The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 25, 2003

C.C. Pools project moving forward

To the Editor:

Good News About the Pool! Earlier this month, the Concord Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously to approve the Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center. With the Board's vote, all required approvals are in hand, allowing us to proceed with construction documents and apply for a building permit. The Center has already received the green light from the Carlisle and Concord Boards of Selectmen, the Concord Planning Board and the Concord Natural Resources Department.

Our organization, non-profit C.C. Pools, Inc., is building this wonderful asset at no cost to taxpayers in Carlisle or Concord. We believe the Center will provide safe and healthy activities for people of all ages, and will provide a focal point for many community activities. I would like to thank the ZBA, the selectmen of Carlisle and Concord and all of the other town boards that have recognized the importance of this Center to our two communities. I am also very grateful to those many citizens who have made contributions to our project.

We had hoped to start construction this year, but there remains a gap between our resources and our needs. In order to move ahead, we need the support of all the residents of our towns. Please consider sending your tax-deductible contribution today to P.O. Box 119 Concord. If you'd like to see plans, please visit our web site at

Pete Funkhouser
President. C. C. Pools, Inc.

On managing town growth

To the Editor:

In the interest of keeping the discussion of managing growth in Carlisle and maintaining its rural character alive while meeting our obligations to provide low cost housing, I would like to suggest that we take a look at the concept of the EcoVillage concept that has been imported to the U.S. from Denmark and is being implemented very successfully in Ithaca, New York. Why reinvent the wheel? The Europeans have been worried about rapid urbanization, preserving rural landscapes and encouraging environmentally sound solutions for a lot longer and with a lot more enthusiasm than we have in the US. Why not steal some good ideas?

The EcoVillage concept combines all the values in an affordable housing project that Carlisle residents would seem to want. It is meant to fit neatly into a rural setting and preserve rural character. It is designed to optimize ecological design features. It provides affordable but attractive housing to middle income residents in a very kid-friendly, safe and community-oriented environment. And most interestingly, it has attracted all variety of unconventional funding from funders interested in precisely these kinds of alternative housing models.

At a time when perhaps the biggest threat to Carlisle's future is its inability to make a decision on affordable housing and as a consequence forfeit control over its future to developers chomping at the bit to pave over our agrarian landscape, perhaps it's time to think out of the box, get bold, look at some new ideas and perhaps even consider having the town undertake such a project on its own to set the standards for the kind of affordable housing its citizens may want.

To read more about the EcoVillage, visit their web site at the Gaia Trust in Denmark at or EcoVillage in Ithaca at Such an approach might help us all to find an unconventional approach to our shared concern.

Ray Offenheiser
Westford Street

Nancy Garden to speak at Carlisle's Education Forum

To the Editor:

On Saturday, May 17, the Carlisle Public School is holding its eighth annual Education Forum, titled "Kids, Books and Censorship: an Author's Perspective." This year's speaker promises to be both dynamic and informative. Carlisle author Nancy Garden has published over 30 books. Much of her work is written for teens, but she has also written for age groups between 8 and 14. Her books have been nominated and/or won the Lambda Book Award, the William Allen White Award, and the Indian Paintbrush Award. Nancy's work has also been on various lists, including the IRA Children's Choice, the American Library Association's "Best Books," and list of "Notable Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies," and the New York Public Library's "Books for the Teenage" and "Children's Book List." In 2001, Nancy received the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award and this year was honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for teens.

One of her books, Annie on My Mind, was burned by a fundamentalist minister and removed from the shelves of public school libraries in Kansas and Missouri. Some brave students in one Kansas district sued, and in 1995 a judge in the Kansas Federal District ruled in the book's favor. Nancy will be speaking about this case among other things.

I am looking forward to hearing Nancy speak and I urge all Carlisle residents to join us for this thought provoking presentation.

Susan Helenius-LaPorte, M. Ed.
Reading Specialist
Carlisle Public Schools

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