Have you noticed the giant concrete sections of pipe standing upright near the Rite Aid in Bradford Square recently? Officials with MassDOT say they are manholes, and that those large holes on the sides of the giant concrete pieces are where large pipes running from catch basins will be connected for a new storm drain system. The state is installing the system as part of the South Main Street road reconstruction project.
The Lamplighter attempted to get a fishing license at City Hall as the weather turned nice and was told that licenses are not available for purchase there anymore. Licenses must be purchased online or at a license vendor location. The closest location is the Wal-Mart on Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen.
State Trooper Anthony Alestock, a Haverhill resident assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley's office, was honored by the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance for his work investigating the sexual assault of a homeless woman earlier this year. Alestock was instrumental in locating the woman, getting her medical treatment and identifying her assailant.
It is clear that local businesses are cracking down on underage drinking. The Tap on Washington Street asked for the Lamplighter's identification several times on Friday evening to assure that he was of legal drinking age.
The Lamplighter mourns the death of legendary columnist Barney Gallagher. He was a major contributor to this newspaper and this column in particular. He will be missed dearly by everyone who has ever been associated with the Haverhill Gazette.