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November 14, 2013

The Lamp Post

It takes one to know one: When first-time candidate Melinda Barrett had a strong showing in last week’s election, finishing third in the City Council race, former Mayor John Guerin had an interesting observation. “I told her there must be something about working on a food counter on Merrimack Street,’’ said Guerin, who was a butcher at the downtown Haverhill Beef company when he was elected. Barrett runs a successful deli just a few doors away from Haverhill Beef.

From summer beauty to fall mess: All the leaves falling from trees in places like Linwood Cemetery are creating a challenge for workers there. People rave about the variety of trees in that burial ground and how attractive it is, but the trees translate to a big mess when the leaves fall. Meanwhile, workers in places like St. James Cemetery don’t have it nearly as bad. That’s because there are far fewer trees there — an old-fashioned Catholic cemetery.

Getting a glimpse? With the leaves falling, perhaps people passing by Winnekenni Park on Route 110 will be able to get a peek through the trees at the historic castle on the hill. Years ago, city workers would prune the trees so Winnekenni Castle was visible from the road. There were even spotlights shining on the castle so it could be seen at night. The Lamplighter wonders if the city’s plan to spot-cut trees from woodland areas like Winnekenni Park means the castle will eventually be visible from the road again.

Getting the message across: The city’s roadside electronic signs have been getting lots of use this fall, with school back in session and the city election occupying much of residents’ attention last week. The signs are sometimes placed at roadside near schools to remind drivers to slow down for children’s safety. Last week, one of the signs was along main street at busy Walnut Square. Its message reminded residents to vote on Tuesday.

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