The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 16, 2000

What a legacy

To the Editor:

She has moved away, but I still see her. She is standing at the rock wall and the courtyard at the school, the rotary, Green Cemetery, the entrance to the DPW, the First Religious Society, and numerous Cub Scout meetings. Her perennial smile, cheerful conversation, and can-do attitude will be missed. But what a legacy, to have helped beautify a town and leave so many fond memories. I'll miss Cynthia Seavey, but I really do see her everywhere.

Tricia Reed
Russell Street

Oratorio was a rare treat

To the Editor:

Rave reviews to composer and musicians who performed in Sunday's Oratorio based on the book of Romans at the Carlisle Congregational Church. I was entranced by the excellence of the artwork of the ad in last week's Mosquito and thought if the music were as good, I should attend the concert.

Karen Green's combination of blues, jazz, folk, and an exquisite a capella chorale was fascinating, her matching of lyrics to modal tonalities, syncopations, catchy rhythms and key changes caught the audience in a fast-flowing stream where cascading rapids and enlightening views were around each corner.

Soloists were expressive, humorous and uplifting; the Jubilate Singers were superb in their voicing. Grady Spires' blues and the wailing of Nathanial Howland's harmonica were spellbinding, Nathaniel Green's violin a trustworthy support to the choral lines, the trumpets of Matthew Pearson and Jonathan Green powerfully angelic while flautists James Lovell and Elizabeth Green played with subtle clarity. Colette Camp rang bells exquisitely, sometimes six at a time. Bethany Guiste amazed us by tuning and transposing four kettle drums with lightning hand and foot speed. Drummer Bob Buonfiglio's various percussion effects were gentle and snappy as required and Bob Whitlinger's bass and guitar very expressive although sometimes too loud. Truly top symphonic and jazz clarinet work by Erik Modahl coaxed the singers to wring passion from phrasing that fit the words so closely.

Choral strength was solid from the choirs of the CCC, the First Congregational Church of Revere and First Presbyterian Church North Shore. The sopranos were exquisite, never forced, they floated smoothly. The altos sang with a rich tonality well within their range. The sixteen tenors and basses were solid and strong and every single person watched the conductor! Cut-offs were precise or extended as conductor Steven Weibly asked. Real pianissimos and fortes emerged on command. An unaccompanied chorale was stunning in its serenity.

The staging was varied and smoothly done, the final octets forming a linear finish to a very thrilling evening.

Oratorio is a variation of oratreprayer; this one by Karen Green makes a superb prayer, her compositional devices magnificently inclusive for all ages and tastes. Karen's piano part provided energy and support to the entire performance, a remarkable event here in Carlisle.

Phyllis Hughes
Acton Street

Might trails be the answer?

To the Editor:

Regarding Ms. Hedden's letter last week urging citizens to express their support for an addition to the sidewalk plans, I urge people to express their opinions to the selectmen and the bike/pedestrian committee, regardless of whether or not they support the plans.

It's important to remember that the issues concerning sidewalks haven't been resolved in a public forum, nor accepted by a majority of citizens. The Town Meeting vote was not an endorsement of the loop project, but rather allowed the town to spend state funding for routine road maintenance. However, the selectmen earmarked $30,000 (almost 1/4) of the funds for the sidewalk design. Unless we wanted to forego all Chapter 90 funds, we had no choice but to vote yes.

How many residents would the proposed loop serve? Accurate usage has not been determined. It's assumed that all schoolchildren will use it to get to "activities." Even with a child in school, I don't know what these would be. If people want to get around the center, I cannot understand why they wouldn't use existing short cuts as they do now. Moreover, it may be correct that an East Street route will give access to more residents but it may be an assumption that all these residents and a number of organizations will actually use it.

Unlike many towns, we have no real commercial center, and it's not clear that a center loop is necessary. What's the cost/benefit to the town? Beyond construction costs, what are the maintenance costs to keep sidewalks clear all year? It's hard to believe when funding is tight, the school budget is cut, and high-ticket items are on the horizon, that residents would consider a costly project such as this without considering less expensive alternatives.

The goal of a safely walkable town might be accomplished by ensuring that existing trails are connected. In this way, we would surely access a majority of the town, providing a benefit to all. What would you rather do, walk next to a busy road, inhaling exhaust, or take a short cut through the woods on a series of trails?

Jayne Prats
River Road

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