Haverhill folks are busy in the school administration business. Latest move was by Kevin Lyons, who became one of the top two for a superintendent post in Hudson. He is currently top man in Newburyport, after serving in Haverhill.

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If you listened closely to the proceedings at the annual St. Patrick's party in South Boston, you may have heard Gov. Deval Patrick mention Haverhill trains and bridges in the song he prepared for the breakfast, a traditional roasting occasion. Our own Sen. Steven Baddour, transportation chairman, heard the governor aim his humor and darts at the transportation problems, including our own.

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The melting of snow and ice at the sides of roads reveals how many thousands of cigarette butts and pieces of gum are disposed of at random.

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Talk about ethnic diversity: Mayoral candidate John Michitson is of Greek descent, but when he had a campaign bash last Saturday, he held it in a place called Kelley's, in Bradford, and had an Irish band with a Jewish leader.

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The helicopter pad at the Merrimack Valley Hospital, a gift to the city from the Kiwanis Club more than 10 years ago, continues to get regular use. It was utilized twice last weekend for fast transportation of patients to Boston hospitals.

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More diversity: When the Italian Serenaders were rehearsing at Mission Towers last week, everything they did was either in Italian or had an Italian angle — except for one song. They sang "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," dedicated to an Irishman in the front row of the resident audience.

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Students at Haverhill High have their food shop at City Hall and bookstore in Railroad Square, while those at Whittier have a popular restaurant, a full-service bank and an active store. All have adult supervisors, but the students certainly do most of the work as part of their training and education.

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In answer to a question sent to The Gazette by a Thanks for the Memories contributor, retired teacher Barbara McNamara is not the daughter of former postmaster Raymond V. McNamara. She is his niece.

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Reports from Riverside say the area around the Stadium is ready for a complete cleaning job now that the snow has gone and exposed much trash left by lazy or careless users. However, the Lamplighter hears, the walking paths are quite clean and even attractive.

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Newburyport restorers are sprucing up their historic powder house, but theirs is much more in public view than Haverhill's. Ours is in a quiet and low-traffic neighborhood in Riverside where not many see it.

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