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A coincidence?

As a hearse drove away from All Saints Church on Monday, Sept. 25, following a funeral Mass for a local woman, the church bells rang as a message of farewell. At the same time one of the artists who was painting a large mural on a retainer wall along Broadway near the church, as part of the Five Walls project, happened to be painting his abstract version of a bell as part of his visual history of Haverhill. A coincidence?

No pie for you!

Her apple pie was deemed the best at last year’s Topsfield Fair, but this year HC Media’s Lindsay Paris is banned from entering the contest again. Apparently, as the winner of last year’s annual apple pie contest she must wait three years before entering again. Paris, who is busier than an owl at a mouse convention, says she didn’t have time this year but plans to enter the Deerfield Fair’s apple pie contest next year. Check out her award-winning apple pie recipe at tinyurl.com/yrj2enpd.

Traffic nightmares

Prior to the pandemic, the T-Stop North Billerica Commuter Rail stop parking lot was jam packed every day. Now, the place seems empty. It appears that no one is taking the train and instead everyone is back driving. Could it be the reason why Route 128 south between Burlington and Waltham seems to have miles-long backups every weekday morning? The ride has become a nightmare and has added about a half hour to the commute.

Traffic sore spots

What is happening on Interstate 495 south that is causing so many morning backups that start at the Route 28 exit and stretch beyond the I-93 overpass and south to Lowell? The traffic comes to a crawl almost every morning.

Alliance to the rescue

During last week’s recount of votes cast in the Sept. 12 preliminary election in Haverhill, one of the volunteer observers realized she had forgotten to bring her reading glasses. One of the people in attendance suggested she dip into the Lion’s Club donation box of eyeglasses that was in the lobby of the Citizens Center. The observer found what she needed.

One clean city

Members of Beyond Walls, a Lynn-based nonprofit that recently brought five international mural artists to the city to create giant murals, gathered with locals at a downtown restaurant where they mentioned Haverhill was one of the cleanest gateway cities they’ve ever seen in their seven years in operation. They noted a minimum of graffiti and a clean downtown with help from Team Haverhill’s initiatives in conjunction with the Department of Public Works.

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