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.