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.

Anna Jaques Hospital Receives Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation from National Group

Anna Jaques Hospital, a member of Beth Israel Lahey Health, has been redesignated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, the accrediting body and national authority for the global Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Dr. Glenn Focht, president of Anna Jaques Hospital said, “This designation is a testament to our commitment to ensuring that every patient who delivers a baby at our hospital is given the resources, information and support needed to help her and her baby get the best, healthiest start in life. We are proud of our team members for their hard work throughout this rigorous redesignation process and for their dedication to helping our newborns and families thrive.”

The distinguished Baby-Friendly USA honor recognizes that Anna Jaques Hospital is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund for optimal infant feeding support in the first days of a newborn’s life. The Baby-Friendly USA recognition was first awarded to Anna Jaques Hospital in 2018.

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.

North Andover Man, Passenger Suffer Injuries in Hampton, N.H., Toll Plaza Crash

A 78-year-old North Andover man and his passenger were hurt yesterday after his car struck a concrete barrier at the Hampton, N.H., Toll Plaza. At about 4:11 p.m., Thursday, state troopers assigned to the Troop A barracks responded to a report of a crash near the cash toll collection area on Interstate 95 northbound. Troopers responded and found two in the vehicle. A passenger was determined to have serious injuries and was not alert. After discovering the passenger side doors were inoperable due to damage, Trooper Daniel Bourque broke the rear passenger side window to get inside the vehicle and further assess the passenger’s injuries.

Tempers Flare After House Passes Gun Background Check Bill Again

by Annmarie Timmins, New Hampshire Bulletin
May 23, 2024

It was a dramatic 15 minutes on the House floor Thursday afternoon. First, the House likely picked a fight with the Senate by voting overwhelmingly to revive and send back to the Senate a gun background check bill senators tabled last week. This time, the House attached it to one of the Senate’s priority bills, which would put $40 million toward a new prison. Moments after the House vote, the bill’s sponsor confronted another House member for allegedly yelling “liar” at him while he was speaking. Rep. Terry Roy, the Deerfield Republican who sponsored the bill that would add some mental health records to gun background checks, responded to questions from the Bulletin via text messages after the House resumed its work.

Haverhill Honors its ‘Hometown Heroes’ with Special Tribute, Marked by Ceremony, Banners

Retired Brigadier General John J. Driscoll helped Haverhill celebrate its “Hometown Heroes” Thursday afternoon, describing the “arc of time” that covers veterans from the earliest days of the nation to those serving today. Driscoll, of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, spoke for the second year in a row as the Exchange Club of Haverhill offered its fourth annual tribute. “Today, the testaments to those that wear, or have worn, the cloth of our nation and put themselves in harm’s way reminds society that our values are still worth fighting for,” he said. The tribute included readings of the names of those killed in action and those honored on the 125 light post banners going up in and around downtown Haverhill as described by Master of Ceremonies Ron Carpenito. “Striking banners now adorn our downtown area, gracing our bridges and line our streets.

Haverhill Public Library Hosts Chair Yoga Class

You know you should get some exercise, but you’re out of practice or have difficulty with balance or stamina. Chair yoga is an alternative that delivers benefits and can be a move toward a more active lifestyle. The Haverhill Public Library, at 99 Main St., offers regular chair yoga sessions. It is a choice for older adults who can’t move around like they used to. It can help build strength, improve flexibility, strengthen muscles, reduce the risk of falls, relieve stress, and boost energy.