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Friday, November 5, 2004

Gleason hosts talk on private land planning

How do you plan to manage your land? On November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Si Balch, Director of Forest Stewardship, New England Forestry Foundation, will discuss the ways in which a landowner might plan and manage land, from gardens to forests. This event is scheduled as part of the "Carlisle Forests: Past, Present and Future" grant program at the Gleason Public Library, funded by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and through a grant from the USDA Forest Service and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Carlisle Conservation morning coffee

Plan to attend the Carlisle Conservation Coffee on Tuesday, November 9 in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Conservation Coffees provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss conservation issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental breakfast is provided.

Carlisle contra dance

The second Friday contra dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on November 12. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that will begin at 6:30 p.m. The dance starts at 8 p.m. Sue Rosen will do the calling and Debby Knight, David Titus, Bruce Rosen, and Walter Lenk will provide the music. A $5-a-person collection will be taken at intermission. Beginners and singles are welcome. All dances will be taught. Call Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 with questions.

Friday Night Live is tonight

The first Friday Night Live got off to a great start with 220 middle school students in attendance — one of the largest crowds ever. The November Friday Night Live (FNL) will be held on November 5 for more ping pong, chess, checkers, basketball, pizza and, of course, dancing to the latest tunes. Parents should remember that FNL now goes to 10 p.m.

All Carlisle students (public or private) in grades six to eight who did not attend the first FNL must remember to bring a parent or guardian to fill out the required permission form. Also, any students who are not from the Carlisle School District must have a chaperone present at FNL. No students will be permitted to attend without a signed form.

A $3 contribution is collected at the door to keep the program self-supporting. Pizza, soda or water is also available for a small fee. Students who leave prior to 10 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 10 p.m. sharp. For more information call Karen Huntress at 1-978-371-9284.

Cub Scouts collecting CARE packages

The Carlisle fifth-grade Cub Scouts are collecting CARE packages for American soldiers fighting in Iraq. The holiday season is a particularly difficult time to be away from home and the Scouts plan to ship the items by the end of the month so they reach the men and women fighting in Iraq by mid-December. The Scouts ask that people take a moment to write a letter or purchase a few items that would mean a great deal to our soldiers overseas.

On November 6 and November 13 at both the Transfer Station and at Ferns Country store, the Scouts will be on hand to collect non-perishable food items such as gum, hard candy, packaged cookies and crackers and beef jerky as well as letters, batteries, cushioned socks, CDs/DVDs and crossword puzzle books. Money can also be donated which will be used to defray some of the shipping costs.

The Scouts will also have receptacles at the library and at the post office from November 6 to November 20 where items may be dropped off at any time, or items can be dropped off at the Carlisle Public School on November 16 on the upper level of the plaza from 7:30 to 11 a.m.

For additional information about the Iraq CARE Package Program, call Dale Ryder at 1-978-371-9673 or Alison Thompson at 1-978-369-6160.

Family movie night

On Thursday, November 11, the Carlisle School Association will present the Disney classic film Escape from Witch Mountain. This G-rated movie is appropriate for the whole family. The show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium. There will be no charge for admission and complimentary snacks will be served during intermission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-school sing-along

The Gleason Library is hosting a special event for the very youngest library patrons. Children ages 0 to 4 are invited to move with the beat and to sing along with Liz Buchanan's collection of original tunes and classic favorites. Liz has been leading sing-along programs for young children in public libraries and elementary classrooms in Massachusetts for the past five years. In 2001, she was named a finalist for Best New Artist for Young Children by the Children's Music Web organization. She will present a half-hour program with guitar and songs from her CD: Make it a Song, Song, Song. This free program for children and their parents or caregivers will be held on Monday, November 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library.

Outdoor adult coed pickup soccer

Fall is here; the time has changed, but everyone is invited to come out and participate in the Adult Co-ed Pickup Soccer League. The games are now played on Sundays at Spalding Field from 2 to 4 p.m. All skill levels are encouraged to come. Bring a dark and white shirt. Any questions, call Scott Forsberg at 1-978-369-1631.

Chamber Music by Candlelight, November 20

The Cambridge Society for Early Music presents Kenneth Drake, pianoforte, in a concert entitled "England's Gift to Beethoven: Sonatas on an 1816 Broadwood Piano." The concert will be held on Saturday, November 20, at 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society on School Street.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 students and seniors. For more details visit the web site:

Recreation Commission news

· Ski/SB Nashoba. Now is the time to sign up for the Recreation Ski and Snow Board Program at Nashoba Valley, to be held on Fridays, starting January 7. The program has classes for grades 2 to 4 and 5 to 8. Register before the pre-fit date for rentals and purchase of helmets. The equipment fitting will take place on Wednesday, November 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Carlisle School Exercise Room. Space is limited, so register early. Chaperones are still needed, and discounts are available.

· Youth basketball programs. The flyer for co-ed recreational basketball for grades 4, 5 and 6, and for recreational travel basketball for grade 6 girls and grade 6 boys were distributed to children at the Carlisle School. Sign up early as space is limited.

· Volunteer opportunities. Carlisle Recreation is in need of a coordinator for girls basketball. Someone is needed to organize teams and coaches, and to schedule practices, etc. Coaches are also needed for both boys' and girls' teams. Anyone interested is asked to call the Recreation Office at 1-978-369-9815, or e-mail

· Adult Sunday soccer. This new program is starting December 5 and will be held in the Corey Gym from 2 to 4 p.m. The coordinator is Khaled Bounar. Call the Recreation Office for details and registration forms.

Carlisle Cultural Council plans Chinese New Year fete

Interested in art and culture? It is not too early to start thinking about the coming year, and the Carlisle Cultural Council is planning a grand Chinese New Year event to celebrate 2005, the Year of the Rooster. The Council is collaborating with master artist and Carlisle resident Chiao Bin Huang to

produce a town-wide fete in February 2005, and is looking for community input from any interested volunteers. Anyone who wants to volunteer or offer ideas is urged to attend a planning meeting November 9 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library. For more information, contact Patti Hartigan at 1-978-318-3997, or

Concord Players offer Sondheim musical

Get tickets now for The Concord Players production of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George. The show will run on weekends from November 12 to 27, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. The theater is at 51 Walden Street in Concord Center and is handicapped-accessible. Tickets for all seats are $18. Send check and self-adressed stamped envelope to Concord Players, P.O. Box 22, Concord, MA 01742. To purchase tickets by credit card go to For more information call 1-978-369-2990.

Learn about lyceum movement

Concord-Carlisle's Adult and Community Education Program has provide educational opportunities for the past fifty years. To celebrate this important milestone, Adult Ed is offering, on November 5, a free evening presentation by Richard Higgins, entitled "Lecturing and the Lyceum: A Legacy of Lifting Minds."

This year is also the 175th anniversary of the Concord Lyceum. The lyceum movement, according to adult ed director Court Booth, was the forerunner of contemporary adult learning programs in America. Concord's Lyceum, founded in 1829, was a catalyst in the very special intellectual, political, and cultural life of 19th-century Concord. Among its ardent supporters and frequent speakers during its heyday were such Concord notables as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. They helped to make it the most famous lyceum in New England.

Higgins, a resident of Concord, is the ideal speaker to teach us about the Lyceum, its influence on Thoreau, and the meaning of the lyceum ideal today. He is a noted writer, book editor, speaker, and former long-term Boston Globe reporter. He is also the author of a forthcoming book entitled As High as Heaven: Meditating on Trees with Thoreau.

Join in this free celebration of lifelong learning at the Masonic Hall in Concord on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. No reservations are required.

CCHS football workday

On Saturday, November 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date is Sunday November 21), Concord-Carlisle High School football players will rake leaves and perform other light yard work to raise money to support the high school football program. The fee is $10 per player with a minimum of two players for three hours. An appointment is required. Call Susan Mills (1-978-369-5346) or Medha Ganmukhi (1-978-287-4701) to sign up.

Turkey dinner for seniors

The Concord-Carlisle High School class of 2006 will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Concord/Carlisle seniors on Saturday, November 20. Come share a traditional Thanksgiving meal and enjoy the music and entertainment provided by the students. Dinner is served in the High School cafeteria at noon, but come as early as 11:15 a.m. to mingle. Please make reservations by November 15 by calling the Concord (1-978-318-3020) or Carlisle (1-978-369-3119) Councils on Aging.

Deer hunting season opens

Deer hunting season is here, so it is time to wear something visible and bright when you go in the woods. In general, hunting is prohibited in Carlisle, but individuals may hunt on their own property or with written permission from the property owner on their person. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has set the following hunting season dates: bow and arrow: 10/11 to 11/20; shotgun: 11/29 to 12/31; black powder, musket: 12/13 to 12/31.

Hunting hours are from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset. Persons in the woods during these hours should be alert. More detailed information from Fish and Wildlife is available at Town Hall.

Come to the Girl Scout square dance

On Sunday, November 21, join the Concord and Carlisle Girl Scouts and their dance partners for their annual westem-style square dance. Meet at the Concord Scout House from 2 — 4 p.m. for a fun afternoon of dancing and socializing. Wearing comfortable clothing is encouraged — cowboy hat and boots are optional. A professional caller will be on hand, offering basic instruction and refreshments will be offered.

Girl Scouts should r.s.v.p. to their troop leader by November 14 if planning to attend. For all others, the cost is $7 per person at the door.

Ready for a hypnotic performance?

Is mind-reading for real? Is ESP a hidden power or a cultivated talent? Join the more than one million people who have witnessed hypnotist Russ Burgess in action as he performs at Concord-Carlisle High School at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, in the upper gym.

Back by popular demand, Russ Burgess' visit to CCHS is sponsored by the CCHS Class of 2007, and promises to be his best yet with a demonstration of ESP and hypnotism. See students and teachers do things they never thought they would or could. Russ has convinced college students around the country to "walk on the moon." He can persuade his subjects that the room is too hot, too cold, or even that the audience is naked!

Come and be amazed. Tickets will be for sale during lunch blocks at the high school.

Public is invited to CCHS accreditation presentation on November 14

A team of sixteen evaluators, made up of teachers and administrators from around New England, will be at Concord-Carlisle High School from November 14 through November 17 as part of the accreditation review directed by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Dr. Donald Gainey will chair the evaluation team. Dr. Gainey has extensive experience in the Association's evaluation process. This visit will be the culmination of a process of self-study that began two years ago.

In preparation for the November evaluation, the CCHS faculty has compiled reports on everything from community resources to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The visiting committee will spend four days at the school interviewing teachers, administrators, students, and parents. Members of the committee will also tour the school, observe classes and examine samples of student work, and then will issue their own report on the extent to which the school is meeting the Standards for Accreditation.

The visit will begin on Sunday afternoon, November 14, with a presentation by a panel of teachers and students. This event will take place at 1:45 p.m. in the school library and is open to the public. The members of the panel will review key points from the various committee reports including discussion of the school's mission and the school's expectations for students' learning as well as an overview of issues and challenges facing the school. At 4:45 p.m. there will be a brief reception in the high school library to welcome the visiting committee. This reception is also open to the public.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a voluntary membership organization of approximately 1,800 public schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, and vocational, technical, and career institutions. Of these, over 660 secondary schools have been accredited through the Association's Commission on Public Secondary Schools. The Commission works with individual public schools to improve the quality of education through a continuous process of accreditation and evaluation.

Kindergarten registration for fall 2005

Any family with a child who will be ready for kindergarten in the fall of 2005 who has not yet received a postcard from the Carlisle Public School is asked to call Sharon Grossman or Joanne Graziano at 1-978-369-6550. This will allow the school to include all eligible children in the planning for the 2005-06 school year.

Adventures in Landscape Ecology

The Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group in association with the Carlisle Board of Health will be presenting its final talk of the year on "Naturally Beautiful Gardens: Adventures in Landscape Ecology" . This lecture is funded in part by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and is co-sponsored by the First Religious Society Environmental Action Committee. The talk will be held in Union Hall, at the First Religious Society, from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, November 13. There will be time for discussion, the talk is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit CPAG's website

Carlisle and Concord educators battle Wizards

Just two nights before Halloween, eight Carlisle educators disguised themselves as basketball players to take on the Harlem Wizards in a benefit for the Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center. Carlisle Superintendent Marie Doyle, Principal Steve Goodwin, Assistant Principal Michael Giurlando, and teachers Christine Denaro, Bill Gale, Liz Gray, Jen Lyons and Gene Stamell joined the C. C. Pool-a-Hoops for a night of basketball fun before a sell-out crowd at the CCHS gym.

The Wizards, a traveling trick team of former collegiate basketball standouts, were brought to CCHS by C. C. Pools Inc., the non-profit group building the community swim and health center.

"We were thrilled to have so many Carlisle teachers on the roster, and so many of their fans in the audience," said Tim Atkins, Executive Director of C. C. Pools. "It was an opportunity to remind people in Carlisle and Concord about this great asset for our communities, and that we need more money to fulfill our commitment to donate it to the Town when it is complete in December 2005."

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 High School.

Over 800 tickets were sold for the event. Tickets, food and concession sales may bring in close to $10,000, said Atkins. "Ferns did a terrific job with tickets for us, selling out twice," he continued. "We hope that Carlisleans know that this is their center, too, and will join us in making it happen."

A fierce Gene Stamell practices defense with teammate Jen Lyons, number 17.

One of the Harlem Wizards faces off with Concord Selectman Phil Benincasa

Teammates (left to right) Gene Stamell, Jen Lyons, Liz Gray, Andrea Gillis and Bernie Wenstrom huddle together during a time-out.

Tracy Bird attempts a jump shot as the crowd looks on. It's anyones guess what the Wizards are up to.

Notes from CCHS

· The next evening Parents' Association/Principal's Coffee will be November 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the CCHS library.

· The CCHS Varsity Football Team will have their last game of the season on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 25 at 10 a.m. at Bedford High School. Early ticket sales begin on Wednesday, November 17 through Wednesday, November 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Mrs. Hammer in the CCHS main office.

Carlisle Post Office announces Christmas mailing dates

It is never too early to start planning for overseas holiday mailings. With thousands of American troops and civilians stationed around the world, the coming weeks will be a busy time for mailing international and military parcels and packages, he said.

Listed below are the major dates recommended for mail to be delivered by December 25. Items for delivery by Hanukkah should be mailed five days earlier.

Nov. 13 - Parcel Post to military APO/FPO addresses

Dec. 6 - First-Class cards and letters or Priority Mail to military APO AE ZIPs 093 addresses

Dec. 11 - First-Class cards and letters or Priority Mail to all other military APO/FPO addresses

Dec. 6 - Global Airmail letters, cards and Parcel Post to Africa and Central or South America International Mail locations

Dec. 13 - Global Airmail letters, cards and Parcel Post to other International Mail locations

Dec. 20 - Global Express Guaranteed International Mail

Mailing guideline dates for all types of mail and locations — along with addressing and packaging tips — are posted under Overseas Holiday Mail Dates at

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