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The Board of Health contracts annually with the Harrington Hospital Preventative Health Department to provide Sturbridge residents with medical services including communicable disease follow-up, and for various inoculations. The annual Seasonal flu clinic provided 417 inoculations for residents aged 65 and over as well as those with chronic diseases. This year, teachers and other town employees were invited to obtain the vaccine as well. Lyme disease is on the rise. All residents of the Town need to be aware of Lyme disease and take appropriate precautions against tick bites when working or playing outdoors.

Sturbridge is also participant in the Department of Public Health Worcester County Tobacco Collaborative, which monitors sales to minors and the health effect statistics of smoking.

The Board of Health participates in the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards certification and training. The Agent participates in Region 2 of the Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, and along with Chairman Cocalis, participated in the Pandemic planning tabletop exercise which was hosted by Harrington Hospital and the Tri-Epic emergency management program.

The Board of Health was charged with permitting and inspecting an extensive 3-day Tattoo Festival in which over seventy-five tattoo and body art artists participated. This was a significant undertaking for the Board and the promoters reported a successful event.

Barn and Animal Inspections

The Barn Inspector inspects the following species: rabbits, horses, mules, donkeys, chickens, goat, sheep, swine, ponies, ratites, peacocks and cattle. Ron Komar, the Town dog officer, assists with rabid animal calls.

Solid Waste Management & Recycling Center

The Board of Health and Agent oversee the operation of the Town’s Recycling Center and Landfill. The Board licenses and monitors the private waste haulers who offer curbside trash collection to the residents of Sturbridge. The Board wishes to thank the Department of Public Works, and Director, for their assistance with site operations at the landfill.

John Booth is the manager of the Recycling Center with Vincent Southall, Kyle

Lameroux, and Rick Curboy as Recycling Assistants.

John is also responsible

searching out markets for recycled materials, applying filing annual reports to the State. School field trips Recycling Center continue to be popular events.

for and receiving state grants, and the annual plant swap at

for and the

The Board charges a fee for some items brought to the Center (i.e. appliances, furniture, computers, and household and demolition debris) in order to fund an account that is


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