Updated: Ceremony Marks 4th Year of Hometown Heroes Tributes

Update: Because of the possibility of thunderstorms, the Haverhill Exchange Club’s annual Hometown Heroes tribute, scheduled to take place beginning at 2 this afternoon, is moving inside. The tribute now takes place in Haverhill City Hall auditorium, second floor of City Hall, 4 Summer St. Motorists in Haverhill, whether residents or visitors, have for the last few years seen banners with the images of local veterans hanging throughout the city. This year, the Hometown Heroes banners will again be on full display in time for Memorial Day. The Haverhill Exchange Club organizes this annual tribute with the city.

Eammon’s Heart to Honor Veterans Thursday with Freedom Illumination Project Flag Raising

Eammon’s Heart Foundation for Recovery and Prevention is honoring veterans Thursday through its Freedom Illumination Project Flag Raising in Haverhill’s Monument Square. As WHAV reported in 2022, Helen Sheehan, president of Eammons Heart Foundation, said Haverhill is known for respecting and honoring its veteran population and she proposed to continue that show of patriotism by illuminating memorial flags at night. Thursday’s ceremony, which is hosted by Frank Bertolino and Justine Maguire of the North Shore Realty Group, takes place at 1 p.m., at the memorial in Monument Square. Those expected to take part include Mayor Melinda E. Barrett and state Rep. Andy X. Vargas. Bertolino said, “As a veteran myself, I am proud to be a partner with Eammon’s Heart’s Freedom Illumination Project, honoring those who have served our country with bravery and sacrifice.”

Tilton Elementary Students to Perform for Memorial Day

A decades-long Haverhill tradition continues this year when all John C. Tilton School students take part in the school’s annual Memorial Day celebratory concert. Music teacher Rebecca May said parents, veterans, and anyone with patriotic spirit wanting to honor veterans’ service and sacrifice are welcome to attend. Red, white, and blue attire is welcome and encouraged, she said. Tilton students from every grade will gather outdoors on the Hancock Street side of the school for the much-loved musical performance on Friday, May 24, beginning at 10 a.m. Rain date is Tuesday, May 28. There is no school on the Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 27.

Golfers Support Disabled Services by Playing in Opportunity Works Golf Classic

A round of golf at Bradford Country Club can help hundreds of Greater Haverhill residents living with disabilities find employment, day programs, community and recreational services, and other programs.

Opportunity Works, a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Haverhill at 671 Kenoza St. and in Newburyport, serves adults from 24 Merrimack Valley and North Shore communities. According to the organization, more than 98 percent of money raised through fundraising and outreach events directly benefit services and programming. One of those annual fundraisers is the Opportunity Works Golf Classic, played this year at the Bradford Country Club. This year’s tournament is extra special because it celebrates Opportunity Works’ 50th year of providing services that improve the lives of disabled area residents.

Author’s Storytime Doubles as Children’s Book Drive Saturday

Historic New England, the oldest, largest and most comprehensive independent preservation organization in the United States, will collaborate with Ruth’s House and the Haverhill Public Library for a children’s book drive and storytime featuring author Josh Funk. Funk will read from his award-winning “Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast” series. Those who attend are asked to bring and donate a gently used children’s book for Ruth’s House as a way to pass on the joy of reading to another family. Funk is a software engineer and a prolific children’s book author who often blends information from his work life into his stories. The book drive/storytime is Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St.

Haverhill Veterans Office Offers Ways to Honor Service on Memorial Day

Haverhill will honor its fallen service members as it does every year with flags placed on veterans’ graves in advance of Memorial Day, and a parade from Kenoza Avenue to Linwood Cemetery with a closing ceremony there on the holiday. Volunteers who would like to help place an American flag at veterans’ graves are welcome to join members of local veterans’ organizations and Scouts in the task. Veterans Services Officer Jeffrey C. Hollett can help direct volunteers to the locations where help is needed. He can be reached at 978-374-2351, ext. 3910, or in person in his office at the Haverhill Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Greater Haverhill Arts Association Spring Art Exhibit at Penacook Place Through May 18

The Greater Haverhill Arts Association is presenting a Spring Art Exhibit featuring members’ works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, digital art and stained glass. The display is the latest in the second year of an ongoing series of quarterly exhibits of favorite artworks from the studios of members. Art is on display to the public through Saturday, May 18, during regular hours in the main floor hallway at Penacook Place, 150 Water St., Haverhill.