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Friday, April 18, 2003

Patriots Day doings on Monday, April 21

Participate in one of Carlisle's rites of spring by joining the Carlisle Minutemen as they recreate the events of April 19, 1775. This year the celebration takes place on Monday, April 21. The church bells will toll at 6:45 a.m. sounding the alarm of the British advancement. The Minutemen will gather on the Green, raise the flag, and conduct a short ceremony before beginning the march to Concord. The 4.5 mile Estabrook Trail walk will be led by the Minutemen and typically includes over 150 citizens from Carlisle and surrounding communities. Trail Walk Medals will be handed out by the Minutemen at the Concord end of the Estabrook Trail. A donation of $3 per medal is requested.

There will be a drawing at the end of the trail on Monday. People who wish to participate will have their names placed in a tricornered hat. The winner of the drawing will receive a pen-and-ink sketch by Carlisle artist Phyllis Hughes. Don't miss this opportunity to recreate history and connect with our roots of independence and the liberties we enjoy today.

6:45 a.m. Church bells ring
7 a.m. Flag-raising ceremony
7:15 a.m. March begins
8 a.m. Brief stop at Estabrook cellar hole
9 a.m. Arrive at Buttrick and await Concord parade,
Commemoration of Concord Conflict, and Bridge ceremony
11:45 a.m. Parade concludes at Emerson Field, Concord

Spring clean-up at Heald House May 3

The Carlisle Historical Society, 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. Help is needed with raking, clipping, weeding, sweeping and bagging. Coffee, juice and donuts will be provided, and after the chores are done, volunteers can have a peek inside Heald House. Last year's cleanup crew had a terrific time, so join the fun this year and contribute to the community. Please bring garden tools, marked with your name, and gloves. Call Sarah Brophy to sign up, at 1-978-369-5424. The rain date is Sunday, May 4, 1-4 p.m.

Spring FOGPL book discussions

Here is the final calendar for the Friends of the Gleason Library Book Discussion Group. All meetings are open to the public, and are held in the Hollis Room at the library at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 8: Seabiscuit, An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand

Thursday, June 12: Atonement, by Ian McEwan Don't miss this meeting! It's also a discussion of the new syllabus for September and the fall.

Turn ink cartridges into cash for kids

Empty ink jet printer cartridges can earn up to five dollars each for the Carlisle Public School. Place cartridges in a Ziploc bag before dropping them off in the specially marked box in the main office in the Wilkins building any time during school hours.

This program provides a financial benefit to the school, and also helps preserve natural resources and reduces incinerated trash. For information, contact Denise Casper in the school business office at 1-978-369-6550.

Girl Scout spring registration

Carlisle Girl Scouts will hold a spring registration to enroll new girls for next year on Monday, April 28 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Wilkins Building, Room 9, on the Carlisle Public School campus. Representatives from the Carlisle Girl Scouts will be available to answer questions. Scouting welcomes girls from kindergarten to adult. Adult volunteers are currently needed to lead the kindergarten level. The Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council provides free, local, daytime and evening training and support. For more information, please call Carlisle Girl Scout Registrar Andi Gettys at 1-978-369-2392.

Vernal pool walk on Sunday, April 27

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.

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.

The award criteria include a commitment to community service, previous activities and grades, and 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 may be directed to Joan Bero at 1-978-287-4157.

Party May 3 for families with new babies

The Carlisle Parents Connection invites families with a new addition since April, 2002 to a New Baby Social. The party will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 10:30 noon at Diment Park. The rain date is Sunday, May 4 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Come to meet other families in town and learn about local services and activities for young children. Siblings are welcome. RSVP by April 28 to Lori at 1-978-369-4703.

Drop-off day for Styrofoam

The semi-annual Styrofoam drop-off day will be held May 10 in Concord from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More details will be in future issues.

Forest management discussion planned

The New England Forestry Foundation and New England Forestry Consultants will conduct a program explaining the benefits of forest management and forest conservation to the Carlisle Conservation Commission on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the Carlisle Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public and will include a question-and-answer period. Sandwiches will be provided starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is considering implementing formal forest management practices on some of their properties to improve their habitat qualities, facilitate public access, and provide income for their further improvement and maintenance.

Harry Potter book party at Gleason Library

The Friends of Gleason Public Library announce a brand new event to celebrate the release of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth in the wildly popular Harry Potter series. Potter fans know that the book is being released at midnight on June 21, and now they can pre-order the book from the Friends and come to a Harry Potter Book Party at the library on Friday, June 20 at 9 p.m. The library will be transformed for the evening into a veritable Hogwarts School full of exciting surprises. Attendees, who are encouraged to come in costume, will be treated to a variety of activities staged in the "Gryffindor," "Slytherin," "Hufflepuff," and "Ravenclaw" areas of the library, refreshments in the "refectory," and showings of the first two Potter movies. There will be prizes and favors, and at midnight, partygoers will receive their pre-ordered copies of the long-awaited Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to close the evening.

The party is limited to Potter fans from third to seventh grade, two children per household, with a minimum of one book ordered per family. Families may order as many books as they wish. Admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited according to the library's capacity.

Parents or guardians should clip out the book pre-order and admittance form on page 3 of the Mosquito, fill it out, and send it with a check for the number of books desired to the address on the form. Questions or concerns should be addressed to Paula Trebino at 1-978-369-9001. The first responses will be placed on the guest list. All forms and checks received after capacity is reached will be returned, so order now and don't miss the Harry Potter Book Party.

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.

Upcoming COA travels

Charles River cruise: Enjoy the views of the Boston and Cambridge skyline on a 1.5 hour riverboat cruise on May 22. The total cost is $29, including transportation and lunch. The bus will leave Church Street (park at the soccer fields) at 9 a.m.

Lobsterbake in York, Maine: The cost is $48 per person for this June 12 trip.

Nova Scotia: July 13-19.

Tanglewood: August 10-11.

Belle of Brattleboro: August 20.

Rhine River Cruise: The October 2-12 trip will visit Amsterdam, Rudescheim, Koblenz and Cologne.

For more information on these trips, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023.

Montreal: This trip will leave October 19 and return October 22.

Christmas Show Tour: Join Carlisle Seniors for a trip to New York City December 2 - 4.

For more information on these trips, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito