‘Photographic’ memory: Not only was avid Gazette reader Robert Takesian of Haverhill the only person to respond correctly about a Thanks for the Memories historical photo of a confectionery store that existed decades ago at 354 Washington St., but he also knew the name of the owner — Aslan Gogjian. The Lamplighter is impressed.
No missing this: For people who walk or drive the streets in the Nettle Middle School neighborhood, there was no missing the fact that the school planned a big yard sale recently. Students made big cardboard signs displaying details of the event and nailed them to utility poles in the area for passersby to see.
Resurrected park off to great start: The Route 110 Merrimack River Park is closed now as cold temperatures arrive, but the park had a successful summer season after being closed the previous 15 years. The park near the Methuen line was closed in 1998 due to crime there and the inability of police to combat the problem because of their other responsibilities. But it reopened this year thanks to the effort of neighbors and other residents who volunteered to take care of the property. Taking time every morning and evening to open and close the park gates were Judy Poirier, Stephen Breen, Jim Ferguson, Barbara Drelick and Dick LeBlond.
No time to waste: Have you noticed the work going on to the outer walls of the Citizens Center on Welcome Street? No sooner did cooler temperatures arrive than workers began replacing the siding on the building, which is old, deteriorated and letting heat escape. A few months ago, the mayor and City Council put money aside for the repairs, which are too long in coming.