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Victim of Climate Change, a Town Seeks a Lifeline

New York Times By WILLIAM YARDLEY Published: May 27, 2007 NEWTOK, Alaska — The sturdy little Cessnas land whenever the fog lifts, delivering children’s bicycles, boxes of bullets, outboard motors and cans of dried oats. And then, with a rumble down a gravel strip, the planes are gone, the outside world recedes and this subarctic outpost steels itself once again to face the frontier of climate change. “I don’t want to live in permafrost no more,” said Frank Tommy, 47, standing beside gutted geese and seal meat drying on a wooden rack outside his mother’s house. “It’s too muddy. Everything is crooked around here.” The earth beneath much of Alaska is not what it used to be. The permanently frozen subsoil, known as permafrost, upon which Newtok and so many other Native Alaskan villages rest, is melting, yielding to warming air temperatures and a warming ocean.

Heat Invades Cool Heights Over Arizona Desert

New York Times
By TIMOTHY EGAN
Published: March 27, 2007

SUMMERHAVEN, Ariz. — High above the desert floor, this little alpine town has long served as a natural air-conditioned retreat for people in Tucson, one of the so-called sky islands of southern Arizona. When it is 105 degrees in the city, it is at least 20 degrees cooler up here near the 9,157-foot summit of Mount Lemmon.

But for the past 10 years or so, things have been unraveling. Winter snows melt away earlier, longtime residents say, making for an erratic season at the nearby ski resort, the most southern in the nation.

Warm Winters Upset Rhythms of Maple Sugar

New York Times
By PAM BELLUCK
Published: March 3, 2007

MONTPELIER, Vt. — One might expect Burr Morse to have maple sugaring down to a science.

For more than 200 years, Mr. Morse’s family has been culling sweet sap from maple trees, a passion that has manifested itself not only in jug upon jug of maple syrup, but also in maple-cured bacon, maple cream and maple soap, not to mention the display of a suggestively curved tree trunk Mr. Morse calls the Venus de Maple.

But lately nature seems to be playing havoc with Mr. Morse and other maple mavens.

Warmer-than-usual winters are throwing things out of kilter, causing confusion among maple syrup producers, called sugar makers, and stoking fears for the survival of New England’s maple forests.

Lawn Transformed Into Fallen Soldier Tribute

A tribute to fallen soldiers has covered a church's green grass with a sea of red, white and blue. A member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockledge created the display to honor fallen soldiers. Church members put up well over 3,000 stakes with red white and blue. The artist who created the display said the display contains the names of every American soldier killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It really brings it into focus what 3,000, over 3,000 fallen soldiers are,” Suzanne Frank said. Frank said her grandson served in Afghanistan and returned home safely, but she wanted to honor everyone who didn't. Memorial Day services at the display are being held Saturday. http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2007/5/23/fallen_soldier_tribute.html

Church puts focus on peace for Mother's Day

 Woman who lost her only son in Iraq war gives tearful speech

Clara Harlowe Barton (1821-1912): Universalist

Founder of the American Red Cross (Edited from several different websites - listed below - for the sake of continuity.) Born on December 25, 1821 in Oxford, Mass., the youngest of 5 children in a middle-class family, Clara Barton started teaching at the age of 15. After she was invited to teach in a private school in Bordentown, New Jersey, Barton recognized the community's need for free education, and despite opposition, set up one of the first free public schools in the state. When officials decided to replace her with a male principal, Barton resigned. In 1854, she moved to Washington, where she became the first woman to work at the Patent Office, and for the same pay as the men.

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