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Friday, March 22, 2002

by Nancy Pierce

On Tuesday night the board of selectmen voted to place on the ballot two Proposition 2-1/2 override questions, expected to be the focus of discussion, debate and mobilization of advocates and opponents through the May 6 Town Meeting and the May 14 town election. ...more

It's been one of the driest seasons on record with little rain and snow falling over the past fall and winter. The state is now on a drought watch with much of the East experiencing extremely dry conditions. It's hard to ignore the drought now that spring is here. With "leaf-out" and the growing season beginning, plants are about to take up what little moisture is available on the surface. ...more

Cell tower testing on town-owned land will take place today and tomorrow, Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23. A balloon test conducted by American Tower Corporation is scheduled for today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Conant Land. A second balloon test on the DPW/transfer station land is scheduled for tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...more

A NEW ENGLAND SPRING: Yellow witch hazel blooms under a coat of fresh snow. (Photo by Mike Quayle)

A comet discovered on February 1 by Kaoru Ikeya in Japan and Daqing Zhang in China is visible in the western sky low to the horizon as soon as it gets dark. Binoculars are the ideal optical aid for finding this elusive "dirty snowball." On March 16, I could not see it with my unaided eye from a not-so-dark site in New Hampshire but it was a delightful sight in a binocular, with its faint tail pointing upward from the horizon and extending at least half the field of the eyepiece. The so-called "night glasses" or 7 x 50 binocular will get more of the faint light into your eye than will the daytime 6 x 35 binocular and thus are a better choice for comet hunting. A small telescope would be even better once you know where to look. ...more

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito