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Friday, April 30, 2004

Woodcock walk on Foss Farm

Celebrate spring with a trip to Foss Farm on Saturday, May 1, to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding ground. 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. In the event of rain, the walk will be May 2 . For more information contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or

Annual spring bird walk Sunday May 16

This year's spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on Sunday May 16, leaving from the parking lot on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission for the last 32 years, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

Tree swallows and bluebirds are recovering from the intrusion into their domain by a company of armed Redcoats on Patriots Day weekend and are competing for nesting boxes. Bobolinks held their own last year, but the trend is down; how many will return this year? What will be the effect of three years of sheep graze? Come and find out on May 16, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots and insect repellent.

Friday Night Live is back again on May 7

The Carlisle Youth Commission would like to thank all the middle school children and their parents who were gracious enough to donate canned goods for the food pantry in Concord. A total of 211 non-perishable food items were donated to the pantry — a new Carlisle middle school record.

Friday Night Live is open to all sixth, seventh and eighth graders (with completed parental permission slips on file). Students who are not from the Carlisle School District are also welcomed, but must have a chaperone present. No students will be permitted to attend without a signed form. As always, many thanks go out to all the parents who have chaperoned FNL. Without their help, FNL couldn't happen.

DJs will be ready to rock — so mark the date on the calendar. Sadly, there are only two more Friday Night Lives left in this school year, so don't wait.

Pizza and soda are always 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.

Carlisle Garden Club plant sale on May 8

The Carlisle Garden Club will hold its bi-annual plant sale on Saturday May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 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 towards civic plantings, Gleason library books and passes, and our annual scholarships. Questions? Call or e-mail Alison Saylor Saylorfarm 1-978-369-1809.

Wash and nosh at Saint Irene Church

A car wash planned last month by the teens of Saint Irene Church to help raise money for the Water for Chinyama Project was postponed by Mother Nature. It will be held this Saturday, May 1, together with a bake sale sponsored by the parish women's club. Stop by the church parking lot any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to have your car spruced up for spring and to enjoy some yummy baked goods and a cup of coffee or glass of lemonade. Minimum donation is $5/car, but any additional amount would be most welcome. All amounts received will go directly to the effort to raise $25,000 to fund the building of wells and a sanitation system for the village of Chinyama in Malawi, Africa.

Library used book sale needs helpers, trucks

The Friends of the Gleason Library will hold their annual used book sale on Saturday, May 8, on the library front lawn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and are looking for volunteers to help on the day of the sale. Desperately needed are people with pickup trucks at 8 a.m. or 2 p.m. to transport boxes to and from the sale, and able-bodied people at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. to load and unload books. This is a great opportunity to receive community service credits, as well as to help out the sale. Profits go toward supporting library projects. If you have a good heart and a little time to spare, call Penny Zezima at 1-978-369-8941.

ConsCom coffee

The May 11 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Members of the Carlisle Garden Club will be on hand to discuss their planting projects in public areas. The coffee ends promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow.

Later-life driving issues from the law enforcement perspective

Many aspects of sensory and cognitive function needed to drive safely may deteriorate in later adulthood. In fact, recent data indicate that older adults are in the highest risk category for crashes when figures are based on crashes per number of miles driven. A few factors that contribute to increased risk are loss of hearing, loss of visual acuity, chronic diseases and physical impairment. Some medications can impair driving skills. To respond appropriately to all manner of stimuli in the roadway, a driver must detect and recognize physical features of the roadway, traffic control devices, other vehicles, pedestrians and a wide variety of other objects and potential hazards.

Signs of decline in driving skills:

•A pattern of close calls, violations or collisions, even if they are minor.

•Increasing difficulty seeing things on the road; being surprised by passing cars; braking harder than normal for stop lights and signs; running over curbs or going through stop signs.

•Decline in physical abilities: trouble turning head or shoulders before changing lanes; difficulty adjusting to the glare of on-coming headlights; slow reactions; having a hard time keeping centered in the lane.

•Signs of emotional challenges of driving: increasingly nervous, frustrated and angry when driving.

•Rapid onset of fatigue from driving. •Signs of decline in mental abilities: getting confused in simple driving situations; getting lost; no longer using turn signals or mirrors; hitting the accelerator for the brake or vice versa.

•Increasing confrontations with other drivers who honk their horns, tailgate or pass aggressively.

•Medical conditions which may directly, or as a result of medications impair driving.

Driving is a critical issue for senior citizens. We all recognize its importance to one's independence. Good driving depends on ability, not age. A decline in one's driving skills, however, without an appropriate assessment, can have serious consequences. There are several driving resources that may be of some help: HEALTHSOUTH in Woburn, 1-781-935-5050; DRIVEWISE at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 1-617-667-4074; AARP, alive; AAA Foundation,; Minuteman Senior Services, Also feel free to contact the Carlisle Police Department and/or the Carlisle Council on Aging for further information and assistance.

Friends to hold May 8 book sale

The Friends of the Gleason Library book sale will be held on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library lawn. Good quality hardcovers, paperbacks and children's books will be available at unbelievable prices. Come with the family and stock up for summer reading. In case of rain, the sale will be held at Union Hall from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Well testing on May 8

The Board of Health will conduct private well testing on May 8. The deadline to sign up is May 3. For more information call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283 or visit their website: Click on Departments, scroll to Board of Health.

Carlisle mail carriers collecting canned goods May 8

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, the United Way and AFL-CIO, will be collecting non-perishable food items on Saturday, May 8, for distribution to food banks within the community.

The NALC food drive is the single largest food drive in the country. More than 560 million pounds of non-perishable food have been collected by letter carriers since initiating the annual event in 1993. More than 1,500 local NALC branches in all 50 states and United States jurisdictions are involved in the drive.

Persons wishing to participate in the food drive are asked to put non-perishable food items near their mailbox for pickup by letter carrier when delivering their mail.

Historical Society to view art exhibit

The Carlisle Historical Society has organized a trip to tour the Fitchburg Art Museum's new exihibit, "Envisioning New England: Treasures from Community Art Museums," on Saturday, May 8, leaving Carlisle at 10 a.m. This is an outstanding opportunity to view a very special exhibition.

"Envisioning New England" features 47 oil paintings from 1850—1950, on loan from 14 community museums. Paintings by such esteemed artists as Albert Bierstadt, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Grandma Moses, and N.C. Wyeth are included in the display. All were drawn to New England by its diverse beauty and traditional way of life.

Lunch at a nearby restaurant will follow the tour. Reservations are required; please call Phil Drew at 1-978-369-9276 to sign up. Historical Society members: $10, non-members, $15 (lunch is not included in the fee). To carpool, meet at Heald House, 698 Concord Street, before 10 a.m.

CCHS plays host to Rebif MS Walk

A six-mile path starting and finishing at Concord-Carlisle High School will be the rallying point for hundreds of Concord and Metro West residents as they take to the streets May 16 to fund the fight against multiple sclerosis. The Rebif MS Walk is a spring tradition, attracting over 200,000 walkers at more than 700 sites nationwide, and raising over $30 million.

Individuals and corporate and family teams can register or volunteer to help on-line,, or by calling 1-800-493-WALK (9255), and in person the day of the event. Eighty-three percent of the money raised by the chapter supports community-based education advocacy and MS research making progress towards a cure.

Combined Reunion CCHS 1968 & 1969

A combined class reunion for CCHS classes of 1968 & 1969 is being planned for Saturday, September 18, 2004, 3 to 11 p.m. at The Concord Elks Hall. If you think this will be "the same old, ho-hum" reunion, be sure to get details by going to or by mailing to CCHS P.O. Box 159, Brookline, NH 03033. If you

think yourself or someone you know may be listed "among the missing," please contact the committee at one of the above addresses.

CSA fundraiser selling Carlisle fashions

The annual Carlisle School Association's Spring Fashion Sale is underway. Carlisle fashions are on sale until Monday, May 3. There are Carlisle sweatshirts, sweatpants, Nalgene water bottles, plus much more on sale, and guaranteed delivery in time for Father's Day.

Pick up an 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.

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. All boys who will be in grades 1-5 next year are invited 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.

PJ Storytime

Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. is the date for the next Pajama Story Time for ages 3 and up. Listen to a classic as well as new picture books and learn a rhyme or two. Kids are welcome to come in their PJs and bring a stuffed animal. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 for more information.

Carlisle Parents Connection egg hunt

Saturday, May 1 is 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 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.

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. Please call Stephanie Blunt at 1-978-369-8634 or Polly Meyer at 1-978-318-9690 if you can help.

Peter Yarrow at CCHS

Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul, & Mary fame, will perform in concert at the Concord-Carlisle High School auditorium on Wednesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. He is appearing in collaboration with the Network for Women's Lives, which hosts the evening along with more than 20 area organizations. The Network for Women's Lives raises awareness about domestic violence and offers resources for victims and those who care.

Yarrow is the founder of Operation Respect, a nonprofit foundation that provides educational resources to help schools provide character education and safe, respectful classroom environments for children and youth.

Tickets are $5 for adults; children are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or reserved by calling Concord-Carlisle Adult Ed.

DVVAP's fifth anniversary celebration

The Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) wishes to invite the public to Representative Cory Atkins' house on Sunday, May 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. DVVAP is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operation. Any donations from the evening will go to support DVVAP's work to end domestic abuse and control in our communities.

A suggested donation for the evening is $100. This event is being underwritten by Concord Oil Company.

DVVAP works with police departments in Acton, Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard and Stow. We encourage anyone who feels they are being controlled in his or her relationship to call our warmline: 1-888-991-4639.

Newcomers to meet for coffee on May 4

The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers are holding a morning coffee on Tuesday May 4 at 9:30 a.m. Come and meet some neighbors. Call Andrea Zwerling at 1-978-369 5313 or Rosie Oberg at 1-978-371-1923 to RSVP and for directions.

Spring Pops up 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's volunteers or employees. Table seats are all $18, with Group Rates available, and may be reserved by calling 1-978-369-4967.

Concord Madrigals sing

The Concord Madrigals will present Songs of Spring on Sunday, May 2, at 4 p.m. at the West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main Street, West Concord.

Directed by Jane Ring Frank, the program will feature Amy Beach's The Rose of Avon Town, Camille Saint-Saens' Salute au Chevalier Printemps, Three Songs by Gwyneth Walker, Nina Gilbert's Shaker Suite, Irving Fine's Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland as well as traditional madrigals and songs. Singers with the Concord Madrigals from Carlisle are Cynthia Nunan, Karen Taylor, Priscilla Stevens and Cynthia Sorn.

Tickets are $10, $5 for children, and are available at Brooks Pharmacy in Concord, or by calling 1-978-369-3369 or 1-978-369-7718. Refreshments will follow the concert.

Volunteer to help domestic violence victims

The Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) is in need of volunteers, with a 36-hour intensive advocate training course is scheduled to begin June 1. An interview, screening process and references are required - the deadline is May 15. For more information call DVVAP at 1-978-318-3421.

New England Artists Series chamber concert

The Parish Center for the Arts New England Artists Series presents the Triple Helix Piano Trio on Sunday, May 16 at 4 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts, corner of Boston Road and Lincoln Street on Westford Common. They will be playing Beethoven, David Baker and Brahms.

Visit for more rave reviews. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers, $17 for members and $5 for teens. Reservations are recommended. Call 1-978-692-6333 or e-mail

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.

Adoption information night

The Florence Crittenton League Adoption Agency is holding a general information meeting on Wednesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at the Florence Crittenton League, Inc., 119 Hall Street in Lowell. The league does identified adoptions, and has programs in Russia, China, Ukraine, Guatemala, and Colombia. Call 1-978-452-9671 for more information.

Democratic fundraiser for John Kerry

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee will host a fundraiser/house party for John Kerry on May 22, at the Ballantine home, 268 Fiske Street at 7:30 p.m. Kerry supporters will have an opportunity to show their support financially while sharing good food and good conversation. Kerry memorabilia connected with his visits to Carlisle will be featured. For more information, call Cynthia Schweppe at 1-978-369-5738.

SuAsCo Watershed Council presents River Visions 2004 Forum on May 6

The SuAsCo Watershed Community Council is presenting its information-packed River Visions 2004 Forum from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. on May 6. The annual event, hosted this year by the Intel Corporation at its Technology Drive headquarters in Hudson, includes a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. and a 6:45 p.m. address by U.S. Environmental Protec-tion Agency Regional Administrator Robert Varney. A 45-minute panel on the State of the Watershed follows.

For the last hour and a half, participants can choose any one of seven concurrent workshops on topics such as Stormwater Management — Maximum Results at Minimum Cost; River Continuity — Volunteers Evaluating Fish and Wildlife at Culverts and Bridges; or Controlling Crabgrass and White Grubs — Integrated Pest Management for Your Lawn.

"SuAsCo" stands for the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers, and the Watershed Council is a non-profit alliance of businesses, municipalities, state and federal government, environmental organizations and concerned citizens. Participants work collaboratively to protect the environment while strengthening the economies of the 36 communities in the SuAsCo basin.

Individuals and/or representatives of organizations can register up to April 30 for $25 and late or on-site for $30. For further information call Nancy Bryant at 1-978-461-0735 or e-mail to:

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