Tick talk correction

To the Editor:

Last week’s article about ticks (“Some straightforward tick talk - it’s an epidemic, folks”) by Cecile Sandwen was important because it brought it home to Carlisle with real discussions about real people with real experiences. However, I would like to make one correction about my bout with Lyme Disease. I was in my second day at Boy Scout Camp serving as Camp Scoutmaster when I came down with a fever of 103 degrees. I had to leave camp for the week as I tried to deal with the myriad of symptoms—none of which included a telltale redness. Clearly, the bite had occurred days, weeks or months before camp. I may have unknowingly had symptoms for some time before camp but it all began to really happen while at camp resulting in a stay at the hospital and daily IV treatment for two months. Boy Scout Camp is a great time for kids and although ticks exist all over the place, I wouldn’t want folks to be mislead into thinking that I contracted Lyme Disease at a Scout camp. Part of our camp experience includes discussions about tick prevention and tick checks—something that should be practiced daily in every household. 

Hult will not run again

To the Editor:

With the Town Caucus on March 10 drawing near, I would like to announce that I will not be running for another term as Selectman when my current term expires this spring. I know that I said this same thing at the end of my previous term a few years ago and actually came back to serve again when no other candidates surfaced for Selectman. That will not be the case this time. This current term will definitely be my last.

After four terms as a Selectman and two terms on the School Committee it is now time to step aside and allow others with positive civic energy and fresh ideas to assume leadership roles in town affairs. I have enjoyed serving the town of Carlisle immensely and I will miss it a great deal. 

Our town government has accomplished  much in the last 25 years. The town is on solid financial footing and we have healthy reserves.  We have moved forward with important facilities projects at both schools. We have excellent personnel and leadership in place across the board in town government. We have added significantly to our protected land resources. Most importantly I believe we have retained the small town community structure that makes Carlisle a very special place.

There is still much to do, however, particularly in the areas of housing strategy and expanding services for our elderly population. I am confident, however, that these issues will be addressed with the prudence and fairness that Carlisle has traditionally enjoyed.

I would like to thank all the colleagues I have served with as well as the terrific town volunteers and the talented and dedicated town employees. I respect you all so much, learning a lot from you and laughing a lot with you all. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the town that I love.

If you are so inclined, you might consider running for office. If my experience is a guide you will gain from it much more that it requires from you.

Timothy Hult, chairman

Carlisle Board of Selectman


What a concert! What a shame!

To the Editor:

Last Thursday night, in a concert presented at First Religious Society by Cambridge Society for Early Music (, some 50 local residents were privileged to hear two violin/fortepiano duo sonatas, as well as a solo piano sonata, of Beethoven performed on a fortepiano of historic design. For years, CSEM has offered a series of candlelight concerts in Carlisle, Weston, Salem, Ipswich, and Cambridge, with distinguished artists playing rare and beautiful instruments, at surprisingly low admission prices. 

Last week, Boston violin virtuoso Susanna Ogata and renowned British fortepianist Ian Watson brought pieces written between 1801 and 1803, the years of Beethoven’s struggle with progressive hearing loss.  The music could not be more poignant, the battle with adversity more heroic. The concert’s tour de force was the fiery “Kreutzer” Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A, Op.47. The FRS experience, with its candle-enhanced electric lighting, was thrilling: the music rocked the floorboards and transported us into the magical conversation between the soloists. No recording, no metropolitan music hall could deliver such a performance.

Ogata and Watson have embarked on a project ( to record their ongoing violin/fortepiano journey; this means the dialog is not irretrievably lost. Still, the live performance is gone. That is the ephemeral nature of live music—you had to be there.

Fortunately, such music is offered three times a year in Carlisle—in autumn, winter, and spring concerts vetted by James Nicolson, CSEM’s guiding spirit. Nicolson personally introduces each concert and advises the audience what to listen for.

The mission of CSEM is to explore the history of Western musical tradition and its instruments; they’ll return on Thursday, May 8, with “The Rise of the Baroque Violin in Italy” from New York ensemble Guido’s Ear. Let’s hope more people will turn out to hear the violins, voices, guitar, and theorbo.

In Carlisle. For a song. A mile or two from your home. In an intimate space where you can breathe with the performers. Visit the instruments. And bring the kids along for free. 

Joeth Barlas

East Riding Drive

Thanks Carlisle Police for everything you do

To the Editor:

On Tuesday, January 14, while returning to our home with a truck full of groceries at 7:15 p.m., a downed utility pole and two large pines left our street impassable. At the Police Station, dispatcher Ron Sawyer gained us access to the station refrigerator for our perishables. Then officer Paul Smith assisted us in walking across the live wires during a frigid downpour to get to our home. At 4 a.m. power was restored and I asked if the station could keep the groceries until the morning. At 10 a.m., Paul Smith again, probably working a double shift, came to transport me to my truck and also brought over the groceries. It was obvious from this experience that the Carlisle Police really delivered.

Arthur Veves

Rockland Road

Invitation to all Democrats

To the Editor:

I would like to invite all fellow democrats to the Carlisle Democratic Caucus tomorrow at Town Hall. The caucus is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, February 8, with a sign-in window from 9:45 until 10:15 a.m.

Please join members of the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee and fellow democrats as we elect three delegates to the 2014 Democratic Convention (June 13 - 14) in Worcester. This convention is a nominating convention where all candidates for statewide office will need to garner 15% of the delegate vote. This will be an especially lively convention as there are no incumbents running for most of the offices.

This is a great opportunity to get involved with fellow townspeople who are working to make our legislative process better.

Bob Wallhagen, Chair - Carlisle DTC

Timothy Lane

Invitation to women’s luncheon

To the Editor:

In celebration of National Women in Philanthropy month, all Concord and Carlisle women and their guests are invited to attend a luncheon on March 6, sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. The luncheon will be held at noon at Nashawtuc Country Club and will feature special guest speaker Dr. Nancy Hendrie.

Dr. Hendrie is a Concord resident, a long-time Community Chest supporter, and the founder of The Sharing Foundation. The Sharing Foundation is an international non-profit whose mission is to “help meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia.” 

The Community Chest is thrilled to celebrate Women in Philanthropy month with Dr. Hendrie and the community members of Concord and Carlisle. In its third year, this popular event is a social afternoon with friends and neighbors and highlights the impact of the courage, character and commitment of women. Come join us!

Tickets to the event are $30 and may be purchased online at, or by calling the Community Chest office at 1-978-369-5250.

Seema Peterson

Co-chair, Luncheon Committee