The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 3, 2002


The editors sat in the middle of the room, discussing the upcoming newspaper issue, scheduling the available writers. "We really should get others to do some writing. We've done a lot," suggested one editor. "What should we cover?" said another, reclining on the top of a table. "What about family issues, like divorce?" asked an editor sitting backwards on a chair. "Do we really want to discuss that?" asked the editor on the table. This could have been the Monday morning meeting of the managing editors of The Carlisle Mosquito, but instead it was a planning meeting for The Bite, the Carlisle middle school student-run newspaper. Though it isn't a professional paper, the editors and reporters of The Bite do many of the same jobs as are done at the Mosquito. ...more

Why start seeds?

You won't save money. Between the pots, the soil, the seeds, the fertilizers and your time, you would be financially better off buying the plants you need. But it's fun to grow seeds. It's a connection to our past, and good for our children to experience. You get to pick what you want from a huge array of types of seeds. You can be assured they will be raised organically. Growing your own plants is pure pleasure, when it all works right. Let's examine the steps from seed to garden plant. ...more

You've probably heard the kindergarten song that ends, "Remember the seed in the little paper cup/first the root grows down and then the plant grows up." But why? Why does the root grow down and the plant grow up? As you have probably guessed or learned, it is because of gravity. All life on our planet has evolved with gravity. Plants have specialized cells that sense the gravitational pull. When the roots sense gravity, the cells signal growth toward gravity. In stems and leaves, the signal sends the growth in the opposite direction of gravity. Notice I did not say "down" or "up." You can do a simple experiment to try to confuse your plant to grow sideways. Which way will it grow? ...more

Name: Thick-stalked False Morel or Gyromitra fastigiata. Also known as G. korfii. ...more

(The following interview of Dr. Morey is part of the Carlisle Oral History Project, supported by the Mosquito and the Carlisle Historical Society. The tape and transcript will soon be available at the Gleason Library.) ...more

Miss Town Meeting and you're missing part of what makes Carlisle unique. "There's no better way to get to know the town," says moderator Sarah Brophy. But if you're new to Carlisle, you may have some questions (reservations?) about attending the upcoming Town Meeting. Don't be discouraged ­ the following is a primer providing the basic information you need to become a full Town Meeting participant. ...more

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito