NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The River Grove Dog Park and UNO Park have been closed by the Board of Health after a dog that had been at the park tested positive for parvovirus.
The virus does not affect humans but is highly contagious and deadly for canines and spread through feces. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, lethargy and weight loss. There is no treatment other than intensive veterinary support.
Preventive vaccination and boosters are recommended for dogs beginning at age 7 to 8 weeks.
The virus is very hardy and can live in soil contaminated by feces or organic matter for up to a year. It can only be killed by a diluted solution of household bleach.
The city issued a CodeRed about the park closure on Friday and signs have posted stating it will be closed for two weeks. UNO Community Center posted on its Facebook page that its park also will be closed for two weeks, until Friday, Oct. 16, and yellow tape has been strung around the park.
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North Adams Veterans Memorial Bridge Deemed 'Structurally Deficient'
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
Jersey barriers and barrels were put up this week to limit a section of the roadway to two lanes. Plans are to soon prohibit large trucks from the bridge.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 61-year-old Veterans Memorial Bridge has been declared "structurally deficient" after the most recent inspection by the state Department of Transportation.
The city's Department of Public Services in a Facebook post on Thursday said the state has issued weight limit restrictions and lane closures.
"These restrictions are due to structural deficiencies found during a recent inspection and are necessary to keep the bridge open until a repair plan can be implemented," stated the post. "Alternate truck routes [sic] detour signage will be posted over the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience."
The span is briefly narrowed to two lanes about halfway through its 171-foot span with barrels and jersey barriers.
"This is a precautionary measure, because there is some critical deterioration," said Mayor Jennifer Macksey on Friday. "So these actions are being taken to really make sure that the rest of the integrity is safe and that big heavy vehicles avoid the area when we get to that point."
The ratings posted by MassDOT's Highway Division on Friday list a deck condition of 7, which is considered "good." But the superstructure rated a 3 and the substructure a 5.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, ratings of 4 or less are classified as poor and 5 or 6 as good. The superstructure's rating of 3 lead to its designation as "structurally deficient."
Santa arrived on a fire truck with the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department and was greeted with cheers but a large crowd of children. He helped VFW members Joseph Bushika and Edward Denault in lighting the young tree, which replaced an older permanent tree.
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