The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 28, 2003

TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO SNOW BLOWER HAS GONE BEFORE. John Blinn found a quick way to remove the snow from the roof of his home on Brook Street. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)


Carlisle Lunch Group featured speaker will be John Lee

On Monday, March 24 the Carlisle Lunch Group will hear John Lee speak on farming in Boston food and farming in the Northeast. Lee, a Carlisle resident, runs the Allandale Farm in the middle of Boston to produce food and keep the land out of the hands of the real estate developers. He will talk about his experiences in the city and the broader aspects of how to keep farmers and farms an integral part of the northeast.

The lunch will start at 12:15 p.m. and the talk given by Lee will begin at 1 p.m. and end by 2 p.m.To RSVP send a check for $22 by March 17 to Fontaine K. Richardson at 121 Skelton Road, Carlisle MA 10741. Call him at 1-978-369-8223, or e-mail him at with any questions.

Rabies clinic March 22 Town Hall

The Carlisle Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the lobby of Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health along with volunteers Dr. Peter Morey of the Carlisle Animal Hospital and Bob Dennison, dog officer. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs. You must bring a current vaccination certificate in order to receive the three-year vaccine, otherwise only a one-year vaccine can be given. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10 per animal. Cash is appreciated but checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by March 31. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Volunteers are needed to help with the processing. Community service points will be awarded to eligible high school students. Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

Opening available on Board of Assessors

Due to the resignation of Thomas Dunkers, the Town of Carlisle Board of Assessors is seeking to appoint a member to the Board until a new member is elected. Interested applicants should call John B. Speidel at 1-978-369-0392.

Return the census and license the dog

Census forms and dog license applications are now due in the Town Clerk's office. Over 400 census forms have not been returned. Dog forms were sent out with the town census. For more information, call the Town Clerk's office at 1-978-369-6155.

Library seeks DVDs

Think about donating used DVDs to the Gleason Public Library. The library welcomes unrestricted donations, especially currently popular materials in good condition, to add to its collections.

What does "unrestricted" mean? Gifts are accepted with the understanding that items not added to collections will be disposed of at the discretion of the library. These items may be given to the Friends of the Library for sale, given to other libraries or social service agencies, or discarded.

The great part about donating that DVD to the library is that donors can share it with other library patrons and can always borrow it themselves if they decide to watch it again!

Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale begins on March 15

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual Fertilizer and Birdseed Sale starting March 15 and ending on March 27. Products for sale include Scotts quality fertilizer and grass seed products, Loft's garden fertilizer and Carlisle's finest all natural fertilizer. Premium Birdseed containing Sunflower Hearts is also for sale this year. Donations are also welcomed.

The scouts will be at the town transfer station and in Daisy's parking lot on March 15 and March 22 to take orders. The boys will also be phoning our past customers on March 27 to check on this year's order. The products will be conveniently delivered to customer homes on April 12th. Proceeds from the sale plus donations help to defray the costs of Troop 135's many programs. Over forty Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

Softball pitching and catching clinic

Players who are registered for the spring 2003 softball program are invited to a free softball pitching and catching clinic. This clinic is sponsored by Concord Carlisle Youth Baseball/Softball (CCYB, Inc.) It will be held on the following four consecutive Sundays in March: March 2, 9, 16 and 23 at the Carlisle Public School gym. The specific session times by age are: Age 10 and under 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Age 12 and under 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.; Age 18 and under 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Well-known pitching and catching coaches will lead the instruction.

RSVP to Lisa McGloin (CCHS Varsity Softball Coach) at to sign up. In addition to your name, please indicate the date(s) and session time you would like to attend.

Bring your glove and please bring a pair of dry sneakers to wear in the gym. It is a requirement of the program. Questions to Paula Trebino at 1-978-369-9001.

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.

Old Home Day planning begins

Planning has begun for Old Home Day, Carlisle's 4th of July celebration. Anyone interested in getting involved is welcome to attend the next meeting, March 16 at 4 p.m. at Town Hall. For more information, call Susan Evans at 1-978-371-0880.

March 7 FNL hosts food drive for the Open Table

After the cancellation of the February Friday Night Live, the Carlisle Youth Commission finally brings Carlisle's sixth, seventh and eighth graders the long awaited March 7 FNL! This month will bring the usual ping-pong, basketball, chess, checkers, and of course dancing. Talented DJs, Joe and Brian, will spin those discs for students' listening pleasure. FNL is open to both public and private school students.

Students who make a can-tribution to benefit the Open Table Food Pantry in Concord will be admitted for $1 this month. Bring a non-perishable food item and help out. Thank you! A reminder to those who have not yet attended a Friday Night Live: please bring a parent and fill out a permission form, which is available in the gym during FNL.

Pizza and soda will be available for a small fee. Students leaving before 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up by 9:30 sharp. Call Lynne Carpenito 1-978-371-7508 with any questions.

Tina Clarke speaks on toxic hazards in the home

On Monday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., at the First Religious Society in Carlisle, Tina Clarke of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow will speak about "Protecting Our Children and Our Health from Toxic Hazards." The public is cordially invited.

Rates of childhood cancer, asthma, and learning disabilities are rising. Scientists believe many illnesses may be linked to toxic chemicals in the environment. Clarke will present evidence of how toxins affect children, who are particularly vulnerable. She will also tell how to protect our children, and how to reduce toxins in our homes and in our community.

The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow ( is a new coalition of organizations and individuals in Massachusetts, all working together to protect our health and the environment from toxic hazards. Members of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow include doctors, public health professionals, parents, educators, and people from all walks of life.

Tina Clarke is a campaign director for Clean Water Action in Massachusetts. During seven years in Washington, D.C., Clarke directed several national interfaith advocacy training programs. She also directed Greenpeace USA's citizen activist network. Clarke has a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

This event is sponsored by the Environmental Action Committee of the First Religious Society in Carlisle (1-978-369-5180,

Community potluck supper tonight

The Friends of Gleason Public Library's community potluck supper will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Enis and Joan Konuk at 37 Davis Road. For those

who haven't had a chance to meet friends and neighbors at this popular town activity, this year's supper is not to be missed. The Friends provide beverages and a spiral cut ham from Daisy's, and each guest brings an appetizer, dessert, salad, or other dish. RSVP to Friends' president Paula Trebino at 1-978-369-9001, or e-mail her at

Congregational Church sleepover on March 14

All those in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to the fourteenth annual Best Sleepover Ever at the Congregational Church March 14 from 5 p.m. through the 15th at 11:30 a.m. For 14 years the church has hosted children from Carlisle and local towns in this weekend of games, crafts, Bible stories and a G-rated movie and maybe, just maybe, some sleep. The program is directed by Steven James Weibley who has served as Associate Pastor at this church for 17 years.

The counselor/child ratio is better than 1/5 and children will have a hot dinner and a hot breakfast. For any questions or registration forms, call the Congregational Church at 1-978-369-7830 and speak with Pastor Weibley or Deb Pichulo. The donation for the event is $7 per child or $12 per family.

PJ story time March 5

Break the winter routine and bring children ages 3 and up to the Gleason Public Library PJ story time on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. Both classic and new picture books will be featured. Children are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a stuffed animal.

'Guys and Dolls, Jr.' comes to Carlisle

The Carlisle seventh grade presents "Guys and Dolls, Jr." a condensed version of the original play, on Thursday, March 27 at 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m. (a new addition this year) in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle School. One of the longest-running musicals on Broadway, "Guys and Dolls" features popular songs such as "A Bushel and a Peck," "Luck Be a Lady," and "Can Do." Will true love triumph when a Save-A-Soul mission worker meets an incorrigible gambler? Find out when "Guys and Dolls, Jr." comes to Carlisle.

Tickets are available from any seventh grader. Get tickets early shows will sell out. Remaining tickets (if any) will be available at Daisy's Market and the Carlisle School after March 10.

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