Friday, April 11, 2008
Carlisle Vets, get your DD214
To the Editor:
The Carlisle Honor Roll Memorial Committee (HRC) is pleased with the response from Carlisle vets who’ve come forward to have their names listed on the proposed, refurbished Honor Roll Memorial and sent in copies of their Honorable Discharge certificates, Department of Defense form DD214, Report of Separation. Thus far, we have received 17 copies and want to thank you for such an enthusiastic response.
But for those vets who can’t find their DD214’s (after all, it’s been more than 40 years since some of us were in the service, and we know that envelope is somewhere in the old duffle bag somewhere in the attic or basement), you can get free copies of your military service record through the Internet by logging on to: http://www.archives. gov /veterans/evetrecs.
To initiate a request for military personnel records:
1) Click on the “Request Military Records” button to start. This will launch a separate window;
2) Enter the required information in the system to create your customized request form;
3) Print, sign and date the signature verification area of our customized form. Each request must be signed and dated by the veteran or next of kin;
4) Mail or fax your signature verification form to the National Personnel Record Center (NPRC), Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 631325100. Tel: 314-901-0800; Fax: 314-801-9195.
The NPRC normally responds to requests for Separation Documents (such as DD Form 214) in ten working days or less. However, requests that involve reconstruction efforts due to the 1973 fire or older records that require extensive search efforts may take much longer. You will receive the NPRC’s response in writing by U.S. mail.
Once you’ve received your DD214, forward a copy of it with a brief cover note to: Mr. Doug Stevenson, chairman HRC, c/o Selectman’s secretary, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle MA 01741.
Carlisle vets currently in military service who wish to be listed may send in a copy of their Active Duty I.D.
A clear connection between Lyme disease and deer
To the Editor:
Although a recent letter (page 14, Mosquito 3/21/08) describing the life cycle of the deer tick is technically correct as far as it goes, it is incomplete and thus leads to the false conclusion that deer do not carry ticks into people’s backyards. Deer are tick warriors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site on Lyme disease (www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/ld_transmission.html), “When a young tick feeds on an infected animal, the tick takes bacteria into its body along with the blood meal, and it remains infected for the rest of its life.
“After this initial feeding, the larvae become inactive as they grow into nymphs. The following spring, nymphs seek blood meals in order to fuel their growth into adults. When the tick feeds again, it can transmit the bacteria to its new host. Usually the new host is another small rodent, but sometimes the new host is a human. Most cases of human illness occur in the late spring and summer when the tiny nymphs are most active and human outdoor activity is greatest. Adult ticks feed on large animals and sometimes humans. In the spring, adult female ticks lay their eggs on the ground, completing the life cycle. Although adult ticks often feed on deer, these animals do not become infected. Deer are nevertheless important in transporting ticks and maintaining tick populations.”
According to the Tick Management Handbook, Bulletin No. 1010 published by The Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station (page 32), “Management of host animals, food and shelter are essential requisites for wildlife. The residential landscape can be particularly attractive to white-tailed deer and conducive to mice and chipmunks, important hosts in the prevalence of ticks and Lyme disease. One component of a tick management strategy is managing deer and small rodent activity in your yard. . .”
Thank you, Carlisle, for a clean sweep
To the Editor:
Thank you to all who participated in the Mosquito Trash Party this past Saturday. It was a cool, raw day, yet lots of folks turned out for this annual event that is aesthetically rewarding to the town. Participants included individuals of all ages as well as families, Scouts and church groups.
Sincere thanks also go to Ferns Country Store for providing the coffee for the morning, Gary Davis and Gerald Davis of the DPW for providing the safety cones and signs, Ned Berube, Tim Kirk, Susie von Bernuth and Kristie Grew for providing pick-up trucks and manpower for bag pick-up and delivery to the Transfer Station. Thank you, too, to CCI for hosting the trash party and providing the trash bags, and juice and donuts which put smiles on many faces.
Despite very busy, hectic lives, it’s wonderful that people find the time to turn out for this worthwhile event and take a turn at giving back to our town. We are a community that neighbors well.
Political Letters to the Editor
The Carlisle Mosquito welcomes political letters to the editor and, except for the single reason noted in the next paragraph, prints every one that it receives, provided they meet the following criteria. To be considered for publication, letters must be signed with the writer’s name and street address. Letters may not be libelous and are subject to editing for clarity and length. Any letter about any candidate, ballot question or Warrant Article will be limited to 350 words.
If many letters are received on any one topic, the editors may print representative samples, clearly stating that they have done so, and may limit the number of letters printed annually by any one person.
If, in the opinion of the editors, the intent of a letter submitted for the final issue before an election or Town Meeting appears to deny opponents equal time for rebuttal, the letter will not be published.
Send letters to the Editor, Carlisle Mosquito, 662A Bedford Road, Carlisle, MA 01741. They must be in our hands by Monday noon.
© 2008 The