The Lamplighter discovered a 1952 edition of the Haverhill Gazette's Lamp Post column, which noted a young Finnish minister had attended a local Lions Club meeting, where he remarked, "I have found Americans like to criticize each other very much, but they don't like criticism from other countries."

The minister also said American teenagers have "too much freedom." It seems as though things haven't changed much since then.


Call him the Commish

Haverhill Conservation Commission Vice Chair and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission Chair Ralph Basiliere has picked up his third commissionership.

Since being appointed by Mayor James Fiorentini to the conservation group 2 1/2 years ago, Basiliere was again called-up to lead the city's efforts at Mill Brook Park where the Vietnam Memorial has been built. Now, state Sen. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, has tapped Basiliere for the newly formed Merrimack River District Commission. Basiliere has earned a reputation for ethical leadership, effectiveness, and coalition building.



City Councilor John Michitson tested Mayor James Fiorentini's patience at last week's council meeting.

During a conversation about management of city buildings, Michitson called the mayor's latest maintenance plan "worthless." Why? Michitson felt a study isn't necessary to determine if and when a facilities director should be hired -- he just wants that person hired, already.


Who, me?

Political tensions are alive and well at Haverhill City Council meetings.

At the Jan. 28 meeting, Councilor Joseph Bevilacqua was gaveled out of order by Council President Melinda Barrett after he accused the council of "misrepresenting the facts." It was clear Councilor Bill Macek took offense to that idea, sniping back at Bevilacqua, "You do!"


New officers elected

The city's Cultural Council recently elected officers for the new year.

They are: Nate Webster, chair; Maura Turner, treasurer; Marissa Ostrovitz, secretary; and Tita Antonopoulos, public relations. 


The group also bid adieu to outgoing chair Alison Colby-Campbell. She was honored by the appearance of state Rep. Andy Vargas, D-Haverhill, who gave her a commendation from the House of Representatives. Colby-Campbell also received a commendation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


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