Rabies Clinic April 13
The Carlisle Board of Health will conduct a public rabies clinic for cats and dogs on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m.–noon at Town Hall. No appointment is required. The cost is $10 per cat/dog. Owners must bring a current or expired valid rabies vaccination certificate to receive a three-year vaccination. Rabies tags or copies of immunization records are not acceptable. Dogs must be on a leash. Cats must be brought to the clinic in individual carriers. Carlisle dog licenses for residents will be available during the clinic. call 1-978-369-0283 with any questions.
Hazardous Waste Day is April 20
The spring collection will take place Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of Transfer Station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection free to all residents displaying a current Transfer Station sticker. Please obtain your 2019 sticker at the police station prior to attending.
Remember: absolutely no latex paint. Sharps will be collected in official sharps containers that have been sealed with duct tape.
Safety First: You must stay in your car. Dispose of your household trash items first. Then enter the Clean Harbors collection. The hazardous materials should be easily accessible. Tighten caps and lids and leave in the original labeled containers. Never mix chemicals. Follow traffic signs taking care to not block the entrance to Elizabeth Ridge Road. If you are bringing a large quantity of hazardous material (more than one car full) notify the Board of Health prior to Saturday. Separate arrangements will be made to handle large quantities to avoid delays for other residents. Note the collection will close at noon. Once Clean Harbor containers are sealed they cannot be reopened.
Questions about what to bring? Check out additional information posted on the Town of Carlisle website or on the bulletin board at the Transfer Station. Questions, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.
“Sharps” reminder from the BOH
Only approved “sharp” containers will be accepted at Hazardous Waste Day on April 20.
“Sharps” disposable containers are for sale at the Board of Health (BOH) office at Town Hall, priced to you at cost. These containers are available Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm.
Cookbook Club at the Gleason
Join in the fun and friendly Cookbook Club, supported by the Friends of Gleason Public Library, every third Tuesday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 16, and the group will be discussing Market Cooking by David Tanis and River Cottage Every Day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Each attendee will pick one recipe to cook and bring to share.
Registration is required at gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Reference. Copies of the cookbooks are available for checkout at the main circulation desk, and more information can be found at gleasonlibrary.org/special_events or by contacting Emma McKenna at email@example.com. Once you have enjoyed reading through the books let us know which dish you are going to bring.
OHD scholarship program
The Old Home Day (OHD) Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of its scholarship program for 2019.The scholarship program is funded through event earnings generated by the volunteer efforts of OHD Committee members, and through generous donations designated for the OHD Scholarship program.
This year’s program consists of two $2,500 scholarships for Carlisle residents graduating from area public or private high schools, or who are being home-schooled, and have applied to an accredited college, university or recognized vocational technical school within 180 days of scholarship award. Interested students are encouraged to submit a completed application no later than May 1, 2019.
Applications are available at New Old Home Day index and at the Gleason Public Library Reference Desk, and should be mailed to: OHD Scholarship Program, 419 Maple Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.
Contact Donna Cantrill at 1-978-369-4388 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the application process.
The 2019 recipients will be announced during this year’s Old Home Day celebration on Saturday, June 22.
CFC Spring Egg Hunt and Party
Hop on down to the First Religious Society Union Hall at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, for the annual Spring Egg Hunt, hosted by the Carlisle Family Connection (CFC). There will be refreshments, crafts, an egg hunt for those five and under, and socializing with your friends and neighbors. Bring a basket and don’t forget your camera. For questions, or if you need to register, email email@example.com.
Music of 18th-century Scotland in concert
Come to the First Religious Society on Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. and join Seven Times Salt as they explore the unique crossroads of 18th-century Scottish folk and classical traditions. In 1707, the nation’s Union with England sparked a patriotic surge of interest in Scotland’s own music tradition. As the Scottish Enlightenment swept the nation, Edinburgh became a hotbed of concerts, dances and patronage of the arts. Professional musicians and country fiddlers crossed paths at the new coffeehouses and music salons that sprang up, while Scottish composers produced masterful settings of familiar folk tunes.
You’ll hear traditional tunes for fiddle and pipes; virtuosic variations by James Oswald, William McGibbon, and Robert Bremner; songs of love, mourning and patriotism by revered poet Robert Burns; and the choicest jigs, reels and strathspeys to set your toes tapping. Included are selections from early Scots sources such as the Balcarres lute book, the Dixon bagpipe manuscript, and the Scots Musical Museum. They will pay homage to 18th-century Scottish drawing rooms and dance halls where the only difference between a fiddler and a violinist was the music in front of him.
Seven Times Salt members are Barbara Allen Hill, soprano; Karen Burciaga, fiddle, voice; Dan Meyers, bagpipes, recorder, flute, bodhran, voice; Josh Schreiber Shalem, bass viol, voice; Alastair Thompson, harpsichord, voice; Matthew Wright, lute, voice.
The suggested donation is $25; all are welcome.
Join D’Ann and Tom Brownrigg on Saturday, April 13, to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding grounds at Foss Farm. The males perform spectacular flight displays, circling upward hundreds of feet before descending. These displays are believed to be a means of attracting females. Males can be located by listening for their distinctive “peent” calls.
Meet at Foss Farm parking lot at 7:30 p.m.; the flight displays start shortly after dusk. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the walk will be held Sunday, April 14 at the same place and time. If you have any questions, please contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carlisle Walking Group
The Carlisle Walking Group has resumed its regular schedule on Thursday mornings, weather permitting. You are invited. They meet at 9:30 a.m. at Center Park to carpool. They walk on the Carlisle trails needed for you to earn the Carlisle Trekker Award. It’s about a two-hour walk at a moderate pace. Expect mud.
If you wish to keep a log for the award, it may be found in the latest Carlisle Trails Committee Trail Guide. This is available from Ferns and the Town Clerk’s office. The log is also available on line from the Carlisle Trails Committee website, http://carlisletrails.pbworks.com. (Look for the link to the “Carlisle Trail Hiker Award” in the sidebar.)
Contact Jane Anderson (1-978-369-9672, email@example.com) or Helen Young (1-978-369-6147) if you have questions. You don’t need to sign up, just show up.
Ask A Nurse
Residents of all ages are welcome to come to the Ask a Nurse sessions which are held each month. The next session is Monday, April 22, 11 a.m.-noon in the Nickles Room at Town Hall. You can meet Tricia McGean, Carlisle’s new Public Health Nurse, from Emerson Hospital Home Care. The sessions are not intended to diagnose or treat new illnesses. Ask a Nurse is funded by CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey and Winchester Hospitals. No appointment for these individual sessions is necessary.
2019 Garden Club Scholarship available
For over 50 years the Carlisle Garden Club has awarded the Debbie Wright Scholarship to help Carlisle students defray college costs. This year a $2,500 scholarship is available to Carlisle residents who attend either public or private high schools or are being home-schooled. Preference will be given to students who have an interest in the following fields: Botany, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Forestry, Farming, Conservation, Entomology, Ornithology and Environmental Studies as well as related areas.
The scholarship application is on-line (www.CarlisleGardenClub.org) and hard copies are available at the Gleason Library and the Carlisle Town Hall. The application must be submitted on or before May 1. Any questions should be directed to Jane Coleman Williams at 1-978-369-7601.
Center Park—a living classroom
Massachusetts Master Gardeners will teach a series of free gardening classes at Center Park in Carlisle to those who sign up through either the Recreation Commission or the Council on Aging. These classes are for all levels of gardener from beginner to expert. Topics discussed and demonstrated will follow the natural cycle of the season from April through October and will include designing garden beds, starting seeds, dividing perennials, taking cuttings, identifying and removing weeds, pruning, trimming, watering, edging, and nurturing soil and plants. The class will make and use a compost pile and plant some colorful annuals grown from seed. Classes are every fourth Thursday of the month from 9-11 a.m., rain or shine. Register on-line at www.carlisle.org/recreation or call the COA at 1-978-371-2895.
Democratic Town Committee April 18
The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee (DTC) meetings are open to all. Among other agenda items, they will be reviewing preparations for the “Climate Change: What Now?” talk that Naomi Oreskes is giving on May 9, 7 p.m., at the Carlisle School.
See you Thursday, April 18, in the Hollis Room of Gleason Library. The meeting at 7 p.m. is preceded by informal conversation at 6:40 p.m.
Visit the DTC website which is being updated now: www.carlisledems.org.
Open House at the Heald House Sunday
Because the third Sunday of this month will be Easter, the Carlisle Historical Society’s Heald House Museum, 698 Concord Street, will be open this Sunday afternoon, April 14, 2 to 5 p.m. On display are a collection of Civil War artifacts specially curated by Board Member John Troast; the refurbished loom, now in full working order; relics from the Hooper copper mine that once operated here in Carlisle; and many other items that exemplify Carlisle’s history. Admission is free; refreshments are available; and all are welcome.
“Waking up white” at CCHS
CCHS Parents Association presents “Waking Up White” on April 24 from 7-9 p.m. at the CCHS Auditorium with author Debby Irving.
Are you aware of how deeply white privilege harms our culture? Debby Irving, the author of Waking Up White, will help the audience explore the roots of our varied perspectives and to dismantle old myths regarding race, identity and culture. Learn how we can collectively wake up and take effective action.
This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit https://waking_up_white.eventbrite.com to register.
Say farewell to the old Minuteman School
Minuteman High School will hold an All-Alumni Reunion at the school on Wednesday, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. This occasion comes just a few months prior to the opening of the newly-constructed and eagerly-awaited Minuteman High School later this year. Alumni, students, past employees, current employees and members of the Minuteman Parent Association are welcome to attend.
It will be an evening of reminiscing and giving a final farewell to the existing Minuteman building. Light refreshments and appetizers prepared by the Culinary Arts students and staff will be served.
There will be a $20 fee per person to cover the cost of hosting this event.
To register, go to www.minuteman.org and look on the right–hand side of the home page where it says Registration Shortcuts. Registration can also be done by calling 1-781-861-6500, Ext. 7323.
For more information, please contact Allison Barry, Alumni Association Lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-781-861-6500, Ext. 1726.
Patriots Day 2019, Monday, April 15
The Carlisle Minutemen will celebrate the 244th anniversary since the start of the American Revolution by reenacting the call to arms of the original 16 minutemen who marched to Concord, joining other minutemen at the North Bridge on April 19, 1775.
Note that we have moved the start time to 6:30 a.m. this year, as we must arrive at the North Bridge by 8:30 a.m. for inspection, Carlisle Minutemen will be attached to the Acton Company, just as we were in 1775, to engage the British Regulars at the bridge.
In Carlisle center the day will begin with the ringing of the church bells signaling the minutemen to gather on the town green. After raising the flag and a brief ceremony the march to Concord will commence retracing the original route. This rite of spring is celebrated by over 100 townspeople who begin their march at the green, with others joining along the way.
At the Concord end of the Estabrook trail marchers can drop a raffle number into a tricorn hat. One number will be chosen to receive a pen and ink drawing of the Minutemen exiting Estabrook woods, drawn by Carlisle artist Phylis Hughes.
6:30 a.m. – ringing of the church bells
6:35 a.m. – flag raising
6:40 a.m. – ceremony at Minuteman monument
6:45 a.m. – begin march to Concord (approx. 5 miles)
8:15 a.m. – Concord end of Estabrook trail
8:30 a.m. – arrive at North Bridge, joining other Minutemen groups and Concord parade
Other local events of interest
• Saturday April 13, 1 – 2 p.m. – Battle reenactment, Parker’s Revenge Whittemore House Battle Road, Lincoln
• Saturday April 13, 4-5 p.m. – Battle reenactment, Tower Park, Lexington
• Monday April 15, 9 a.m. – Battle reenactment, North Bridge Concord
• Thursday April 18, 7:30 p.m. – Candlelight vigil North Bridge
• Friday April 19, 6 a.m. – Dawn salute, North Bridge Concord
• For more info see www.battleroad.org
What's up athe the Gleason Library?
Getting Your Ducks Lined Up for a Genealogy Research Project or Trip: Class at the Gleason
Local genealogy novices and enthusiasts are invited to the Gleason Public Library on Tuesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. for a class on “Getting Your Ducks Lined Up: Preparing for a Genealogy Research Project or Trip” with local genealogist Claire Smith. They will be discussing best practices for preparing for a genealogy research project or trip. Learn how to plan your research, identify which materials you’ll need and where to get them, how to maximize your time, how to set realistic goals and what to do with your findings. We’ll also cover tips that will help make your research a success.
Registration is required; visit gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Reference.
Search for the Medusa with Charles Mazel, PhD
In July 1816 the French frigate Medusa ran aground on the treacherous Arguin Bank off the west coast of Africa. The events that followed earned the ship a prominent place in the annals of infamous sea disasters. In a botched attempt to reach shore, 150 men and women were abandoned on a makeshift raft. When the raft was found by chance two weeks later, only 15 remained alive, the others having fallen victim to the sea, mutiny, starvation and cannibalism. The shipwreck and all that followed were the result of incompetent leadership and when the tale reached France it caused a major political scandal.
The story has captured the imagination of many, from the young artist Theodore Géricault, who used it as the subject of a grand painting for the Paris Salon of 1819, to a marine archaeological expedition in 1980, which located the shipwreck site and recovered artifacts for museum display. Charles Mazel, PhD in Marine Biology, was the expedition’s Technical Director. On Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Dr. Mazel will recount the events of the shipwreck, including its causes and aftermath; how Géricault came to paint his masterpiece; and the story of the expedition to locate the Medusa’s remains.
Presented by Gleason Public Library and Carlisle Council on Aging. Registration requested at gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Reference.
Sing-Along with Jeannie Mack: April 16
From 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. on April 16 in the Hollis Room, Jeannie Mack will perform all kinds of fun, bounce-around, sing-along songs geared for young children. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation! This program is for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with a caregiver.
Dinoman: Thursday, April 18
Dinosaur tracks leading right to Carlisle Public School during April Vacation Week? Have no fear, Dinoman is here. With magic, merry mayhem and magnificent props, the audience is taken on a trip throughout the Mesozoic Era from 3–4 p.m., in the Carlisle Public School Gymnasium. How do we know dinosaurs were here? What is a fossil? How are they made? This program is best suited for elementary school students, but all ages will find it fun and informative. This program will be held in the gymnasium at Carlisle Public School to best accommodate some large dinosaurs.
Oh, your aching joints
On Wednesday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m., Dr. Dean Howard will present “Oh, Your Aching Joints!: Hip & Knee Arthritis and Modern Joint Replacement.” Dr. Howard, a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon, will discuss who is a candidate for hip and knee replacement surgery, when is the right time to have the surgery, what is involved with this type of procedure, and what to expect after the procedure.
Dr. Howard practices at Orthopedic Affiliates, Inc. in Concord and Westford, and is affiliated with Emerson Hospital. He specializes in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.
This free talk will be held at the Gleason Public Library and is jointly presented by Carlisle Council on Aging and Gleason Public Library. Light refreshments will be provided by Cooperative Elder Services. Visit gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or call 1-978-369-4898 and ask for Reference to register.