After a welcome from Team Haverhill mascot Sammy Sturgeon, US Representative Niki Tsongas honored local volunteer groups at her sixth annual River Day event in October. Recognized for their work to connect Haverhill in imaginative ways to the Merrimack River were the Friends of Bradford Rail Trail, Team Haverhill, and local civic leader and volunteer Peter Carbone. River Day is an annual celebration of the rivers that connect the Fifth Congressional District that Tsongas represents. This year’s events included canoe rides on the Nashua River in Groton, a tour of a former Brownfield site in Lowell that is now part of the Concord River Greenway, and a tour along the banks of the Merrimack River here in Haverhill. “River Day is an event I host each year to bring community members together to celebrate the great role our waterways play in connecting and contributing to the Fifth Congressional District,” Tsongas said.