A program of the 100th anniversary meeting of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce in 1989 was recently dropped off at the Lamplighter's desk. At that event, Timothy Schiavoni was chairman of the Chamber. Interestingly, his name has been mentioned recently as a possible successor to Sally Cerasuolo-O'Rorke as Chamber president. Her resignation takes effect in June, as she runs for mayor.

Weird noises department: Sunday evening a loud explosion was heard near the 12th Avenue playground, but fire and police searchers found no explanation, and National Grid was even called in to check around the neighborhood. (It was the second such noise in three days.) A short time later, an unusual noise in another part of the city was checked by police, and the investigating officer said his best guess was that it came from a fisher, a vicious little animal.

Relative to police and animals, an officer was sent over the weekend to "rescue a woman from a 'ferocious' chipmunk."

As happens each Easter, crowds at churches were much bigger than usual on Sunday. At All Saints, every legal parking space for quite a distance was filled at the 8 a.m. Mass, and cars were parked in some definitely illegal places where Broadway, Bellevue Avenue and Blaisdell Street meet.

As predicted by the Lamplighter, an interview with Tom Bergeron appears in the new issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine, with his informal portrait on the cover.

As a result of the work on the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Greenleaf Whittier, there will soon be another walking trail in the city. Conservation Officer Mark Sheehan is working with the Whittier Committee on the details.

In answer to an inquiry about activity on Crystal Street, near the old rock crusher, that same Mark Sheehan says owners have received permits to clean the area, including old tanks, but have not yet applied for any construction permits. Concern for the quality of Crystal Lake water, as part of the city's drinking system, was expressed by a caller.

Quite a baseball scene for the Kiwanis Club on the day of the first Red Sox home game. Larry Dudley led the group in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," Ed Madden recited "Casey at the Bat" and John Stevens was the hawker, apron and all, selling Cracker Jacks.

Knives, including the kitchen variety, are the weapons of choice for holdup hoods in their robberies of Haverhill stores recently.

Quite a sight in Lafayette Square last week when Councilor Dave Hall returned to his former role as a police officer. He stopped traffic so Rep. Harriett Stanley could cross the square safely, amid the traffic Hall has been complaining about. Sen. Steve Baddour made it across safely on his own, coffee and all.

In better hands? Assistant Highway Department Director Steven Wersoski has been moved up to acting director now that James Flaherty has retired. The mayor said he has been happy with Wersoski's job performance since he started running the department on Jan. 30 | the day Flaherty was placed on paid leave pending an investigation of the department by Attorney General Martha Coakley. The mayor is advertising for a permanent director.

Soon after his work to elect Deval Patrick governor was over, City Solicitor Bill Cox got involved in yet another campaign, that of Niki Tsongas, Democrat for Congress. She began making the rounds in Haverhill to start off her campaign, talking fondly of her "Haverhill connection," as her late husband, Senator Paul Tsongas, was the nephew of several longtime Haverhill residents. Several Haverhill residents hosted an open house for her on April 9. (She got a big assist from Haverhill police at the Marty Meehan St. Patrick's Day party in this city.)

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women selected Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce President Sally Cerasuolo-O'Rorke as Haverhill's Unsung Heroine of 2007. She was chosen for her work on various volunteer boards and committees and other initiatives she has worked on outside of her roles as chamber president and owner of Gold Leaf Fine Jewelry, Ltd. She will be honored at the Statehouse on May 16.

Aaron Gruen, an expert on downtown revitalization from Chicago, has been hired for $50,000 by the mayor to create a master plan to make the downtown flourish. The money comes from private donations | some of the money is from developers building condos downtown.

The Haverhill YMCA has a woman at the helm for the first time in history. Her name is Tracy Fuller. She is from Londonderry, N.H., and her goal is to expand programs.

It will be a big deal in Lowell: Press releases have already started coming from the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitor's Bureau promoting the Firefighters' Combat Challenge, which will be held this year in Lowell on June 23 and 24. Included in the weekend-long event are a kids' challenge, a parade of new and antique fire apparatus from across New England, a historical exhibit on firefighting in Lowell, as well as a motorcycle rally and a variety of safety demonstrations.

If you're wondering why you see state police Major Robert Laprel around town so much, it's because the veteran law enforcement officer retired after 32 years of service. Insiders say he is getting itchy at home and is contemplating finding another job. (He is only 56 years old.)

The yard crew was hard at work doing spring cleaning outside Sacred Hearts Church last Wednesday morning. After much raking and bagging, the church yard was a beautiful sight for Easter Sunday, but some of the fruits of their labor were not so obvious under the snow.

The annual Rotary auction is Wednesday and Thursday next week and donations of auction items are due ASAP to Pam Carr in City Hall. For information, call 978 374-2371.

If you are looking to have your team's scores posted on The Eagle-Tribune Web site, it's as easy as calling 888-411-3245, toll free.

When George Winfield passed away last week, his fellow Rotarians changed their regular meeting time so service club members could pay their respects and attend the funeral.

Last Friday on National Walk to Work Day, Mayor James Fiorentini welcomed all city employees who walked to work with fresh fruit, a pedometer and an information table about Weight Watchers, local gyms and the Blue Cross Blue Shield fitness benefit for all employees. It's been reported that walking for 30 to 60 minutes a day reduces health risks from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer.

The city's four mayoral candidates are stepping up appearances in hopes of garnering votes. James A. Rurak is holding coffee hours, Sally Cerasuolo-O'Rorke opened her new headquarters at 38 Washington St., incumbent James J. Fiorentini is visiting schools and Red Slavit is at Dunkin' Donuts most mornings greeting fellow customers.

Running for office, whether it's national, state or city politics, seems to start earlier every year. Keeping with that trend, the first "Sally for Mayor" bumper sticker was spotted on a vehicle parked downtown close to The Tap last Thursday.

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