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March 20, 2013

The Lamp Post

:What a feed: What a great job the local Exchange Club did cooking breakfast for young students at Walnut Square Elementary School and entertaining them earlier this month. In particular, club member Tom Minichiello made the annual event a success. Each year, the club has the green eggs and ham breakfast to mark the birthday of Dr. Seuss and encourage young people to read. Organizers topped it off with a birthday cake for Dr. Seuss. The kids gobbled up the sweet dessert.

Don’t be confused: Organizers of the Inner-City Boxing organization want the public to know the new boxing gym planned for Locust Street by trainer Ray Hebert has nothing to do with the Inner-City boxing group. That group is still looking for a place to call home, after losing its former gym at the old St. Michael’s Church on High Street due to financial problems. The Inner-City group was formerly called the Haverhill Boxing Club. Although the group has no current home, it continues to exist and train young boxers — sometimes outdoors behind Haverhill High School.

Making strides: The new Groveland Bridge is really taking shape. During a recent trip over the old bridge into Groveland, the Lamplighter was surprised to see how much work has been accomplished. Wonder whether there will be delays this spring when sturgeon begin spawning in that area of the Merrimack River? A decade or so ago when the new Comeau Bridge was being built at the western end of downtown, workers had to halt construction during the spring due to the spawning. The sturgeon, a fish dating back to prehistoric times, swims up river to lay its eggs. Environmental laws ban disturbing the spawning grounds during that time.

Supporting their soldiers: A Haverhill family made a public display to honor its son who is in the military. They put up yellow ribbons on a stone post outside the Olive Garden restaurant, where one of the members works.

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