hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

April 24, 2014

The Lamp Post

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Have you noticed the high level of the Merrimack River this spring?

It’s so high that it makes you wonder what would happen if we had some stretches of heavy rain like in 2006. How could forget the Mother’s Day flood of that year and Haverhill’s good fortune to have the flood wall along the downtown.

Were it not for that wall, built after the huge flood of 1936, much of downtown would have been damaged.

Spring cleaning underway — thankfully

When you’re driving along the highway, you can’t help but notice those yellow trash bags just off the shoulder of the road.

In various spots along I-495, crews have been picking up debris leftover from the winter and putting the trash in those yellow bags.

Typically, the work is done by minimum security inmates from local jails.

Speaking of cleanups ...

The city’s big annual spring cleaning will be Saturday morning.

If you want to pitch in, the event starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., where volunteers will organize and then fan out across the city.

Their targets are everything from neighborhood parks to the side of roads where debris was left hiding under the winter snow before the spring melt.

Organizers and city officials are welcoming everyone to lend a hand and help during the event — the biggest cleanup of the year.

Raise your mugs for a toast

After seven years as head brewer, Jon Curtis is ending his time at The Tap Brewing Company in downtown Haverhill.

His passion and dedication to the art and science of brewing has resulted in a wide variety of beers that span nearly every style. His focus on technical and traditional brewing has also earned him awards and accolades at the highest level. Here’s to Jon and his new adventures.