The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 13, 2003

SPRING FLING. Alex Conrad winds up to hit a balloon at Track and Field Day on June 4. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)


Tour Carlisle gardens today and tomorrow

Wander through seven spectacular gardens in Carlisle at the Country Gardens Tour and Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour starts at the First Religious Society, 27 Church Street, where tickets may be purchased for $15 ($10 for seniors), and locally-grown plants will be on sale. Proceeds benefit the community-related activities of the Carlisle Garden Club. For more information, call 1-978-369-7727 or 1-978-371-2674.

June COA doings

Evening Coffee: Join the Carlisle COA on the patio at 145 Church Street on Thursday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. for coffee, lemonade and delicious desserts.

Lunch at Zia's Trattoria: The next stop in the international luncheon series will be at Zia's Trattoria, 174 Littleton Road, Westford on June 24. Meet in the Sleeper Room at 11 a.m. Call Jim and Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681 for more information or reservations.

ConsCom holds coffee

The Carlisle Conservation Commission's conservation morning coffee will be held on Tuesday, June 20, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Clark Room in Town Hall. These coffees provide an informal discussion of land use in Carlisle. Coffee and refreshments will be served. All are welcome. This will be the final conservation coffee until October 14.

ECO FAIR. Eighth graders described technology and environmental issues on June 4 in the school library. David Tobin presented information on genetic engineering in agriculture. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

Enroll in the library's summer reading program

The Gleason Public Library summer reading program starts the last week of June. A professional yo-yo performance and workshop, a visit from a children's book illustrator, a folk concert and crafts will highlight the program for children entering grades one through six. Kids will have a chance to relax and read just for pleasure, during the six-week program.

Registration for "Read! Think! Create!" must be done in person and will begin on Saturday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. at the Gleason Public Library in the Children's Department. While the summer reading program is open to all who register, sign-ups are necessary for the activities which must be limited in size.

A special story-time-plus-craft for children entering kindergarten will be offered on July 15 at 1:30 p.m. During July two story-times will be offered. A toddler story-time for ages two to three and their parents will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. Story-time for ages 3 and up will be held on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Register in person or by calling the library at 1-978- 369-4898.

Strawberry Festival next Thursday

Homemade strawberry shortcake made with local berries awaits Carlisle residents at the First Religious Society's Stawberry Festival, put on for the town on Thursday, June 19 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the church yard. (In case of rain, the festival will be moved inside the church building.) Carlisle's own local barbershop quartet, The Second Wind (Ray Taylor, Kerry Kissinger, Roger Winsby and Jon Saphier) will be performing.

Do come enjoy the food, music and entertainment. Have fun visiting and chatting with old and new friends at this town-wide event. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children. Call the church office at 1-978-369-5180 for more information.

Honored Citizen nominations due June 21

Nominations for Carlisle's twenty-fifth honored citizen award are being accepted by the celebrations committee. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, June 21.

The award will be presented at 9:30 a.m. on Old Home Day during a special ceremony by the flagpole. The nomination criterion is, according to the committee, "those persons who have given of themselves unselfishly to make our lives richer and Carlisle a place to call home, proudly." No past recipient or town employee is eligible.

To make a nomination, write a letter listing the name and the reasons why he or she is being nominated, or use the form available in the May 30 edition of the Mosquito (or on-line at Return nominations by Saturday, June 21, to Judy Larson, 36 Forest Park Drive (1-978-369-6503) or Norman Fredkin, 105 Virginia Farme Road (1-978-369-2195). All nominations will be treated confidentially.

Conservationist of the Year nominations due June 18

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is accepting nominations for the annual Conservationist of the Year award to be presented to the winning candidate on Old Home Day. Nominations should be submitted to the Commission by Wednesday, June 18.

This award has been established to honor a person who has demonstrated high regard for the environment. The winner will be presented at the Old Home Day ceremonies on Thursday, July 4.

To make a nomination, send a note listing the name and the reasons why a person is being proposed. Send nominations to: Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, Carlisle Town Hall, P.O. Box 827, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle or FAX 1-978-369-4521. Email:

Old Home Day: a short history

Thanks to Ruth Wilkins' thoughtful and inclusive book, Carlisle, Its History and Heritage, 1976, the town has a chronicle of its unique Old Home Day celebrations. This year's parade theme, "Getting Together in Carlisle," ties in beautifully with the history of the event. Old Home Day is a special day, created by our forefathers and gives our town a unique, special flavor.

In 1912, Carlisle witnessed and enjoyed its first Old Home Day observance. The invitation warmly invited its citizens to a Town Picnic and "Old Home Day" with the following inscription: "This is an invitation to you. Invite your friends and come with your baskets well filled. Let no one go away hungry."

"A good band of music has been engaged for the day!"

A parade, picnic, refreshment booths, sporting events including a tug-of-war contest and reception for new babies in town were planned. Four or five hundred people attended this successful celebration. Later that year, the Old Home Day Association was formed.

Old Home Day continued for the next four years and then was dormant until 1934. Another period of time elapsed and the next Old Home Day was celebrated on Labor Day 1946 and announced as a Welcome Home to WWII veterans. The next Old Home Day was in 1967 and from that day on Old Home Day has become an annual event "Along the Carlisle Way."

Thanks to the wisdom and foresight of our founding fathers, our town is graced with this annual event. It is noteworthy that Town Meeting had dismissed the idea in 1909. One hundred dollars had been requested and the motion failed.

Nothing has changed since 1909. The committee always needs help to sponsor some events. Any donation is appreciated. There is a container at Daisy's Market or you can send a check, payable to The Old Home Day Association, to Susan Evans, OHD Chairperson, 299 Heald Road, Carlisle.

Student masterpieces wanted for art show

The Gleason Public Library is again looking for students to submit artwork for the annual "Art at the Gleason" student art show to be held mid-September through mid-November. Students residing in Carlisle, kindergarten age and up, are eligible to enter artwork, be it photography, oil, watercolor, charcoal, or sculpture in the library's annual student art show. Contact Brooke Cragan at 1-978-369-1196 or Andrea Urban at 1-978-369-4734 through June 30. The artwork will be collected in early September, but plans are beginning now before everyone is off for their summer vacations.

July 4 Chicken BBQ

The Carlisle Firefighters Relief Association is once again sponsoring the chicken barbecue on July 4. A dinner of half a chicken, corn on the cob, salad, cranberry sauce and drink will be served from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the Fire Station. Tickets are $8 if purchased in advance and $9 after noon on July 4. Tickets may be purchased at Daisy's Market or at the dispatchers office at the Police Station. Daisy's Market will only be accepting checks for payment. Get your tickets early as BBQ has been a sell-out for a number of years.

Join the OHD parade

Join in the fun of the Old Home Day parade and celebrate this year's theme, "Getting Together in Carlisle." The parade offers the perfect opportunity for neighborhoods, groups, and organizations to share their spirit with the rest of the town. Examples include floats, star-spangled horses, antique cars and tractors, martial arts demonstrations, quasi-precision drill teams, decorated cycles and wagons · even a horse-drawn hearse.

So, "get it together" and start planning an entry now! Please call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434 with any questions about the OHD parade.

Country Fair - calling all vendors

Children and young adults are invited to let their creative juices flow and run their own small business for a day. Sell snacks, beverages or trinkets at the Country Fair on Old Home Day. Raise funds for a favorite charity or just earn a little summer pocket money. Professional and amateur, artisans and entrepreneurs are also welcome.

There is a great lineup in place already but the more participants, the greater the variety and the greater the fun. Call to reserve a table or booth now. For more information contact Bob or Nancy Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or

CC Pools raffle at transfer station

Supporters of the Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center will be selling raffle tickets for a 2003 BMW MINI Cooper "S" at the transfer station on Saturday, June 14, from 8 a.m. until noon. Ticket purchases will help support the Swim Center, which will be available to citizens of Carlisle and Concord, as well as town employees and their families. For further information on the project and the raffle, visit

CRAC needs new member

The Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) is looking for a member to complete the seven-member committee.

This committee was established by the Carlisle Board of Selectmen in 1991 to coordinate the negotiation, writing, approval and monitoring of conservation restrictions in Carlisle. It meets with land owners and developers to facilitate the legal process for approval of conservation restrictions by the town that must be filed with the Commonwealth of Mass. Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. This committee also walks each restriction area periodically.

Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Send a letter of interest and a resume to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation

Commission and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Administrator, P.O. Box 827, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle.

COA summer trips

The following are trips planned by and for the Carlisle Council on Aging. For reservations and information about any of these trips, call Jeanne Rourk, 1-978-369-5366.

Tanglewood Overnight and the Scenic Mohawk Trail. August 10 - 11.

Cruise on Connecticut River, August 20. $50 per person.

Wanted: room parents

Those interested in serving as a room parent for the school year 2003-2004, call the following room parent coordinators: 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 - eight. For more information, call Susan Mills at 1-978-369-5346.

Join the CCYS board

The Concord-Carlisle Youth Soccer governing board is seeking nominations for one seat on the board. The board is seeking candidates who have strong experience in at least one of the following areas: youth sports coaching or management, professional soccer, education (teaching or coaching), pediatric or sports medicine and a strong commitment to the values of youth sports. Candidates may nominate themselves. Nominations may be sent in confidence to Nick Miller, P.O. Box 1429, Concord, MA 01742-1429 or to

A new twist on the Gleason Book Sale

The annual Friends of the Gleason Public Library Book Sale will have a new look this year while waiting for the front lawn of the library to become established so it can support the heavy foot traffic of book sales. Books and audio/visual material will be sold from specially marked shelving in the foyer areas of the library during the month of June.

The Friends would appreciate donations of gently used paperbacks, hardcover books, audio/visual cassettes, and DVDs, and donations will be accepted at the circulation desk. Do not bring textbooks, magazines, or damaged items. Shelves will be regularly restocked, so stop by often for the best opportunities. The prices, at $.50 for a paperback and $2 for a hardcover, cassette, tape, or DVD, are a great bargain. Payment will be by the honor system. Bring small bills, as there will not be the opportunity to make change.

Travel with the COA

Join the Carlisle Council on Aging in a New York City Christmas "Show Tour" trip on December 2-4. The trip includes the Hotel Wellington, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show, shopping, and sightseeing. The trip includes two breakfasts and one dinner plus transportation. The price is $430 for twin occupancy room. For a flyer or additional information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or pick up a flyer at the COA office.

Workreation comes to Carlisle

The Carlisle Recreation Department has been overwhelmed with job applications for summer work. The Counselor-in-Training and Water Safety Aide training classes are full. In anticipation of future camp licensure the Summer Fun recreation program is no longer hiring counselors under 15 years of age. So what are 12-15 year-olds to do this summer if they don't have a job and aren't going away to camp?

The new Workreation program is a community-oriented program that offers youth a chance to feel good about helping the community and learn something new along the way. The program is offered June 30 - August 8. Projects will be organized and supervised by a Recreation Counselor. Participating youth will also have the opportunity to be trained in CPR and first aid and to spend a fun day bowling or seeing a movie and having pizza.

Brochures are available at Gleason Library and the Town Hall Recreation Office, or online at For more information call 1-978-369-9815 or email

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito