Help us run the distance
The Intergenerational Veterans Day Road Race is a reminder that keeping fit is a lifelong process that has many components and also many benefits. Those who participated in the 1-mile and 5-mile races organized by the Council on Aging took part in a fun, physical challenge with neighbors and family members. The process to keep a town’s services healthy and strong is of course quite different, but is also closely linked to community involvement. Sustainable fiscal management, long-term planning and creative problem solving are all key and a small town like Carlisle relies on its active volunteers and informed voters. So too, keeping the Carlisle Mosquito fit is a process that depends on the community at every step—through help with reporting and production, as well as through vital financial donations.
The Mosquito is a non-profit weekly newspaper covering the news of the town and celebrating Carlisle’s people and events through articles and photographs. Public input is welcomed in letters to the editor as well as press releases for local activities. Snap a great photo of a Carlisle event, or wildlife sighting? Send it in and share it with others. Find a mistake? Let us know so that we can set the record straight. Have an idea for an article? Please share it with us by dropping a line (email@example.com) or calling the paper at 1-978-369-8313.
A truly local organization, the paper is written and assembled almost entirely by town residents, including several dozen part-time employees and volunteers. Together they write, edit, take photos, proofread, create and sell ads, and manage the website (www.carlislemosquito.org). You might notice neighbors or friends among the many staff names listed in small print at the bottom of this page. In addition, a board of directors, all town residents, meets monthly to set policy and give input.
Unlike most newspapers, the Mosquito is delivered free of charge to every household in town, and it is also free to read online. Donations are essential, because advertising revenue only covers about 70% of the Mosquito’s operating expenses. Last week the Mosquito’s annual appeal was mailed out to residents. Please respond generously, so that the Mosquito can stay fit and continue to serve the community, bringing you local news and feature stories each week. Large or small, your donations are greatly appreciated. ∆