:Cemetery conditions disturb veteran: Pat Richardson, now of Hernando, Florida, was visiting family in Haverhill recently and when he took a walk through the Hilldale Cemetery he was disgusted by the deplorable conditions there, particularly the flag. So Richardson dropped by the VFW Lorraine Post 29 on Kenoza Avenue and they gave him a new flag. A 28-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Richardson said he used to walk through the cemetery when he lived in the area. Members of the VFW told him they tried to get the lock removed from the entrance so they could clean the area up and mow the grass, but to no avail. They said the only access they have is through the small city cemetery next to Hilldale Cemetery.
:A $6,000 boost: The recent 12 annual Haverhill Historical Society Scavenger Hunt raised more than $6,000. More than 400 individuals have participated in this event over the 12 years, raising more than $40,000 in that time for the Buttonwoods Museum’s operating expenses. Local artist Mark Hayden painted The Basiliere Bridge at Night on a one-foot square canvas, and donated it to the auction. Donna Carbone was the buyer for $600. Many people who were unable to participate or who helped out that night also made donations. You can still checks payable to The Haverhill Historical Society, 48 Colby St., Haverhill, MA 01835.
:Preserving history: The most difficult stop to find during this year’s Historical Society Scavenger Hunt was stop No.1, the East Parish Meeting House on Middle Road. Participants were most impressed by historic Meeting House, as none of them had been inside it before. The building is undergoing a restoration project and donations can be sent in care of: Connie Merrick, 120 Middle Road, Haverhill, MA 01830. Your name will be entered into a raffle to be drawn Dec. 18.
Tall and glowing: The city’s 40-foot tall Christmas tree in downtown Washington Square was recently decorated with 10,000 LED lights donated by Home Depot in Plaistow. Members of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Downtown Haverhill Committee, which organized the recent Christmas Stroll, said the number of lights is more than double the number of standard miniature lights used last year.