Podcast: September Muck March in Haverhill to Benefit Veteran Trauma Relief Programs

Trauma relief programs for veterans and their spouses will benefit from a 24-hour fundraising Muck March next month. The event supports Mission 22, a nationwide nonprofit with a goal of helping and supporting, veterans and their families and raising awareness of veteran suicide. U.S. Air Force veteran Jim Taylor, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, said Recover Resiliency is the organization’s biggest program. “We have a 12-month program for combat veterans, and then we have a six-month program for veterans. All our programs are for veterans that have PTS, post-traumatic stress, terminal brain injury and military sexual trauma,” he explained.

Podcast: Gariepy Provides Sneak Preview of ‘The Lion King Jr.,’ Presented Tonight and Thursday

It’s show time for the John Greenleaf Whittier Drama Club in Haverhill. For the past several weeks about 35 students have been working on their theatrical skills and will debut their version of The Lion King Jr. tonight. Bobby Gariepy, drama coach and music teacher at John Greenleaf Whittier School, appeared live over 97.9 WHAV this past Monday. “We’re doing the Lion King Jr at Consentino Middle School right now as our summer program through the Discovery Club of Haverhill,” he said. Performances takes place tonight, Aug.

Podcast: ‘Moments of Bravery’ Features Local Firefighters and First Responders Protecting Others

Editor’s Note: Michael Jarvis is also a regular paid contractor for WHAV News. “Moments of Bravery,” a 50-photograph exhibit of local firefighters and first responders risking their lives to protect others, goes on display next week at the Haverhill Firefighting Museum. Taken by Mike Jarvis, the photographs feature firefighters and other first responders from Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, Amesbury, Merrimac, West Newbury, Newburyport, Newbury, Plaistow, N.H., and other communities. Haverhill Firefighting Museum Board member Dave Shultz, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, described the exhibit. “In addition to documenting the fire events, or the emergency events, as a whole, he has captured the first responders, he captured the people, of the comradery of the firefighting teams and moments of bravery that are moving and harrowing and sometimes even beautiful,” Shultz said.

Podcast: Rep. Campbell Says Civics Law Helps Young People Check Their Sources of Information

Learning the basics of how government works is a lesson that state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell wants to make sure is taught in the schools. Campbell, who represents Methuen and Haverhill and not running for re-election this fall, recently worked with Haverhill state Rep. Andy X. Vargas to advocate for support to further the state’s nearly four-year-old civics education requirement

“It was fantastic because you had the older person, like myself, and you had the younger person, like Andy, really, really pushing for this. He brought so much to the table. He brought a lot of excitement with young people,” Campbell said during a recent appearance on WHAV’s morning show. As previously reported by WHAV, Campbell said the legislature committed $1.5 million for civics education in each of the past three state budgets, with much of the money going directly to schools to help with curriculum implementation.

Podcast: Haverhill City Council Again Considers Fate of City Spending Plan Tonight

Interviews with both Haverhill Firefighters Local 1011 President Timothy Carroll and Mayor James J. Fiorentini may be heard back-to-back on WHAV’s “Merrimack Valley Newsmakers” podcasts. Haverhill city councilors meet again tonight to decide whether to approve a city spending plan for the year that starts July 1. One of the sticking issues is fire department staffing levels. Both Mayor James J. Fiorentini and Haverhill Firefighters Local 1011 President Timothy Carroll both pitched their points of view directly to the public on WHAV’s morning show. Last week, Fiorentini argued the City Council should not give in to pressure from the firefighters’ union

“We don’t just represent special interest groups.

Podcast: Haverhill’s New Veterans Services Officer At Work Building Bonds With Organizations

Haverhill Veterans Services Officer Jeffrey C. Hollett now in his fourth week on the job, has been busy building relationships with area organizations helping and supporting veterans. A recent guest on WHAV’s morning show, Hollett says, working collaboratively is very important. “The game in Veterans Services today is really about building those relationships with as many resources that are available out there. Some people like to consider a veterans services officer as a one stop shop, and the reality is that it’s really not,” he explained. Among his local contacts are Veterans Northeast Outreach Center Executive Director Scott Forbes; the Haverhill Exchange Club, which is operating the Hometown Heroes Program; and Veterans of Foreign Wars Lorraine Post 29 Commander Shawn Watkins.

Haverhill Public Library Helps WHAV Celebrate First FM Station Launch 74 Years Ago Today

The Haverhill Public Library today is helping WHAV celebrate another milestone—the first of what would be three different launches of WHAV over FM radio that took place 74 years ago. The library is sharing its Special Collections’ archive of WHAV on social media to commemorate the debut of the FM station April 14, 1948. The original FM signal came a year after the launch of an AM station. The FM would turn out to be ahead of its time, ending in 1952. WHAV-FM’s launch was accompanied at the time by a note describing the advantages over AM radio.

Podcast: J. G. Whittier School Talent Show Today Helps Pay for Upcoming Moana JR.

Haverhill’s John Greenleaf Whittier School Drama Club is preparing for its upcoming production of Disney’s Moana JR. in June, but the club must raise money first with donations and its fourth annual talent show this afternoon, April 8. J.G. Whittier music and drama teacher Bobby Gariepy appeared live over WHAV last week, talking about the talent show taking place at 3:30 p.m. in the John Greenleaf Whittier School auditorium. “We have some fifth and sixth grade girls who have fantastic singing voices, so they are going to be singing some songs for you. I have one kid who is doing card tricks, and then I’m also performing a song and the Willie Wonka Drama Club will be performing as well. A couple of other fun things.