: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.