Wall That Heals, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica, and In Memory Honor Roll Comes to VA Bedford

The Wall That Heals, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, is coming to Massachusetts in September with local Vietnam veterans who died eligible to be honored as part of the In Memory Honor Roll in the mobile Education Center. The Wall That Heals will be open Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 22-25, at the Veterans Administration Edith Norse Rogers Hospital in Bedford, part of the VA Healthcare System. Kat Bailey, VA Public affairs officer, was a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program. “So it’s really, really cool.

Seventy-Five Years Ago Today, Haverhill Radio Station WHAV First Went On the Air

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This is a milestone day in the history of local radio station WHAV. On this day 75 years ago, the then-AM radio station first launched from temporary studios on the second floor of Merrimack Valley National Bank at 163 Merrimack St., in downtown Haverhill. Then, as right now, the radio signal beamed to households from the top of Silver Hill. General Manager John Taylor Russ gave listeners his vision for the station. “WHAV is going to be your station — a station for the people of Haverhill and the people in our surrounding towns.

97.9 WHAV Joins Public Radio in Airing Lennon’s ‘Give Peace a Chance’ Today at 1:30 p.m.

This afternoon, Friday, March 11, 97.9 WHAV joins public radio stations across the nation as we come together in a simultaneous broadcast of John Lennon’s timeless song of unity, hope and peace, “Give Peace a Chance.”

This collective transmission serves to unite public radio listeners from coast to coast in a unified demonstration to support those around the world who are affected by war, reminding all of us that we can collectively amplify support for peace across the globe. Public radio together, for peace. 🕊

Join us by tuning in at 1:30 p.m.

#publicradiotogetherforpeace

Podcast: Haverhill’s Griffin LaMarre Competes in Paralympics Underway in Beijing, China

A Haverhill native is participating in the Paralympics currently underway in Beijing, China. Twenty-five-year-old Griffin LaMarre is a goalie on the Team USA Sled Hockey Team. In a WHAV interview with his mother, Donna, it was revealed Griffin, born with hereditary spastic paraplegia, entered hockey only as a second choice. “We are a skiing family. We ski up at Sunday River, and they have the only free adaptive ski program in the country.

Podcast: Local Business Confidence Up, But Finding Workers Remains a Challenge

Local businesses, recently surveyed by the Haverhill-based Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, are reporting confidence levels back to pre-pandemic levels, but note challenges to overcome. Community and Economic Development Planner Nate Robertson, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, said there is still some wobbling. “We see that, though labor force participation is up, we have historic job openings. We also have historic quit rates, increased early retirements, people switching jobs, a lot of sort of industry shuffle going on here in the local economy,” he said. Robertson said one of the causes of labor shortage is that Massachusetts’ population growth rate has slowed.

Podcast: Private Grant Allows Haverhill High Students to Complete Associate Degrees for Free

Haverhill High School students in the Early College program at Northern Essex Community College have an opportunity to earn associate degrees for free. Haverhill High School Principal Jason Meland, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, explains tuition is paid by the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation. The Newton, Mass.-based foundation awarded a $250,000 grant to launch the Promise Program next year, which allows Early College students to complete degrees they started in high school. “In addition to expanding 9 through 12, our Early College offerings for kids, we’re going to be adding a 13th year, so kids who are engaged in Early College as juniors and seniors will have the option, next year, to opt into one more year,” he said. Meland noted, during the additional year, students will be spending 100% of their time as college students on the campus of Northern Essex Community College.

Podcast: Lawrence General CEO Says Pandemic Brought Needed Health Care Cooperation

One positive result of the COVID-19 pandemic was a sharing of resources that culminated in the recent agreement between Lawrence General Hospital and Steward Health Care’s Holy Family Hospital and St. Elizabeth. Lawrence General President and CEO Deborah Wilson, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning show, said the pandemic helped bring about the collaboration. “One of the things about the pandemic, and it was so horrible, and we’ve all been struggling with the recent surge, but one of the things that was really good about the pandemic is that local institutions came together, in very stressful circumstances, to help deal with the patient issues during the pandemic crisis,” she said. Wilson said the partnership between non-profit Lawrence General, and for-profit Steward St.

Podcast: New Local Hospital Pact Aims to Keep Health Care Local and Affordable

Those requiring medical care and prefer being close to home in the Merrimack Valley are helped by a new agreement involving Lawrence General Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Holy Family Hospital President Craig Jesiolowski, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, said the agreement means the local hospitals will work together while remaining independent. He explains how the collaboration came together. “This started out probably about two, two and a half, years ago when Deb Wilson became the president of Lawrence General Hospital.