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UFO sighting in Haverhill?

December 14th, 2010 by

Friend of the Feeve Bob Simonds passed on this hot tip via Twitter last week. Apparently word of Haverhill’s trendy restaurant district and reasonable home prices have spread to the outer reaches of the cosmos!

Of course there was no ACTUAL photo, so I Photoshopped this one.

On December 9th, an anonymous Haverhillian spotted a cluster of eerie lights hanging outĀ  in the night sky for nearly an hour over the Shoe City, and posted all the details on UFO Clearinghouse. The stargazer had just stepped out forĀ  his/her customary after dinner smoke and…

When I looked up, I noticed three blue/green lights almost in a vertical line. The middle light was slightly off to the right, creating a very thin triangle. They were oscillating as if to be twinkling stars. As I said, I know the normal stars I see every night, and these were not them. I also noticed three similar lights in a more pronounced triangle approximately 20-30 degrees to the left. They behaved the exact same way. They were not moving and did not appear to get closer or further away. I stood outside and watched them for about an hour before all 6 lights disappeared at the exact same time. They did not fade out or zoom off out of sight. They simply disappeared. As I said, I look to the sky every night to see if anything abnormal is there. This is the first time I have ever seen anything out of the ordinary. I’m very creeped out right now. To add to that, my TV signal just went out. Coincidence? Probably. Creepy given what I just saw? Absolutely.

So, what do you think? (other than the part about the television going out. Clearly that’s just Comcast as usual- doye!) Are you convinced “they’re out there,” or left wondering what was REALLY in that cigarette?

Personally, as much as I’d like to believe that aliens would make Haverhill their first stop, I’m skeptical. I have a hard enough time getting my earthling friends to come all the way out to the Merrimack Valley to visit me!

See that beautiful sunset? Blame Canada!

June 2nd, 2010 by

The second I woke up on Memorial Day and caught a whiff of wood smoke, I was sure I’d slept straight through til BBQ time. But, that smoldering scent that greeted us all was courtesy of our neighbors from the true north strong and free, as cool winds blowing down from northern Quebec carried the smoke of the multiple forest fires blazing up there. And regrettably, hot dogs are not really breakfast food.

One positive outcome of all this air pollution is the beautiful smoky sunset, captured in this series of photographs by our new friend Emil, egkg1 on Flickr:




I asked Emil how he managed to get such gorgeous shots, and he said:

I was pretty sure it was going to be a colorful sunset, so my wife and I set off to look for a good place, high up, that faces west. We tried the top of the hill on Washington St., but couldn’t find a clear shot. We settled on the Target parking lot, behind Regan Ford. Not too shabby…Know of any good spots with some altitude and a clear view?

I’ll let all you Haverhillians weigh in- where’s the best scenic vista in town? Personally, the Target parking lot is my go-to place for leaf peeping. Do you have a favorite spot for taking in the view?