The statue of Gen. Marquis de Lafayette, a fixture in the city since it arrived in 1932, is under siege by shrubbery. The overgrown greenery obscures much of its stone base and plaque. The state paid to have the 2-ton bronze statue professionally restored early in 2004. It returned to Lafayette Square in June of that year, but to a new location just to the left of Store 24 — instead of the dominant spot it used to hold in the center of the rotary before the state redesigned the square.
Merit McIntyre, a local real estate broker, along with Timothy Day, a local lawyer, hosted a private reception for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on May 2 at McIntyre's home in Haverhill. The event was limited to 100 guests, and was held as a campaign fundraiser for Brown.
Although we haven't had much of a spring in the last couple weeks, the Lamplighter was glad to see the rain pour down on Tuesday afternoon. After the mild winter, the rain was much needed.
Painting of the Essex Street Gateway Mural has begun. Artists started putting the first images on the wall of a four-story downtown building on Monday. Mayor Fiorentini was scheduled to visit the mural sometime this week. The mural will display images of Haverhill celebrities past and present, including TV show host Tom Bergeron, author Andre Dubus, movie mogul Louis B. Mayer and the late Barney Gallagher, legendary newspaperman of the Gazette and The Eagle-Tribune.
The Lamplighter was very surprised that the Whittier Regional High lacrosse team is being forced to practice at Northern Essex Community College on a field that is not lined and does not have very good nets. Hopefully they can find a better place to practice later this year or in preparation for next season.