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October 10, 2013

The Lamp Post

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — A true success: Everyone’s raving about the great Tattersall Farm Day event of two Sundays ago. The farm, which the Tattersall family left to the city to be preserved, was packed with people enjoying food, drink, music, hayrides and farming demonstrations. Elaine Barker, head of the city’s Brightside organization, could not help but give her Star of the Week Award to those who made the farm day a success — the farm’s trustees and other volunteers. Barker also gave stars to people who helped at the Brightside booth during the event — Chris Hardiman, Bill Rogers, Denise Johnson and Rob Moore.

Speaking of the farm day: There were only two entries in the scarecrow contest sponsored by the city’s Garden Club, but club members say the future is bright. They expect many more competitors next year, as word gets out about the contest. This was the first year the contest happened during Tattersall Farm Day. Previously, people made scarecrows and displayed them outside their homes, and club members drove around the city to judge the entries.

Controlled fishing: It’s the end of the boating season, but some people are still putting their crafts into the Merrimack River for a few final runs on warm days. The other day, the Lamplighter saw a boat bearing a particularly creative name: “Angler Management.’’

Congrats to Flora! Relatives and friends of Flora Batchelder recently helped her celebrate her 104th birthday. She was born Sept. 26, 1909, and was surrounded by many loved ones at her party.

Noise in the night: Did anyone else notice that odd humming sound at night a couple of weeks ago when work began to raise the level of the downtown flood wall? The long-discussed project began at the rear of the parking lot next to the bus station in Washington Square. When the work began, there was an odd sound coming from the area, even after workers had wrapped up for the day. The Lamplighter noticed the sound and wonders if it disturbed people living downtown during the late-night hours.

Save the date: The 13th annual Scavenger Hunt will be Saturday, Nov. 9, Veterans Day weekend. It’s a great event full of mystery and fun that typically draw many participants. Organizers said the theme, as well as other details, will be announced.

Still growing: Each year, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill adds more activities for its members. The club’s Education Center is now hosting a History Club every Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. To begin, the kids are learning the history of ancient Egypt and creating themed projects each week. By the end of the program, they’ll be able to showcase what they’ve learned along with what they’ve created.

Speaking of the club: The Boys & Girls Club wants to thank Pentucket Bank for its recent donation of school supplies to the club’s Education Center. The bank donated notebooks, pencils, pens, paper, coloring materials, calculators and other items. Every little bit helps these kids, club officials said.