The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 30, 2004

Upcoming COA events

Save the date: the annual Town Employee Appreciation picnic will be held on Thursday, August 12, at noon at 145 Church Street.

The COA fitness class will meet only on Tuesdays from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. in August. Call 1-978-371-2895 to join.

The COA chess group will meet throughout the summer. The group meets every Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Sleeper Room.

COA Greek lunch

Reserve Tuesday, August 24 for the next stop in the COA International Luncheon Series. The group will return to the Riverview, a Greek/American restaurant located at the intersection of Route 4 and the Concord River in Billerica. There will be a choice of three selected "Greek Samplers," providing either spinach pie, Moussaka, or chicken kebob in combination with grape leaves, rice, and a salad. The cost is $11 including tax and gratuity. Call Tom and Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681 for more information or reservations.

Summer nature programs offered at Great Brook Farm State Park

Free dairy barn tours at Great Brook Farm

Great Brook Farm is now offering public barn tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. There will also be milking tours given at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The guided tour explains the life of a Holstein cow on Great Brook Farm and the dairy process. Each tour brings participants through the barn where the cows are milked twice daily. Visitors will meet the farm's newest calves and learn how one day they will be producing the milk that goes into the cheese, yogurt, milk and ice cream that people eat each day.

This program is free of charge and open to anyone who may be interested. Anyone wishing to book a private tour or bring a school group, may schedule a tour for Monday, Thursday, or Friday with Jessica Kimbrell, Park Interpreter, at 1-978-369-6312.

Junior Ranger program

Children ages nine to thirteen are invited to enroll in the Junior Ranger program offered at Great Brook Farm State Park during the month of August.

This summer's program is bound to be a highlight of the summer. Each session will run from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be held Mondays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Guest speakers present Wild Edibles, Birds of Prey, a ponding experience, and each Junior Ranger will keep a nature journal containing reflections on each day's program and experience. The final week each Junior Ranger will receive a certificate and patch. Registration is required. Previous Rangers are welcome.

Birds of prey program

Great Brook Farm has invited Jim Parks from Wingmasters to give a public presentation of "Birds of Prey," including hawks, falcons, and owls. It will be held in the cross-country ski touring center on Lowell Street from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, August 9. The program is free of charge to all ages.

For registration and more information, call Jessica Kimbrell, Park Interpreter, at 1-978-369-6312.

Combined reunion CCHS 1967, 1968, 1969

Members of the class of 1967 are invited to join the combined class reunion for CCHS classes of 1968 and 1969. It will be held Saturday, September 18, 2004, 3 to 11 p.m. at the Concord Elks Hall. For further information, go to

Enjoy craft projects?

Anyone interested in joining an evening craft group, to start in September, contact Barbara Peary at 1-978-318-9520 (

August book group for 5th and 6th graders

As part of the Gleason Public Library Summer Reading Program, a book group will be held for girls and boys going into grades 5 and 6. The group will meet on August 11 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Sign up at the reference desk and pick up your copy of The Trolls by Polly Horvath, the book we will be discussing. Come and join the fun.

Carlisle Housing Authority meeting

The next meeting of the Carlisle Housing Authority will be on Monday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. One of the five positions on the Housing Authority is appointed. This position is currently vacant. Anyone interested in serving on the Carlisle Housing Authority is invited to come to an upcoming meeting or contact Alan Lehotsky, Chairman, at 1-978-371-2219.

Carlisle School calendar changes

Due to the observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Parent Coffee for grade 4, originally scheduled for 8:20 a.m. on September 16, has been postponed to September 20 at 8:20 a.m. The Parent Coffee for grade 5 has been postponed from September 17 at 8 a.m. to September 21 at 8 a.m.

Newcomers invited to tour Carlisle School

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) invites all parents to tour the school campus on Friday, August 27 at 9:30 a.m. Any parent of a new kindergartner or a student new to town is especially invited to take this opportunity to get oriented and ask questions regarding school routines, policies, etc. Carlisle School's principal along with representatives of the CSA will conduct this short and informative tour. This is also a great opportunity to meet others in the community who will be entering the Carlisle School system. Meet at the flagpole outside the Wilkins Building (center building across the plaza). For more information call Liz Bishop, 1-978-318-0778.

Carlisle 2004 Old Home Day winners Blue ribbon pet show


Amy Bergquist - "Hershey" the Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy

Valerie Caddell -"Jake" the Golden Retriever

Rose Carmichael - "Liam" the mostly Border Collie

Beth, Bob, Charlotte, Kevin and Meredith Clarke - "Aspen" Lab Retriever puppy

Katelin, Andrew, Christopher, and Zachary Durbin - "Zoe" the Rhodesian Ridgeback

Ali and Tori Forelli - "Thunder" the Lab/Shep puppy

Bradley Kimball - "Ruby" the All-American dog

Inna Oh - "Dust Devil" the Greyhound

Amanda Pease - "Deva" English Setter

Amanda Pease - "Dublin" Irish Red and White Setter

Roxanne Sayde - "Meggie" the Golden Retriever puppy

Katy Scholten - "Suzie" the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Jonathan Spence - "Toby" Lab Retriever


Laura Pretchet - "Cat" a lucky black rescued cat.


Erika Hedden - "Furball" and "Snowball"


"Jerry" Handled and returned to the wild by Timothy McCormack


Gavin Saylor - "Giggles" the Pullet and "Trizzle" the Roo.

A grand time was had by all. The pets seem to enjoy their special honors and time in the spotlight. Carlisle really is a special place where we are kind to our neighbors and pamper our pets.

Bread-baking contest

Old Home Day brought out many bakers and a wide variety of tasty offerings. John Lee's Zucchini Basil Bread was rated Best in Show and was stunning in presentation and flavor. Michael Johnson was the only Youth entry, but the judges awarded his Swedish Limpa Rye first prize in the adult Savory Yeast Breads category as well. Many thanks to this year's judges, helpers and all who participated.

Savory Yeast Breads

First Prize: Swedish Limpa Rye Michael Johnson

Second Prize: Basil Walnut Foccaccia Nancy Kronenberg

Sweet Yeast Breads

First Prize: Sweet Almond Bread Anne Marks

Second Prize: Holiday Nut-Filled Bread Nancy DiRomualdo

Savory Quick Breads

First Prize: Zucchini Basil Bread John Lee

Sweet Quick Breads

First Prize: Blueberry Muffins Diane Troppoli

Second Prize: Texas Apricot Bread Claude Williamson

Gleason receives $7,461 grant

The Gleason Public Library was awarded a grant for a special project, "Babies and Books," from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, as part of the Library Services and Technology Act grant program. The two-year grant of $7,461, with generous finanical support from the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, will include children's programs for the 0-3 age group and adult programming for parents and caregivers. The grant project is built upon the collaborative work of many local child-oriented organizations and will focus on language development and literacy for the youngest amongst us. The grant is scheduled to begin in the fall with programming commencing in January 2005.

Recreation news

August 9 - 13. MLS soccer camp 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $120. Brochures are available at the library, Town Hall, or online at

August 16 - 19. Field hockey clinics 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $10 per day. Call 1-978-369-9815 and leave a name and phone number and the clinic days you are interested in attending.

The Recreation Commission will mail the fall brochure the week of August 30.

Register to vote

Wednesday, August 25 is the last day to register to vote and change party affiliation for the state primary election. The Town Clerk's office will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14 is the state primary. The polls at Town Hall will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Wednesday, October 13 is the last day to register to vote and change party affiliation for the Presidential Election. The Town Clerk's office will remain open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Tuesday, November 2 is the Presidential Election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Enjoy the Lowell Quilt Festival

The centerpiece of the Lowell Quilt Festival August 5 — 8 is "New England Images 2004," a biennial quilt show sponsored by the New England Quilt Museum Auxiliary to be held at the Paul Tsongas Arena. The show features over 200 quilts from across the country, a student show and thirty vendors selling everything from fabric to hand-made gifts. Fifty classes will be held at the Radisson Hotel and Suites in Chelmsford featuring some of the country's best-known quilt instructors.

A complete schedule of events and activities is available by visiting the web site at or calling the New England Quilt Museum at 1-978-452-4207.

DormChi workshops for college students

August 3 — DormChi 101. Students will learn how to arrange a dorm room to support life at college. Brief writing exercises, slides of dorm rooms, and a hands-on activity will be included.

August 10 — DormChi 201. Make a feng shui adjustment and learn exercises to increase focus. The red envelope tradition is practiced, with a $2 optional donation for materials.

Both classes are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Library. To register, call Mary Roberts at 1-617-653-0370, or e-mail For information about DormChi, go to

Gilbert & Sullivan and Livingston Taylor at the Lowell Summer Music Series

On Friday, July 30, enjoy the Days of Gilbert & Sullivan — a pops concert by the 50-member Lowell Summer Concert Band featuring the music of Gilbert & Sullivan at Boarding House park, Lowell National Hitorical Park. Marches by John Phillip Sousa will also be performed. Admission is $5.

On Saturday, July 31, enjoy Livingston Taylor. Reviewers call folk singer/songwriter Liv Taylor "the ultimate crowd pleaser." Admission is $10.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and buy refreshments at the food tent. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. Children 12 and under are always admitted free. Season passes are also on sale.

For further information, call 1-978-970-5200. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance at

Democrats hold Meet- Senator Fargo Evening

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee is sponsoring another opportunity to meet Senator Susan Fargo on Saturday, August 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the home of Karla Johnson and Stewart Roberts. It will be one in a series of events when Carlisleans can meet and talk to state representatives this summer. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Cynthia Schweppe, 1-978-369-5738.

Children's programs at the Concord Museum

August 10 - 12. Backyard Treasures: For children ages 8 and up. 9 a.m. - noon; $54/$45, includes snack and all materials except t-shirt. Discover new ways to make plant presses, birdhouses, twig weavings, bark baskets, nature print t-shirts, and more.

August 23 - 27. Museum Mania: A summer program for children ages 9 and up. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $300/$250, includes all materials and transportation; bring lunch. The group will enjoy programs at the Pequot Museum in CT, Strawberry Banke Museum in NH, and sites in Concord.

Reservations are required. Call 1-978-369-9763.

Local women's soccer

Why should the kids have all the fun? Players wanted for Acton/Concord area local women's soccer league. The emphasis is on exercise, fun with old and new friends, learning new skills and renewing old ones. Refereed 11x11 games play on Sunday afternoons. More info at or call Miriam at 1-781-442-0750 weekdays.

Walking tour at the Concord Museum

On August 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Concord Museum's newly-designed walking tour begins with the Museum's incomparable Thoreau collections and then moves out into the 19th-century town. Explore the places where Thoreau lived, schools where he taught, town hall where he lectured, the jail site where he was imprisoned overnight, and more. Return to the Museum to visit the new exhibition, Visiting Thoreau's Walden. The price is $15 per adult, and $10 per child or museum member. Refreshments served in the courtyard; tours by reservation (1-978-369-9763.)

Volunteer needed for Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee

The Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) is looking for a volunteer to complete the seven-member committee.

The CRAC was established by the Carlisle Board of Selectmen to coordinate the negotiation, writing, approval and monitoring of conservation restrictions. The committee meets with land owners and developers to facilitate the conservation restriction legal process. It also walks each restriction periodically.

Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please send a letter of interest and a resume to, Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation Commission and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Administrator, 66 Westford Street.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito