The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 15, 2004

Help build boardwalks on the River Trail

The Trails Committee is planning to construct two major boardwalks on the River Trail this fall and is looking for lots of help from the community. In 1998 almost 100 townspeople pitched in to build the three O'Rourke Farm boardwalks. The group will be splitting the work between two weekends. On Saturday, October 23 (rain date October 24) a 180-foot boardwalk will be built across the marsh in the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge not far from the Foss Farm community gardens.

On Saturday, October 30 (rain date October 31) a 140-foot boardwalk will be built across the stream on the River Trail. Skilled carpenters, general laborers, and refreshment providers are all needed. Contact Steve Tobin at (1-978-369-1680 or with questions or to volunteer.

The committee is also having a work day on Saturday, October 16, to cut the decking boards to length and move them to Foss Farm.Work will start at the O'Rourke Farm barns at 9 a.m.Call or e-mail Steve to help out.

Fire department open house on Saturday

The Carlisle Fire Department will be holding an open house at the fire station on Saturday, October 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. in observance of National Fire Prevention Week. This is a family-oriented event. Come view the department's equipment and fire

apparatus. Qualified personnel will be on hand to answer any questions, and fire safety literature will be available.

This year the Fire department will be exhibiting the district's Safe House, a special educational unit used to illustrate fire safety techniques. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the fire department and the Carlisle Firefighters' Relief Association.

Gleason Pumpkin Spectacle on October 26

For the twenty-first year, the Gleason Public Library will host its Great Pumpkin Spectacle, an event that has become a Carlisle Halloween tradition. This year the event will be held on Tuesday, October 26. Each year kindergartners, first-, second- and third-graders display extraordinary creativity and imagination in their pumpkin decorating.

To register, bring a pumpkin to the children's department at the Gleason Public Library between 3 and 6:30 p.m. on October 26. Those who come in the afternoon will have a chance to view the pumpkins in a leisurely fashion. Registrations before 6 p.m. are preferred. Pumpkins will be judged separately on each grade level. This year there will be three categories: carved, decorated, and carved and decorated, plus a lucky winner drawn for each age group. Those who do not wish their pumpkins to be judged may bring them to a special "display only" table.

At 6:45 p.m., the Toe Jam Puppet Band will perform in the Corey Auditorium at the Carlisle Public School. The Toe Jam Puppet band will entertain the audience with all-original Halloween songs, and stories featuring Frankenstein, The Blob, Skeleton Man, and Slime Monster. The Friends of the Gleason Library are providing funding for this performance as well as for prizes and refreshments.

Following the performance, there will be an informal parade from the school to the library (children are encouraged to bring flashlights). The three judges will announce their decisions by 8 p.m.

It's playgroup time

The Carlisle Parents Connection organizes playgroups for children age 0 to 5 and their parents/caretakers. Groups are structured around children of similar ages, and usually meet at members' homes. A group for new babies is currently forming. This is a nice way for families to get connected and for parents/caretakers to meet each other. Existing groups for other ages are open to new members as well. For more information about joining a group, contact Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515, or

Faucher talks about history of Great Brook

Thursday, October 28 at noon in the Sleeper Room, the Carlisle Council on Aging is pleased to host a special program in collaboration with the Gleason Public Library. The guest speaker will be Ray Faucher, Supervisor of Great Brook Farm State Park. Faucher will talk about the history of the farm and describe what the farm is today, including information on the various programs, activities, and trails that the park hosts. Lunch begins at noon, with the program following at 1 p.m. Reservations appreciated: call 1-978-371-2895.

Hunter Pace event

The Old North Bridge Pony Club is sponsoring a Halloween Hunter Pace Event for riders of all levels and ages at Great Brook Farm State Park on Sunday, October 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Costumes are encouraged, but optional. Sign up early for $25, or sign up at the event for $30 per rider. For information call Paulette Tattersall at 1-978-369-0783.

Carlisle House Tour

Come walk through the doors of Carlisle at the Carlisle House Tour on Thursday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour, sponsored by the Carlisle School Association, is self-guided through six unique historical and contemporary houses. Advance tickets and seniors are $20. Children under twelve are free. New this year is "Reserve a Lunch:" a selection of sandwiches, chips and drink for $7. Tickets may be purchased at Ferns Country Store or by sending a check, made payable to the "Carlisle School Association," with name, address, and number of tickets and lunches required, to Carlisle House Tour, P.O. Box 4, Carlisle, MA. 01741. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour for $25. A limited number of unreserved lunches will also be available.

The tour begins at Union Hall, 27 School Street, Carlisle. Proceeds will benefit the many educational activities at the Carlisle School. For more information call 1-978-371-2770.

Gleason Library offers Forests of Today

On October 20 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room, the Gleason Public Library is pleased to host Guy LaChance and Michael Dixon for an evening about forests.

Guy LaChance, Service Forester, Bureau of Forestry, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, will start the evening discussing some of the silvicultural characteristics of trees and how this relates to how forests evolve and why we manage them. Also, there will be some discussion concerning the various forestry programs here in Massachusetts. Mr. LaChance holds a degree from Pennsylvania State University in Forest Service.

Michael Dixon, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Eastern Massachusetts National

Wildlife Refuge Complex in Sudbury will discuss how human dimensions relate to forestry, including wildlife. As the Outdoor Recreation Planner, Mr. Dixon serves as an ambassador for wildlife, where he focuses predominantly on public education, outreach, and visitor services. Mr. Dixon holds a Master's in Corporate and Organizational Communication from West Virginia University.

This evening is held as a part of the Carlisle Forests: Past, Present, and Future program, funded by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the USDA Forest Service. Call 1-978-369-4898 with any questions.

Volunteers needed

There are openings on the Personnel Board.Those int erested in applying should send a letter of interest and a brief resume to the Board of Selectmen at Town Hall.

Lawyer for a Day Community Forum

The Concord Carlisle Domestic Violence Roundtable invites the public to a Lawyer for a Day Community Forum (LFAD) on October 26 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord. The forum will introduce the LFAD program, a program that will provide an opportunity for domestic violence victims to have free legal consultation with an attorney. Featured speakers will be Megan Christopher, Esq., Kiersten Warning, Esq. and Alison Gilbert, LCSW, MPH. For further information contact Holly at 1-978-318-3421.

Recreation news

Carlisle Youth Basketball programs

Volunteer opportunities: Carlisle Recreation is in need of a coordinator for Girls Basketball, grades 5 through 8. Someone is needed to organize teams/coaches and schedule practices, etc. Recreation is also in need of coaches for both boys and girls teams. If you are interested in helping develop these programs, call the Recreation Office at 1-978- 369-9815 or e-mail:

Fall youth classes:

Space is available in Early Release on November 2; Time to Clay on December 14; Holiday Crafts and Cards; Ice Skating and Hockey. In fall adult classes, there is room in Fitness, Card Making, Pottery, Watercolor, Tai Chi, Wednesday Soccer and Basketball.

Starting November 14, Adult Sunday Soccer, a new program, will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Corey Gym, coordinated by Khaled Bounar. Call the Recreation Office for details and registration forms.

Winter classes:

There is limited space available in Ski Nashoba and Ski Wachusett. Brochures are available at the Town Hall Recreation office (1-978-369-9815) and the Gleason


Swim and diving lessons available

The Greater Lowell Family YMCA will be offering swim lessons at the Greater Lowell Vocational School and the Greater Lowell Family YMCA this fall. Registration is October 30 for new participants. Diving lessons are also offered at the Greater Lowell YMCA. They run Sundays from noon to 1:30 p.m. First class is Sunday, October 17.

Master Singers offer fall concerts

The Master Singers opens the season with "Violin and Chorus" on Saturday, November 6 at 8 p.m. at the First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road, on the Battle Green in Lexington. Special guest violinist Frank Powdermaker will perform Bach's Partita in B minor, and the chorus will sing Bach's motet Jesus, meine Freude and chorale Jesu, Joy of My Desiring. John McDonald Stafford's Diptych will receive its first performance, and the program will be rounded out with Dvorak's In Nature.

This holiday season will be celebrated in concert with "Christmas: The Sounding Joy," on Saturday, December 18, at 8 p.m. at the First Parish Church. Featuring the Triton Brass Quintet, this program of sacred music will include Dering's Quem Vidistis Pastores, Byrd's O Magnum Mysterium, Weelkes' Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Pinkham's Christmas Cantata, and a selection of familiar carols.

The Master Singers concert tickets are $16 for general admission and $14 for senior citizens and students. Discounts are available to WGBH member cardholders and Choral Consortium members. Series subscriptions are also available. For ticket and subscription information, please call 1-781-862-6459. Additional information about The Master Singers can be found at First Parish Church is wheelchair accessible and free on-street and church parking is available.

Burlington Temple hosts Tot Shabbat service

Temple Shalom Emeth, Burlington, Massachusetts, will host a Tot Shabbat program on Saturday, October 16 at 10 a.m. at the temple. This month our theme is Noah's Ark and we invite all of the children to bring a special stuffed animal friend to the service. Following the service we will make arks to take home for our friends.

Tot Shabbat is open to all families with children ages five and under. Older siblings are always welcome. The Shabbat service, craft activities, and snacks are free of charge, but donations are always welcome and help to support this wonderful program.

Temple Shalom Emeth, located at 16 Lexington Street in Burlington is a reform synagogue, serving Burlington and the neighboring communities. For additional information, please call 1-781-272-2351, or visit the temple's web site at For more information or to be added to the mailing list, call Michelle Fox at the temple at 1-781-272-2351.

"Talking to children about death" on October 18

Hospice of the North Shore (HNS) will offer a free presentation, "Talking to Children About Death," for parents, teachers and others who work with children on Monday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Concord Children's Center, located at 1300 Main Street in Concord. This program is sponsored by The First Parish Pastoral Council and Concord's Children Center. Maureen Forbes, CCLS, children's program coordinator for Hospice of the North Shore & the Center for Grief & Healing will present the topic to help attendees understand how grief impacts children. While free of charge, space is limited and advance registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. With questions or to register, call 1-978-369-6790.

Westford contra dance

Come to a family contra dance at The Parish Center for the Arts, with Beth Parks calling, on Sunday, November 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. Kids are welcome. Oh, CONTRAire! will provide live music. No experience required; all dances are taught. The cost is $5; maximum $12 per family. For more information, call 1-978-692-6333.

Take a Beyond Twilight walk

Beyond Twilight Walks of Concord presents "Spirits, Legends, and Lore," a distinctive evening walk into the past, the unknown, and the paranormal. These walks are taken on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout October at 7:30 p.m. Reserve now for special Halloween tours on October 29 and 30.

Reservations are required. Call 1-978-269-4237. Groups meet in front of the Old Hill Burying Ground in Concord Center. Tickets for adults are $12, seniors $10, children 15 and under $8, and 5 and under free. The immediate family maximum is $38.

Carlisle educators join team to take on Harlem Wizards in benefit for C. C. Pools

Carlisle educators have joined the C. C. Pool-A-Hoops team to take on the Harlem Wizards in a benefit basketball game for the Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center. The Wizards, a traveling team of former collegiate basketball standouts, street ball stars, and wily hoops tricksters will face Superintendent Marie Doyle, Assistant- Superintendent Michael Giurlando, Principal Stephen Goodwin, teachers Gene Stamell, Bill Gale and Liz Gray at an acrobatic slam-dunk event, Friday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School. Other C.C. Pool-A-Hoop members include Concord teachers, administrators, police anda selectman. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and food will be available for purchase at that time.Tickets are $15 (two and under enter free) and are available at several local outlets includingFerns of Carlisle, Brine's Sporting Goods, the Concord Toy Shop, American Video, Concord Provisions, Bedford Farms Ice Cream, Penguin Video, the West Concord 5&10, the Concord Recreation Department at the Hunt Recreation Center, or by contacting the C. C. Pools office, 66 Commonwealth Avenue, Concord, MA, 1-978-371-4936, or info

The Concord-Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center is being built with private, tax-deductible donations from individuals, businesses and foundations.Upon completion, the Center will be given to the Town of Concord, and available to everyone in the towns of Concord and Carlisle, as well as town employees and their families. It will be located on the grounds of the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.

Crop Walk steps off on Sunday

The 24th annual Crop Walk for the Hungry in Concord will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, October 17 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at First Parish Church in Concord Center. This six-mile walk is the oldest sponsored walk in Concord. It has been a major and growing interdenominational and community effort for 40 to 50 churches, temples and schools in the towns of Concord, Bedford, Acton, Sudbury and Maynard for more than twenty years. Part of the proceeds from the walk go to help support food pantries and suppers in those five towns.

Walk activities begin at 1:30 p.m. These will include music before the walk by the Concord-Carlisle High School Pep Band and music at the end of the walk back in the parish hall at First Parish Church by the Yankee Stompers. The walkers will step off at 2:15 p.m. led by religious leaders and the youth banner groups from the five towns.

For more information, call Carl Miller at 1-978-369-3755.

COA events for seniors

• New Poetry Class: A new poetry class begins Monday, October 18 at 10 a.m. The course will meet for six consecutive Mondays in the Heald Room in Town Hall. The cost is $10. Register by calling 1-978-371-2895. The group will read inspirational poems on universal themes and reflect on the poems' significance. Patty Russo will facilitate the course.

• Card Making: Join Peggy Wang on four Mondays, starting on October 18, between 10 a.m. and noon in the Sleeper Room to create unique and beautiful card for all occasions. Materials for three designs included for each class. The cost for seniors is $10. Registration is necessary; call the COA office.

• Drop Inn Luncheon: The COA is hosting a special program in collaboration with the Gleason Library's grant program on Carlisle Forests on Thursday, October 28. The guest speaker is Ray Faucher, supervisor of Great Brook Farm State Park. He will talk about the history of the farm and what it is today. Lunch begins at noon, with the program following at 1 p.m. Reservations appreciated at 1-978-371-2895. The program is free; a donation of $2 is appreciated for lunch.

• Athenian Corner Dinner: Reserve October 29 for a return visit for dinner at the Athenian Corner, 207 Market Street in Lowell at 6:30 p.m. sharp, so that dinner can be completed in a leisurely way before the band starts. The cost per person is $23.50 for a buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, tax and gratuity. Make checks payable to James Elgin. For more information or for reservations, call by October 21 either the Elgins (1-978-371-0728) or the Dunkers (1-978-369-5681).

Harvest Fair tomorrow

The Harvest Fair at the First Religious Society in Carlisle is Saturday October 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic white church on the Green. Come celebrate the fall season with a slice of pie, a drink of hot cider and a casual lunch in a charming setting. There will be something of interest for all ages. Come ogle the cool cars parked in the front circle. Add a pretty houseplant to your current collection. Free parking and free admission. A portion of the proceeds benefit local and international non-profit organizations.

CCHS orientation meeting

Concord-Carlisle High School will offer an orientation meeting for all Concord and Carlisle eighth- and ninth-grade independent school students and their parents on Wednesday, October 20, and Wednesday, October 27, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CCHS library.

COA alpine trip

Join the Carlisle seniors on a trip to alpine country, March 8-21. The group will visit Innsbruck, Vienna, Lucerne, Munich, Zermatt, Lake Geneva, St. Moritz and more. For information or sign-up call Joanne Willens or e-mail at

The Mosquito needs new blood

Are you ready to get involved in the community? Want to know more about how town government works? Want to meet more people? The Mosquito needs reporters to cover the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) and join the team covering the Finance Committee (FinCom). We also need feature writers.

The RSC meets once a month, usually on the last Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at CCHS. It is an ideal assignment for a parent of a CCHS student, or anyone interested in the broad range of issues related to our regional high school, such as academic programs, annual operating budget, building renovations, and student issues.

The FinCom's primary responsibility is to develop the annual budget for the town, and present it to Carlisle citizens at the Annual Town Meeting. The seven-member

committee also looks at Carlisle's long-term financial needs and gets involved in all major financial decisions. The FinCom meets infrequently from July to September, and about twice a month October through December. The annual series of budget hearings begins in January and runs through February. At this time the FinCom meets weekly, inviting the schools and town boards and departments to review their proposed budgets for the following fiscal year. Two or three reporters are needed to share this assignment. This decreases the reporting load and increases flexibility. You really learn a lot about the town when you cover the FinCom.

Still uncertain about your new career in journalism? Read Cecile Sandwen's "How I became a Mosquito reporter" which appeared in the September 24 issue and is on the Carlisle Mosquito website, "My need was less for a high-paying job than one that provided flexibility, cameraderie, and a chance to make a contribution," writes Cecile.

If interested, call news editor Maya Liteplo at 1-978-369-7848, or feature editor Marilyn Harte at 1-978-369- 2044.

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