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Friday, January 11, 2002

Last year, the review of the year 2000 began with the description, "As the century turned, life in Carlisle mirrored the larger picture of a time of national peace and prosperity." As we look at 2001, we seem a light year away. 2001 began without prosperity and ended without peace. But though we lost our sense of security we rediscovered patriotism and a national cohesiveness. Through all the dramatic events following September 11, Carlisle's small-town tranquillity and unchanging green beauty served as a reassuring reminder that life will continue. ...more

BLACK POND ICE is perfect for skating in years with little snow. Doris Larsen of Carlisle enjoys the skating on Great Brook Farm State Park's frozen waterways. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)
The Reverend Thomas P. Donohoe is clearly a man who likes a good laugh. His hearty chuckle rings out loudly, enthusiastically and often as he reflects on the upcoming 50th anniversary of his ordination, to be celebrated officially on January 13. He laughs as he comments that, at the age of 25, he never imagined that he'd someday celebrate this milestone. He laughs over a parishioner's comment that St. Irene's meteoric rise in membership during his tenure can be attributed as much to the presence of this popular priest as to the sparkling new facilities that opened four years ago. But he laughs hardest when asked about his storied sideline as a stage actor. "That's probably what's kept me from retiring!" he admits about the occasional opportunities he seizes to appear on stage, most notably at St. Irene's annual fall mystery dinners. "It isn't everywhere that I'd get to star in a show!" ...more

After many months of hearings, in which cell tower applicants presented their case for three variances for the placement of a 150-foot monopole at 662 Bedford Road, and abutters disputed their assertions, the complicated case was in the hands of the Carlisle Board of Appeals (BOA). Recognizing that rejecting the application may expose the town to litigation under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and granting the variance may gut the town cell tower bylaw, the board moved cautiously. After sorting through the many issues, claims and threats, the BOA decided to defer the precedent-setting decision until a number of thorny questions could be reviewed by town counsel. ...more

On Sunday, December 30, a cold, crisp day with bright sun following a full moon, seventeen hardy birders tramped the woods, fields and swamps of Carlisle south of Route 225 for the annual Christmas Bird Count. This was the 29th consecutive year of this count in Carlisle and the 102nd year of this winter census in the U.S. Each count is conducted within a 15-mile diameter circle; last year there were 1,880 such circles in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, and on a few Pacific islands. Carlisle is at the northern edge of the Concord circle, which is centered at the intersection of the boundaries of Concord, Sudbury, Maynard, and Acton. ...more

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito