If you're driving near downtown and wondering what those purple ribbons tied to street light poles are, here's a hint: They're meant to draw attention to an annual event that's been happening for more than two decades at Northern Essex Community College.

The Relay for Life's 25th anniversary will be June 7. The event raises money for the fight against cancer.

The relay features teams whose members take turns walking around the track, keeping the walking going for 24 consecutive hours.

The event also honors cancer survivors who visit the track to walk a "victory lap.''


A welcome addition

The city's business community has a new member that is gaining popularity in Bradford.

Three sisters who are all Haverhill natives recently opened a breakfast cafe they aptly named "Sisters Cafe." The business is located in Academy Plaza in Bradford.

Laurie Erickson of Londonderry and her sisters Kim Walsh and Lisa Wadsworth, both of Haverhill, renovated and redecorated the former Breakfast Cafe to create a cozy and bright atmosphere.

Kim and Lisa have lots of experience in waitressing, including at the former Al's Diner on Primrose Street, while Laurie is a pastry chef at Finesse Pastries, which her daughter Chelsey Erickson operates in Somerville and Boston. Their head chef is Kim's husband, Rick Walsh, who leads a staff of two cooks. They have other staff as well.

The business seats around 50 people and, in addition to standard breakfast items, the menu includes pastries made daily at Finesse, including coffee cake and an assortment of scones, turnovers, muffins, cookies and other pastries.


"We've always wanted to work together and we're enjoying it," Laurie said.


Finally — a smooth ride

The stretch of Mill Street that goes past the entrance to Plug Pond is finally losing its potholes.

The street is being repaved from the top of hill just north of the pond entrance to the intersection with Boardman Street.

Late last week, work crews were stripping off the old pavement in preparation for the new surface. When the old pavement was removed, structures such as manhole covers protruded from the road. That caused crews to put up signs warning drivers about the "raised structures.''

The new surface is a welcome change for drivers who have been dealing with the nuisance of recurring potholes in the area, which includes the city's new memorial to locals who served in the Vietnam War.




Another 'metal special'

Dale Rogers it at it again.

Rogers, the well-known local metal artist, recently partnered with the Children's Museum of New Hampshire and the City of Dover, New Hampshire, to create a large Whale Tail sculpture for the roof of Dover's indoor pool.

The tail was to be lifted, by a crane, onto the roof of the pool building on June 5.



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