:False alarm... sort of: After a reader tipped off the newspaper about a displaced manhole cover off Interstate 495’s exit 51-B in Haverhill, city workers went to the scene to check it out. The reader said sewage came from the manhole and ran all over the road. Water/Sewer Department Superintendent Robert Ward said one of his crews determined the manhole was indeed displaced, but no sewage was released. The manhole leads to a storm drain, not a sewer pipe, he said — and the workers replaced the cover. Ward said he welcomes tips anytime about problems with the water and sewer systems.
Getting in the Sox swing of things: Sacred Hearts School had a celebration to kick off the Red Sox home opener on Monday. The school’s kindergarten classes had a special lunch and activities, including a parade.
Cut out the butts: Cigarette butts on the sidewalk and gutter across from the Merrimack Street parking deck continues to be a problem. Despite the fact that receptacles have been placed in the area, many people taking smoking breaks from work still toss their butts onto the ground. It makes for an unsightly mess — an image that bothers the Lamplighter every time he sees it.
Big name in town: Three-time Grammy Award winner Adam Ayan — who has worked with music giants such as Madonna, Foo Fighters, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Pearl Jam, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, the Rolling Stones, and Rascal Flatts — will give a presentation, sponsored by Northern Essex Community College, on album mastering. The event will be April 22 at 7 p.m. in the David Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus. This event, which is free and open to the public, will explore the mechanics of music mastering — the final creative step in transforming a recording into a record.
Congrats to a Whittier Wildcat: Army Pvt. Eric Milliken has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is a 2011 graduate of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School. During his nine weeks of military training, he studied the Army mission, history and tradition; physical fitness; and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons and chemical warfare. Milliken is the son of George and Elaine Milliken of Salisbury.
Sweet memories: Former City Councilor Michael Bresnahan has a good grasp of Haverhill history, but he was a bit off the mark with his guess of the Gazette’s Thanks for the Memories photo a couple of weeks ago. Still, he did offer some strong memories of the good old days when he was growing up in Haverhill near the New Hampshire line. Bresnahan incorrectly guessed the photo as being of the old Wasmacco’s ice cream stand, near where McDonald’s is now on Route 125. The photo actually showed the Butrick’s ice cream stand that once operated in another part of Haverhill. Despite Bresnahan’s incorrect guess, he remembered getting “what they called Mistakes for a dime on our way home from Smiley School’’ in the late 1960s. He wrote, “Mistakes were ice creams that were made wrong from the day before and they would put them in the freezer and you would come to the window and ask if they had any mistakes and they would sell them to you.’’
Taking a bow: Haverhill High students participating in the school’s award-winning robotics program had a moment in the political spotlight recently. Mayor James Fiorentini presented citations from the city to the Zero Robotics participants at the school.