This year, more than 15,000 people in Massachusetts will get Lyme disease
through a tick bite. For a fee, the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at UMass Amherst will conduct DNA analysis to discover
any pathogens in the tick. The results won’t tell you if the tick transmitted a disease to a human – that depends on the amount of pathogen in the tick and how long it has fed – but some people like to know. Scientifically, it can give insight into the level and spread of disease in specific regions, according to Stephen Rich, a UMass microbiologist who runs the lab.
For more detail on tick pathogen analysis, including instructions on how to mail a tick, visit the LMZ.
Selectmen are considering a request to ban parking on Bachelor Street during the summer. Thomas Flaherty, representing the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners, said residents have expressed concerns about parked cars narrowing the roadway and creating a potentially dangerous situation during ballgames and on sunny summer days when families are using Action Cove playground. There can be as many as 50 vehicles parked in that area at a given time, Flaherty said. The town’s Housing Authority has agreed to keep the gates between the upper parking lot and the ball field parking lot open for a trial period of six months. The gates were being kept closed for safety reasons, according to selectmen. The Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners plans to put up a sign informing people that they should not park on the street or outside the Action Cove gates, but instead in the ball field lot, or if necessary, the upper lot. Selectmen have taken the request to ban parking on the public street under advisement.
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