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March 20, 2014

The Lamp Post

The TV show “Chronicle’’ has made stops in Haverhill in the past, notably when it did a piece on local author Andre Dubus III and the success of “Townie’’ — his memoir about his teenage and young adult years here.

The show made another visit to the city recently, this time to highlight the Mason and Hamlin company.

The show aired on Tuesday of this week. It focused on manufacturing in Massachusetts. Mason and Hamlin is one of the oldest makers of pianos in America and a source of pride for the city.

Downtown suffers a loss

The Lamplighter was surprised to learn that Coach’s, a downtown sports bar and pub on the ground floor of the historic Whittier Hotel building in Washington Square, has closed.

The business opened about a year ago and locals say they liked the food, atmosphere and owners. The 130-year-old building has been home to several small eateries, condos and retail stores in recent years.

With its fancy ironwork and Gothic-style arches on top, the structure is considered one of downtown’s finest examples of Queen Anne architecture.

He’s on the run

Kudos to Haverhill High alum Tim Catoggio, also formerly of Stonehill College, the runner who won the St. Patrick’s Day Boys and Girls Clubs of South Boston 5k Road Race.

His victory came March 16.

Raise money before razing Woolworth’s

Here’s a thought about how the developers of the old Woolworth property downtown can endear themselves to the community.

How about having an auction of items taken out of the old department store before it is demolished to make way for a UMass Lowell satellite campus and several businesses.

The sale of items such as antique soda fountain stools could benefit local charities. Locals who remember being in Woolworth’s before it closed in the late 1960s fondly recall the fountain and other amenities of the day.

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