Friday, August 1, 2008
What’s up on Carlisle’s utility poles?
The town of Carlisle has a necklace of wires and cables running overhead, all carried by hundreds of poles. Many poles hold odd-looking equipment such as transformers, junction boxes, remote circuit switches, telecommunication equipment, and lots of Hendrix hanging brackets. ...more
How do transformers work?
Up at the top of utility poles are large containers called transformers. We may notice a transformer only when the power goes out and someone says, “The transformer blew,” from a power surge or, worse, lightning hit. The garbage can-style transformers and their newer, sleeker cousins are on every street and are spaced approximately every two to five houses. ...more
Heirlooms that sustain us and our environment
Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died in captivity in 1914. Until that time, pigeons had been a staple of the American diet, served in pies and stews, and hunted for sport. Their population from the 17th century until Martha’s demise went from almost five billion to zero. Gary Paul Nabhan, editor of Renewing America’s Food Traditions: Saving and ...more
Biodiversity Corner: Lobster mushroom
My friends, the fungi, are very happy with all the rain we’ve had. They are producing mushrooms at such a rate you can hardly step out of the house without tripping over some. In the conservation land they are even coming up in the paths. I have seldom seen such plenty so I knew I had to choose a mushroom topic this week. Chanterelles are in season but I ...more
In 2007, when Nutan Chandra came across an ad in the Mosquito for newspaper reporters and writers, her first thought was, “I love to write.” With that in mind, it wasn’t long before she submitted an article to Carlisle Comments – “Playing It Fair,” the experience of two kids squabbling to get their mother’s attention. Feature Editor Ellen Miller ...more
The culture of words ...more
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