CARL RUSSO PHOTOS. It could have been called Merrimack Valley Pride Night.

Gov. Charlie Baker, keynote speaker at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner at DiBurro’s Function Hall on Wednesday evening, October 2nd. said he is impressed with the way people in the region help each other out.

Baker saw this firsthand in September 2018, when fires and explosions caused by over pressurized gas lines left many residents of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover out in the cold. The governor practically moved to the Merrimack Valley in the days after the disaster as he took charge of the relief effort.

Referring to the recent publication of MCAS results, Baker said, “Lawrence had some good test scores.” He credited the state’s Education Reform Act, passed in 1993, with putting Massachusetts schools on a path to better performance.