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Friday, June 18, 2004

Trail clearing needs help on June 19

The Trails Committee is looking for help clearing a trail connecting the Blood Farm Trail (in the Davis Corridor conservation land) to Suffolk Lane on Saturday, June 19, meeting at 9 a.m. at the dead end of Long Ridge Road, off Nowell Farme Road. Bring work gloves and, if available, loppers and bow saws. Bug spray may be in order. This shouldn't take more than two hours with a good turnout. Call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 with questions.

World championship lawn dominos match to be held on OHD

Cooperstown can claim baseball and Springfield has basketball. But soon Carlisle will be able to claim its place in history as the home of Lawn Dominos. What is lawn dominos? The game is the brainchild of Lois d'Annunzio, a member of the Carlisle Household Recycling Committee. Lois observed that VHS tapes are quickly being replaced by DVDs and as a result will be ending up in growing numbers at the transfer station. Rather than add these toxic items to Carlisle's trash, their rectangular shape and black color prompted the idea: convert them into super-sized dominos that could be played as a lawn game.

On Old Home day, everyone is invited to try this modern adaptation of the ancient game of dominos. Look for signs pointing to the domino playing field on the Town Green. And who knows, maybe there's a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records just waiting to be filled with an entry about Lawn Dominos.

Update on Old Home Day(s) July 2 and 3

See Carlisle from a different perspective. Come on down to Spalding field at 6 a.m., July 3, to see the hot-air balloon launch. Tethered balloon rides will begin at 6:30 a.m., and continue as long as the wind stays calm. $2 for adults, and $1 for children. This is bound to be a popular attraction, so get there early to get a ticket.

After a balloon ride, it's over the hill to the Congregational Church for their famous pancake breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Everyone goes to this one and it usually sells out by 9 a.m., so be there early. Meet neighbors, and plan the day's activities. All are welcome. Admission is free for everyone over 90 (and willing to admit it), the cost is $1 for everyone under 6 or over 60, otherwise it will be $3 this year.

Next it is time to line up for the parade. Floats, cars, marching groups, and equines should gather at the school parking lot at 9 a.m. Children on bikes or on foot not wanting to go the full mile should assemble at the library parking lot at 10 a.m. Don't forget this year's agricultural theme.

News flash — prizes are awarded to participants in the Fun and Games department, held on the village green. Frog-jumping, egg-toss, three-legged race, potato-sack race, etc. In addition to the extravagant prizes usually awarded by the Old Home Day Committee, Kimball's Ice Cream of Westford is donating 10 tickets for their bumper boat ride, and 10 miniature-golf tickets. So come on out for Fun and Games. Winners will be handsomely rewarded.

This year, OHD's Cake Walk is walking from the Fire House, right next door to Carlisle's Town Hall. There will be more room and more shade. There are other changes too, so come see the new and improved Cake Walk. Still the same great music. Still a lot of fun. Still the same great cakes.

As in previous years, the Cake Walk still needs lots of cakes donated. The more cakes donated, the longer the Cake Walk will run. If you and/or your children feel inspired, please deliver a cake to Town Hall Clark Room from noon until 5 p.m. on the big day, Saturday, July 3. For more information, call Donna Cantrill at 1-978-369-4388.

While in the kitchen, get out your favorite recipes for the bread-, pie-, and cake-baking contests. These culinary extravaganzas are always a treat to see, and right after the judging and awarding of prizes, these gourmet goodies are sliced up, and made available for consumption.

As reported last week, the OHD Committee is looking for a few good Soapbox Derby racers. Hay bales have been secured to line the course, and the radar speed gun is reserved. More details are at the OHD web site, www.carlisle.org/ohd.

The OHD Committee thanks all who donated nearly $1,600 to help cover the expenses of this great community event. Don't miss this year's Old Home Day(s) — Friday evening, July 2 and all day Saturday, July 3.

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.

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, http://www.carlisle.org/ohd.For more information, one can also reach the Soapbox Derby subcommittee at, SoapBoxDerby@pobox.com. 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 (www.carlisle.org/OHD). 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, www.carlisle.org/ohd.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Honored Citizen nominations due tomorrow

Nominations for the honored citizen award, to be presented on Old Home Day, July 3, are due Saturday, June 19.

Send your nomination for the honored citizen to Judy Larson, 36 Forest Park Drive, 1-978-369-6503, or Scott Evans, 299 Heald Road, 1-978-371-0880. This award is given to citizens who have given of themselves unselfishly to make our lives richer in Carlisle. No past recipient or town employee is eligible.

Town board and committee openings

The Carlisle Board of Selectmen announces that there are openings on the following boards and committees: Cable Communications Advisory Committee, Celebrations Committee, Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee, Finance Committee, Historical Commission, Long Term Capital Requirements, Personnel Board, and Youth Commission.

If you would like to become involved in town government, send a letter to the Board of Selectmen indicating your area of interest by June 30.

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 youths 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.

Summer jumper series to benefit Old North Bridge Pony Club

This summer the Old North Bridge Pony Club will hold four Wednesday shows at Foss Farm. The dates are June 30, July 14, July 28 and August 18. The warm-ups begin at 12:30 p.m. and the shows at 1 p.m. The jumping divisions range from 18 inches to 3 feet.

Come watch or join in. Call or e-mail Lucy Cornish 1-978-369-2868, chrisliefarm@comcast.net or Beth Platt 1-978-369-4982, platt13@comcast.net for more information.

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@ msn.com). Tour-garden owners receive two free tickets.

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

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.

Community education offers Summer Science

Young people will have a hands-on opportunity to explore the natural sciences and foster their imaginations and creativity in this year's Summer Science Adventure. For students who will be entering Grades 2-6 in September, Shipwreck! Summer Science Adventure will meet Monday through Friday, July 12-16, from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day at the original Alcott School location.

The "shipwreck" theme will connect the various disciplines that make up this experiential program. In the imaginary world the children will enter on July 12, they must use teamwork, creative thinking and innovation to overcome the challenges that are posed when their ship is wrecked on a reef. Where are they? How will they find their way home? What must they do to survive?

Students will participate in five different instructional modules each day, Science, math, arts and history are all combined as the marooned travelers use water, weather, flight and navigation, and lots of curiosity and creativity. The fee is $240.

Teachers Sean D'Abbraccio, Thanayi Henry, Cheryl Shea, Sharon Staggers-Moss and Kate Swanson participated in last year's program, in cooperation with Camp Invention. The Concord Education Fund supported their follow-up curriculum development project, relating the camp's experiential approach to science learning with the Concord Schools curriculum and the state framework for science learning. The outcome is this summer's Shipwreck! Summer Science Adventure, with all five teachers and several high school counselors returning to conduct the program.

Call the Concord-Carlisle Schools, Community Education office, at 1-978-318-1540 (days) or 1-978-318-1432 (evenings) to enroll, or have a registration package sent to you by mail. Enrollment is limited.

Singers and instrumentalists invited to "Christmas in July"

Recorders/Early Music MetroWest invites area singers and early instrumentalists to stay cool in the summer heat by attending the July 12 "Summer Music Evening," beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. This month's theme, "Christmas in July," features beloved seasonal carols, motets and dances in multi-part settings. Singers in all voice ranges are invited; music scores will be provided. Renaissance reed, brass and string players are always welcomed at R/EMM meetings. Suggested donation for this music evening is $3. Instrumentalists are reminded to bring a music stand. Refreshments are provided at a break. For further details on R/EMM programs, please call 1-978-264-0584 or send e-mail to sheilabb@earthlink.net.

R/EMM program director Sheila Beardslee (Acton resident) organizes these informal music evenings as an opportunity for singers and instrumentalists alike to explore new repertoire and enjoy a few old favorites.

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 www.BostonWomensNetwork.org. Contact Emily Grimes at Emily@grimesco.com or Lillian "Explore Other Worlds" at the Gleason Library

"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, at 10 a.m. at the Gleason Library in the children's room. 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.

"Explore Other Worlds" at the Gleason Library

"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, at 10 a.m. at the Gleason Library in the children's room. 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.

Skating competition in Concord

The New England ISI District I Competition of the International Skating Institute (ISI) will be coming to the local area from Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 27. The competition will be hosted by the Sharper Edge Skating School, which is based at Valley Sports Ice Arena in West Concord. The competition will include 573 skaters, with many local competitors.

The ISI is dedicated to the education and promotion of recreational skating. Skaters range in age and ability. The organization sponsors national level competitions each year. The events are open to the public. There is no charge for admission, and events will be happening in both rinks at Valley Sports Ice Arena on Route 62, in West Concord, near the Maynard and Acton town lines. There will be refreshments, crafts, and other items available for sale.

ARS & AMICI have openings for singers

ARS et AMICI invites singers to take part in its first local summer music project, "Venetian Vespers," under the direction of Sheila Beardslee. The August performances will feature large-scale sacred motets and psalm settings from Venice's San Marco, home to many of Italy's late 16th and early 17th century composers including Giovanni


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