The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 11, 2000

Good example of community

To the Editor:

The editorial in the January 28 Mosquito, "What Makes for a Sense of Community," reminded me that anyone who is a neighbor or friend of Inga MacRae on South Street never wonders if there is a sense of community in Carlisle.

Whether it is the new young couple just across the street, with two little girls, often staying to visit when they bring in her mail; or the neighbors who shop for her, with two young boys that built a great snow man just outside Inga's living room window for her to enjoy; or the friends across the street who give her rides and keep a close eye on everything that is going on; or the farmer down the street bringing Inga produce from his farm, they all live with a sense of community daily.

I cannot forget the blueberry muffins, with blueberries right from Inga's high bush blueberry bushes in her back yard and homemade custard rice puddings that leave her kitchen in grateful hands. Then there are the neighbors who take the time to stop by bringing nothing and taking nothing except the joy of the moment.

Whether across the street or across town, Inga, as her late husband Sidney and her parents before her, has cared for and about this community. From the time Inga lived on Lowell Road in Concord (1913 to 1917), then on to Coppermine Farm in the 1920s (1917 to 1920) where her mother always kept a coffee pot on the stove to warm the night for the local doctor making house calls. Six years later, moving to Spencer Brook Farm, where the three sisters grew up. Even Mildred, Inga's younger sister, a bright young girl who skipped two grades in school before two strokes slowed her considerably, would take their vacuum cleaner down the street to help the neighbors.

When Inga married Sidney MacRae, they moved to the house where she still lives, down the street from Spencer Brook Farm where she grew up. How can anyone know this neighborhood any better!

Well, the neighbors have changed but the sense of community that surrounds Inga and her family and long time friends in Carlisle have never changed. That is beautiful.

The light that shines on the Town Hall flag pole, dedicated to her late husband Sidney for all that he did for the town of Carlisle, surely is illuminated by the light that still shines in Inga's bright and loving and caring eyes.

Thank you Ingayour grateful friend and neighbor, Judi.

Judi Pettit
Concord Street

Is town's position worth the risk?

To the Editor:

This is my third letter concerning the Cranberry Bog. In my calculations I used the 300 acres of the bog property and its average rainfall. In fact, the watershed area of the bog consists of approximately 2,300 acres with an average rainfall of 2,480 million gallons. Thus the proposed draw of 91 million gallons by Chelmsford wells would amount to about four percent of the available water. Mr. Duffy's draw from the bog would amount to five percent. It would seem that, with proper management, there is room for both to exist. Especially, since 80 percent of the cranberry bog's demand would be in late fall or winter when Chelmsford's needs would be lowest.

Mr. Duffy's entitlements come from two sources. First, the state recognizes a cranberry bog that is in operation may continue in operation. This bog has existed since at least 1912. Secondly, a UMass study has indicated ten feet of water is the annual need for cranberry production. These needs are then registered with the Mass. Department of Environmental Quality Engineering. The expected draw by the Chelmsford wells would also be registered and monitored by this Mass. Department. Chelmsford is concerned with the water levels in Heart Pond as well as other surface water in its area.

Commendably, Chelmsford has always been willing to share and work with Carlisle to develop our resources. This was recognized by the state when it awarded Chelmsford $600K to assist in the purchase of the bog. The Carlisle selectmen and the conservation commission have taken an adversarial role by refusing to work with the state or Chelmsford. We lost $1M because of this attitude and this is the position that I condemn.

The lease agreement calls for the farmer to improve and maintain the bog while allowing him any monies that accrue from crop sales. There is no monetary payback to the town from this venture. By accepting liability, we have taken a big risk. All the chemicals and their quantities are approved and regulated by the state. Yet so was DDT and so also are those lawn chemicals used in Newton. Does our position make sense? Is it worth the risk?

Edward Bing
Old East Street

Family loses another dog

To the Editor:

Last Friday night my dog Daisy was struck and killed by a car right in front of my house. I recently wrote a letter about my other dog Georgie who was also struck by a car and died from her injuries. Unlike Georgie's accident, I have no idea who did this to Daisy and probably never will. I had no idea that Daisy had been hit by a car. I didn't hear any car screeching or anything, just the sound of my doorbell with a police officer on the other side telling me the horrible news about Daisy.

Daisy was not outside for long, but long enough for her to be hit by a car. I don't know if the person who hit Daisy was speeding or not but I do know that people drive much too fast for this narrow street and they should just slow down. Next time it may not be someone's dog who gets hit.

Daisy was a cute three-year-old Westie whose life was cut short.

Lorraine Hrasna
Fiske Street

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