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November 1, 2012

The Lamp Post

When the weather reports started coming in late last week, it was eerie — as in Halloween eerie. The storm “Sandy’’ was heading toward New England and threatening to hit Haverhill and the region almost exactly the same time as last year’s October storm, which forced the postponement of trick of treating in the city. This year’s annual door-to-door visits by young ghosts and goblins was scheduled for late Saturday afternoon. Finally, some good new came — the storm would not arrive until late Sunday or Monday, sparing the annual candy holiday.

It’s good to see the return of nighttime activities to the city’s sports scene. The Lamplighter has noticed lots of events for all ages under the lights — from practices to youth and Haverhill High football games. Usually, we hate to see the arrival of the cooler fall weather, but this year it was necessary for a lifting of the ban on outdoor activities due to the EEE threat. But when the first good frost hit our area, the way was cleared for outdoor nighttime events to resume.

The plan by school leaders to invite Haverhill High alum and TV celebrity Tom Bergeron to the school to speak with students about their futures, and how hard work turns to success, is a good one. Haverhill High graduating classes are full of people who could inspire students to have the confidence that they too can succeed in their fields. Other HHS alumni have returned to the school in recent years to encourage students. They include best-selling author Andre Dubus III and major league baseball player Carlos Pena.

Retired Haverhill middle school teacher Bob Comeau, a real favorite with his former students, is keeping busy these days, helping organizers of breakfasts and luncheons for World War II veterans from the region. He helps put on meals to bring together the vets and give them social occasions where they can share memories and simply have a good time — a thank you of sorts for their sacrifices during the war. Friends of the Lamplighter remember Comeau fondly from his days teaching at Whittier Middle School.

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