Feds Award Essex North Shore Agricultural and Tech Money for Veterans’ Program, Upgrades

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School recently won $850,000 in federal aid to expand workforce development and military veteran-focused programs.

Money earmarked by Congressman Seth Moulton for the Danvers-based school will be used to expand infrastructure, including upgrading Gallant Hall’s climate control systems, windows, doors and alumni gymnasium bathroom. Money will also provide space for Company2Heroes, a nonprofit service dog training organization, specializing in dogs working with combat veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or military sexual trauma. “We are proud of our work to provide workforce development opportunities to our day and evening students, including those with barriers to employment,” said Essex North Shore Superintendent Heidi Riccio.

Amid Steward Health Concerns, Walsh Lectures Legislature on Making Decisions in ‘Haste’

Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Kate Walsh issued a broad warning Tuesday about hasty legislative solutions to address the role of private equity in health care, as officials and hospital leaders continue to brace for potentially major care disruptions amid Steward Health Care’s financial challenges. Walsh did not invoke any specific proposal when asked about the role of state or federal legislation to respond to the Steward crisis, following recent Beacon Hill hearings focused on the negative impact of private equity on patient care and possible strategies to boost regulatory oversight of health care transactions. “I think that the health care system in our country is really, really complicated, and I worry about broad brushstrokes that say, ‘private equity bad, not-for-profit good,’” Walsh told reporters following an event at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “I think we have seen an extreme set of circumstances, the choices that Steward made as a health system to capitalize their system—it just didn’t work,” the secretary continued. “And so what we need to do when we get patients, and staff, and people and regions through this is sort of step back.

Plaistow Library Friends Offer Bracelet-Making Workshop

Always wanted a knit Viking bracelet? The Friends of the Plaistow Public Library can help. They will host a knit bracelet weaving workshop on Wednesday, April 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the library’s Nelson Room, 85 Main St., Plaistow, N.H.

This is described as a relatively simple technique well-suited to beginners. Visit plaistowlibrary.com and under the “Events” tab click on the bracelet item in the calendar for a link to register. A $15 fee includes materials and a kit to make a bracelet to take home.

Endicott College’s Misselwood Events to Host Area Chambers of Commerce

Area chambers of commerce are getting together for a free, joint networking event in June. Members of the Greater Haverhill and Merrimack Valley Chambers join Beverly, Cape Ann and Salem for appetizers, conversation and mingling with Endicott College and Misselwood staff Wednesday, June 12, 5-7 p.m., at Misselwood Events at Endicott College, 407 Hale St., Beverly. Registration takes place online here. There is a registration link within this story at WHAV.net.

Pentucket Regional School Plans Learning Collaborative With Various Classes for All Ages

Pentucket Regional School District has opened registration for arts; cooking; conversational Spanish; Digital Literacy for Parents, Guardians and Caregivers; and other classes starting in May. The Pentucket Learning Collaborative, geared toward adults and people of all ages, is taught by Pentucket educators. Classes run Wednesdays from May 1-29, from 5-7 p.m., at Pentucket Regional Middle High School. “Our classes are a collaborative in the truest sense of the idea,” Pentucket Schools Executive Director of Operations Jonathan Seymour said. “We’ve known for a while that creating communities where people of different generations can share experiences can lead to positive learning outcomes.”

During the five weeks, students may master skills or knowledge in everything from food preparation and greetings in Spanish, to social media etiquette, painting and illustration and caring for school-age children.

Methuen Seeks Volunteers for Annual Flag Replacement at Veterans’ Graves

Methuen is seeking volunteers to help with the student-led annual flag replacement next month. Every year around Memorial Day, the Methuen Veterans Office coordinates replacement of the flags on graves of all veterans. Volunteers will join students from St. Monica’s School Saturday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m.-noon, at Elmwood Cemetery, rain or shine. Breakfast will be available.

Household Hazardous Waste Day for Plaistow and Atkinson, N.H., Residents April 27

Residents of Plaistow and Atkinson, N.H., among other area communities, will be able to drop off household cleaners, paints and oils, poisons and other harmful wastes during an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Day. It takes place Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the at the Plaistow Public Works Facility, 144F Main St., Plaistow. Other participating communities are Danville, Hampstead, Chester and Kingston. Proof of residency will be required. Acceptable material includes aerosol cans, pool chemicals, cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, oil-based paints and more.

Groveland’s Bagnall School Sixth Grades Graduate from DARE Program; Three Win Essay Contest

Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall School students recently graduated from the Groveland Police Department’s Drug Awareness Resistance Education program, known as DARE, for short. Superintendent Justin Bartholomew, Police Chief Jeffrey T. Gillen and Principal James Day said about 66 sixth grade students graduated from the program Friday, April 4. Students in each class also participated in an essay contest about what the program meant to them. Essay winners were Owen Potter, Kara Walsh and Ava Tarquinio. They received a trophy and a certificate.