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Friday, June 20, 2003

MUSIC MAKERS. On the first of two spring concert nights at the Carlisle School, several fourth graders provided instrumental accompaniment while the fourth-grade chorus sang Blue Waters of the North. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)


Room parents needed

Those interested in serving as a room parent for the coming school year call the following 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.

Gleason hosts yo-yo demonstration June 30

Larry Sayco will be demonstrating his art of the yo-yo at Union Hall on June 30 from 7 to 8 p.m as part of the Gleason Library's summer reading program. Come and experience this remarkable world champion's yo-yo tricks, maneuvers, and even a yo-yo story or two. The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library are sponsoring this event. The Friends will also be selling the "Sayco Tournament Yo-Yo" after the performance for $2 each. This clinic and demonstration is being recommended for grades one to six. For more information call the library' at 1-978-369-4898.

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 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.The prices are 50 cents for a paperback and $2 for a hardcover, cassette, tape or DVD.

"Getting Together in Carlisle" - Old Home Day 2003

The theme for Old Home Day this year is "Getting Together in Carlisle."


Rumor has it that several groups have already begun planning floats for the parade. The Old Home Day Committee is going to present the first- place winner with a brass cup which will be handed to the winner from year to year. Get together with your neighbors, group or organization and plan a parade entry. This is a wonderful community building opportunity. Call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434 with any questions.

Ice Cream Social July 3

Old Home Day begins on the eve of the 4th with an Ice Cream Social on the Town Green from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy an ice cream sundae with friends and neighbors while being entertained by the Hip Hop Dance group.

Road races

Old Home Day begins bright and early with two road races, a five-mile and a one-mile race. The Pancake Breakfast at the Congregational Church is back this year, running from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Honors presented

Then head down to the flagpole on the green for the flag raising by the Carlisle Minutemen, followed by the Conservationist Award and the Honored Citizen Award.

Cakes and pies

Bake a cake to enter the cake decorating contest and a pie for the pie-baking contest. Pies should be dropped off in Union Hall on July 4 by 10 a.m. For information, contact Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515 or nancyswest@msn. com. Cakes can also be donated to the cake walk · see the press release below.

Fun for kids at the Country Fair

Kids are invited to decorate their bikes, wagons and scooters and enter the parade. Or make plans with some friends to become entrepreneurs: sell lemonade, cookies, baseball cards, crafts, paint faces or fingernails. Don't leave Fido and Fluffy at home · spruce 'em up and enter them into the Pet Show. Then when that is over, head to the Green for the kids' game where children can partake in the corn-husking contest, egg toss, frog-jumping contest and more.

Chicken BBQ dinner

The Chicken BBQ, sponsored by the Carlisle Firefighters, is the grand finale to Old Home Day along with the ever popular Cake Walk, both held at the fire station.

Carlisle history book at Old Home Day

Carlisle: Its History and Heritage by Ruth Chamberlin Wilkins is the only complete history of the town from 1754 to 1975. The Carlisle Historical Society has printed a revised edition of this 1976 book, which will be available at Old Home Day at a discounted price of $30. Books may also be ordered online at

The 28th annual Carlisle road races

The 28th running of the Carlisle Road Races will take place as the first event of the day following the flag-raising which opens the Old Home Day celebrations on Friday, July 4. The routes will remain the same, starting and finishing at the entrance to elderly housing on Church Street. Registration and awards are at the entrance to Corey Auditorium. Entry blanks are available now at the Carlisle Library, Carlisle Post Office and Daisy's Market, or via e-mail request to kmiec@

The five-mile race will begin at 7:30 a.m. (registration and number pickup from 6:45 - 7:15), followed at 8:30 by the one-mile race (7:30 - 8:15 registration).

The only official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents and town employees · no "friends and visiting relatives." All others are welcome to take part as unofficial runners and will be able to receive their times as they cross the finish line.

Entry fees are $6 adults, $3 youth (19 and under) for each race. Race day entries will be $8 adults, $5 youth. One of the impediments to a smoothly run race, jeopardizing the Old Home Day timetable, is late registration. Runners are urged to enter as early as possible to facilitate data entry. Pre-race entries must be signed and received by the race director no later than July 3.

The race director will be Ronald Kmiec (1-978-369-6130, 94 Bingham Road.) Additional volunteers are needed this year. Please call for further information or to help on race day (all jobs are over by 9:30 a.m.).

An old Home Day favorite: the cake walk

The cake walk, which takes place at the end of the day, is by far the most popular event on Old Home Day. Young and old line up and wait patiently to be herded into the corral where they walk around while the music plays. When the music stops, the lucky couple underneath the arches wins a cake. The more cakes the longer the event lasts. Why not bake a cake for the cake walk this year? Cakes can be dropped off at the Fire Station beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Old Home Day. For more information, call Donna Cantrill at 1-978-369-4388 or Beth Clarke at 1-978-369-5190.

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.

Recreation programs offered this summer

The Carlisle Recreation Department is now accepting one week registrations for grade four through eight programs. Summer is just around the corner and there are still some openings in the grade K through four program and many openings in the grade four through eight program.

Session A: June 30 to July 11 (not July 4)
Session B: July 14 to July 25
Session C: July 28 to August 8
MLS Goalie Clinic: August 4 - 8
MLS Soccer Clinics: August 18 - 22

Brochures are available at Gleason Library and the Town Hall Recreation Office, or online at For more information phone 1-978-368-9815 or email

Notice: all non-school field and gym usage must be scheduled through the Recreation Office. Call Terri at: 1-978-369-6759 or e-mail Terri79Sim

CR advisory committee needs new member

There is an opening on the Carlisle Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC.) This committee coordinates 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 and state. This committee also walks each restriction area periodically.

Send a letter of interest and a resume to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation Commission and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Admin-istrator, P.O. Box 827, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle.

Travel with the COA

The Carlisle Council on Aging plans a variety of trips thoughout the year. Here are some of the upcoming trips, and the phone numbers to call for more information.

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

Cruise on Connecticut River, August 20. $50 per person.For reservations and information about these trips, call Jeanne Rourk, 1-978-369-5366.

New York City Christmas "Show Tour" trip, 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

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.

MLS Soccer Camp

It is time to register for the MLS Soccer camp offered this summer. Camp will run from August 18 through August 22 at Spalding field in Carlisle. Brochures are available at the Gleason Library or at the Recreation Department office in Town Hall. Any questions should be directed to Karen Verrill 1-978-369-7294.

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.

Volunteer at the OHD Art Show

With Old Home Day just around the corner it's time to think about volunteering for the Art Show. Volunteers are needed on Thursday,July 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. for set-up and from 4 to 7 p.m. for checking in and hanging the art. On July 4, people are needed to act as monitors at the show and help with taking down the works of art after the show. As in the past, musicans are invited to perform in 30-minute shifts.

Old Home Day is an all volunteer effort and many people are needed to make the day the wonderful event that it is. Don't pass up the chance to help make the celebration a town event to remember. To volunteer for a one hour shift, call Peggy Wang at 1-978-369-4660. It's a great way to get together.

Tour Green Cemetery on Old Home Day

Green Cemetery is one of Carlisle's richest historical treasures, reflecting the burial styles of the Colonial and Victorian eras. Winged cherubs, hands and Lambs of God, floral images and period plantings have decorated the grave-stones since 1831, celebrating and memorializing unique Carlisle lives.

You can learn more about funerary practices and customs in old Carlisle when historian Sarah Brophy leads a tour of Green Cemetery at 3 p.m. on July 4, Old Home Day. Sponsored by the Carlisle Historical Society, the 45-minute tour (perhaps longer) will show how the cemetery reflects larger themes in American history: development of cemeteries from family plots to public gardens, changes in burial customs, records of war, and reflection of public celebrations. Tour members can also examine the lovely stones and decipher epitaphs of religious hope, family life and Civil War battles, while recognizing the names of old Carlisle families.

This tour will be one of the highlights of Old Home Day, but space is limited and reservations are required. To secure your spot, send a check, marked "Green Cemetery Tour," to the Carlisle Historical Society, Box 703, Carlisle, MA 01741. The tour is $10 for Historical Society members, $15 for non-members, and it's best for ages 12 and up.

Notes from the Buzz

Fall in-town soccer registration: Believe it or not, it's time to register for fall in-town soccer. Registration has begun and will run through June 30. Late fees will apply after the deadline, and placement cannot be guaranteed for late registrants. Who is eligible? Boys and girls in grades K through eight, in the 2003 - 2004 school year. Register on-line at, or obtain a mail-in registration form at the Gleason Library or the Hunt Gym in Concord. For more information, call 1-978-287-0968.

Summer Reading Expectations: Summer reading lists for each grade are available from the school, and children will bring home summer reading information and instructions on June 17 after Move-Up Day. Summer reading is a traditional part of the Carlisle Public School's curriculum, and participation is an important September requirement for children. Parents should be sure to read the expectations for their child's new grade level.

Kindergarten bus volunteers needed for September: Volunteers are needed to ride on the Carlisle School buses on Wednesday, September 3, Thursday, September 4, and Friday, September 5 to help kindergarten students adjust to the school bus routine. Volunteers ride the bus for the entire route at 8 a.m., 12 noon or 3 p.m. on one of the three days of their choice. The time commitment is about one hour. The Carlisle School Association has provided this service to kindergarteners and their families for many years. The children are introduced to the bus driver, assisted to seats, and reminded when it is time to get off at their stop. In addition, the volunteers assist the bus drivers in locating new stops on their routes. Anyone willing to volunteer, contact Nina Anton at 1-978-369-8466 or e-mail

Information and forms will be on-line soon: Plans are underway for information and forms required for September 2003 to be made accessible during the summer on the school's web site at Those wishing to access information or to get a "head start" on the updates required every year may wish to check the school's web site from time to time during the summer.

Handicap parking: The Board of Selectmen have voted to set a fine of $100 for illegally parking in handicap spaces. Although the school has no authority to grant exceptions to this regulation, those with a legitimate need for a temporary handicap placard may visit the Massachusetts DMV website for more information, or may obtain an application at the school health office or the Carlisle Police Department.

AHERA management plan: In accordance with the USEPA federally mandated Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, the Carlisle Schools have updated the AHERA management plan which was submitted to the Department of Labor and Industries, Division of Occupational Hygiene. This plan is available for review in the office of the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds at the school (phone 1-978-369-6550 ext. 2202.)

Finance Committee Vacancy

The Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee are seeking qualified applicants to fill a vacancy on the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Town on all fiscal questions. A background in Finance is encouraged, but not required.

If you would like to become involved in town government as a member of the Finance Committee, please send a letter of interest and a brief resumé to the office of the Board of Selectmen.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito