The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 10, 2000

'Turn off TV-Tune into Reading' week named

November 13 to 19 is "Turn off the TV-Tune into Reading" week in Massachusetts, in conjunction with National Children's Book Week. Everyone is invited to join in celebrating the joys of reading by turning off TVs and video games and turning on to reading. The program is designed for children of all ages and abilities. The Children's Book Council web site ( has creative ideas and suggestions for a variety of activities.

Encourage your family to promote this event by turning off the TV and video games one day or more during the week of November 13 and pick up a book instead.

Tell the Mosquito how you observed "Turn off TV-Turn into Reading" week. E-mail to, fax to 369-3569 or use the Daisy's drop box.

· Eva Jellison of Judy Farm Road placed seventh in Youth-14 women's sabre at her first North American Cup this season in Denver, Colorado. Last Saturday Eva finished seventh competing with young fencers from all over the country in the first Youth-14 tournament of this fencing season. Eva also finished 23rd in the Cadet (Under-17) women's sabre on Friday. Eva fences for Prise de Fer and is coached by David Blake and Ariana Klinkov. Come support Eva and many of her Prise de Fer teammates competing in the Pechinsky Scholastic Tournament at the Concord-Carlisle High School lower gym on Saturday and Sunday (November 11 and 12). Fencing will start at 9:00 a.m. and run all day. Admission is free.

· Paul Chase of Monument Street, Concord, a junior at CCHS, completed his Boy Scout Eagle Service Project on Saturday October 6. He led over 30 Scouts and their parents inTroop 132 from Concord and Carlisle, who worked to improve the overall landscape of three designated areas of the Concord-Carlisle High School grounds. The walkway to the flagpole was encircled with 15 boxwood bushes and over 100 spring bulbs. All around and behind the L Building, hedges were trimmed, flower beds were weeded, trees were bordered with bark mulch and 300 spring bulbs planted.

Through this service project Chase has brought together two community organizations; CCHS and The Minuteman ARC for Human Services. The horticulture trainees at the ARC and staff members will follow up with future landscaping care inside and outside the high school.

· Bill Scheniman of Nowell Farme Road, chair of the Music Production and Engineering department at Berklee College of Music, received a Length of Service Award as a result of ten years of teaching at Berklee. The award was given at the college's Music Technology Division Convocation, held on October 6 in the David Friend Recital Hall at Berklee.

· Don and Lillian Stokes of Nowell Farme Road, best-selling nature authors and TV personalities, have a national, 13-part, TV birding series called "Stokes Birds at Home," that is currently playing on Boston's PBS station, Channel 44, Sundays at 5:30 p.m. This magazine format series includes information on attracting and identifying birds, bird gardening, travel adventure to birding locales across the country, and a weekly "bird quiz." All the bird-attracting segments are filmed in the Stokes' bird garden right here in Carlisle. Don and Lillian have just completed filming 13 new episodes for season two of "Stokes Birds at Home" TV series. Season two will be available to PBS stations nationwide starting in January. To keep informed as to when the Boston PBS stations will schedule it, and to learn more about birds, visit the website

Liteplo takes over as news editor

This is the week that Maya Liteplo assumes her new roleas news editor at the Carlisle Mosquito. Since moving totown in 1980 she has served as a Mosquito reporter coveringspecial stories, the school building committee and the planning board.

Liteplo has spent over two decades working in thepharmaceutical industry, including DuPont Radiopharmaceuticals and Bayer Pharmaceuticals-Biological Products, holding management positions in new drug research, sales and marketing. Currently she is a consultant to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, specializing in market analysis and developing technical marketing and training materials.

Liteplo immigrated with her family from Ukraine as a young child and grew up in the New York City area. As a student atCathedral High School in Manhattan, she waseditor of her high school newspaper, The Arbutus. She stillremembers attending evening courses for high schooljournalists, led by New York City newsmen. She earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from the College of Mt. St. Vincent in New York City, a Ph.D. in chemistry from Boston University, and an M.S. in toxicology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Maya and her husband, Dr. Merrill Liteplo, adermatologist in Concord and Cambridge, have a home on Curve Street wherethey raised their children, Mark, a Carlisle School graduate'88 and a daughter, Stephanie, who graduated from the Carlisle School '92 and CCHS '96. Bothare living in Boston since graduating from college.

Many of our readers may recall Liteplo's personal accounts of encounters with wildlife in Carlisle. Last October she wrote about the expanding coyote population in Massachusetts after an attack on one of her Cairn terriers. Her all-time best-read story, in 1996, described adeer frightened by a dog that ran up herdriveway "at full gallop" and leaped though a triple-panedwindow into their family room. "We were still upstairs in ourbedroom about 6:30 a.m. when we heard a terrific crash andthe sounds of breaking glass," wrote Liteplo. "By the time weran downstairs, there was total chaos in the kitchen, antlerssmashing against glass panes, hooves hitting and slipping onthe ceramic tile floor, the telephone beeping off the hookand water running. In the end, except for the broken window,little damage was sustained by the houseor the deer."Fortunately a neighbor, who witnessed the deer smashingthrough the window, opened the kitchen and garage doors,allowing the deer to escape into the woods.

"I love Carlisle and want to be involved,"says Liteplo. We welcome Liteploand look forward to working with her as we put out thenewspaper in the weeks ahead.

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito