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Beech Leaf Disease in Massachusetts

Beech Leaf Disease in Massachusetts

“Beech Leaf Disease” (BLD) is being reported throughout the state. It is caused by an invasive nematode. The disease causes damage to a tree’s leaves, leading to reduced vigor and can eventually lead to tree mortality. Please visit https://www.mass.gov/guides/beech-leaf-disease-in-massachusetts to learn more.  

If you think your beech tree might be infected with beech leaf disease, please report it to the DCR Forest Health Program by sending an email to Nicole.keleher@mass.gov or calling (857) 337-5173. Any details you are able to provide about the location, symptoms and severity of the disease, or any pictures of the tree will help in monitoring efforts of the progress of this disease in the Commonwealth.


High Street Area Power Outage

To Residents and Businesses in the High Street / Mill Area:

It has come to the Town’s attention that some residents and businesses did not receive notification from National Grid regarding their pre-planned power outage on Friday night.  We are very sorry to anyone who was affected in a negative way.

If you experienced any losses or damage as a result of this incident, we encourage you to file a claim with National Grid.  You mail file a claim online here: https://www.nationalgridus.com/Our-Company/Claim-Form

Department of Fire Services Press Release: North Andover Fire Started with Spray Paint Can Near Furnace


May 31, 2022

Contact:                     Jake Wark

Email:                          jake.wark@mass.gov

Office:                         978-567-3189

Mobile:                        978-273-7380

North Andover Fire Started with Spray Paint Can Near Furnace

Keep Aerosols Away from Heat Sources

NORTH ANDOVER—North Andover Fire Chief John A. Weir III and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said today that a basement fire on Granville Lane last week started accidentally with spray paint can that was stored near a furnace.

“Aerosol cans are pressurized, and the contents are almost always flammable,” said Chief Weir. “Whether it’s spray paint or any other product, keep these cans well away from open flames, home heating equipment, and other heat sources, including direct sunlight.”

“Spray paint, cleaning products, and other aerosols can pose a risk of fire and explosion if they aren’t used and stored properly,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. “Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label. If the contents are hazardous then dispose of old or outdated cans at your community’s household hazardous waste collection.”

North Andover firefighters responded to the area of Granville Lane at about 10:30 am on May 26 for a report of a fire. On arrival, they found smoke and flames coming from the basement of the single-family home. One person, an adult, was transported from the scene with injuries that were not life threatening. Mutual aid companies from Andover, Lawrence, and Methuen assisted at the scene and provided station coverage.

The origin and cause of the fire were jointly investigated by the North Andover Fire Department and State Police investigators assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office. They determined that the fire began in a basement storage closet that housed a furnace and was caused by the ignition of spray paint and other aerosol cans in close proximity.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: State Agricultural Officials Ask Public to be on Alert for Hatching of Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

May 23, 2022

Troy Wall




State Agricultural Officials Ask Public to be on Alert for Hatching of Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

Potential for egg masses to have been accidentally brought in on nursery stock imported from other states


Photo: SLF egg mass on elm; Source: MDAR staff


BOSTON- The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is asking the public to keep an eye out for the invasive pest known as spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) during the spring planting season due to the risk of egg masses being accidentally brought in on shipments of trees imported from other states. MDAR recently received reports that nursery stock from SLF-infested areas may have been sent to Massachusetts growers. Due to this, anyone who has recently purchased trees or shrubs or had them planted on their property, particularly maple or crabapple trees, is being asked to inspect the trunk and branches to ensure there are no SLF egg masses or any hitchhiking nymphs, and to report any finds to MDAR. Landscapers and plant nurseries are also being reminded to stay on the lookout for this pest.


“Spotted lanternfly is a tricky pest to deal with, because it can be so challenging to detect before it becomes established,” said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. “With the potential impact of this pest on grape and hop growers, as well as pick-your-own orchards and other parts of the agritourism industry, we are asking anyone with newly planted trees to check them for signs of SLF and to report it if they find it, so that we can limit the spread of this pest in our state.”


In addition to the agricultural impacts it causes, spotted lanternfly has the potential to negatively impact outdoor activities due to the swarming behavior of this pest when the adults appear in the late summer. SLF egg masses are about an inch and a half long, and are flat and gray in color, making them difficult to detect, especially on tree bark. Because of this, any SLF may not be noticed until the nymphs hatch at the end of May or the start of June. The public is asked to look for small black insects marked with white dots. If grapes or tree-of-heaven are in the area, they will migrate to those plants.


Spotted lanternfly is a sap-feeding insect that has caused significant impacts to vineyards, orchards, and other agricultural commodities in states where it has become established. SLF not only harms grapevines, maples, hops, blueberries, and over 100 other host plants, but has been observed to impact outdoor recreation in other states where populations are high and adult lanternflies swarm in large numbers during mating season. If you see any signs of spotted lanternfly, please report it to MDAR at https://massnrc.org/pests/slf.


Photo: SLF egg mass on birch; Source: MDAR staff


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Photo: Young SLF nymphs on a tree-of-heaven stem; Source: Richard Gardner, via bugwood.org