Thursday, October 5, 2017

In the News: BFCCPS 4th graders at Gillette; legislative hearing on neonicotinoids

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

“Breaking out the big guns, here we go,” said Kevin Flaherty over the public address system at Gillette Stadium. “I like what I see here; let’s go, 20 more seconds.” 
Flaherty is the senior staff coach at the Revolution Academy, but on Wednesday he was the director of fourth grade fitness, guiding students from Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, and nine others, though a set of soccer stretches and exercises. 
The turf field at Gillette was filled with about 1,200 fourth graders from Massachusetts and Rhode Island all doing lunges and mountain-climbers in unison.

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"Beekeepers, scientists and horticulturalists swarmed lawmakers Tuesday, bearing studies, anecdotes and dire warnings that a popular pesticide is killing off pollinators essential to the food supply, but a farm group warned their proposed cure might lead to worse outcomes for the bees. 
Bees pollinate the key Bay State crops of apples, cranberries and corn, and pollinators have a role in about a third of the food that people eat, according to Rep. Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston. 
Scientific studies have found bees are put in danger by neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that entomologist Richard Callahan said were developed from the addictive chemical found in tobacco and gained popularity in the early 1990s. 
Legislation (H 2113) filed by Dykema would require people to be licensed or certified to use neonicotinoids. She said Maryland and Connecticut have passed legislation to restrict neonicotinoids and major retailers are limiting access to those products, too."

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From the archives

  • Chronicle did a series on bee collapse disorder

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