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Friday, January 16, 2004

FROST FOREST on a cold window blocks the view of pines outside. (Photo by Ellen Huber)


Cory Atkins to be guest on CCHS radio

State Representative Cory Atkins will be the featured guest on Concord-Carlisle High School radio station WIQH's (88.3 FM) talk show "Ruminations" this coming Monday, January 19, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Gain a better understanding of the work a state legislator performs as Atkins discusses the financial issues with which Massachusetts and its many communities are grappling. She'll comment as well on the recent State Supreme Judicial Court ruling on same-sex marriages.

"Ruminations," heard alternate Monday evenings at 7 p.m. is hosted by CCHS sophomore Benjamin Gatti. This week's installment of the program will included guest host and CCHS senior Jon Cohen. Both Gatti and Cohen are Carlisle residents.

Carlisle Business Network talks franchise

The Carlisle Business Networking Group will present a lecture on "Franchise Exploration: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Have you wondered about getting into the franchise game but weren't sure to whom to turn to for help? Come to the next Carlisle Business Networking Group meeting at the Carlisle Library on January 21 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. for an entertaining, energetic and enlightening evening. Member Van Smick has just gone through three months of franchise investigation and he will share what he has learned and what he would do differently next time. Contact John Kaufman at 1-978-369-2330 with questions.

Martin Luther King celebration January 18

The Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council will hold its annual celebration of Martin Luther King's life on Sunday, January 18 at 3 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord.

The Reverend Nigel Andrews (former rector) will describe his participation in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1963 with Martin Luther King. Andrews will also speak of his lifelong involvement in working for civil rights.

The public is cordially invited to this free event. Refreshments will be served.

Recreation news — winter programs

Youth Programs - Ski Wachusett has limited space available on 2/6, 2/10, 3/17. Limited space available in Karate, Snow Tubing 2/10, 3/16, Silver Jewelry 3/16, Gotta Dance. Classes needing enrollment are Paint & Draw, Bibliomania, PreK Caregiver & Me Crafts.

Adult Programs — Limited space available in Watercolor, Pilates, 60 Min Workout, Fitness Training, Pottery, Indoor Tennis. Classes needing enrollment are T'ai Chi, Evening Badminton, On the Ball Exercise, Cooking Heart Healthy.

Community Ice Rink — Open for use by anyone for casual (non-hockey) skating when frozen. If we get lights working at Kimballs this year we may reserve time for hockey in the evenings.

Brochures are available at Gleason Library and Town Hall Recreation Office 1-978-369-9815 (email) Fax: 1-978-371-6686.

Notice: All non-school field and gym usage must be scheduled through the Recreation Office. Call or email Terri: -1-978-369-6759,

2004 transfer station stickers available

It is time to purchase new stickers for 2004 for depositing household trash at the Carlisle transfer station. Vehicles without a valid sticker will not be permitted to deposit their trash.

Stickers may be purchased by residents at the Carlisle police station dispatcher's window by presenting proof of residence and vehicle identification. The cost of a sticker will be $15 each, and a second sticker may be purchased for a second vehicle for an additional $10. While there, be sure to pick up a copy of the Household Recycling Committee's newsletter. Residences whose household disposables are picked up by local collectors must also obtain residential stickers, and such firms must maintain lists of the residential addresses that they serve. The stickers must be displayed on vehicles by April 1, 2004.

The Selectmen have recently imposed a new fee for construction/demolition debris in the form of a $50 charge for each pickup-truck-sized load and $150 for each larger truck-sized load. Only those trucks carrying a valid permit will be allowed to deposit such materials at the transfer station.

Residents may obtain permits for disposing of construction materials at the police station, and may purchase up to three permits at one time to minimize delays.

Carlisle Parents Connection fundraiser

On Tuesday, January 20, O'Naturals Resturant will donate 10% of dinner receipts between 4 and 8 p.m. to the Carlisle Parents Connection. O'Naturals Restaurant is located on Route 2A in Acton.

The Carlisle Parents Connection is a group of local parents working together to improve local resources to families with young children. For more information call 1-978-287-0731.

Community Chest's Cornerstone Fund kicks off Skatepark Equipment Campaign

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest has just awarded a challenge grant from their Cornerstone Fund. It will match dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000 to kick off the skatepark equipment fundraising drive. The Cornerstone Fund contributes to projects that support the youth and elderly of our community. This dedicated matching fund reinforces their commitment for this community project.

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Concord, the Skatepark 2004 site at the Regional High School has been prepped, paved and fenced. But it now awaits quarterpipes, rails, boxes and more equipment for the skaters and boarders to enjoy. The local retailers, residents and police all support this new skatepark where the youth can safely skateboard and inline skate. The youth from the Concord and Carlisle Middle Schools and CCHS have provided input to the design of the park and the selection of equipment. To meet their proposed design, the goal for the skatepark equipment is $80,000.

For a brief update on the skatepark, and to see Carlisle middle schoolers Kerri Bourque, Justin Morgan, Connor Deigman and Justin Harris, tune into Channel 8, the local cable TV.

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to the Skatepark 2004 Project c/o Alliance for Teen Safety, 120 Meriam Road, Concord, MA 01742. For additional information, please call Barbara Howland at 1-978-369-3113 or Ellen Davin at 1-978-287-4219.

COA trip to Italy

The Carlisle Council on Aging is sponsoring a trip to Southern Italy from March 16 to March 31. The cost will be $2099 + $115 air taxes and fees. The group will fly Alitalia, and will visit Sorrento, Amilfi Drive, Isle of Capri, Caserta, Naples, Pompeii, among others, and stay at two differrent hotels. For more information, pick up a flyer at the COA office at Town Hall, or contact Joan Willens at 1-978-371-8023.

Carlisle samplers displayed at Gleason Library

Three beautiful samplers stitched by Carlisle girls are on display on the second floor of Gleason Library. Part of the Historical Society collection of 12 samplers and silk embroideries, these pieces were made between 1816 and 1838.

The largest sampler is an elaborate family record made by Mary E. Monroe. The sampler includes a floral border and alphabet with some traditional elements of memorial pictures: willows and two urns, carefully marked with the initials of Mary's parents: "RM" and "RC."

Hannah L.C. Green worked her alphabet sampler in 1816 when she was ten years old. It is important because "Carlisle" is included in her stitching.

Louisa Mansfield was also ten years old when, in 1824, she worked her sampler that includes this verse:

In my Path through this veil of tears

Let wisdom measure out my years

May my example useful be

And benefit posterity. If good we plant

Not vice will fill the mind

For weeds despoil the ground

For flowers designed.

The samplers will be on display at the library at least through January.

Jazz Vespers at FRS

On Sunday, February 29, the First Religious Society will hold its firs Jazz Vespers at 4 p.m. A Jazz Trio will perform, with Marcus Pinney at the piano, John Clark on string bass and Harvey Nosowitz on the drums. This service will be a combination of music and spoken and silent reflections, with music taking up about 75% of the hour-long vespers. Families are encouraged to attend. Child care will be provided at no cost by experienced Senior High Youth downstairs in the Red Balloon area, but reservations are required at least ten days in advance (by February 19th.) For more information, call the church office at 1-978-369-5180.

Democrats to hold caucus in Carlisle

Registered Democrats in Carlisle will be holding a Caucus at the First Religious Society, 27 School Street on Saturday, January 25 to elect four delegates and four alternates to the 2004 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be equally divided between men and women.

The convention will be held Saturday, May 8, at the Mullins Center, UMASS at Amherst. This reformatted convention will offer a range of public policy discussions, professional campaign training and special forums which will highlight issues of concern to young people.

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Carlisle. Candidates for delegate and alternate must consent to the nomination in writing. All candidates may make a two-minute statement and may distribute materials on their behalf. All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as delegate and alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority, and disabled.

For more information, contact Cynthia Schweppe at 1-978-369-5738.

Don't miss storytime

"The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading, is reading aloud to children." This sentence from the government publication Becoming a Nation of Readers: What Parents Can Do highlights the importance of reading aloud to children. Story time is a way of introducing new and classic books to your child, fostering a love of literature and making new friends.

Story time sign-up at the Gleason Library begins on Saturday, January 24 with sessions for two- to six-year-olds. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 for more information.

2004 Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund

Applications for the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF), including application instructions, forms, and links are now available via the website at Applications are also available in the main office at CCHS, Minuteman Tech., Middlesex School and Concord Academy.

The CCSF is a private, non-profit organization founded over 30 years ago, dedicated to providing scholarships to deserving students. In 2003, over $100,000 was awarded to local students.

Applicants must reside in Concord or Carlisle or have attended school in one of these towns. The CCSF scholarships are need-based and are shared with other local organizations, such as the Concord Women's Club, the West Concord Women's Club, the VFW, the Concord Public Library and the Carlisle Garden Club, which award merit- and need-based scholarships.

Trails Committee brush clearing at Clark Farm

The Trails Committee needs volunteers to help with some brush clearing at the Clark Farm trail on Sunday, January 18. Meet at the School Street entrance to the Clark Farm (park on School Street or at the Carlisle School and walk up) at 9 a.m. Major snow cancels this clearing. Call George Fardy at 1-978-371-0841 with any questions.

COA Worcester Art Museum Trip

Thursday, January 29, join the COA for a day trip to see the "Paths to Impressionism: French and American Landscape Paintings" exhibit. A catered luncheon for the COA will follow a guided tour at the museum. The all-inclusive cost is $28. The bus will leave from the soccer fields on Church Street at 10:15 a.m. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by January 15 for reservations.

Want to be a beekeeper?

The Middlesex County Beekeepers Association (MCBA) in conjunction with Acton-Boxborough Community Educationis offering a six-week course in the Basics of Beekeeping starting Tuesday, February 3, at 7 p.m. The goal of the course is to have students graduate as beginning beekeepers in the spring. Students will receive a complimentarymembership in the MCBA. Register during the month of January. Call Acton-Boxborough Community Education at 1-978-266-2525 to register or for more information, or call MCBA secretary Ted Shylovsky at 1-978-443-7195 or Ernie Huber at 1-978-369-6678 for additional information.

CEF creates permanent endowment fund

The CEF (Carlisle Education Foundation) announced in December 2003 the creation of the Davida Fox-Melanson Fund for Excellence in Teaching, in honor of the retiring Carlisle Schools Superintendent. The permanently endowed fund, dedicated to teacher and curriculum development, will fuel a variety of activities such as off-site teacher workshops, meetings, school visits, and training activities. It will support curriculum development and mini-grants for purchasing new materials and technology. Targeted to raise $400,000, the fund will be supervised by a CEF management committee. Each year, the committee, in conjunction with the administration of the Carlisle Public School, will develop a plan for use of the available funds. A grant committee, which will include the management committee, additional CEF members, the current superintendent of the Carlisle School, and a member-at-large from the community, will evaluate the plan for approval. A request for donations has been sent to all Carlisle residents. For more information, call Laura Snowden, CEF president, at 1-978-287-4351.

Benson to speak on 40 Developmental Assests

Dr. Peter L. Benson, a nationally recognized expert in the fields of child and adolescent development and the president of Search Institute in Minneapolis, will be speaking on Wednesday, January 21, at 7 p.m. in the Concord-Carlisle High School auditorium. This event is free and all community members are encouraged to attend to hear about the "40 Developmental Assets" and the power of communities in raising successful, healthy, and caring children and adolescents. Through his research and writing, Dr. Benson has triggered new thinking and action in hundreds of cities across the United States and Canada. For more information about Search Institute and the 40 Developmental Assets, visit

Latin for adults at CCHS

Jeremiah Mead will offer a six-week class this winter for adults who want to read and reacquaint themselves with Latin. Mead teaches Latin at CCHS, and is the Foreign Languages Department chair. A true lover of languages, he is also nationally ranked in Scrabble (check him out on

The class, "Aeneid, Book II: The Night the Horse Got In," meets on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at CCHS. The six-week class starts January 21 and is open to all area residents. A little knowledge of Latin will be helpful, but is not necessary. Participants will read, in Latin, a series of pivotal moments from Vergil's Aeneid, and examine what they suggest about the proper role for a hero, as modeled for Romans and ourselves by the Trojan Aeneas.

Vergil (or Virgil) was the preeminent poet of the Roman empire, and the Aeneid was his masterpiece. It traces the Trojan hero Aeneas' perilous flight from Troy to Italy following the Trojan War. While it was in part a political work, the Aeneid has remained, over 2,000 years, an epic for all time.

The class is one of more than 200 available to area residents as part of the Concord-Carlisle Schools' Community Education program. All classes are self-funded with participant fees.

To enroll, call 1-978-318-1540 days, 1-978-318-1432 weeknights. For more information, contact Community Education at 1-978-318-1540.

Register for Learn-to-Skate program

The second session of the Learn-to-Skate program sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Youth Hockey (CCYH) has recently begun at the Valley Sports Arena on Route 62 in West Concord. There are still openings for those who would like to sign up. The sessions begin at 11:20 a.m. in the Back Rink. The cost is $160, which includes 12 sessions and a hockey-style practice jersey. Warm clothing and gloves are recommended. An HECC approved hockey helmet and face mask are required. This fee includes a $30 non-refundable registration fee.

Skaters must be five years of age by January 1. On-ice volunteers are welcome. More information can be obtained by calling the registrar of CCYH at 1-978-369-6759 or the president of CCYH at 1-978-897-7680 or LTS director of CCYH at 1-978-369-4664. Visit for up-to-date information on all CCYH activities.

Feng shui classes

There has been a change of subject and location for the Carlisle Recreation Commission's winter feng shui classes. The classes will meet at the instructor's house where participants will view feng shui enhancements in place. The Art of Placement on Friday, January 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., presents correct placement of the three most important objects in the home. Participants are invited to bring floor plans for a brief analysis. Spring Cleaning with Feng Shui meets on Friday, February 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Receive guidelines for clearing clutter. To register, call Carlisle Recreation at 1-978-369-9815.

Tanglewood Marionettes in Concord

Tanglewood Marionettes will perform the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty Sunday, January 25, at 1 p.m. at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord. Using richly detailed costumes and music, the story, approporiate for all ages, magically unfolds as if from a giant picture book. Tickets cost $7 in advance, and $8 at the door. Children under two years of age are free. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Concord Toy Shop, West Concord 5 and 10, Learning Express in Acton, Ferns Country Store (formerly Daisy's in Carlisle), and Toys on the Green in Lexington. For more information call 1-978-371-0678. For day-of-show information, call 1-978-371- 0678. Proceeds benefit The Children's Meetinghouse Preschool in Concord.

Learn about Howard Dean in Concord

Join others and learn more about Howard Dean, Democratic candidate for president, on Saturday, February 7, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street next to the Congregational Church. The featured speaker will be Steve Grossman, national co-chair, Dean for America.

With the Massachusetts primary coming up on March 2, this is a chance to learn about the issues, ask questions and volunteer to help. This event is free to all, but a donation of any amount would be appreciated. Refreshments will be served and kids are welcome. For more information contact Rick Beinecke at (1-978-371-3168), Cynthia Ellis at, Sumin Tchen at, or Glen Frederick at (1-978-456-3312).Contributions to Dean for America are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.

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