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Friday, May 18, 2001

Community Bulletin Board


Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Join the COA on Thursday, June 7 for a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to view the American Folk Exhibit. Showcasing the Museum's pioneering collection and enriched by important works loaned by area collectors, the exhibition features monumental family portraits and tiny watercolors, painted furniture, quilts, weather vanes and even a toy Noah's ark. The show provides a delightful and informative look at everyday life in the nineteenth century. Cost is $16, including transportation. Lunch on your own. Bus leaves 145 Church Street at 9 a.m. Please call 1-978-371-2895 for reservations and information.

Memorial Day luncheon on May 28

The whole community is invited to enjoy the traditional Memorial Day luncheon in Union Hall at the First Religious Society, on the Town Green, on Monday, May 28 following the parade.

Join your friends and neighbors for ham, baked beans, potato and tossed salads, home-baked rolls, coffee and tea, and fruit crisp dessert, all prepared and served by members of the First Religious Society. Pizza, a favorite with the young people, will also be available. The small charge (to cover costs) is $4 for the ham and bean lunch and $2 for the pizza lunch, which includes a drink and chocolate chip cookie. Reservations are helpful but not necessary. Contact Donna Cantrill at 1-978-369-4388.

Memorial Day observances planned for May 28

Townspeople will gather for the annual Memorial Day ceremonies and parade Monday, May 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon. Participating in Carlisle's ceremonies helps renew a spirit of patriotism and honors local veterans, living and dead, who have served our country.

The day will start on the town common with flag raising by the Carlisle Minutemen at 9:30 a.m.

Michael C. Ruettgers, executive chairman of EMC Corporation and Carlisle resident since 1980, will be this year's keynote speaker. Ruettgers grew up in a military family and traveled throughout the world with his father, an Air Force pilot for 20 years. Ruettgers has been with EMC since 1988 and has been instrumental in the company's growth. He served as CEO from 1992 until January 2001, when he became executive chairman. EMC Corp. is a world leader in information storage and is Massachusetts' largest private employer.

Music during the ceremony will be provided by the award-winning Carlisle school band under the direction of Thomas O'Halloran.

The parade will form outside the Corey auditorium, following the indoor exercises. Under the leadership of parade marshal Scott Evans the parade will proceed down Church Street to the Green Cemetery, up Bedford Road to the rotary and war memorials, around the Green to the flagpole, where the flag will be raised to full staff. Wreaths, carried by the Girl Scouts, will be placed at the Green Cemetery, the Civil War monument, the war memorials on the Green, and the Revolutionary War memorial at the Unitarian Church. This year's parade will include town officials, clergy, the Carlisle Minuteman Company, Scout groups, veterans and the school band. After the parade, juice and cookies will be served outside the Corey Building.

At noon the First Religious Society will continue its tradition of providing lunch of ham, baked beans, salads, rolls and fruit crisp. Pizza will be available for the young people. A small fee is charged to cover expenses, and reservations are helpful but not necessary.

The celebrations committee invites alI townspeople to this unique and meaningful observance of Memorial Day.

Biodiversity Days are back June 8, 9 and 10

Carlisle naturalists will again be leading wildlife walks for all ages and skills on June 8, 9 and 10. Save the dates and plan to come and help identify (or learn about) the plants and animals in Carlisle. The first walk will take you through the Towle Land fields in the early evening on Friday, the second will explore the Cranberry Bog on Saturday morning and on Sunday morning a group will explore the State Park.

Watch the Mosquito for further details. Last year Carlisle placed 31st in the state for number of species seen in this annual statewide event in which 136 communities participated last year.

Contact town coordinator Ken Harte at with any questions.

Towle Land bird walk this Sunday

This year's spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on Sunday, May 20, leaving from the parking area on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Carlisle Conservation Commission, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

Will the unusually snowbound winter affect the spring migration? What about the three days of 90° temperature? How are the bobolinks doing? What about bluebirds? The Louisiana waterthrush was here in April. Will it still be there? Come and find out on May 20, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots, and insect repellent.

Saturday trail clearing could use help

Come join the trails committee to clear the brush around the Greenough Dam. Meet at the Town Hall parking lot on Saturday, May 19, at 9 a.m. We will carpool to the dam. Bring loppers, pruners, gloves, boots and a canteen of water. Be sure to label your tools. Insect repellent, long-sleeved shirts and pants are recommended. Spend a few hours in the morning working at one of Carlisle's most beautiful sites. If you have any questions, call Janet Hentschel at 1-978-369-8522.

Beach reading at the Gleason Library

Hundreds of paperback novels, left over from the successful book sale on Saturday, will be available for purchase at the Gleason Library until June 29. The Friends of the Gleason Library are asking for a fifty cents donation per book. Check the racks often for they will be continually stocked with great best sellers, mysteries, adventure and romance novels. At these prices, you won't mind carting an armful on vacation and leaving them behind to make room for the souvenirs.

Plan Old Home Day

The next Old Home Day meeting is set for May 20 at 5 p.m. in the Sleeper Room. New people are welcome and are encouraged to join in planning "The Magic of Carlisle," OHD's 2001 theme. We are a group of people who love Carlisle and Old Home Day. Call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-0880 for more information or just show up.

Old Home Day is looking for vendors

The Country Fair at July 4's Old Home Day is Carlisle's own version of an open air marketplace. It's a fun place to walk and talk and shop. If you're a seasoned veteran or budding young entrepreneur, it's also a great opportunity to sell your own creations and crafts, products and provisions.

Those who might be interested in having a booth or table this year are encouraged to call Bob and Nancy Orlando at 1-978-369-1690. Test the watersJuly 4 could be your new business' opening day.

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