The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 2, 2004

CCHS teachers thank community

To the Editor:

We would like to thank our students, their parents, and the citizens of Concord and Carlisle for their support this past year. Actions ranging from passage of the overrides to a standing ovation at the recent graduation ceremonies sustained our commitment to these towns. We are pleased to have negotiated successfully a contract with the school district preserving a teaching load and ration that promotes high quality education. Our defense of these working conditions — your children's learning conditions — was the centerpiece of our bargaining position. We hope that future negotiations will be more amicable and cooperative; rested and with enthusiastic commitment to our profession and our students, we look forward to our return in September.

Andrei Joseph, president
Concord-Carlisle Teachers Association

Save old milkweed for the orioles

To the Editor:

I want to thank the paper and Kay Fairweather for the wonderful Biodiversity Corner articles every week. They are much appreciated.

Last week's article on the Baltimore Oriole made me think of a plant Carlisleans might want to grow — a lovely native plant called Asclepias incarnata. This is one of the milkweeds but not the most common one with which people are familiar. It produces lovely dusty pink or white flowers in the summer. Rather than cutting the old stalks to the ground after the season, leave the old stalks for the first few months of spring. The female Orioles use the "bark" of these stalks to weave their nest. You will find them on the old stalks carefully pulling off the very fine and papery "bark" from the top to the bottom until they have a piece 12 to 18" long and then will fly off to their nest site with it. It is great entertainment. Asclepias incarnata can be grown from seed or purchased in nurseries or plant catalogs. There is a white form called "Ice Ballet" which is very pretty.

Jan Sacks
Acton Street

CPC thanks volunteers

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) had a busy spring. In May, children hunted for Easter eggs at the annual Egg Hunt. In June, children washed fire trucks and learned about fire safety at the Wash-a-Fire-Truck day. Both events would not have been possible without the help of several event planners and volunteers.

The CPC would like to thank Stephanie Blunt, Hunter Hutchinson, Polly Meyer and the Girl Scouts for their help with the Egg Hunt, and Laurie Bevier, Danielle Herr, Jen Kelly, Julia Krapf, Aly Scott, Casey Smith, Nancy Szczesniak, Pauravi Teabo, Ali Walsh and Nancy West for their help with the Wash-a-Fire-Truck day.

The CPC is very grateful for all the wonderful volunteers.

Lisa Chaffin, CPC volunteer
East Street

A Carlisle tradition, everyone's responsibility, our respect

To the Editor:

In the 30-plus years that we have lived in Carlisle and worked on Old Home Day one way or the other, we are proud to once again bring the wholeness of this tradition to the Town.

The Old Home Day Committee remains deeply committed to respect this tradition, its purpose and spirit. This is a special day that passes down to us from town elders such as Ruth Wilkins and Phyllis Towle and many more, our guiding lights for this event. The purpose they carried forward from those before them in creating this endeavor still holds that this is a Carlisle family day, a day for fun and camaraderie outside the pressures of daily life. It is the town's own day when everyone can come together to share a spirit of oneness with their town and their neighbors.

As volunteers in this event, we all know and carry that responsibility and that makes the task of heading a volunteer operation like Old Home Day a reward in itself. Not only do we want to thank our giving volunteers but this note is a special thanks to all those below who gave and gave to make this year's celebration a reality:

Shepherd Family, George Skelley and Margaret Crouse, Dale and Don Ryder, Dave and Florence Reed, Sally Duscha and Henry Cox, Heidi and Vaughn Harring, Kimberley and Thomas Ratcliffe, Richard and Carolyn Shohet, Charles Davis and Jane Mosier, Ruth Waywell, Edward and Nancy Hofstetter, William and Marita Salem, Michael Jackson, Suzanne Whitney Smith, Karen and Frank Rigg, Margaret (Peggy) Wang, Carolyn and Bruce Grean, Judith and Stephen Hoffman, Corey and Lisa Lofdahl, Piper Lind, Linda and Eric Corfield, Tom Derro, Pat and Bill Schannen, Eric and Elizabeth Brandhorst, Ferns Country Store, Richard L. Ketchen, Christine and Robert Doucette, Christine M. Johnson-Batista and Paul F. Batista, Tom and Martha Svateck, Ira and Verna Gilbert, Nancy Hartle and Stephen Tobin, Gary Videlock and Holly Prentice, Mark Prashker and Leslie Cahill, Gordon and Alice Hardy, Beverly Porter, Kathleen and Richard Chick, Mary and Timothy Hult, Jack and Jean Sain, Alex Parra and Laura Snowdon, Ernest and Ellen Huber, Great Brook Farm, Kimballs Farm, Alan and Lynne Carpenito, Eva Herdon, and all those who left cash donations at Ferns.

Dave and Florence Reed
Page Brook Road

[Ed note: Dave Reed is the Chair of the Old Home Day Committee] Retiring Superintendent Fox-Melanson writes

To the Editor:

As many residents of Carlisle may know, I am retiring as Superintendent of the Carlisle Schools on June 30, 2004. I have had the privilege of leading this wonderful school since 1992.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students, parents, faculty and staff for their effort and commitment. In addition to which I would like to thank the many individuals who have served on the Carlisle School Committee, the Carlisle School Association, the Carlisle Education Foundation and all of the various appointed and elected officials. Each of you has played a role in maintaining the excellence of our schools. Finally, I would express my gratitude to all of the citizens of Carlisle for your sustained support of the schools and for your many kindnesses to me.

Carlisle is a unique and very special place. I shall miss it.

Davida Fox-Melanson

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito