Tomorrow is the last day for Amesbury residents to register to vote in the city’s upcoming preliminary elections, when the four-way field of mayoral candidates will be whittled down to two.
City Hall will be open tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate last-minute voters and those who have to work during the day, and residents who have moved recently should also stop in to make sure the city clerk’s office has the correct address on file.
The preliminary election itself will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, and will be contested between incumbent Thatcher Kezer and challengers Ken Gray, Jim Thivierge and Jeffrey Hoover.
The mayoral race will be the only contest on the preliminary ballot, and the top two vote-getters will advance to the citywide elections scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5. Those elections will also feature the numerous contested City Council races, along with elections for Planning Board, School Committee, Board of Library Trustees and the Housing Authority.
Last night the city conducted a second round of mosquito spraying in the northwest part of town after the state Department of Public Health announced that a mosquito captured in Merrimac tested positive for West Nile virus.
Kezer said the mosquito was found just over the border, and as a precaution the city ordered a targeted spraying of northern part of Lake Attitash and the area around both Meadowbrook Pond and Tuxbury Pond.
That area of town was also sprayed last week after the DPH reportedly found a mosquito carrying Eastern equine encephalitis in the same part of Merrimac. Both West Nile virus and EEE are serious mosquito-borne illnesses, and residents are being urged to take caution now that both have been detected in the area.
To best protect oneself from mosquito bites, residents should avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn, and if out during those times, they should apply mosquito repellent or wear long-sleeved clothing. Sources of standing water like buckets or fountains should be drained regularly as well.