GRAFTON, Mass. — The buzz was all about mosquitoes in late summer and early fall in 2012 as fears of EEE and West Nile virus had Central Mass towns on high alert.
A mild winter proved to be the perfect breeding ground for insects and cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile began popping up in mid-summer. It proved fatal for a Westborough man, who became the second Massachusetts resident to die from EEE in early August.
In September, mosquitoes even took down the Grafton High School football team as it began its Super Bowl-winning season. The school department mandated that all school-sponsored outdoor activities conclude by 7 p.m., a move repeated in towns across Central Mass. The ban was lifted in October after the first heavy frost.
The issue revived calls for Grafton to join the Northborough-based Central Mass Mosquito Control program, which works to prevent mosquito infestation, monitor the local population and spray when necessary. In October, the Town Meeting voted narrowly against the move, an issue that is expected to resurface next year.
The Grafton Daily Voice is tallying the top 10 stories of 2012 this week.