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April 30, 2013

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Chamber director Melissa LaChance asked that all information be sent to her email at melissa@amesburychamber.com with the subject line “I’m a Street Performer.”

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Lake Attitash is continuing its ongoing battle against invasive weeds this summer, and several residents have joined the Lake Attitash Association’s new Weed Watcher Program, the association announced earlier this week.

The association has organized 25 volunteers into 12 teams that will inspect the lake monthly and report on Eurasian milfoil or other invasive weeds they find in their assigned sectors. Teams will use their own boats or kayaks and are equipped with view-scopes, or devices for looking underwater, the association said.

The volunteers will also have color photographs of weeds, maps and small buoys for marking at suspected locations. A 23-page handbook from the association will guide the volunteers in surveying for weeds and reporting their results.

Invasive weeds have been a problem in Lake Attitash for a number of years and at one point threatened to destroy the lake’s native ecosystem by choking off the growth of important native aquatic plants.

Efforts to reverse the problem have largely eradicated the weeds from the lake, but there are still concerns that visiting boats could reintroduce the weeds to the lake. The association has asked that boaters wash their boats before putting them in the lake, and the Weed Watcher program is intended to deal with any weeds that do appear.

The association said more volunteers are welcome, and training will be conducted on May 18. This session will be open to the public in case other residents wish to join the teams or learn how to spot invasive weeds in their own area of the lake.

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On Saturday, May 11, the local post offices will be participating in the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive to benefit area food pantries, including Our Neighbors’ Table and Community Action, Inc.

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