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Friday, June 7, 2002

Dessert and diversity at FRS June 11

Tom Lockwood will lead an evening program, "Gays in the Family," on Tuesday evening, June 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. A video of Rosie O'Donnell talking about her children will be shown. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Friday Night Live / food drive tonight!

Bring non-perishable canned goods tonight at 7:30 for the final Friday Night Live of the school year and another FNL Food Drive. Students who make a "can-tribution" to help the Open Table Food Pantry in Concord will be admitted, free. Help out, and then enjoy music, dancing, basketball, ping pong, chess or checkers, a free slice of pizza and a soda.

Carlisle students (public or private) in sixth to eighth grades are welcome to attend. The Youth Commission would like to thank the Carlisle parents who will be chaperoning tonight and the many others who have helped during the year. Remember, students leaving before 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 9:30 sharp. Call Kathy Hassey 1-978-287-4284 with any questions.

A BURST OF BLOOM. This clematis spills over a mailbox on one of Carlisle's rural roads. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

Two Parents Connection events

Carlisle Parents Connection invites all families with children under the age of five to a coffee on Wednesday, June 12 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The coffee will be hosted by Gail Bernardin. Call her at 1-978-318-6972 to RSVP and for directions. Come meet some other young families from town or catch up with some friends you already know.

Join other Carlisle moms who have children under age five for a Moms' Nights Out. The next get together be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 at Sierra's (Mexican) Restaurant which is on Route 117 in Sudbury. Call Polly Meyer by Monday, June 17 to be included in the reservations or to obtain directions.

Early morning mist at Great Brook Farm State Park. (Photo by Mike Quayle
Historical Society needs clean-up help

Volunteers of all ages are welcome on Saturday, June 8, to help the Carlisle Historical Society spruce up the yard at the Heald House on June 8th between 9 a.m. and noon. Join them for coffee, juice and a donut, plus a little raking, clipping, weeding, sweeping and bagging. The Society can promise excellent company, a lovely location, and their undying gratitude. After the chores are completed, volunteers can have a peek inside Heald House. The rain date is June 9, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact Sarah Brophy at 1-978-369-5424 to sign up.

Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day

Calling all children up to age five: The Carlisle Parents Connection annual Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day is Saturday, June 8 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at the Carlisle Fire Station on Westford Road. Bring your buckets and sponges and be prepared to get wet as we help the firefighters wash the fire engine. If you have questions you may call Mary Beth Stevenson at 1-978-369-6892.

Conservation coffee on June 11

A GOOD SIGN. Amidst the thriving rotary plantings, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest sign proclaims a successful end to their yearly fundraiser. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

On Tuesday, June 11, at 7:30 a.m. the Carlisle Conservation Commission will sponsor its third Conservation Morning Coffee in the Clark room at the Town Hall. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for informal gathering of individuals interested in conservation and land related issues as they pertain to Carlisle.

Coffee and muffins will be available to help make this informal gathering a sociable exchange. There will be an opportunity for an around-the-room discussion allowing anyone to ask questions, make suggestions, share information about upcoming events, good birding spots, great books and articles and discuss future possibilities. The coffee will have no set agenda and anyone may arrive and leave as their time allows.

Contra dance and potluck on June 14

The last dance of this season's second Friday contra dances will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on June 14. Before the dance everyone is invited to a potluck supper that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. Sue Rosen will do the calling and Debby Knight, Bruce Rosen, Walter Lenk and friends will provide the music. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 if you have any questions.

A fun fundraiser for the school library

Fourth graders and the Carlisle Education Foundation invite you to a carnival at the Spalding Field to raise money for the school library. The carnival will be on June 19 (rain or shine) from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a raffle, a Kiddie Corral for children ages five and under with face and fingernail decorating, ring toss; and also games like limbo, baseball throw, and a moonwalk for others. Games and activities start at $.50. There will also be a spare change collection, and a bake sale. All proceeds will go to the school library.

Library's annual book sale

This year the annual book sale will be held on Old Home Day in the school's exercise room. The Gleason Public Library Endowment Fund will be raising money for the library landscape project that will begin this summer. We hope that you will take this opportunity to weed out your book shelves and donate books in good condition to our fundraiser. Donations, in boxes please, may be left at the library during regular business hours. We will not be accepting textbooks, magazines, or Reader's Digest Condensed Books. Sorting of books, at the school, will be on July 3, beginning at 3 pm. We could really use and would greatly appreciate some helping hands, both with the sorting, and with one-hour selling shifts on the Fourth of July. If you would like to help, contact Mary Cheever at 1-978 369-6861.

Revised edition of Carlisle history book available at Old Home Day

Who was the first settler in Carlisle and where did he live? What was the Noon House? Where were the old blacksmith's shop and the old lime kiln?

These answers, and hundreds more, are found in Ruth Chamberlin Wilkins's acclaimed book, Carlisle: Its History and Heritage. Published in 1976 as part of the American bicentennial celebration, it remains the only complete history of the town from its establishment in 1754 until 1975.

By the end of 2001, the Carlisle Historical Society, the book's publisher, was down to its last five copies and its officers decided not to let such a valuable resource go out of print. Six months later, a revised edition is in production, which has not only corrected the printer's errors in the first edition but has also electronically enhanced many of the book's archival photographs. The revised edition, whose cover reproduces Phyllis Hughes's drawings of Carlisle's old houses, will be on sale at Old Home Day on July 4 for $30. Thereafter, the price will be $35, with a $5 discount for members of the Carlisle Historical Society.

If you can't be at Old Home Day, you can order a copy by calling Charles Forsberg at 1-978-369-3577. This book is a must for every Carlisle home, and it would be a thoughtful gift for a newcomer to town, a son or daughter away at college, or a friend who has left town. And if you own the first-edition, it's probably well-thumbed and ragged by now and deserves to be replaced!

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