Seven Boy Scouts with Troop 5, based at West Congregational Church, attended the a recent City Council meeting with their troop leaders. The scouts were looking to meet some of the requirements for earning merit badges in the areas of communication and citizenship. They took notes and plan to submit documents to their merit badge counselor outlining the opinions expressed at the meeting, along with their own thoughts and opinions. The group was particularly interested in a request by Mayor James Fiorentini for 10 new liquor licenses, which the council approved after some lively discussion.
Here's a timely tip from the Haverhill Garden Club: If your hydrangea bloomed in late summer last year, now is the time to prune back any flowers, dead or broken wood, and, as needed, remove up to a third of the old stems before new growth starts. Do not prune other hydrangeas at this time, club members said.
The turf at Haverhill Stadium definitely prevented Haverhill's game on Monday from being postponed due to rain. After heavy rains the night before, the skies cleared just long enough for the Hillies to get their third win of the season, a victory over Tewksbury. The field's drainage is excellent.
The Lamplighter has a helpful tip for anyone who spends a considerable amount of time at City Hall. While most of the untimed spots in the center of the City Hall parking lot are generally full, there are some hidden spots near the back entrance of the lot. Those spots allow 10-hour parking and are, curiously, almost always vacant.
On Monday about noontime, a woman who appeared to be in her early 20s made a scene at the front entrance to Haverhill District Court. She was complaining that someone had kicked her cell phone through a small slot under one of the large wooden columns in front of the building. She was flat on her stomach on the granite landing and was flailing about as she used a metal coat hanger that was bent out of shape to try to snare the cell phone. After many futile attempts she gave up. The woman eventually realized that she had left her phone in her car.