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June 6, 2013

The Lamp Post

:Soaring high: There have been many eagle sightings locally along the Merrimack River recently, as resident Judine Raymond points out to the Lamplighter. Raymond, a loyal Gazette reader and frequent responder to the newspaper’s “Thanks for the Memories’’ photo segment, called to say many of the birds have been spotted in Bradford recently. Eagles made a comeback along the river several years ago — evidence that efforts to clean up the Merrimack have been successful, according to experts.

A clean slate: Graffiti recently spray-painted on the walls of Trinity Stadium have been removed, keeping tomorrow’s Haverhill High graduation from being marred by the unsightly vandalism. School officials and city workers have been quick to jump on such problems at the stadium, either covering the graffiti or removing it right away.

Showing her brains for business: This woman has a nose for business — and the brains for it, too. Kim Dobbs of Haverhill is the winner of this year’s Northern Essex Community College Business Plan Competition. She won for her plan for an inn in York Beach, Maine, called The Morningside. Dobbs was laid off from a previous job and is now managing The Morningside, which she is leasing to own. But that’s not all. She also designs and makes jewelry, which she sells.

Money talk: There was plenty of chatter last week about teenagers and how they handle money, but it was not their parents talking. State Treasurer Steve Grossman stopped into Haverhill High School to preach about his program that provided grant money to the school for a class about handling cash, check books and credit cards. Grossman joined Mayor James Fiorentini and School Superintendent James Scully in a discussion of the program. It is designed to teach students real-life lessons of handling money as they prepare to enter the workforce or go to college. Haverhill was one of 10 communities and school districts statewide to get a grant for the course.

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