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2008-07-29 12:00:49

By Bill Cantwell, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Jul. 29--HAVERHILL -- It's a $6 million question and one that impacts Haverhill's future -- from the size of its population to the services it can provide residents -- so voters should decide on it, City Councilor James Donahue said. He said the question of whether the city draws drinking water from the Merrimack River should go on an upcoming ballot. Donahue and Mayor James Fiorentini have been sparring verbally over the...

2008-07-14 09:00:35

By Shawn Regan, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Jul. 14--HAVERHILL -- The chief public critic of tapping the Merrimack River for drinking water wants to publicly debate the man who is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to study the idea. City Councilor James Donahue has challenged Mayor James Fiorentini to debate him on the benefits and need to tap the river for drinking water. "The public deserves to hear the facts, not the political spin the mayor puts on this issue,"...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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