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The Plight of Ashland’s Wildlife

Recently, I watched the film Furry Vengeance, which stars Brendan Fraser as Dan, a real estate developer for a new “green” housing development in the wild woods of Oregon. Somehow the developer managed to get officials to rezone this former nature preserve from protected open space to residential. Dan took the job because he thought he would make some good money for his family.

Dogs Risk Overheating During Summer Heat Waves

Know the Warning Signs; Quick Action May Save Your Dog’s Life

The high temperatures this time of year can cause your animal to become overheated, and this can lead to heat exhaustion which is a step before heat stroke, a life-or-death situation.
Overheating occurs when it is 90 degrees or above.
Since dogs do not sweat through the body, excess heat is dissipated through evaporation from the tongue and oral cavity. Dogs do have sweat glands between their toes, but these are not very effective at cooling.

Nyanza Citizens Action Committee Continues Vigilance

The Stop Nyanza Ashland Citizens Action Committee continues to raise concerns about the development known as the rail transit district (RTD) on 200 acres near the Nyanza superfund site, off the Route 135 MBTA access road. The focus of these concerns is on flooding, due to increased run off and blasting, which will impact the existing contaminated plume under and around the Nyanza site.

Changing the World One Child at a Time

There’s a tangible feeling of people relating to people when you walk through the classrooms at Dream Station, the early childhood learning center located on Pleasant Street near the Ashland train station.
“It’s a family atmosphere,” Michelle McGrath, center director, stated. “It’s important to us to focus on relationships. We like having a connection with our families, and we invest in our teachers, personally and professionally. Everybody matters.”

Tri Valley League Celebrates Its 50th Birthday

Happy birthday to the Tri Valley League (TVL) as it celebrates turning 50.
The league, which was formalized in 1966, underwent some changes in its infancy but has evolved into one of the most respected conferences in Massachusetts. Its history and the way all the pieces of the puzzle meshed is a tribute to the high school principals who decided to form the league and the man who served as its commissioner for 23 years—Alfred “Hap’’ Mazukina.

Beautifying Downtown with a Living Garden Wall

Ashland has held two Downtown Summit meetings over the past several months with an eye toward beautifying its downtown district and attracting more business to the area. One of the short-term projects to come out of the meetings is a living garden wall, also known as a vertical garden.
The wall will go along the chain-link fence behind the Ashland Farmers Market area and display native plants, flowering vines, deciduous shrubbery and some evergreens.

Deep Bonds of Friendship Span Pan-Mass Challenge & Team Elka STRONG

Among those training for this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) on August 6 and 7 are five individuals riding as “Team Elka STRONG” in a show of friendship and support in honor of Ashland resident Elka Stokar Troutman. Their goal is to raise $25,000 to help eradicate cancer.
Last year’s PMC drew 6,000 cyclists from 41 states and eight countries and raised a record $45 million in support of life-saving cancer research and treatment through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.