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Friday, April 11, 2003

TIRED OF TRASH? Do something about it on Saturday, during the Mosquito Trash Party, from 9 a.m. to noon. Clean up your own neighborhood or stop by the town center, next to Daisy's Market, and pick up some suggestions for trashy areas that need attention. Garbage bags and refreshments are provided, as well as garbage bag pick-up ­ just let the Mosquito crew know where you are cleaning. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

Litchfield Parsonage tour date change

The date of the Historical Society's annual house tour for members has been changed. The new date is Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m, when the historic Litchfield Parsonage, 501 Lowell Street, will be on view. Carlisle architect Larry Sorli will lead the tour. Members are asked to park only on the east side of Sunset Road, just past the parsonage (cars on Sunset Road should face Lowell Road). There is still time to join the Carlisle Historical Society and join the tour of the Litchfield Parsonage.

Another date change is for the Hunt for Antiques in Rowley, Mass., now scheduled for Sunday, September 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This treasure hunt at the well-known flea market at Todd Farm is open to all. Lunch will follow at the Clam Box in Ipswich. Tickets for members cost $5, non-members cost $10, and lunch is extra.

Between those two events will be the Old Home Day tour of Green Cemetery at 3 p.m. on July 4, led by Carlisle historian Sarah Brophy. On this one-hour informative stroll you'll learn the funerary differences among Colonial, Victorian, World War I and modern times. This tour is open to all, members $10, non-members $15.

For further information about these programs and membership, call 1-978-287-4776.

Spring clean-up at Heald House

After this long, hard winter, everyone is anxious to start their spring cleaning. So is the Carlisle Historical Society, which is looking for volunteers of all ages to spend Saturday morning, May 3, from 9 a.m. until noon, at Heald House, the Historical Society's home at 698 Concord Street. Join us in a little raking, clipping, weeding, sweeping and bagging, and we'll provide coffee, juice and donuts. We can promise excellent company, a lovely location, and the Historical Society's undying gratitude. After we do our chores, you can have a peek inside Heald House. Last year's clean up crew had a terrific time, so join the fun this year and contribute to your community. Please bring garden tools, marked with your name, and gloves. Call Sarah Brophy to sign up, at 1-978-369-5424. The raindate is Sunday, May 4, from 1 until 4 p.m.

Garden Club scholarships offered

The Carlisle Garden Club is encouraging Carlisle residents of any age who intend to work toward a college or postgraduate degree in the fall to apply for the Debbie Wright Scholarship award of $1,000. Two scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to the prospective student.

The award criteria include a commitment to community service, previous activities and grades, and your college area of study. Interest in gardening, the environment, or horticulture is helpful, but not a requirement. Financial needs are also considered. To qualify, the applicant must be a resident of Carlisle. The scholarship is supported by the Garden Club's major fundraising projects which include the spring plant sale and garden club tour.

Applications are available at the Gleason Public Library and at the Career Resource Office at CCHS. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 16. Any questions with regard to the scholarship may be directed to Joan Bero at 1-978-287-4157.

Vernal pool walk

The Carlisle Trails Committee and the Carlisle Conservation Commission will host a public Spring Vernal Pool Walk on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. This year it will be held at the Carlisle Cranberry Bog. This is a great activity for kids and adults alike. Conservation Commission Chairman Chris Kavalauskas, a wildlife ecologist, plans to bring examples of vernal-pool- dependent animals, such as salamanders and turtles. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather; bring small containers (white if possible) and magnifiers to view some of the smaller examples of vernal-pool life. Meet at the Bog House parking lot on Curve Street. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

New teen summer program: Workreation

Carlisle Recreation is piloting a new program for teens this summer called Carlisle Workreation. The program will run concurrently with our Summer Programs from June 30 - August 8 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for 12-15 year olds to work in a small group on a service project in the community. They will also become a valuable community asset by being trained in CPR and first aid. Another goal of the program is to provide opportunities for teens and adults to get to know and appreciate each other and the skills they have to offer.

How can you help? You can be an adult role model if you want to share a skill you have with a small group of young teens. Typical service projects might include cleaning and organizing a shed or garage, raking and reclaiming a garden, fixing a walkway or clearing a trailhead, making signs for Old Home Day, building a gazebo from a kit, painting a shed or anything you think is doable and would give a sense of a job well done to a young person. Carlisle Recreation will assign a general supervisor to oversee the project and to organize and schedule the teens and activities. For further information call Carlisle Recreation at 1-978-369-9815 or the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

Concord Players to present Chicago

You've heard about Velma, and Billy, and Roxie. Beginning April 25, you can see them, on stage, alive and definitely kicking, in Concord.

To close their highly successful season, the Concord Players are presenting Chicago, that razzle-dazzle, Bob Fosse musical that is currently an award-winning film. Based on the 1927 play by Maureen Dallas Watkins, a young crime reporter for the Chicago Tribune, this is a gritty tale of treachery, exploitation, and murder. It opened in 1975, with Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera. The 1996 revival earned six Tonys, becoming the longest running revival in Broadway history.

Two Carlisle residents are contributing their talents to Chicago. Kathy Booth, with her creative crew, is in charge of creating the jazzy costumes; you will remember their ducks, frogs, and chickens in last season's production of Honk! Rik Pierce is the play's official photographer, responsible for all the publicity shots. He also manages the Players web site. You can see his work, and learn more about the Players, at

Directed by Maryann Swift, Chicago is a sophisticated, witty, and sometimes cynical look at the shady interactions that can happen when justice and morality conflict. Its hit song, "Razzle Dazzle," says it all.

The show runs on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. from April 25 until May 10, with Sunday matinees at 2:30 on April 27 and May 4. Tickets are $16 and $14 (matinees). Call 1-978 369-2990, or you can buy them - in person only - at The Harness Shop on Main Street in Concord Center after April 4.

OHD planning

The next Old Home Day planning meeting is set for Sunday, April 27 at 5 p.m. in the Town Hall. The most important item to be discussed is the theme of this year's July 4th celebration. If you would like to be involved in this year's celebration, please join us. If you have an idea for a theme, let us know! You can do so by e-mailing the chairperson at Remember, Old Home Day is the celebration of the birth of our nation and our theme usually reflects that. If your idea for a theme is chosen, your name will be attached to the theme in this year's program.

Spring tax bills have been mailed

Real estate and personal property tax bills for FY 2003 have been mailed according to Tax Collector Linda Boucher. The bills are due to be paid on or before May 1, 2003. If you have not yet received your bill, please call the collector's office·1-978-369-5557.

New owners are urged to make arrangements to obtain their bill from the former owner or the tax collector's office.

Garden Club looking for intrepid souls

Are you that someone very special? That one in a million? The one person in Carlisle who isn't allergic to poison ivy? The garden club is looking for you to remove a small patch of said plant from the path between the library and the school. If we're talking about you, call Lois d'Annunzio at 1-978-3710 -0083.

Recreation news

Chaperones are urgently needed for early release programs on April 15 (Time to Clay) and May 6 (Mini-golf). Discounts are available for children of chaperones. Call for details.

The Carlisle Recreation summer brochure has been mailed. It's time to sign up for summer fun programs for grades entering K through 4 and entering grades 4 through 8. Also, sign up for "Community Train" Workreation program for students 12 to 15 years old, CIT and WSA training, Red Cross Swimming lessons and MLS Soccer camps. Space is limited.

The following spring adult classes have room: Yoga (11:15 a.m. and evening classes), watercolor, fitness, Tai Chi, Pilates and Tennis (starting May 5).

The following spring youth classes have openings: early release programs for April and May, fencing I, foil II and intermediate saber (beginning May 1), paint and draw for grades 3 to 5, Wednesday and Thursday pottery and tennis (starting week of May 5).

All field and gym usage must be scheduled through the recreation office.

Brochures are available at Gleason Library and Town Hall Recreation Office. Call 1-978-369-9815 or e-mail or visit or fax: 1-978-371-6686.

COA doings

· Carlisle Student Council luncheon: The Carlisle Student Council invites seniors to be their guests at a luncheon at the Carlisle School on April 15 at 1 p.m. These seventh and eighth grade students, along with their guidance counselor Skip Avery, will provide you with a great afternoon Reservations with the COA appreciated.

· Free Chicago dress rehearsal: Seniors are invited to 51 Walden Street in Concord to see a free dress rehearsal of the Concord Players' presentation of Tony award-winning musical Chicago on April 24 at 8 p.m. Call 1-978-369-2900 for additional information.

· Charles River cruise: Enjoy the views of the Boston and Cambridge skyline on a 1.5 hour riverboat cruise on May 22 The trip sets sail from the Cambridge-Side Galleria Mall. After the cruise, enjoy lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and some time to browse at the shops at the Galleria. Special discount coupons will be available. The total cost is $29, including transportation and lunch. The bus will leave Church Street (park at the soccer fields) at 9 a.m. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 for information and reservations.

Alice in Wonderland comes to Union Hall

The Gleason Public Library announces the staging of Alice in Wonderland, a play being put on at Union Hall on Tuesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. Come and enjoy the Hampstead Players as they bring Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Mad Hatter, Alice and others to life on the stage and in your and your children's imaginations. The 45-minute production encourages audience participation, ending with a question and answer session for the children.

The program is suitable for elementary students of all ages. This production is sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information call the Library's children's department at 1-978-369-4898.

Woodcock walk on April 19

Celebrate spring with a trip to Foss Farm on Saturday, April 19, to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding grounds. The males perform spectacular flight displays, circling up hundreds of feet before descending. The displays are believed to be a means of marking territories and attracting females. Males can be located by listening for their distinctive "peent" calls. Foss Farm is one of the few publicly accessible places in Carlisle where people can see and hear these fascinating birds.

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, long-time Carlisle residents and birders, will lead the walk. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot at 7:30 p.m. The flight displays start shortly after dusk. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the walk will be April 26 at the same time.

If you have any questions, contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or

Spring trail walk

On Sunday, April 13, the trails committee will lead a public walk of the less-used trails in Great Brook Farm State Park west of Lowell Street, extending to the Cranberry Bog in Chelmsford, before returning to Great Brook. Meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Hart Barn parking lot on Lowell Street. The walk is about 5 miles and should take 2 1/2 hours. A shorter two-mile, one-hour version of the walk will also be offered if desired. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Contra dance tonight

The second Friday contra dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society tonight, April 11. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. Sue Rosen will do the calling and Debby Knight, Bruce Rosen, Walter Lenk and friends will provide the music. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 with any questions.

Pesticide and toxics- use meeting April 17

A group of concerned Carlisle residents have recently formed a pesticide action network and have scheduled a public meeting for Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gleason Library. Attendees plan to discuss actions to reduce pesticide and toxics use in Carlisle toward the goal of informing public policy on the issue. All are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information contact Lisa Wiesner at 1-978-371-7845 or

CPC hosts spring egg hunt on April 12

The Carlisle Parents Connection invites all children five and under to the Spring Egg Hunt at Diment Park on April 12 at 10 a.m. In case of rain, it will be held on April 13 at 3 p.m. Admission for one child is $2 or $5 for the entire family. The Carlisle Bunny will make an appearance. After the hunt there will be plenty of time to help at the Mosquito Trash Party. Those interested in bringing a baked good, call Polly Meyer at 1-978-318-9690 or Stephanie Blunt at 1-978-369-8634.

Easter week services

The Congregational Church will hold morning services 6:30 to 7 a.m. in the new sanctuary, Monday through Friday, April 14 through18. Pastors Keith Greer and Steve Weibley will speak on the subject of "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." Light refreshments and coffee will be served afterwards For more information, call 1-978-369-7830.

CCHS teacher coffees come to Carlisle

Come to one of the community coffees listed below to engage in a dialogue with members of the Concord-Carlisle High School faculty. At these coffees, teachers will answer questions regarding programs, schedules, workloads and the changing face of the student population. They will also clarify information being distributed around the two towns.

Carlisle coffees will be held on Thursday, April 10, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the home of Christy Barbee and Thomas Spencer, 98 Cranberry Hill Lane (call 1-978-287-6008 to RSVP); and on Wednesday, April 16, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the home of Maureen and Peter Tarca, 159 Partridge Lane, (call 1-978-287-0732 to RSVP).

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