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Friday, November 28, 2003

Thanksgiving holiday soccer game

Saturday, November 29, from 2 to 4 p.m., Spalding Field will be the site of the annual Thanksgiving Holiday soccer game for high school students and adults. This game has become a tradition, one in which many veterans return to Carlisle to join the regular weekend players.

All interested high school students and adults are encouraged to come and participate. Please bring a dark shirt and a white shirt. Information for this and for the adult indoor program beginning December 3 and offered by the Town Recreation Commission is available by calling Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.

WREATH SALE FUNDRAISER AT CCHS. Concord-Carlisle High School seniors (left to right) Kim Anderson, Joslyn Tarr, Maggie Wilson and Ellie Willard get a lesson in bow-making from Bunny Santullo (center). These are just some of the students who gathered recently to prepare decorations for the CCHS annual wreath sale, to be held at the high school on Thursday, December 4 from 2 to 8 p.m. The sale of the holiday wreaths will support senior class activities. (Courtesy photo)

River Trail walk on November 28

The public is invited to join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a post-Thanksgiving walk along the Concord River. The walk will follow the River Trail from the Bedford to theBillerica end, take a short rest to view Greenough Pond, then return through the large open fields of the former O'Rourke farm. The group will pass through the Foss Farm and Greenough town conservation lands and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.The four-mile walk will take approximately two hours. There will also be a one-hour walk at a slower pace. Both walks will depart from the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 28. There will be refreshments at the end. Waterproof boots are recommended. Heavy rain cancels the trip. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC. Members of the Concord-Carlisle High School dance club kicked up their heels at a dance workshop, given by David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin (center), who perform with the Bang Group of New York. The workshop was paid for through a grant from the Concord Education Fund. (Courtesy photo)

Friday Night Live is back on December 5

Attention all middle schoolers — get out and enjoy the last FNL in the year 2003. At 7:30 p.m., on December 5, the school gym is the place to practice jump shots or play ping pong. The exercise room will provide music to dance and groove to. Chess can be played in the hallway outside the exercise room.

Many thanks go out to all the parents who chaperoned FNL. Without their help, FNL couldn't happen. All Carlisle students (public or private) in grades six to eight who have not attended FNL before are welcome to attend, but must bring a parent or guardian to fill out a permission form. Also, any students who are not from the Carlisle School District must have a chaperone present at FNL.

A $3 contribution is collected at the door. Pizza and soda are also available for a small fee. Students who leave prior to 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 9:30 p.m. sharp! For more information, call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284 or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

ROCK ON. Carlisle Trail Committee members are developing a new trail on the Clark farm land, newly protected by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation with permanent easements. The trail runs along the edge of the property, between School Street and Concord Street. An opening is created in a stone wall to allow the trail to enter the field. Pictured from left: Verna Gilbert, George Fardy, Mark Lamere and Louise Hara. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

"Through the Doors of Carlisle" next Friday

Come walk through the doors of Carlisle at the premiere of the Carlisle House Tour on Friday, December 5, between 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spend a day visiting beautiful homes built amid tall pines and gracious fields. The tour, sponsored by the Carlisle School Association, is self-guided through seven houses ranging in style from historical homesteads to snappy contemporaries, some designed by well known architects. Advance tickets are available for $15. Send a check, made payable to the "Carlisle School Association," with name, address, and number of tickets required to Carlisle House Tour, P.O. Box 4, Carlisle, MA 01741. Please include your phone number or email address. Children under twelve are free. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour for $20. The tour begins at the Carlisle Town Hall. Proceeds will benefit the many educational activities at the Carlisle School. For more information contact Nancy DiRomualdo at 1-978- 369-7978 or

Donate to the MSPCA

Girl Scout Troop 2646 is collecting donations for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Items needed include new cat and dog toys, grooming brushes, liquid hand soap, used and cleaned towels and blankets. To donate, call Lee at 1-978-369-0454 or Peg at 1-978-369-1576.

Come to a CPC potluck

All families with young children are invited to join the Carlisle Parents' Connection on December 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m at the Szczesniak home at 124 Aberdeen Drive. A representative from "Pottery at Your Place," a pottery-painting studio, will provide the pottery, glazes, stencils, kiln firing and advice; and children turn white pottery into art that can proudly be given as gifts or kept to enjoy. (The pottery does cost money - usually between $10 and $30, depending on the piece.) There will be playing, singing, socializing, crafts and fun. All who come are asked to bring a dish for the luncheon.

Is simplicity on your holiday wish list?

Everyone pays lip service to the idea of a simpler, less commercial, more meaningful holiday seasonbut it can be so hard to put into practice. Have you made a deliberate change toward a scaled-down Christmas or Hanukkah? If you or your family have found successful ways to cut down on holiday hype and still fulfill everyone's visions of the season, we'd like to hear about it for an upcoming article. Please contact Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515 or

Help raise funds for runners

Support Concord-Carlisle High School's cross-country teams by entering the Country Run for the Runners. The race will be held on the high school's challenging 2.7 mile cross-country course at noon on Saturday, December 13. This fundraising event is organized by the Friends of Concord-Carlisle Cross-Country and proceeds will be used for finishing-line equipment that cannot be funded out of the already-challenged school budget. Individual entries cost $25 and those received by December 5 will include a free race T-shirt. There are also a variety of options for group competition for sibling, parent-child and three- or four-person teams. All runners must be at least 11 years old. Registration forms are available from or from Late registration is possible up to 10:30 a.m. on race day.

Community appeal to launch C-C pool

Next week, the non-profit group that is designing and building the Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center is appealing to the community to help bring the project to fruition. C. C. Pools, Inc. is mailing an appeal to all Concord and Carlisle households to ask for funds to complete the Center.

"We have had good support from many Concord and Carlisle residents, but we need more," said Pete Funkhouser, C. C. Pools' president. "We'd like to take advantage of a favorable construction climate and move ahead. But we remain $2 million short of our $8.5 million goal."

The center is being built with private, tax-deductible donations from individuals, businesses and foundations. Upon completion, it will be given to the Town of Concord, and available to everyone in the towns of Concord and Carlisle, as well as town employees and their families. It will be located on the grounds of the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.

The Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center will be self-supporting through reasonable membership and program fees, and run by the Concord Recreation Department. An endowment has been created to prevent the center from becoming a tax burden. "The bequest from the Alfred Sawyer Trust was the jumping-off point for this project," said Tim Atkins, campaign co-chair. "This is a public-private partnership and we need the support of everyone to bring this asset to our towns."

Volunteers are also needed for several upcoming community events. Look for information about the project and the community appeal in the mail soon. Information about the Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center may be found at www., or by calling 1-978-371-4938.

Remember prisoners in holiday gift-giving

Concord Prison Outreach (CPO), urges those who wish to practice acts of charity to include prisoners in their gift-giving plans.

CPO provides a "wish list" of items from which it compiles gift bags for up to 1600 inmates, with each bag containing the following: 1 white facecloth, 1 4-to-6 oz. tube toothpaste, 1 bar of soap, 1 toothbrush, 5 disposable shavers, 1 pair large flip-flops, eight first-class stamps, 1 pack envelopes, 1 writing pad (no wire bindings) smaller than 8x11, a greeting card (homemade if possible) signed by first name only. Donors may choose to fill one bag with each item on the list or just donate a few select items.

Drop-off through Wednesday, December 3 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord (River Street entrance). Call either of the following with questions: Joan Kaufman at 1-978-369-8487 or Joanne Mente at 1-978-369-4479.

Carlisle samplers at Historical Society meeting

Stephanie Upton will share her knowledge of historic needlework with slides and samplers from the Carlisle Historical Society collections at the Society's annual meeting on Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Library.

"In Praise of the Needle: Carlisle Samplers and Their Makers" will highlight Carlisle samplers within the context of early American needlework. The samplers worked by Carlisle girls, aged ten to nineteen years, date from 1786 to 1838 and illustrate the common forms of plain and ornamental needlework popular during that period. Actual samplers, slides and quotes from men and women of the period will illuminate the art of making samplers and will demonstrate the significance of needlework in the lives our foremothers.

Upton, a longtime Carlisle resident, is a museum professional. She is active in the Carlisle Historical Society, currently serving as the librarian/curator for the collections.

Holiday greens sale and craft fair at the FRS on December 6

The holiday season gets off to a joyous start with the annual Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair in Carlisle. Church members and friends are hard at work at the First Religious Society (FRS), on the Green in Carlisle, preparing lovely decorated wreaths, centerpieces and the especially popular kissing balls for the holidays. Enjoy the seasonal aromas and eye-catching decorations while shopping at the Society's annual Holiday Greens Sale and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tables will also hold boxwood trees decorated with tiny bows and ornaments, baked specialties, delicious homemade pies baked by the women of the church, handmade Christmas ornaments, Art Turner's woodenware crafted from Carlisle trees, and Kerri Piette's soaps. CRISPAZ will be offering handcrafts from Guatemala and El Salvador, thanks to Carol Davis, with proceeds going for education in Guatemala. Nancy Hendrie and Judy Jones will again bring lovely handcrafts from Cambodia. As usual, there will be undecorated wreaths, roping, attractive bows, plain and variegated holly and boxwood, plus an exciting raffle with more than twenty terrific items.

Gingerbread House Kits, a perennial favorite prepared under the direction of Jennine Blum and Helen Lyons, will be ready for the young folk. Each kit comes complete with instructions, over a pound of candy, frosting and the house pieces. Angela Smith will be selling peppermint bark in an antique candy dish and children's books with accompanying stuffed animal. Marjorie Johnson returns with her maze books, and don't forget to check out the mystery gift table. Mr. and Mrs. Santa will make an appearance during the festivities and children can have their pictures taken with Santa.

Rumor has it that the Carlisle Pines Revelers plan to make a grand entrance, led by Wise Man Steve Bagshaw adorned with beard and staff, and followed by an entourage of St. George and the Turkish Knight. Accompanying the colorful players will be the Spirit-of-the-Greens-Sale and the Little Wizard as they seek out Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

After shopping, plan to stop and enjoy the Holiday Café's lobster rolls, roast beef with boursin croissants and a dessert. For more information, call 1-978-369-5180.

Carlisle School Association hosts skating party December 10

Join the Carlisle School Association (CSA) for a parent/child skating party at the Middlesex School ice rink, off of Lowell Road in Concord. The event will be held on a Carlisle School professional day, Wednesday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Every child must be accompanied by an adult and have a release form (available at the door) signed by a parent. Helmets are required and no hockey sticks will be allowed. Please park behind the skating rink or along the road to the rink, not in the main campus of the school. For more information, call Sarah Hart at 1-978-371-1101 or Niki Mundel at 1-978-371-1968.

Public Flu Clinic

The Home Care and Public Relations/Marketing Departments of Emerson Hospital will be conducting another flu clinic for the general public (open to anyone 18 and over) on Thursday, December 4, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Emerson Hospital Home Care, Concord Professional Building, 747 Main Street, Concord. Registration is required. The cost of each vaccination will be $15.00. People 65 years of age or older will receive the flu vaccine free of charge. Bring Medicare and/or HMO insurance cards to the clinic. Call Jan Quinty at 978-287-3085 to register.

Friends seek storage spot for books

The Friends of Gleason Public Library hope to hold their traditional used book sale in the spring, but this plan hinges on finding a storage space for books donated for the sale. The need is urgent! The space needs to be fairly large and weatherproof, but need not be heated. Anyone willing to donate temporary space in a barn, dry basement, garage, or spare room, please contact Priscilla Stevens, Friends President, at 1-978-371-7282 or

Friends of COA hold annual meeting Dec. 2

The Carlisle Friends of the Council on Aging (COA) will be having its annual meeting at 7:15 p.m., on December 2, at the Town Offices during the regular COA meeting. All are invited to attend. The Friends of the COA wishes to show its appreciation to the response to its annual appeal.

Girl Scouts collecting winter coats

Two Junior Girl Scout troops in Carlisle have teamed up to collect as many warm winter coats as they can in the few weeks left until Christmas. The coats will be donated to a local family shelter. Children's jackets and snowsuits, as well as adult coats, hats and mittens are all needed. If you can help, please drop off your gently worn coats in the big drop-off box at the Langrind-Murphy home, 8 Bedford Road in Carlisle Center (between the library and the Fleet Bank ATM). For more information, call Darragh Murphy 1-978-318-0319.

The Mosquito needs new blood

The Mosquito needs new reporters to cover the following important meetings, issues and events in the coming year.

For more information on the following "beats," or a just a friendly chat, call News Editor Maya Liteplo at 1-978-369-7848. No journalism back-ground is required, just an ability to write a sentence. We pay a modest stipend for covering the news and writing stories.

Board of Health

The BOH meets once or twice a month, usually on Thursday evenings. Bill Churchill, who reported on the BOH for many years, has decided to retire from the newspaper — temporarily, we hope. Thanks, Bill.

Community Preservation Act Committee

The CPA Committee, which has been meeting once a month, administers the moneys in the CPA fund, collected as a surcharge on property taxes and matched by the state. The fund may only be used for open space, historical preservation, and affordable housing.

Finance Committee

As weekly fiscal year 2005 budget hearings begin in January, one or two reporters are needed to share the load with chief FinCom reporter Cecile Sandwen.

Local and regional politics

As we face national, state and local elections in the coming year, the Mosquito needs a political reporter. We expect to cover candidate appearances in Carlisle, as well as other events, such as debates of major issues.

Parent's Night Out

Need some extra time to get ready for the holidays or do some shopping? The Friends of Carlisle Extended Day will be hosting a babysitting parent's night out on Friday, December 5, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Teachers and volunteer parents from the program will provide an evening of movies, pizza, drinks, popcorn and other activities, open to all Carlisle children grades kindergarten through sixth. Two age-appropriate movies will be shown. Sign-up is first-come, first-served and is limited to 30 children. A donation of $20/ child or $30/family (two or more children) is requested. Download a registration form at or contact Kathy, after 6 p.m. at 1-978-371-2130.

Monument Square Association observes anniversary of flight

Guest speakers for the Monument Square Association's December 6 First Saturday Breakfast will be pilot Doug Barth and his co-pilot Bill Herp. These local businessmen will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight on December 17, 1903, by landing at 40 local airports in Herp's Cessna Skyhawk. They will depart from Hanscom Field at 6 a.m. In addition to marking the date, the friends also hope to raise $40,000 for Boston's Pine Street Inn.

Enjoy a full breakfast, music, poetry and more from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on December 6 at the Colonial Inn in Concord. Reservations are encouraged. The cost is $15, or $17 at the door. Checks should be sent to the Monument Square Association, 227 Belknap Street, Concord, MA 01742, or call Valerie DiRenzo at 1-978-371-2330.

The Firehouse Coffeehouse presents Richie Havens

Veteran folk-rock singer/songwriter Richie Havens performs at the Firehouse Coffeehouse at First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster Street, Littleton, at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 5. Havens is known for his unusual guitar style, in which he bars chords with his thumb, his famous opening set at 1969's Woodstock, and his voice. His indelible combination of sweet croon and passionate rasp infuses a voice that remains stronger and more flexible than those of the majority of his "classic rock" colleagues.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the Minor Chord in Acton, via our Web site at or by calling 1-978-742-9957. This event is wheelchair accessible.

Concord Band celebrates the season

Celebrate the season at the Concord Band's annual Holiday Pops concerts, to be held at 51 Walden Street in Concord on Friday, December 12, and Saturday, December 13, at 8 p.m. The cabaret style concerts feature traditional holiday music. Table seating is available at $15 per person, $60 for a table of four, which includes beverages and snacks. For reservations, call 1-978-897-9969. Reservations can also be made through the Concord Band Web site

Eve Ensler to perform in Lowell

Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and Necessary Targets, will perform at a benefit for Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell and the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 12 at the Evos Art Institute at 98 Middle Street in Lowell.

Reservations can be made by calling Elizabeth Cohen at 1-978-452-7721 or by going to Prices are $15 for students and $25 for general admission.

Craft fair and contra dance in Concord

Concord artist Gaetana is coordinating a Holiday Art and Craft Fair on December 6 at the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street in Concord from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The fair will be followed in the evening by a New England contra dance party from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission to the dance is $9.

Several of the craft tables will remain open throughout the evening. Caller Kiran Wagle will instruct the dances with the band "Heathen Creek." No previous dance experience is required; singles are welcome. Bring a pair of low, clean, indoor shoes for dancing. The hall is handicapped-accessible. Both events are sponsored by the Country Dance Society, a non-profit organization.

Thirty-plus Metro-West artists will present a diverse collection of work for sale including fine art, handmade paper, candles, ceramics, jewelry, dolls' clothing, soft sculpture, quilts, handmade soap, ornaments, sculptured boxes, toys, dried flower arrangements and wooden items, including painted furniture.

For information about the craft fair call Gaetana at 1-978-369-2212. For information about the dance call Mark at 1-617-802-2905 or 1-857-499-8907 or Cal at 1-781-272-0396.

Annual Human Rights Day Breakfast

Come help the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council celebrate the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, December 1 at 7:30 a.m. Listen to historian and educator Elliot Lilien speak on the question of: What happens to civil liberties in a wartime atmosphere? The public is invited to join in the discussion, and share a continental breakfast. The event is free, and open to all. The event will be held at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord.

Carlisle artists in holiday sale

Artists from the Highland School studios are among more than 30 artists participating in the annual holiday sale at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street in Concord center on Friday, December 5, from 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 7 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Holiday Sale is an opportunity to meet artists, visit their creative working environments and purchase unique holiday gifts of fine crafts and artwork. Whatever your interest or budget, you will find beautiful selections including the work of potters, jewelry designers, woodworkers, writers, weavers, painters, photographers, fabric artists and sculptors.

Of special note is a collection of small framed works created especially for the holiday sale as a benefit for the Emerson Umbrella. Carlisle artist Phyllis Hughes initiated the project as a way to celebrate both creativity and affordability. "The small pieces give people a chance to buy original work by favorite local artists for under $100," said Hughes.

For more information about the Emerson Umbrella Holiday Sale, call 1-978-371-0820.

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