The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 20, 2003

Children need to review bike safety

To the Editor:

It's just before 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2003. I am shaking as I write this. Minutes ago I nearly hit a young bicyclist on Bedford Road. I was driving east with a large pickup truck behind me. A steady stream of rush hour traffic was heading west. As I approached the intersection of Church Street by Green Cemetery, I noticed two boys on bicycles on the opposite side of the road, traveling west. Suddenly · without looking and without warning · one of them shot across the westbound traffic and in front of me. I slammed on the brakes hard enough that everything on the seat beside me hit the floor. But I did not hit the bicycle. And luckily the truck behind me did not hit me. This boy took off the wrong way up Church Street. If it weren't for the one-way sign, I would have turned around and followed him. He was lucky today. My reason for writing is to urge parents · please · to talk to their children about conmmon sense and bicycle safety. Luck may not be on your side next time.

Name withheld upon request

Carlisle Police say thank you

To the Editor:

I would like to thank everyone for another successful year with the D.A.R.E. program. As many of you know, the Town of Carlisle was in jeopardy of losing the program this year due to a reduction in state aid. In case you didn't know, last July the governor eliminated statewide funding for D.A.R.E. and reduced the police department's budget (for D.A.R.E.) from $6,000 dollars to zero. Thanks to many generous donations, we were able to keep the program going and look forward to doing it again next year. If you or someone you know have benefited from drug prevention programs such as D.A.R.E., please consider giving to the Carlisle Police Drug Prevention Program. P.O. Box 821, Carlisle MA 01741. Please help us keep this valuable program in place. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Inspector Scott W. Barnes
Carlisle Police Department

Range of colleges attended by CCHS grads may reflect our eclectic community

To the Editor:

As a college educator (Boston College) I feel compelled to weigh-in on the recent exchange in the Mosquito regarding the "excellence" of CCHS. To argue that CCHS does not provide one of the best educations in the state because it does not yield a high percentage of students accepted at the top ivy league universities and colleges carries the implicit assumption that there is a cause-effect relationship between the high school one attends and the likelihood of acceptance to a particular college or university. But the statistics cited in the recent, June 6th Mosquito article ("Is CCHS Really One of the Best?") regarding the low percentage of CCHS students admitted to Harvard, Yale and Princeton only represent an association or correlation between high schools and colleges attended. There are many variables, which could account for such an association other than a particular high school. For one, Carlisle is a very small town, with no real commercial infrastructure, like that of Newton, Weston, Lexington or Winchester. We all know that "Carlisleans" are something of a different breed, attracted to the wide open spaces and rural character of our town. We are an independent lot, a bit unlike the folks in the towns mentioned above. Could this account for the more eclectic range of universities and colleges CCHS's graduates end up attending? I'm sure with a little thought one could come up with other variables which are potentially related to why such a relatively low percentage of our CCHS graduates end up attending Harvard, Yale or Princeton. Consistent with this line of reasoning, a perusal of the list of universities and colleges which will be attended by our CCHS 2003 graduates provided in the June 13th edition of the Mosquito is really quite eclectic, including many of the best universities and colleges in the country, and very impressive by anyone's standards. And yes, a Harvard and Yale student to boot!

Randy Easton
Pine Brook Road

Scout leader thanks Tamma and Mark Duffy of Great Brook Farm

To the Editor:

This year I had the pleasure of being the Scout Leader for the Daisy Troop which are the five- and six-year-old first-year scouts. Although as Daisys the girls are not yet ready for overnight camping and hiking expeditions, we wanted to include in this year's program appropriate age hikes for the girls.

Several times throughout the year, we availed ourselves of Carlisle's great natural treasure, Great Brook Farm · a picnic and hike in March, a tour of the barn followed by ice cream in May and finally, our Daisy Bridging into Brownie ceremony held in June, The girls loved walking the trails, throwing stones into the pond, visiting with the animals and most definitely the delicious ice cream served by the Duffys at the farm.

I would like to thank the Duffys, in particular Tamma, who accom-odated us so graciously during each of our visits. Tamma always took time out of her busy schedule to extend us a warm welcome and helped us find a perfect spot for our bridging ceremony in June. I know I sometimes take for granted the wonderful treasure we have in Great Brook Farm and wanted to take this opportunity to let the Duffys know how much we appreciate their efforts on behalf of our Scouts. We look forward to many return visits to Great Brook in the years to come.

Dale Ryder
Daisy Scout Leader Troop 2653
Lowell Street

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito