: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?