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James G. Page (top row, 2nd from rt), as the coach of the Haverhill Football Team.

The 100th Annual Dinner and Awards celebration is just over two months away and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce continues to hear from amazing businesses in the area who have reached (and often surpassed) milestone achievements in this community. In an effort to capture the principle of steadfast growth within our membership GHCC has added three additional businesses to the list of honorees the night of June 2, 2016.

These local companies and organizations who have displayed perseverance and achieved longevity in their business are the building blocks that make Haverhill great and will be among those esteemed, These local leaders in business will continue steering us into a very bright future.

We would like to congratulate the newest Century Awards designees, Home Health VNA-Merrimack Valley Hospice-HomeCare, Inc., A. W. Chesterton and James Page Insurance Company, Inc. GHCC is honored to be able to highlight each of these businesses for the continued commitment to commerce and development.

This landmark event will take place on Thursday, June 2 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM at Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill. Marking the momentous occasion, the evening will include a special video retrospective of Haverhill’s commercial history and citywide achievements; story boards from each decade in GHCC’s 100 years of presenting special awards; decorations and décor representing by-gone eras; highlights of the current projects bringing new life to Haverhill – with a special emphasis on Harbor Place, and of course a delectable dinner.

Special guests for the evening include Chairman of Ways & Means, Rep. Brian Dempsey, and our keynote and emcee for the evening, Corporate Comedian and Haverhill Business Owner, Brian Longwell.


Home Health VNA- Merrimack Valley Hospice-Home Care, Inc.

Home Health Foundation is comprised of three not-for-profit affiliate agencies: Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare, Inc. Together, they form a comprehensive continuum of the highest quality home health and hospice care for infants, children, adults, and elders, in both home and community settings.

In 1895 Lawrence General Hospital through its school of nursing begins caring for the sick children of local mill working families. This marks the beginning of the visiting nurse in this region. Through many changes and setbacks due to the nursing shortages and the Great Depression and World War II, local nurses continue providing homecare in the area finally seeing the advent of social security in 1965. This results in Medicare and Medicaid and extends home health care coverage to Americans over 65. Finally in 1968 Home Health VNA is established in Haverhill with seed money from the United Fund, later known as the United Way. Through several mergers and reorganizations from 1979 through 2013, Home Health VNA-Merrimack Valley Hospice-HomeCare, Inc. reaches its current compliment of services and offerings and celebrates 120 years!

A. W. Chesterton

Chesterton has grown ​from a manufacturer of sealing devices to a comprehensive solutions provider for plant equipment reliability and efficiency, improved plant maintenance, and reduced use of natural resources.

Chesterton has grown ​from a manufacturer of sealing devices to a comprehensive solutions provider for plant equipment reliability and efficiency, improved plant maintenance, and reduced use of natural resources.

Arthur “A.W.” Chesterton launched Chesterton Company, a purveyor of steamboat and engineering supplies in 1884. His focus—much as the company operates today—was connecting customers quickly to the product solutions they needed, and this approach was met with success. Before long, the company became a manufacturer as well a distributor.​ In 1895, Chesterton introduced its own line of pump packing and gasketing and the company’s focus on industrial sealing solutions was born.

Over the next few decades, the organization introduced a number of advanced packing products resistant to high temperature and chemical exposure. International expansion and new product introductions were a constant throughout the remainder of the century. By 2000, Chesterton employees could look back on a long history of award-winning mechanical seals, pump packings, hydraulic seals, and lubricants, including many Vaaler awards, two seals named “Product of the Year” by Plant Engineering in 1992. Today they celebrate 132 years in business with more than 1,250 employees in 32 Countries, over 500 Sales & Service Locations Globally and are a solutions provider in more than 113 countries, all from their headquarters in Groveland, Massachusetts.

James Page Insurance Company, Inc.

The William H. Page Insurance Agency was founded in 1878, only four years before the Great Fire of 1882 decimated much of downtown Haverhill. This disaster was a massive loss for the city and the amount of money paid out to insureds by the agency was substantial. James G. Page joined his father in the business and after William’s death in 1916 became president of the agency. James was also president of the Haverhill Cooperative Bank and coached the Haverhill High School football team.

The same leadership qualities that led his team to the 1904 state championship on the football field proved equally successful in the insurance business. In 1934, his son James R. Page followed in his footsteps and joined the agency to continue the legacy of customer service and insurance expertise. He was joined in the 1950’s by his friend and neighbor, George McGregor. James R. Page’s son-in-law Charles “Chuck” Traver continued the legacy when he joined the agency in 1967. In recent years, Chuck’s son and James R. Page’s grandson, James Page Traver, has joined the agency to continue an unbroken legacy for insurance expertise, professionalism and service to Merrimack Valley area families and businesses.

Tickets are on sale for $100 per person and are expected to sell out. Reservations may be made through the office (978) 373-5663. Additional information may be found at This event is being sponsored by Pentucket Bank our Premier Sponsor; Trinity E.M.S., National Grid, Align Credit Union, Holy Family Hospital, Georgetown Bank and Northern Essex Community College.

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