Sunday May 27, 2012

Massachusetts:

State-run beaches, campgrounds to open

BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts officials are gearing up for the state of the summer recreation season.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation says the Memorial Day weekend also marks the opening of many of the state’s ocean and inland beaches, together with wading pools and campgrounds.

The pools and beaches are free, though parking fees range from $5 to $9 at some beaches.

Most wading pools will be open on weekends through June 23, when all wading pools and state-run swimming pools will be open seven days a week.

The state runs 29 campgrounds, with fees ranging from $6-$15 per night for Massachusetts residents and $8-$17 for out-of-state campers. The state recommends that advanced reservations be made for campgrounds, especially on weekends.

Maine:

Smoke from wildfires

carries into Northeast

CARIBOU (AP) -- The National Weather Service says smoke from wildfires in Canada is moving into Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The weather service says northwest winds were bringing smoke from distant fires in Quebec and Ontario into northern New England on Saturday afternoon.

Officials say the most noticeable effect would be the smell of smoke across parts of the region, especially in the mountains, but that the smoky smell might be noticed along the Maine coast and southern New Hampshire as well.

Weather forecasters say the smoke should also result in reduced in visibility in some areas.


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New Hampshire:

Health officials warn about tick season

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The number of Lyme disease cases has been dropping in New Hampshire, and public health officials hope it stays that way.

With tick season under way, the state Division of Public Health is warning residents to take precautions to avoid being bitten. Lyme disease, which can lead to severe headaches, neck pain and other problems if untreated, is transmitted to people by infected deer tick. New Hampshire has one of the highest incidence rates in the country.

There were 1,300 cases last year, about 40 less than the previous year and significantly fewer than the high of almost 1,600 in 2008. Officials recommend that people avoid tick-infested areas, use appropriate insect repellent and check themselves and family members for ticks after being outdoors.

Connecticut:

Missed appointment nets heroin charges

HARTFORD (AP) -- A Hartford resident who missed a scheduled appointment with a state parole officer is now facing a string of new charges.

Police say a parole officer checking on 32-year-old Jacob Santana found him in possession of 1,349 bags of heroin.

The Hartford Courant reported Saturday that the discovery forced the parole officer to call police to Santana’s home. The suspect was arrested at the scene Friday afternoon.

Santana faces several drug charges. It was not immediately clear Saturday if he has legal representation.