The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 23, 2003

Order school supplies early

Tired of the crazy last-minute rush to six different stores to find erasers, pencils, magic markers and notebooks during the last days of summer? The Carlisle School Association is back for the second year with the school supplies program which does all that school-supply shopping.

This is how the program works: Children will be receiving an (teacher- approved) order form in their backpacks, which will be specific about the needs of their future classroom next year. To participate in the program, just fill out the form, enclose a check and send the information to Betsy Semonite at 801 North Road by May 30. In September, when children arrive at school on the first day, the school supplies will be waiting.

For more information on this CSA fundraising program, call Lori Canavan at 1-978-287-4020.

Carlisle Teachers' 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 1-978-369-6550.

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.

Deadline: May 30 for Harry Potter

Hurry, hurry, hurry! All book and party orders must be in the hands of the Friends of the Gleason Library by May 30 in order to insure that books will be available at the Harry Potter Book Party on June 20. The party is open to second- to seventh-graders, and will be held from 9 p.m. on June 20 until midnight, ending with the distribution of J.K. Rowling's latest soon-to-be-classic, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Order and party reservation forms are available at the library. Mail by owl or U.S. post to: Harry Potter Book Party, 5 Heald Road, Carlisle 01741.

Walkers turn out to support Keep Moving Program

Last Wednesday, May 14, the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA), in conjunction with the Keep Moving Program of the Department of Public Health and the Department of Environmental Management, sponsored walks around Great Brook Farm State Park of one-, two- and three-mile routes. There were over 100 walkers in attendance from surrounding towns.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts support the Keep Moving Program. Currently the Keep Moving Program oversees a network of 150 walking clubs throughout the Commonwealth. These clubs are organized locally to promote fitness, physical activity and socialization for persons over the age of 50. New walkers are encouraged to join.

Anyone with questions can contact Jan Marble, director of the Keep Moving Program, at 1-617-624-5408.

RiverFest events in Carlisle
CANOEISTS TAKE TO THE RIVER in celebration of RiverFest. (Courtesy photo)

In honor of RiverFest, Carlisle will hold a River Walk on June 7, from1:30 to 4 p.m. Join the Carlisle Trails Committee on a 3.5 mile walk through meadows and forests on trails paralleling the Concord River. Start at the Foss Farm conservation land and pass through Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge and the O'Rourke farm on the way to scenic Greenough Pond in the Greenough conservation land. If the water level is low enough, walkers will return via the River Trail, or else retrace their steps. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot, 0.3 mi west of the Concord River bridge on Rte. 225. Waterproof shoes and insect repellent are recommended. Refreshments will be served at the end of the walk. For information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Also on June 7, a sunrise canoe/kayak paddle for bird and wildlife observation on the Concord River will be held from 5:15 to 7:30 a.m. Celebrate RiverFest with a sunrise paddle and birding along the Carlisle section of the Concord River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Meet to sign in at 5:15 a.m. at the Bedford Boat Landing on Rt. 225 at the Carlisle/Bedford town line. Launch time is 5:30 a.m. A stop half-way through the trip at a casual riverside restaurant for breakfast and to compare notes is planned. Bring a canoe or kayak, life preserver (PFD), weather-appropriate clothing, binoculars, money for breakfast, drinking water, and nature guidebooks for identifying river-edge birds, plants, insects, etc. For the enjoyment of all participants, bring only boats that use oars or paddle(s) in order to keep noise to a minimum.

Great Brook Farm State Park will be the site of a walkabout on June 7 at 9 a.m. Historic Native American sites located in Carlisle's 1,000-acre state park are the focus of this three-mile walk led by forests and parks supervisor Ray Faucher. The 90-minute itinerary will include Indian Hill Trail, the Stone Row, and the Great Stone Turtle · a 15-foot-long Native American sculpture. The walk will begin at the visitor center on North Road. The parking fee is $2. For information call 1-978-369-6312.

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.

Time to fix those mailboxes

Carlisle postmaster William J. Ponte today asked postal patrons to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 19 to 24.

While encouraging customers to take part in the program, he said repairing suburban and rural mailboxes "improves the appearance of our community and makes delivering and receiving mail safer for our carriers and customers."

The Postal Service makes this annual request because of the wear and tear that occurs to mailboxes every year. The postal official said some of the typical activities that may need to be done include:

· Replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door.

· Repainting a mailbox that may have rusted or started peeling paint.

· Remounting a mailbox post if loosened.

· Replacing or adding house numbers.

In another area of safety concern, he asked parents to caution their children about not playing near or gathering around mailboxes. "It is extremely important that children keep away from mailboxes until after the letter carrier has completed delivery and driven away," he said.

Teacher retirement reception June 5

Come to Union Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, to celebrate and thank Carlisle School teachers Esther Almgren (first grade), Margaret Bruell (third grade), Geraldine Madigan (fourth grade), and David Mayall (Technology Integration) for many years of teaching excellence at the Carlisle School. Stop in and show your appreciation, share some stories and find out what plans the teachers have for their retirement.

Congregational Church holds fundraising auction

The Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, is sponsoring an auction on June 6 to

augment funds for a group of members to go to Croatia on a missions trip this

summer. While there, they will be busy rehabbing a building for the New Life Center in Fuzine.

There definitely will be something for everyone, including Red Sox tickets, hot air balloon rides, gift certificates from a variety of sources, weekends at vacation homes and more. A lively evening of bidding, both in the silent and live auctions, is anticipated.

Come at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a complementary dessert while putting in bids for the silent auction. Auction action starts at 7:15 p.m. For more information, call 1-978-369-7830 or 1-978-371-0768.

Janet Gates Peckham concert May 29 features Carlisle Middle School Chorus and Advanced Choir

The Carlisle Public Schools Middle School Chorus and Advanced Choir would like to extend an invitation to the Carlisle community to attend a special concert in honor of Janet Gates Peckham. Ms. Peckham was a former music teacher at the Carlisle Public Schools and the founder of the J. G. P. Scholarship Fund for the Arts. The Janet

Gates Peckham Memorial Concert will be on Thursday, May 29, at 10:45 a.m. in the Corey Auditorium. The concert will include choral music from many world cultures and languages. We hope you will join us.

Arcturus Chamber Ensemble benefits kids with AIDS

The Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will perform at the First Religious Society, on the Green in Carlisle, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30.This performance will be the eighth that Arcturus has given in the church with different combinations of musicians (this time, players are from Harvard, Juilliard, the Manhattan School, Michigan, and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam).

Beginning with a beautiful new String Quartet by Arcturian composer David Salvage, the program continues with the monumental Clarinet Trio Op. 114 of Johannes Brahms. Finally, an early work of Schoenberg, Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night) will be performed.

A reception with the artists in Union Hall follows the performance. Admission is free. This concert benefits the Children with AIDS Department at the Boston Medical Center, and donations will be gratefully accepted. Those unable to attend who would like to make donations may send a check made out to FRS Benefit Concert to the First Religious Society, P.O. Box 817, Carlisle, MA 01741. For more information, call Margaret Darling at 1-978-369-1475.

Community is invited to ecology fair

This year's eighth grade EcoFair will be held on Wednesday, June 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Carlisle School Library. Come and view the students' exhibits and discuss ecological issues with them.

Wanted: room parents

If you would like to serve as a room parent for the school year 2003-2004, call the following room parent coordinators to have your name added to the list: Janet Gillies at 1-978-287-5107 for grades pre-K, K and 1; Susan Struss at 1-978-369-4632 for grades two and three; Marcy Guttadauro at 1-978-371-9710 for grades four and five; Francesca Bjork at 1-978-287-5093 for grades six, seven and eight. If you have other questions regarding room parenting, call Susan Mills at 1-978-369-5346.

The Country Fair at Old Home Day 2003

The only thing better than attending Carlisle's Old Home Day festivities is participating and joining in on the fun. The Country Fair is the annual Fourth of July version of a marketplace or the mall. Local vendors and crafts people, committees and organizations line the street to entice people to browse, purchase, chat and learn about all they have to offer. Children are welcome to turn their hobbies into a business for a day. It's a win-win situation for both those behind and in front of the booths.

All those interested or curious about participating in this year's Country Fair on Friday, July 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. are encouraged to contact Bob and Nancy Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or to learn more, ask questions or reserve a booth.

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