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Friday, August 29, 2003

TIME TO DIG IN. Jim Campbell and Jim Hall from the DPW had a great time at the COA lunch. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)


A Bamboo COA buffet

Reserve Tuesday, September 23 for a lunch buffet at Bamboo with the Carlisle COA International Luncheon series. The restaurant is located at 1 Lan Drive in Westford. (Lan Drive is off of Route 110 about one quarter mile south of the Westford Regency Hotel.) They have an excellent luncheon buffet including appetizers, main courses and dessert that costs just $8.95 per person. Because of the size of the group, the reservation is for 11:30 a.m. prior to the noontime rush. Call either Jim and Betty Elgin (1-978-371-0728) or Tom and Karen Dunkers (1-978-369-5681) for more information or to make a reservation.

Tri-state foliage trip sponsored by COA

Drive over the Mohawk Trail, stop at the Country Apple at Marshall's Farm, have lunch (included) at the French King Restaurant in Miller Falls, Mass. near the historic French King Bridge. The trip continues into Vermont to Hogback Mountain, then along the Molly Stark Trail. Next the bus reaches New Hampshire and stops at the Colony Mill Marketplace, an enclosed shopping area with over 40 stores before continuing home to Carlisle.

This COA-sponsored day trip costs $43 and leaves by motor coach at 8:15 a.m. from the ball field at Church Street. For reservations or more information, call Jeanne Rourk at 1-978-369-5366.

Consider a trip to Cambodia this fall

The Social Action Committee of the First Religious Society is in the early stages of planning a trip to Phnom Penh departing in November.There will be a meeting on Thursday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Tim and Mary Hult's, 20 Audubon Lane for anyone who is even remotely interested in visiting Cambodia this fall or some time in the future.

A small, multi-generational group will travel to Phnom Penh with Dr. Nancy Hendrie, former Carlisle and Concord pediatrician, who has spent considerable time in Cambodia. Along with Judy Jones, Hendrie founded the Sharing Foundation in 1998 with the mission "to help meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia." In 2001, the foundation opened an orphanage in the village of Roteang, and since that time it has initiated various projects in the village to help some of its poorest families. For more information visit the web site:

The itinerary for the trip will probably include visits to The Sharing Foundation's farm, school and orphanage in Roteang village, as well as a state run government and another private orphanage. In Phnom Penh, travelers may visit such sites as The Royal Palace, Fine Arts Dance School, the Tuol Ssleng [holocaust] Museum, the Killing Fields, Wats (temples) and enjoy shopping at in the Russian and Central Markets, as well as specific handicraft shops. There will be a suggested itinerary, but travelers will have a great deal of flexibility in choosing activities and determining their length of stay. Some may want to visit Angkor Wat in Siem Reap and/or continue on to Hanoi Vietnam, or Thailand.

The September 18 meeting is an initial information session. Anyone who is interested in the trip but cannot attend or would like more information, feel free to contact Sally Stokes at or 1-978-369-1240 or Mary Hult, or 1-978-369-0448.

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.

PJ story time returns

School stories will be featured at the first PJ story time of the school year. Children ages three and up are invited to come to the Gleason Public Library on Wednesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. Pajamas are optional!

Fall CSA Luncheon needs volunteers

The fall teacher, administration and staff CSA Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, September 9, at 12:30 p.m. Carlisle School Association (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.

Help is needed to make this event possible. Anyone willing to volunteer to prepare a salad, main course or dessert or help at the luncheon, please contact Melinda Howe at 1-978-371-1688. Also the CSA is always grateful for monetary contributions to offset the cost of decorations and paper goods.

Room parent and volunteer orientation on September 5

All room parents and other school volunteers are invited to join Principal Andy Goyer and Assistant Principal Steve Goodwin for an orientation meeting on Friday, September 5, at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria. This meeting is for room parents, or those volunteering in the classroom, on the playground, bus, or at any school function. The administrators will review existing guidelines, including the new CORI requirement, and answer questions. State law now requires all school volunteers to complete a CORI (Criminal Offender Records Information) request form. Forms have been sent to each household this summer, and additional forms can be obtained through the school office.

Refreshments will be provided by the Carlisle School Association.

Recreation news

Brochures with fall programs have been mailed this week. Registration begins September 2.

Tennis begins the week of September 8. Other classes include drawing and painting, as well as Tiny Blades ice skating. Register early as classes fill quickly. Brochures are available at Gleason Public Library and Town Hall Recreation Office 1-978-369-9815, (e-mail), 1-978-371-6686 (fax).

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

Planning Board seeks Associate Members

The Carlisle Planning Board is seeking town residents who would be interested in serving as Associate Members of the Board. At the 2003 Town Meeting, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaws was approved that provided for up to two Associate Members, to be appointed for three-year terms by the Planning Board and the Selectmen.

Associate Members will be encouraged to attend Board meetings and participate fully in discussions, but generally will not vote. For specific applications that involve the issuance of special permits, the Chair may designate an Associate Member to act in the place of a regular member, including voting in that member's place. In such cases, the Associate would be required to attend all sessions of the public hearing for that application.

Being an Associate Member will also give an interested volunteer the chance to "learn the ropes" of Planning Board business and responsibilities. Because of a change in the length of terms of elected Board members, also approved at the 2003 Town Meeting, next spring all seven Board seats will be up for election, with one-, two- and three-year terms available.

If you are interested, contact the Planning Administrator, George Mansfield at 1-978-369-9702, or the Planning Board Chair, Louise Hara at 1-978-287-4833. You may also send an e-mail to

Carlisle Historical Society's fall events

Two unique events are scheduled this fall by the Carlisle Historical Society. On Sunday, September 21, from 8 to 11 a.m., the Hunt for Antiques will be on! Members and non-members will search for the perfect Yankee treasure at the well-known flea market at Todd Farm in Rowley, Massachusetts. After shopping, lunch will be available at the Clam Box in Ipswich. Reservations are required; call 1-978-369-0599. The cost for members is $5, non-members' cost is $10. Lunch is not included. Meet at the Carlisle School parking lot at 8 a.m. to carpool to Rowley.

On Saturday, October 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Historical Society is sponsoring a trip to Douglas, Massachusetts, to tour the E.N. Jenckes General Store. This family-owned store, in existence from 1835 to the 1950s, is now a unique museum run by the Douglas Historical Society. The large building and furnishings are original, and the shelves are stocked with merchandise from all periods of its existence. Lunch will be at a nearby restaurant after the tour. Meet at the Carlisle School parking lot at 9 a.m. to carpool to Douglas. The group will be back in Carlisle by 3 p.m. Reservations are required; call 1-978-287-4776. Members' price is $5, non-members' is $10. Lunch is not included.

Travel with the COA

Join Carlisle seniors March 16 - 31, 2004 on a trip to southern Italy, including Sorrento, Taormina, Naples, Pompeii, Isle of Capri, Siracusa, Mount Etna, Tindari, Positano, Milazzo, and more. For a flyer call Joanne Willen at 1-978-371-8023 or pick one up in the Council on Aging office in Town Hall.

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