Published since 1972, the Carlisle Mosquito has been publishing news about the town for almost every week of the year.
The staff prints 2,300 copies of the paper each week of publication and sends one to every household in town.
The paper was created largely by local mothers who believed their fellow residents should know more about how their local government worked, even the most obscure committees.
The newspaper’s first copy had no name. Residents were asked to drop their suggestions in a box at the Superette and eventually, they chose a winner: The Mosquito, suggested by Kathy Coyle, a retired school psychologist, who suggested that mosquitoes had the best circulation in town.
Proof reading is done at the main table— one of the women has chickens and supplies the others with eggs.
The Mosquito has persevered largely because the longevity of its editors and writers, who often end up staying for years, or decades.
“I’ll bet the average length of time involved with the paper is over a dozen years,’’ said Susan Emmons,general manager of the Carlisle Mosquito.
Pictured are Marjorie Johnson, photo editor and friends and neighbors editor, on left, with Betsy Fell, news editor.
The Mosquito was created as a nonprofit, supported by local advertising and contributions, and remained independent even as many other community newspapers became part of larger chains.
Now the paper is celebrating its 40th anniversary — officially, last August — by publishing a book called “Who’s Who in the Natural World’’ by Kay Fairweather, a collection of columns about more than 300 species of wildlife that she and others have written for the Mosquito.
Pictured are Susan Emmons, general manager, right, checking over an edition in the news room. The dog is Sylvia who belongs to Nancy Pierce, left, a proof reader and writer.