The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 21, 1999

Old Carlisle photos sought

To the Editor:

Do you have drawings or photographs of Carlisle's Common (where we sit to watch the parade on Old Home Day) in the nineteenth century? Pictures I've found from our Historical Society's paper go back only to 1912. If you have or know of anything earlier I'd be pleased to see it.

Eunice Knight
Bedford Road

Parade or procession: a Carlisle tradition

To the Editor:

Folks new to town may not be familiar with one of Carlisle's more curious traditions. Parades, such as Memorial Day and Old Home Day (July 3), are not something one watches. They are something one does; more processions than parades. Barriers to entry are not high; there is no application procedure or expected skill level. Being there is the pointit's part of community.

Jan Conover
Westford Street
OHD parade coordinator

Drugs are not the answer

To the Editor:

I recently gave up my practice of pediatrics to bring an issue into national focus. Under the guise of happiness and success millions of children, often as young as five years old, march off to school after having taken their morning dose of amphetamines or a chemical cousin, Ritalin. The goalto have them sit still and pay attention. This is our policy nationwide, supported by both educators and physicians. Parents, however, know it is wrong. Putting their children on these drugs screams against their intuitive sense, but they buckle under the pressures of their children's schools and physicians.

Now it is time to turn the tide and expose this approach as an attack on individual freedom and the human spirit. There is no excuse. Drugs are simply not the answer. The consequences of our failure are great. Our children are smart. They know when we don't respect them, they know when we force them into programs that don't touch them inwardly. Some accept. Others turn off and drop out. Still others become resentful and violent. What will it take for us to learn these lessons?

I left my pediatric practice to dedicate myself to this issue. I've just completed an article (available on request) and am working on a book. My friend Julie Pierce and I are holding workshops, seminars and individual sessions on A.D.D. as well as on how to practically connect with the truly Creative in our children. (Call 287-4359 for further information.)

We are now in need of financial backing. We want to change the course of our nation. To meet such a goal means changing a powerfully entrenched approach. This effort will take full-time work. We are asking for donations to cover the expenses necessary to continue this project.

Please consider this gift thoughtfully. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the The Uplook Foundation, Inc. PO Box 728 Greenfield, MA. 01302, (or can be sent to me) with a memo that the gift is for the A.D. D. Project. We need your help.

Dr. Ron Schneebaum
East Street

In search of a lost light box

To the Editor:

Lost - hopefully, to be found!

In October, '94, I moved to Chicago from my home on Martin Street, leaving behind a photographic light box I borrowed from a dear friend for use during the building of Carlisle Castle. That item was taken to the transfer station by the new homeowner, who was unaware that I had planned to pick it up the next morning. Oh, horrorswhat a predicament!

Needless to say, I am somewhat late inquiring as to who might have become the new owner. However, my guilt and the desire to right a wrong takes precedence over any passage of time. Also, I feel certain that the integrity of Carlisle residents will help me locate this item if the owner still lives in Carlisle. I feel I must make an attempt to correct this situation. I am therefore offering a reward for the return of the light box, because it was made for my friend by her husband. l wonder if she still calls me a "friend?"

The box is made of pine and protected by clear varnish. It is approximately three feet long, two feet wide, and eight inches deep. The glass top is opaque. I believe the lights inside were fluorescent tubes, but am not certain.

Should you or someone you know have information about this very special "lost" item, I would welcome your call. Even if the box has been disposed of, I could at least go to my friend and try to make amends. Now living in Pennsylvania, my phone number is 215-891-9851. My fax is 215-891-9853 and my e-mail is: Thank you to all who read this and might help in the search.

Darlene (Robertson) Campelia
formerly of Martin Street

Supports Meehan's decision to run again

To the Editor:

We applaud congressman Marty Meehan's decision to seek a fifth term in Congress as our district representative. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate that he is serving in that capacity as we dealt with a personal family tragedy this past year.

When we learned that our family member, artist Carol Jayne Schlosberg, had been raped and murdered while vacationing in Puerto Escondido, Mexico in March 1998, we were grief-stricken, helpless, and directionless as a family. Prior to any media coverage of this event, we called Marty Meehan's office to explain the family tragedy and to simply ask for advice or suggestions regarding options we might explore regarding her homicide investigation. Imagine our surprise when Congressman Meehan personally got involved in the communication surrounding Carol's homicide.

Marty Meehan was instrumental in helping us create awareness of Carol's homicide that grew in scope to national coverage by the print and broadcast media. His office translated for us a Spanish-language police report from Mexico that contained information we had not been given. He contacted the Mexican government and the state department on our behalf, demanding a thorough investigation of Carol's murder. At that time, not much was being done by the Mexican authorities.

Marty Meehan encouraged others to join in supporting us, and co-wrote letters with Senator Ted Kennedy to both Madeline Albright and Janet Reno on our behalf. Marty stayed in contact with our family throughout our ordeal, even to the point of appearing, personally, to offer his condolences and support at Carol's memorial service.

The truth is, Marty Meehan played a large part in keeping the investigation alive and in the public eye during the four critical months following Carol's homicide. Without his involvement, we are not sure that the authorities in Puerto Escondido would have identified, captured, and imprisoned the two local residents responsible for Carol's brutal rape and murder.

Marty Meehan is human; he is caring; he is the perfect example that nobility can exist in politics today. When you are fortunate enough to have a representative of Marty Meehan's caliber, you can only hope that he will remain in office and be there for you, always.

Jim and Lynda Bazin
Ember Lane

Foam polystyrene drop- off in Concord a big success

To the Editor:

Thank you for your interest and participation in the foam polystyrene collection held at the Concord DPW, Keyes Road, Saturday, May 8. Two Honda sedans, jampacked to the roof with polystyrene, departed from Joan Dalton's house (Carlisle) early Saturday morning for this event. With increased participation from both Carlisle and Concord, a new record of over 100 large bags of polystyrene meat trays and Styrofoam packing blocks were collected for reuse. The material will go to Conigliaro Industries, Inc. in Framingham, MA where it will be converted to packing/shipping "peanuts" and toy animal stuffing. The effort was organized by REUSIT, the Concord recycling organization, the Concord Carlisle High School Environmental Club, and the Carlisle Household Waste Committee. The next foam polystyrene drop-off is planned for the fall of 1999.

Dave Comstock
Pine Brook Road

CSA Book Fair thank-you

To the Editor:

The organizing committee for the Carlisle School Association's Book Fair would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who were involved in making it happen. First on the list are the volunteers, consisting of parents, community, faculty and staff, who so generously contributed their time and energy from start to finish. This includes all the advance preparation that went into organizing press releases, getting flyers and bookmarks printed and distributed, and preparing and setting up signboards at the school. Central Supply was very helpful and timely in its support. Special thanks to Tigger (Andy Goyer) for walking around the school to remind the students of the sale. Then there are all the volunteers who spent time setting up and breaking down, including the group of eighth-graders who helped with all the moving and lifting. There is a long list of volunteers that worked during the fair, selling books, placing orders and helping to keep track of money and books. Thanks go to Daisy's Market for emergency transfusions of small change. Lastly we extend our gratitude to all those who took time out from their busy schedules to stop by and buy books.

The proceeds from the sale come to the library in the form of many needed books for the collection. Over 300 new titles will be added.

Our thanks to everyone involved.

Susan Mills, Maura Ferrigno, Susan Lehotsky, CSA Book Fair committee

Chaput says thank-you

To the Editor:

I want to thank the voters very much for re-electing me your selectman. I appreciate the opportunity to continue the initiatives and programs I have begun.

I am pleased to be able to continue to serve you.

Vivian Chaput
Milne Cove Lane

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito