Keeping local waters safe from pollution
This spring, the town of Andover is partnering with the Greenscapes North Shore to make people more aware of the importance of picking up after one’s pets.
Greenscapes North Shore is made up of three organizations from across the region — Salem Sound Coastwatch, Ipswich River Watershed Association and 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 when it rains, that unscooped, bacteria-laden dog poop washes into the nearest body of water — untreated.
Children are especially vulnerable to the parasites, viruses and bacteria involved, the groups say. The symptoms are flu-like and include vomiting, diarrhea, ear infections, rashes and fever.
To spread the word about the importance of scooping up after one’s pet, Greenscapes has created an informational card for Andover citizens with facts and tips about how to keep dog waste out of the local waters. The 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 poop bags, which they can dispose of in a trash can, never in a recycling bin or a storm drain.
DPW participates in foreman training
Nine Andover Department of Public Works employees attended full-day seminars on “Succeeding as a Foreman” this spring in Acton. The six-hour sessions were designed to boost participants’ professionalism and confidence and were attended by both veteran and aspiring foreman.
The training was offered for free as a membership benefit by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association property and casualty insurance provider for Andover.
AHS grad seeks support for thesis film
Kayla Kantola, a 2010 graduate of Andover High School now studying at Emerson College in Boston, is producing her senior thesis film this summer. The film, which will be shot in mid-June in Bucks County, Penn., follows a young girl as she uncovers the mystery behind a set of abandoned trains in her hometown.
Kantola is seeking financial donations to help her in the filmmaking process. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel talks health care for disabled
More than 80 people, including the region’s state legislators and local officials, attended the Northeast Independent Living Program’s annual legislative forum at Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. This year’s theme was Health Care Reform: What Does It Mean To You and the program focused on health care issues affecting the lives of local people with disabilities and their families. Participating in the panel discussions were Denise Johnson from U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas’ office, state Reps. Diana Dizoglio, Linda Dean Campbell and Marcos Devers; Dennis Marcello, district director with state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives’ office; Chris Lange, regional director with Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s office; Hirak Shah, legislative aide to Sen. Bruce Tarr; and former state Sen. Nicholas Costello. Special guest Tony Russo of the Bedford Veterans Administration Facility also spoke about the needs of veterans.
Given competing demands for shrinking resources, the Lawrence-based Independent Living Program is working to develop innovative solutions that safeguard and expand programs that promote independence for people with disabilities in the Merrimack Valley.