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March 28, 2012

The Lamplighter

Migrating Canada geese have seemed to arrive earlier than usual and are enjoying life in front of Haverhill's water treatment plant at Kenoza Lake. They've been nibbling on the fresh grass around the shore while leaving their undesirable droppings behind. Soon, the Lamplighter expects to see strings of goslings waddling single-file behind their mothers as they cross between the wetland area on the north side of Route 110 to the Kenoza Lake side. And as usual, drivers will stop to watch the parade pass by. Workers at the water treatment plant have been shooing away these bothersome creatures for years, with little success.

The Lamplighter recently dropped by the Visitors Center at the Buttonwoods Museum at 240 Water St. and found it was being restocked with the latest brochures to popular attractions in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. One new brochure features a map of ATV (all terrain vehicle) trails in New Hampshire. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning May 1, the museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday, same hours. You can drop off brochures to add to the center's collection during normal operating hours.

It almost seemed like summer last Friday night, when the Lamplighter drove by Biggart's Ice Cream on Route 110 and noticed it was now open for the season. It was a warm evening and a line of people stretched from the stand's serving counters all the way to the edge of the road. Most of the parking space in front of this popular ice cream stand were filled, as were the outdoor picnic tables. Young and old were enjoying ice cream, slush and other summer-time treats.

Another sign of spring is that Riverside Bradford Baseball is about to start its season. Parents of young players say they just received email notification that the season begins next month and that they are excited. Visit the league online at rbbaseball.org.

Mayor James Fiorentini swore in Tom Montebello as the city's newest Fire Captain last Friday. The Lamplighter wishes Montebello the best of luck in his new position.

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