The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 7, 2005

Planning Carlisle's Bicentennial celebration

To the Editor:

This is an open letter response to Paul K. Swanson's letter of December 17, 2004. First off, I'm impressed that someone in Summerfield, Florida, is still engaged with Carlisle and reads the Mosquito! Secondly, I applaud your idea to recognize people in town who have been voting for 50 years or more as part of the Carlisle Bicentennial effort. Would anyone like to sign up to make this idea happen? Also, is anyone with Internet expertise out there willing to help with web site promotion?

In our small town of Carlisle, the bicentennial effort is being fueled entirely by volunteer support. At this point, every event or project needs to be financially self-sustaining. We are an unusual committee in that the members are each responsible for driving a special project or event. While the committee members support each other, and the committee budget will fund all publicity and some special programs/projects in the future, right now we are just making ends meet. So, to help support us, please go to Ferns to buy a bicentennial t-shirt ($15 with all the profits going to the bicentennial expenses) or Historical Society ornament ($3 of the proceeds go to support the Bicentennial Committee). Or just send in a donation to the Carlisle Historical Society and note that the funds are to support the bicentennial celebration (P.O.Box 703, Carlisle, Mass. 01741).

If you want to join the Bicentennial Committee, please send me electronic mail at brako@earthlink.net.

Anne Marie Brako,
Carlisle Bicentennial Committee
West Street

We can help

To the Editor:

Since Lisa DeLong's jewel of a letter "Live a life that matters" appeared in the Mosquito December 17, a natural disaster of unprecedented destruction, at least in our lifetime, has occurred far away from us, affecting millions of people we will never know. We have seen the graphic footage; we are hearing the horrifying statistics grow. In the weeks to come, for the people who live in Asia and Africa, we cannot fathom the waves of disaster and disease and pain that will follow the waves of water.

One question posed to me over the weekend is, with the large sums of money that flow in, how can these humanitarian organizations spend efficiently? Interestingly, these remarkable organizations cooperate efforts to speed and streamline response. I can speak with authority on one such non-governmental organization because I have worked for it for several years. Within 24 hours, UNICEF had sent relief flights from their global warehouses in Copenhagen with three months' worth of oral rehydration salts, water purification tablets, medical supplies, and shelter equipment for 150,000 people in Sri Lanka. Within 48 hours they had flown in trained volunteers to remove garbage, and build latrine facilities and install giant tanks of water in refugee camps in India.

The problem is we have seen but the tip of the iceberg. Reports from the field indicate that with refugee camps under huge pressure, hygiene levels are declining and children especially are at huge risk. Even after the crisis is over, it is important to rebuild schools and get children the supplies they need to return to a semblance of normalcy. The recovery is long term.

We can help. Don't think for a minute that your "little" donation won't make a difference in the lives of children and families who have lost everything, including hope. One packet of rehydration salts can save the life of a child suffering from diarrhea that she got from drinking contaminated water because she was so terribly thirsty costs sixty cents. So please give what is comfortable for you to the humanitarian organization of your choice. You could not use your money more efficiently. It's the bargain of a lifetime. Happy New Year, Carlisle!

Annie Halvorsen
Pine Brook Road

Ed note: Annie Halvorsen is a on the Board of Directors of the New England Chapter of UNICEF.

CPC thanks volunteers

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) celebrated the holidays at the Holiday Potluck Party. Nancy Czczesniak and Nancy West hosted the festive event where delicious food was eaten and children enjoyed a surprise visit from Santa.

The CPC would like to thank the hostesses, those who brought food, the elf moms who helped clean up, and a special thanks to Rik Pierce who used his North Pole connections to invite Santa!

Happy Holidays from the CPC!

Lisa Chaffin
East Street

Support the Cape Wind project

To the Editor:

The Cape Wind project is a plan to build America's first offshore wind energy farm, in Nantucket Sound (www.capewind.org). It would provide enough clean, renewable, power to meet three quarters of the Cape's electricity needs. Citizens can take action on this important environmental issue by e-mailing or writing the US Army Corps of Engineers and their elected officials. The Army deadline for input is February 24. The following is an open letter being sent to Governor Romney in support of Cape Wind.

"Dear Governor Romney,

At a recent hearing conducted by the Army in Yarmouth on a proposal to put a massive wind farm in Nantucket Shoals, you were quoted as saying, 'We cannot trash this extraordinary resource' (Boston Globe, Wed. Dec. 8, "Wind Farm Project Blasted"). I think that you must not have realized that, in speaking so disparagingly of the project, you were trashing your own 2004 Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan (www.mass.gov/ocd/climate.html). This plan has commendable ambitious goals of greenhouse gas reduction. The plan calls for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within the state of Massachusetts to 1990 levels by 2010 and by an additional 10 percent by 2020. It specifically calls for the fostering of clean renewable energy projects like wind power.

It is difficult to see how these goals can be met if proposals like the Cape Wind project are not encouraged. I hope that you will remember the words in your May 8 letter of introduction to the Climate Protection Plan: 'These are actions we can and must take now, if we are to have no regrets when we transfer our temporary stewardship of this earth to the next generation.' "

Ernest Huber
Partridge Lane

Thanks to donors of gift bags to prisoners

To the Editor:

It is a pleasure to report that over 1480 holiday gift bags have been filled and were delivered to every inmate at MCI Concord and the Northeastern Correctional Center.

Hearty thanks to all the donors of toilet articles, writing materials, and cash; to the West Concord 5 & 10 staff for stocking the gift items; to Trinity Church for the use of the undercroft for sorting and storing; to Crosby's Market for the packing cartons; and to the volunteers who inspected and packed the gift bags. And special thanks to the countless young people in many communities who shared their creativity, wit and generous spirit by making holiday cards to go in the otherwise uniform bags!

Joan Kaufman and Joanne Mente
Co-coordinators, Holiday Gift Project
Concord Prison Outreach


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