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Friday, March 12, 2004

Mosquito Trash Party April 3

Planning has begun for the annual Mosquito Trash Party scheduled for Saturday morning, April 3. Save the date; find those garden gloves and plan to join your friends and neighbors in this uniquely entertaining town-wide event.

Join the party by contacting Bob Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or e-mail Let us know where you'll be working, or stop by the parking lot next to Ferns that morning, help yourself to coffee and a donut, and we'll award you a street as yet "unclaimed" and in need of cleaning.

Each year, truckloads of fresh-picked trash are carted off to the transfer station. First-timers, veteran pickers, new residents and Scout groups, all contributing just an hour or two of their time, make a visible difference to the local landscape.

Senge to address Carlisle Education Forum

Author and organizational learning expert Peter M. Senge will address the ninth annual Carlisle Education Forum on Saturday, April 3, at the Carlisle Public Schools. The event, from 9 a.m. to noon, will include a presentation by Senge and then breakout groups for discussion. All community members — parents, teachers, and other learners — are invited, and all ideas and views are welcome.

Senge, whose ideas have been embraced in both education and business, is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning.

In his writings and other work, Senge advocates a rethinking of the ways in which schools function so that classrooms can be learning organizations in which teachers and students alike (as well as parents) pose questions and work together to achieve understanding. Respect for one another as learners is a key tenet of his philosophy.

To attend the Forum, register with Christy Barbee at 1-978-287-6008 or Registration should be accompanied by a check for $5 per person, mailed to Christy at 98 Cranberry Hill Lane, Carlisle 01741. Register early to assist the schools in planning facilities use, refreshment, and discussion groups.

Garden plots available at Foss Farm

The 450-square-foot plots are available for $5 per plot, maximum of two plots per family. The gardens are plowed and staked each spring and wells provide water for the gardeners during the growing season. Bob Dennison continues managing the Foss Farm Community Gardens.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, send a check payable to the Town of Carlisle by April 1, 2004. Include your name, address, telephone number, registration numbers of the vehicles that will be used at the gardens, along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to: Bob Dennison, 165 Stearns Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. Assignments for garden plot requests received after the April 1 deadline will be made on a space-available basis.

St. Patrick's Day luncheon for all senior citizens at CCHS

Enjoy a St. Patrick's Day feast hosted by the Concord-Carlisle High School seniors, class of 2004. At noon on Saturday, March 20, in the school cafeteria, a traditional corned beef and cabbage meal will be served. Homemade Irish food has a rich and colorful history and is known for its simple hearty flavors, so no introduction is needed here. Don't miss the performance of Step Dancing and everyone will want to join in the sing-along. Reservations are required. Call Concord Council on Aging at 1-978-318-3020 or Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

Trail clearing at Clark Farm

The Carlisle Trails Committee needs help with some clearing at the Clark Farm trail on Sunday, March 14. Meet at the Clark Farm (park on School Street or at the Carlisle School and walk up) at 9 a.m. Call George Fardy at 1-978-371-0841 for more information.

Contra dance tonight

The Second Friday Contra Dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society tonight, March 12. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. Sue Rosen will do the calling and Debby Knight, Bruce Rosen, Walter Lenk and friends will provide the music. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 with any questions.

Explore the arts at MCC

Learn more about Middlesex Community College (MCC) degree and certificate programs in the arts at a Career Information Session scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, in the college's Lowell Campus Cafeteria. Coordinators for programs in fine and performing arts, theater arts, studio art, graphic design, and communications will be available to answer questions and describe the programs.

For more information or reservations call the MCC at 1-800-818-3434 or view their web site @

Concert to save horses

Treat yourself to an acoustic folk and rock concert on Saturday night, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Stow Town Hall, located at the intersection of Routes 117 and 62.Dennis Pacy will perform in concert to benefit the horses and ponies at the Eye of the Storm Equine Rescue Center in Stow.Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 show.Enjoy hot coffee and refreshments while you watch the show. The Stow Town Hall is handicapped-accessible.Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors.

Eye of the Storm Equine Rescue, Inc. of Stow is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of abused, neglected, and abandoned horses and ponies. To learn more about Eye of the Storm and to meet the residents, please visit our web site at
Marcell Anna Stasa

Exhibition of art work to be held in Concord

The Concord Art Association is presenting "Second Nature," an exhibit of works by mixed media artist Marcella Anna Stasa in its Loring Coleman Gallery, 37 Lexington Road in Concord. The exhibit runs through March 30 and hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Galleries are free of charge and open to the public.
Sing into spring

Join the Voices for the Earth chorus for a musical celebration of the vernal equinox at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow St. in Concord. After warming up, we'll head out to experience the sounds and sights of Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge. Light refreshments will be served.

Voices for the Earth chorus welcomes singers of all abilities to join a harmonious environment. The chorus is part of the Musketaquid — an arts and environment program that links the discovery of art with appreciation for natural world. The spring sing-a-long begins a new season for the chorus that includes performances at Concord's Earth Day celebration on May 1 and River Solstice on June 20. Chorus rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at the Emerson Umbrella.

For more information about the equinox sing or Voices for the Earth, 1-978-371-0820 or email

Dragonfly lecture in Maynard

Join the members of the Organization for the Assabet River (OAR) at their spring meeting on Tuesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. to hear an illustrated presentation by Blair Nikula on dragonflies and damselflies. Nikula has been studying and photographing dragonflies for the past decade. The meeting will be held at the Maynard Rod and Gun Club at 45 Old Mill Road (off Waltham Street) in Maynard. It is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact OAR at 1-978-369-3956 or e-mail at

Photos by local artist

An exhibit of flower photographs by former Carlisle resident and fine art photographer, Tom Arnold, is on display at the O'Naturals natural food restaurant on Route 2A in Acton through April 12. The exhibit is entitled "The Colors of Spring," and includes many vivid, colorful images of spring flowers and landscapes. "It is my hope that this exhibit will help sustain us through this long New England winter," Arnold said. There will be a public reception at the restaurant on Sunday, March 21, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Annual rabies clinic at new location

The Carlisle rabies clinic for cats and dogs will be held on Saturday, March 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. at a new location: Carlisle Animal Hospital at 998 Bedford Road. The clinic is sponsored by the Carlisle Board of Health and the Carlisle Animal Hospital. Pet owners must be residents of Carlisle to participate.

State law requires the vaccination of all cats and dogs. Bring a current vaccination certificate in order to receive the three-year vaccine, otherwise only a one-year vaccine can be given. A rabies tag is not sufficient. The cost is $10 per animal. Cash is appreciated but checks will be accepted. Dogs must be on leashes and cats brought in carriers.

Dog licenses will be available during clinic hours. A late fine of $20 will be added to the regular fee for any dog not licensed by March 31. Proof of current vaccination status is required for licensing.

Volunteers are needed to help with the processing. Community service points will be awarded to eligible high school students. Contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 for more information.

Boy Scout fertilizer/birdseed sale is ongoing

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual fertilizer and birdseed Sale starting March 6 and ending on March 20. Products for sale include Scotts quality fertilizer and grass seed products, Loft's garden fertilizer and Carlisle's finest all-natural fertilizer. Premium Birdseed containing sunflower hearts is also for sale this year. Donations are also welcomed.

The Scouts will be at the town transfer station and in Ferns parking lot on March 20 to take orders. The products will be delivered to customer homes on April 3. Proceeds from the sale plus donations help to defray the cost of Troop 135's many programs. Over forty Carlisle boys are registered in the troop.

Open burning season

The dates for the open burning season in Carlisle are January 15 to May 1. Residents may have open fires between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fires must be attended at all times and require a permit, which can be obtained on the day of burning between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. by calling the Carlisle Fire Department at 1-978-369-1442. The dispatcher will request a name, address and telephone number and will advise if conditions are acceptable for burning on that day.

Spring social for Daisys and Brownies

The Carlisle first-grade Brownie Troop would like to invite all Carlisle Daisy and Brownie Scouts to their annual spring social to be held at Union Hall on Sunday, March 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. Steve Charrette, magician extraordinaire, will be back by popular demand to entertain as the Scouts enjoy refreshments with friends and family.

Call Dale Ryder at 1-978-371-9673 or email to make a reservation. Tickets are available for $7 for a Scout and her guest and can be picked up at the door.

A marathon from China to Concord for Jin Wang

The "road to opportunity" is more like a marathon for Jin Wang, 1999 immigrant from China and 2001 graduate of CCHS. As in any test of endurance, the miles seem longer, endless perhaps, without the support and care of others cheering and helping along the way. Jin came to Concord alone, thankful for the opportunity to attend what she called, "one of the five famous high schools in the U. S." Impacted by the obvious language difficulties and cultural adjustments, she received the challenge of the "best English as a Second Language teacher I ever had, Neal Lynch, to get ready for the real world." That meant giving as well as receiving for Jin, which led her to an after-school program sewing blankets for shelters, where she met Mrs. Harte.

Susan Harte became another of those along the marathon road who offered a "cup of cold water," and who "treated me like I was part of their family."

As interviews are soon to begin for new recipients for the Concord Carlisle Scholarships, Jin is about to complete her first year at Pine Manor College. "Math is not a big fear for me," says Jin, but keeping up with classes in English at a college pace is hard work. She hopes that her biology course this semester will bring clarity in her decision about a career in nursing. She is deeply thankful for the many unseen supporters of the CCSF whose cheers she continues to hear.

For more information about the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, visit their website at Contributions through the CCSF Phonathon, on Sunday, March 14, will continue to help others run a good race.

Air Force Band at Minute Man NHP

On Sunday afternoons in March, Minute Man National Historical Park will exchange the lively sounds of fifes and drums for cool clarinets and the smooth tones of saxophones. The Park in collaboration with the Air Force Band of Liberty of Hanscom Air Force Base will present a March concert series.

The band's Clarinet Quartet will perform on March 14. A Jazz Combo will entertain on March 21. The final program on March 28 will feature solo performances and an ensemble recital.

All performances will be held at the Minute Man Visitor Center, which is located on Route 2A/The Battle Road. All concerts begin at 2 p.m. and are free to the public. For more information, call the Park at 1-978-369-6993 or visit the Park web site at

Student/Faculty basketball game

Save Thursday, April 8, for the Seventh Annual Student/Faculty basketball fundraiser to benefit the Carlisle Teachers' Association scholarship fund. The event will again be held at CCHS so everyone can be accommodated. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets may be purchased from your child's classroom teacher beginning Monday, March 22. While tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the game, advance ticket purchase is encouraged. Make checks payable to the CTA Scholarship Fund.

CCHS students fight AIDS

The CCHS Students Against AIDS have organized a benefit oncert on March 13, from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at the Chevalier Theater (30 Forest Street in Medford). The concert will feature State Radio, Head Wrap, the Jungle Bears, and No One's Kind, as well as four C-C bands and a band from Lincoln-Sudbury High School. Tickets are being sold in advance or at the door for $20 (cash or check to Concord-Carlisle High School). All proceeds will go to the World Health Organization. Call Natalia Samman at 1-978-371-1025 or 1-617-435-5700 with any questions, or to order tickets.

Chief Justice Margaret Hilary Marshall to speak at MCC

Middlesex Community College (MCC) invites the public to hear Chief Justice Margaret Hilary Marshall of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, at a free MCC "One World Series" special presentation scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25 in the ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel located at Kearney Square, in downtown Lowell.

Chief Justice Marshall was born and educated in South Africa. She obtained her undergraduate degree at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, a master's degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Yale Law School.

Marshall is the first woman Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Appointed a Justice of the Court in November 1996, she was named Chief Justice in September 1999.

Most recently Marshall authored the controversial 50-page majority opinion acknowledging the legality of marriage between same sex couples in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Tours of MCC's newly renovated Federal Building will be held immediately following the lecture. For information, call MCC's Office of External Affairs at 1-978-656-3164.

New poetry center launching in Concord

Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne, and the Alcotts all flourished in Concord. To honor their legacy, as well as that of area poets Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, and Anne Sexton, the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts is establishing the Concord Poetry Center, a place where studying, writing and performing poetry will be carried out with devotion and vision, and which will hopefully become a regional resource for poetry. Joan Houlihan, published poet and nationally recognized editor and critic, has agreed to serve as the center's director.

The first organizational meeting will be held on March 19 at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street in Concord. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a planning session open to anyone interested in sharing ideas about this venture. At 7 p.m. the professional reading/coaching team of Bob and Betsy Clawson will present "Out of the Garret and Into the Limelight," in which they will demonstrate how to read a poem before an audience with confidence and flair. The Clawsons will also coach a few volunteers in reading their own poems — please bring two copies.

Everyone with a serious interest in poetry is invited to attend both the planning session and the presentation. A light supper will be provided at the planning session. For more information, contact Joan Houlihan at 1-978-897-0712 or

LWV presents "A Room of One's Own"

Everyone needs a space of their own where they can think, work, and enjoy life. On March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the League of Women Voters of Concord and Carlisle will present "A Room of One's Own," a tour of home office spaces and conversation about what works in people's lives.

Reservations for the event are available for $30. Make checks payable to LWVCC and mail to LWVCC, Box 11, Concord, MA 01742. For additional information, contact Di Clymer, 1-978-369-7172, or Paula Vandever, 1-978-369-9268.

Proceeds will benefit the voter education services of the League. The event is being underwritten by Barrett & Co. Real Estate of Concord, Carlisle, and Lincoln.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito