The Tick Talk

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Woodlands Country Club

39 Woods Road Falmouth, ME 04105

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With probable apologies to Ogden Nash: "Spring has sprung, and the grass has riz. Do YOU know where the deer ticks is?" And the answer could well be - “They're on the grass, in the weeds, in the bushes and the trees.” Also on your pets, your clothes, and far too often, your skin. Yikes!

With the onset of warm weather, these voracious little arachnids have already become ubiquitous in many well-tended Maine lawns, gardens, wood lots, parks and pastures. They have a multiple-host life-cycle that can include mice, deer, dogs - and us - and their numbers are rising exponentially. Making matters worse, our just-past severe winter may have done very little to thin their ranks.

TicksThe images on the right are highly enlarged. For all the damage they do, these tiny vampires can be really hard to see. The larvae are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence, and the nymphs are roughly the size of a poppy seed (on a bagel, for instance). During their development, the ticks become carriers when they first feed on infected warm-blooded mammals, e.g. white-footed wood mice at first, then larger animals. Then they grow........

Obviously, there's a LOT more to this story, which will be expanded and illustrated by your MIT Club's very distinguished speaker for this event. He is Dr. Robert P. Smith, and he is co-founder and Principal Investigator of the Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. He also maintains an active medical practice in Portland. Dr. Smith is board-certified in Internal Medicine and as an Infectious Disease Specialist, and earned MD and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins School Of Medicine. He also holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Smith for dinner on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The venue will be the elegant Woodlands Country Club in Falmouth, ME. Doors will open at 5:30 PM, and dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m.. Dr. Smith's talk will begin at 7:15 p.m..

Cordially, 
Bill Bisson '60
President, MIT Club of Maine 

MENU:
First Course: 
House Made Tomato Soup with Toasted Crouton  
Plated Entree Choices:

1. Grilled Southwestern Dry Rubbed Chicken, Green Leaf Lettuce, Shaved Carrots, Roasted Corn, Black Beans, Shredded Cheddar, Red Pepper Chive Dressing; OR
2. Risotto Cake, Green Leaf Lettuce, Shaved Carrots, Roasted Corn, Black Beans, Shredded Cheddar, Red Pepper Chive Dressing
Dessert
:
• Vanilla Bean Sponge Cake with Vanilla Crème
• Coffee, Tea, Decaf

DIRECTIONS
From I-295 N (Coming from the South):

1. Take Bucknam Road exit (Exit 10)
2. Turn Right off the exit and cross I-295. At 2nd traffic light, (Nina’s Variety on right) turn Right.
3. Shortly, when you come to a “Y” in the road, bear Left staying on Route 9.
4. Take an immediate Left onto Woods Road.The Woodlands Club entrance is 8/10 of a mile on your Left.
From I-295 S (Coming from the North):  
1. Take Bucknam Road exit (Exit 10)
2. Right off the exit. At 1st traffic light, (Nina’s Variety, on right) turn Right.
3. Shortly, when you come to a “Y” in the road, bear Left staying on Route 9.
4. Take an immediate Left onto Woods Road.The Woodlands Club entrance is 8/10 of a mile on your Left.



           

Looking For Alums who were Tutoring Plus Volunteers 

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, http://www.tutoringplus.org/home.html, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2014. In preparation for this very special celebration with a Mardi Gras themed event on Friday February 28th, 2014, the organization is making an effort to contact former volunteer tutors. Tutoring Plus hopes to include as many comments and reminiscences as possible as part of the program for the event, and of course they would be thrilled if you could deliver them in person!

If you were a Tutoring Plus volunteer as an MIT student, please contact Ellen McLaughlin, Executive Director at: mclaughlin@tutoringplus.org, and let her know how she can best reach you to follow up, get your comments and reminiscences and send you an invitation to the event.


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