Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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October 25, 2012

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Effective October 12, 2012, the possession limit of unchecked deer in Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ) 13 and 14 (Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Elizabeth Islands) has been increased from two to four deer. Antlerless deer permit allocations in Wildlife Management Zones 13 and 14 are very high, due to high deer population densities. As an effort to increase the deer harvest in these zones, increasing the possession of a larger number of unchecked deer within 48 hours will give hunters more time in the field.

Island deer hunters are reminded that all deer harvested on the islands must be taken to a game check station on the islands within 48 hours of harvest before transport off-island. Deer hunters who hunt on the islands (WMZ’s 13 and 14) may purchase up to four antlerless deer permits per zone per day for Zones 13 and 14 available online and at any license agent location. Hunters are encouraged to purchase their permits well ahead of their planned hunting dates.

Andover Health Division kicks off ‘sharps’ drop-off program

The Andover Health Division has created a new program meant to protect residents from the dangers of discarded needles and other medical devices.

The state of Massachusetts prohibits the disposal of needles, syringes, and lancets in regular trash. These, along with other medical devices that can puncture the skin, are collectively referred to as “sharps” and pose a serious threat to the health and safety of Massachusetts residents if improperly disposed of, according to health workers. Sharps that are inappropriately disposed of may cause injury or transmit blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or even HIV, especially among custodial staff, sanitation workers, children and pets.

Through a donation from Pfizer, the Andover Health Division has purchased two sharps collection kiosks. The kiosks will be permanently installed in two town locations for resident convenience. Used sharps must be placed in a rigid, puncture-proof container before being deposited in the kiosks. Sharps containers will be available for sale at the Health Department and the Andover Senior Center .

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