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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ December 04, 2021
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Haverhill News

Vargas Says Aid for Winnekenni Improvements, Violence Prevention, Food in House Bill

Vargas Says Aid for Winnekenni Improvements, Violence Prevention, Food in House Bill
Haverhill residents stand to benefit from hundreds of thousands in federal pandemic relief aid and state surpluses earmarked for local use. State Rep. Andy X. Vargas said the $3.82 billion approved by the House addresses disparities made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, which still must be reconciled with a Senate version, aims to speed recovery through one-time investments …

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Podcast: 13th Annual Haverhill YMCA Educator of the Year Salutes Pandemic Heroes

Podcast: 13th Annual Haverhill YMCA Educator of the Year Salutes Pandemic Heroes
Highlighting the good deeds of educators, the 13th annual Haverhill YMCA’s Educator of the Year salutes those who made a difference especially during the pandemic. YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, gave a sneak preview, noting the nominees this year are Dan Sullivan, Melissa DiFabio, Cecile Maggiacomo, Crystal White, Emily Gorski, Joanna Dix, …

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Haverhill Firefighting Museum Distributes Fire Safety Activity Packets to Third Graders

Haverhill Firefighting Museum Distributes Fire Safety Activity Packets to Third Graders
The Haverhill Firefighting Museum is distributing fire safety activity packets to all of Haverhill’s third graders. It contains 14 pages and includes a free family pass to visit the museum. Covered topics include 10 tips for fire safety, a smoke alarm test sheet, an emergency meeting place maze, how to call 911 and what to know and say, a cootie …

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Regional News

West Newbury Remembers Retired Sgt. Courtemanche Who Died at 77

West Newbury Remembers Retired Sgt. Courtemanche Who Died at 77
West Newbury police are remembering retired Sgt. Charles “Chuck” Courtemanche as an officer who served with distinction for 35 years before retiring in 2005. Courtemanche died unexpectedly at age 77. He joined the West Newbury Police Department as a reserve officer in 1970, becoming a full-time officer in 1985. “Sgt. Courtemanche truly loved West Newbury and the West Newbury Police …

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Community Spotlight

Greek Food, Pastries, Music and More Highlight Holy Apostles Annual Festival Nov. 5-7

Greek Food, Pastries, Music and More Highlight Holy Apostles Annual Festival Nov. 5-7
The annual Greek Festival, presented by Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, takes place this Friday through Sunday with homemade Greek food and pastries, music, raffles and more. Specialties include pork souvlaki, chicken souvlaki, pastichio, spanakopita, dolmades and Greek salad. Desserts include baklava, finikia, kourambiethes, koulouria and loukoumades. Live music will be performed Saturday night by Fotia-Live. The festival takes place …

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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: Deborah Chiaravalloti, Holy Family Hospital, and Matt Scanlon, Haverhill High School advisor for Haverhill Hillies Shop.
  • 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.
  • Our Miss Brooks: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Friday’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: Rep. Andy X. Vargas and Daniel P. Plourde Sr., of the Lorraine Post 29 VFW Santa Parade Committee.
  • 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.
  • DJ Chris on the Radio: Live, 6:10 p.m.
  • Couple Next Door: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
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