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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ June 15, 2021
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Haverhill News

Returning Temporarily to Haverhill Police Department, Haugh Stresses ‘Honesty, Integrity and Compassion’

Returning Temporarily to Haverhill Police Department, Haugh Stresses ‘Honesty, Integrity and Compassion’
Retired Haverhill Deputy Police Chief Anthony L. Haugh told officers, officials and family Friday that returning to the department as interim police chief “feels like coming home again.” Haugh was sworn into office with his wife Susan at his side during a ceremony Friday morning. Mayor James J. Fiorentini welcomed the 33-year-member of the department back during a ceremony at …

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Haverhill to Bring Back In-Person Independence Day Holiday Fireworks and Celebration

Haverhill to Bring Back In-Person Independence Day Holiday Fireworks and Celebration
In another sign of normalcy, Haverhill’s annual Independence Day fireworks celebration returns Friday, July 2, after being cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor James J. Fiorentini said more details about festivities and fireworks show will be released soon. “I have been saying for some time that my goal was to have a live firework show in Haverhill …

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Brown Joins Board of Trustees at Haverhill’s Venerable Whittier Birthplace

Brown Joins Board of Trustees at Haverhill’s Venerable Whittier Birthplace
Lynda Brown of Haverhill was recently elected a trustee of Whittier Birthplace. Arthur H. Veasey III, president of The Trustees of the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace, said Brown has been a citizen role model for many Haverhill neighborhoods, supporting the Acre and Mount Washington neighborhoods, while advocating for citywide collaboration and vision. “Identifying and recruiting new trustees is vital to …

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Trinity EMS’ Poirier and Hunter Among 22 Honored with Massachusetts Stars of Life Awards

Trinity EMS’ Poirier and Hunter Among 22 Honored with Massachusetts Stars of Life Awards
Trinity EMS staff were among the honorees last week when the Massachusetts Ambulance Association celebrated the Commonwealth’s emergency medical services professionals during the 46th Annual National EMS Week and second annual Convoy of Champions ambulance parade. Trinity’s Lana Poirier, a paramedic, and Shawn Hunter, EMT B and education manager, were among 22 honored during the first-ever Massachusetts Stars of Life …

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I-495 Construction Update: Steel Beam Delivery and Installation Calls for Lane and Ramp Closings

I-495 Construction Update: Steel Beam Delivery and Installation Calls for Lane and Ramp Closings
Various day and night lane closings and rolling roadblocks along Interstate 495 south take place this week for steel deliveries and installation on the new southbound bridge over the Merrimack River in Haverhill. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation reports two right lanes will be closed overnight on I-495 southbound, between exits 50 and 48, beginning Sunday, May 23, and continuing …

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Regional News

Pentucket Regional Middle and High School Music Students Plan Two-Day Recital Online This Week

Pentucket Regional Middle and High School Music Students Plan Two-Day Recital Online This Week
More than 100 Pentucket Regional Middle and High School music students are participating in a two-day, online recital this week, featuring 55 performances in all. The recital takes place Wednesday and Thursday, May 26 and May 27, at 7 p.m., and presented live on the district’s Pentucket Music Conservatory YouTube channel. The recital includes solo and group performances including original …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill Public Library Plans ‘To You Tuesdays’ with Buttonwoods Museum as Tomorrow’s Stop

Haverhill Public Library Plans ‘To You Tuesdays’ with Buttonwoods Museum as Tomorrow’s Stop
Haverhill Public Library’s “To You Tuesdays” begins tomorrow afternoon with a visit of the library’s bookmobile to the Buttonwoods Museum. The library’s outreach van will be making stops throughout Haverhill every Tuesday afternoon this spring and summer. Staff offer free giveaways, books to checkout, games, information about library services and more. The bookmobile visits Tuesday, May 25, at 2 p.m., …

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Radio Listings

Today’s Radio Highlights

  • WIN for Breakfast: Local news, weather, traffic, sports and information. Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m. Guests: Greater Haverhill Chamber President and CEO Irene Haley and Ginny Salem, Northern Essex Elder Transport.
  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Local News: Every half hour from 6-9 a.m., hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m., every half hour from 3-6 p.m.
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
  • Melinda’s Garden Moment: Melinda Myers offers tips, 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.
  • Sound Beat: 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
  • Insight Daily: 9:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
  • Suspense: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Tuesday’s Radio Highlights

  • WIN for Breakfast: Local news, weather, traffic, sports and information. Win Damon is light, lively and local, 6-9 a.m. Guests: YMCA regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller and Michael Bevilacqua of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • Classic Hits: Favorites all day, except as indicated
  • Local News: Every half hour from 6-9 a.m., hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m., every half hour from 3-6 p.m.
  • Community Spotlight: News of upcoming cultural and civic events, quarter past every hour
  • Mass Moments: Today in Massachusetts history, 6:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
  • Melinda’s Garden Moment: Melinda Myers offers tips, 7:45 and 4:45 p.m.
  • Sound Beat: 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
  • Insight Daily: 9:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
  • Haverhill City Council: 7 p.m., Live.
  • Lights Out: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
97.9 WHAV FM Wavelengths is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
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