Barkley Receives 2024 Gablosky Memorial Scholarship Award; Artist Exhibit Sunday

Pascal Barkley, graduating from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, is the recipient of the 2024 Gablosky Memorial Scholarship Award. Barkley, who was awarded $1,000, is a digital artist who is continuing his education in graphic design at MassArt. He will be formally presented the scholarship during the Greater Haverhill Arts Association’s Annual Open Art Exhibit Sunday, June 2, during the 2:30-4 p.m. reception, at Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St., Haverhill. Applicants included graduating seniors from eight area public and private high schools who all intend to continue their education in the arts with majors ranging from architecture to video. The scholarship is named for Robert J. Gablosky who founded the Greater Haverhill Arts Association in 1971 and served as its first president.  He was an artist, leader and teacher.

Haverhill Councilors Consider Zoning Changes; Mayor Told Developer to ‘Burn’ 800-Unit Plan

Paying particular attention to the former site of Haverhill Paperboard, City Councilors are considering changing residential zoning amid concerns about overdevelopment. After Procopio Companies shared a proposal for the 100 S. Kimball St. property, Mayor Melinda E. Barrett said at last week’s meeting, “I think I told them to burn it. It was a little shocking.” She told WHAV the developer planned about 800 units. A spokesperson for Procopio declined to comment.

Podcast: More to Building Haverhill-Based Mason & Hamlin Pianos Than Meets the Ear

The next time you have a chance to hear someone play the piano, just remember that instrument had its beginnings years earlier in a factory that could put it all together, piece by piece. It comes as a surprise to many people that such a place exists in Haverhill—the Mason & Hamlin Piano Co. The company’s creative director, Nathan Mabanglo-Burgett, whose family owns the on Duncan Street business, was a recent guest on WHAV’s “Win for Breakfast” program

“Yeah, we are kind of a hidden gem in Haverhill—not many people know that there is a piano factory located in Haverhill. We started in 1854 in Boston, Massachusetts, had a couple of different homes, but in 1980 we relocated to Haverhill, Massachusetts.”

When it comes to making a piano, he says many steps must be taken. “One part is woodworking.

Haverhill’s Whittier Birthplace Celebrates Cultural Arts Day June 1 on the Freeman Trail

Poets, musicians and visual artists will be among those celebrating cultural arts outside the Haverhill birthplace of poet, newspaper editor and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier. At each of 13 stops along the half-mile loop of the Freeman Memorial Trail that sweeps around the house and into the woods, artists will practice or display their unique talents in a festival of art and culture. The celebration takes place on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whittier’s Birthplace is at 305 Whittier Road, just off Amesbury Road (Route 110) in Haverhill. Participants are advised that sneakers or other sensible walking shoes and some bug spray will increase their enjoyment of the event. This activity receives financial support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

A Twofer: Nine Students Receive High School Diplomas and NECC College Degrees at Once

More than 500 graduating seniors from 22 local high schools earned college credits in addition to their high school diplomas this year as participants in Northern Essex Community College’s Early College Program. Students and their families celebrated at an Early College recognition ceremony on May 16, held on Northern Essex’s Haverhill Campus. The students earned a total of 8,139 credits while in high school, an average of 16 credits each, which translates to a full college semester. The students will transfer their credits to 57 different public and private colleges, from UMass Amherst to Worcester Polytechnic Institute to Northeastern University. At least 90 have elected to attend Northern Essex in the fall.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill Highlights May’s Successes

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill recently held two events celebrating their members and recognizing their accomplishments throughout the 2023-2024 school year. On Saturday, May 4, the Club hosted “Walk-a-Palooza,” 1.2 mile walk through downtown Haverhill bringing awareness and support to the Club. All members were invited to participate with their families and enjoyed a post-walk celebration in the TD Bank parking lot behind the Club’s 55 Emerson St. building, courtesy of the bank. Maria’s Restaurant provided a barbecue lunch, and Cedar’s Foods supplied snacks.

Podcast: MacDougall-Tattan Signing Copies of Her Book ‘Biz’s Journey Home’ at Firefighting Museum

A blend of historic firefighting equipment and the love of horses, comes together this Saturday at the Haverhill Firefighting Museum. Local author Jean MacDougall-Tattan, a former member of the museum’s board of directors, will be reading aloud and signing copies of her new book “Biz’s Journey Home,” a story she says is for people who love horses and wonder what they are saying. MacDougall-Tattan was a recent guest on WHAV’s Win for Breakfast program, and says it took a time to find a publisher. “When the book was first written, and rejected so many times by publishers, it was all written from the horses’ perspective, to give people an understanding of how horses might think about us and the way we treat them. Back in those days, which was about 19 years ago, I couldn’t get any publishers who wanted talking horses in a book,” she explains.

Buttonwoods Hosts Second Half of American Revolution Lectures

It’s been 249 years since the opening battles of the American Revolution. At Haverhill’s Buttonwoods Museum, a lecture series is examining the war that created our nation, and the patriotic narratives that have continued into modern times. “Written by the Victors: Remembering the American Revolution” unravels some of the myths and misconceptions that have been passed down through the centuries. Last month, Buttonwoods Museum Educator Antoine Trombino-Aponte introduced the first half of the lecture series. Now, the series ends with a breakdown on the war effort that won America its independence.