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Friday, June 11, 2004

Old Home Day award nominations due soon

Nominations for the honored citizen award and the conservationist award, both to be presented on Old Home Day, July 3, are due soon.

Send your nomination for the honored citizen to Judy Larson, 36 Forest Park Drive, or Norman Fredkin, 105 Virginia Farme by June 17. This award is given to a citizen who has given of himself unselfishly to make our lives richer in Carlisle.

Nominations for the conservationist award, given to a citizen who demonstrates a high regard for the environment, should be sent to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, by June 17, or e-mail to

OHD chicken BBQ tickets on sale now

Tickets for the firemen's annual chicken barbecue on July 3 are now on sale at Ferns Country Store and the police dispatcher's window. The barbecue, which traditionally comes at the close of Old Home Day, will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the fire station.

Tickets cost $8 in advance, or $9 on July 3. Cash or checks will be accepted. For more information, call Richard Sibley at 1-978-287-4142.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Carlisle Firefighters Relief Association. Tickets sell out fast, so buy them soon.

Former students invited to teachers' retirement party June 15

Please join the Carlisle School Association in celebrating the many years of service from six teachers and staff who are retiring this year: Ann Cussen (C.A.S.E.), Linda Clark (second grade), Jim Trierweiler (eighth grade science), David Negrin (middle school art), Paula Ewers (eighth grade language arts), Andy Goyer (co-principal) and Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson. Come to the Union Hall on June 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. and find out what their plans are. Former students are especially welcome!

Explore Other Worlds

"Explore Other Worlds" at the Gleason Library this summer. The six-week program, which aims to encourage reading in a relaxed and fun environment, will be highlighted by a series of special events and performers. Wingmasters will present "Birds of Prey," a program that includes live hawks. Henry the Juggler returns for another performance and workshop for aspiring jugglers, and Bob Thomas will present "Generations: Grandma and Me" in story and dance. A star party will provide the opportunity to view the summer sky through telescopes and special crafts will be offered throughout the program for grades 1-6.

Registration for "Explore Other Worlds" must be done in person and will begin on Saturday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. at the Gleason Library in the children's department. While the summer reading program is open to all who register, sign-ups are necessary for the activities which must be limited in size.

A special story-time-plus craft for children entering kindergarten will be offered on July 13 at 1:30 p.m. Register for this event starting on June 12 at 10 a.m. by calling the library at 1-978-369-4898. Story-time for ages 3 and up will be held on six consecutive Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning on June 24. No registration is needed for this drop-in series.

Community Swim for the C-C pool on June 13

On June 13, swimmers young and old, and of all skill levels are invited to swim the 25-yard length of the Heritage Pool, 145 Old Bedford Road, Concord, between 12 noon and 4 p.m. Length sponsorships, solicited by the swimmers, will benefit the planned center. To preregister, call C. C. Pools, Inc., 1-978-371-4936 or e-mail

The Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center is being designed and built with private donations by the non-profit group C. C. Pools, Inc. Upon completion, it will be given to the Town of Concord. It will be available to everyone in the towns of Concord and Carlisle, as well as town employees and their families. The Center will be located across the main driveway from CCHS on the high school campus. Construction began on March 16.

Swimmers will solicit pledges for every completed length. They may use any stroke they wish and a counter will count and record the lengths for them. The event is hosted by Heritage Pool and will be held at the Heritage Pool and Racquet Club, 145 Old Bedford Road in Concord. Rain date is Sunday, June 20. Pledge forms are available at Concord Recreation Department on Stow Street, Heritage Pool and Racquet Club, its website at www.heritageconcord. org, at, and at Brine's Sporting Goods, 69 Main Street, Concord.

Brine's Sporting Goods will provide t-shirts for the first 100 swimmers to preregister to "Go to Great Lengths" to raise money for the new Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center. For information about the pool project, visit

Final contra dance of the season tonight

The last Second Friday Contra Dance of this season will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Friday, June 11. 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. 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.

CCHS Cabaret tonight

Organized, directed, choreographed, and performed by students at Concord-Carlisle High School, the Cabaret will showcase talented students in 25 great acts. One performance only, on June 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door.

Strawberry Festival next Thursday

Luscious bowls of homemade strawberry shortcake, made with local berries, await you at the First Religious Society's Strawberry Festival, put on for the town on Thursday, June 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the church yard. (In case of rain, the festival will be moved inside the church building.) Morris dancers and Carlisle's own local barbershop quartet, The Second Wind, comprised of Ray Taylor, Kerry Kissinger, Roger Winsby and Jon Saphier, are looking forward to entertaining you.

Come enjoy the food, music and entertainment. Have fun visiting and chatting with old and new friends at this town-wide event. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children. For more information call the church office at 1-978-369-5180.

Ode to the Old Home Day pie contest

Summer's arrived! Just ahead lies the hour

To assemble your butter and sugar and flour

And answer the question that haunts many a dream:

Will this year be berry, chiffon, or cream?

On Carlisle's Old Home Day (that's the 3rd of July)

We invite you to join this bacchanalia of pie.

Imagine how your friends will be impressed

When you enter the Old Home Day pie-baking contest!

There's a class for berries, another for cream

Bake by yourself, or form your own team!

There's a category just for kids under fifteen

Where tomorrow's elite pastry chefs can be seen.

Whatever kind you consider most delightful

To deny us your talents would be simply spiteful.

Make an old favorite, or try something new

We'll welcome your entry, whatever you do.

So bring us your pies, no matter the flavor

The contest is an event for all to savor.

Roll out a crust; stir up a filling

Experiment with tastes unique and thrilling.

And if you say baking just isn't your thing

Stop and see us even if you've nothing to bring.

As soon as the labors of judging are done

Pie slices are sold to everyone!

Guidelines for the contest:

1. Drop off pies to Union Hall on OHD between 9 and 10:30 a.m.

2. Submit as many entries as you wish.

3. Pie judging will begin at 11 a.m.

4. Pie slices will be sold as soon as results are announced at noon.

Love to speed? Enter the Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby committee co-chairman Michael Jackson, is looking for kids (ten years old and up) to build and enter their "soapboxes" in this years Old Home Day (OHD) event."The Derby is new to OHD," says Jackson, "but basically the idea is, if you've got some scrap lumber in the backyard, and a few tools around the house, we want you to consider building a "soapbox" racer for the event."

There are three age groups with different starting points on Church Street hill. The youth division is for 10 to under 14 years. The teens division is for ages 14 to under 18, and the senior division is 18 to senior kid.In addition to awards for the fastest in each division, there will be awards for most creative, best engineering, and most in keeping with this year's "Rural Roots" theme. Carlisle's finest will have a police cruiser parked near the finish line to put a radar gun on the speedsters - and it's all legal!Full details and application forms are at the OHD web site, more information, one can also reach the Soapbox Derby subcommittee at, or by phone at 1-978-371-0045.

Carlisle road races entry form online

New this year, the entry blank for the Carlisle Road Races may be downloaded from the Road Races link on the Old Home Day Web site ( The 29th annual race event will take place in the usual time slots as the first event of the day following the flag-raising which opens the Old Home Day celebrations on Saturday, July 3. The five-mile race will begin at 7:30 a.m. (registration and number pickup from 6:45 - 7:15), followed at 8:30 a.m. by the one-mile race (7:30 - 8:15 registration).

The routes will remain the same, starting and finishing at the entrance to elderly housing on Church Street. Registration and awards are at the entrance to Corey Auditorium. The exact courses and prizes can be found on the entry blanks, which are available now at the Carlisle Library, Carlisle Post Office and Ferns Country Store, or electronically via the Old Home Day Web site,

The only official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents and town employees — no friends and visiting relatives. Pre-race entries must be signed and mailed to the race directors no later than June 30 and are $6 adults, $3 youth (19 & under) for each race. Race day entries will be $8 adults, $5 youth. Unofficial runners have been the cause of many problems and delays in the results' tabulation. They are responsible for their own times and must not enter the finish chute.

Additional volunteers are needed this year. Please call race directors Leslie or Ronald Kmiec (1-978-369-6130) for further information or to help on race day All "jobs" are over by 9:30 a.m.

Get ready for OHD

At this year's Old Home Day(s), starting the evening of July 2, and continuing all day July 3, one can get pure Carlisle honey, maple syrup tapped from trees in Carlisle center, and a whole host of other goods and services. All available at OHD's Country Fair. There are still a few booths available for anyone interested in selling a product or service. It's the place to see, and be seen.

A centerpiece of Old Home Day is The Great Parade. This year's theme is "Carlisle's Rural Roots: A Salute to Carlisle's Agricultural Heritage." Don overalls, bring out the tractors, farm tools, livestock, and poultry. Organize an entry with the neighborhood or club. Go hog wild! Prizes will be awarded!

All parade entries should assemble in the school parking lot at 9 a.m. Children's entries assemble in the library parking lot at 10 a.m.

Start germinating some ideas for a parade entry now. Questions? Call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434.

Start looking for likely candidates for the frog jumping contest. Find an old potato sack and practice for the sack race, and three legged race. Limber up the old throwing arm for the police radar gun speed throw. Start decorating a tricycle for the Great Parade. Get out a favorite recipe for the pie, bread, and cake baking contests. Finish that work of art for the art show. Start grooming a pet for the Pet Show. Hurry, there's not a moment to be lost!

Started construction of your soapbox racer for The Soapbox Derby yet? The OHD Committee was distressed to learn that only a couple of old guys and some girls have made derby entries so far. Are there no boys in town who can build a soapbox racer? Does that sound like a challenge?

Information and construction tips are available at the OHD web site,

Shorts from the Buzz

Clothing. Order forms are available for the spring t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants from the Spring Carlisle Fashion Sale. Call Claudia Veitch 1-978-369-2207 or Lori Canavan 1-978-287-4020

Bus volunteers. Volunteers are needed to ride on the kindergarten school bus on Wednesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 9, 2004. Please contact Laura Marshall at 1-978-371-7758.

Husky Handbook. Now is the time to make Husky Handbook changes. Please notify Kim Rusling Flynn 1-978-287-5322 or

CORI forms. By state law all school volunteers are required to submit a Criminal Offenders Record Inquiry (CORI) form prior to volunteering. The CORI's are valid for three years. Forms may be filled out and returned to Peg Lynch at the school.

Lunch charges. Many lunch charges have not been repaid to the Main Office. Please check with your child to make sure all lunch tickets and charges have been paid.

Room parents. Room parents are still needed, especially in the middle school. See page 13 for the appropriate coordinators to call and volunteer.

Old Home Day volunteers. Carlisle's Old Home Day Committee is looking for student community service volunteers to assist with this year's Old Home Day Festivities on July 2. Please call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-368-0434.

C-C Parents Initiative. The Concord-Carlisle Parents Initiative (CCPI) is looking for a Carlisle representative to its group for the K-8 school age population. Visit the CCPI web site,, or call Mary Cheever at 1-978-369-6861.

Lost and found. A green sweater and sun glasses were found during the school book fair. They are on the school library circulation desk.

CCHS exam schedule

Final exams at the Concord-Carlisle High School will be held as follows:

June 17: H and G block exams.

June 18: F and E block exams.

June 21: D and C block exams.

June 22: B and A block exams.

On these exam days dismissal is at 11:15 a.m. and there are no late buses.

Boys lacrosse semi-finals today

The Concord Carlisle High School boys varsity lacrosse team will play today against Falmouth in the semi-final round of the state tournament. The game will be at 5 p.m. on the CCHS field in Concord. Supporters are encouraged to come and cheer on the kids.

Earn community service hours at Old Home Day

Carlisle's Old Home Day Committee is looking for community service volunteers to assist with this year's festivities in the following areas:

On July 2, at the Ice Cream Social, two volunteers are needed; three are needed for the July 2/3 Art Show; three are needed for the July 3 hot air balloon rides, two are needed at the July 3 pet show; three are needed for the July 3 parade; two are needed for the July 3 soap box derby; three are needed for the July 3 Fun and Games; four are needed at the July 3 barbeque at the fire station; four are needed for the July 3 cake walk at Town Hall; three are needed on July 3 for set up/clean up. Shifts will be approximately two hours long.

For more information, call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434.

Summer book group for 7th-8th graders

A spectacular book group will be held as part of the Gleason Public Library Summer Reading Program for youth going into 7th or 8th grade. The group will meet on June 23 and July 14 from 7 - 8 p.m. Individuals must sign up between June 12 - 19 at the reference desk. Come join the fun.

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.

Kmiec piano students to perform tomorrow

The thirty-sixth annual recitals by pupils of Ronald Kmiec will occur at the Carlisle Congregational Church on Saturday, June 12. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Kmiec will perform the Chopin Polonaise in F# Minor at the end of each recital.

Carlisle pupils performing at the Elementary through Early Advanced Recital at 1 p.m. include David Bagshaw, Dan and Joey Balles, Michelle Carey, Lucas Hickman, Anna and Laura Kolstad, Gracie and Isabel Materne, Elise Ruan, Karolyne Shieh, Nikita Singhal and Ileana Wu.

Carlisle pupils performing at the Early Intermediate through Early Advanced Recital at 3:30 p.m. include Michael Bagshaw, Nathan and Raffi Hsieh, Erica Shieh, Priyanka Singhal and Stephan Wu.

Carlisle pupils performing at the Advanced Recital at 6 p.m. include Kathryn Balles, Jack Bondurant, Alec and Michael Hutson, and Mary Roberts.

Carlisle School room parents are needed for next year

Anyone interested in being a Carlisle School room parent for next year (2004-2005), call the appropriate room parent coordinator soon. Volunteers are especially needed for middle school. Call Janet Gilles (1-978-287-5107) for PreK, K and 1st Grade; Sue Struss (1-978-369-4632) for Grades 2 & 3; Marcy Guttadauro (1-978-371-9710) for Grades 4 & 5; and Francesca Bjork (1-978-287-5093) for Grades 6, 7, & 8. The coordinators will need to know the name and grade of the child for whom you wish to be a room parent, your e-mail address, any previous room parent responsibilities and your phone number. Assignments will be done after move-up day. For overall room-parent questions contact Susan Mills, head room-parent.

Calling all gardens for 2005 garden tour

The Carlisle Garden Club is looking for several gardens for the June 2005 tour, and hopes to showcase a range of plantings, styles and features. Participating gardens may be classic or funky, small or large, shady or sunny. There may be a spot for your garden on next year's tour.

The tour takes place over a Friday and Saturday in June from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During that time club members are posted at each garden. The tour is the major fundraiser for the Garden Club, which uses proceeds for town beautification projects, lectures, and college scholarship awards.

To inquire about participating, contact Susan Pepple (susanpepple@ Tour-garden owners receive two free tickets.

To learn more about joining the Garden Club, contact Holly Salemy ( You don't need to be a prize-winning gardener — just someone who likes to get down and dirty.

Pass It Forward Day 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 various charities will be at the transfer station to collect donated items from residents.

Participating charities include the Household Goods Recycling Ministry, the Host to International Students at MIT, Veteran's Administration, Cradles to Crayons, the Domestic Violence Victims' Advocate Program, and Solutions at Work, a family shelter in Cambridge.

Needed items include furniture, cooking utensils, clothing for children and adults, cell phones with chargers, blankets, safety equipment for babies (i.e., cribs, strollers, high chairs, car and booster seats) and children's toys and books.

Do not bring children's safety equipment manufactured prior to 1999, shoes, or stuffed animals. Questions? Call Amy Fennick at 1-978-369-5291.

COA travels to Ireland in November

Join the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) November 2-13 for a 12-day 10 night trip to see the very best of Ireland. The cost is $1,839 plus departure fees of $89.95.

The trip will visit Shannon, Killarney,Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry-Killarney, Blarney-Waterford, Dublin-Galway, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher-Ennistymon and more.

For flyers please call Joanne Willens 1-978-371-8023 or pick up flyers at the COA Office in Carlisle Town Hall.

To sign up for the trip or to get more information, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail at

Carlisle COA boat trip

Come join the Carlisle seniors on a trip to The Charles Riverboat Co. and The Cheesecake Factory, September 14, leaving Church Street at 9 a.m. The cost is $29 for Carlisle residents, $32 for non residents. Flyers can be picked up at Town Hall at the Carlisle COA office or call Joanne Willens, 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail to sign up.

Austria, Germany and Switzerland COA trip

Come join the Carlisle seniors on a trip to Austria, Germany and Switzerland on March 8 - 21, 2005. The trip will visit Innsbruck, Vienna, Lucerne, Munich, Zermatt, Lake Geneva and St.Moritz. The cost of the 14 day/12 night trip is $2,499, double occupancy, buffet breakfast and dinner included. For information call Joanne Willens 1-978-371-8023 or e-mail at or pick up a flyer at the COA office in Carlisle Town Hall.

Recycle old video cassettes

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 pickup.

Westford Garden Tour 2004 on June 13

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 13, for the Westford Garden Tour 2004. The event, which will feature nine lush gardens in Westford, will be held from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The tour is self-guided, and begins at the Abbot Elementary School on Depot Street. Drinks and baked goods will be sold at the school that day. All proceeds will benefit the Rebuilding Abbot's Playground Fund. Tickets are $15 per person in advance, and $18 per person the day of the event. The tour will be held rain or shine. For tickets or for more information, please call 1-978-392-4916 or check out our website at

Volunteer openings at Emerson Hospital

Emerson Hospital has several volunteer openings for men and women who can give at least four hours once a week regularly. There is currently a special need for evening and weekend adult volunteers. The hours would be 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday. Many jobs are people-related and help staff members provide better care for our patients. All jobs include training and supervision. Please call our Community Services Department at 1-978-287-3200 for an opportunity to discuss these openings.

Emerson Hospital, a 170-bed acute care medical center located in Concord, is well known for its medical and surgical specialists, outstanding nursing care and patient-centered services. The hospital provides advanced medical service to more than 250,000 individuals in 25 towns.

BWN features entrepreneur speaker

On Tuesday, June 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., The Boston Women's Network (BWN) will present "On Being Unstoppable: Learn to Empower Yourself and Harness Your Greatest Attributes" presented by Lynn Donohue, inspirational speaker and author of the critically acclaimed book, Brick by Brick: A Woman's Journey. Donohue will share her amazing journey from high-school dropout to self-made millionaire. Learn how to overcome obstacles to personal and professional development through positive attitude, perseverance, and "can do" spirit.

The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Lexington, 727 Marrett Road in Lexington. The cost will be $25 for members; $35 for first-time attendees; $45 for non-members; walk-ins will be charged an additional $10 at door. Register on line at Contact Emily Grimes at or Lillian Nestle at 1-781-281-2004 with any questions.

What's up at American Textile History Museum this summer

The American Textile History Museum tells America's story through the art, science and history of our textiles in a renovated historic textile machine factory on the Western Canal in Lowell, Massachusetts. Visitors can discover something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The permanent exhibit is "Textiles in America." Special Exhibit "Let's Go Hawaiian," through June 20 takes a playful look at the cult of the Hawaiian shirt in a fanciful exploration of our fascination with Hawaii and its influence on mainstream culture. From July 24 to October 10, "Art Quilts from the Museum of Arts & Design" traces the development of the art quilt from the 1930s to the present. On Sunday, July 18, at 2 p.m. meet Author Michael B. Taylor, recognized authority on spinning wheels. Taylor will talk about his new book, Spinning Wheels and Accessories, co-authored with David Pennington.

There is a full calendar of children's events: On Sunday, June 13, "Women's Work and Child's Play" will present authentically-costumed 18th-century interpreters, demonstrating flax processing, spinning, knitting, weaving, and bobbin lace. On Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25, come downtown to the Lowell Folk Festival and make a model car using spools for wheels. On August 1, "Start Your Engines" and come to an afternoon of racing with Spool 500 cars speeding down a 40-foot track built by artists, youths, and community members. Phone 1-978-441-0400 for more details.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito