Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School Receives $1.7 million Skills Capital Grant

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School plans to modernize and expand its Culinary Arts and Animal Sciences instructional labs with a $1.7 million state grant. The school, which combines the former Essex Agricultural and Technical High School and North Shore Technical High School, was among 14 high schools awarded a Skills Capital Grants. The Gov. Charlie Baker administration said the goal is to expand student enrollment in programs that provide career education. “Since taking office, our administration has made significant investments through the Skills Capital Grant program to help more young people and adults gain the education, training and skills necessary for successful careers in rapidly growing industry sectors,” said Baker. Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School’s Culinary Arts and Animal Sciences instructional labs involve more than 500 high school students and Career Technical Initiative adult students.

More than Pumpkins; Chubby Checker, Kansas and Trace Adkins Coming Up at Topsfield Fair

Topsfield Fair is underway, continuing through next Monday, Columbus Day, with acts by Chubby Checker, Kansas and Trace Adkins adding to the appeal of the annual event. This year, the Fair is operating without the COVID-19 restrictions of the past few seasons. Topsfield Fair Board of Directors Past President Bill Fitzgerald was a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program and talked about some of the entertainment. “This year, we’re going to be doing the twist. There’s going to be dust in the wind and, you got to remember, ladies love country boys.

Mass. Attorney General Says Mississippi Woman Took Columbia Gas Explosion Payments for Herself

A Jackson, Mississippi woman was recently indicted in connection with stealing more than $28,000 and the identities of four victims of the 2018 Merrimack Valley gas explosions, while she worked as an insurance adjuster. Attorney General Maura Healey said Monday Lashaunda Studaway was arraigned last Thursday in Essex County Superior Court on charges of four counts of identity fraud and two counts of larceny over $1,200. She is due back in court Dec. 16 for a pre-trial hearing. According to a release from the attorney general’s office, between October and December 2018, Studaway worked as an insurance adjuster on behalf of Columbia Gas.

Area Law Enforcement Heads Agree Teamwork Makes the Difference in Successful Policing

The benefits of teamwork in successful policing were the takeaways from a Public Safety Breakfast Forum last Friday at the Haverhill Country Club. Sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, the forum focused on teamwork between divisions of law enforcement, community police departments and police and the public at large. Police chiefs from Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover along with Essex County Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger and retiring District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett took part in the event with Coppinger presenting his ideas on how different law enforcement divisions work together. “I look at the criminal justice system like a baseball game. In the first three innings, when someone dials 9-1-1, these gentlemen and their peers answer the call.

Careers in Intelligence or Security Get a Boost From Northern Essex and UNH Partnership

Students seeking a career in intelligence or security are expected to benefit from a new partnership between Northern Essex Community College and the University of New Hampshire. The federal Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently designated UNH as a national Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence and established the Northeast Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence. The consortium includes Northern Essex Community College, Howard University, College of Mount Saint Vincent and University of Massachusetts Lowell. “Northern Essex is honored to have been selected by UNH to join them in the establishment of the Northeast Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence,” said Northern Essex Provost Paul Beaudin. “As the only community college in this group of graduate-level institutions, our inclusion is peer recognition of the rigor and quality of our academic programs and our commitment to the diversification of our regional and national workforce.”

Over 10 years, UNH will distribute $2.5 million to develop intelligence-related curricula, workshops, simulations, conferences and seminars at partner institutions.

Tips Lead Methuen Police to Arrest Arlington Man Accused of Fentanyl Drug Dealing

Residents’ tips are credited with Methuen Police’s arrest last week of a 43-year-old Arlington man charged with suspected fentanyl drug dealing. The Methuen Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Essex County Sheriff’s office and Methuen Police Patrol Division said Friday more than 37 grams of suspected fentanyl. Police were directed to the area of Lawrence Street after collecting and analyzing information from concerned citizens and anonymous tips. Mark Russell was arrested Thursday at 1:22 p.m. after being observed making a suspected drug transaction in the area of Arlington Street. Russell was charged with major trafficking of a class A substance, fentanyl.

World War II Army Veteran Ethel LaSalle Making Blankets for Methuen Police Officers

Over time, Army veteran and Methuen resident Ethel LaSalle donated more than 300 blankets to area veterans’ organizations. Now, at 99 years young, she is on her way to achieving her additional goal of hand making one for each Methuen Police officer. She recently donated four of them to police. As a result, Chief Scott J. McNamara placed all officers’ names into a drawing and pulled winners to receive the first four blankets. Officers Nick Conway, Felicia Bistany, Matt Morel and Matt Tarness accepted the gifts.

Groveland Historical Society Hosts 19th Annual Pines Speedway Reunion and Car Show

The Groveland Historical Society is presenting vintage cars and special honors at the 19th annual Pines Speedway Reunion and Car Show. The free event takes place Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Pines Speedway’s original track site, 183 Main St., Groveland. Vintage race cars from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s are featured, along with a live band and raffles. Food and drink will be served.