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Friday, January 21, 2005

Trails Committee to lead walk

On Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m., the Trails Committee will lead a walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe trek, depending on conditions, starting from the Foss Farm parking lot. A shorter and a longer version of the trek will be available. Refreshments will be served afterwards. This event will be cancelled if there is heavy rain. For information, call Marc Lamere at 1-978-369-8210.

Carlisle Lunch Group talk on celestial secrets

Steve Golson will be the speaker at the next Carlisle Lunch Group meeting on Wednesday, February 2 at Union Hall, 27 School Street. Lunch starts at 12:15 p.m. and the talk on celestial secrets begins at 1 p.m. and is over by 2 p.m. RSVP by January 26 by mailing a $22 check to Fontaine K. Richardson, 121 Skelton Road, Carlisle. For more information, call 1-978-369-8223 or e-mail at

Steve Golson grew up in Texas where the sky was clear and dark and the stars were abundant. A long-time amateur astronomer and astrophotographer, Steve will share his favorite images of sun, moon, stars, eclipses, comets, and planets, and entertain the group with a quick tour of the cosmos.

Steve came to New England to attend MIT and has been here ever since. While at MIT he studied earthquakes and exploration geophysics. Steve has worked for large oil companies, small video game companies, and now designs integrated circuits as a consultant. A Carlisle resident for over 20 years, he lives with his wife Terry, two sons Daniel and Jacob, and assorted animals.

Don't miss story time at Gleason Library

The Gleason Public Library will offer story-time sessions beginning on January 31. For the 2-3 year-old groups the child must be 2 by February 4. For the 3- to 4-year-old group the child must be three by February 1

The 3- to 4-year-old group will meet either Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11 a.m. or Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The 4- to 6-year-old session will meet on Monday afternoon from 1:30 until 2 p.m. These sessions will run through the week of March 21 with the exception of February vacation week. The session for 2- to 3-year-olds (with parent or caregiver) will be offered on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. This session will run for six weeks.

In-person registration for the winter story-times sessions will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 22. Phone registrations will be taken beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, call the children's department at the library at 1-978-369-4898.

For the youngest patrons, there will be story times for ages 0 to 2 on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. These story times will be drop-in and will run for six weeks with no session during the February school vacation. Note that no registration is necessary for these story times.

Drop-in PJ story times for ages 3 and up will continue at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month with the next story time scheduled for February 2.

CCHS Summer Opportunities Fair

Concord-Carlisle High School will hold its 24th annual Summer Opportunities and Jobs Fair on January 31 (snow date February 1) from 5:30 to 8:30 Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street in Concord.The fair brings together representatives from over 80 organizations to present information about summer opportunities locally, nationally, and abroad. Exhibitors will display information on traditional summer camps, special needs programs, wilderness adventures, education and enrichment opportunities, sports camps, foreign language and student exchange programs, volunteer opportunities, and more.This year the fair will be expanded to provide summer employment opportunities.Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available. The exhibit area is handicapped-accessible. All proceeds from exhibitors fund the CCHS Parents Association grants program.For more information call Nancy Flahertyat 1-978-371-0549.

Gleason Friends Community Pot Luck

Chase away the winter blahs with good food and conversation. Join friends and neighbors at the community Pot Luck Supper on Saturday, February 12, 6 p.m. This year's event will be held at the home of David Freedman and Karen Trittipo, 301 Hutchins Road.

Friends of Gleason Public Library will provide entrees such as ham, lasagna and beverages. R.S.V.P. by contacting Terri McElligot at 1-978-369-0642 or Let her know whether you will be bringing an appetizer, salad or dessert for eight.

Cub Scout Pack 135 Pinewood Derby

Cub Scout Pack 135 will hold its annual Pinewood Derby competition on Sunday, January 23, in the Corey Dining Room from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited. The Pinewood Derby involves racing small wooden cars that the boys have built themselves. Awards are also given for most creative design. Any questions? Call Steve Golson, Cubmaster, at 1-978-371-9959.

Von Roesgen to speak on Nepal

Claude von Roesgen will be presenting his video documentary about a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal at the Hollis Room in the Gleason Public Library on Wednesday, January 26, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a question-and-answer period following the presentation.

It's playgroup time

The Carlisle Parents Connection organizes playgroups for children age 0-5 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; even for the youngest infants, 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. Anyone interested in joining a group, contact Nancy West (1-978-369-6515; with the children's ages and convenient meeting times.

Sign up for youth baseball and softball

Registration is now open for the Concord-Carlisle Youth Baseball and Softball spring season. There are leagues available for boys and girls age kindergarten through high school. Visit the web site at for up-to-date information and to register online. The registration deadline is February 1.

New open-burning permit process

The fire department has instituted a new procedure for open burning permits. Homeowners now need to register at the communications center in the police station located at 41 Lowell Street. Once the homeowner has a registration number, a call to the fire department (1-978-369-1442 ) on the day of desired burning is all that needs to be done to obtain a permit. Registration numbers are assigned to homeowners for as long as they reside at the same address. For more information, call the Fire Prevention office and leave a message at 1-978-287-0072.

Accessible recreation at Great Brook

Great Brook Farm State Park, located at 984 Lowell Road, will offer cross-country skiing, kick-sledding and snowshoeing for individuals with disabilities on January 29, and February 5, 19 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on February 10 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cross-country skiing is made accessible by the use of sit-skis and other adaptive equipment, supportive techniques and volunteer assistance as needed.

Assessible barn tours will be offered on February 21.

To pre-register,call 1-617-626-1294 or visit

Carlisle Democrats caucus on January 29

Registered Democrats in Carlisle will be holding a caucus at the First Religious Society, third floor conference room, 27 School Street (access through side door on Church Street), on Saturday, January 29, at 11 a.m. to elect four delegates and four alternates to the 2005 Massachusetts Democratic Convention to be held in Lowell on May 14. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women.

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Carlisle. Candidates for delegate and alternate must consent to nomination in writing. All candidates may make a two-minute statement and may distribute materials on their behalf All ballots will be written and secret. Those not elected as delegate and alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority and disabled.

For more information about the caucus, contact the Democratic State Committee at 1-617-472-0617 or Susan Stamps, chair of the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee, at 1-978-369-8462.

License the dog now

The Town of Carlisle requires all dogs to be licensed each year. The 2005 dog licenses are now available at the Town Clerk's office. Proof of current rabies vaccination is needed to obtain a license. The fees are $6 for spayed or neutered dogs and $10 for male or female dogs. Call the Town Clerk at 1-978-369-6155 with any questions. The Town Clerk's office is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you prefer, you may use the mail-in dog license application that will accompany the annual town census mailing in mid-January.

Get your 2005 dump sticker now

Transfer station stickers for 2005 are now available at the police station. You need $15 and your car registration to get one from the police dispatcher.

Learn to dance

Carlisle Recreation will begin a new dance class for Carlisle residents starting Wednesday, January 26. Professional dancer, choreographer and singer Veronica Robles will offer an 8-week program consisting of Latin American dance lessons open to anyone age 14 and older. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m.

For more information please call Jean at 1-978-369-9815.

Spend an evening with Jimmy Tingle

On Sunday evening, January 30, at 7 p.m., the CCHS Chinese Class will welcome comedian Jimmy Tingle to the high school to perform in a benefit for the language class's trip to China this spring.

Tingle is regarded as one of the country's top social humorists, appearing on MSNBC, The Tonight Show, Larry King Weekend, The Late Show with Conan O'Brien, The American Comedy Awards, as well as having his own comedy special on HBO.

CCHS students in Mrs. Wu's Chinese class will be traveling to China during April vacation. Tickets for this great night can be purchased for $15 on, or by calling 1-978-505-9540.

Forum on teen suicide at CCHS

The Alliance for Teen Safety is sponsoring a forum, "Every Life Worth Living: Understanding Teen Depression and Suicide" on Wednesday, February 2, in the CCHS Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Gail Griffith, author of a book about her family's personal and powerful experience with the attempted suicide of a son. It is called Will's Choice: A Suicidal Teen, a Desperate Mother, and a Chronicle of Recovery, and it will be released in May 2005. Griffith will be preceded by Boston Globe Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eileen McNamara, whose November 28 column, entitled "Our Silence Is Fatal Flaw," about the recent unrelated suicides of three teens in Wellesley and Needham, has touched a raw nerve in suburban Boston.

Women's soccer

Players are wanted for Acton/Concord area over-30 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 are played on Sunday afternoons. Over-50 players are being sought for a national tournament in North Carolina this June. More info is on the web at or call Miriam at 1-781-442-0750 weekdays.

New Scrabble Club offered after school

A new Scrabble Club for fifth- through eighth-graders met for the first time this week. Each Tuesday afternoon, 2:30 to 4 p.m., in the Exercise Room of the Carlisle School, students play Scrabble, learn the finer points of the game, expand their vocabulary, improve their math skills, and have fun. Scrabble games and supplies are provided.

Rebecca Konkle is the coach-coordinator, assisted by Ellen Miller, a Scrabble tournament player. In early April a team from Carlisle will compete in the National School Scrabble Championship in Boston.

New players are welcome to come and play for a drop-in fee of $10. For more information, call Rebecca Konkle at 1-978-369-8931.

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