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WESTFORD — Welcome to the Feb. 5 edition of Weekend Wrap-Up. Here, we highlight the most important news you may have missed this week in Westford.
VIDEO: Westford’s 2023 Lunar New Year Celebration
WestfordCAT welcomes new newsroom intern Aubrey Benoit
We’re happy to introduce our newest newsroom intern, Aubrey Benoit, who joins WestfordCAT as a senior from the University of New Hampshire.
Aubrey is a fourth-year English/Journalism student at UNH, where she has concentrations in both art and business.
After working as a writer and editor for her college newspaper, The New Hampshire, Aubrey grew an appreciation for informing her community and capturing the moments that matter.
She has worked for non-profit and profit organizations throughout her hometown in Central Vermont and now Western Massachusetts! She also had first-hand experience with customer service, photography, editing, publications, digital media development, interviewing, and content writing & curation.
When Aubrey isn’t photographing, she’s writing. When she’s not writing, she’s photographing (or spending time with her siamese cat, Walter– named after her favorite show, Breaking Bad).
Aubrey can be reached at email@example.com.
Educate and rehabilitate: what to do with injured wildlife in Westford
Joanne Dennison was on I-495 when she saw an injured bird of prey on the side of the road. Its left wing appeared damaged as it sat suffering in the snow. As a life-long animal lover, Dennison instinctually drove home to research who to contact to save this bird’s life.
With a spiral of web pages and phone numbers in front of her, she called Tufts Wildlife Clinic, who provided her with a variety of resources and rehabilitation centers in the area.
“I was so excited, I was almost in tears,” Dennison told WestfordCAT.
As a business owner, Dennison is like every other Westford resident. However, she is adamant on informing her community how to save the injured wildlife in their area.
When Dennison saw the bird on the interstate, she only had a couple of hours to find it help. While speaking with rehabilitator Alison Webber of Wayland, Webber said the bird may have a couple of days, hopping around to eat mice and insects. She told Dennison to be hopeful that someone else may find it. Webber informed Dennison that different rehabilitators take different animals in different conditions.
“Some will handle wildlife, some will just kill it,” Dennison says.
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