hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA


February 14, 2013

The Lamp Post


:More than trivial: When the Haverhill Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon Jan. 31 at the Haverhill Country Club, Rotarians purchased copies of the new Haverhill Trivia Book created by Haverhill High School teacher Phil Brown and his students. High school seniors Erin Doherty and Dan Burrows, members of the school’s Interact Club, which is sponsored by Rotary, went from table to table selling the books to an eager audience of buyers as a fundraiser for their club. Rotary President Frank Novak was the first to buy a copy, handing the students a crisp $10 bill.

:Fun for a cause: During the Rotary Club’s weekly luncheons at the Haverhill Country Club, one member must read a humorous story or pay a fee to have another member read it. During the Jan. 31 luncheon, Rotarian Paul Bertholdt was about to read a story titled “It’s Good to be a Man,” but deferred the honor to Greg DiBurro, saying he’d pay $5 for DiBurro to read it. DiBurro responded, saying he’d pay $5 for Bertholdt to read. They went back and forth until reaching a total of $30 for the club’s charity fund. In the end, Bertholdt, exasperated and laughing, said he might as well read the story as “this is going nowhere.” The story went like this: “A man has six items in his bathroom — a toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, a razor, a bar of soap and a towel stolen from the Holiday Inn, while the average number of items in a typical woman’s bathroom is 437. A man would not be able to identify most of these items.’’ Women members of the club seemed to appreciate the joke.

:A welcome (and safe) change: The Lamplighter is noticing drivers who enter Interstate 495 north from the ramp off Main Street (Route 125 south) are finally starting to honor a yield sign there. For the longest time, drivers would not slow down, despite the sign, and often caused dangerous situations. The Lamplighter wonders whether the lack of leaves on tree branches near the yield sign is making it more visible to drivers.

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