Deer ticks explode, Slaughterhouse Drive, CG rescues cameraman

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boxborough_beaconLyme disease threat grows
Some cape deer have hundreds of ticks on them

 BOXBOROUGH - It seems that everyone knows someone who has been infected with Lyme disease in Boxborough. In the last few years, the number of cases in the area have sky-rocketed.

But residents are divided as to the best solution for countering the disease-carrying deer ticks. And the question of whether the deer population has anything to do with the increase of cases has been debated.Dr. Sam Telford, a professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, said controlling the herd will control the disease.   "A number of peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated that deer density predicts deer tick density," he said. "Several other studies show that deer reduction on a small scale, island situations, will reduce [the population] of ticks once the ticks have become a nuisance."

Telford has spent much of his time on the Cape Cod and the Islands where the number of reported cases of Lyme disease have exploded. He said he has seen deer with as many as a couple hundred ticks on them... Read the rest of this Beacon story here, and comment below.

sunchronicleNorth Attleborough board irked
Hired town's wiring inspector to perform electrical work at their homes, one on Cape Cod

NORTH ATTLEBORO - Three selectmen have been reported to the state ethics commission for having the town's wiring inspector Paul LaFratta, who the board of selectmen appoints, perform electrical work at their homes.

Selectmen John Rhyno, Marjorie Kraskouskas and James Wood were contacted by the ethics commission this week after an anonymous person reported that LaFratta had done electrical work for each of them. All paid for the work done, and board members said it was their interest in supporting local businesses that led them to hiring LaFratta for the work.

... Rhyno said he did not hire LaFratta directly. The wiring inspector, who has a side business as an electrician, was hired by a general contractor to perform electrical work at the selectman's house on Cape Cod... Read the rest of this Sun Chronicle story here.

S-TFreezer ship to unload in New Bedford
9 trawlers too small to carry the fish back safely

The new year will bring a 350-foot freezer ship into the port of New Bedford to unload frozen herring and mackerel caught in offshore waters by a fleet of up to nine trawlers that are too small to carry the fish back to shore safely. James Odlin, president of Atlantic Pelagic Seafood in Portland, Maine, said the American Freedom will serve as a giant freezer, allowing more fishermen to target offshore stocks of Atlantic herring and mackerel that swim from Labrador, Canada, to North Carolina.

The current fleet of large, mid-water trawlers — equipped with refrigeration systems to carry the fish back to onshore processing and freezing plants — has yet to reach the annual total allowable catch levels for herring and mackerel set by federal fishing regulators, Mr. Odlin said. In 2005, fishermen caught less than 30 percent of the quota for the offshore fishery. The quota for the inshore Gulf of Maine fishery was reached by December of that year... Red the rest of this Standard-Times here. Read previous story (3rd item) about another freezer ship here.

uscgsmallIll cameraman airlifted from lobster boat
Cinematographer was seasick south of Nantucket

BOSTON - A documentary film cameraman was medically evacuated by a Coast Guard helicopter tonight after reportedly suffering from seasickness about 161 miles east of Nantucket, Mass.

The 36-year old cameraman's condition became serious after two days of sickness aboard fishing vessel Direction of Westport, Mass.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a distress call over HF radio channel 2182 around 4 p.m. requesting medical evacuation for the ailing cameraman.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter launched from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and arrived on-scene around 7:45 p.m. Weather conditions at the time of the hoist were four to six-foot seas and winds from 15-20 knots.

The cameraman was hoisted from the 77-foot fishing vessel and is scheduled to be flown to Hyannis Barnstable Airport to be transferred to EMS.   "Seasickness certainly varies from case to case," said Petty Officer Etta Smith, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

ramonajournalCountry Christmas Founder Recalls Early Days on Cape Cod
Turned Ramona CA into a Currier & Ives picture

geoff_cahoonGeoff Cahoon has fond childhood memories of Christmas in New England. When he moved to Julian, about 15 years ago, he brought those memories with him.

"I was brought up on Cape Cod," he said. "When I got into town, after seeing my first Christmas here, I asked people how come everybody's not doing something?"

He already had ideas for what he would like to see happen in Julian.

"I just thought, Currier & Ives style," he said "Simple garland, red ribbons and white lights... That was my dream, to make a Currier & Ives picture"... Read the rest of this Ramona Journal story here. 

frheraldnewsSlaughterhouse Drive

 WESTPORT - Meat-producing farmers in the area are working together to bring a slaughterhouse to southeastern Massachusetts after the lone facility in the area closed last spring.

A dozen farmers, mostly from Westport and Dartmouth, have formed Southeastern Massachusetts Meat Producers in hopes of opening a USDA-certified meat processing plant, though it appears to be a longshot, said Paul Schmid, a beef farmer at River Rock Farm off Fisherville Lane and chairman of the Westport Finance Committee.Since the South Dartmouth slaughterhouse closed, farmers have had to make the 100-mile trek to the closest facility in Groton, between Lowell and Fitchburg. There are also a few members from farms in Rhode Island, which is also without a certified facility.

Schmid said producing beef may be the only way for farmers to survive in the area. A slaughterhouse is important," Schmid said. "As you know, the dairy business has been terrible for Northeastern farmers. They have to get much bigger or go out of business, but there's not enough land here to get that big."

Producing beef for restaurants in Boston, Cape Cod and Providence is a great opportunity for local farmers, he said. "There is a great demand for grass-fed meat"... Read the rest of this Herald-News story here, and comment below.

mssunheraldResearcher has an eye for endangered right whales
And she identifies them in Cape Cod Bay from Lake Michigan

MILWAUKEE - Marilyn Marx's view of the water is spectacular. From her second-story home office window, the world renowned whale researcher can look up from her computer to watch the gulls and cormorants as they dive for fish, or lose her thoughts in the trawlers and cargo ships as they cruise in and out of port.

The only thing that makes this scene at all peculiar is that the body of water that Marx is looking at isn't the Atlantic but Lake Michigan. And her home: Milwaukee. For more than two decades, Marx has been observing and photographing the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

A researcher for the New England Aquarium in Boston, she is one of only a handful of people who can recognize and identify the 350 or so right whales of the North Atlantic.

And she does it from her Wisconsin home. Marx moved to the East Coast in the early 1980s after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studied art history and English.

"I wanted to do something interesting," she said, remembering her move to Massachusetts. And she wanted to find a job that would allow her to work with the environment. She landed a summer internship at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass., where she worked for nothing until she was offered a job that fall of 1985, studying the foraging and feeding behaviors of right whales in Cape Cod Bay... Read the rest of this Sun-Herald story here. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on