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January 17, 2013

The Lamp Post

:Sweet competition: Erin Erler of the city’s Cakes by Erin company made her second appearance on the Food Network on Sunday as a competitor in the cake competition show “Sugar Dome.” Kelly Mackin, co-owner of Cakes by Erin, said Erler did very well in this latest competition. Each week on Sugar Dome, three teams of cake designers, sugar artists and top specialty craftspeople battle it out in a series of challenges to create the a sugared showpiece worthy of $15,000 in winnings. On Sunday’s episode, “The 80s,” competitors created displays that captured that decade. Cakes by Erin, which specializes in custom cake designs, made a cake last summer for Adam Sandler and a few other celebrities, Mackin said.

Potholes here, potholes there ...: Potholes are showing up on city streets which had water main breaks earlier this month. The holes are in the area of gates or shutoffs that were opened up while repairs to the pipes were made. The holes need attention before they get worse and cause a tire blowout. And speaking of potholes, state crews were out in force last week at night on the Interstate 495 bridge over the Merrimack River — yet again. It has been a recurring situation on the bridge for months, as potholes continue to show up.

Remembering those childhood days: The death of TV celebrity Rex Trailer last week had locals remembering “Boomtown,’’ his old popular children’s show. Some even talked about being on the show as a child when it was in Greater Boston.

Dangerous practice: The Lamplighter learned that trash collection trucks have been driving on Merrimack, River and Washington streets in the early-morning hours, sometimes on the wrong side of the street. Instead of driving down one side and then turning around for a return trip on the other side, the trucks have been seen crossing from one side to the other while travelling in the same direction.

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