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Christen McCarthy July 14, 2014 at 03:04 PM
This is a wonderful, feel good event! I forgot to mention: so that we can have a proper headcountRead Morein regards to the menu and giveaways, please RSVP to christen.mccarthy@prudential.com or call 508-928-2883 if not sending in advanced payment. Thanks!
Gretchen Robinson June 13, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Bristol County Mosquito Control should withdraw for the good of the market. Customers today areRead Morerea lly go our of their way to buy organic produce. Several people I know have told me they can't wait for the Farmer's Market to open because, they say, "I want to stock up on organic." This farms need to be able to keep their 'organic' label, which is hard to do when they use arisol pesticides that can get carried by the wind from one homestead to another. What were they thinking?????
Ashley Driscoll June 13, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Rob, we also feel sad about this. We wish The Attleboro Farmers Market would realize theRead Moredifference between acceptable vendors and those which are unacceptable for a farmers market! Gretchen, this is a much bigger issue than most of us realize. This aerial chemical spraying is funded by our tax dollars! We need to let our representatives know we would rather this money be spent in ways which do not hurt the ecosystem!!
Gretchen Robinson June 13, 2014 at 09:28 PM
maybe I'm it cynical, but they have to keep spraying to keep their funding in the budget. There are Read Morebetter places for that money to go. What I'd like to see alternative, biological, non-toxic treatments of standing water areas. Kind of like people volunteering to 'adopt a vernal pool' or something. A dragonfly eats 75 mosquitoes in an hour, so why aren't we stocking with dragonfly eggs or caddis?
Gretchen Robinson May 09, 2014 at 02:33 PM
when it's rainy, we get a lot of wood smoke for other people's wood stoves in nearby houses andRead Morehave to close all our windows. Hope they see about this program.
deb of see-attleboro April 24, 2014 at 07:25 AM
Even though I have had dogs almost all my life, when we had to euthanize our last, I decided dogsRead Morear e not only too much work, too much responsibility, they are also very expensive. I would prefer to help my children and grandchildren when possible. However, when I did have a dog, I was always respectful of the fact that many people, including myself, have a reasonable fear of things that bite. If someone, was invited as a guest or on business to my home, I always put our VERY well-behaved dog(s) in another room until I was sure the person was comfortable around dogs. And it happened more than once that someone would admit they really would prefer the dog was secured while he/she was working/visiting. And I appreciated that person's honesty. The last thing I want is for a visitor to feel anxious in my home.
deb of see-attleboro April 24, 2014 at 07:37 AM
Finally, I have tolerance for people who own dogs. I do not have much tolerance for people whoRead Moreprov e by their behavior that their dogs should have the same rights and liberties as humans. There is a growing number of dog owners who do believe as paul suggested. Some would even sacrifice their first born to save their dog. Anyhoo, I hope the Attleboro animal shelter is spending at least enough time modifying the owners behavior as they are the dogs behavior.
Gretchen Robinson April 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Deb, thank you for your two thoughtful posts. We always had dogs for our son but when the last one Read Moredied, we were like you and said, no more dogs. You were very kind and thoughtful about guest in your home. You are also right that dogs do not have the "rights and liberties as humans" However, I don't see the extreme behavior that paul suggested. I am not going to speak for the Friends of the Attleboro Animal Shelter but I do know they send dogs out for special training and go to great lengths to ensure that any animal they put in a home is well trained and appropriate for that home. And yes, modifying the owner's behavior IS the key to changing the dog's behavior. Often it's not the dogs - it's the humans who need educating and training. Today's paper (4/25) has an article in it about dog lovers working to end animal cruelty. The contingent of animal lovers are active beyond FAAS and stopping animal cruelty is a good sign that their activism will go to good use. It's well known that abusers who will abuse an animal are more likely to turn to child abuse next. So this is important work they are doing. Again thanks, and I have recommended both your comments.
Gretchen Robinson April 06, 2014 at 05:16 PM
David, Thank you for your timely letter. We in the US need to know that internationally FireRead MoreSafet y Codes are more stringent and that means fewer fires and less loss of life. We're so used to thinking that US = Number 1, but in truth, we need to upgrade our fire safety codes and make fire safety more of an ongoing priority. Heroes are great but let's not make any more of them by preventing fires at every turn. http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2008/02/international-fire-safety-legislation-an-overview.html
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