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February 27, 2014

The Lamp Post

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — They’re everywhere — almost literally.

Potholes are popping up across the city, on main streets and side roads.

Usually, we see this kind of outbreak closer to the spring, but the job of dodging them has begun for local drivers.

City workers face quite a project when the snow recedes and they begin the task of filling the holes.

The sheer number of holes also promise lots of participation in the city’s annual pothole contest, which encourages residents to report them to the city.

Closed — again

Like most other people, the Lamplighter hates seeing a “closed sign’’ in the window of a business — as in permanently closed.

But that has happened again to the Main Street Mobil gas station in Dustin Square.

For months after the death of former owner George Wickson, the station was closed and locals wondered what, if anything, might move in. Then the station was reopened, offering full-service gas pumps for people who did not want to get out of their cars (especially good in the winter cold).

But the station closed again just over a week ago. Have to wonder whether the convenience store across the street, which offers self-serve gas at lower prices, had much of an impact. Also have to wonder what will become of the property, a prime commercial spot on a main drag.

And speaking of prime locations

Another former gas station in a great location also continues to sit vacant — and it’s been that way for years.

The old station on the Bradford side of the Comeau Bridge has been empty for more than a decade. It closed when the deteriorated old Comeau Bridge was abandoned, halting traffic to that side of the bridge.

Even though the “new’’ Comeau Bridge has been open for years, bringing motorists back to the area, the gas station property is still abandoned. It’s a prime spot near the river.

Wonder if the city’s push for new zoning to encourage development along the waterway will eventually bring something new to the property?

From one new bridge to another

The Lamplighter was driving across the new Groveland Bridge after a recent snowstorm and saw a surprising sight.

A state worker was pushing a snowthrower to clear a walking path on the sidewalk on the east side of the bridge. About 50 feet behind him was a woman walking across the bridge. She seemed happy about having a clear path ahead.

Couldn’t bank on these spaces

Pentucket Bank’s downtown branch lost several parking spaces in its small lot in front of the parking deck to snow after the last storm.

It appeared snow was plowed onto four or five spaces, making it impossible for bank customers to use them.

With parking at a premium downtown, the city and bank quickly removed the snow and made the spaces available again.

Tossing in their lines

You can see them on Round Pond and Plug Pond and most any body of water in the city these days.

With the low temperatures, ice fishermen are out in force.

Sometimes, they are just bundled up against the wind that often whips across the open spaces around them. But occasionally you’ll see some kind of a makeshift shelter to protect them against Mother Nature as they try for a catch.

Tasty anniversary

When the Friends of the Haverhill Public Library celebrated their 25th anniversary last month, they topped off the event with a cake.

But it wasn’t just any cake.

They enjoyed a chocolate cake with butter cream frosting decorated with the friend’s logo of hands arranged in a circle on top of the cake.

The delicious and artistic cake was the creation of Renee Ouellette at the local Cakes by Erin.