The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 15, 2003

Bobby Li whacks the tennis ball across the court during his lesson at the RecCom summer camp. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)


Carlisle bird outing

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle birders, will lead a Brookline Bird Club outing in Carlisle the morning of Saturday, August 23. The trip is free and open to the public.

Meet at the Great Brook Farm State Park main parking lot on North Road at 7 a.m. Bring insect repellent and binoculars if you have them. The trip will be cancelled in the event of rain.

If you have questions, call the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609, or e-mail them at

Student school supplies to be picked up

All middle school students in grades 6 to 8 should pick up their school supplies before school starts. You can pick them up at the cafeteria lobby on Thursday , August 28 between 9 and 11 a.m., or contact Lori Canavan (1-978-287-4020) the week of August 25. All other grades will be delivered directly to the classroom. If you did not order school supplies, it is not too late. There are a few extra kits in each grade.

Fall CSA Luncheon

The fall CSA Teacher, Administration and Staff Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday,September 9, at 12:30 p.m. CSA luncheons, held in the spring and fall, are much anticipated and appreciated by all Carlisle School staff. These luncheons are successful due to the participation of numerous volunteers who provide an array of delicious homemade foods and help with the serving and cleanup for this event. We need your help! If you can prepare a salad, main course or dessert or help at the luncheon, please contact Melinda Howe at 1-978-371-1688. Also we are always grateful for monetary contributions to offset the cost of decorations and paper goods. Thank you in advance for helping to continue this wonderful tradition. It's a fun way to show your appreciation.

How the COA serves Carlisle's seniors

The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) coordinates state, federal and local programs for Carlisle's senior population. Its funding comes from town revenues, state grants and private contributions. It is an organization that respects the dignity of older citizens and encourages their participation in the events that affect their well-being.

The COA also sponsors many social activities for seniors, including:

· Drop Inn Luncheons. At noon on the first and third Thursday of the month senior citizens are invited to drop by the Sleeper Room for a hot lunch followed by a program.

· Daytime programs are offered in fitness, quilting, arts and crafts and line dancing. A book club and walking group also meet regularly.

· Shopping assistance is provided with a weekly shopping trip to a local market.

· Day and overnight trips are frequently sponsored for seniors.

· Intergenerational programs are held annually with the schools and community organizations.

COA health services

· Operates the COA van, which provides transportation for seniors to medical appointments and COA activities.

· Guides seniors with questions on medical, social and legal issues.

· Provides telephone reassurance and home visits to seniors.

· Matches Friendly Visitors with homebound seniors.

· Delivers Meals on Wheels.

· Runs RUOK program, a daily check-in on seniors, with the Police Department.

· Distributes Vial of Life Kits in conjunction with the Fire Department.

· Holds an annual flu shot clinic.

· Holds a monthly blood pressure clinic on the first Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon, run by a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital.


There are many opportunities for volunteers to make a difference in the lives of Carlisle's seniors, including the following positions: Friendly Visitor, Friendly Driver, program development, luncheon committees, trip escorts, Meals on Wheels drivers, class instructors and Friends of the COA.

For more information about services or volunteering, contact the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Library book group to meet September 11

The Gleason Library Book Discussion Group is gearing up for another year. Everyone is invited to join this group which is held once a month at the library. There is no need to attend every meeting. This flexible group will be soliciting ideas for the syllabus for next year at the first meeting on September 11.

Come with ideas and meet from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Light refreshments and coffee are served at the beginning of the meeting and someone will lead the discussion group about the first book, which is Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. The library has many copies available for book group members at the front desk. Treat yourself to a fun and lively evening at the library.

Deadline for public input is September 3

The United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for the public to provide comments on the draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. CCPs are 15-year management plans mandated by Congress, and the current CCP process for all refuges in the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex began in 1999, and public input was sought during the scoping period in 1999 and 2000.

The draft CCP/EA and Executive Summary are available online at, and will also be available in the Carlisle and Concord libraries. For more information, contact the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters at 1-978-443-4661.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito