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Friday, May 2, 2003

Springtime stories for young children May 7

Springtime stories will be featured at the Gleason Library story time for ages 3 and up on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. Children are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a stuffed animal.

Help 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 bird walk on Sunday, May 18

This year's annual spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on Sunday, May 18, leaving from the parking area on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

How will the spring migration be affected by the cold, wet spring (or is it still winter?), punctuated by a few balmy days? Tree swallows and bluebirds are in and competing for nesting boxes. Bobolinks have been getting scarcer; how many will return this year? What will be the effect of two years of sheep grazing? And will one or both waterthrushes be back? Come and find out on May 18, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots, and insect repellent.

May 9 contra dance

The second Friday contra dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on May 9. 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.

ConsCom coffee May 13

The Carlisle Conservation Commission will host a morning conservation coffee on Tuesday, May 13, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., in the Heald Room, second floor at Town Hall. These coffees offer an opportunity for an informal discussion of conservation and land use in Carlisle. Coffee and refreshments are served and all are welcome to stop by as time allows. The following conservation coffee will be held on June 10.

Friday Night Live rocks again on May 2

Summer is just around the corner; come out and celebrate the return of warm weather at the May FNL. There will be dancing, as well as games such as basketball, ping pong, chess and checkers. Refreshments will be available for a small fee.

Friday Night Live is open to all sixth - eighth graders (with completed parental permission slips on file). A $3 contribution at the door allows the program to be self-suppporting. Students leaving before 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up by 9:30 sharp. Please call Lynne Carpenito with any questions at 1-978-371-7508.

COA: A touch of Italy

The Carlisle Council on Aging International Luncheon series will sponsor a trip to Zia's Trattoria in Westford on Tuesday, June 24. The restaurant is located at 174 Littleton Road (Route 110) in the Westford Valley Marketplace II (near Boston Market in the corner of the mall.) They have a wide variety of both Italian and traditional entries , and an excellent Italian luncheon buffet that costs just $6.99 per person. Their off-the-menu lunch entries are reasonably priced in the $7 to $9 range.

The COA has reserved a room at the restaurant, but because of the limited space the event is limited to the first twenty people who sign up. To reserve a place, or for more information, contact either Jim & Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom & Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681.

The group will meet in the Sleeper room at 11:00 on June 24 for transport to the restaurant for those who would like it.

Upcoming COA travels

· 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.

For information on these trips, call Jeanne Rourk at 1-978-369-5366.

· 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.

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

· 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.

Recreation news

Summer fun: It's time to register for summer programs for grades entering K thru 8. Carlisle Recreation offers Red Cross Swim Lessons, camp programs for K-4 and 4-8, and MLS Soccer Camps. Also available are programs for students 12 to 15 yrs such as Workreation, CIT and WSA Training. Brochures are available at the Gleason Library and Town Hall Recreation Office

Spring programs: Carlisle Recreation would like to remind you that Spring Tennis starts the week of May 5

Spaces are available for the Early Release day of Mini Golf on Tuesday, May 6. Also, chaperones are needed and will receive a discount on their child's registration fee.

Regarding field usage, Carlisle Recreation would like to remind you that all field and gym usage must be scheduled through our office. To schedule soccer or baseball practices call or email Terri, 1-978-369-6759,

Recreation Department contact info: 1-978-369-9815 (phone), 1-978-371-6686 (fax), (email),

Hazardous waste collection on Thursday, May 8

This year's Spring Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Thursday, May 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the DPW Building behind the transfer station. This is a change from the usual collection day. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of transfer station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection which is free to residents who have valid transfer station stickers.

Collectibles: Oil-based paints, stains, thinners and strippers, solvents and varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, swimming pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides.

Non-collectibles: Latex paint (containers should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector), smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes.

CRT recycling: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.

Batteries: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, Alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the transfer station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.

Swap table: The Household Recycling Committee will provide a swap table for new and slightly used paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange. The swap table will be open from 4 to 6 p.m.

Thermometer exchange: Mercury instruments including glass mercury fever thermometers will be collected.

Safety: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides, household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block the entrance to the transfer station.

Appointments: Appointments are not required. The collection will close promptly at 7 p.m. Cars must be in line before 7 p.m. Once the containers are sealed they cannot be opened for late comers.

If you have any questions about what you are bringing contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283. Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, call the Board of Health. Community Service points will be provided to interested high school students.

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.

Cub Scout Pack 135 open meeting

The next meeting of Cub Scout Pack 135 will be Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. All boys who will be in grades one to five next year are invited to come and see what Cub Scouting is all about. Refreshments will be served.

Questions? Call Steve Golson, Cubmaster, at 1-978-371-9959.

Ed Forum features local award-winning author

The Carlisle School's eighth annual Education Forum will be held on Saturday, May 17

Nancy Garden is a children's and middle-grade author who frequently writes about issues of homosexuality and homophobia. Garden's writing encompasses nonfiction and a range of fiction from historical to fantasy. In 1993, her novel Annie on My Mind (1982) was banned in a number of school districts and was burned in front of the Kansas City School Board Building. The book became the center of a First Amendment lawsuit when students and parents sued the Olathe, Kansas School Board in federal district court to get the book back on the library shelves. In 2001, Garden was honored with the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for her work defending Annie

On My Mind, the story of two high school girls who fall in love with each other. Today the book, though still controversial, is considered by many to be one of the most important teen books written in the past forty years.

In 2003, the American Library Association gave Nancy Garden the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. "Nancy Garden has the distinction of being the first author for young adults to create a lesbian love story with a positive ending," said award committee chair Rosemary Chance, an assistant professor at The University of Southern Mississippi.

For additional information and to register for the Education Forum, call the Carlisle School at 1-978-369-6550. Nancy Garden's books will be available for purchase at the Carlisle School Book Fair, May 6 to 8

Celebrate Harry's new book at library

The Friends of Gleason Public Library's upcoming book party, scheduled for 9 p.m. on June 20, will celebrate the release of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Partygoers may order books by filling out the order forms and mailing them to: Harry Potter Book Party, 5 Heald Road, Carlisle 01741. Order forms are now available at the front desk of the library. Party attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions should be addressed to Paula Trebino at 1-978-369-9001.


Carlisle 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.

Carlisle Teacher Association scholarships

Each year the Carlisle Teachers' Association awards two scholarships to graduates of the Carlisle Public Schools. Applications for the awards are now being accepted. For an application, read the qualification requirements and contact the Scholarship Committee:c/o Carlisle Public Schools, 83 School Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. For more information, call the committee at 1-508-369-6550.

Marguerite Grant Scholarship: The recipient must be a 2003 graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School. Candidates should have a desire for further education and qualities of intellect and character that indicate success in their chosen field and future usefulness to society.

Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education: This award is awarded to a student who has already begun his or her higher education. The applicant must be a current or legal resident of Carlisle, a graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School, and have successfully completed at least one year of study in his or her chosen field.

Applications should be returned to the above address by 3:00 p.m. June 6, 2003.

Carlisle Post Office joins food drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in conjunction with the U. S. Postal Service, the United Way and AFL-CIO, will be collecting non-perishable food items on Saturday, May 10, for distribution to food banks within the community.

The NALC food drive is the single largest food drive in the country. More than 500 million pounds of food have been collected by letter carriers since initiating the annual event in 1993.

More than 1,500 local NALC branches in all 50 states and United States jurisdictions are involved in the drive.

Persons wishing to participate in the food drive are asked to put non-perishable food items near their mailbox for pick-up by letter carrier.

CSA activewear sale

The annual Carlisle School Association spring fashion sale is underway. Carlisle sweatshirts, sweatpants, and more are on sale, and order forms are available at Daisy's or at the library. Parents of children enrolled at the school are asked to use the order form sent home with the children during the week of May 5. For more information, contact Claudia Veitch at 1-978-371-2207.

Notes from the Buzz

May 6 - 8. CSA Book Fair in the school library. Special guest Farmer Miner and his potbelly pig, Daisy, will greet attendees on Tuesday afternoon during the book sale.

May 8. Reading overview at 9 a.m. in the Spalding conference room. How does the Carlisle School teach reading? Carlisle School Reading Specialist Susan Helenius-LaPorte will be discussing the elementary reading program, including the use of literature to teach writing.

May 17: Annual Education Forum, with keynote speaker Nancy Garden. She will speak on "Kids, books and censorship: an author's perspective." The forum will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and after the keynote speech there will be refreshments and small group discussions. Ideas and concerns from the small groups will then be shared in a brief summary meeting at the end of the forum. As appropriate, the ideas generated will be taken into consideration by the school administration in setting goals and plans for the school.

June 4: Elementary school field day.

June 5: Teacher Retirement Reception. The public is invited to this event, which will be held from 3 - 5 p.m. in Union Hall to celebrate and thank Margaret Bruell, David Mayall, and Geraldine Madigan for many years of teaching excellence at the Carlisle School.

June 6: Middle school field day.

Drop-off day for styrofoam packing blocks

Carlisle is holding its semi-annual Styrofoam drop-off day jointly with RE-USIT of Concord on Saturday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents can drop off their foam polystyrene, aka Styrofoam, at the Concord DPW, 133 Keyes Road (a right off of Lowell Street near Concord Lumber). Only packing blocks — not cups, trays, egg cartons, or peanuts — are accepted. (Peanuts can be donated to a packing company such as Mailboxes, Etc, UPS). A fee of $4 per large trash bag covers the recycling costs. Checks only, please.

Students can get community service credit by volunteering in two-hour blocks to unpack the Styrofoam on collection day. Scouts are also welcome. Contact Joan Kaufman at 1-978-369-8487 for more information.

Pass It Forward Day on May 17

Help others by participating in Carlisle's first Pass It Forward Day on May 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. Representatives from different charities will be at the transfer station to collect donated items.

Donate furniture, small kitchen appliances and cooking utensils, lamps, and decorative items to help the Household Goods Recycling Ministry. This organization helps people coming out of shelters who are trying to set up living quarters. Donate men and women's casual, business, and outdoor clothing to benefit veterans and the Host to International Program at MIT. Contribute new toys for infants and toddlers and used child safety equipment such as outlet plugs, baby monitors, car seats and strollers to help House of Hope, a residential shelter for women and children. Donate gently used books, art supplies, toys, and games, and kids clothing to help AIDS shelters in Boston. Make sure all items are in good condition. Tax receipts will be provided from some charities. The Household Recycling Committee is sponsoring this event. Call Amy Fennick with any questions at 1-978-369-5291.

Equestrian event at Foss Farm on Sunday

Carlisle area equestrians and the Old North Bridge Pony Club are hosting a schooling show at the newly-repaired riding ring at Foss Farm, on Sunday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Fifty children and adults will compete in this fundraiser, with awards given to those with the best combined score for dressage and jumping portions of the competition. There will be no fee for spectators, but donations will be accepted, to help pay for the riding ring repairs.

For more information, contact Melissa Webster at 1-978-369-0630.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito