Art by Three Pentucket Regional High School Seniors Featured in Exhibition; Online Reception Tonight

Art created by three Pentucket Regional High School seniors will be featured in the virtual Emerging Young Artists 2022 Juried Exhibition. Pentucket’s artwork was submitted by Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair Marcia Nadeau. It includes “Doodle Dragon,” an illustration in marker and colored pencil by Ryan Shears of Merrimac; “Push and Pull,” an oil pastel drawing by Jessica Cooney of Groveland; and “Huckleberry,” a colored pencil drawing by Kylie MacKinnon of Groveland. “Congratulations to Ryan, Jessica and Kylie for this outstanding accomplishment. This is a highly competitive exhibition, and they should be very proud to be chosen,” said Superintendent Justin Bartholomew said.

Lawrence to Receive 10 Sensors to Monitor Air Pollution Levels

The City of Lawrence is receiving 10 air sensors to monitor local air pollution levels. Lawrence is one of 39 communities, and the only one in the Merrimack Valley, to be awarded the “PurpleAir” units by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Sensors measure fine particulate matter, known as PM2.5, for one year. “Particulate matter can be a significant airborne pollutant that affects the public health in communities throughout the state,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “By providing air sensors to municipalities to measure their air quality, our Air Sensor Grant Program highlights the Commonwealth’s dedication to working directly with local communities, to effectively assess and improve air quality across the state.”

PM2.5 is a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air and is so small it can be inhaled deep into the lungs and may even enter a person’s bloodstream.

N.H. AG and State Police Report Solving 1972 Murder of Haverhill Woman, But Assailant Died in 2019

New Hampshire officials say the murder of a 48-year-old Haverhill woman in 1972 has been “solved,” but the man they believe committed the crime died in 2019. N.H. Attorney General John M. Formella and Col. Nathan Noyes of the New Hampshire State Police said Wednesday the murder of Arlene L. Clevesy was committed by Albert Francis Moore Jr. They said her body was discovered on June 4, 1972, in the area of Hume Brook in Newton, N.H. An autopsy found she suffocated due to trauma to her neck and drowning. According to a final report, “At the time of her death, Arlene Clevesy had been happily married for almost a year to Harold Clevesy and they lived on Union Street in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Harold Clevesy told investigators that on the night of June 3, 1972, he and Arlene went to the Hotel Whittier in Haverhill for drinks and stayed until around 9 or 9:30 p.m. At that time Harold returned home but Arlene stayed out as she often would.

Alliance Calls for In-School Shots, Citing Relatively Low Vaccination Rates in Haverhill and Lawrence

Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, citing relatively low vaccination rates in Haverhill and Lawrence, as compared with wealthier communities, called on Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday to take immediate action to protect students, families and educators. The Alliance called for the governor to take a three-pronged approach to fully protect students and families across the state. They said the plan must include a comprehensive, state-run and in-school vaccination program for every school with a vaccination rate under the statewide average of 75%, state sponsored distribution of high-quality masks for every school district that requests them and a state coordinated, state-financed and transparent testing program for every school district. “If the state has the power to require children to attend school in the midst of a runaway pandemic, the state has an obligation to provide adequate protection for students in every district,” said Lisa Guisbond, executive director of Citizens for Public Schools and chair of MEJA’s board of directors. “A comprehensive in-school COVID response in advance of the next surge of the virus is long overdue.”

The group said school-aged children in Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth are at particular risk, noting these are “communities where alarmingly low vaccination rates put children in harm’s way.

Campbell, Representing Methuen and Haverhill at State House, Not Seeking Re-Election

Those who have worked with retiring state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell received advance word of her plans and wish her the best going forward. Campbell, whose district will be enlarged to cover Methuen and more of Haverhill as part of U.S. Census-forced redistricting, told confidants Tuesday of her plans not to seek re-election to the 15th Essex District. Her colleague, Rep. Andy X. Vargas, with whom she would have shared representation of Haverhill after redistricting, was one who received early word. “Rep. Dean Campbell has been the dean of our delegation and a dear friend. I will miss her in the House, but I know her work on behalf of the public interest will continue.

Anna Jaques Hospital Seeks Public Input During Listening Sessions Jan. 27 and Feb. 10

Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport is conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment to better understand the most pressing health-related issues impacting the people living and working in the communities it serves. The hospital is calling on the public to hear key preliminary findings, share perspectives and discuss potential solutions. Participants will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card. Listening sessions takes place Thursdays, Jan. 27, and Feb.

Podcast: Pentucket Superintendent Bartholomew Heaps Praise on Field Hockey Coach Beaton

Pentucket Regional High School recently received national recognition for its field hockey program. Pentucket Regional Superintendent Justin Bartholomew, who was a recent guest on WHAV’s morning program, praised veteran coach Ruth Beaton. She led the team to a record of 19-2-1 and a berth in the State Tournament’s Final Four, which Bartholomew says, is the best record in Pentucket history. “She’s been in the program almost 30 years. Because of the amazing obstacles they overcame, their incredible run in the state tournament, she was recognized as the United States Field Hockey Coach of the Year.

Dumpsters to Collect Overflow Cardboard Arrive in Plaistow, N.H.

Cardboard-only recycling dumpsters are now available to Plaistow, N.H., residents. The trial program is designed to address overflowing cardboard in residential carts and not intended to replace the receptacles. Because dumpsters are locked, residents must break down cardboard to slide it through the opening. Dumpster locations are: Town Hall Annex, 14 Elm St.; Public Works Garage, 144F Main St.; Vic Geary Center, 0 Greenough Road; and Red Oak Drive, at the turnabout between the commercial and residential areas, but not in the residential cul-de-sac area. Officials said recycling provides a significant savings.