:Proud of their Fighting Irish: The Powers family of Haverhill bleeds blue and gold — Notre Dame blue and gold, that is. Son Kevin is a 2010 graduate of the school and son Christopher is a student there now. Last weekend, the entire family was getting jazzed up for the Fighting Irish’s appearance in the college football national championship game on Monday night.
:Park correctly or pay: Here’s a reminder from the Lamplighter to make sure you’re parking on the correct side of the street now that the new year has arrived. The city’s winter parking rules require vehicles left on streets overnight to be parked on the odd-numbered side in January. Last month, vehicles were supposed to be parked on the even-numbered side of the street. Park on the wrong side and you’re risking a $25 fine. Several days ago, Webster Street neighbors who left their cars on the wrong side overnight awoke to orange stickers on their windshields.
:It’s official: Zion Bible College has changed its name to Northpoint Bible College. Last year, the college, on the campus of the former Bradford College, announced it would make the change. College officials said the name change will not affect addresses or other ways of contacting the school.
:Old habits are hard to break: A press release from Mayor James Fiorentini’s office about the outdoor skating rink built by the city at Riverside Park said the park is next to “Haverhill Stadium.’’ It’s a decades-old habit that is hard for Haverhill people to break. For about a year, the stadium has actually had the name “Trinity Stadium’’ because Trinity EMS ambulance company paid for the naming rights. In a followup release, the mayor’s office did reference “Trinity Stadium.’’
:Safety first: Speaking of outdoor skating, the Lamplighter joins safety officials in Haverhill in warning residents, especially children, to stay off lakes and ponds until their ice surfaces are deemed safe. The city built the outdoor rink next to the stadium to give people a safe place to skate because lakes and ponds had not frozen to a safe thickness as of last week.
:Turning the corner: The days are getting longer and the sun is setting later. The Lamplighter notes that although Dec. 21 (the winter solstice marking the start of winter) was the shortest day of the year, the sun set earliest in Haverhill on Dec. 6, when sunset was at 4:10 p.m. On Jan. 10, the sun sets at 4:30 p.m., a full 20 minutes later than a month earlier.
:Coming close: Derrick Brown and his fiancee came close to winning a dream wedding. With the young Haverhill couple living far apart — him working security at an Air Force base in Arizona and her still in Haverhill — Brown entered them in a contest for military couples, giving them a chance at a wedding they could not otherwise afford. If a video about them that he posted on YouTube received the top number of votes, they would win. They came in second, but still thank everyone who supported them.
Making her artistic mark: A young artist is making a name for herself at Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus. Graphic design student Kelly Goodwin of Newmarket, N.H., is the winner of the class of 2013 T-shirt design contest.
A worthwhile dozen: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce says its 12 Shopping Days of Christmas event that focused on 12 area businesses during the Christmas season was a success. People flocked to the featured businesses to enjoy refreshments — and hopefully find just the right gift for a special person. Word is other local businesses want to get involved next year.
Classic Christmas scene: During the Christmas season, the Lamplighter watched a family taking advantage of a nativity scene in front of All Saints Church. The scene — nearly life sized and showing Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus in a stable — became the backdrop for a photo session. Family members posed in front of it, while others took pictures. Wonder if they used the images for family Christmas cards?