The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 5, 2001

Mosquito Mail

To the Editor:

In 1982, 19 years ago, Edna Sleeper canvassed neighborhoods, companies, and corporations seeking funds for a community room to be built at the Carlisle Village Court, a federal not a private project. Edna was short of the necessary funds needed and asked me to produce a town show to raise the balance of the monies needed. Prior to producing "When You Are Over the Hill, You Pick Up Speed," our committee made an agreement with the proper authorities that this room could be used for Carlisle community activities and its use not just limited to the 18 elderly people living at the Carlisle Elderly Housing. We met the time limit required and the Sleeper Room was built. Without Edna and our town show, the elderly housing would have a very small room built on government specifications.

Ironically, now, the very same people who contributed to the Sleeper Room are being denied its use. Deceiving to say the least. I strongly urge all interested parties who use the room to attend the meeting on Monday, October 22 at from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at the Sleeper Room to discuss this important community issue.

We must solve the problems we have today and, at the same time, meet the original purpose for building the room.

Judy Larson
Forest Park Drive

Sleeper Room should bring people together

To the Editor:

As a member of the senior volunteer luncheon committee for eight years and a former board member of the council on aging, I felt the need to question the closing of the Sleeper Community Room to the bimonthly luncheons and men's breakfasts. Surely we would all like to comply with board of health standards and upgrade our Sleeper Room kitchen. I do not understand why, instead of trying to find a remedy for this situation, the Board of Elderly Housing made the decision to just discontinue the programs. These programs are a vital part of our elder senior's life, especially during the long winter months. The luncheons provide them with a hot meal and interaction with other seniors. Most of us in Carlisle are very fortunate and do not have a need for this program but there is a group we are servicing. At a time like this we should be focusing on a way of bringing people together through community and service.

Dayna Talbot
Russell Street

The rest of the cat's story

To the Editor:

An item in the police log a letter to the editor here's the rest of the story about the cat.

During the past year, Sylvester (aka Hobo) started coming around more and more frequently. He made friends with our two cats, then us. He noshed on their food, ran around the house and snoozed under the dining table. Though he let us pet him, he was skittish, but we hoped that eventually he might adopt us, if he really was homeless, as it seemed. Occasionally he'd disappear for a few days, then we'd hear his loud meow, signaling a return visit.

In early September, as we were walking, we spied Sylvester alongside a driveway about 1/4 mile from our home, and went to the door to inquire. That's when we discovered that Sylvester had been left behind when his family moved away. So, for a year, he had managed found sources of food, found shelter, made friends with various families. Ownerless, however, he was unprotected from contracting fleas, ticks and rabies.

How can someone just abandon a pet, without a thought to how it will survive? While there are many personal reasons why someone might not want to keep a pet, there is no excuse for not finding a suitable home, or bringing it to a shelter.

Dona G. Eaton
Westford Street

Proud of Meehan

To the Editor:

On Wednesday, September 26, I was an usher at the memorial service in Concord for Alexander Filipov. Al was on American Airlines 11 on September 11. He was a very active member of our church and will be sorely missed. About twenty minutes before the service started, Congressman Marty Meehan arrived. Congress had finished its work the night before and he had taken a 6:40 a.m. flight from Washington to be with us to honor Al. After the service when we spoke, he told me that 27 people on the airplanes which hit the World Trade Center were residents of his district. During the past two weeks he had attended as many memorial services as he could without slighting his duties in Washington.

I am proud of Marty Meehan's compassion in the face of this tragedy. I am proud to be one of Marty's supporters.

Cynthia Schweppe, chair
Carlisle Democratic Town Committee

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito