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Friday, April 9, 2004

April COA doings

The driving force. The Bedford COA is holding several informational programs in April to address driving for seniors. These programs include the AARP Safe Driving Course, April 12 and 14 from 9 a.m. — 2 p.m.; Registry of Motor Vehicles April 15 at 2 p.m.; Stevens Advanced Driver Training, April 21 at 1 p.m.; AAA, April 28 at 1 p.m. These programs are designed for older drivers and will address a wide variety of topics. For more information, call the Bedford COA at 1-781-275-6825.

• Free dress rehearsal. Thursday, April 22, 8 p.m., seniors are invited to see 1776, a musical, winner of five Tony awards performed by the Concord Players, 51 Walden Street, Concord.

Exploring poetry. Starting Monday, April 26, this five-week program will explore poems on universal themes by classical and contemporary poets. The facilitator is Patti Russo, who has an MS in psychology and is a bibliotherapist-in-training. The program meets from 10 - 11:15 a.m. on Monday mornings at Town Hall. The fee for the five-week course is $10. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up.

May Day celebration. Join the COA in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, April 29 from 2:30 — 4:30 p.m. to make May baskets and celebrate with an old-fashioned Maypole. Refreshments will be served during this program designed for seniors and older children working together. Assistance will be provided to seniors who want to drop off their basket at a friend's home. This activity is sponsored by the Recreation Department. Sign up with the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

Back-to-school banquet. The next stop in the Luncheon series will be a banquet (including salad, either Chicken Cordon Bleu or Baked Stuffed Shrimp, vegetable, potato, rolls, beverage and dessert) at 11:30 a.m. at the Fife & Drum Restaurant at Minuteman Tech. Reservations will be accepted until May 10, at which point payment of $9.55 per person must be paid. For more information or to make a reservation, call Jim and Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681.

Calling all chess players. The COA is considering starting a chess group this fall. Call 1-978-371-2895 if you are interested in joining this group.

Landscape gardening talk at Gleason on April 12

Welcome spring by coming to hear horticulturalist Priscilla Williams speak about her landscape gardening work at the Reed Homestead in Townsend on Monday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Library. The talk, "Choosing Plants for Historic Sites: An Example from the Reed Homestead," is presented by the Carlisle Garden Club and the Historical Society. It is open to the public at no charge.

Williams will discuss changes in use of the property as it passed through four generations of the Reed family and then finally to the care of the Townsend Historical Society. She will address modern-day problems and organic solutions for overgrown plantings, persistent weeds, soil contaminated with lead, and circulation patterns. Each participant will receive a bibliography of resources for locating historic plants, a useful guide for anyone who lives in an historic house and hopes to install appropriate plantings.

Priscilla Williams is the founder of Pumpkin Brook Organic Gardening, Inc. in Townsend, providing organic-based gardening services to residential clients in the Concord-Lexington area.

CSA Spring Fashion Sale

Hold off on buying spring t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants because the Spring Carlisle Fashion Sale is almost ready to roll! Order forms will be available at Ferns and Gleason Public Library after April 15. We will be offering t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, etc. with the Carlisle logo, so you can display your town pride at a reasonable price. Guaranteed delivery for Father's Day. Each purchase helps to fund classroom programs and special events. Thank you in advance for your order and support of this CSA (Carlisle School Association) fundraiser. Questions: contact Claudia Veitch 1-978-371-2207.

Earth Day service with Roger Gottlieb on April 18

The First Religious Society in Carlisleis sponsoring a very special Earth Day Service on April 18 at 10:30 a.m. The guest speakeris Roger S. Gottlieb, professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The public is cordially invited.A well-known environmental ethicist and activist, Roger Gottlieb is the author or editor of twelve books and more than 50 articles on political philosophy, Marxism, feminism, the Holocaust, environmentalism, religious life, and disability. Widely respected for his unique range of interests, clarity of writing, and personal and political passion, Gottlieb's writings have appeared in top academic journals as well as The Boston Globe, Orion Afield, Tikkun, and New Age Journal.For the last ten years Gottlieb has concentrated on the political, ethical, and religious dimensions of the environmental crisis and on the social connections between religion and politics. His anthology "This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment" is known internationally as the first comprehensive collection on the topic. His works have won praise from respected figures like Elie Wiesel, Michael Lerner, Harvey Cox, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Bill McKibben.The First Religious Society is locatedat 27 School Street, in Carlisle center on the common.

Lisa Borders at Gleason Public Library

First-time novelist Lisa Borders will read from and discuss her award-winning book, Cloud Cuckoo Land, at the Gleason Public Library, April 14 at 7 p.m. The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are pleased to welcome this Massachusetts author. Her book about a young female street musician searching for home has won praise and gathered honors including the Independent Publisher Awards, the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, and the Massachusetts Book Awards. The selection committee for the Massachusetts Books Awards noted, "Lisa Borders writes with amazing grace in this first novel. Through her character, the young Miri Ortiz, Borders reveals the profound significances that underlie the seemingly mundane events of our daily lives and articulates, in an often lyrical style, the deeper emotional realities out of which 'ordinary' occurrences arise."

Egg hunt date change

Due to cold, wet weather, the egg hunt has been postponed until May 1, same place, time.

Second fishing group meeting

The second meeting of the Carlisle Fishing Group will be held on Monday April 26, at 7 p.m. at Union Hall.

Volunteers needed for May 8 book sale

Volunteers are needed for the Friends of the Gleason Library book sale on Saturday, May 8. The sale, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., needs cashiers, book-transporters, heavy-lifters and book-organizers. If you have any amount of time to offer, and especially if you have a vehicle that can transport boxes of books, call Penny Zezima at 1-978-369-8941.

Library used book sale needs donations

The Friends of the Gleason Library will hold their annual used book sale on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and are looking for donations of hardcovers and paperbacks in good condition (no textbooks, please.) If spring fever makes you want to thin out those book shelves, bring your donations, in boxes only, to the Gleason Library any time during the month of April. All proceeds benefit the library.

Organic lawn care workshop for landscapers offered

Please note that the starting time has changed for the CPAG Organic Lawncare Workshop for Landscapers. It will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, in the Hollis Room, Gleason Library. All local landscapers and lawn care professionals are invited to this free workshop, which is endorsed by the Board of Health and the Conservation Commission. Jay Bearfield, turf expert and manager at Mahoney's Too Garden Center in Tewksbury, will be presenting. To register, contact Chris Chin at 1-978-369-6769 or

Earth Month exhibit

Experience a multimedia show exploring the theme "Stories Restore the Wild" from April 22 to May 24 at the Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow Street in Concord. Included are craft and fine art in two and three dimensions, as well as prose, poetry, and sound. Opening reception is Thursday, April 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information call 1-978-371-0820.

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.

Recreation news

Spring programs

Tennis lessons still have some openings in all of the Spring tennis classes. Youth programs have openings in Fencing, Paint & Draw, Pottery and April & May Early Release Tuesday Programs. Adult programs have openings in Blooperball, Golf, Pilates, 60 Min Workout, Fitness Training, Pottery, Watercolor.

Fields open April 17. Carlisle Middle School teams may be on the playing fields prior to April 17 for limited practice. Note: All non-school field and gym usage must be scheduled through the Recreation Office. Call or e-mail Terri: 1-978-369-6759,

Summer programs

Summer brochures have been mailed to every Carlisle household. Applications for summer jobs are being processed and letters will be mailed by the end of April.

All brochures are available at Gleason Library and Town Hall Recreation Office. Call 1-978-369-9815, (e-mail), or Fax: 1-978-371-6686.

Harvard Pro Musica in concert

The choral group Harvard Pro Musica, under the direction of F. John Adams, will present a performance of Haydn's Te Deum and Schubert's Mass in A-flat Major, with a 20-member orchestral accompaniment. The concert will take place Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m. at the Nashoba Regional High School, 626 Main Street (Rte. 117), Bolton, Massachusetts. A reception will follow the concert. Tickets are $15 (senior citizen, $12). For information please call 1-978-456-8812.

Klezmer in Concord

Four of greater Boston's best-known Klezmer musicians will come together for a unique performance titled Music of Our Heritage: From Classics to Klez on Sunday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is being sponsored by and is being held at Congregation Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street, Concord, near the Concord rotary on Route 2. Tickets for the event are $15 ($10 for children under 13) and are available only at the door.

The concert will feature four musicians: Rosalie Gerut, Hankus Netsky, Ilene Stahl, and Andrew Blickenderfer, who are current or former members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band of Boston, Shirim, and Klezperanto.

Concord photographer's legacy honored

An exhibition celebrating the work and legacy of photographer William Wheeler Anderson (1924-1992), who photographed Concord in the years following World War II, will be on display at Anderson Photo in Concord from April 8 through April 27. A selection of photos from Anderson's extensive archives will be on display at the store at 14 Walden Street, as well as in Boston at 125 Summer Street. For more information, contact Kristin Anderson at 1-617-345-0005 or send her an e-mail at

Colossal U.N. mural at Worcester Art Museum

New York artist Jim Hodges creates a collaborative mural on a colossal scale at the Worcester Art Museum, combining the unique handwriting and native languages of representatives from member countries of the United Nations.

This "Wall at WAM" project is one of a series of mural installations at the Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, and opens to the public on Thursday, April 15 with an artist talk and reception at 7 p.m. The mural will be on view for a year. For more information, call 1-508-799-4406.

Conservation District tree and perennial sale

On Friday, April 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 24 from 8 to 12 noon at the 4-H Fairgrounds on South Chelmsford Road in Westford, the Middlesex Conservation District will hold its spring sale. The offerings include evergreens for screening and flowering shrubs for spring and summer color, 35 types of perennials as well as fruit trees and small fruits and groundcovers. Additionally, The Herb Farmacy of Salisbury will attend with a large selection of certified organic culinary, medicinal and ornamental herb plants for sale and to answer herb-growing questions.

For information call 1-978-692-9395 or visit their web site at Volunteer opportunities are available.

Spring Pops in Concord

Join The Concord Orchestra and conductor Richard Pittman in a Spring Pops evening of entertainment. Featuring Randy Hiller, soloist and concertmaster of the Concord Orchestra, these are relaxed evenings of "pops-style" table seating with snacks and drinks available. Waltzes, polkas, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and more will be the musical fare on May 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m., at the 51 Walden Street Performing Arts Center in Concord. Pops tickets are a great way to thank your organization volunteers or employees. Table seats are all $18, with Group Rates available, and may be reserved by calling 1-978-369-4967.

Tour Lowell's historic buildings on May 7, 8

On May 7 and May 8, Lowell is throwing open its doors again during National Preservation Week. Doors Open Lowell provides an inside look at over 30 of Lowell's historic buildings. The buildings, located throughout Lowell's downtown historic district, will be open Friday evening or Saturday.

Doors Open Lowell offers a unique opportunity to visit Lowell's historic buildings, many not normally open to the public. Tour everything from residential lofts in 19th century commercial buildings to offices and homes within former textile mills to historic civic and community buildings still in use today. Look for returning favorites this year as well as exciting new additions to the roster of participating buildings. New this year is Doors Unhinged, an exhibition and silent auction of a whimsical collection of artistically created and enhanced doors created by the local cultural community.

Schedules and tour routes will be available at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center. For more information, call 1-978-275-1818 or visit the event's web site at

Story Salad Productions presents "Bravo, Amelia Bedelia"

Pack your suitcase, double check your passport, and get ready for a 'round the world adventure. Your guide on this exciting voyage is everyone's favorite maid, Amelia Bedelia. In "Bravo, Amelia Bedelia" (based on the book by Herman Parish), she assists at the school band concert with hilarious results. Following that zany overture, join her on this musical romp across the planet as she discovers stories from around the world.

The program is presented at the Concord Youth Theatre, 40 Stow Street in Concord and is recommended for ages four and up. It will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $8.50 each. Call 1-978-371-1482 for tickets and information.

Tickets on sale for Champions Tour Golf

Tickets are now available to the twenty-fourth annual FleetBoston Classic, the Champions Tour's only New England stop, which takes place this year at Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, June 21 to 27. Daily Tuesday—Sunday tickets that will be $25 at the gate are $20 in advance and can be purchased by calling the tournament office toll-free at 1-877-559-GOLF, by e-mailing, by calling Ticketmaster toll-free at 1-886-GOLFTIX or by visiting

The FleetBoston Classic is the undertaking of Nashawtuc Charities, Inc., which last year distributed $270,000 and over the past 23 years nearly $3.4 million to local nonprofit organizations. For up-to-date information on the FleetBoston Classic, visit

"Pinocchio" at the Concord Youth Theatre

Join Pinocchio as he learns the lessons of life and gets sneezed out by a whale in the process. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

The program will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Concord Youth Theatre, 40 Stow Street in Concord. Tickets for all reserved seats are $8.50 each. Call 1-978-371-1482 for tickets and information.

Patriots Day at the Concord Museum

On Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18, a new, specially-designed walking tour, "Concord — The Revolutionary Town," will set off on an exploration of the town that was witness to "the shot heard round the world." Through the lives of saddler Reuben Brown and cabinetmaker Joseph Hosmer, this special walking tour brings to life the people and places of April 1775. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7.50 for child/member. The walks will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. and Sunday at 12 and 2 p.m.; reserve by calling 1-978-369-9763.

Ongoing all day Patriots Day in the Museum, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Why Concord? history galleries offer many exhibits, including one of the lanterns Paul Revere ordered hung in the North Church in Boston as a signal; a sword from one of the soldiers of the British 10th Regiment, one of the regiments posted at the North Bridge; the sword of Minuteman James Barrett; the powder horn of Amos Barrett who was at the North Bridge and wrote a vivid account of the fight; a pair of pistols belonging to Major John Buttrick, the officer in the Concord Militia who gave the order to fire. Also on view is a recent acquisition — a rare print by the patriot and engraver Paul Revere (1735-1818). "The Bloody Massacre," as Revere titled his engraving, depicts a clash between several colonists and British soldiers in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 5, 1770. This particular impression was owned in Concord in 1775 by patriot and hat-maker Emerson Cogswell, and is still in its original frame. After Patriots' Day, the engraving will be removed from view due to the fragility of its materials.

Following Concord's Patriots Day parade, the Museum galleries will be filled with special activities, living history conversations, face-painting, demonstrations of powderhorn carving, bobbin lace making and basket making, treasure hunts, patriotic puzzles, colonial music and much more, all included free with Museum admission.

The Concord Museum is located on Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA, 1/4 mile east of Concord Center. Admission is $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $7 Students, $5 Children, WGBH/WGBY Members Two for One, Concord Museum Members Free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible and has ample free parking on Cambridge Turnpike. Call for more information about the various Patriots' Day 2004 events at the Concord Museum, 1-978-369-9763, or check our web site www.concordmuseumorg.

Looking ahead to Patriots Day 2004 in Concord and Lexington
The Carlisle Minutemen will assemble on the Town Green on April 19 (photo by Midge Eliassen)

The annual Patriots Day celebrations for 2004 will offer several familiar activities and a day-long living history presentation, "Battle Road 2004: A Prelude to War," offering visitors an extraordinary glimpse into the life and times of colonial New England on the eve of war.

The first official activity of Patriots Day occurs at Concord's Meriam's Corner on Saturday, April 10, at 1:30 p.m. Area Minute Man companies, town officials and Minute Man National Historical Park will commemorate the Minutemen's first encounter with the British after they left the North Bridge to return to Boston.

Celebrations continue the following weekend. On Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., organizers will present "Battle Road 2004: The Prelude to War." Visitors will be encouraged to imagine that it is early April 1775.

Tensions between the Colonists and the British are running high. British General Gage and his troops have been enforcing the Boston Port Bill and Massachusetts Government Acts of 1774 in response to Boston's refusal to pay the tea tax. Two months earlier, a British raid on Salem to uncover stored armaments further angered the already disgruntled colonists.

Three distinct historical areas will be established in the Park's Battle Road Unit. These areas will allow visitors to gain a better understanding of colonial life in rural Massachusetts (Hartwell Tavern), the life in a British garrison in Boston (the Captain William Smith House) and a traveler's experience near the British fortifications on Boston Neck (the area between these two sites). Scheduled activities will include:

Rural Massachusetts (Hartwell Tavern)
• Outdoor cooking demonstrations
• Drill and musket firing
• Making and repairing clothing
• Town meeting

Boston Neck (Between Tavern and Smith House)
• Refugees fleeing from Boston
• Costumed interpreters relaying the story of Boston Neck fortifications
• Supply convoys going to Boston

British Garrison (Captain Smith House)
• Camp life on Boston Common
• Surgeon's call and demonstration
• The life of a "redcoat" in Boston

In addition, drilling and firing will occur throughout the day. Re-enactors representing the colonists will gather for drills at the Hartwell Tavern while the British will be stationed at the Captain William Smith House. At 1 p.m. there will be a tactical weapons demonstration originating in the field to the west of Hartwell Tavern in the vicinity of Bloody Angle. The demonstration will conclude near Hartwell Tavern.

On Monday, Patriots Day, April 19, events are scheduled from dawn to dusk. A partial list of activities follows: (Please note: Because these activities are coordinated among many groups and volunteers, times are approximate.)

• 5:30 a.m. Battle Re-enactment—Lexington Green
• 6 a.m. Dawn salute—Buttrick Hillside/Minute Man National Historic Park (MMNHP)
• 7 a.m. Remembrance Ceremony—North Bridge area/MMNHP
• 9 a.m. Commemoration of the Concord conflict—North Bridge area/MMNHP
• 9:25 a.m. British wreath-laying —North Bridge area/MMNHP
• 9:40 a.m. Parade arrives from Concord Center/North Bridge area/MMNHP
• 10:30 a.m. Arrival of Sudbury Militia/MMNHP
• 7 p.m. Patriots Remembered—A Candlelight Program/North Bridge/MMNHP

Many volunteer Minutemen and militia companies, town committees and park rangers coordinate these complex events, and as always, public safety and accuracy are of utmost importance. Visitors interested in attending Patriots Day festivities are encouraged to check their local listings and the Park's web site, which has links to area organizations participating in Patriots Day.

Carlisle Minuteman schedule

Saturday April 10

Bedford Pole Capping: 9:30 a.m. meet in Carlisle School Parking Lot

  • 9:45 a.m. depart
  • 10 a.m. gather on Bedford Town Green, Parade starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. collation lunch at Bedford School. Buy what you need for the season from dozens of vendors of 18th-century-style goods.
  • 12:30 p.m. depart for Meriam's Corner, Ripley School, Concord. Meriam's Corner: arrive at Ripley School 1 p.m.
  • parade starts at 1:30 p.m.
Parade route to Meriam's Corner and Park Commemoration
Parade returns to Ripley School by 3 p.m.
Saturday April 17
Battle Road at Hartwell Tavern, Rt 2A, Lexington. See web site:, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday April 19
6:30 a.m. gather on Carlisle Town Green
6:45 a.m. Sound the alarm
6:50 a.m. Raise flag, brief history at monument
7 a.m. begin march to Concord
9 a.m. arrive at Buttrick's Mansion
9:30 a.m. join Concord Parade
11:30 a.m. arrive at Hunt Gym for collation lunch
12:15 p.m. dismissed.

Friday April 30
Participate in performance of 1776 at 51 Walden:
Arrive at 51 Walden 7:30 p.m,
Play begins at 8 p.m.,
ends around 10:30 p.m.

The Concord Players present 1776

John Alzapiedi and Katherine Logue as John and Abigail Adams in the Concord Players production of 1776

The Concord Players, 51 Walden Street, Concord Center will be presenting the five-time Tony award winner 1776, directed by Kirsten Gould and music direction by Susan Minor on April 23, 24, 30, and May 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for all shows. Call 1-978-369-2990 or charge tickets at Tickets are also available in Harness Shop in Concord Center.

Calling all poets

A poetry workshop is forming in Carlisle for all those interested in sharing constructive criticism about each other's poems. The first meeting will be Sunday evening, April 18. For information, call Mary Zoll at 1-978-369-5236.

Conservation Coffee

The April 13 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Ray Faucher, manager of Great Brook Farm State Park, will discuss the past year's revenue enhancement effort and plans for the year ahead. All are welcome to bring questions, comments and observations. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Refreshments are provided.

Emerson Hospital hosts Cancer Awareness Day

Emerson Hospital will host the 10th annual Cancer Awareness Day for community members on Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.The event features a variety of free health screenings, a cholesterol test (12 hour fasting is required - no food or drink except water) and, for men, a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test. Registration is required for the cholesterol and PSA screenings and for a skin cancer screening.

To register or for more information, call Allison Richardson at 1-978-287-3237 or visit the Emerson Web site at

Dry ice workshop at Gleason Public Library

Ever wondered just how dry ice works? Children in grades one through six are invited to come to the Gleason Library on Thursday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. for an interactive workshop presented by Mad Science of Greater Boston and sponsored by the Library and the Nichols Foundation. Children will learn about the three states of matter, taste homemade seltzer, and participate in a spooky scene straight out of a movie.

Sign-up is required for this workshop and may be done in person starting on Tuesday, April 13 at 10 a.m.

Sign up for library story time

Sign-up is continuing for the Gleason Public Library story times. Openings remain in the Monday afternoon 1:30 p.m. story time for ages 4-to-6-year-olds and for the Tuesday 10:30 a.m. session for ages 3-to 4-year-olds. Call the Gleason Library at 1-978- 369-4898 and ask for the children's department to register.

No registration is required for the drop-in story time for ages 3 to 4 1/2 to be held on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. This will meet until the end of May with the exception of school vacation week.

Free seminar to address ways to identify and help struggling readers

The Carroll School announces a seminar for parents in the local community. At this seminar experts will discuss ways that parents can identify and help a struggling reader. It will be held at The Carroll School on April 14, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Recent research highlights the importance of early identification of reading difficulties. Parents want to know if their child's reading is developing normally, as well as become aware of early warning signs that may indicate dyslexia. Two senior faculty members from The Carroll School with more than 40 years of combined experience will present at this seminar. Donna Sullivan, director of curriculum and instruction, and Mary Beth Fletcher, lower school language department head, will address whether the research supports a particular kind of early reading instruction and how parents can support their child at home. Seminar attendees are encouraged to bring questions or concerns they would like addressed.

About the seminar, Donna Sullivan says, "Our goal is to provide parents with a solid understanding of stages of normal reading development as well as how, where, and under what conditions this development can become stalled. Participants should leave the seminar with the information and understanding they need to be able to express their concerns articulately. They will also become aware of the body of research and information available about the successful teaching of reading to students who are experiencing difficulty in their early reading development."

This seminar is the fourth in a series intended for local community members. The three previous seminars, presented by experienced faculty members from The Carroll School and offered at no charge, addressed topics that focused on other issues surrounding students with language-based learning disabilities. The Carroll School has developed this series to support families of children with learning disabilities through sharing its teachers' expertise. Due to the interest generated by these presentations, the school is planning to continue this seminar series into the 2004-2005 school year.

Parents interested in further information regarding this or any previous seminar should go to the web site or contact The Carroll School directly at 1-781-259-8342.

The Carroll School, located in Lincoln, is an independent day school for elementary and middle-school children diagnosed with specific learning disabilities in reading and writing, such as dyslexia.

Events at Concord-Carlisle High School

The next Parents Association meeting will be held on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concord-Carlisle High School library. The budget situation and plans for the rest of the school year will be discussed.

Maximize your college financial aid (for parents). Concord-Carlisle Community Education will hold this class at the high school on Thursday, May 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Faculty and staff appreciation luncheon on Friday, May 21. To volunteer to help, contact Susan Sharp at 1-978-371-3081.

Reminders for seniors: With graduation and the end of the school year rapidly approaching, seniors should remember to do the following things:

1. Inform their counselor and the records office of the responses of each college to which they have applied.

2. Write thank-you notes to teachers and other individuals who wrote college references.

3. Send a written confirmation along with the required deposit to the one college they choose to attend. Confirmed students may also remain on wait lists of additional schools.

4. See their counselor, if they are wait-listed, and review the wait-list section of the Post-Secondary Planning Handbook for suggested strategies.

5. Provide for a smooth graduation by clearing up fees for additional transcripts, texts and library books, and cap and gown rental.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito