Friday, August 27, 2010
News from surrounding towns
The following news items were extracted from material available online.
• Chelmsford taps solar power. The Chelmsford Water District is installing 2,600 solar panels in a $2.8 million project to power the water supply system. Installation is expected to be completed this October, after which the system will produce an estimated 500 kw of electricity per hour for four or five hours per day. Federal stimulus funds were used to help finance the project. (“Chelmsford’s Crooked Spring solar panel array running by October,” August 19, www.wickedlocal.com).
• West Nile Virus in Chelmsford. A mosquito infected with West Nile Virus was detected in a wetland in Westlands neighborhood in Chelmsford. In response, the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control project sprayed insecticide at four schools in Chelmsford. Westlands neighborhood residents were alerted to the spraying through an automated phone call.
According to the Mass. Department of Public Health arborvirus update (http://westnile.ashtonweb.com) the risk of West Nile Virus is “low” in Carlisle and surrounding towns, where infected mosquitoes have been found in the area, but no human or animal infections have been detected. The local risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis is rated “remote,” since no human, animal or mosquito infections have been detected this year. However, the EEE risk is high in Lancaster and in southeastern Massachusetts. (“Updated: West Nile virus found in Chelmsford’s Westlands neighborhood,” August 18, www.wickedlocal.com).
• Campaign office fire. A fire damaged the Westford commercial building which housed the campaign office of Carlisle resident Jon Golnick, who is seeking the Republican Party nomination in the race for the U.S. Congressional seat currently held by Nikki Tsongas of Lowell. The fire was reported at about 11:30 p.m. on August 17 and took three hours to put out. No injuries were reported. The building was vacant except for Golnik’s office, which has since relocated to 364 Littleton Road. (“Blaze ‘totals’ Golnik’s Westford Congressional campaign office,” August 18, www.wickedlocal.com) and (“Fire tore through the building at 187 Littleton Rd. on Tuesday night,” August 20, www.wickedlocal.com).
• Chaput remembered. The late planner and Carlisle Selectman Vivian Chaput was honored by the town of Billerica, where she worked as a board member of the non-profit Billerica Plan. The Vivian Chaput Photo Contest was created in her honor after her death in 2004. The contest is being held again after a two-year hiatus and seeks “the best photos of Billerica.” Entries will be accepted until October 1. (“The search is on for the images of Billerica,” August 11, www.wickedlocal.com). ∆
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