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May 16, 2013

The Lamp Post

:It was worth the wait — and hassle: The stretch of Interstate 495 north through Haverhill that the state has been working on for weeks is done now, paved over and smooth. The job was a nuisance for nighttime drivers, who often were delayed as they were forced into a single lane while workers did the job. But now drivers can be thankful for the smooth commute through the area.

What a view: If you’ve driven on Water Street lately, you’ve likely noticed the clearer view of the Merrimack River. City workers have been removing brush and thinning out tree branches on the stretch of road between the Buttonwoods Museum and Lincoln Avenue near Trinity Stadium. The effort has paid off, with a view of the waterway that is the best passersby have enjoyed in a long time.

Changing of the guard: First the school changed its name. Now it has a new leader. Northpoint Bible College, formerly known as Zion Bible College, has a new president. The college inaugurated its eighth president, Dr. J. David Arnett, this month. Outgoing president Dr. Charles Crabtree and his wife, the Rev. Ramona Crabtree, were honored at a farewell banquet last week. Crabtree’s five years of service included moving the school from Barrington, R.I., to Haverhill, changing the college’s name, expanding its programs and bringing significant growth in enrollment.

Call her Haverhill’s Pied Piper: If Elaine Barker isn’t Haverhill’s biggest cheerleader, the Lamplighter doesn’t know who is. Barker, leader of Haverhill’s Brightside volunteer organization, is always sending out emails encouraging people to attend civic events. Her latest mass invite involved rallying people to attend the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s annual KidsFEST celebration May 5. The event was a success, with thousands of people stopping downtown for entertainment, festival food, and children’s games and activities.

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