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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ January 23, 2021
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Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader],

This fall, 97.9 WHAV celebrates five years of FM broadcasting. During this time, WHAV has become the leading source of consistent and timely local news coverage. If you’re already buying a newspaper or magazine subscription, you care about news. However, no other source delivers as much local news as WHAV.

As Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service, your monthly subscription during this fall membership drive is critical. Click to review the new and easy giving options. For a limited time, you’ll make an even greater impact as donations will be matched by Early Contractors up to $500.
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Haverhill News

State Awards Area Communities Recycling Grants; Haverhill to Raise Awareness of Textile Disposal Ban

State Awards Area Communities Recycling Grants; Haverhill to Raise Awareness of Textile Disposal Ban
Haverhill plans to use a $49,000 state environmental grant to research and conduct a pilot to improve food waste separation and make the public aware of next year’s statewide ban on clothing disposal. Besides Haverhill, Lawrence was awarded $35,000; Methuen, $30,000; North Andover, $11,700; and Andover, $10,400. The Sustainable Materials Recovery Program Municipal Grant is awarded by the state Department …

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57th Annual VFW Santa Parade Sunday Offers Opportunities to Celebrate, Participate and Give

57th Annual VFW Santa Parade Sunday Offers Opportunities to Celebrate, Participate and Give
The 57th Annual VFW Santa Parade takes place Sunday afternoon with Grand Marshal Donald Jarvis taking the lead and followed by Hallamore Clydesdales, more than a dozen marching bands, color guards, emergency vehicles, school and business floats, cheerleaders and, of course Santa Claus. During an interview broadcast live over WHAV, Daniel Plourde Sr., parade chairman, said the Clydesdales were one …

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Haverhill Athletic Hall of Famer Ottaviani Wins $1 Million Mass. Lottery Prize

Haverhill Athletic Hall of Famer Ottaviani Wins $1 Million Mass. Lottery Prize
Haverhill Athletic Hall of Famer R. John Ottaviani won a $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “$2,000,000 50X Cashword” instant ticket game. Ottaviani, a 60-year coach and athletic director, won Nov. 4 and opted to receive his prize in the form of a one-time payment of $650,000 before taxes. He purchased his ticket at Quik Mart, 764 Main …

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Haverhill Seeks Donation of Tree for Annual Washington Square Holiday Display and Dec. 3 Lighting

Haverhill Seeks Donation of Tree for Annual Washington Square Holiday Display and Dec. 3 Lighting
Haverhill is looking for the donation of an evergreen tree for its annual Washington Square holiday display. The city said the Christmas tree should be approximately 30 to 50 feet tall. The city’s Department of Public Works will assess offers and cut down a suitable tree at the city’s expense and bring it downtown area. The city’s annual tree lighting …

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D’Amato’s ‘Mullet’ Brings Online Fame to Northern Essex Community College Basketball Player

D’Amato’s ‘Mullet’ Brings Online Fame to Northern Essex Community College Basketball Player
It used to be, as the old Clairol commercial goes, that “only your hairdresser knows for sure.” Northern Essex Community College Knights basketball player Matthew D’Amato has turned that notion, um, on its head. College alum Andrew Comeau, who contributes to the popular @ballislife social media accounts, took a video of D’Amato’s distinctive ‘do during a Nov. 3 game. After …

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Regional News

Methuen Exchange Club Names Lt. James Gunter as 2021 Police Officer of the Year

Methuen Exchange Club Names Lt. James Gunter as 2021 Police Officer of the Year
Methuen Police Lt. James Gunter is the 2021 Methuen Exchange Club Police Officer of the Year. Gunter was recognized at an awards ceremony Tuesday at the Irish Cottage in Methuen. He was nominated for the award by Capt. Randy Haggar for his leadership qualities, professionalism, dedication, compassion, ability to inspire and motivate others, as well as his willingness to help …

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Greater Lawrence Tech Students Repair Donated Car, Allowing Veteran to Keep His Job

Greater Lawrence Tech Students Repair Donated Car, Allowing Veteran to Keep His Job
Greater Lawrence Technical School students recently repaired a donated car that enabled a veteran to commute to work and keep his job. Students, staff and representatives of the non-profit Second Chance Cars presented the Ford Fiesta to U.S. Army veteran Kevin Trayers of Melrose. Trayers works full-time in security in Boston. His old car with 180,000 miles on it was …

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Community Spotlight

Greater Haverhill Arts Association Hosts Exhibit at Hall-Haskell Gallery Friday-Sunday

Greater Haverhill Arts Association Hosts Exhibit at Hall-Haskell Gallery Friday-Sunday
The Greater Haverhill Arts Association is hosting an exhibit of local artists at the Hall-Haskell Gallery this weekend. The Small Works Holiday Exhibit takes place Friday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 21, from noon-4 p.m. daily, at the Gallery, 36 S. Main St., Ipswich. The show is free and open to the public. Visitors are required to wear masks. The …

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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. Guest: Deborah Chiaravalloti, Holy Family Hospital.
  • 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 School Committee: Live. 7 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: Janet Nittmann of Windrush Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and Tony Pecci, Haverhill Lions Club.
  • 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.
97.9 WHAV FM Wavelengths is sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
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Before You Go…


If you believe, as WHAV does, that an informed public makes for better neighbors, employees, volunteers, customers, leaders, voters and citizens, we have a small favor to ask.

Unlike others, WHAV makes its journalism available to all. If you’re not already a donor or member, WHAV needs your ongoing support to do its job. The news media is hurting with thousands of outlets closing across the country. Local news has suffered the most. While we may not always agree on what event should or should not have been covered, WHAV’s philosophy is to err on the side of disclosure. If you share a belief in these principles, help WHAV to continue being Greater Haverhill’s most trusted, reliable and thought-provoking source of news—whether on-air, online, over cable television or in social media.

Help protect WHAV’s independence by choosing a membership option here.
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