Methuen Police Honor Outgoing CARES Advocate Who is Leaving After Seven Years of Service

Methuen Police Department Wednesday offered its thanks and well wishes to the inaugural staff member of the department’s substance abuse and recovery program. Jacque Ingersoll is leaving the job at Community Addiction Resource Engagement Services after seven years. She was the first hire for the program, known as CARES, in 2015. “Jacque has proudly served our community as a CARES advocate for the last seven years. Her experience and wisdom have served our community well, and she will be missed here at MPD,” read a statement.

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Holds Business Networking Mixer in Salisbury

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is offering a seaside view at its next business networking and referral mixer. The mixer takes place Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 5-7 p.m., at the Blue Ocean Event Center, 4 Ocean Front N., Salisbury. Attendees may participate in activities like networking, a business card drawing and a door prize raffle. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar are also available.

Haverhill Commuter Rail Line Gains Permanent Addition of Oak Grove Stop After Orange Line Work

The Haverhill commuter rail line is gaining an additional stop in Malden after proving its usefulness during the recent shutdown of the Orange Line subway. Oak Grove station, which reopened to support passengers during the Orange Line service disruption, will remain in service, becoming a regular stop on the Haverhill Line in Zone 1A. Additionally, some of the service added at Forest Hills Station will remain, ensuring two trains an hour in the weekday morning inbound peak at that station. “We’re pleased to add Oak Grove as a permanent regular stop on the Haverhill Line and to make additional stops at Forest Hills going forward,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “This is an exciting development that came about following the Orange Line shutdown that we hadn’t previously planned.

Groveland Receives State Grant for Water Treatment to Address Excess Minerals in Water Supply

Groveland was recently awarded a $15,000 state grant to construct a new water treatment facility to deal with excess minerals. The state awarded the earmark to help supplement work performed under the Department of Housing and Community Development Housing Choice Small Town Grant that paid for a water treatment feasibility plan for Groveland. “This earmark will allow us to explore and move forward with the development of our much-needed water treatment facility project, which will help us maintain an adequate water supply for all residents and businesses,” said Town Administrator Rebecca Oldham. In a statement, officials explained, Groveland has elevated levels of minerals in its water which serves to limit the rate at which ground water is pumped. “The higher the pumping rate, the more minerals are pulled from the ground.

Plaistow, N.H., Declares New Water System Officially Online, Invites Service Connections

Plaistow, N.H.’s municipal water system is officially online and beginning to provide potable water to residential and commercial properties in town. The Board of Selectmen decided by a unanimous vote near the end of August to authorize up to a $5,000 credit towards the charge for new water service connections. To qualify, applications must be approved no later than the end of this year and water service connected by next June 30. The Plaistow Municipal Water Project is part of a the much larger Southern New Hampshire Regional Water Project that brings water from Manchester through Derry, Windham, Salem and communities served by Hampstead Area Water Company to Plaistow. The goal of the project is to provide clean, safe, reliable drinking water to properties that were impacted by contamination.

North Andover Fifth Grader Helps Teach Valley About Climate Change, a Winner in UMass Lowell Contest

A North Andover fifth grader is among this year’s UMass Lowell Cool Science winners whose artwork will be displayed on transit authority buses to help educate the public about climate change. Alice Lobel, a student at Annie L. Sargent Elementary School, took part in the program engaging K-12 students about the effects of the climate crisis. The researchers behind Cool Science are studying how effective the student artwork is in teaching people about science. “One of the great things about Cool Science is the intergenerational dynamic. Kids learn from adults and then teach other adults what they learned through their art.

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Reports Successful Golf Outing

Haverhill-based Veterans Northeast Outreach Center said its first golf tournament received support from 110 golfers and dozens of sponsors and raised thousands of dollars to help veterans in Essex, Middlesex and Barnstable Counties. Taking place last month at Merrimack Valley Golf Club in Methuen, every golfer received a challenge coin, custom golf balls, golf towel and snacks. “It was an honor to be able to work with several local businesses, but really, we appreciate Merrimack Valley Golf Club for hosting us. They have a beautiful Veterans Memorial in the middle of the golf course, which is a beautiful tribute to all those who have served,” Veterans Northeast Employment Specialist Ron Paradise. Executive Director Scott Forbes added, “Partnering up with individuals, businesses and organizations who share our vision is a great opportunity to maximize the support we can offer.”

Those who know of a veteran who would benefit from extra support or needs assistance with housing, food, clothing and more, are asked to make a referral to Veterans Northeast Outreach Center by calling 978-372-3626.

Whittier Tech Celebrates National Tradesmen Day, Honoring Students and Instructors

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School took part in last Friday’s National Tradesmen Day, recognizing its students and their 50 vocational instructors. National Tradesmen Day, which is celebrated annually on the third Friday in September, honors the many hardworking tradesmen and women across the nation and the essential services that they provide. “Here at Whittier, we recognize the importance of working in the trades in today’s society. Tradesmen, from carpenters to chefs and everything in between, help keep our country running,” Superintendent Maureen Lynch said. “Today, we celebrate all of our students for working hard to gain the skills needed to succeed in the future and thank our dedicated instructors for providing these opportunities and sharing their passion for the trades.”

Whittier Tech currently has hundreds of students pursuing various trades, including 31 in Auto Body, 33 in Auto Technology, 48 in Business Technology and Marketing, 55 in CAD Drafting , 87 in Carpentry, 57 in Cosmetology, 73 in Culinary Arts and Hospitality, 55 in Dental Assisting, 63 in Design and Visual Communications; 30 in Early Childcare, 116 in Electrical, 39 in Electronics/Robotics, 23 Engineering, 42 Health Assisting, 58 HVAC-R, 15 in Advanced Manufacturing, 18 in Masonry, 57 in Medical Assisting, 34 in Metal Fabrication and 50 in Plumbing and Heating.