The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 28, 2001


This is not the first time residents of Carlisle have confronted the threat of war; not the first time we've hoisted American flags and rallied together in the name of freedom. We were there during that first season of American patriotism, when Carlisle Minutemen marched to Concord for the first uprising of the Revolutionary War. Carlisleans served in the War of 1812, the Civil War (where we lost more residents than in any other war) and both World Wars, as well as Korea and Vietnam. At least one local man has already been called up for the war on terrorism. On the home front, Carlisle residents have always been counted on to fly the colors, collect supplies for the war effort, hold bean suppers, knit blankets, sew quilts, pray, cry and find strength in one another. There is solace in the knowledge that we've been here before, and if the need arises we will persevere again. History can serve as our comfort and our guide...more

On September 11, I was in Limerick, Ireland. My friend and I casually switched on the TV in our hotel room at 2:15 p.m. to catch up with the news. For the next several hours we stared in disbelief and horror as the tragedy in our country unfolded...more

The Carlisle Historical Society qualified as the town's newest residents on September 14 by closing on the 698 Concord Street property. The society, with around 160 members, plans to catalog and then display the town's historical collection here...more

Coffee is the leading foreign exchange item in Latin America, the second most heavily traded commodity in the world, and the third most common import in the US after oil and steel. Coffee drinking started in the fifteenth century in Arabia, spread to Europe in the seventeenth century, and is now consumed by one-third of the world's population. Today's large coffee brands (Maxwell House, Folger's) are no longer grown in the environmentally and socially responsible manner that we would hope. Increasingly since the 1970s, coffee is grown on huge plantations in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia that have been clear-cut of native trees, reducing biodiversity and wildlife. This destruction of the tropical rainforest has contributed to a reduction in the number of migratory birds crossing the Gulf of Mexico by half over the last 20 years...more

Members of the Carlisle Historical Society ventured to Essex for the day on Saturday, September 22 for a visit to Cogswell's Grant. The site of an eighteenth-century farmhouse situated near the Essex River features a private collection of folk art...more

Now that most people have automatic clothes washing machines and dryers, I think an interesting part of Americana has disappeared. Have you ever heard the expression, "Airing dirty laundry in public?" People used to hang their laundry out to dry in the fresh air on clotheslines. Some of us still do...more

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