The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 19, 2002

Transfer station dog goes home

To the Editor:

Thank you to all my friends and well-wishers. You made my long stay in the pen at the transfer station a little more tolerable. I don't know how I would have passed the time without your visits and presents. I even brought my wonderful bone to my new home.

Thank you especially to Bob Dennison, the animal control officer. The town is lucky to have such a caring man. He saved my life! He treated me for Lyme disease and heartworm, hiding the medicine in his leftovers so I would eat when I didn't have any appetite. He must have taken over a hundred ticks off of me. He took me to the vet to treat my heartworm, digging into his own pocket to pay for the medicine and tests.

Because I was so sick I had to wait to go home to my new family. Bob helped me get to know them by letting them walk and visit me. When they left, Bob always came back to comfort me a little more. I don't think I have ever been as happy to see anybody.

I have adjusted very well to my new home. People say it seems like I have always been here. I can only be leash-walked for a couple more weeks but soon I will have the run of the Greenough Land. My family says they couldn't have wished for a better dog. They must have been waiting for me.

Bob Dennison still comes to visit and check on me. I will never forget him. If you ever lose your dog, I hope he is found by Bob.

Trip Fontaine (Nosowitz)
Maple Street
(formerly the black Lab at the dump)

Should variances be granted based on assumptions?

To the Editor:

On July 2, 2002, the zoning board of appeals (ZBA) closed a public hearing for the proposed cell tower application represented by David Woodward and Gretchen Anderegg. It appears after five meetings that no accurate surveyed plans have been prepared or required to support the requested variances. The final location of the proposed cell tower appears to be located in a 100-year flood plain and adjacent to protected wetlands.

Nobody seems to know accurately where the proposed cell tower is to be located. To date, the ZBA has not required accurate information to support the presumption that granting the requested variances as it pertains to height and location will not further provide non-conforming uses of the land owned by the applicants. The Town of Carlisle has spent a considerable amount of time and effort enacting the current zoning bylaws. Shouldn't we then require an applicant to do the same before granting relief from our stringent zoning bylaws? Requesting a variance should be supported with accurate information to justify whether it is warranted. Why should the ZBA not require this information?

Accurate information is necessary to support relief from the zoning bylaws they are supposed to protect. If this information has not been provided, should variances be granted based on assumptions? I guess we will all find out at the next ZBA meeting whether we will grant variances for the proposed cell tower location that appears to be located in an area which will surely be questioned when it comes under the jurisdiction of the planning board and conservation commission.

Matthew S. Hamor
Bedford Road

Encountering a rabid skunk

To the Editor:

On June 26, Patch, our English Setter, had an encounter with a rabid skunk. Early that morning, I looked out the window to see Patch with his nose buried in the fur of a skunk. Carlisle Police officer Scott Barnes came and shot the skunk, which was subsequently tested for rabies by the state laboratory. The next day we learned that the skunk was rabid , and have taken the recommended precautions for both dog and humans. I want to thank Scott Barnes for his quick response and sensitivity to our two children when dispatching the skunk; Sally Lakness (Carlisle Animal Inspector) for her assistance; and especially Dr. Peter Morey for his advice and insistence that the skunk be sent to the state lab for testing. Fortunately, Patch's rabies shots were up to date, but this incident reinforced the importance of keeping rabies immunizations current for all dogs and cats. Thanks again to all who helped us during this alarming incident.

Claire Wilcox
Prospect Street

Library book sale a success

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Gleason Library Endowment Fund, I would like to thank all the volunteers and patrons who made this fundraiser possible and successful. Thanks to the countless townspeople who generously donated their used books, CDs and videos. Those books were regularly accepted and processed by our excellent library staff, and stored at the historical society's Heald barn. Able-bodied high schoolers and Boy Scouts moved the books to the exercise room in at the school where they were expertly sorted by a crackerjack group of humidity-tolerant volunteers. Many staffed the cashier's table and the floor during the sale. A hardy group of past organizers of this event offered to be the fresh crew of volunteers to do that critical, but often overlooked in the planning, job of cleaning up the venue and disbursing the leftover books. The book sale profits will be used toward the expenses incurred in the landscape project, which will begin later this month. What a win-win situation for our townspeople. A big thank you to the whole Carlisle community, the Old Home Day committee, the school, and its custodial staff.

Mary Cheever, board member
Gleason Library Endowment Fund

Grateful for supportive parents

To the Editor:

If the response of parents to the Concord Education Fund Teacher Appreciation Appeal is any indicator, then our public schools are recognized by users as benefiting from the work of a strong faculty and staff. Since late May, hundreds of Concord and Carlisle parents have donated more than $11,000 and honored more than 300 professionals throughout the public school system for the work they do on behalf of the towns' children. Honorees have included special education aides and principals, faculty and staff at all levels, and the "behind the scenes" work of secretaries and janitors that add immeasurably to the smooth operation of our schools.

The Concord Education Fund will use monies raised from this appeal to provide grant funds for programs that extend and enhance the public school curriculum. Since its creation in 1993, the fund has awarded nearly $425,000 in over 90 separate grants to teachers and school staff. These grants, ranging from $450 to $17,000, have touched students at all levels, in all public schools. They have two things in common ­ they offer innovative, compelling opportunities to improve the effectiveness of public education; additionally, they've consistently met with positive feedback from faculty, students, and the school communities.

We thank the many families who have participated in this fundraising effort. We applaud the faculty and staff whose fine work was recognized and honored. And we encourage participation in this effort from other parents who wish to acknowledge the good work that goes on in classrooms across all grade levels (We gratefully accept donations sent to P.O. Box 202 in Concord, MA 0742). The Concord Education Fund's goal is to improve public education, one grant at a time. We do this with the generous and active support of donors across the two towns. Thank you!

Jan McGinn, president
Concord Education Fund
Lexington Road

School library fundraiser meets its goal

To the Editor:

The final tally from the recent fundraising initiative sponsored by the Carlisle Education Foundation is in, and we're very pleased to announce that the school library will be open full time next year!

After several weeks of fundraising a total of $77,500 has been raised, including a terrific total of $4,000 from June 19's carnival put on by the fourth grade. Since donations to the fundraising drive exceeded the $50,000 goal, CEF is working with school administration to decide what other initiatives to support.

We extend a huge "thank you" to the people of Carlisle who supported this initiative with their hearts, hands, time, and money.

Jeff Brown, Lisa Harris, Andy Ostrom, Laura Snowdon, Bruce Vienneau
CEF board members

Many thanks from OHD chair

To the Editor:

I would like to publicly thank those who worked so hard in the oppressive heat to make this year's Old Home Day a success. To each member of the Old Home Day Committee ­ thanks! It was a lot of hard work but it was fun, thanks to the camaraderie and friendships formed. Of course, we couldn't have done it without the wit and sense of humor of Bob Orlando and Nick Lunig.

The new country fair booths were a wonderful addition, thanks to the hard work of Bob Orlando, Peter Duffy, Peggy Wang and Scott Evans, broken wrist and all.

Many thanks to Bill Cooney and Deb Power for another entertaining parade, and to Nancy and Bob Orlando for bringing more vendors to the country fair than ever before. It was so good to see so many new faces along with our old favorites ­ there certainly was something for everyone and fortunately plenty of beverages to help us through the extremely hot day. A special thanks to our behind the scenes Logistical Engineers: Nick Lunig, Scott Evans, Marshall Evans and Zane Schweer. These guys put in many hours of manual labor the night before, early the morning of and late in the evening once everyone had gone home. They set up tables and chairs, ran power lines, etc. Thanks to Brian Sorrows for volunteering to fill the dunk tank: the water was clear! Thanks to the fire department for another superb chicken BBQ, the Cantrills and the Clarkes for the hit of the day, the cake walk, and to all of you who baked a cake, some more than one, despite the heat. You made the cake walk a success ­ about 100 cakes were donated this year and the cake walk lasted longer than ever! Thanks to the Carlisle Mosquito for all the coverage before the big day and to everyone who generously donated money to fund the day both by sending checks and by contributing to the donation container at Daisy's Market. Thanks to the DPW workers who cheerfully took care of set-up early in the a.m. and breakdown later in the p.m., as well as to Lt. John Sullivan who made sure there were no traffic problems this year. I appreciate the dedication of all who volunteered their time and creativity and those of you who came out to celebrate despite the unbearable heat. Thanks to all who helped make this special Carlisle tradition a success once again! Have a safe and restful summer.

Susan J. Evans
Old Home Day chairperson

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito