An entry from a 1919 diary left by a local man speaks of nailing the doors shut to the Pines.

The Lamplighter speculates that the doors were being nailed shut to keep the public from going to the Pines, a picnic and amusement area in Groveland at the time of the 1918 flu pandemic, sometimes referred to as the "Spanish Flu."

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that pandemic was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide, with about 675,000 in the United States.


Do your consumer research

If you're looking to gain some insight into a product you're thinking of purchasing, why not check out Consumer Reports first?

If you have a public library card, you can access the magazine for free by using your library card number.

Visit and click on the link for "Information" then "Electronic Resources" then "Consumer Reports." Lots of other useful and interesting electronic resources are available to library card holders.


No shirts, no shoes, no service 

There's been lots of controversy in Haverhill when it comes to whether customers at local Market Baskets have to wear face coverings when shopping.

Supermarket patrons have long been required to wear footwear and tops, even during the summer. As the old saying goes, "no shirts, no shoes, no service." Add to that "no mask, no service.''


To protect and to serve

Thank you to Chief Alan DeNaro and the Police Department for continuing to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As DeNaro said this week, "We're not a police force, we're a police service." The Lamplighter hopes you stay well, officers.


Ever heard of home brew?

The traffic congestion on Route 125 due to people getting their daily java jolt at Starbucks has forced the coffee shop to hire a Haverhill police officer.

The Lamplighter understands that particular Starbucks is the only coffee shop of its kind open for miles, but can't help but wonder what's in those magic roasted beans that keeps customers waiting for 30 minutes or more. Here's hoping patrons tip the drive-thru staff well for their efforts.


Wildcats not forgotten

Kudos to the 35 teachersadministrators, school maintenance workers and Booster Club members from Whittier Tech who dropped off lawn signs to Class of 2020 members last week to let them know they're still remembered by the school community, even though they won't have a traditional graduation.

The tech called off its graduation ceremony due to COVID-19, but plans to hold a virtual ceremony later this month and an in-person social event in November, if social distancing rules have been eased.


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