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5 Things, July 12: EEE Detected in Mosquitoes Near Stoughton

Five things you need to know today: EEE Detected Nearby; "Bigger, Faster, Stronger" Workouts; Free Golf Clinics for Veterans; and more...

"Five Things you Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.

1. EEE Detected Nearby

The following is adapted from a Department of Public Health Press Release:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced in a press release on Wednesday that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been detected in mosquitoes in neighboring Easton, marking the first time this year that EEE has been detected in Massachusetts.

Two of the four positive mosquito samples are in a mammal-biting kind of mosquito, a point of particular concern to health officials, the release states.

With these findings, DPH officials are raising the threat of mosquito-borne illness in the towns of Easton, Raynham, and Taunton from "moderate" to "high," according to the release.

Meanwhile, the seven communities that are contiguous to these three towns, including Stoughton, remain at “moderate” risk at the present time, according to the release.

The DPH said state officials will closely monitor mosquito activity in those areas throughout the remaining mosquito season. In addition to Stoughton these communities include Bridgewater, Brockton, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon and West Bridgewater.

Click here for additional information and for tips on how to avoid mosquito bites and how to mosquito-proof your home.

2. Bigger, Faster, Stronger

The Stoughton High Athletic Department (with help from the Prone Family Foundation) will be offering its athletes structured and supervised "Bigger Faster Stronger" workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the course of the summer as students prepare for the fall sports season and . 

Students will have the option to attend workouts in the recently renovated weightlifting room on Monday and Wednesdays from 8-10 a.m. and 10-12 p.m., as well as 4-6 p.m. for the students that have to work during the day. The facility will be open from 8-10 a.m. and 10-12 p.m. on Fridays.

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3. Stoughton All Comers – Summer Track Meets

Join Michael Baugh at the on Thursday nights this summer for fun, exercise, and competition. An experienced track coach, Baugh will instruct children in a different track and field skill each week and conduct some races. This is a no pressure learning experience that will introduce your child to the sport of track and field.

The fee is $2 per race or three races for $5.

For more information, including dates and start times, click on the following link:

Stoughton All Comers.pdf

4. Free Golf Clinics for Veterans on Fridays

As a way to thank veterans for their service, there will be free golf instruction for veterans at the on Park St. in Stoughton by Bob Beach, PGA Golf Professional, on Fridays in July and August - July 6, 13, 20 and 27 and  August 3, 10, 17 and 24.

All clinics run from noon till 1 p.m. Clinics are sponsored by Golf for All.

5. Converse with a Nurse

Every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at  on the 2nd Floor, meet Stoughton Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) nurses and ask health-related questions and discuss your concerns.

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