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January 30, 2014

The Lamplighter

Silver lining: Haverhill students might have been disappointed to wake up last Wednesday morning and see only an inch or two of snow on the ground. The forecast not only included a lot more snow, but also that school would be cancelled. Neither happened. The good news for students is that they won’t have to make up another lost day in June. With only two snow days so far, the last day of classes is currently set for June 16.

In, then out: The snowstorm, which began Tuesday afternoon, also impacted that night’s City Council meeting. Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien began the meeting by noting that Mayor James Fiorentini just declared a snow emergency in the city. “He said we have to be out of here by 8,” she told her colleagues.

Take cover: It was noted in this space last week that the mayor has once again been invited to fire the starting pistol at the seventh annual Frozen Shamrock 3-mile race Feb. 23. Organizer Dave LaBrode joked with councilors that this has been a bit of concern among local law enforcement types, but that since the mayor did it last year and no one got hurt, they asked him to do it again. Labrode also noted that more than 1,100 runners and at least another 1,000 spectators and supporters are expected for the event hosted by Archie’s Little River Ale House in Lafayette Square. “It’s not an official city event, but it’s a huge benefit to the city as it’s expected to draw more than 2,000 people to downtown Haverhill in the middle of winter,” Labrode told councilors, who approved the race last week.

Kudos athletes: School officials said Haverhill High School sponsors 29 sports and 47 teams each year. They said that during the 2012-2013 school year, participation in sports topped 1,000 students for the first time in six years, and that the level of participation continues this year.

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