Category Archives: Regional News

Fiddleheads: How to safely enjoy a seasonal treat

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There is a rich tradition of foraging for fiddleheads in northern New England. These wild-growing ferns can be a tasty treat, as long as you take care when harvesting and … Continue reading

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Watch out for brown-tail moth caterpillars

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Brown-tail moth caterpillar photo via the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Brown-tail moth caterpillars are out in force in parts of Maine, particularly along the coast, and will … Continue reading

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Have you seen this mushroom?

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We’ve had a number of cases in the last few days of young children getting into amanita muscaria or similar mushrooms in the yard. These can make kids sick. If … Continue reading

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Liquid nicotine: Dangerous to children

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The death in December 2014 of a 1-year-old boy in upstate New York has brought further attention to electronic cigarettes and the liquid nicotine used to refill them. The boy reportedly … Continue reading

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Clear your outdoor vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

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With so much snowfall in the last week, the Northern New England Poison Center has seen 30 cases of people exposed to carbon monoxide. This number is much higher than … Continue reading

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Jack o’lantern mushroom is a trick, not a treat

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Jack o’lantern mushrooms by Jason Hollinger, Creative Commons In time for Halloween, jack o’lantern mushrooms are starting to show their faces. We had a call related to this mushroom last … Continue reading

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Get rid of your old medications this Saturday

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The U.S. DEA is sponsoring another medication take-back day this Saturday at locations throughout the country. The DEA has been offering these events twice a year for a few years … Continue reading

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Take these safety steps before you turn on your furnace

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Photo by Jason Coleman, Creative Commons   When was the last time you had your furnace checked? It’s getting to be that time when folks in northern New England are … Continue reading

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Synthetic cannabinoids in Manchester

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New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan recently declared a state of emergency following a number of overdoses in Manchester related to a synthetic cannabinoid called “Smacked!” that is being sold at … Continue reading

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Don’t trifle with a pigskin poison puffball

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Pigskin Poison Puffball Photo by Eric Steinert, Creative Commons 3.0 In the last week, the NNEPC has seen a few cases of people eating a mushroom called the pigskin poison puffball (scleroderma … Continue reading

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