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Friday, February 11, 2005

Gleason book group

The Gleason Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, February 17 to discuss Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund in the Hollis room at the Gleason Library from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Future discussion topics will be: March - 5000 Days Like This One, by Jane Brox; April - The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hossein; May - The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler; June - Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris; September - Founding Mothers, by Cokie Roberts. The book group is open to the community and everyone is welcome.

Kindergarten talk

Parents of children eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2005 are invited to attend the Carlisle Public School's annual kindergarten talk on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the Robbins School Library. For more information, call Sharon Grossman or Joanne Graziano at 1-978-369-6550.

Carlisle Parents Connection hold beach party

Come beat the chilly weather and join the Carlisle Parents Connection for a beach party on Saturday, February 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Union Hall at the First Religious Society on School Street. There will be crafts, activities, limbo dancing and pin-the-monkeys-on-a-palm-tree contest. Come and dress for a beach party. Coffee, juice, and snacks will be available. The event is for families with children ages 0 - 5 and the fee is $5 per family or $25 for all CPC events.

Senior moment or Alzheimer's: What is memory loss?

The public is invited to join the conversation at a free participatory seminar on March 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Irene Church. This program is presented by Minuteman Senior Services in partnership with the three churches in Carlisle.

This caring conversation is designed to answer some questions about memory loss. What is memory? What things affect our memory? What should you to do if you or someone you love has memory loss? The seminar will review the differences between age-related forgetfulness and Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Learn about the causes of reversible memory loss and the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. Coping mechanisms and managing challenging behaviors will be discussed.

Leading this caring conversation will be Joanne Chaulk, RN, BSN, a trained Alzheimer's Care Specialist with many years of experience in the field of dementia care.Today she focuses her practice on working in the community with people diagnosed with a dementing illness and their care partners as well as providing education on Alzheimer's disease to families and professionals.

To reserve a space at this free seminar call Paula Trebino at 1-978-369-9001, Nadine Bishop at 1-978-369-5080 or Deb Pichulo at 1-978-369-7830.

Friends host music appreciation class

Beginning February 16, join the Friends of the COA and the Friends of the Gleason Library (FOGPL) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Hollis Room at Gleason Library for a six-week course in music appreciation with Elliot Lilien, titled: "Bach to Bartok: How to Listen to Music." The class is designed to deepen one's enjoyment and enrich the musical experience. This course will teach skills which will help the student appreciate and enjoy composers from Bach to Bartok. The history and ideas of various musical movements will be considered, along with the periods in which the music was written. Persons of all musical tastes and knowledge are welcome.

Registration is not necessary but is appreciated. Call 1-978-371-2895 to register or for information. This course is made possible through the generosity of the FOGPL and the Friends of the COA.

Boston Gay Men's Chamber Chorus Concert in Carlisle

On February 12 at 8 p.m. the Chamber Chorus of The Boston Gay Men's Chorus will present music at the Corey auditorium at the Carlisle School. Now in its 23rd season, the chorus is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship and creative programming.The Chamber Chorus includes 40 of the finest singers of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus.

The concert, sponsored by the First Religious Society, is a community-wide event and all are welcome with no admission charge. The Corey auditorium is fully accessible and general parking is available on Church Street. For more information, call the church office at 1-978-369-5180 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

CSEM to present Canadian viola da gamba duo

The Cambridge Society for Early Music will present the final concert of its 24th season of Chamber Music by Candlelight concerts in Carlisle on Saturday, February 12 at 8 p.m., at the First Religious Society on the Common. The concert, entitled "Folies! Music of Sainte-Colombe and His Contemporaries," will be performed by the Montreal (Canada) duo Les Voix Humaines, comprised of Susie Napper and Margaret Little, violas da gamba.

Napper and Little will perform music of Sainte-Colombe, Marais, Couperin, Rameau and Lebègue — exhibiting the heart and soul of French baroque music. The duo's performances of exotic masterpieces of the 17th and 18th centuries have been delighting audiences for the past 20 years. Les Voix Humaines has recorded over 20 CDs, several of which have received critical acclaim and awards.

Tickets for this concert are $25 general admission, $20 for students and seniors. They can be obtained at the door the nights of the concerts, by telephoning 1-617-489-2062, or by writing to the Society at P.O. Box 380-336, Cambridge, Mass. 02238-0336.

Poetry reading at Gleason Library

John Hodgen, Jean Keskulla, George Stalker, and Sue Ellen Kuzma will read poems on the theme "Beasts Seen and Unseen" at the Gleason Library on Thursday Feburary 24 at 6:45 p.m. The four poets will read from their own work as well as the work of Billy Collins, Linda Hogan, James Dickey, and many others. The program, sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council, is free. The public is invited to bring favorite poems to read. Refreshments will be served.

Friends of Gleason Public Library doings

Chase away the winter blues by joining your neighbors at the Friends of the Gleason Library's (FOGPL) annual Community Pot Luck Supper. This fun event is being held on Saturday, February 12 at 6 p.m. at the home of David Freedman and Karen Trittipo, 301 Hutchins Road. RSVP by contacting Terry McElligott at 1-978-369-0642 or Let her know whether you will be bringing an appetizer, entrée or salad for eight.

The librarians at the Gleason library have planned a variety of exciting events in the Hollis room this winter. These events are sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Library and admission is free. Some upcoming events to look forward to are:

• On Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m., local author and MIT professor Corey Lofdahl will be the featured guest speaker. Lofdahl is the author of Environmental Impact of Globalization and Trade.

• On March 19, the Board of Health and Emerson Hospital will be conducting a health fair from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

•The Essence of Carlisle Art Exhibit will be held in the library during the months of March and April.

Get your 2005 dump sticker now

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

Help preserve Carlisle's rural character

The Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) is seeking a member to complete the seven member committee.

CRAC encourages landowners and developers to keep land in its natural state by putting it under a perpetual conservation restriction. Once land is under a conservation restriction, the committee walks the land periodically to ensure the restriction is being respected. The committee helps landowners through the legal process of approval by the Town and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

This Committee was established by the Board of Selectmen in 1991. Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation Commission and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Administrator, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle.

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.

Cub Scout Pack 135 Pinewood Derby results
Cub Scouts celebrate another successful Pinewood Derby. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

Cub Scout Pack 135 held its annual Pinewood Derby competition on Monday, February 7, in the Corey Dining Room. Almost 50 boys entered cars that they designed and built themselves. Cars were judged for creative design, and then raced head-to-head to see which was fastest. Competition was fierce, and here are the results:
Tiger Cubs (1st grade)
Fastest: 1. Matthew Gorecki, 2. (tie) Connor Lofdahl, Alexander Nunan, Lucas Hickman.
Most creative design: 1. Jacob Golson, 2. Ryan Macmullan, 3. Jacob Sturtz.

Wolf Cubs (2nd grade)
Fastest: 1. Jonathan Spence, 2. Luc Mundel, 3. (tie) Connor Melvin, Matthew Paze.
Most creative design: 1. (tie) Griffin Bishop, Langley Therrien, 2. Roy Watson-Badell, 3. (tie) Robert Frodigh, Gardner Nash.
Bear Cubs (3rd grade)
Fastest: 1. Andrew Gorecki, 2. Richard Chelton, 3. Henry Hedden.
Most creative design: 1. Michael Drinkwater, 2. Matthew Gardner, 3. Griffin Bennett.
Webelos I (4th grade)
Fastest: 1. John Knobel, 2. Stu Semonite, 3. Patrick Bourque.
Most creative design: 1. Patrick Bourque, 2. Connor Gushue, 3. Ryan Walsh.
Webelos II (5th grade)
Fastest: 1. Larry White, 2. Anthony Perugini, 3. Alex Horvath.
Most creative design: 1. Daniel Tocci, 2. Billy White, 3. Brendan Nunan.
The fastest car from each rank will be entered in the district competition on March 19 at the Concord Scout House.
Those who helped included the Petrie family, Basil Bourque, Mike Bishop, Carol and Cyrus Dastangoo, Kieran Nunan, Heather Hedden, Roy Watson, Warren Spence, John and Catherine Gorecki, Peter Tocci, Robbie Drinkwater, Derek Lamoreaux, Jonathan de Alderete and Andy Gettys. The two guest judges were Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle and Larry Bearfield, owner of Ferns.

Carlisle Fishing Discussion Group meeting

All are welcome to a meeting of the Carlisle Fishing Discussion Group to be held on February 15, 2005 at 7 p.m. at Union Hall in the First Religious Society. We will hear reports on 2004 Season (Striper, Largemouth Bass, Salmon, Trout, Tuna & Bone Fishing) and the 2005 Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Outlook & Trip Schedule.

Slide shows will be given on fly fishing in Russia for Salmon, Arctic Char, and Trout titled, "Fly-Fishing in Kamchatka: Like Alaska in 1950 with a Russian Culture", by Glenn Urban, and "Bonefishing in Andros Island, Bahamas: Discussion on Lodging, Equipment, Flies, and Techniques" by Dave Martinez. Steve Kirk will discuss Largemouth Bass and Striper success stories from the 2004 season and Captain Eric Staplefeld will give a presentation and slide show on near-shore Tuna fishing off the Massachusetts coast. May and June 2005 fishing prospects and scheduled trips to Cape Cod, plus a Spring "pick up" fishing weekend in Falmouth for boaters and shore fishers will be announced.

Admission is free and open to anyone interested in or just curious about fishing. For more information call Steve Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or go to

Lowell YMCA swimming lessons

Registration for the next session of swimming lessons at the Lowell YMCA will begin Saturday, February 19 at 9 a.m. at the Greater Lowell YMCA. A variety of classes for children ages 6 months and up and adults will be held for seven weeks beginning the week of February 28.

For more information please contact Karen Provost at 1-978-454-7825 x25.

Antique Radio Collectors

On Sunday, February 20, the Greater Boston Antique Radio Collectors will sponsor its 36th old-radio flea market at the Westford Regency Inn on Route 110 in Westford. from 8 a.m. to noon. Last year's show had over 700 attendees and 64 exhibitors, making this event one of the biggest and best on the east coast.

Hundreds of vintage radios from the 1920s to the 1960s will be offered for sale, including early battery sets, crystal sets, cathedral radios, floor models and many more. Also for sale will be old radio books, price guides and magazines., telegraph keys and many other radio-related items.

Admission is $10, spouse and children free. For more information call 1-866-371-0512 or e-mail

Nominations now open for River Steward Award

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle and the Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council announce the third Annual River Stewardship Award program. The Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers were federally designated in 1999 as "Wild and Scenic Rivers" because of their "outstandingly remarkable resources." The purpose of the award is to honor individuals, school/youth and community groups, non-profit organizations, government and businesses whose actions demonstrate innovative thinking, creative solutions, extra effort, and brave positions that led to the health and preservation of the watershed.Eligible communities include, but are not limited to, the shoreline towns of Framingham, Wayland, Sudbury, Lincoln, Concord, Bedford, Carlisle and Billerica.Information and applications are available by calling Betsy Sluder, 1-978-369-1851 or through the LWVCC web site and are also at the Town House and Public Library. Applications are due no later than March 31, 2005.

Award winners to date in Concord-Carlisle include: Greg Peterson/ Carlisle Land Trust; Vivian Chaput (posthumous), Carlisle; CCHS students Emma Schumacher, Elena Coleman, Katie Lebling; Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program; Mill Brook Task Force; Marion Thornton, and Bill Sullivan.A total of 16 awards have been given in seven communities.

Applications can be submitted by the nominee or by a colleague on his/her behalf. Stewardship projects could involve educational efforts such as water quality testing, recycling or clean up projects, innovative strategies, tools or technologies and advocacy in opposing wasteful and polluting horticultural practices or damaging development practices. A prestigious selection committee will choose finalists in April. The award ceremony celebration will take place on Friday, June 10 as part of the festivities planned for Riverfest 2005.

Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse

Last call to register for the 2005 spring season of youth lacrosse. Registration forms are available in the Gleason Library (in the back with the community brochures) and at the Hunt Recreation Center in Concord. CC Youth Lacrosse is open to boys in grades 3 through 8 and girls in grades 5 through 8. Questions? Call Lorraine Stone 1-978-371-3069 or email to

Adoption information

The Florence Crittenton League Adoption Agency is holding a general information meeting on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Florence Crittenton League, Inc. 119 Hall Street in Lowell. Some adoption couples will speak, and the programs of the agency will be outlined. The League does identified adoptions, and has programs in Russia, China, Guatemala and Columbia.

The Florence Crittenton League has been a long-standing non-profit agency since 1907. We offer adoption expertise in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Call the office at 1-978-452-9671 for more information.

"Syria Through the Ages" to be discussed at CCHS

On Thursday, February 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School, Nasser Rabbat, the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture at MIT, begins the series "Nexus of Arab Power: Syria Through the Ages". The series will examine one of the most ancient, enigmatic and strategically important states of the Arab world. It will trace events in Syria from early Islam to its present-day position as the pivotal Arab power broker of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and speculate on its future, and American foreign policy, in the post-9/11 world.

The series continues on March 1, March 6 and March 17. A voluntary $12 donation will help the school defray costs associated with the series. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 1-978-318-1540 weekdays or 1-978-318-1432 in the evening.

CCHS presents West Side Story

Concord-Carlisle High School presents the musical West Side Story, based on Shakespeare's tragic love story Romeo and Juliet, but set in 1950s New York City amid a turf war between rival gangs. With award-winning music by Leonard Bernstein the show is a perennial favorite. The show runs the first two weekends in March. Performances will be March 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and March 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium. All tickets are for reserved seating and are $15. To order tickets go to

Reporters needed

Do you want to be more involved in the Carlisle community? Are you trying to stay current while taking a break from your career? Are you thinking of running for the Planning Board?

The Mosquito needs one or two reporters to cover the Planning Board. We are also looking for someone to start a short monthly column of "Legislative Headlines," similar to our new "Regional Headlines" on page 7.

No journalism experience needed. We will train, support, pay (a little) and say thank you.

Call News Editor Maya Liteplo at 1-978-369-7848.


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