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February 15, 2012

The Lamp Post

The Lamplighter has tremendous respect for what officials deal with in high school basketball games. Some parents give the referees unneeded flak when they are officiating games. The refs deserve a mention and should be thanked for their hard work in what can be a difficult part-time job.

Attention should be paid to the Whittier Regional High boys basketball team. They have a chance to really do something special this year, as the tournament comes near.

Sadly, Jeff Fraza passed away this week, and while he was most known for his boxing, he dabbled in another sport as well. Fraza was not only a champion in the boxing ring, but when he was a teenager he was a local soap box derby champion. He won the first sanctioned soap box derby race sponsored by the Pentucket Kiwanis Club. The race was held on Bailey Boulevard during KidsFEST and went on to become an annual event for the club. According to race director Brian D'Ambrosio, Fraza won in a race car sponsored by Hooker-Howe, a costume company that operated in Bradford. Fraza went on to compete in the annual All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, and was accompanied on the trip by David Lowes, who along with his wife Dianna Lowes operated Hooker-Howe.

When walking around downtown Haverhill, the Lamplighter couldn't help but notice that the majority of trash on the ground came from local fast food establishments. Who knew there was a correlation between unhealthy eating and being a litterbug?

The Lamplighter is looking forward to baseball season, and is excited to see what new Haverhill High baseball coach Chip Forrest will bring to the program. He has quite a resume, so the hope is that Haverhill will be bringing another quality coach into their athletic program.

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