The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 29, 2002

Salvation Army helps Carlisle residents

To the Editor:

We are very fortunate to live in a community where most of us do not have to worry about the day-to-day necessities of feeding, clothing and housing our families. Unfortunately, even in the most affluent communities, including our own, there are people for whom providing the basics for their families is difficult.

There are people who have become victims of circumstances beyond their control due to the poor economy and for the first time in their lives, need help. Longtime residents of Carlisle are finding it difficult to remain in town due to the increase in taxes and are therefore requiring assistance.

When these needs arise, we, The Salvation Army Unit, are there to help. In the past we have helped Carlisle residents with fuel assistance as well as with purchasing clothing. The services provided by The Salvation Army cost money.

As the Carlisle Service Unit, we would like to ask you to support The Salvation Army and its works. A donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated and put to good use. Donations in the form of a check can be made payable to The Salvation Army and sent to Susan Evans, Council on Aging, P.O. Box 827, Carlisle, MA 01741, The red counter kettle will be present again this year at Daisy's Market during the month of December, for your convenience as well.

Susan Evans
The Carlisle Salvation Army Service Unit

Thanks from CCHS class of 2004

To the Editor:

Sincere thanks are extended to everyone who helped to make the Thanksgiving luncheon for the senior citizens so successful. This event is organized annually by the CCHS junior class and took place this year on Saturday, November 23. Ms. Ainslee MacHaffie graciously volunteered to chair the event and we appreciate all the time and energy that she invested. The cafeteria was beautifully decorated under the direction of Ms. Susan Sharp. Many other '04 parents donated turkeys and pies and helped on the day. We are grateful to Crosby's Market, Marchall Farm and Pine Tree Farm for their donations as well as to the members of the CCHS food service, without whom the event could not be possible. We also want to thank our faculty advisors Ms. Gina Bergskaug and Ms. Ellen Moore for spending Saturday with us in addition to everything else that they do to help our class.

More than 77 class of '04 students enjoyed making the event happen, as well as Kevin Ballard '03 who played the piano and members of the CCHS Select Chorus who entertained with vocal selections. We hope that the senior citizens of our communities enjoyed themselves.

Ryan Morris
CCHS Class of 2004 Vice President
Matt Divino
CCHS Class of 2004 Treasurer

State Representative Cory Atkins thanks voters

To the Editor:

This is the season of Thanksgiving. It is a time to count blessings and mine are countless. I would like to thank the voters of the 14th Middlesex District for their competence in re-electing me to a third term in office as their State Representative. I would like to thank my supporters and contributors who held signs and whose front lawns proclaimed support for me.

Not only do I thank you for supporting me, but for your critical involvement in the democratic process. I would like to thank hundreds of citizens who call me, write to me and include me in their meetings on subjects that are important to the well-being of our community.

I would like to thank my opponent Peter Unitt for proving that you can disagree without being disagreeable. This ability is a key element to a functional democracy.

While our challenges are many for the upcoming year, so are our blessings. Together we will find ways to make everyone among us feel safe, valued and secure.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Cory Atkins
State Representative
14th Middlesex District

Over $46,000 raised for CCHS and Concord Schools

To the Editor:

Enthusiastic thanks go out to the hundreds of spellers, sponsors and auction donors who made last Saturday's Spelling Bee and Silent Auction a huge success. Folks from all walks of life and from every corner of the Concord and Carlisle communities came together for a wonderful evening of humor, wit and challenge.

Carlisle Middle School students Ian Goller, Sara Guo and Diane Lee were willing to sit in the "hot seats" before a packed house and allowed their spelling skills to be tested. We greatly appreciate their involvement, as well as that of all spellers and donors who made this exciting evening possible. Your collective involvement championed support for public education, and CCHS students will benefit from your participation.

Together we raised revenues in excess of $46,000. These monies will go into classrooms throughout all public schools next year to fund initiatives that enhance and extend innovative curricula. Concord Education Fund grants have, over the years, fostered the startup or expansion of many initiatives in our schools that might not otherwise have been possible. At CCHS this year, the Fund has invested nearly $30,000 in support of chemistry, geometry, performing arts, photography, and physics programs. None of these investments would be possible without the generous support of donors from the Concord and Carlisle communities.

The generosity that all demonstrated at the Spelling Bee and Silent Auction has a direct and lasting impact on the education of our children. Together - as audience, donors, sponsors, and spellers - we're making public schools better, one grant at a time! Thank you.

Jan McGinn, President
Concord Education Fund
Lexington Road

Carlisle supports D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse and Resistance Education

To the editor:

On behalf of the Carlisle Police D.A.R.E. program, I would like to thank all of those who donated to our recent fundraiser. Thanks to you, the program is not only funded for this year, but we have also managed to build a cash surplus to get next year's program off to a great start. The call for donations was well received, proving once again that the community is committed to their children's future.

Insp. Scott W. Barnes
D.A.R.E. Officer

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito