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April 17, 2014

The Lamp Post

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And speaking of local roads ...

The city has done a decent job of repairing potholes caused by the difficult winter, and the community is getting a welcome financial boost to help with the repairs.

The state is giving Haverhill more than $200,000 to pay for repairing streets marred by the holes.

On time — finally

For weeks, the big clock outside the public library was an hour slow, never having been changed this spring.

But last week, the clock’s hands were finally moved to show the correct time.

It was troubling to drive past the library day after day and see the wrong time. Wonder what took so long to make the change?

Touching gold

Kayla Harrison, America’s first gold medalist in judo (winning in London is 2012) was guest speaker at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill’s annual Banquet of Champions, held April 8 at Michael’s Function Hall.

Harrison gave an inspirational talk to a crowd of nearly 400 children and adults. At one point, she got the kids to join her in chanting “a goal set is a goal met.” Kids got to touch her gold medal, which Harrison passed around during dinner.

That’s more like it

All that debris dotting the side of the highway is becoming a thing of the past — thankfully.

The Lamplighter noted last week it was time to give I-495 a good spring cleaning and pick up trash that had been hiding under the now-melted snow.

Apparently, someone was listening.

The other day, more than a dozen full yellow plastic trash bags lined the shoulder of the highway near the Main Street exit. It looked as if the sheriff’s department brought low-security jail inmates there to clean, which is a regular sight during the spring and summer.

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