Thanks for the thanks: The Lamplighter wants to thank the local Boys & Girls Club for presenting the Gazette with a plaque to acknowledge the newspaper’s coverage of club activities during the last year. The honor came at last week’s club awards banquet, with reporter Mike LaBella receiving the plaque. But in truth, no thanks were needed. The club has made plenty of news in recent months, from expanding the role of girls there to adding programs and facilities to the club’s building at the edge of downtown.
:High hopes: Word that the mayor and his staff were bringing local property owners and developers together for a conference last week had observers chatting about hopes that something will happen on several high-profile properties along the Merrimack River. They include the site of an old factory on the Bradford side of the river next to the roller-skating rink and the former gas station next to the Comeau Bridge. Then, there are two properties which have been vacant for decades — the old Taylor Goodwin lumberyard and, of course, the Woolworth building. These are prime spots along the river as city leaders urge the development of waterfront property.
:City native making his mark: Benjamin Powell, originally from Haverhill, has become a big player at Texas Tech University. He is heading a Free Market Institute there, designed to focus on the benefits of free-market economics. Powell, a newspaper columnist and visiting professor at the Rawls College of Business, said $4 million to run the institute was donated by an anonymous West Texas cattle rancher. The rancher thinks more teaching and knowledge of free markets is needed, and that Texas Tech is a great place to get this started, Powell said.