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Friday, April 23, 2004

Organic lawn care talk on April 27

Come to a free, informational event about organic lawn care on Tuesday, April 27, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Corey Auditorium. Pat Beckett and Chip Osborne, co-chairs of the Marblehead Living Lawn Project, will present "Simple Steps Towards Organic Spring Lawn Care: A Class For Homeowners," a slide show and talk that will engage residents about pesticide awareness. Beckett and Osborne, both NOFA-accredited in organic land care, will teach homeowners how to create and maintain beautiful and truly healthy lawns that are both ecologically sound and safe for families and pets.

They have been featured in the Boston Globe ("Marblehead Turning Green Without Toxics," 3/31/2002). The article begins with a compelling account of how Chip Osborne's two young springer spaniels died of cancer. Osborne is convinced that they were killed by the pesticide runoff near where they slept in the greenhouse where he worked. That turned Osborne into a pesticide-awareness activist and organic florist. Pat Beckett became concerned about the "chemically green lawns" on Long Island as she strolled by as a mother with a baby before moving to Marblehead nine years ago.

Together, they spearheaded a successful effort to make Marblehead the first town in Massachusetts to pass a strict organic policy for town property, including all playing fields. They have designed and maintained the much-acclaimed Living Lawn Project, an organic lawn and garden demonstration project on town property, that attracts many out-of-town visitors.

Save the date and join your neighbors at this important town event. This public service event is presented by the Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group (CPAG), in association with the Board of Health and the Conservation Commission. The talk is sponsored by the Carlisle Garden Club, the First Religious Society Environmental Action Committee and by a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.

Woodcock walk on Foss Farm

Celebrate spring with a trip to Foss Farm on Saturday, May 1, to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding grounds. Foss Farm is one of the few publicly accessible places in Carlisle where people can see and hear these fascinating birds.

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle residents and birders, will lead the walk. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot at 7:45 p.m.; the flight displays start shortly after dusk. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the walk will be May 2 at the same time.

If you have any questions, contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or

Singalong at Gleason Library

Children's performer Liz Buchanan will return to the Gleason Library for another singalong for children ages 0-4. Liz had been leading singalong programs for young children in public libraries and elementary classrooms in Massachusetts for the past five years. Her engaging manner and crystal-clear voice enthralls the younger set. She will present a half hour program of some of her original tunes and classic favorites. This free program for children and their parents or caregivers will be held on Monday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library. The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are providing funding for this event.

CSA fundraiser selling Carlisle fashions

Carlisle fashions are on sale. Hold off on your trip to the mall and support the Carlisle School at the same time. The annual Carlisle School Association's Spring Fashion Sale is underway. There are Carlisle sweatshirts, sweatpants, Nalgene water bottles, plus much more on sale, and guaranteed delivery in time for Father's Day.

Pick up your order form at Ferns or the library. Parents of Carlisle School children can use the order form from their child's backpack in the April 16 Buzz. Contact Claudia Veitch at 1-978-371-2207 or Lori Canavan at 1-978-287-4020 for more information.

Carlisle Garden Club plant sale

The Carlisle Garden Club will hold its bi-annual plant sale on Saturday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. outside the DPW building at the Transfer Station. Many of the plants will be from Garden, Club members'gardens, meaning they are very likely to thrive in your garden too. Knowledgeable Garden Club members will be on hand to advise you on the best plants for your particular needs. This is a painless way to choose a delightful Mother's Day gift. Proceeds from the sale go toward civic plantings, Gleason Library books and passes, and our annual scholarships. Questions? Call or e-mail Alison Saylor, Saylorfarm, 1-978-369-1809.

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.

Carlisle birding trip

D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg, Carlisle birders, will lead a Brookline Bird Club outing in Carlisle the morning of Saturday, April 24. The trip is free and open to the public.

Meet at Carlisle's Foss Farm Conservation Land parking lot at 7 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the trip will be cancelled. If you have questions, call the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609, or e-mail them at

Cub Scout Pack 135 open meeting

The next meeting of Cub Scout Pack 135 will be Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. We extend an invitation to all boys who will be in grades 1-5 next year to come and see what Cub Scouting is all about. Our special guest will be dog trainer Mary Ann Callahan. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Call Steve Golson, Cubmaster, 1-978-371-9959.

Carlisle fishing group meets on Monday

The second meeting of the Carlisle Fishing Discussion Group will be next Monday night, April 26, at the First Religious Society in Carlisle Center at 7 p.m.Andy Bonzagni from Concord Outfitters will give a slide show on a fly fishing trip to Andros Island in the Bahamas for bone fish. Dana Booth will show photos of his trip to Quebec for trout and caribou, and Captain Eric Staplefeld will discuss fishing around Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket for stripers, blues, tuna, and sharks. Eric is an expert at wire-line jigging and invented his own patented dual hook leadhead "hairball jig."Upcoming spring trips and topics for upcoming meetings will also be covered.

For more information call Steve Kirk at 1-978-371-0176.

Open burning season ends April 30

Open burning season in Carlisle ends at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 30. 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.

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.

Recreation news

Spring programs

Tennis Lessons: we still have openings in all of our spring tennis classes. Begins week of May 3.

Youth Programs: there are openings in Fencing, Paint and Draw, Pottery and May Early-Release-Tuesday Program.

Adult Programs: There are openings in Blooperball, Golf, Pilates, 60-Minute Workout, Fitness Training, Pottery, Watercolor.

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

Summer Programs

Summer Brochures have been mailed. Programs are available for students entering grades K to 4, 4 to 7, 7 to 10 and Pre-K (swim only). Register now as space is limited. All brochures are available at Gleason Library and Town Hall Recreation Office. Call 1-978-369-9815 or e-mail

Old Home Day will be held on July 2 & 3. A number of community service volunteers (teens and adults) are needed to assist in the festivities. Many opportunities from Ice Cream Social, Barbeque, Cake Walk, Parade, and Pet Show. Call Debbie or Bill for etails at 1-978-369-0434.

What's new in sports at the library

Some of our new sports-related arrivals at the Gleason Public Library include:

Life List. The 50 Ultimate Hiking Adventures, by Backpacker Magazine, shows some of hikingdom's hottest spots.

The Life Story of a Downhill Gravity Goddess, by Marla Streb, is an autobiography revealing the risky career transition from an office desk to thrilling off-road mountain bike riding.

Riding for Kids, by Judy Richter, offers an enthusiastic and thorough introduction to horsemanship for young readers.

T'ai Chi for Seniors, by Sifu Philip Bonifonte, is an illustrated volume providing basic concepts and forms of T'ai Chi. An introduction or refresher course useful for any age.

Fuel for Young Athletes: Essential Foods and Fluids for Future Champions, by Ann Litt, MS, RD provides guidelines for meeting the essential nutrition needs of adolescent athletes.

Tap with Ginger, by Golden Treasures, is an easy step-by-step DVD for tap students of all levels.

Burn & Firm, a DVD by Karen Voight, offers simple circuit-training and helps introduce basic weight exercises to build muscle and increase energy levels.

Celebrate the earth with Musketaquid

The annual Musketaquid Earth Day Celebration has become a Concord spring tradition and everyone is invited to step right up and join the fun. Final preparations are underway for the Saturday, May 1 celebration with the theme Stories Restore the Wild.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. with the Concord River Ceremony at the Lowell Road Bridge, (one-quarter mile from Concord Center on Lowell Road). Listen to a story of the rivers with the launch of Earth Floats - sculptural tributes to the Earth made of natural materials. The floats will carry with them our hopes and wishes for all living things.

Following the river ceremony everyone is invited to join the Giant Puppets Parade. The procession steps off from the Lowell Road Bridge. Hundreds of giant critters, colorful banners, musicians, and dancers take to the streets of Concord Center to celebrate our place on the planet. Bring your friends and family. There are always plenty of creations to carry.

After the parade the festivities continue at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street in Concord center. During the Arts & Environment Festival enjoy music, entertainment and art activities and find out more about many groups working to preserve our local environment. Food will be provided by Verrill Farm.

For more information about the Musketaquid Earth Day Celebration call 1-978-371-0820 or visit Musketaquid Earth Day is presented by Musketaquid, the arts and environment program of the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, in partnership with Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and the Organization for the Assabet River.

Early Music presents medieval/renaissance trio

The Cambridge Society for Early Music (CSEM) concludes its 23rd season of "Chamber Music by Candlelight" concerts in Carlisle with a performance entitled "Unrequited — Machaut and the French Ars Nova." The concert will take place on Thursday, April 29

This concert will be performed by the vocal trio Liber unUsualis, an ensemble for Medieval and Renaissance music. Liber unUsualis was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1996 and is internationally recognized for their interpretation of Medieval music and their innovative programming. The trio is comprised of soprano Melanie Germond, mezzo-soprano Carolann Buff and tenor William Hudson. Trained in historical performance practice, the singers ground their programs in research on original manuscripts and historical context.

Tickets are $25 general admission, with $20 discounted tickets available for students and senior citizens. For further information and to order tickets, call the CSEM office at 1-617-489-2062, or write to the Cambridge Society for Early Music, P.O. Box 336, Cambridge 02238-0336. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the concert.

OS&R land planning workshops

As part of the process of updating Carlisle's Open Space and Recreation Plan, the public is invited to participate in a series of land-planning workshops. The workshops will look at undeveloped, private parcels of ten acres or more in size, and will evaluate each property's conservation resources and potential for recreation use. The meetings will be held in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street on April 26 and April 27 in the Heald Room and April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clark Room. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Open Space and Recreation Plan is a planning document that must be revised every five years to be considered current by the state Department of Environmental Management. Being current allows the town to be eligible for state Self-Help grants. The current edition of the Open Space and Recreation Plan, published in 2000, is available at the Gleason Public Library and can be viewed in the office of the Carlisle Conservation Commission in the Town Hall, 66 Westford Street.

For more information, contact Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, at 1-978-369-0336.

Volunteers needed to help domestic violence victims

The Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) is in need of volunteers. A 36-hour intensive advocate training course is scheduled to begin June 1. It will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for two weeks, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The training will take place at the Concord Police Department, after which volunteer advocates will work at the Bedford PD. An interview, screening process and references are required - the deadline is May 15.

If anyone is interested in finding out about DVVAP's volunteer advocate training in January, call 1-978-318-3421. DVVAP will mail out a volunteer application and arrange for an interview.

Carlisle Parents Connection hosts spring egg hunt

Mark your calendars for May 1. That's the day the Carlisle Parents Connection will host the annual Carlisle Spring Egg Hunt and Spring celebration. The event will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at Diment Park's Tot Lot. Bring your baskets and don't be late—the egg hunt is a quick event. There will be refreshments and activities following the hunt so stick around for some fun at the playground and a chance to socialize with other Carlisle families. Don't forget to bring your baskets to collect eggs.

The event is free for Carlisle Parents Connections members or $5 per family for non-members. This is for children ages 5 and under. Rain date is Sunday, May 2 at 3 p.m. We need volunteers to help with the event and/or bring baked goods. Call Stephanie Blunt at 1-978-369-8634 or Polly Meyer at 1-978-318-9690 if you can help.

Holocaust survivor to speak on April 25

On Sunday, April 25, Holocaust survivor Max Michelson will speak at the annual Holocaust Memorial Observance at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord Town House. Mr. Michelson is the author of a memoir, "City of Life, City of Death: Memories of Riga", published in 2001 by University Press of Colorado. As a resource speaker for "Facing History and Ourselves," he has told his story of survival to many schools and civic organizations.

The Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council is dedicated to protecting human dignity and human rights locally, and recognizes that every community has this responsibility. The Council has been coordinating this important annual event at the request of the Board of Selectmen for each of the past 24 years. This year, Concord's observance falls at the end of the official Week of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust.

Polly Attwood, longtime volunteer with the Human Rights Council, reflecting the sentiments of the Board of Selectmen as they issued the annual proclamation, reminds fellow residents, "Only by remembering the histories and tragedies of our past can we avoid repeating them in the future."

Help build SkatePark

The Alliance for Teen Safety invites Concord and Carlisle residents to join together to build the park. Starting on Thursday, April 29, for three days, there will be many opportunities to work with neighbors and new friends. High School students can receive community service for helping. The teens can work 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and anytime on Saturday. No experience is necessary for the build and all are welcome.

To celebrate this festive time, there will be a Skatepark Family Festival on Saturday at 4 p.m. All are invited. For the youth, there will be games, races and skateboard decorating contests.All of these activities are centered on skateboard and rollerblade themes.There are prizes for all events and lots of food, juice and sodaat the tent in the Concord-Carlisle High School parking lot, right outside of the skatepark.At 5 p.m., the official ribbon-cutting ceremony will occur. There will also be an official opening for all skaters and rollerbladers once all of the equipment passes safety inspection by the vendor; hopefully also at 5 p.m.

To volunteer, call Kansas Wight at 1-978-371-2478, Barbara Howland at 1-978-369-3113 or Rotary representative Sharon Spaulding at 1-978-371-0800.

Chris Kavalauskas to lead vernal pool walk

The Trails Committee and the Conservation Commission will host a public vernal pool walk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 25 at Towle Field. This is a great family activity. Chris Kavalauskas, former Conservation Commission chairperson and wildlife ecologist will lead the walk. She plans to bring examples of vernal-pool-dependent animals, such as salamanders and turtles. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather and bring small containers and magnifiers to view some of the smaller examples of vernal pool life. The walk is one mile round trip.Meet atthe Towle Field parking lot. Refreshments will be served after the walk. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680

Desperately seeking: old pictures of Carlisle

Do you have photographs of Carlisle from the early 1900s to 1950 hidden away in the attic or in musty scrapbooks? The Carlisle Historical Society would like to borrow them for a new visual history of the town, to be published by Arcadia Publishing Company in its "Images of America" series.

Anyone who can contribute photographs to this book, contact Ellen Miller at 1-978-287-4776 or e-mail at

Pop Warner equipment fitting on May 1

Pop Warner football players, mark the calendar for equipment fitting on Saturday, May 1 at 3 p.m. at Hunt Rec Gym on Stow Street in Concord.

Town committees need volunteers

The Board of Selectmen wishes to announce that there are openings on the following boards and committees: Cable Communications Advisory Committee, Personnel Board and Celebrations Committee.

If you would like to become involved in town government, send a letter to the Board of Selectmen indicating your area of interest by May 7, 2004.

COA events

The Council on Aging (COA) chess group will be starting in mid-May, not the fall, as announced earlier. For more details, call 1-978-371-2895.

Back-to-school banquet. The next stop in the Luncheon series will be a banquet 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. To make a reservation, call Jim and Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 or Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681.

Exploring poetry. Starting Monday, April 26, this five-week program will explore poems on universal themes by classical and contemporary poets. The program meets from 10 to11:15 a.m. on Mondays at Town Hall. The fee is $10. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up.

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