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November 22, 2012

The Lamp Post

If you were looking for Haverhill’s newest city councilor, Tom Sullivan, marching with his colleagues at the annual VFW Santa Parade on Sunday, you missed him. Sullivan, who is also the vice chairman of the Parade Committee, will continue in his role of directing the various units out of their respective gates at the beginning of the parade route, along with Parade Chairman Roland Plourde. Sullivan and Plourde have been performing this duty since 1985.

Speaking of the parade, the LL Bean Bootmobile was in Sunday’s event. Locals who travel Amtrak’s Downeaster say it’s no surprise the Bootmobile came to the Queen Slipper City. The Downeaster not only set new ridership records this year — it also recently expanded service from Portland to Freeport, Maine, home to L.L. Bean’s flagship store. Now riders can catch the Downeaster in Haverhill and travel to Freeport and even as far north as Brunswick, Maine.

Those shots you might have heard being fired Friday in the area of Salem Street in Bradford were friendly, honorable fire. They came from Friday’s military funeral for Clinton Perry at Elmwood Cemetery. He was a retired veteran and a POW, and his funeral featured full military honors, bringing great pride to this family. It seemed fitting that the honor also came not long after Veterans Day.

The Lamplighter was in the middle of what nearly became a chaotic situation on the highway one day last week. Traffic was slowing on Interstate 495 south near the Ward Hill Business Park because one lane was closed due to paving. At the same time, several trucks and trailers displaying “oversized load’’ signs and carrying pieces of a building approached the traffic jam from the rear. The trucks were escorted by several state police cruisers with flashing lights, whose trooper drivers used their sirens to order traffic ahead of the trucks to pull over, nearly causing a couple of fender benders. Thankfully, everyone made it through the incident unscathed — no thanks to the troopers whose rush made the situation far worse than it would have been.

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