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Friday, June 25, 2004

Stumped for parade entry ideas?

This year's OHD theme, "Carlisle's Rural Roots: A Salute to Carlisle's Agricultural Heritage" has generated lots of enthusiasm and creativity, especially among the first-time parade entrants. If you are in search of inspiration, just look around.We continue to witness many agricultural feats performed throughout our town:haying, cranberry harvesting, dairy farming, sheep-powered field mowing. Don't miss your annual chance to be corny. Prizes will be awarded!

Parade entries, including all floats, horses, wagons, cars, trucks and walking groups, should assemble in the school parking lot starting at 9 a.m. All bicycles, scooters and other children's entries should assemble in the Gleason Library parking lot at 10 a.m. Please call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434 with any questions about the OHD Parade.

Cats need trumpets

The Carlisle Cats need a couple of good trumpeters during the July 3 parade. We play from 10 a.m. to noon on the green near the flag pole. Other instruments are welcome. Call Walt Woodward at 1-978-369-5893 to play Dixieland and other band music for the Old Home Day celebration.

Wingmasters to perform as part of "Explore Other Worlds"

Wingmasters will present a program entitled "Birds of Prey" on Wednesday, June 30 at the Saint Irene Church parish hall at 7 p.m., as part of the Gleason Library Summer Reading Program — "Explore Other Worlds". Wingmasters is a partnership of Julie Anne Collier and Jim Parks who are licensed raptor rehabilitators. Wingmasters will be bringing hawks, owls and other birds of prey. They will explain predation, the birds' place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. The program is recommended for Grades 1-6.

This program is supported by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. "Explore Other Worlds" is sponsored by Gleason Library, the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Sign up for the Carlisle road races

The 29th annual Road Races 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 by the one-mile race (7:30-8:15 registration).

Please pre-register! The only official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents and town employees: no friends and/or visiting relatives. Pre-race entries must be signed and mailed to the race directors no later than June 30. The cost is $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.

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 Gleason Library, Carlisle Post Office and Ferns Country Store, or electronically via the Road Races link on the Old Home Day web site (

Course records are 25:58 (Tim Harte-'91) and 31:51 (Kim Ratcliffe-'96) in the five-mile race, and 4:42 (Tim Harte-'98) and 5:51 (Rennie Munson-'81) in the one-mile event.

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.

Summer stroll with Library Director Angela Reddin

This July enjoy a summer lunch time stroll with a local librarian. Drop by the Gleason Public Library at noon July 8, 15 or 22 and chat with the director, Angela Reddin, about favorite books, films, music, and more while wandering around downtown Carlisle. No registration required, just come with walking shoes and a smile.

Paperback Paradise

Going away on a trip this summer? Stop by the Gleason Public Library for their small in-house paperback booksale. The booksale started June 14 and will last until July 9. All paperbacks are 50 cents and ready for sand, surf, mud, or whatever treats your summer includes. No donations will be accepted.

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. It's the best bargain in town.

Town has 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.

Residents who would like to become involved in town government are asked to send a letter to the Board of Selectmen indicating their areas of expertise and interest by June 30.

Selectmen forming Town Common Committee

The Board of Selectmen is forming a committee to review the current condition of the Town Common and make recommendations for improvements. We encourage anyone interested in being part of this committee to send a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, by July 12.

Ice Cream Social July 2

Kick off Old Home Day celebrations with a relaxed Ice Cream Social on the Town Green Friday evening, July 2nd from 6 to 8 p.m. Carlisle Girl Scouts will help serve ice cream with hot fudge, strawberry and whipped cream toppings supplied by Mark and Tamma Duffy of Great Brook Farm. Entertainment will be provided by local performers.

In case of rain, the event will be moved inside into Union Hall, located adjacent to the Town Green.

Where is the Cake Walk?

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.

Old Home Day Art Show

Do not forget to come and enjoy the wonderful local artwork on display at the Art Show on Old Home Day, July 3, in the Corey Dining Room between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Items on display may include paintings, photographs, prints, needlepoint, pottery, scrapbook pages, textiles, crafts, and drawings. There is a separate Professional Gallery for Carlisle's professional artists.

How to enter artwork

All town residents, young and old, are encouraged to share their creations and enter the show.

Enter up to four pieces of original artwork. The entry fee is $1 per piece. All artwork must be delivered to the Corey Dining Room on Friday, July 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. All artwork to be hung must be framed or mounted on cardboard with sturdy string or wire attached to the back. Lightweight entries may be hung from a paper clip secured to the back with strong tape.


Entries will be judged and ribbons awarded in each of the following age groups: grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12 and Adult. Professional artwork will not be included in the judging. Votes will be taken during the exhibit for a People's Choice Award.


The Old Home Day fund will receive 10% of the sale price for artwork sold.


Entries must be picked up on Saturday, July 3, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

For each entry, fill out and submit the following identification tag:


Grade_____Adult or Professional______




Grade_____Adult or Professional______



OHD events on July 3

6:30 a.m. - balloon rides

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.

6:45 - 8:30 a.m. - road races

Registration for the five-mile road race will be 6:45 - 7:15 a.m., with the race start at 7:30 a.m. Registration for the one-mile race will be 7:30 - 8:15 a.m., and the race will start at 8:30 a.m. For more details, see the press release on the back page.

8 - 9:30 a.m. - pancake breakfast

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 $2 this year.

9 a.m. - parade entries organize

10 a.m. - parade begins

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.

After the parade

After the great parade, enjoy the art show, Country Fair, corn husking, sac races, Boy Scout luncheon, pie and cake awards, etc. At dinner time, head over to the Town Hall for the Cake walk and chicken barbeque next door at the Fire Station.

OHD Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby committee co-chairman Michael Jackson is looking for kids (10 years old and up) to build and enter their "soapboxes" in this new 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.Full details and applications are at the OHD web site, more information, call the Soapbox Derby subcommittee at, or by phone at 1-978-371-0045.

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, or Beth Platt 1-978-369-4982, for more information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Picnic in the Park on July 4 in Concord

Celebrate Independence Day in Concord at the 23rd annual Picnic in the Park on Sunday, July 4 at Emerson Field on Everett Street from noon to 4:30 p.m. The beautiful tree-lined path dividing Emerson Field will be filled with food and craft stands and booths representing many of the community's non-profit organizations.

The Picnic immediately follows completion of the Minuteman Classic Road Race, a five-mile certified race run through Concord Center, across the historic North Bridge and ending at Emerson Field. Picnic in the Park's activities begin with the traditional doll carriage and bicycle parade that starts at the Concord Armory (at the corner of Stow and Everett Streets) at noon and ends at the Emerson Field flagpole. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes and carriages in patriotic themes. Traditional field games and sporting events for children of all ages, sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, will begin at 12:45 p.m. Hot-air balloon rides will also be provided, weather permitting.

There will be music throughout the day, beginning on the Emerson Field with Tuxedo Classic Jazz Band from 12:30 to 2 p.m., followed by entertainment for children in the Hunt Gym provided by the Concord-Carlisle Chinese Club at 2 p.m. The popular bluegrass band Southern Rail performs on Emerson Field from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by the perennial favorite, The Concord Band, performing traditional and patriotic music until the conclusion of the day's activities. Please note that dogs are not permitted on Emerson Field during the event. In the event of rain on July 4, only the musical entertainment will be featured in the Hunt Gym; all other activities and booths will be cancelled.

Contact Michael Rudd at 1-978-369-1890 or visit the Concord web site at for more information.

Hunting white elephants?

Kerem Shalom's White Elephant Yard Sale will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kerem Shalom is located at 659 Elm Street in Concord, (corner of Route 2 and Elm Street). No early birds, please.

Middle school Ultimate Frisbee clinic

Looking for something new to do? Come out and play Ultimate Frisbee! Ultimate is a fast-paced field sport that combines elements from other sports — the running of soccer, the jumping, pivoting, passing and continual turnovers from offense to defense of basketball, and the long bombs into the end zone of football. Above all, it's a tremendous amount of fun.

The Concord Recreation Department will be offering an Ultimate Frisbee clinic this summer at the Emerson Fields for students entering grades 6-9. The clinics will be run by Anne Westcott and Catherine Greenwald, both players with 20+ years of experience and many national and international titles to their credit. The program will run on July 26-30, 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $185. For more information or to register, contact the Recreation Department at 1-978-369-6460.

Climate for Freedom Award nominations

In 1995, the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council created its bi-annual Climate for Freedom Award to be given to an organization in Concord or Carlisle to recognize that group's special achievement in advancing human rights at the local level.The nominated organization must have made an outstanding contribution in at least one of the following areas: advocacy to protect the rights of a specially disadvantaged group or victims of a human rights crime; reaching out and including a minority group in its programs; promoting cross-cultural understanding; or promoting understanding and accord between parties in conflict.

Any business, school or government group or non-profit agency in the two towns is eligible for the award. Pick up a nomination form at the library in Concord or Carlisle, or the Town House/Hall, or call 1-978-371-1085, or e-mail Send nominations to C-CHRC, P.O. Box 744, Concord, MA 01742, before July 15.

The award will be presented at the Annual Human Rights Day Breakfast to be held on Monday, December 6.

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.

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