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Haverhill News

Basiliere Begins Monday as Haverhill's Interim Veterans Services Officer; Veteran to Serve Part Time

Basiliere Begins Monday as Haverhill's Interim Veterans Services Officer; Veteran to Serve Part Time
Ralph T. Basiliere, familiar in Haverhill for his work developing the new Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Mill Brook Park, is the city’s interim veterans services officer, temporarily replacing Luis Santiago who left last month for a similar position in the town of Billerica. Mayor James J. Fiorentini appointed Basiliere to serve part-time, beginning Monday. He will work two days per …

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Organizations Make Final Pushes to Collect Items to Aid, Feed and Clothe Greater Haverhill’s Needy

Organizations Make Final Pushes to Collect Items to Aid, Feed and Clothe Greater Haverhill’s Needy
With Christmas upon us this Saturday, many organizations are making final pushes to collect donations of food, clothing, toys and other items to help people. Haverhill Lions Club member Tony Pecci was a guest on WHAV’s morning show last week and talked about the success the club experienced during last month’s VFW Santa Parade in Haverhill. “First I want to …

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Fresh Off Holiday Drive, Whittier Tech Educational Foundation Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Fresh Off Holiday Drive, Whittier Tech Educational Foundation Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
The Whittier Tech Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships, backpacks, footwear and even food for students in need, is celebrating its fifth birthday. The Whittier Tech Educational Foundation has supported Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School since 2016. It won the praise this week of Whittier Tech Superintendent Maureen Lynch. “It makes me truly proud of our Whittier Tech community …

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Regional News

Methuen’s Bonanno-Baker Joins Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee

Methuen’s Bonanno-Baker Joins Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee
Heather Bonanno-Baker of Methuen has been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Bonanno-Baker works on the family’s farm, Pleasant Valley Gardens in Methuen, alongside her grandfather and mother. The farm raises flowers and vegetables and sells wholesale and retail to consumers. She is president of Essex County Farm Bureau, chairs the statewide Young Farmers …

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Merrimack Valley Mayors and Town Managers Preview the Year Ahead Jan. 14

Merrimack Valley Mayors and Town Managers Preview the Year Ahead Jan. 14
Newly elected and re-elected Merrimack Valley mayors along with town managers will be on hand to discuss the year ahead during a breakfast forum in January. Mayors James J. Fiorentini of Haverhill, Neil Perry of Methuen, Brian DePena of Lawrence, Kassandra Gove of Amesbury and Sean Reardon of Newburyport join Town Managers Andrew Flanagan of Andover, Eileen Donoghue of Lowell …

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Community Spotlight

Haverhill Students Through Third Grade May Win Prizes During Winter Break Reading Challenge

Haverhill Students Through Third Grade May Win Prizes During Winter Break Reading Challenge
Haverhill children, in grades from pre-k to third grade, may win prizes by simply reading  during Haverhill Promises’ Winter Break Reading Challenge. Listening to an audio book, being read to by an adult or older sibling and 10 independent reading sessions for 20 minutes or more between Friday, Dec. 24, and Sunday, Jan. 2 are acceptable to be eligible 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Christmas music until 6 p.m., Dec. 25, except as indicated below.
7 p.m. Superman’s Christmas Adventure
From 1940, Superman helps a spoiled brat, unhappy with his toys, by introducing him to a poor boy who has no toys. First, however, Superman must stop Dr. Grouch and Mr. Meaney who set out to destroy Santa’s workshop and steal the reindeer.
7:30 p.m. Fibber McGee and Molly
Fibber sets out to install Christmas lights and decorations outside his house with hilarious results. Billy Mills and his Orchestra perform a Christmas medley and “Teeny” visits and leads carolers in singing “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
8 p.m. It’s a Wonderful Life
Jimmy Stewart returns as George Bailey in this radio adaptation of the 1948 movie. When Stewart regrets ever being born, his guardian angel grants his wish on Christmas Eve. Besides Stewart, others appearing are Donna Reed as Mary Hatch and Victor Moore as Clarence.
9 p.m. Miracle on 34th Street
Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and Edmund Gwenn, stars of the classic 20th Century Fox 1947 movie, return for this radio adaptation. In the story, Macy’s founder Rowland H. Macy insists a man named Kris Kringle (Gwenn) play Santa Claus in the store even as another store manager tries to have Kringle committed for believing he is the one and only Santa Claus.
10 p.m. Town Hall Tonight
The Mighty Allen Art Players, later the inspiration for Johnny Carson’s Mighty Carson Art Players on television, perform “Santa Claus Sits Down.” Beforehand, listeners are treated to Jack Benny’s efforts to sell his Maxwell to Fred Allen and performances by Basin Street Boys, singing “You Drove the Gloom Away,” Peter van Steeden playing “Limehouse Blues,” The King’s Men singing “Nobody Loves a Riveter but His Mother” and Eugene Lester performing “Rosalie.”
11 p.m. A Christmas Carol
Lionel Barrymore plays Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1939 Mercury Theater on the Air production of Charles Dickens’ timeless story, “A Christmas Carol.” Radio listeners closely identified Barrymore with the grouchy character since he performed the role almost every Christmas between 1934 and 1953.

All Christmas Eve programs are repeated at midnight.
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