The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 9, 2000

East Street pathway?

To the Editor:

Town Meeting agreed to use $30,000 in state-reimbursable funds for surveying, siting and designing of pedestrian/bicycle pathways around the center of town. It is the plan of the Bike/Pedestrian Path Committee that the pathway route to be covered in this initial funding go from the rotary along Bedford Road to Kimball's ice cream stand, along Church Street between Bedford Road and School Street, and along School Street from the rotary to the school's side entrance.

An even greater number of potential walkers would be served if a pathway were built a short distance down East Street until Cutter's Ridge Road and Partridge Lane, in lieu of a portion of the Church Street Bedford Road loop (such as the length of Bedford Road beyond the post office to the corner of Church Street), or in addition to the entire loop, if funds proved sufficient. The East Street extension would serve Saint Irene Church, the Montessori preschool and kindergarten which will be renting space in the church starting this fall, the Carlisle Extended Day program at its new location, and any organization that chooses to rent space in the Extended Day building in the mornings. Also with access would be a larger number of residents of side streets: those of Blaisdell Drive, Cutter's Ridge, Partridge Lane and its side streets of Meadowbrook Road, Hillside Drive and Woodbine Road (which has access to Great Brook Farm State Park). Via the cut-through path to Cutter's Ridge, residents of Tophet Road, Carleton Road, and East Riding Drive also could take advantage of the pathway. By contrast, the currently proposed Church Street/Bedford Road pathway loop does not reach the end of any side street.

The Bike/Pedestrian Path Committee is willing to consider the addition of East Street to Cutter's Ridge route if a significant number of people call for it at its next meeting at Town Hall on Tuesday June 20 at 8:00 p.m. If you cannot make the meeting, but wish to express your support, contact Kristine Bergenheim or Deb Belanger of the Bike/Pedestrian Path Committee.

Heather Behn Hedden
East Riding Drive

Water quality is sensitive issue

To the Editor:

It was with dismay that I read the editorial in the June 2 edition of the Mosquito. To imply that town center residents are no longer interested in their water quality because they did not participate in the recent town water testing is grossly inaccurate. The further implication that town center residents expressed concern about water quality at Town Meeting to avoid an "issue close to home" serves only to demean what many of us living in the town center were attempting to accomplish at that meeting.

My husband and I continue to be very concerned about water quality and applaud the efforts of the board of health to resume water-testing, a service which has not been provided to town residents since February 1998. We did not participate in the recent water-testing effort because we, like many of our neighbors, had recently undertaken an independent test of our well, because there had been no town testing for 2 1/2, years. This we did in April at a cost of $275.

We hope that, in the future, the board of health will provide town residents with a schedule for water-testing well in advance so that we might all avail ourselves of the service and avoid the cost of the independent test. Given the volatility of the water quality in town, we urge the board of health to consider undertaking this, on an annual basis.

I believe that further development in the town center poses a risk to a fragile ecosystem and to the water supply of many town residents. This is why I oppose development on the Conant Land and spoke at Town Meeting to that effect. I will continue to be very concerned about the quality of water in Carlisle until cleanup of the hazardous waste sites in town is completed and we all have a better understanding of the risks of MTBE and other pollutants on our water supply. To imply anything different is to undermine the efforts of many concerned citizens who seek only to understand the issues, safeguard their families and prevent future problems for our town.

Water quality is a sensitive, complex issue which has significant ramifications for other decisions that the town will need to make in the near future. Let us work together amicably and honestly to arrive at the right, long-term solutions which will ensure that Carlisle remain the kind of community we all want it to be.

Dale Ryder
Lowell Street

No lack of concern

To the Editor:

The editorial regarding the board of health and center water issues was regrettably ill-timed. Please check your facts before assuming a lack of interest. We have been dealing with and speaking up on this issue for almost twenty years, since before the discovery of the gas leak at Daisy's.

The tone of the editorial was that of blaming the victims. Despite the state's allowable limits, it is hard to imagine that any amount of petroleum or its additives should be acceptable in one's drinking water.

In fact many center residents have already had their water tested privately. Other center residents have already contracted for testing to be done by another laboratory.

To claim that the center residents did not sign up to have their wells tested by the board of health before the deadline had passed casts unwarranted aspersions.

How could there be a lack of concern with another MTBE contamination site just identified in the center?

Annette and John Lee
Lowell Street

Auction will benefit trip to Peru

To the Editor:

Nineteen members from the Carlisle Congregational Church will be traveling to Peru this July. They will be working with Tom and Kelly Mitchell, who serve with South America Mission near Pucallpa, Peru. Presently the Mitchells are involved with a project to refurbish an old building to be used as a school next year. The team from Carlisle will be split into two groups which will each spend a week there with some staying for the two weeks. The first group will depart July 15 and the second on July 22. The team members will bring with them some supplies for the new school as well as a few items the Mitchells can't get there, like peanut butter.

To raise funds and awareness for their upcoming trip, the team will host an auction at the church on Friday, June 9 at 7:45 p.m. with an interesting mix of goods and services going to the highest bidder. Come for the fun and bargains!

Keith Greer, pastor
Carlisle Congregational Church

Destination Imagination team says thanks

To the Editor:

Carlisle's eighth-grade Destination Imagination team returned this past Memorial Day with the honor of fifth place in a field of 41 contenders representing the United States and six foreign countries. The opportunity to travel to a place quite different from New England and to stay on the Iowa State University campus will always be a landmark experience in each team member's life.

The team members and their families are very grateful for the contributions and best wishes they received, all of which made this trip possible. From such a small town as Carlisle, we should all feel honored to have such talented representatives enrolled in this great program.

Rob and Nancy Lyons
Nathan Lane

Local rider cycles for Jimmy Fund

To the Editor:

On August 5 and 6, I will take part in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC), presented by MFS Investment Management. Every summer for the part 20 years, dedicated cyclists have made the nearly 200-mile trek across Massachusetts to fight cancer. The two-day PMC is about real people trying to make a difference.

I am an enthusiastic rider, clocking over 3,000 miles in an average season, but this will be my first time participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge. The PMC, which began in 1980, is the nation's oldest and most successful bicycling fundraising event and shows what the determination of each individual can do. These riders and their supports have been helpful in helping Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's clinicians and researchers learn more about cancer and its causes, and to develop new, increasingly effective treatments for this deadly disease.

On August 5 and 6, the PMC will celebrate its 21 ride. What started as a loosely organized event that raised $10,200 its first year, has grown into the Jimmy Fund's largest fundraiser for Dana-Farber. Last year, 2,500 PMC riders contributed $8.7 million to the Jimmy Fund, bringing the PMC's total contribution over 20 years to $42.4 million. This year's goal is to raise $11 million for the Jimmy Fund. To contribute to my ride, visit the PMC's website to make an online gift or send a check made out to the PMC- Jimmy Fund to Lisa Davis Lewis, 327 Autumn Lane, Carlisle 01741. For more information about the PMC call 1-800-WE-CYCLE or visit their website.

Lisa Davis Lewis
Autumn Lane

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito