Near disaster: The city’s annual leaf collection last week nearly turned disastrous when snow and sleet covered the many paper bags left in front of homes by residents. But to their credit, city workers were able to pick up the bags without spilling much and transport them to the Highway Department yard on Primrose Street.
A grand entrance: The countless children who waited until the end of the annual downtown Christmas Stroll on Saturday were far from disappointed. As 8 p.m. approached, a fire truck with lights flashing crept down Washington Street toward the square, where the city’s Christmas tree stands — and getting out of the truck were Santa and Mrs. Claus. The crowd cheered repeatedly before the North Pole couple led families in a holiday sing-along.
Spotlighting one of our own: Did you notice who was on national TV playing basketball last weekend? Noah Vonleh of Haverhill, wearing number 1, was playing in the big time for Indiana University. The former Haverhill High player is a forward and is regarded as one of the top college freshman players in the nation.
Looking for a holiday stocking stuffer? You won’t go wrong with a stop at The Friends Shop, located by the lobby at the public library. Hot off the presses is the 2014 calendar filled with vintage photographs of the city. The calendar has turned into a collector’s item of sorts over the past 27 years, resulting in some 15,000 images featuring all aspects of Haverhill’s past. While there, you might want to pick up another grab item or something a bit more elaborate for that friend or relative. There’s much to choose from with all proceeds going toward library services.
Jam packed: Everyone knows it’s one of the city’s most popular nightspots, but the Lamplighter was surprised to see the parking lot outside Archie’s Little River Ale House packed early on a recent Wednesday evening. It turned out that most of the cars were for families at a children’s dance studio on an upper floor of the building. But the lot is jam packed most weekend nights due to the popularity of Archie’s with nighttime revelers.
Lighting up the holiday nights: There are some great holiday scenes outside Haverhill homes this year, but one of the best has to be on Groveland Street near Boardman Street. There are also some great displays along East Broadway as you approach Rocks Village. And right in town, did you catch the huge Christmas tree image in lights on the tall building across from the Greek church?
Speaking of nice images: Everyone agrees it’s a shame that the Woolworth building at the eastern gateway to downtown continues to be vacant, but have you noticed the images on the side of the building that is next to the Basiliere Bridge? They appear to be artistic, almost photographic scenes of classic images from the city’s landscape.