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Friday, March 14, 2003


After he retired, my grandfather spent his days taking oil painting classes and making pictures of villages and fields, cottages and country people, donkeys and pathways, the mountains and ocean of the Galway home he left behind always in the background, the literal backdrop to his mental vision of a permanent and unchanging peace. He also combed flea markets ...more

As the town website proclaims, with perhaps a touch of smugness, Carlisle has "no industrial parks, no apartment complexes, no condominiums, no traffic lights, and no fast food." Unlike the neighboring towns of Concord, Acton, Westford, Chelmsford, Billerica, and Bedford, Carlisle has no public transportation system, no central water supply or water ...more

For several months now I have been wrestling with budget scenarios that seem to get worse with each passing day. The news this past week has been worst of all. The problem is multidimensional and began in earnest last fall. First, the state has underfunded the region in transportation reimbursement and special education reimbursement for this fiscal year. ...more

You think you know what a dragonfly looks like. You've examined old pictures of wool mills dating back to the 19th century. You've skimmed through the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. But have you examined these things closely with 3-D glasses? The naked eye just doesn't capture the magnificent · and even initially unsettling · detail of stereoscopy. ...more

This drawing was done in 1978 by Michael Hilton when he was 11 years old. On Sunday, March 2, 2003, his daughter Brianna was in the sugarhouse creating art work which one hopes will be available for this column 25 years from now. ...more

It's that time of year when the temperatures fluctuate around the freezing point, falling into the 20s overnight and rising into the 40s during the day. These are the best conditions for flow of maple sap. The warmth of the tree during the day causes the tree's internal pressure to reach a point where sap will run from any fresh break through the bark. John ...more

Last year I traveled to Aix-en-Provence in France to visit friends who have retired there and to recover from an especially stressful period of work. My decompression plan was simple - live like a Frenchman, which is to say spend all day, every day shopping for, preparing and/or consuming food and wine (or thinking about doing so). My wife would say - "What's ...more

There's no requirement that you have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I think that the patron saint of Ireland would be happy to have every ethnicity celebrate the day! ...more

Good news for both the environment and the town! Clean mixed paper is now being recycled in the Carlisle schools. A recycling company supplies the school with bins for hallways and removes the collected paper, all at no cost to the school. Mixed paper will no longer have to be discarded with the school's trash and hauled to the NESWC facility for costly incineration. ...more

We recently interviewed new Carlisle School teachers Tony Villar and Megan Fitzharris, directors of the seventh-grade play "Guys and Dolls, Jr." On March 27, 28, 29 and 30 the seventh grade will be performing the musical, which is set in New York City during the 1940s. It is a story about a missionary named Sarah, played by Molly DeGuglielmo, who ...more

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