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Friday, August 18, 2000

"The library will open tomorrow." This was the call that we'd all been waiting for and it came on Tuesday afternoon from Gleason Library Trustee Mary Cheever. After almost eight years of planning and work, the 1895 Gleason Building has been renovated, the 1973 addition razed and a new two-story addition constructed, providing more than two and a half times the library space formerly available and handicapped access. The town gave its final approval of the $2.7 million project in spring, 1999; a $919,388 state grant and $360,000 in contributions offset the town expense. ...more

A joint meeting of the board of health and the selectmen was held Tuesday, August 8, to discuss the West Nile Disease. Though some towns are spraying mosquitoes, the state has not recommended that action. The disease is spread from birds to mosquitoes to people and there have been no reports of infected mosquitoes yet. Board of health agent Linda Fantasia stated that she has received seven phone calls from residents: four in favor of spraying, three against spraying and two calls about dead birds. Board chair Steve Opolski recommended leaving the birds alone as there is no means of handling them. ...more

State Representative Susan Fargo visited the Carlisle Board of Selectmen's meeting on August 8 to request support of a petition entitled Hanscom at the Crossroads which calls for a moratorium on expansion of commercial passenger aviation at Hanscom Field. Currently, Shuttle America, which operates about 20 flights a day from Hanscom to smaller airports, such as Trenton, has applied for permission to fly to New York's LaGuardia airport. Characterizing the issue of airport expansion as "one that affects my entire Senate district," Fargo described the original decision by Massport to allow Shuttle America flights from Hanscom as "arbitrary and capricious" because it was reached without community input and in violation of a promise not to allow such flights. Suggesting that Green Airport in Rhode Island and Manchester Airport in New Hampshire are alternatives that have not been seriously considered, and that the New York mayor opposes added flights at LaGuardia, Fargo contended, "There is no plan, and I find that shocking....What we've seen operating is not good government." ...more

The selectmen voted at their August 8 meeting to appoint Ann Vandal of Dracut to the newly combined position of treasurer/tax collector. Vandal replaces Nancy and William Koerner, who have retired after 33 years. Vandal will assume the position in early September. ...more

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