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October 11, 2012

The Lamp Post

Some great football has been played in Haverhill so far this fall. As of last week, the Haverhill High and Whittier Regional High football teams were both 3-1, with one month of the season in the books. The last time the Hillies and Wildcats both finished with a record of .500 or better was in 2004. The Lamplighter hopes the success of both teams continues, as a return to the glory days of the gridiron return to the city.

What not long ago was a rough ride has turned into one of the smoothest drives in the city. Take a trip down Summer Street and you’ll discover what the Lamplighter means. This summer’s repaving of the street has eliminated a bunch of potholes, some of which existed for months, if not years. Some of the worst spots were next to manholes, where the covers protruded above the pavement. They’re long gone now, thanks to the city’s decision to use state money to repave Summer Street. Wonder why it didn’t happen before now?

Whittier Regional High students continue to do well on the state-mandated MCAS test. For the seventh year in a row, the school had a high rate of passage on the test, thrilling school officials.

This month’s removal of debris from the Merrimack River makes the Lamplighter wonder who could possibly been responsible for the dumping of tires into the waterway years ago. The Coast Guard joined in on this latest cleanup, which yielded dozens of tires — on top of dozens removed from the river earlier this year. The tires and other debris are a stark reminder of how badly people treated the river decades ago, before the state and federal government put tough rules in place to protect Haverhill’s greatest natural resource.

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