The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 20, 2002

HAPPY HOLIDAYS. By Cristianna Marks, age 10. See pages 12-13 for more drawings.


Mosquito seeks old town reports

The Mosquito is building a collection of Carlisle annual reports, and is seeking reports for years prior to 1995. Anyone cleaning out their basement, or moving out of town, who would like to find a new home for their old town reports can drop them off at the Mosquito office at 872 Westford Street. Thanks!

COA upcoming events

New Year's coffee: Join the COA at 9:30 a.m. on January 2 in the Sleeper Room for coffee, pastries and good conversation.

Lunch at Riverview: On Thursday, January 9, the COA is planning a luncheon at the Riverview, Concord Road, Billerica. House Greek specialties include baked lamb, spinach pie and galactobouriko. Traditional specialties include steak, seafood tps, chicken and Italian sausage.The COA van will provide transportation for those who do not wish to drive. For more information, call Jim and Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681.

Caroline Hill Scholarships available

Applications for the Caroline Hill Scholarship are available to Carlisle current high school seniors and students in college for continuing post secondary education. The awards, which are need-based, typically range from $500- $2,000. The awards are made in late spring. Caroline Hill left money to the Town of Carlisle for continuing education of Carlisle residents as well as for other financial need. Applicants can pick up the applications from the registrar's office at Concord-Carlisle High School, the Gleason Public Library or the selectman's office at the Carlisle Town Hall. If questions contact Sally Coulter, 1-978-369-6637.

Christmas carols on the Town Green

Everyone is invited to sing Christmas Carols at the Christmas Tree with wind instrument players of all ages on the Carlisle Town Green on Christmas Eve, December 24, from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.

Forum on school budget January 8

The Carlisle School Association will hold a forum on the school budget to take place January 8, 2003 at 9 a.m. in the Spalding Conference Room at the school. The panel will include school superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson, new school business manager Steven Moore, and CSA treasurer Beth Platt. Note that this is a morning program to give parents unable to attend nighttime meetings an opportunity to become informed.

The town's finance committee has asked the school to adhere to a budget increase of only 2.6%, a difficult task given growing enrollments and increasing costs. Why are budgets so tight? What are the implications for school programs? And what does it all mean for the future of education in Carlisle? Are you willing to shoulder more fees to maintain programs? To give generously each year to fundraisers such as last year's CEF library appeal? Bring your questions, provide your input, and learn what you can do to make a difference. For more information check the CSA link on the school web site,

Retirement celebration for Fire Chief Koning

All residents of the Town of Carlisle are cordially invited to the retirement celebration of Fire Chief Robert J. Koning on Saturday, February 1, 2003. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Honoree presentations will follow dinner. The event is being held at Stow Acres Country Club, 58 Randall Road, Stow, Massachusetts. The $35 cost for dinner includes a gift for Chief Koning. R.S.V.P. by January 24, 2003 with check to Mary Beth Stevenson, 271 Cross Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Historical Society holds first fund appeal

The year 2002 has been historic for the Carlisle Historical Society as it made the Captain Samuel Heald Homestead on Concord Street the focus of its activities. In addition, this year marks the society's first-ever fund appeal, asking Carlisleans to help support its mission preserving and sharing the town's historical collections, maintaining the Heald House, and presenting programs of interest for the entire community.

This year many volunteers and volunteer organizations helped to prepare Heald House for its new role as custodian of the town's history, and are now working on making the collections more accessible. These efforts will, over the years, benefit the entire town (and future generations) as Carlisle's unique history is preserved.

Residents are asked to consider the Carlisle Historical Society as part of their annual gift-giving. Checks may be sent to P.O. Box 703, Carlisle, MA 01741, and gifts are fully tax-deductible. And if you're not yet a member, why not join this dynamic organization as it moves forward with its plans? Memberships are $15 per household, $10 for an individual, and $8 for a senior. For information, call Charlie Forsberg at 1-978-287-3577.

\Carlisle Historical Society receives grant

A $200 award by the Carlisle Cultural Council to the Carlisle Historical Society will support an innovative project aimed at preserving 19th-century photographs of town residents in the Society's collection.

This summer the Carlisle Historical Society became a partner for community volunteering with the National Charities League (NCL), a Concord-Carlisle section of this mother-daughter volunteer program. April Stone of Carlisle, a vice-president of NCL, met with Sarah Brophy and Stephanie Upton of the Historical Society's board to design projects.

This winter and spring, two mother-daughter teamsLaurie and Kate Boerma and April Stone and Eliza Epstein will work with ten photo albums at Heald House under the supervision of the Society's historian or curator. They will identify the images, input the data into the collections database, interleave the images with acid-free tissue, and place the albums in acid-free storage boxes.

The project will conclude in the spring with a public presentation by the student volunteers and a lecture on the care of family collections by Valarie Kinkade of Museum and Collections Resource.

This important work on identifying and preserving Carlisle's historic photographs will benefit researchers, family members and town residents, and the students and their mothers will have played a key role in contributing to the town's history.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

2003 transfer station stickers available

The transfer station stickers for 2003 are now for sale at the police station. Carlisle residents should bring their car registrations and $15 per sticker to the dispatcher's window. Up-to-date stickers must be displayed on vehicles before entering the transfer station.

Get licensed for Christmas

Looking for a great stocking stuffer? Hunting and fishing licenses are available from the town clerk's office. For more information, call 1-978-369-6155.

Salvation Army helps neighbors

Even the most affluent communities have citizens for whom providing the basics 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, they 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, the local Salvation Army Unit is there to help. In the past, Carlisle residents have been given fuel assistance as well as help with purchasing clothing, but the services provided by the Salvation Army cost money.

The Carlisle Service Unit is asking town residents 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 also be present again this year at Daisy's Market during the month of December.

Anyone interested in volunteering to ring the bell with the famous Red Kettle at the transfer station between now and Christmas should call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-2985. This is a wonderful way for high school students to earn community service hours.

Sign up for spring in-town soccer in January

Spring in-town soccer registration will begin in early January and will end January 31. Spring games are played on weekday evenings between 6 and 7:30 p.m. Look for an announcement in early January for registration and schedule details. Registration will be available both on-line and through the mail.

CPAC meeting on January 15

The Carlisle Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (CPAC) will be holding its next meeting for interested parents on January 15 at 9:30 a.m., at the home of Elaine Bojanic. Discussion will center around the bylaws, the upcoming speaker and any other issues. Call Elaine Bojanic (1-978-371-5624) or Tricia Reed (1-978-369-0135) for more information.

Attention: parents of seventh-graders

There will be an informational meeting for all parents of seventh grade students regarding the seventh grade play on Monday, January 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the Corey auditorium. All seventh grade students are encouraged to participate in this year's play, Guys and Dolls Jr., either on stage or behind the scenes. There will be information about the play, the schedule, and the expectations for students and parents. There will be an opportunity to sign up to volunteer on one of the many parent committees that are critical to the success of the production.

There will be pre-audition workshops for students after school on January 9 and 10. All seventh grade students should plan to attend one of these. Auditions will be held during the week of January 13. Regular rehearsals will begin on January 27. The performance dates are March 27-30, 2003. Refer questions to the play's producers, Marjorie Johnson and Kathy Schweer, or the the directors, Megan Fitzharris of the music department and sixth grade social studies teacher Tony Villar.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito