hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA


February 20, 2014

The Lamp Post


“This winter has been so cold and snowy,’’ she said.

The Lamplighter certainly cannot disagree.

He’s going with the snowy flow

While no one would question that we’ve been hit by a wave of snow storms, one well-known local man likes to keep things light — as in tossing around a few jokes when people complain about Mother Nature’s ire.

Dick LeBlond is known for his volunteer work along the city — from cleanups near the statue of General Lafayette in the square of the same name to work at the park on Route 110 along the river.

He also is gaining a reputation for his emails. One recent one circulated after a whopper of a storm hit the region. The email contained a photo of a home in Russia that was literally almost covered with snow, nearly to the peak of the roof.

The email displayed the words “Snoooo, Stop complaining!’’

You don’t see this every day

The Lamplighter noticed an unusual charge against a man recently arrested by Haverhill police.

The odd charge was brought against a man on Lincoln Avenue, near the stadium and Riversedge plaza. He was charged with begging for money.

Leaving well enough alone

Northern Essex Community College recently began charging students and staff to park.

They can buy single semester passes or passes for an entire year. Wonder whether city officials ever thought about charging its employees for parking at City Hall, along with residents and others who do business there.

On the other hand, given the protests against Haverhill’s paid parking downtown, maybe charging at City Hall would not be a good idea.

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