is talk in political circles that Dempsey’s next position will be speaker of the house.

Gone from here, but not forgotten

Lee Mac’s Market in Exeter, N.H., owned by former Haverhill residents Deb and Lee MacDonald, is in the running for best sub shop in New Hampshire.

Patrons of Lee Mac’s Market can vote online in the food and drink category of New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of New Hampshire 2014. You can learn more at www.newhampshiremagazine.com.

Thoughts of a clean spring

Snow is still on the ground and we’ll likely get plenty more, but some people’s minds are turning to spring cleaning — a citywide cleanup, specifically.

Man-about-town Dick LeBlond, who volunteers for many civic projects, has begun circulating emails about the cleanup. It will be in mid-April. In one email, LeBlond raved about his recent visits to Keene, N.H., and Portland, Maine, and how clean those communities are. They inspired him to do the same for Haverhill once spring comes around.

Helping people dream big

Kudos to Alice Mann, Eric Karlstad and the rest of their Team Haverhill group for the success of the annual Possible Dreams event.

Elaine Barker, leader of the city’s Brightside organization, gave her stars of the week awards to them for drawing more than 100 people to the event at Northern Essex Community College. Many were newcomers to Haverhill. The attendees talked about dreams they have for Haverhill and how to make them happen.

No place like home

A local young man attending college in South Carolina was shocked to see how people there could not deal with icy streets when tougher-than-usual winter weather hit their area.

The best public works employees could do, since they lacked the proper equipment, was to sand the roads. That did little to help, he told the Lamplighter. Cars were sliding all over the place, but the man said his experience driving in New England in the winter kept his car in a straight line.

From trash to cash

When it comes to picking up trash and recyclables in Haverhill, big money is involved.

Look for news soon about a new contract controlling how much the city pays to get rid of trash and receives to sell its recyclables. Word is the contract is being negotiated now. Some new methods have been proposed to reduce the city’s costs.