DRACUT — On a bright, sunny Saturday morning, with a slight breeze blowing off Beaver Brook, Lakeview Avenue is the perfect place for a promenade.
The coffee shops are filled with customers about to begin their day. Residents along the avenue are busy sprucing up their yards, collecting tree limbs and other debris that will be picked up and disposed of by the Public Works Department in the days to come. Teenagers huddle around a muscle car — hood up and engine revving.
In one front yard, a woman is on her hands and knees planting flowers, while her husband fills the lawn mower with gasoline.
Such is the activity on the avenue that a police officer is stationed at the bank, directing traffic, as customers do their business. A group of high school students dressed in cutoffs, T-shirts and sandals is congregated near the side of a service station, foamy buckets and hoses at their feet, hosting a car wash that will raise money for an upcoming trip.
A crew of workers armed with rakes, shovels and barrels clean the grounds around the Catholic church on the corner, while across the street the parking lot at the chiropractor’s office begins to fill up.
There are the yard sales. This one, sponsored by the Dracut High School girls’ soccer team, hopes to bring in some money to support the program, which is suffering under the weight of budget cuts across the state.
Further down the avenue, the Rotary Club is holding a yard sale of its own in front of the Historical Society building.
Nothing is as refreshing as sipping a lime rickey in the shade of the gazebo at Polly’s Corner, before the long trip back to the homestead.
Horns honk and drivers and passengers wave to the couple walking hand-in-hand along the avenue.
“Who is that?” she asks.
“Not a clue,” he says.