Podcast: Whittier Tech to Spend the Next Year Deciding Between Renovation or Building New

Cities and towns making up the membership of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School won’t be asked for at least a year to sign off on whatever plans emerge for a renovated or replacement school. During 2023, the School Building Committee will review what approach is most feasible, while following the process set down by the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Whittier Tech Superintendent Maureen Lynch, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, said there are three options—renovate the current building, renovate and expand to allow for more students or construct a new school altogether. “Over the next year or so, we are really going to be looking at what our best option is going to be. Then next year, next spring, we will be going to our communities, the spring of 2024, wow!

WHAV Presents An Old-Time Radio Christmas Eve; Also, Special Play by Massasoit Radio Players

It’s An Old-Time Radio Christmas Eve Saturday on 97.9 WHAV. Holiday music begins after the 6 p.m. news, followed by the second annual presentation of “A Christmas Carol” at 7 by the Massasoit Radio Players of Massasoit Community College. At 8, it’s Superman’s Christmas Adventure as the man of steel fights to stop Dr. Grouch and Mr. Meaney who set out to destroy Santa’s workshop and steal the reindeer. Next up is Fibber McGee and Molly with Fibber putting up Christmas lights and decorations with hilarious results. Jimmy Stewart returns at 9 as George Bailey in the radio adaptation of the 1948 movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” When Stewart regrets ever being born, his guardian angel grants his wish on Christmas Eve.

Podcast: Santa Claus is Coming But Many Children Already Met the Jolly Man Thanks to Haverhill Lions Club

When Christmas Eve rolls around this weekend, many children will find themselves nestled all snug in their beds, satisfied they already saw Santa, but without his sled. The Haverhill Lions Club, for example, recently provided a stop for Santa during its Breakfast with Santa. Haverhill Lions Club Past President Laurie Cantwell, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning show, and said the event was well attended. “Oh yes, it was such a great day. It was so much fun to see all the smiles on the faces of everyone who attended.

Podcast: Community Action Sees Sharp Increase in Fuel Assistance Requests; Here’s Where to Find Help

Although winter doesn’t officially begin until the 21st, heating bills are already arriving and families are asking for help. Kerri Sheeran Perry, president and CEO of Haverhill’s Community Action, told WHAV listeners recently that as of the last week of November, heating assistance applications are up 148% over last year. “What’s remarkable about that is it’s been a fairly warm fall. So, it’s really, really important that community members learn about our program at Community Action, that they reach out to us. I think a lot of community members are confused about the process, but if they call into Community Action offices at 978-373-1971, we have an incredibly efficient and helpful staff, many of whom are bilingual.

Podcast: Salvation Army of Haverhill Plans Focus on Teen Depression, but Kettle Collections Fall Behind

The Salvation Army in Haverhill finds itself behind this year in raising money for its donations to families—particularly important this year as the charity turns its attention to a rise in teenage depression. Major Lynnann Rivers, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, says, to date, collections are about a third of normal are at this point in the season. “We’re doing more services with less available resources. The cost cuts just aren’t just rising for residents, they’re rising for businesses and nonprofits as well. And, we’ll need monetary donations not just at Christmas when we are out at a kettle, but throughout the year to be able to keep our doors open and our services running,” she says.

WHAV’s 1947 Housewarming Party; Vaughn Monroe’s ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow’ Proves Prophetic

This story updates an earlier Wavelengths account, noting WHAV’s return to the How Street studio that is adorned with its name in neon lights. A virtual Housewarming Party is the theme of nonprofit WHAV’s end of year appeal. Instead of pitching local information and entertainment to what were once throngs of downtown merchants, today’s nonprofit WHAV asks listeners give a housewarming gift. To give or learn more, click here. There are many parallels to be drawn between Haverhill’s Christmas seasons of 1947 and today—both involving moving into new radio studios.

Podcast: Haverhill Hometown Holiday Celebration Tonight with Tree Lighting, Santa, Entertainment

Downtown Haverhill springs to life tonight with holiday spirit as the Haverhill Hometown Holiday Celebration kicks of the season. The event, formerly known as the Christmas Stroll, runs between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. One of its volunteers, Melissa Seavey of Bethany Communities, gave an overview for WHAV listeners during an appearance on WHAV’s morning show. “It’s a little different from past strolls. This year, we are calling it the ‘Haverhill Hometown Holiday Celebration.’ This is being hosted by the city, and then there are some volunteers like Destination Downtown Haverhill and L’Arche and the Chamber of Commerce that are all helping out with it. So, we’re really excited to bring a little something back to downtown Haverhill after a couple of years of COVID and things being quieter,” she said.

Podcast: Haverhill Lions Club Brings Back Breakfast with Santa…and Mrs. Claus Dec. 10

The Haverhill Lions Club is bringing back Breakfast with Santa after a three-year-hiatus. Past President Laurie Cantwell, a recent guest on WHAV’s morning show, said the breakfast has always been a popular event with kids and adults alike. “They love bringing their little ones, and having them have that breakfast and visit with Santa and, like I said, Mrs. Claus should be making an appearance. We might have Mr. and Mrs. Lion there too,” she said. The breakfast takes place Saturday, Dec.