New England in Brief

Tuesday December 11, 2012

Scientists to test N.H.-Maine river with dye

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- State and federal scientists in New Hampshire and Maine are planning to release a dye into the Piscataqua River to help determine if the area is suitable for recreational shellfish harvesting.

Information from the dye-study that is to be held Tuesday will be used by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the Maine Department of Marine Resources and other organizations to determine whether areas of the Lower Piscataqua River are safe for shellfish harvesting and commercial shellfish operations.

The dye will be released early Tuesday from the Portsmouth wastewater treatment facility on Peirce Island for about 12 hours. Portions of the river may turn reddish in Portsmouth, New Castle, Rye, and Kittery, Maine.

The dye is not harmful to humans or the environment.

N.H. firefighters raise $17K with mustaches

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- Firefighters from New Hampshire and Maine are helping fight cancer by growing mustaches.

Fifty-eight firefighters from the two states raised about $17,000 for the "Movember Campaign" by seeking donations for the mustaches they grew as part of a nationwide effort.

The team of Granite State and Maine firefighters came in 65th out of almost 15,000 teams across the country.

The effort was called the "Bros with Mos." It included firefighters from Portsmouth, Manchester, Dover, Exeter, Londonderry, Effingwoods, Salem, Northwood, Nashua, Canterbury, Concord, and the Maine communities of Portland and Kittery.

Portsmouth Fire Captain Todd Germain was chosen to have the best mustache of the group.

Portsmouth’s Tim Dame and Scott Young were the top fund-raisers, each raising more than $2,200 each.

Exeter Hospital problems, fixes detailed by feds

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Though Exeter Hospital has fixed the problems discovered after its hepatitis C outbreak last spring, federal officials say the hospital initially failed to properly investigate and analyze the incident.

The federal government said last week it no longer plans to terminate the hospital’s Medicare funding now that it has corrected multiple issues raised after inspections in July and September. But documents released to The Associated Press show that officials weren’t satisfied with the hospital’s initial response to the outbreak, calling it too narrow. The hospital later implemented a list of changes, including new risk reduction strategies and employee education programs.

Former hospital worker David Kwiatkowski, who is accused of stealing medication and infecting 32 patients with hepatitis C through tainted needles, pleaded not guilty last week to 14 federal charges.


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