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Friday, May 9, 2003

Education Forum focuses on censorship

The Carlisle School's Eighth Annual Education Forum will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m. in the Corey Auditorium. Come to hear award-winning author and Carlisle resident Nancy Garden. Her topic will be "Kids, Books and Censorship: An Author's Perspective."

Nancy Garden

Censorship occurs when materials are restricted to particular audiences based on their age or a number of other characteristics. Under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, each of us has the right to read, view, listen to and disseminate constitutionally protected ideas, even if a censor finds those ideas offensive. According to the American Library Association, "intellectual freedom is the basis for our democratic system. Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view."

In 1993, Nancy Garden's novel, Annie on My Mind (1982), was banned in a number of school districts and was burned in front of a Kansas City School Board Building. The story is about two high school girls who fall in love with each other. 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 school library shelves. In 2001, Nancy Garden received the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for her work defending Annie On My Mind. 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.

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 p.m. on June 6.

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 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.

Drop-off day tomorrow

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.

"A Leap of Faith" this Sunday at FRS

This Sunday Alison Wohler, the ministerial intern at First Parish in Concord, will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Her sermon, "A Leap of Faith, the Greening of Theology," will tie religious thinking to environmental action. Wohler's undergraduate degree was in biology with an emphasis on environmental science. She did environmental testing for several years but then had an art gallery for twenty. She is now a student at Andover Newton Theological Seminary.

The community is invited to the service. Students are welcome in the religious education program and childcare is provided.

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. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 with any questions.

Volunteers needed to fix Foss Farm fence

The Trails Committee needs volunteers to finish nailing up the cross pieces to the uprights on the split rail fence around the parking lot at Foss Farm. This project will be done on Sunday, May 18, meeting at 9 the Foss Farm parking lot. Bring portable power drills, drill bits and hammers; nails will be provided Call Bert Willard at 1-978-369-1121 for more information.

Spring bird walk 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.

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.

Lost and found clean-up at the school

The lost and found area is overflowing with jackets, sweatshirts, lunch boxes and many more items. All these will be on display in the gym lobby from May 12 through May 17. Parents and students are encouraged to stop by any time when the gym is open to identify these items and take them home. To prevent such a pile-up in future, make it a point to write names on lunchboxes, sweatshirts, gloves, jackets etc. This project is organized by the Girl Scouts of Troop 2638A.

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. For information, contact Claudia Veitch at 1-978-371-2207.

Atkins to speak Thursday

Carlisle residents are invited to a talk by State Representative Cory Atkins on Thursday evening, May 15. Atkins will speak and answer questions on current developments in the legislature, including the most recent budget news at about 8 p.m., following the annual business meeting of Carlisle Communications Inc, the nonprofit organization that publishes The Mosquito. The talk will take place at the Mosquito offices at 872 Westford Street (opposite Acton Street).

Volunteer with COA's meals on wheels

The Council on Aging is currently looking for people to deliver meals-on-wheels once or twice a month.

This is not a big commitment. Meals are picked up in Bedford Center and are delivered twice a week. Meals are presently delivered to four households in Carlisle. The route takes about one hour. Pick up meals at approximately 10 a.m. If interested in this small but very important and worthwhile volunteer assignment, call Susan Evans, Council on Aging outreach coordinator, at 1-978-371-2895.

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 e-mail Terri, 1-978-369-6759,

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

May COA doings

· New writing workshop: Join the COA for a three-week course designed to help seniors explore their past, present and future through writing and sharing their stories. The cost is $10. Register with the COA or call 1-978-371-2895. The first class is Tuesday, May 13 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Town Hall. Many thanks to the Friends of the COA for sponsoring this class.

· COA book club: The May book group will meet on Wednesday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Judy Wells' to discuss The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.

· Keep Moving spring walk: Join the Carlisle COA and Massachusetts seniors for a walk at Great Brook Farm on Wednesday, May 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Choose from 1, 2 or 3 mile walks. Bring a brown bag lunch if you wish. This walk is sponsored by the Keep Moving program of the Massachusetts Department of Health. This is a statewide program that promotes senior citizen walking groups throughout Massachusetts. Please register with the Carlisle COA at 1-978-371-2895 or call for additional information..

· Drop Inn luncheon: Join the COA for lunch in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street on Thursday, May 15 at 11:45 a.m. Following lunch, Jim Elgin will present a slide show from the COA's recent trip to Portugal Reservations for lunch are appreciated at 1-978-37-2895.

· Charles River cruise on May 22. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 for information and reservations.


First grader Eunna Oh deposits empty computer printer ink cartridges in the box at the business office with Denise Casper. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

Turn ink cartridges into cash for kids

Empty ink jet printer cartridges can earn up to five dollars each for the Carlisle Public School. Simply place cartridges in a Ziploc bag and drop them in the specially marked box in the main office in the Wilkins building any time during regular school hours.

The cartridges are recycled, and this program helps the environment while providing a financial benefit to the school. For more information, contact Denise Casper in the school business office at 1-978-369-6550.

Spring CSA Luncheon needs volunteers

The spring teacher, administration and staff luncheon sponsored by the Carlisle School Association is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 at 12:30 p.m. CSA luncheons, held in the spring and fall, are much anticipated and appreciated by all Carlisle School staff. Volunteer help is needed to make this event a success. Those who can prepare a salad, main course or dessert, or help at the luncheon, contact Marian Goodale at 1-978-369-1783. Monetary donations to offset the cost of decorations and paper goods are always gratefully accepted. Thanks for helping to continue this wonderful tradition.

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 and there are plenty of places available for second- to seventh-graders. Questions should be addressed to Paula Trebino at 1-978-369-9001.

Minuteman offers free senior computer course

Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington will offer a free computer workshop for seniors. Participants will be partnered with an individual high school senior from the Information Processing program.

The session will enroll twelve eager senior citizens and help them manage the diverse uses of cyberspace. Topics include browsing the World Wide Web, e-mailing friends and family, learning to use a digital camera, exploring health, travel, and legal resources on-line, managing the Windows PC environment, and developing other useful Internet skills.

It will run Monday through Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., May 19 through 22. Senior citizens living in the Minuteman Regional School District, age 55 and over, are eligible to enroll in the workshop and may contact the Community Education Office at 1-781-861-7150 for more information. The four-day, eight-hour workshop is free and admission will close once filled.

Auditions for Iolanthe

The Savoyard Light Opera Company is holding auditions for its Fall production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, directed by Donna DeWitt and Fred Frabotta. Auditions will be held in the Corey Auditorium at Carlisle Middle School, Church Street, Carlisle on May 19 and 20.

Lead auditions are scheduled by calling 1-978-371-SLOC (7562) or you may visit our web site at: or e-mail: to make your appointment. Ensemble auditions do not require an appointment and will start promptly at 7 p.m. A registration page can be downloaded from the website.

Rehearsals will begin on September 2. Production is scheduled for the third and fourth weekends in November. For further information and directions please call 1-978-371-7562 or visit our web-site at

Last chance for Girl Scout cookies

Still need a Mother's Day gift? Stop by Daisy's Market on Saturday, May 10 between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. The second-grade Brownie Girl Scouts will be holding their last booth sale for 2003. Stock up now, or you'll have to wait a year for more Thin Mints and Caramel Delites!

JUMPING INTO SPRING. CCHS junior Paula Bradley glides over a jump during an equestrian event at Foss Farm on May 4. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio.)

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