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Water test results

GROTON — The Nashua River Watershed Association has released the results of its 2007 water quality monitoring tests. Bodies of water tested for the e. coli bacterium, along with pH, turbidity and dissolved oxygen, range from the Nashua and Nissitissit rivers to Mulpus Brook in Shirley and Witches Brook in Townsend.

The full-color report, in Microsoft Excel format, is available to the public at

Conditions of the various bodies of water range from healthy — suitable for swimming — to yellow, suitable only to boating — to red, unhealthy for any human contact. Water quality changes due to water levels and weather conditions.

The waterways were tested monthly by a team of 40 volunteers, April through October. Samples were processed in laboratory space provided by the Devens Wastewater Treatment Facility and operated by Earth Tech and staff of the Pepperell Wastewater Treatment facility.

Martha Morgan, NRWA water programs director, and Kathryn Nelson, NRWA water monitoring coordinator, train and supervise the volunteers. Training for the volunteer water monitoring program will be held in March 2008 at the NRWA River Resource Center in Groton, and anyone interested may contact Kathryn Nelson by e-mail at, or by calling the NRWA at (978) 448-0299.

Antiques festival

WILMINGTON — The Greater Boston Antiques Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, where over 160 diverse dealers will display antiques from all over the world. Forty of the dealers will display their antiques in sophisticated room settings.

Admission to the winter Greater Boston Antiques Festival is $8 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Hours on Saturday, Jan. 19 are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington is located just off Interstate 93, with plenty of free parking.

For more information call (781) 862-4039 or visit

Eyes on owls

CONCORD –Join “Animals As Intermediaries” and naturalists Marcia and Mark Wilson for an afternoon with six live owls. Take part in a hooting lesson and learn tips on how to attract and protect owls near you.

Meet the owls on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2-3:30 p.m., at the Alcott School, 93 Laurel Street, Concord. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, with a family maximum of $35.

Marcia Wilson and former Boston Globe photographer Mark Wilson bring 30 years of experience and a lifelong passion for these wild and wise creatures. Refreshments — and a chance to win a print of a snowy owl in flight — will be available.

Animals As Intermediaries brings animal- and nature-based programs to people with limited access to the natural world. Founded in Concord 25 years ago, AAI connects at-risk youth, people with disabilities and elders with nature’s capacity to heal and to teach.

Tickets are available in advance at The Concord Bookshop, at Willow Books in Acton, through Animals As Intermediaries, or at the door. For more information or for tickets, call (978) 369-2585 or visit


SHIRLEY — Take part in solving a comedy murder mystery on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A in Shirley, sponsored by the Upside Down Theater company of Groton.

Rosemary Saint-John, a loud, annoying hypochondriac, celebrates her birthday with her four kooky sisters. When she disappears and is presumed murdered, the only objective witnesses in the restaurant are you, the audience members, who must cast your vote.

Was it one of Rosemary’s sisters — the hippie, the valley girl, the trucker or the soccer mom? Was it the self-taught detective? The passionate French chef? The polite and proper maitre’d? The sarcastic waiter? No one is above suspicion!

Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner and the mystery. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For tickets call (978) 302-6400.

Turkey season

STATEWIDE — The spring 2008 turkey hunting season is approaching.

Applications for hunting at Assabet River and Oxbow National Wildlife Refuges are now available in refuge brochure kiosks, the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex headquarters, and online at the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service site,

All completed applications are due by 4 p.m. on March 3 and can either be mailed in or hand-delivered to Hunt Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Eastern Massachusetts NWR Complex, 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury, MA 01776. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications must include a non-refundable application fee of $20. Checks or money orders must be made out to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cash will not be accepted. Applications that are missing any of the required information, including the application fee, will be discarded, as well as multiple applications from the same hunter. Applications which are illegible will also be discarded.

The lottery for permits will be held on March 13. Those who are selected will be notified by e-mail, and permit packages will be sent out by March 28.

Those who applied for a 2008 turkey permit as part of a 2007-2008 deer permit application, do not need to re-apply.

For more information, feel free to call (978) 443-4661, ext. 34.

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