The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 21, 2001

Community Bulletin Board

Gleason Library book discussion group on September 27

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are planning on starting a book discussion group, which will meet once a month in the Hollis Room at the library. Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27. We will start off with a social from 6:45 to 7 p.m. where coffee and dessert will be served, followed by a meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. During this first meeting, we will brainstorm ideas to include in our book- list for the year. Each attendee should preferably come prepared with a brief summary or review of two or three books. For our first book choice, we would like to include a paperback between 200 and 300 pages which deals with contemporary life or social issues.

Holding a book discussion is an integral part of the role of a public library. It is a wonderful way to introduce readers in our community to new authors and diverse ideas. The library book group is open to all. Depending on your time schedule, community members are invited to attend any or all book discussions. We especially welcome your input at our founding meeting where we will be establishing policies and guidelines to run the book group as well as soliciting ideas on books to be included in our book list for the year. It is our aim to push intellectual and cultural boundaries by including a wide variety of books, both fiction as well as nonfiction, thereby encouraging a lively exchange of ideas and insights.

If you are interested in joining the Gleason Library Book Group, please sign up at the library or just show up at our first meeting on September 27.

Wash a fire truck this Saturday

The Carlisle Parents Connection invites all Carlisle parents with their children up to the age of five to help wash a fire truck on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carlisle Fire Station on Westford Street. Each child should bring a pail and a sponge and be prepared to get wet! Call Elizabeth Acquaviva at 1-978-369-0364 if you have any questions or would like to contribute a refreshment to share at this event.

Cub Scouts to meet

This year's first meeting of Cub Scout Pack 135 will be Monday, September 24, at 7 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. An invitation is extended to all boys in grades one to five to come and see what Cub Scouting is all about. If you have any questions, call Steve Golson, cubmaster, at 1-978-371-9959.

CSA gift wrap goes on sale

The annual Carlisle School Association (CSA) gift wrap sale has started. This is traditionally one of our biggest fundraisers, with over 50 percent of the proceeds going directly to the school. The funds are used for cultural enrichment and to fill teachers' wish lists. Share the packet with your friends and family. Orders are due by September 28. For the first time this year, a classroom party packet will be awarded to each classroom achieving 50 percent participation (all siblings get credit for a family order). If you have any questions, call Beth Platt at 1-978-369-9799 or Deb Hankey at 1-978-369-0374.

Trails need clearing

The trails committee needs your help with some trail clearing on Sunday, September 23. Meet in the Town Hall parking lot at 9 a.m. We generally work for two to three hours, but any time you can spare is appreciated. To protect yourself against both mosquitoes and poison ivy, wear clothing long enough to cover your arms and legs. Boots are also a good idea, in case we encounter wet areas. Bring bow saws, loppers, or pruning tools if you have them, but mostly bring yourself.

If you have any questions, call Verna Gilbert at 1-978-369-9278.

Spaghetti Supper raffle offers great prizes

The Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper, which takes place Tuesday, October 2, at the Corey Dining Room with continuous seatings from 5 to 8 p.m., is a community-wide event offering good food, fun and exciting raffle prizes. The supper includes spaghetti, bread, salad, drink and dessert for only $6 for adults and $3 for students/seniors. Raffle tickets costing $1 each (or 6 for $5) make you eligible to win one of over sixty prizes.

Some exciting new prizes have recently been added to the list, including a Game Boy Advance, two American Girl Data Girl personal organizers/radios, four $50 gift certificates to Copley Place, and a Birthday Party Pack for Kimball's Mini-Golf in Westford. Check our web site at for prize update.

Tickets are available from any sixth grader, from Daisy's Market, and at the door. All proceeds support Carlisle Class of 2004 activities, including outdoor education, the seventh-grade play, and graduation.

Register for Gleason Library story times

The Gleason Public Library will offer five story time sessions beginning in October: one group of 4 1/2-to-6 year olds, two groups of 3-to 4 1/2-year-olds, one group of 2-to-3-year-olds and a group for children younger than two. For the 2-to-3-year-old group, the child must be two by October 1, for the 3-to-4 1/2-year-old group, the child must be three by October 1; for the oldest group, the child must be five by March 31

The sessions for 2-to-3-year-olds with parent (or caregiver) will be offered on Saturday mornings from 10:30 until 11 a.m. A drop-in story time for ages younger than two will be offered on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. A parent or a caregiver is expected to accompany the child. No registration is needed for this session only. Both of these story times will run for six weeks.

In-person registration for the fall story time session at Gleason Public Library will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 22. Telephone registrations will be accepted after 11 a.m.

Join the Boy Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 135 welcomes all boys, ages 11-17, to join the troop. Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. in the Corey Gym exercise room. The program is focused on camping and hiking, service projects, and rank advancement. If you have any questions, call Martin Galligan, assistant Scoutmaster, at 1-978-369-5003.

Adult soccer continues

Carlisle adult soccer changes with the seasons. These informal pick-up soccer games will now be held Sunday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. on Spalding Field. All are welcome, the league is coed, the games are fun, relaxed and informal and there are no obligations. Anyone interested can either come on down and join in (bring a dark and a white shirt as teams are made up randomly) or you can call Scott Forsberg for more information at 1-978-369-1631.

How to handle a Husky Handbook

Understandably, many people were unable to attend the recent CSA meeting. Husky Handbooks will be available at both Carlisle Public Schools open houses, the evenings of October 4 and 11. Prepaid members may call Suzanne Brown at 1-978-287-0980 to arrange for pick-up prior to that time.

If you have not sent in your membership, you still have time. Simply send a check for $30 (plus any tax deductible donation) made out to CSA c/o Suzanne Brown, 15 Cutter's Ridge Road in Carlisle. Basic membership entitles you to one copy of the handbook. Additional books are $5 each.

Pig 'n Pepper a true community effort

Hundreds of volunteers make the Pig 'n Pepper a success, but no amount of volunteers could pull it off without the generosity and community spirit of our sponsors. This year Synopsys, Inc. is our millennium sponsor, donating significant funding to underwrite the fixed operating costs of the festival.

The Carlisle Education Foundation and Westford Networks for Education and Technology (WestNET) Partnership organize this yearly Columbus Day weekend event as a fundraiser for the Carlisle and Westford public schools. All net proceeds go toward funding projects in the schools that are not included in the regular budget but enrich education in a variety of ways. "This is an excellent opportunity for the business community to visibly demonstrate its support for technology and other programs in our schools while contributing to an enjoyable weekend festival that has become one of the largest annual events in the Merrimack Valley," said Pig 'n Pepper co-chair Joe Keelan. Other major sponsors of this year's festival are Welch's, NetScout and Matrix One.

Not all sponsors donate money. Some offer goods and services that are just as essential to the festival's success. Gutierrez Company, owner of Westford Technology Park on Littleton Road, has kindly donated the use of its parking lots for festival parking. Enterprise Bank has loaned a money-counting machine for the weekend.

The Pig 'n Pepper Festival is the site of the state grilling and barbecue championships and will have twice the number of barbecue vendors this year. There is live country, blues and folk music all weekend, an artisans' pavilion, pepper product competitions and sales, hay rides, and lots of activities for children including carousel, moonwalks, crafts, pony rides, and games. The festival will be at the 4-H Fairgrounds on South Chelmsford Road in Westford, October 6 and 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12 and the many children's activities are included in the ticket price. This year there will be additional free nearby parking with a short shuttle bus ride to the fairgrounds. No pets or alcohol are allowed on the fairgrounds. For festival information call 1-978-369-0366 or visit

Kids visit another dimension on September 26

Envision an architect, poet, welder, rock star, and chemist spending an hour together. Then try to imagine what kind of solution they could come up with to ease world hunger. Now put a group of kids together to solve that problem for Destination Imagination (formerly known as Odyssey of the Mind). It's guaranteed that they will design something ten times more unusual and more daring.

The Carlisle Destination Imagination program will run a demonstration of improvisational activities for school kids (K-8) on Wednesday, September 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Carlisle Exercise Room (Corey Building, lower level). If you have participated before or just want to "try it out," bring along a friend and join the crowd. Adults interested in coaching a team are welcome as well.

Registration forms are available at the Carlisle Public School library circulation desk and at the Gleason Library. All applications to join Destination Imagination are due on Friday, September 28. For more information, contact Carlisle program director Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235.

Travel experiences were very different

To the Editor:

I was away last week so I did not read Mrs. Brako's dismaying article until this week. I am sorry that her expectations, attitude and travel selection made her trip disappointing. My experiences in the Strasbourg area were just the opposite.

Neither my husband nor I speak German or French, but we did not find that a problem when we took the overnight train from Vienna to Strasbourg. We spent a day exploring Strasbourg and had a very delicious lunch at a small but crowded storefront restaurant.

Then, on the advice of the French luggage attendant at the railroad station who said a cab would be too costly, we took a bus to our hotel in Obernai. No one spoke English on the bus or at the hotel, but everyone was extremely friendly, and tried hard to make us understand so they could help us. We managed very nicely and plan to repeat this trip in the future.

The food in Obernai was the best I have eaten anywhere including Paris. I realize that Obernai and Strasburg are both French, although German was the second language of most of the people we met. But my experiences in Germany have been just as good. The people were very friendly, although more spoke English than in Alsace, and the food was very good although not as good as it was in Obernai.

When traveling outside the states, your attitude has a lot to do with your experience. I find the people of Paris among the friendliest, despite stories to the contrary. I have never been anywhere, including Budapest, East Berlin and rural Northern Italy, where the people have not been very patient with my limited language skills and very willing to help me find my way, locate a good restaurant or even order a meal to suit my tastes.

I am sorry Mrs. Brako did not have the opportunity to get to know the people of Germany and Alsace and to wander off the controlled path of her tour. She missed a chance at a wonderful experience.

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