It doesn't look good when two big downtown clocks, only a few feet apart, one analog and the other digital, tell different times. They are on Merrimack Street. The analog one doesn't work at all, which makes the situation even worse-looking and creates a bad impression.

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Members of the Trails Committee are preparing for a heavy-duty program of trails clearing. The ice storms this winter took down tons of branches, and even some trees, so the committee folks and other volunteers are planning several sessions of work.

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Some Haverhill natives are waiting to collect $20,000 they won on the Family Feud television program. State Trooper Daniel Fitzgerald and his four sisters taped the show last November but it did not air until a few days ago. They must still wait six more weeks to collect. They are the children of Robert and Marlene Fitzgerald. The show paid for their transportation and housing in Los Angeles and Marlene reports they had a great time, but not enough free time to look up Tom Bergeron.

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Each year, the Exchange Club has a St. Patrick's Day breakfast, with a special guest, a 6-foot green rabbit they named Patrick O'Hare. They just learned there is a real neighbor with that name. He is Padraic (Irish spelling) O'Hare, and he is director of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College. (Might be a good guest for next year.)

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Word is the trials in the cases of James and Kevin Flaherty, for alleged misdeeds at the Haverhill Public Works Department, will be starting May 18.

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Signals Over Department: City Hall's Linda Pooler, of Community Development, posted a notice last week she would not be in the office for a while because of a medical situation. Now she has had to retreat from the notice, and says she will be at her desk for some time before the work can be rescheduled.

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Residents of the Hilldale Avenue area are wondering about plans for a 52-acre plot being advertised for sale in the outer section of the busy road.

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Colorful signs are appearing at two churches opposite each other on Main Street at Monument Square. Brookridge Community Church has taken over the former First Congregational Church on the western side and First Baptist remains on the eastern side. (This church has been posting enigmatic and thought-provoking messages on its bulletin board for some time.) Now both are advertising their activities with new signs and symbols.

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Judging from the speed with which ice disappeared from lakes and ponds, those fishermen on Plug Pond late last week might have been within a day of falling through the ice.

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Nothing is quite as ugly as the piles of snow that remain as the melting goes on. Dirt and debris cover the once-big mounds at parking lots and intersections. Is anyone keeping track of the disappearance of the last patch of dirty ice?

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Haverhill's newest hill has recently made itself noticeable as material keeps piling up at the longtime dump/landfill off Groveland Road. The hill is increasingly visible from the opposite side of the Merrimack River. (Some people call the Ward Hill landfill Mount Ricci, after Jim, who started it. Any nominations for the name of the new hill?)

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