The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 28, 2004

Schedule for Memorial Day festivities

Carlisle's traditional Memorial Day celebration will be held on Monday, May 31, from 9:30 a.m. until noon in Carlisle Center. Everyone is encouraged to come out and celebrate this occasion and honor those who have served and are serving our country.

The day's events will begin with a flag-raising on the Common at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. formal exercises will be held in the Corey Auditorium with a keynote address by ABC News correspondent, former Carlisle resident, John Berman. After the formal exercises, a parade will follow the traditional route down Church Street to Green Cemetery, up Bedford Road to the monument at the rotary, and finish at the town flag pole on the Common where the school band will play The Star Spangled Banner.

Immediately after the parade, juice and cookies will be served to the children outside the Carlisle School cafeteria.

The First Religious Society invites townspeople to attend their traditional Memorial Day luncheon at Union Hall following the parade.

All veterans who need transportation call Judy Larson at 1-978-369-6503.

Tour Clark Farm at CCF/CLT annual meeting on June 6

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation and the Carlisle Land Trusst are holding their annual meeting on Sunday, June 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Carlisle's historic Clark Farm, 185 Concord Street. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be a tour of Clark Farm and nearby trails at 4 p.m. followed by the annual meeting at 5 p.m. to be held in the Clark Barn.

Ron McAdow, executive director of Sudbury Valley Trustees, will give a slide show and talk entitled, "Local Wildlife Captured by Remote Camera," and Dot Clark will share some of her memories and memorabilia about her farm. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Art Milliken or Sally Swift.

It's the talk of the town - Memorial Day luncheon

Come to the historic church, long ago Carlisle's town hall, and share memories with friends while meeting new neighbors. The time is Monday, May 31 following the parade, and the place is The First Religious Society on the Town Green. Ham, baked beans, potato and tossed salads, brown bread, coffee or tea, and fruit crisp - all will be prepared and served by members of The First Religious Society. Pizza, a favorite with the young people, will also be available. The small charge (to cover costs) is $5 for the ham and bean lunch and $2 for the pizza lunch which includes a drink and chocolate chip cookie. Reservations are helpful but not necessary. For more information, contact Donna Cantrill at 1-978-369-4388.

Library card time for kindergartners

All kindergarten students may now receive their very own Gleason Public Library cards. If other family members have missed out on obtaining their library cards, they are also welcome to get a card. They'll be getting the best bargain in town.

Landscaping the Town Common

All town residents with ideas for improving the Town Common are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Heald Room at Town Hall.

Don't miss the final FNL on June 4 - it's free

It is hard to believe, but the final Friday Night Live of the year is on June 4. Attention all eighth graders, this is your last chance to attend Friday Night Live in Carlisle. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2004 and good luck in high school.

Admission to the June Friday Night Live is free, and each student will receive a ticket for a free slice of pizza and a free soda!

Joe and Brian will be back and ready to rock. As always, Friday Night Live is open to any and 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.

The Youth Commission thanks all the parents who have chaperoned FNL throughout the year. Without parental help, FNL could not happen. FNL is held at 7:30 p.m. in the gym and exercise room at the Carlisle Public School.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 sharp! For more information please feel free to call Kathy Hassey at 1-978-287-4284 or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

Sing-along for young children at Gleason

Children's performer Liz Buchanan will return to the Gleason Library for the last sing-along of the season for children ages 0 - 4. Liz has been leading programs for young children in public libraries and elementary classrooms in Massachusetts for five years. Her engaging manner and crystal-clear voice enthrall 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 Friday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library. The Friends of the Gleason Public Library are providing funding for this event.

Old Manse kicks off Hawthorne Bicentennial

On Wednesday, June 9, The Old Manse will hold its annual meeting under a tent on the grounds of 269 Monument Street in Concord. The program will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m., and the historic house will be open for viewing. After a brief business meeting, the Manse will kick off the Hawthorne Bicentennial with a presentation by author Megan Marshall entitled: "We will paint pictures together: Sophia Peabody as Nathaniel Hawthorne's soul-mate."

Admission to this program is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 1-978-369-3909 by June 5 to make a reservation.

Meet the neighbors at Old Home Day's Country Fair

Hang out a shingle on Old Home Day and reserve a space now for the Old Home Day Country Fair. Sell goods or promote a service on July 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the only place to be in business that day. Jewelry, baked goods, chiropractic, plants, honey, ceramics, toys and maple syrup are just some of the items and services made available in past years.

The Country Fair will accommodate any entrepreneur with either a booth or table. However, space must be reserved before Friday, June 25.

Since Old Home Day is non-profit and does not use any town funds, the Country Fair asks exhibitors to support Old Home Day by donating 10% of their gross OHD sales. A $20 donation is requested of businesses or organizations distributing information.

It is the policy of the Carlisle Old Home Day Association, Inc. to prohibit the distribution of political materials.

For more information, or to reserve space, contact Bob or Nancy Orlando, 1-978-369-1690 or, rocks2004@, or visit the OHD web site at:

Volunteer for CSA staff and teacher luncheon

On Tuesday, June 8 the annual Spring CSA luncheon will again be held to honor the school's teachers and staff. The spring and fall luncheons have become a wonderful tradition at the school. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up at the lunch and to contribute a favorite homemade dish or monetary contribution to offset the costs of the decorations and paper goods. To contribute or participate, please contact Melinda Howe 1-978-371-1688 or

Conservation Coffee on June 8

The June 8 Conservation Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Bring questions and ideas for future land use in Carlisle.

The Conservation Coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month. Their purpose is to provide an opportunity for residents to meet and discuss a wide range of conservation issues . The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast provided.

Wash a fire truck

The Carlisle Parents Connection will host the Wash a Fire Truck Day on June 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carlisle Fire Station. Children (and their families) are invited to bring their pails and sponges to wash one of Carlisle's fire trucks, hear a demonstration on fire safety, and enjoy snacks and refreshments. The event is free, and all families attending should park at the Town Hall. For more information about the event or to volunteer, e-mail Ali Walsh at or call 1-978-287-9593.

CSA annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Carlisle School Association (CSA), at which new board members will be elected, will be on Monday, June 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Joan Konuk's house, 37 Davis Road. All CSA members are welcome. For questions, contact Dale Ryder at 1-978-371-9673.

Friends of COA host Arts Fair and Luncheon

The Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) cordially invite Carlisle seniors to an Arts Fair and luncheon with entertainment at Union Hall on Thursday, June 3 at 11:45 a.m. There will also be a special meeting in lieu of an Annual Meeting for the organization.

Buckle up

With Memorial Day weekend here and school almost out, many folks will be taking to the roads for a well-deserved summer vacation. The Carlisle Police Department would like to remind everyone of the importance of "buckling-up." It's not only the law but can save your life.

Nationally, 79% of all motorists buckle up. In Massachusetts, the percentage is only 62%. In addition to the significant financial impact on motorists, seat belt use can reduce the chance of death in a crash by 50%.

Throughout the state, all cities and towns will continue to enforce the seat belt laws with the "Click It or Ticket" program. Any operator found in violation of the law will

be subject to a $25 fine. The Carlisle Police Department will be taking a zero tolerance approach towards anyone found in violation of the seat belt law.

Please have a safe and enjoyable summer. Help make the state and local roadways safer. Buckle up.

Everyday Life in Carlisle, 1800-1930

Growing up in Carlisle is part of the Historical Society's exhibit at Town Hall. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)
A small, exquisite exhibition on life in Carlisle in the 19th and early 20th centuries currently graces the first floor of Town Hall. This exhibit is on display only briefly — until June 7 — and it is well worth a visit.

Entitled "Among Friends and Neighbors: Everyday Life in Carlisle, 1800-1930," the exhibit was curated by Conni Manoli-Skocay and Stephanie Upton for the Carlisle Historical Society. Its two major areas document events that shaped daily life in our rural town during the two previous centuries, as they also shape life today — birth, childhood, school days, graduation, marriage and death. Reflecting these stages are photographs, documents and objects from the historical collections of the Gleason Public Library and the Carlisle Historical Society.

In the "Love and Loss" display, we see an invitation, dated September 14, 1882, to the wedding of Mary Heald and Addison L. Hutchinson. Also featured is a lovely breast pin given as a wedding gift by John Robbins to his bride Sarah Helen Morgan on June 19, 1853.

An infant's cap, striped stockings and a pair of child's shoes with fabric uppers and black patent leather toes are displayed in the "Growing Up" part of the exhibit, as are children's portraits and a birth announcement. Especially noteworthy is a large photograph of Mrs. Clara Belle (Adams) Nutting and her four beautiful young daughters.

This exhibition transports the visitor to a simpler time in Carlisle's history, and underscores the importance of family and community life. Well-known old Carlisle families are represented here, their names carried forward in some of our streets, buildings and public spaces.

Don't miss this exhibit. It is open during Town Hall hours, Monday through Friday.

CTA scholarships deadline is June 4

Each year the Carlisle Teachers Association awards two scholarships to graduates of the Carlisle School. Applications for the awards are now being accepted. For an application contact: Scholarship Committee, c/o Carlisle Public Schools, 83 School Street; 1-978-369-6550.

Marguerite Grant Scholarship

The recipient must be a graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School. Candidates should have qualities of intellect and character that indicate success in their chosen field and future usefulness to society.

Amy Lapham Award

This award is awarded to a student who has already begun his or her higher education. The applicant must be a resident of Carlisle, a graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School, and have successfully completed at least one year of study.

Applications should be returned to the above address by 3 p.m., June 4.

Girl Scouts collecting for Humane Society

Fourth-grade Carlisle Girl Scout Troop 2644 is collecting used, clean blankets and towels to be given to the Bay Path Humane Society in Hopkinton. Drop donations in the boxes located at the Carlisle Transfer Station or Ferns on Saturday, June 5. For more information call Linda at 1-978-369-5137.

June school events

June 5 — Concord-Carlisle High School graduation, 2 p.m., in the field. In case of rain, it will be held in the gym.

June 9 — Ceremony to honor Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson, 3:15 p.m., Carlisle School Plaza.

June 15 — Carlisle Teachers' retirement party, 3 - 5 p.m., Union Hall.

June 18 — Carlisle eighth-grade graduation, 7 p.m., Carlisle School Plaza.

Annual Eco Fair June 9

Carlisle residents are invited to the eighth grade's annual Eco Fair to be held in the school library on Wednesday, June 9, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. Students will be presenting research on various solutions to global warming. Come discuss issues with the students and give feedback on their projects.

Recycle old videos

The Carlisle Household Recycling Committee is collecting old, unwanted black video cassettes for a special project. The tape can be in any condition as it will not be used.Deposit old video cassettes at the Swap Shed at the transfer station or call Lois d'Annunzio at 1-978-371-0083 for pick up.

COA trips

Visit the Charles Riverboat Co. and The Cheesecake Factory on Sept. 14, leaving Church Street at 9 a.m.The cost is $29 for Carlisle residents, $32 for non-residents.

Travel to Austria, Germany and Switzerlandfrom April 20 - May 3, 2005. The cost is $2699. Get a flyer at Town Hall at the COA office or call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or

Pass-It-Forward Day on June 12

On June 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Household Recycling Committee will sponsor Carlisle's second Pass-It-Forward Day. Representatives from variouscharities will be at the transfer station to collect donated items from residents.Currently, participating charities include the Household Goods Recycling Ministry, the Host to International Students at MIT, and the Veteran's Administration.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito