A third human case of Eastern equine encephalitis has been diagnosed in the state, and horses in Mendon and Uxbridge have been euthanized after testing positive for the virus, the state Department of Public Health said Friday.Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
The patient is a man over the age of 60 who was exposed to the virus in northern Franklin County, health officials said. The risk level in two communities in Franklin County - Heath and Colrain - has been raised to critical as a result.
Uxbridge interim Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that the horse, which was on a farm in South Uxbridge near the Rhode Island border, had been sick and couldn’t successfully be treated for the infection, which is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes.
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Selectmen are looking to update a policy that prevents nonunion employees from taking a vacation for as much as a year after their start dates.Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
“Probably my biggest challenge in soliciting folks to come in and work for the town is when I explain our vacation policy,” Milford Human Resources Director Maureen Gifford said.
Town employees – regardless of their prior experience or past benefit package – must accrue the available two weeks’ time off during their first year before being able to use it in their second year.
After five years, employees can earn a third week. The deal is written into the bylaws and is non-negotiable.