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Friday, November 16, 2001

SOUTH STREET ENTERPRISE. The Wessellhoeft family of South Street presses cider for sale on November weekends. The apples come from one neighbor who has an apple orchard in Bolton, and the mash goes to another neighbor for chicken feed. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)
Referring to past examples of hard-fought-for initiatives which reached dead-ends at Town Meeting, the selectmen on November 6 asked for input from members of Carlisle Affordable Housing Inc., the school building committee, and the recreation commission regarding the presentation of two articles on the Warrant for the November 27 Town Meeting. Article 5 provides for design of a school septic system and Article 7 approves funding for a study of the Town Forest with the intent of locating affordable housing there. ...more

Carlisle School Building Committee members had asked officials from the state School Building Assistance program (SBA) to come to Carlisle hoping to get specific guidance on what site options for a school expansion project would or would not be favored or funded by SBA. Eric Gunn and John Lawler, both from the SBA, would not rule out, or recommend, any of the options being suggested for the expansion of the Carlisle School to accommodate increasing enrollment. The town needs to study all the options and come up with a plan that is the best solution for the community and one that the town can agree on, Gunn emphasized. Then the town will need to advocate for its plan as well as submit all required documents to the SBA before a decision is made whether to put the project on the list for funding, Gunn added. ...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) has elected to play a waiting game in the increasingly emotional debate over the future of Carlisle's 67-acre Town Forest. While making it clear that they are not opposed to the selectmen's Warrant Article 7 that calls for a study to determine the practicality of a multi-use approach to that town-owned property, they were decidedly reluctant to take a stand before hearing the full-fledged debate anticipated during the November 27 Town Meeting. ...more


Autumn's leafy deluge.
Winds bare the land.

Oak-colored sparrows
scratch the ground.
Dead leaves fly up
like brown geysers,
almost knocking them over.

The leaf mould quakes,
tilts, splits into plates.
The subterranean vole
pokes his head out, then
pulls it in again.

By Jean Keskulla

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito