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March 7, 2013

The Lamp Post

:Politically frightened: “We scared them away.” That was City Councilor William Ryan’s response last week to a letter from the state advising Haverhill that trains carrying the dangerous fuel ethanol aren’t like to pass through Haverhill, as some councilors feared. Two weeks ago, city leaders said they were concerned about Global Petroleum Corporation’s plan to transport large amounts of the volatile and flammable gasoline additive through Haverhill and other communities in the region. But in a recent letter to the city, state transportation officials said the ethanol trains emanating from the midwest aren’t likely to pass through Haverhill on their way to the Global company’s facility in Revere. That’s despite the fact the Haverhill Line, which stretches between Boston and Haverhill, has been identified by the state as a possible route for the trains.

Congrats to local soldier: Army Pvt. Addison Clark has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, Clark studied the Army’s mission, history, tradition and core values. He also received physical fitness training and instruction in basic combat skills, military weapons and chemical warfare. Clark is the son of Michael Clark of Farrwood Drive, Bradford, and Carrie Keech of Dover, N.H.

Snow drifts away: It’s amazing that all the snow which fell during the Blizzard of 2013 is nearly gone. The Lamplighter can’t get over how the huge piles have shrunk. One pile likely to be around for a while, howwever, is the one behind the Highway Department garage on Primrose Street. That’s where city workers hauled truckload upon truckload of snow as they widened streets after the blizzard.

A great appetite — plus a sweet tooth.: The 60 first-graders who were served breakfast as part of the Exchange Club’s Green Eggs and Ham event last week had big appetites. They gobbled up eight dozen eggs and six pounds of ham — with many of the kids coming back for seconds and even thirds. Club members carrying on the tradition of marking the birthday of Dr. Seuss also served up a cake meant to feed 100 people, and the students ate it all up.

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