The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 14, 2005

Girl Scout Coat Drive was successful

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Girl Scouts would like to thank everyone who participated in the Warm Coats Drive this fall. We collected over 500 coats, along with lots of scarves, hats and mittens, which have gone to designated charities throughout our area. Our Girl Scout troop brought many coats to Rosie's Place in Boston. Anton Cleaners also agreed to clean and distribute a number of these coats. The people of Carlisle have been very generous both last year and this year. We thank you very much for helping us make this service project a success.

Fifth Grade Junior Girl Scouts
Second Grade Brownie Girl Scouts

Come home and stay home for Old Home Day on June 25 and 26

To the Editor:

It will be an Old Home Day like we've never seen before, fitting for a 200th birthday...our own!

From the very first Carlisle Old Home Days we find inspiration for 2005:

"Carlisle's first Old Home Day was celebrated on July 31, 1912, and proved to be an occasion of general interest to the people of the town and to the native and adopted sons and daughters who had been called to other localities, but had now returned for the day's festivities at this beautiful season of the year.

Carlisle's fifth Old Home Day was observed on September 1, 1919, and was of more than usual interest because it was observed in connection with a reception tendered to the Carlisle soldiers and sailors returned from the World War."

(Sidney Bull's History of Carlisle)

We need you to send us the names and addresses of service men and women, friends and neighbors who have slipped the bonds of Carlisle. We will send them all a personal invitation to return and be welcomed at a reception held in their honor. We want them back! They are truly missed and we don't want them to miss this year's OHD.

There will be the pancake breakfast, road races, our own version of a GREAT parade, the country fair, art show, pie, cake & bread baking contests, soapbox derby, dunking booth, corn husking (it's back), frog jumping contest, children's games, pet show and the ever awaited BBQ and cakewalk. And that's just the first day!

On Sunday afternoon it culminates with a very special 200th celebration that includes a hot air balloon fest, the Ice Cream Social with a hosted reception for our returning sons and daughters, a two hour twilight musical variety show featuring local Carlisle ensembles, quartets, chorales, bands, singers and musicians all topped off by a 30 minute grand finale of bi-centennial fireworks.

Help us "bring 'em home for this Old Home Day"

Send names, addresses, hints, rumors and best guesses of the whereabouts of all former Carlisle residents and service people to:

Old Home Day web site:

Snail mail: Florence and Dave, 90 Page Brook Road (1-978-369-8948)

Dave and Florence Reed,
2005 OHD chairs
Page Brook Road

Children to Children, in support of tsunami victims

To the Editor:

Everyone has heard of the horrible tsunami tragedy that hit many of the countries in the Indian Ocean. Everyone is in shock from this situation, not just adults but us kids too. As the death toll from this natural disaster rises over 150,000, one third of them are children. Help is urgently needed to stop the death toll from rising even higher due to starvation and disease.

We believe that if it happened here in the United States others would want to help us. We feel it's time for us children to make a difference. So we have thought of an idea. A fundraiser. How are we going to do this? We have designed a T-shirt entitled "Children to Children, Help is on the Way" which we are encouraging every child in Carlisle to buy with their own money. The T-shirts will cost $20, with all the profits to be donated to Save the Children, a very reputable charitable organization that helps provide emergency relief to children and families in southeastern Asia whose communities were devastated by the December 26 tsunami. Every gift helps the delivery of food, water, medical care and temporary shelter materials. To read more about the nonprofit organization you can go to on the web and read about all the wonderful things they are doing to help.

Order forms will be available at Ferns, the library, the post office, the transfer station and the school. If you would like to e-mail us a form, please do so at or call 1-978-369-1196.

We want to be a part of the wave of charitable giving that will help the people in affected countries deal with this tragedy. We would encourage every child in Carlisle to join us in wearing their "Children to Children" T-shirts to school to show their support.

Brooke and Alexander Cragan
Rutland Street

Ed note: The Cragans are both seventh- graders at the Carlisle Public School.

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito