The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 2, 2002


The northern White Mountains are perfect for families with young children because there are several amusement parks and gorgeous scenery along the way for everyone to enjoy. ...more


Shopping for Plants in Carlisle

Carlisle may be a small town, but despite its size it has a variety of garden nurseries to visit. From sunflowers to daylilies, annuals to perennials, there are excellent sources of plants in town. Locally grown plants are naturally hardy for our region, zone 5, and buying from neighborhood businesses allows you personal contact with knowledgeable growers who can advise you on your landscaping ideas. ...more

Inspired by Brian McGrory's column in the Boston Globe, June 17:

Name: Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele, a member of the Nymphalidae or brush-footed butterflies. ...more

Around 6:50 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, an earthquake struck fifteen miles southwest of Plattsburg, New York. Many in Carlisle experienced the earthquake that was "felt" from Toronto to Baltimore. Locally, the quake was only strong enough to rattle a few dishes. Like most other teenagers, on a Saturday morning, I was sleeping late and felt nothing at all. ...more

special 30th anniversary insert

"Everyone pitched in. We didn't have sharply defined designated positions," says Mosquito co-founder Bonnie Miskolczy. "Everyone did everything. The volunteer atmosphere was important." Miskolczy says that when no one else was available to cover something, she and Skip Anderegg, the paper's co-founder, would fill the gap. . ...more

In 1972, a small newspaper began its life in the home of Gabor and Bonnie Miskolczy on Cross Street. It bore almost no resemblance to today's Mosquito. Headlines and advertisements were hand-written. News and feature articles were typed on different machines, with varying sizes and styles of type, and pasted into columns. Photographs? None. Instead, drawings by Carlisle's children. However, even if it was quaint, the Mosquito was full of information and character, and it caught on. As Kathy Coyle put it, "There was a sense of adventure!" ...more

The name of our newspaper usually draws a smile. The Mosquito has been the voice of Carlisle, Massachusetts, for thirty years, but its offbeat name isn't its only distinction. We may be the only locally staffed, independent, non-profit weekly in Massachusetts. ...more

A former news editor takes a moment to reminisce
The ad sounded like it was written just for me: "Part-time editor, no experience needed, we will train. Work with friendly people and learn more about Carlisle. Hours flexible." Still, I was hesitant. Even though, in a former life, I'd been an English teacher, I'd never worked on a newspaper. "Do it," my husband said. So I did, for the next eight years. ...more

The life of the Mosquito parallels the transition of the cranberry bog from private ownership to our current town treasure. According to Susan Bassler Pickford's History of the Chelmsford Carlisle Cranberry Bog (1991), Carlisle's ten-year open space plan targeted the bog as a prime candidate for acquisition as conservation land. Carlisle and Chelmsford spent the next 16 years talking to the owners of the bog, and the plan was realized in 1986. ...more

We at the Mosquito certainly appreciate the input on the newspaper by the ten residents who spoke to Mosquito reporter Anne Marie Brako last week outside the Gleason Library and the Carlisle Post Office. However, every one interviewed enthused about the paper, and could not identify any improvements they would wish to see. The Police Blotter emerged as the big winner in the "must read" section. We decided that printing the comments would be redundant and self-serving. Thank you for your continued support. ...more

Sally Coulter, editor, 1983-84 ...more

Is the reporting accurate in fact and tone? Does the paper focus too much on the schools and conservation? Do editorials influence anyone? Should the Mosquito run "gossip?" Is the paper "too nice?" ...more

I began my column, "Carolyn's Cuisine," in the mid-seventies, when there were two newspapers in town. Carol Lobron, then the editor of the Carlisle Gazette, asked me to submit occasional articles with food ideas and recipes. When the two papers merged and became The Carlisle Mosquito, I continued my column. Many of the recipes that I put in the paper over the years became the part of my cookbook, Carolyn's Kitchen Revisited. ...more

When I first contemplated an essay about "My Relationship with the Mosquito over the Past 30 Years," it seemed like a slight stretch of reality. After all, I'm only five years older than the Mosquito myself. But when I gave it some thought,. ...more

I remember in the beginning days, I used to draw cartoons on the margins of my law school notebooks. You get pretty bored in some of these lectures. One day I came home and all my notebooks were out and all the margins were gone.. ...more

The second Needlework Survey was conducted at the Special Town Meeting on June 6. The results are: Knitting 9; Needlepoint 2 (a significant drop); Embroidery 5; Hooking 1; Sewing 1. Gum chewing, with the criteria of definite bovine movement, was added as an additional category because it appeared that gum chewers were working at least as energetically as any of the knitters. ...more

In November, Dave Galvin completed the ten-week basic course at the Massachusetts Police Academy Medford. He was third in a class of 40. Dave joined the Carlisle Police Dept. in May 1974. He is a personable young man, out of college just 1 1/2 years. ...more

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito