Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 4, 2013

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Greenscapes groups seeks pet-owners’ help

Did you know that unscooped dog poop can pollute local waters? This spring, the town of Andover is partnering with the Greenscapes North Shore to make people more award of the importance of picking up after one’s pets.

Greenscapes North Shore is made up of three organizations from across the North Shore — Salem Sound Coastwatch, the Ipswich River Watershed Association, the Eight Towns and the Great Marsh Committee. A release from the group says dog waste has twice as much bacteria as human waste and notes that rain washes these bacteria into the nearest bodies of water —untreated.

Children are especially vulnerable to the parasites, viruses and bacteria involved. The symptoms are: flu-like, vomiting, diarrhea, ear infections, rashes and fever.

To spread the word about the importance of scooping after one’s pet, the Greenscapes Program has created an information card for Andover citizens with facts and tips about how to keep dog waste out of our waters. These cards are available at local veterinary offices and at the town clerk’s office where dog owners come to purchase dog licenses.

The Greenscapes effort seeks to have pet owners always bring bags and put filled bags in a trash can, never in a recycling bin or a storm drain.

Gently used children’s items for sale

Nashoba Valley MoM, a nonprofit organization, will hold a sale of gently used children’s items on Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at Central Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St., Chelmsford.

Items for sale include baby equipment, toys, clothes, books and more. Only cash accepted. For more information, visit nashobavalleymom.org or call 978-376-2939.

ENHC annual spring meeting

The Essex National Heritage Commission will hold its annual spring meeting on Wednesday, April 10 at Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill.

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