Friday, November 16, 2001
Friends and Neighbors
· A meteor shower this weekend. Some astronomers are predicting the most impressive Leonid shower in 35 years, with several thousand meteors an hour expected at the peak, about 5 a.m. Sunday. So set your alarm for 4, and if the sky is clear, turn off all your lights, go outside, and look straight up. If it's cloudy, go back to sleep. If the weekend forecast looks bad for Sunday, try this routine Saturday morning.
· Newspapers with quirky names. Eric Shackle, a retired journalist living in New South Wales, Australia, has written a long article about the odd names of U.S. newspapers, which mentions the Carlisle Mosquito. As Shackle tells it, many months ago he set out to discover how some US newspapers acquired their quirky names. "I exchanged hundreds of e-mail messages with friendly and helpful editors, historians and librarians across the nation." Out of that research has come his article, "Newspapers' Eccentric Names." It has been posted in his free e-book, at www.bdb.co.za/shackle/articles/eccentric.htm.
This is what Shackle had to say about the Mosquito:
The Carlisle Mosquito The Massachusetts publication is a non- profit weekly newspaper mailed free to Carlisle residents. Feature editor Marilyn Harte says, "When the Mosquito was founded in 1972, Carlisle was notorious for its wetlands and its large population of fierce mosquitoes. The town's population of about 2,500 had nevertheless voted down joining a mosquito control district that would have conducted widespread spraying. Protecting groundwater and wildlife was more important than eradicating pesky mosquitoes."
Among the other newspapers on his list with "eccentric" names is the Nome Nugget -- this Alaskan newspaper was named because miners found lots of gold nuggets near Nome. The newspaper's web site says it's "published daily except for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Not published the last week of December. Single copy price $.50 in Nome. There's no place like Nome."
· For a behind-the-scenes look at how the newspaper got its name we called up Kathy Coyle of Maple Street, who is credited with naming the Mosquito. As Kathy recalls it, one Sunday back in 1972, she and the late Skip Anderegg met at the Superette (now Daisy's Market) while getting their Sunday Times. Skip said something like, "Any suggestions for a name for the paper?" Kathy replied, "They ought to call it the Mosquito because they have the biggest circulation in town."
Sometime later at Town Meeting, when there was a pause in the proceedings, a group of people who were involved in establishing the paper asked those in the audience to vote on a list of names for the paper. The Mosquito, which was included in the list, got the most votes.
Greg Peterson of Indian Hill was elected president of the Massachusetts Conveyancers Association, Inc. at the association's annual meeting on November 5.
Peterson practices law with the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow. He specializes in complex real estate transactions, with a particular focus on land use and environmental permitting and urban brownfields redevelopment. He is also active in land conservation. Peterson is a 1985 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1985. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Abstract Club, the National Brownfields Association and the National Association of Industrial Office Properties. He contributed to the MCLE publication, Lease Drafting in Massachusetts (1996), co-chaired the 1999 MCLE Real Estate Conference and most recently appeared at the 2001 MCLE Real Estate Conference. Peterson is a trustee of the Carlisle
· Karen F. Green of Hartwell Road, a senior partner and vice chair of the litigation department at Hale and Dorr LLP, was selected to receive the Women's Business Hall of Fame 2001 Professional Award.
The second annual awards program recognizes accomplished women who work in the Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Rhode Island region in the categories of start-up, entrepreneur, professional and executive. Ms. Green was honored at the Second Annual Women's Business Hall of Fame Awards ceremony on November 5.
Rebecca L. Upton, daughter of Lee and Stephanie Upton of Baldwin Road, wed Nathanael T. Lauster, son of Ron and Cindy Lauster of Brownsberg, indiana, on Saturday, October 27. Reverend Katrina Wuensch of the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord performed the ceremony at the Codman Carriage House in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
The bride, wearing a dark green dress and carrying sunflowers, was attended by her brother, Lee, while the groom was attended by his brother Aaron and his sister, Elizabeth.
Rebecca Upton, who will keep her name, is a graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School and Colgate University. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brown Universityh. Nathanael graduated from Purdue University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Sociology at Brown University.
The couple resides in Ann Arbor Michigan with their two dogs, Thamalakane and Jackson.
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