The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 27, 2002

Tribute to Esther Wilson

To the Editor:

I would like to add my tribute to the many on the passing of Esther Wilson. My memories are of a part of her life before she became fire dispatcher. In September 1933, I, along with about half a dozen other children, began the first grade at Highland School. She was our teacher both that year and the next when we went on to the second grade.

Last year, we hoped to have her as our guest for our 60th graduation reunion but she was not able to come. She sent us a nice letter instead.

In our two years in her classroom, we learned to read and write. She taught us all by herself. Every morning we would stand by our desks, salute the flag, and sing the first and last verses of "America."

We did fun things too. We had an orchestra with simple instruments such as clappers, bells, and triangles. Most common were the sticks played by the musically- untalented. I was in that group.

With her passing, we lose the last link to our grammar school days.

Paul K. Swanson
Summerfield, Florida

D.A.R.E. just shy of goal

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Police Department recently ran an advertisement, requesting donations to help support our D.A.R.E. program for the 2002/2003 school year. I am happy to report that we have received many generous donations, but we still have quite a way to go in reaching our $6000 goal. After the Mosquito published my letter to the editor, I was approached by some members of the community who graciously agreed to a 3 to 1 donation plan. For every $1 raised, this family, to express their appreciation of the Carlisle Police Department, will donate $3 in support of the D.A.R.E. program. The department has been presenting the D.A.R.E. program since 1991 and with your help we hope to continue it for years to come. We are committed to keeping your children healthy.

Inspector Scott W. Bames
Carlisle Police Department

Youth commission says good-bye and hello

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Youth Commission would like to thank departing CYC members Kathryn Dennison and Nancy Orlando for their commitment and energy while serving on the board. Both have shared their expertise, knowledge and organizational skills and will be missed. They leave with high praise for their dedication and energy from the existing board members, David Freedman, Kathy Hassey and our new chair Lynne Carpenito.

The board would also like to welcome new members Karen Huntress and Kim Donovan. Karen and I look forward to being members of the CYC and sharing the responsibility of a successful, safe and enjoyable Friday Night Live each month! Friday Night Live, in general, is held the first Friday of each month October through June, excluding January. Look for details in future issues of the Mosquito and the Buzz.

Kim Donovan
Carlisle Youth Commission

Parents' Connection says thanks

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Parents Connection would like to thank Kathy Guarnaccia who organized the Fall Social and LouAnn Chiotelis, Mary Bishop, Pat Simon, Elizabeth Hughes, Denise Sturtz, Dave Guarnaccia, M.J. Austin and Nancy Szcesniak who all contributed to make the day a huge success! Also thanks to Kathy Guarnaccia, Laura France, M.J. Austin, Terry West, Mary Bishop, Casey Smith, Jen Albanese, Pat Simon and Mark and Nancy Szcesniak for mailing out all the CPC information.

Stephanie Blunt
Cross Street

Foss Farm riding ring open

To the Editor:

Carlisle's equestrian community has always had a special connection to Foss Farm. It's a beloved place for people on horseback seeking to share in the quiet and contemplative mood that Foss inspires. What makes Foss so special is the diverse but compatible group of users who come together there, from bird-dog trainers to community gardeners to sled-doggers to birdwatchers. It's a place where all these wonderful things can be appreciated and enjoyed, through changes of season. This is very much at the heart of what Carlisle has to offer.

Earlier this summer, ConsCom gave us the go-ahead to make Phase A repairs to the riding ring at Foss. Many Carlisleans will remember Foss as a hub of Pony Club activity in the past. The ring had gotten so deep and sandy over time, that it was no longer a safe footing for horses, so these repairs were necessary to restore it to use.

We have just completed these repairs, and the ring is once again open to the public! Pony Club began holding their "Fun Rides" in the Foss ring on Monday, September 23, at 4:30 p.m.

We are continuing to ask for donations to cover the cost of these repairs. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to ONBPC c/o Kim Bratton, 165 Davis Road, Bedford, MA 01730 and should be made out to "ONBPC/Foss Farm Restoration." We're also looking for help to organize fundraising events, build jumps, and so forth. Contact Lisa Brem at 1-978-250-0356 to volunteer.

Melissa Webster
Curve Street

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