The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 10, 1999

Thanks from Carlisle Land Trust

To the Editor:

Last week's completion of the town's acquisition of the Wang-Coombs Corn Fields represented more than the preservation for future generations' enjoyment of an historic, scenic, and conservation-critical parcel. Equally important, the purchase represented that special coming together of government, private organizations, and dedicated individuals that distinguishes Carlisle as a true "community."

On behalf of the Carlisle Land Trust, I would like to publicly thank all those who contributed to the effort. It is remarkably easy to "captain" a team when there are so many able leaders about.

Among them: our twelve Carlisle citizens who collectively staked $250,000 to secure the purchase and sale agreement for a year. They and dozens of others also contributed more than $60,000 to help us cover the transaction costs and save one additional lot from development.

Thanks also to grass roots leaders Ann and John Ballantine, Paul and Leigh Daugherty, George Senkler, Ross Blair, and Steve Spang; to our state and federal grant research team that helped land the state APR grant, John Dalton, Dave Kelch, Mark Duffy and Katrina Proctor from ConsCom; to our board of selectmen, with Doug Stevenson, Vivian Chaput and John Ballantine each providing needed leadership at critical moments; to town treasurer Nancy Koerner and town clerk Sarah Andreassen, who helped facilitate the closings on behalf of the town and to Brigitte Senkler, who provided invaluable professional advice and donated her services in helping us market the limited development parcels. And of course, thanks to the many citizens who supported the proposal at Town Meeting and election.

My colleagues on the entire board of the Carlisle Land Trust, led by president Art Milliken, were wonderfully supportive throughout. Greg Peterson again devoted countless hours of his legal talent and wise counsel. Marjie Findley, Barney Arnold, Eunice Knight, Scott Simpson, Alex Parra, and Larry Sorli all pitched in with their special expertise.

This is a moment when we as a community can take pride not just in what we've done, but how we've done it. I hope we can pull together in similar fashion to address the conservation, affordable housing and other land use challenges we now face.

Wayne Davis, Trustee
Carlisle Land Trust
Concord Street

Community Chest needs your help

To the Editor:

In this season of giving and holiday cheer, let us remember that there are many who are less fortunate. The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest needs your contribution to help our neighbors in need.

Your one donation will help to support 27 human service agencies and programs serving Concord and Carlisle residents. These agencies enable toddlers and seniors to enjoy day programs; they offer parenting seminars, teen programs, as well as critical care and counseling for all ages.

We are only half way to meeting our goal of $550,000. Your one donation to the Community Chest will strengthen and support our community. Please consider a contribution this year and mail it today to the Chest at 111 ORNAC, Concord, 01742.

Thank you and Happy Holidays.

The Concord-Carlisle
Community Chest
Board of Directors & Staff

Pig 'n Pepper final totals

To the Editor:

The final results from this year's Pig 'n Pepper are in: the event raised $48,000 (net), which when split with our partners in Westford means we will have $24,000 to contribute to our Carlisle schools. This is a significant improvement from last year's event, but well below the $100,000 generated during the record setting 1997 Pig 'n Pepper.

It would be impossible to stage an event like the Pig 'n Pepper without the help of literally hundreds of volunteers. The volunteers are the backbone of the event; their help allows us to put on an event that raises money to improve the quality of education for our children. For those of you who helped with the event, we thank you very much. Your dedication to improving our schools is evident, and very much appreciated.

A special acknowledgement is extended to the many Carlisle residents who served as committee chairpersons; most of them plan and organize the event for months beforehand, and volunteer their time at the event. Foremost among these is Tim Stephens, who has served as Pig 'n Pepper chairman the past two years.

Those of you who were unable to help before or during the Pig 'n Pepper still have an opportunity to contribute to our schools: the Carlisle Education Foundation's annual fundraising campaign is kicking off, so look for our mailing soon.

Jeff Brown, president
Carlisle Education Foundation

'Denial is an enabler'

To the Editor:

Regarding the letters dealing with harassment at the school, I would like to begin by commending the student and her family for their courage, strength and caring.Caring not only about their daughter, but for the well being of all students attending the Carlisle Schools. I know from first hand experience that standing up for what you believe in is not easy. In fact, it would have been much easier to walk away. Too many people would rather deny the truth than face it. It takes more strength to face it. I am a "survivor" of a sexual assault and know the ridicule and heartache that goes along with the truth. As an adult, I was afraid and embarrassed to tell, to actually admit that I had been assaulted. I was lucky. I was old enough to be able to remove myself from people who refused to believe me. I say this to you because one of the hardest things for anyone to do is tell! I can only imagine the emotions this poor child felt when she was left to stand alone. When adults fail to believe, as Mr. Morse suggests, it sends the message to students, if you are being harassed, don't tell. No one will help you. Statistics say children do not lie about this sort of thing. Denial is an enabler. Denying this will not make it go away and one day the same problem with the same adult(s) could occur again. One student found the strength and the support to stand up for the truth. Only 1 percent of adult women come forward and tell in this kind of situation. What do you think the percentage is for children?

In closing I would like to say to the student, do not let this situation discourage you. You did the right thing and for that I for one am very proud of you. You have shown courage and strength beyond your years and will grow to be an extraordinary woman. I thank you for all you have done.

Mia Langlois

Westford, MA

Excellence at Emerson and MGH

To the Editor:

We all know that significant portions of our national health care system are in varying degrees of disarray. Has the crusade been lost? No! The foundation of our nation's health care system is alive and well. It is embodied in the skill and dedication of our nation's doctors, nurses and professional staff.

Three weeks ago our family was thrown into chaos when my mother suffered a sudden and massive heart attack while being evaluated at
Emerson Hospital. My wife and I arrived within minutes and witnessed the superb and swift care that Emerson's professionals administered to her and the empathy they imparted to us throughout the crisis. Because of the need for cardiac surgery, my mother was transported swiftly to Mass General Hospital by helicopter thanks to Emerson's helipad facility. Had the helicopter facility not been available she surely would have died in an ambulance ride, since Storrow Drive was gridlocked with construction activity.

The communications between Emerson Hospital and the MGH were excellent. A surgical team was waiting. Her heart stopped in transit and the MGH personnel were able to get it going again. They stabilized my mother's blood pressure and performed an emergency double-bypass heart operation. Their professionalism was outstanding. Her life hung in the balance and they informed me of her chances of survival in a realistic, yet compassionate manner. Sadly, my mother died later that afternoon.

Is our family tragedy evidence of a poorly functioning health care system? Absolutely notwe are so fortunate to have such caring doctors, nurses and professional staff at Emerson and referral hospitals such as the MGH. The dedication and care that my family experienced at these institutions reinforced my belief that the foundation of our nation's health care system is alive and well.

Gilbert Roddy

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito