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February 20, 2014

The Lamp Post

Someone’s putting all that snow we’ve been getting to good use.

Did you see that huge snow castle on Main Street near the intersection of 9th Avenue last week? It was turning heads of passersby when the Lamplighter drove past.

The castle was about four feet tall, with much detail, including the jagged tops of walls. Clearly, someone put lots of effort into it.

He tried but failed

It’s always a bad sign when a business fails, especially one where the owner was dedicated to making it work.

So is the case with the Gulf of Maine fish market, which has gone out of business at the corner of Winter and Hale streets. The Lamplighter recently noticed a “for lease’’ sign on the building. It’s a shame.

As told in a previous Gazette story, shop owner Jim Waldrip sold fresh fish from a truck near the Groveland Bridge for years before moving to Winter and Hale.

Heading out of town

You’ll no longer be seeing this woman’s familiar face around City Hall.

Assistant City Clerk Heather Budrewicz is leaving Haverhill for a new job as town administrator for Southampton, which is a few miles west of Holyoke in the western part of the state.

Budrewicz, who grew up in Haverhill, said Southampton is a small town with about 6,000 residents compared to Haverhill, which has about 10 times that number.

“It’s a small town with an interesting personality,” she told the Lamplighter.

As to why she is leaving her Haverhill job, Budrewicz said she wants to grow professionally.

Leave the holiday decor alone

A Gazette reader called the Lamplighter to say she disagreed with an observation made recently that questioned why some residents are leaving up their Christmas decorations so long after the holiday.

The caller said she leaves up her Christmas tree and lights long past the end of December. She said they brighten the cold winter season when darkness sets in early.

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