Pentucket Regional Schools Fires Substitute After Arrest on Child Pornography-Related Charges

An on-call, substitute teacher at Pentucket Regional School District’s Sweetsir and Donaghue Schools was arrested in Merrimac and pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of child pornography and photographing an unsuspecting nude person. Twenty-four-year-old Kenneth Niven was arraigned at Newburyport District Court. Pentucket Regional School District Superintendent Justin Bartholomew said in a statement Niven was fired. “The investigation is in its early stages and we do not have further details to release at this time. However, I can share that this individual, who had been given a pre-employment background and criminal record check prior to starting as a substitute, has been terminated from their role as an on-call sub and we have issued a no-trespass order, barring them from all Pentucket Regional School District property.”

He said the Pentucket Regional School District is cooperating fully with the Merrimac Police Department and the Essex County District Attorney’s office, who are actively investigating these allegations.

DiZoglio Says State Bond Bill Pays for Rescue Boat, Castle Shop and More if Baker Approves

A $5.07 billion general government bond bill before Gov. Charlie Baker would pay for a new rescue/fire suppression boat for the Haverhill Fire Department, a café and gift shop at Winnekenni Castle and other capital projects in Methuen, Newburyport, Amesbury and Salisbury. State Sen. Diana DiZoglio said the local projects come as a result of amendments she filed to the borrowing package. “The Haverhill Fire Department recently decommissioned its 41-year-old rescue boat, having served the community for many years,” said Haverhill Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien. “Haverhill plays host to multiple marinas along the Merrimack River and boating has always been popular in the community. Combined with the new kayaking company and riverboat cruises coming to our downtown this summer, we anticipate a very busy year on the river that will only increase going forward.”

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini said the city’s vision is to make the carriage house on the grounds of Winnekenni Castle into a small performing arts center with a gift shop, café and remodeled caretaker’s quarters.

Methuen City Hall Pride Flag Ceremony Wednesday

Methuen raises its Pride Flag tomorrow. Mayor Neil Perry said the Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at Methuen City Hall is open to all and takes place Wednesday, June 22, at noon. “It is important for the City of Methuen to join in the recognition of the struggle of the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Perry. “We are committed to ensuring that the LGBTQIA+ community feels safe, accepted and welcome. Our goal is a more inclusive, and accessible Methuen for all.”

Pride Month is celebrated each June in commemoration of the LGBTQIA+ community’s uprising at New York City’s Stonewall Inn, which began June 28, 1969, and continued for six days.

LGBTQ+ Elders in an Ever-Changing World Conference this Friday Co-Sponsored by AgeSpan

In time for Pride month, AgeSpan is collaborating to present the 11th Annual LGBTQ+ Elders in an Ever-Changing World Conference this Friday. AgeSpan, formerly Elder Services, is partnering with California State University-Sacramento, Care Dimensions, Good Shepherd Community Care, LGBT Aging Project Fenway Health, Over the Rainbow Social Group and Salem State University School of Social Work. The keynote speaker is award-winning filmmaker Stu Maddux, discussing “Social Isolation, Loneliness and Resilience in LGBTQ Older Adults” and his new documentary, “All the Lonely People.” Maddux is well-known for his documentary, “Gen Silent,”about Boston-area LGBT older people who hid their sexuality or gender to survive in the long-term care system. In addition, the virtual one-day conference features workshops on a variety of topics. Those looking for alternative resources, services or community programs to help support their individual aging or caregiving needs are invited to attend.

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Networking June 28 at Wang’s Table

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce members are invited to attend a Chinese lunch buffet next week at Wang’s Table in downtown Haverhill. The Networking at Noon event takes place Tuesday, June 28, from noon -1:15 p.m., at Wang’s Table Restaurant, 46 Washington St., Haverhill. Admission for Merrimack Valley Chamber members is $25 and nonmembers pay $35. Besides the buffet, the fee covers soft drinks. A cash bar is also available.

‘Robotic Aquatics,’ Space Exploration, More Come to North Andover Middle School Camp

Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment program, is coming to North Andover Middle School next week. During the week of June 27, Camp Invention challenges children through hands-on activities and promotes STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—learning; builds confidence, leadership, perseverance and resourcefulness; and encourages entrepreneurship. This year’s Explore program includes Robotic Aquatics, where children dive into ocean research as they adopt their own aquatic animals; National Inventors Hall of Fame’s The Attic, where students build their own robotic artist; Spacecation, involving children in real space exploration technology; and Marble Arcade, where campers experiment with physics, engineering and gaming as they design, build and test their own mega marble arcades.

Methuen Police Department Promotes Souther to Sergeant

Methuen Police Officer David Souther Jr. was recently promoted from patrolman to sergeant. He began his career with the Methuen Police Department in 2005 as a reserve officer. In 2012, he graduated from the full-time police academy in Boylston. Souther has assisted the department in various pilot programs for new technologies. From 2015 to 2017, he was a field training officer where he trained multiple officers.

Haverhill Firefighter Becomes ill After Two Nights of Mutual Aid in West Newbury and Merrimac

A Haverhill firefighter became ill and was sent to a hospital while on a mutual aid call to help battle a four-alarm house fire early Saturday night in West Newbury. Haverhill Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien said the unidentified firefighter, who was also working during a three-alarm fire overnight in Merrimac, was taken to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport and later released

“A ladder crew was operating on the roof cutting a vent hole, aggressively working, and one of the members just wasn’t feeling right. Fortunately, he came down and was seen by the medics on scene and transported to the hospital,” O’Brien said. West Newbury Fire Chief Michael Dwyer said firefighters were dispatched at 6:47 p.m. to 17 Brown Lane for a report of a fire at a garage attached to a house. First arriving crews found heavy fire, called a second and then a third alarm response due to the intensity of the fire, but also because of the need for additional tankers to provide water for firefighting efforts.