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Catch the Wave at 97.9 WHAV ♦ October 24, 2021
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Haverhill News

Haverhill Rep. Vargas to Seek State Senate Seat Being Vacated Next Year by DiZoglio

Haverhill Rep. Vargas to Seek State Senate Seat Being Vacated Next Year by DiZoglio
Haverhill Rep. Andy X. Vargas made it official today—he will seek the 1st Essex District State Senate seat expected to be vacated next year by Sen. Diana DiZoglio. Vargas put ongoing speculation to rest, providing a list of local and state endorsements and revealed he has a bankroll of $90,000 to launch his candidacy. Upon election, he said he would …

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Proposed 6,000-Panel Solar Farm Near Whittier Tech Before Haverhill City Council Tonight

Proposed 6,000-Panel Solar Farm Near Whittier Tech Before Haverhill City Council Tonight
The Haverhill City Council tonight is expected to decide whether to grant special permits for a “large scale ground-mounted solar energy” system on Amesbury Line Road. Solar Smart of Summerville, S.C., seeks to use land at 139 Amesbury Line Road, owned by Theodore Xenakis, for installation of a 2-megawatt solar farm, consisting of more than 6,000 panels. A related permit …

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Regional News

37th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival Gives Glimpse into History

37th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival Gives Glimpse into History
The 37th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival takes place this Labor Day in Lawrence and commemorating the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. It is the region’s only Labor Day festival and also honors Lawrence’s multicultural roots and labor history. It features live performances; a tribute at the 1912 Textile Workers’ Strike Monument; Literary Lounge with Porsha Olayiwola, Joy Harjo, Exposed …

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UMass Lowell Receives Nearly $1 Million to Study Fast COVID-19 Diagnostic Methods

UMass Lowell Receives Nearly $1 Million to Study Fast COVID-19 Diagnostic Methods
UMass Lowell researchers and students will help evaluate the effectiveness of new, rapid methods to diagnose COVID-19 through a program overseen by the National Institutes of Health. The NIH awarded $935,000 to UMass Lowell’s Solomont School of Nursing for the project as part of the federal agency’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics, or RADx, initiative, created last year to help private …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill’s Salvation Army Plans Watermelon Eating Contest Wednesday

Haverhill’s Salvation Army Plans Watermelon Eating Contest Wednesday
A watermelon eating contest to benefit the Salvation Army of Haverhill’s youth, feeding and Back-to-School Fund is set for tomorrow afternoon. Sponsored by Greater Haverhill Service Clubs and Salvation Army Major Lynnann Bennett Rivers, teams of two-people each will compete from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Salvation Army, 395 Main St., Haverhill. Registration is required and there is no fee to …

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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: 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.
  • Lights Out: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Wednesday’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: YWCA Summer Camp Y-Wood Director Javier Fantauzzi and Greater Haverhill Chamber President and CEO Irene Haley.
  • 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.
  • Great Gildersleeve: 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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