The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Asian longhorned beetles not here yet

Nature's Notebook

Last week, a concerned citizen brought what he thought might be an Asian longhorned beetle, or ALB (Anoplophora glabripennis), to the attention of The Lakeville Journal.

To put this into perspective for readers who are not immersed in the world of invasive forest pests and pathogens, confirmation of this insect in our region would be a calamity for our hardwood forests, and most especially for our sugar maples. It would be a disaster for these species comparable to the arrival of plague-bearing rats in medieval Europe for our own species.


The Lakeville Journal Editorial

A time of transition, a time of change: Annual graduations signify more than just a rite of passage. Changes of great magnitude, transformational, happen right on the heels of graduations, making them bittersweet for all those celebrating the successful conclusion of one phase of their lives.

There are some friends left behind, some friends made for life. Some teachers who will never be forgotten, whose lessons will carry their graduates forward and inspire them to achieve good things for the rest of their lives. Others will be too soon forgotten.

Letters to the Editor June 23

Letter To The Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Concerned about the future of the Little Scholar School

Turning Back The Pages 6-23

75 years ago — June 1936
SALISBURY — Charles R. Nash is home for a few days before leaving for Lone Pine Camp, Paul Smiths, N.Y.

TACONIC — The Twin Lakes Post Office opened on Monday for the summer season. Miss Nellie Kelsey will be in charge as in former years.

SALISBURY — Moore & Moore have rented the J. Cox Howell place on the Lime Rock road to Mrs. Rebecca Riggs, mother of Headmaster Riggs of Indian Mountain School for the season.

Literary Agent

Editorial Cartoon

A better way to nominate a president

If You Ask Me

We can assume there are bigger things ahead for Connecticut in the coming presidential campaign than Sarah Palin stopping for gas at a Sunoco station in Berlin on the way to somewhere else.

Not really much opportunity in Connecticut outside of government

The Chris Powell Column

Gov. Malloy and the other Democrats in charge congratulated themselves a couple of weeks ago on the orderly conclusion of the 2011 session of the General Assembly. Everything the majority wanted to do got done in time.

But as it all was facilitated by the largest tax increase in Connecticut’s history, this orderliness wasn’t much of a challenge or a virtue. Rather, it was the consequence of a betrayal.

Cyberwarfare: Air Force to the rescue?

A View From the Edge

The 24th Air Force division is responsible for conducting U.S. defense cyber operations.

Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, vice commander of the Air Force Space Command, said, “We can’t defend the whole network just like we can’t defend all the air domain. Instead we defend the portion we need to operate in. We’ve done it already to assure [support for] Predator [in Afghanistan and Iraq] and space launch operations.”

There are lots of ways to jazz up the perennial border

The Garden Coach

Driving to and from Kent Center School, you can’t help but notice the flowery perennial borders Karren Garrity planted along the picket fence outlining her corner lot. As you round the corner or sit at the stop sign waiting for a school bus to turn, there it is, a gift to the street and a joyous reminder that summer is here. The walkers get a real treat.

When Karren asked me for some coaching, she expressed a sense of liking her plants but being vaguely dissatisfied with the garden as a whole. It looked great in May, June and into July, but then there wasn’t much to see.

Summer’s icons

Nature's Notebook

There are some birds that are just synonymous with summer. Everyone has their favorites. Maybe it’s a wren returning to a box in the yard or a familiar call heard from the garden on an early morning.

Regardless of which one you connect to, the more you become aware of nature around you the more nature becomes part of your everyday life.

I have three birds that connect me to the warm lazy days of summer. The first is the Eastern phoebe. One has nested outside my office window for several years now so I know her well.