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July 25, 2013

The Lamp Post


Worth the walk: It’s a good thing the Plug Pond beach is open — and that it’s located so close to the inner city. In the last couple of weeks, especially during the recent heat wave, the Lamplighter has noticed lots of young people carrying beach towels and walking on Mill Street toward the pond. The walk isn’t bad from the Highlands neighborhood and even from the lower Acre.

Brighter crossings: If you think crosswalks across the city look a little brighter, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Workers have been repainting the crossings in a striped format that stands out because of the design and fresh white paint. One of the crossings in particular, near the park at the western edge of Plug Pond, really stands out as you drive by it.

New faces among us: The Lamplighter has noticed some new faces in neighborhoods across the city lately, and perhaps you have too. It’s a summertime phenomenon — the post office sending out replacement letter carriers to cover for the regulars when they go on vacation. Some of them faced a tough breaking-in period recently with the heat wave.

They’ll always take the help: Volunteers have made their mark at Winnekenni Castle, where flowers are blooming thanks to people who gave their time to put plants there. For those who have more time to give, Elaine Barker of the Brightside organization has a suggestion: “If at any time you are going by the castle and would have a few minutes to pull up a few weeds among the flowers - the board would greatly appreciate it,’’ she wrote in an email to residents.

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