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

City Council Grants Special Permits for 6,000-Panel East Haverhill Solar Farm

City Council Grants Special Permits for 6,000-Panel East Haverhill Solar Farm
The Haverhill City Council approved two special permits last night for a large-scale ground-mounted solar energy system on Amesbury Line Road. Solar Smart of Summerville, S.C., plans to install the system on land owned by Theodore Xenakis at 139 Amesbury Line Road. The project, which would cover 18.6 acres, will consist of more than 6,000 panels and produce about two …

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Visitors to Haverhill City Hall and Other Public Buildings Must Wear Masks Starting Wednesday

Visitors to Haverhill City Hall and Other Public Buildings Must Wear Masks Starting Wednesday
Editor’s Note: The story has been updated to detail the city’s position on unvaccinated employees. All visitors to Haverhill’s public buildings as well as unvaccinated employees working alone must wear masks starting Wednesday to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Mayor James J. Fiorentini ordered the mask mandate begin Wednesday and it affects buildings including the public library, …

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MV Strong Launches to Help Match Local Business Owners with Free Assistance

MV Strong Launches to Help Match Local Business Owners with Free Assistance
MV Strong, a partnership of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, Mill Cities Community Investments and Small Business Strong plans to invest $250,000 to help local businesses. The money comes from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Using Small Business Strong’s platform for matching small businesses with experienced business advisors and specialists, plans call for providing marketing, legal, operations, finance, PPP Loan …

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Merrimack Valley Chamber seeks Exhibitors for Fall Business Expo Sept. 22

Merrimack Valley Chamber seeks Exhibitors for Fall Business Expo Sept. 22
The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is planning its Fall Business Expo, Trade Show, Job, Health and Wellness Fair, taking place next month in Haverhill. The Chamber is seeking exhibitors and offering early bird discounts with reservations made by Tuesday, Aug. 31. The annual show takes place Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at DiBurro’s Function Facility, 887 Boston …

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Regional News

State Education Board Gives Riley Authority to Require Masks for K-12 School Opening

State Education Board Gives Riley Authority to Require Masks for K-12 School Opening
By a 9-1 vote this morning, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education gave Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley the authority to mandate masks in K-12 schools for the start of the third academic year influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Riley has said the mandate he plans to impose will require all students and staff wear masks indoors through Oct. …

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Community Spotlight

First Annual Duston Garrison House Muster Takes Place Saturday in Haverhill with Tours, Reenactments

First Annual Duston Garrison House Muster Takes Place Saturday in Haverhill with Tours, Reenactments
Haverhill’s more than 300-year-old Duston-Dustin Garrison House is having its first muster, an exhibit of historic militia, military reenactments, colonial crafts and tours this Saturday. What is being called the First Annual Duston Garrison House Muster features reenactments of Benjamin Church’s Company as it existed in 1675 and The Acton Minutemen, circa 1775. The house, listed on the National Register …

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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: 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.

Thursday’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: YWCA Summer Camp Y-Wood Director Javier Fantauzzi.
  • 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: 7 p.m. Live.
  • Our Miss Brooks: 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
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