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March 7, 2013

The Lamp Post

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — :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.

Putting on the brakes: It’s a shame that the Haverhill Train Show scheduled for March 10 at Haverhill High School has been cancelled due to a lack of volunteers. The event has been held every two years since 1983 as a fundraiser for the high school band. This year’s show would have been the 16th. The show featured model trains of various shapes and sizes.

A packed political house: It was all hands on deck for the city’s legislative delegation to the Statehouse, as all members attended Mayor James Fiorentini’s State of the City address last week. Joining the event were Rep. Brian Dempsey, Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Rep. Lenny Mirra and Rep. Linda Dean Campbell. Also attending were aides to the city’s two members of Congress.

On the move: Kimberly MacInnis of Haverhill, an interior designer, recently relocated her store, Re-Fab Finds & Designs, from lower Emerson Street to a larger space at 29 Washington St. next to Toma’s Restaurant and Haverhill TV & Appliance. MacInnis opened her shop on Emerson Street in 2011.

Staying put: A long-time business that could have moved has decided to remain in the Monument Square Plaza. Edible Arrangements, which has been a tenant at the plaza for five years, signed a long-term lease agreement, keeping its 1,795-square-foot store space. Edible arrangements produces creative fruit baskets and similar items.