Sandown, N.H., Recalls Native Son Who Died in America’s Civil War

A son of Sandown, N.H., who gave his life to preserve our nation’s unity and defend democracy for his own generation and those who followed, will be remembered during the town’s Memorial Day celebration. Sgt. Daniel Marston, whose mother’s family—the Flanders—had lived in Sandown since before the American Revolution, grew up in town. He ran a local wheelwrights shop, but during the Union’s lowest point in the war, left to fight. He and other Sandown men joined one of New Hampshire’s nine-month infantry regiments.

Finegold to Moderate State House Panel Today on ‘Deepfake’ Tech

A panel of experts will explain today how “deepfake” technology works, how its proliferation might affect the digital future and what other states are doing about it. Participating panelists at the State House presentation are Google Senior Policy Manager Joe Dooley; Common Cause Massachusetts Executive Director Geoff Foster; Heather Morton, director of Financial Services, Technology and Communications for the National Conference of State Legislatures; and Amanda Hainsworth, senior legal advisor to Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell

State Sen. Barry R. Finegold, who has filed legislation to require disclaimers when an artificially generated image of a political candidate is used, will moderate the panel. “Artificial intelligence is rapidly evolving and with it, the ability to distort information at lightning speed. I am concerned about the federal government’s pace on this issue and look forward to joining experts in discussing how artificial intelligence—especially deepfake technology—is and will continue to affect the work we do,” said Finegold. His proposal would require synthetic media, or “deepfakes,” depicting a candidate or political party to include a disclaimer that clearly identifies the media as artificially generated or modified.

Whittier Tech Honors 125 Northern Essex Community College Early College Students

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School honored 125 participants for completing the Early College Program during a ceremony last week at Northern Essex Community College. The ceremony included addresses by Northern Essex Community College Associate Dean of PK12 Partnerships Aaron Altman; alumni speaker Osaym Omar; Northern Essex Provost of Academic and Student Affairs Paul Beaudin; faculty speaker Dawn Wheaton; and student speaker Gabriella Ortiz of Haverhill, a Whittier Tech senior studying marketing. “As all of us graduates come together this evening to reflect on our accomplishments, we can also recognize the perks that this program has offered us,” said Ortiz. “An invaluable and priceless benefit of taking Early College courses, is that we are able to get a real taste of what college will be like. We now know what it means to get assignments in on time, be independent, and learn the routine of a what it takes to be successful in college each semester.

Methuen Observes Memorial Day with Parade, Ceremonies

Methuen’s Memorial Day observance will start at the American Legion Post 122 on Broadway, and end at VFW Post 8349 on River Street. The parade will wend its way to the World War II monument on Charles Street and Walnut Grove Cemetery’s American Legion monument for brief ceremonies, before returning to the Legion post at 200 Broadway. The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization picks up the observances at Elmwood Cemetery on North Lowell Street (Route 113) before returning to the VFW post at 26 River St. for sandwiches and soda. All veterans, active-duty military members, National Guard members, reservists, civic organizations, Scout troops, school groups and clubs are invited to march.

Planning Commission Receives $1 Million for Cleanup of Haverhill’s Dutton Airport, Methuen’s Searles

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission is receiving $1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program to support clean-up projects, including the former Dutton Airport in Haverhill which is slated for redevelopment into a business park, and the Searles Estate in Methuen. The former Dutton Airport was most recently targeted for redevelopment in the city’s new master plan, in 2020, as WHAV reported first at the time. The airport, off Route 110, dates back to at least 1929. It closed less than 10 years after its owner, Howard Dutton, crashed there during an aerobatic display in 1977. “This funding provides critical resources for rehabilitating key properties across the Merrimack Valley.

Whittier Tech Marine Service Technology Students Receive Yamaha On Board Certificates

Fourteen students in the Marine Service Technology Shop at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School earned their Yamaha On Board Certificates last month. The certificates, which signify that the students are qualified to work on Yamaha boat motors, were awarded April 23 and 24 when Yamaha representative Mike Hussni came to the school. Hussni also spent time with students, who work under the direction of Marine Service Technology Instructor Mike Murray and offered advice as students asked for tips of the trade. Murray also provided each student with a starter tool kit bag. “Never be afraid to ask questions.

Essex County Sheriff Staff Receive Honors During Correctional Employee of the Year Ceremony

During a recent ceremony, members of the Essex County Sheriff’s office were among those to receive Correctional Employee of the Year Awards. The event was offered by the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Massachusetts Department of Correction and Massachusetts Sherriff’s Association and honored more than 50 correctional professionals statewide for exceptional performance and public service. K9 Sgt. Leonardo F. Jorge was honored for his role in helping Haverhill Police last July in locating a missing individual with suicidal thoughts. Jorge and his K9 partner, Drago, responded as part of a multi-agency team.

Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s Howard Participates in Panel Exploring Adaptation in Finance

Merrimack Valley Credit Union President and CEO John J. Howard was one of three featured panelists during the Cooperative Credit Union Association’s annual CU Accelerate conference earlier this month in Philadelphia. The conference brings together credit union professionals from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Delaware for informative keynote presentations, lectures, panels and networking opportunities. Howard was a featured panelist during the event’s Adapting for Relevance panel discussion on Friday, May 3, alongside Devon Lyon, president and CEO of Central One Federal Credit Union and Janell Upton, president and CEO of Dover Federal Credit Union. “CU Accelerate was outstanding. I was so honored to be on this panel alongside my peers, Janell and Devon, discussing topics like fintech, mergers and culture—a subject that is so important to me and our team at MVCU.