January 13, 2013

New England Dispatches


Marine hospital to release young seal back into the wild

A new marine hospital at the National Marine Life Center in Bourne is planning to release its first animal back into the wild.

The center will release a juvenile female harbor seal at Scusset Beach in Sandwich on Sunday morning.

The seal stranded in Buzzards Bay in November with severe facial injuries. It was also suffering from dehydration and malnourishment.

The hospital placed the seal in intensive care, began a regular regimen of antibiotics and pain medication and cleaned her wounds. Workers also tube-fed the seal to help her regain strength.

The seal eventually began responding to the treatment and, crucially, showed she could successfully dive. Hospital workers had worried that the seal's severe nose injuries would prevent her from being able to close her nostrils and dive.


Lost in White Mountains, college students rescued

Six college students are OK after being rescued in New Hampshire's White Mountains, where they took a wrong trail during their return.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said the students from the Tufts University Mountain Club were reported lost in the White Mountain National Forest Dry River Wilderness area around 6 p.m. Friday.

The hikers had climbed Mount Pierce earlier in the day and intended to return to an Appalachian Mountain Club center in the town of Carroll. However, they took the wrong trail and wound up in an area that had been heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.

Conservation officers located the hikers using global positioning information and snowshoes to get over 4 feet of snowpack.

The rescue operation ended successfully at 5 a.m. Saturday.

SALEM, Mass.

New law recognizes city as birthplace of National Guard

A new federal law recognizes the city of Salem as the birthplace of the U.S. National Guard.

According to the White House, President Obama signed the measure Thursday.

The measure says the first militia in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in Salem was organized in 1629.

Colonists had adopted the English militia system, which required males between 16 and 60 to participate in the community's defense.

The measure says the regiment that was the predecessor to the 101st Engineer Battalion first assembled in 1637 on Salem Common.

That marked the beginning of the Massachusetts National Guard and the U.S. National Guard.

In 2010, Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law designating Salem as the National Guard birthplace. The National Guard says the first muster of the East Regiment took place in Salem, although the exact date is unknown.


Computer company returns to N.H., bringing 600 jobs

A computer networking company has completed its move from Massachusetts back to New Hampshire, bringing with it 600 jobs.

Enterasys announced a year ago it was moving out of Andover, Mass., to Salem, N.H.

The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover reported that the computer networking giant last week completed its three-week move.

Enterasys is a spinoff of Cabletron Systems, which was founded by former New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson and business partner Robert Levine in Levine's Rochester garage in 1983.

Company spokesman Vala Afsha said the move was a chore, but it was welcomed by employees.

He said many of them still live in New Hampshire and will no longer have to pay Massachusetts income taxes.


Woman faces false report count in man's drug death

A 28-year-old New Hampshire woman is facing a charge of making a false report that Vermont State Police say interfered with a drug investigation after a man died with illegal drugs in his system.

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