Friday, August 4, 2000
Call to action on West Nile Virus
To the Editor:
Last year I wrote to you regarding the spread of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus. The Boston Globe reported the virus has now appeared in Boston and Hopkinton after its deadly spread in New York. Over 60 people were infected on Long Island and seven people died of the encephalitis-like disease. The problem is continuing in New York; in fact, Central Park was closed this past weekend due to concerns about the virus.
There is no cure for the West Nile Virus nor is there any treatment. The Centers for Disease Control was quoted in the Boston Globe as follows, "How is West Nile encephalitis treated?" Answer, "There is no specific therapy. In severe cases, intensive supportive therapy is indicated, i.e., hospitalization, intravenous fluids, respiratory support and nursing care."
The only way to avoid getting the virus is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. That is a virtual impossibility in Carlisle. Protection is very limited even if we do what the Centers for Disease Control recommends, "Stay indoors at dawn and dusk and in the early evening. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors." In effect this translates to no more evening trips to Kimball's, no more morning dog walks or runs, winter clothes in summer, no garden work in morning, evening or in any shaded areas, no use of the town trails and so forth.
Our lifestyles are going to be limited in unacceptable ways unless we deplete the mosquito population. Spraying is the only effective limitation. The cost of spraying is not large, particularly when compared to the life of even one person. I know my conscience will bother me endlessly if anyone gets West Nile Virus and I did not do enough to prevent the spread of the virus in our town. I suspect others in the town would feel the same way. Please contact our town officials and let them know we want them to make every effort to prevent the virus from spreading due to our lack of action.
Ed. note: The Carlisle Board of Health will provide Internet links to state Department of Public Health information on the virus. See the Carlisle Community Center at http//:carlisle.lotus.com. The topic is also on their August 8 agenda at 8:30 p.m.
To the Editor:
Several people called in response to my Forum piece on noise pollution. (July 14). One of them told me Massport monitors noise levels at Hanscom and maintains a 24-hour phone line for public input on noise level. That number is 781-869-8050. It is the one to call when your windows start rattling and conversation is drowned by the noise of Hanscom flights. It provides a small, but direct, input to Massport on the impact the expansion of flights at Hanscom has had on our lives.
Transportation plan needed
To the Editor,
The Carlisle Board of Selectmen has not yet had an opportunity to vote on the "Hanscom at the Crossroads" document. However, individual members believe that a Northeast regional intermodal transportation plan should be completed prior to any additional expansion at Hanscom and therefore, a moratorium is in order. We anticipate that the Carlisle Board of Selectmen will vote favorably on the document at our next meeting.
Vivian F. Chaput
Plant cart on Bedford Road
To the Editor:
Yes! I am retiring the last week of July. Although there have been many offers to buy me, Norma says that I can remain in Carlisle the rest of my life. You see I was born right next door at the Davis house, and earned my living by carrying wallpaper and supplies around town for Mr. Davis. Perhaps some of the older houses still have examples of my work!
Mr. Shumway once pushed me in the 4th of July town parade with Frank from the then "Frank's Store" riding on me. I have been decorated for other parades too. Of course you remember me when I was twice on stage with the Savoyard Company!
It has been fun holding plants for sale and talking to the people that stop from Carlisle, Concord, Bedford, Lexington, Acton, Westford, Chelmsford, Maynard, etc. and many from out of state, but my wheels are tired and I need to rest. Thank you all for many great years.
Norma G. Japp
Old Home Day 2001
To the Editor:
Old Home Day 2000 is just a distant memory in our minds now but the Old Home Day Committee brainstormed at its wrap-up meeting recently.
Some ideas for Old Home Day 2001 include hot air balloon rides, a town photo taken on the green, and parade floats done by neighborhoods. Which neighborhood can make the best float? The grand prize would be a big container of slush or a bunch of gift certificates for ice cream cones from a local ice creamery. The dunking booth will definitely be back.
I would like to thank again all the key people who made the Old Home Day 2000 a success (you know who you are).
© 2000 The Carlisle Mosquito