A great showing: The city’s annual Bloomfest event, held by Haverhill’s Brightside organization, was Saturday, and many people pitched in to make it a success. The event, where flowers are planted in anticipation of the spring blooming season, was at the 110 Merrimack River Park. The sun was shining on everyone, as they munched on doughnuts, corn bread made by park volunteer Dick LeBlond, and enjoyed coffee, cider and juice. Nearly 100 people showed up to help, and many are receiving Brightside STAR awards for their efforts. They include students from Ocasio’s True Martial Arts, students from the Haverhill High field hockey team, Darlene Miller and her group from Bradford, Peter Boisselle and the Community Service group, Larry Olasky, Tom Sullivan, Mayor Fiorentini’s secretary, Bill Rogers, LeBlond, Sharon Parker, Christine Hardiman, park neighbors and friends.
A Halloween hit: Matt Obert, 16, wrote in to tell the newspaper about the pride he and his family take in decorating their Haverhill home for Halloween, and indeed it was a hit with trick-or-treaters last week (on Saturday, when the city allowed door-to-door candy collections). “What started out as just a little bit more ... than just orange lights has turned into frightening tunnels and our street swarmed with people,’’ Matt wrote about the evolution of his Halloween home during the last five years. He was right. Congrats to him and his family for a great job.
The dangerous side of trick-or-treating: The Lamplighter couldn’t help but notice that while most drivers slowed down and were and careful when going through neighborhoods during trick-or-treating, others failed to slow to a safe speed. Trick-or-treating started at 5 p.m. Saturday, but went to 7 p.m., with much of it in the darkness. Luckily, parents watched their children closely and no one got hurt.
Upper crust: Two Haverhill women took first place in recent Topsfield Fair baking contests. Melanie Daly placed first in the Fleischmann’s Yeast baking contest. Entrants could submit their best recipe, as long as it used some kind of Fleischmann’s Yeast. Daily won $125 for her cinnamon roll recipe. Tina Starner came in first in the Fleischmann’s Yeast “Best Dessert Pizza” category created with a home-made crust using Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast or any other type of Fleischmann’s Yeast. She took second place in the King Arthur Flour No Yeast Coffee Cake competition, and placed third in the fair’s apple pie contest.
No escape: The state’s bridge work on I-495 seems endless. It is still continuing day and night on the highway, with cars often squeezed from three lanes down to one. If you approach one of the work sites, be sure to keep your windows closed or risk heavy dust from jackhammers blowing into the car.
Catching the eyes of passersby: The big metal dog statue at the edge of the highway near Ward Hill has a new sign next to it. At previous election times, some candidates put their signs there. Then it was a strawberry picking sign for a local farm, welcoming visitors to pick their own fruit. But as the seasons change, so too do the subjects of the signs. The latest display welcomes people to pick their own apples and pumpkins. The metal dog, by the way, was made by metal sculptor Dale Rogers, who is a member of the Rogers farming family.