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Friday, March 11, 2005

PICTURE THIS. Brooke Cragan logs in Nancy Roberts' contribution to the special exhibit of Carlisle artists which will be on display at the Gleason Library until the end of April. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

Blood drive at St. Irene Church on March 26

The Carlisle Knights of Columbus and the American Red Cross are teaming up to hold a blood drive at St. Irene Church on Saturday, March 26, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

It only takes about an hour of time — and one small pinch. Giving the "Gift of Life" is one way to help those in need. Anyone 17 years of age or older, weighing 110 pounds or more and feeling in good health, may be eligible to donate blood. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) with any questions about donating blood, or visit our web site at:

CC Scholarship Fund phonathon

On Sunday, March 20,

In 2004, 87 grants for a total of $91,375 were awarded (42 to graduating seniors for a total of $44,875 and 47 to in-college students for a total of $46,500). An additional $33,650 was also awarded by CCSF-affiliated organizations. The combined amount of $125,025 still leaves CCSF over one million dollars short of the applicants' defined need.

For further information, visit the web site:

WHO NEEDS THE ALPS? This high snowbank behind Gleason Library is a great place for (left to right) John McNamara, Bennet Simonton and Griffin Creighton to feel on top of the world. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)


Boy Scout fertilizer and birdseed sale

Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 is holding its annual fertilizer and birdseed sale. The Scouts will be at the transfer station and in Ferns' parking lot on March 12 and March 19 to take orders. The boys will also be phoning past customers. The products will be delivered to customer homes on April 2. Proceeds from the sale plus donations help to defray the costs of Troop 135's many programs.

Sign up for Foss Farm garden plots

Community garden plots are available at the Foss Farm conservaton land. The 450 square feet community garden plots are available for $5 per plot, maximum of two plots per family. The gardens are plowed and staked each spring and wells provide water for the gardeners during the growing season. Bob Dennison continues to manage the Foss Farm Community Gardens.

To obtain a garden plot assignment, send a check payable to the Town of Carlisle by April 1. Include your name, address, telephone number, registration numbers of the vehicles that will be used at the gardens, along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to: Bob Dennison, 165 Stearns Street, Carlisle, MA. Assignments for garden plot requests received after the April 1 deadline will be made on a space available basis.

Notice to 2004 gardeners: Please remove your remaining garden equipment and materials to facilitate plowing for the 2005 growing season.

Assistance available from Aid to Elderly and Disabled Fund

The Senior Tax Advisory Committee (STAC) announces that financial assistance is available to seniors. Applications will be accepted for the Aid to Elderly and Disabled Voluntary Taxation Fund through the end of March. The intent of this fund is to assist those in need.

Application forms are available at the Council on Aging office in Town Hall or by calling 1-978-371-2895.

Eligible recipients include: 1.Those who have not applied for Clause 18 relief or other tax relief in the current or past year. 2. A resident of Carlisle who is a property owner in Carlisle and is 65 years or older at the time the application is filed. 3. A resident of Carlisle who is a property owner in Carlisle who meets the criteria for the definition of disabled as it is applied to eligibility for tax relief under clauses 41A/41C/17/18/22/37. 4. Combined household income must not exceed 200% of the poverty level, and total assets not to exceed $50,000 excluding the Carlisle residence.

All applications and other information submitted to the Committee will be kept confidential. Any applicant may request a hearing.

Senior citizens invited to St. Pat's Day lunch

The Concord-Carlisle High School students and parents of the class of 2005 will be serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage luncheon for the senior citizens of Carlisle and Concord on Saturday, March 12, at noon. This event will take place in the Concord-Carlisle High School cafeteria and will include musical entertainment. Reservations are required. Call the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

CEF/CSA Auction

On Saturday, March 19, enjoy cocktails and dinner at the CEF/CSA Auction while bidding on exotic trips, romantic evenings, and one-of-a-kind items crafted by Carlisle School students.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. at the Middlesex School in Concord with cocktails and a silent auction. Dinner is at 8 p.m., with the live auction from 9:30 to 10 p.m., and dancing from 10 p.m. until midnight. A free preview with silent bidding will take place before the auction from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

For tickets, call Lori at 1-978-269-4703. All proceeds benefit the Carlisle School.

Talk politics with the Democratic Town Committee

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee will host an open meeting on Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society, main floor (Union Hall), 27 School Street. This will be an opportunity for all Carlisle Democrats, Independents, and friends to gather to talk politics and meet like-minded Carlisle residents. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Susan Stamps, Chair of the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee, at 1-978-369-8462 or

Contra dance tonight

The Second Friday Contra Dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on March 11. 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.

"Barnstorming" at Heald House March 12

Historic barns are an important part of Carlisle's past, present and future. The barn at Heald House, home of the Carlisle Historical Society, will soon undergo repairs, and the Society is exploring community uses for the barn. Strategic planning has begun and members are looking for ideas and suggestions from the public.

Society members and non-members are invited to take an informal walk through the barn with Sarah Brophy, followed by a "barnstorming" discussion about its uses. The meeting will be Saturday, March 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Heald House, 698 Concord Street. Call Sarah Brophy at 1-978-369-5424 if you plan to come. Parking is limited.

Carlisle Bicentennial bridge championships

The Carlisle Bicentennial Committee will conduct three Contract Bridge Championships during the Bicentennial year of 2005: a Rubber Bridge Pairs event, a Duplicate Pairs event, and a Team-of-Four event. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.

The first event, a Rubber Bridge Pairs Championship, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, at the Sleeper Community Room, 145 Church Street. The winner will be the pair who scores the highest total number of points in 24 hands of bridge. In this competition, each hand stands alone, with scoring according to rubber bridge guidelines. Prior to the event, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a lesson on bidding given by a prominent teacher and tournament bridge player.

Entries for this event are requested by March 25; however, the event director can accept late entries up to the date of the event. Entry fees are $5 per player. One person of each pair must be from Carlisle or one of the towns from which portions of Carlisle were originally formed: Concord, Acton, Billerica, and Chelmsford. Individuals without partners are invited to participate with partnerships arranged by the director.

For further information, or to enter an event, call Roy Green at 1-978-318-0904 or send e-mail to

Stay tuned for details on the Duplicate Pairs and Team-of-Four Championships.

COA hosts catered luncheon and slide show

Come join the Carlisle senior citizens for a catered lunch and a slide show featuring the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, at the Sleeper Room on April 21 at 11:45 a.m. The slides and commentary will be presented by William Stare of Premier World Tours. If interested in attending, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 so that a count can be provided for this catered luncheon. A $2 donation to COA for lunch is suggested.

Is reading aloud enough?

Mary Leonhardt will present the first adult program as part of the Babies and Books, Early Childhood Grant program on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Gleason Public Library. What helps kids fall in love with books? Come and listen and then take part in a discussion. Mary Leonhardt is the author of six books on literacy issues, a high school English teacher for the last 33 years, 25 at Concord-Carlisle High School, and a parent of three children. The Babies and Books program is funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To learn about other events going on at the Gleason, visit

Carlisle author Corey Lofdahl to speak

On Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the Gleason Library's Hollis Room, local author Corey Lofdahl will discuss his book Environmental Impacts of Globalization and Trade: A Systems Study (MIT Press, 2002). The Seattle trade riots of fall 1999 centered on a fundamental question — does trade help or hurt the environment? Lofdahl provides some of the first evidence that international trade hurts the global environment rather than helps it, as economists maintain. His talk will review these findings and discuss their relevance to today's environmental debates.

State health care: time for a change

The Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters will present a public forum on health care on Wednesday, March 30, at the new Alcott School auditorium, 93 Laurel Street, Concord, at 7 p.m. A panel of experts will discuss the current health care crisis in Massachusetts and a proposed remedy that would save administrative costs and allow

every Massachusetts resident to be guaranteed high quality health care.

The vehicle for this change is the Massachusetts Health Care Trust Bill, a single-payer universal health care proposal. Dr. Alan Sager, Director of the Health Care Reform Program at Boston University's School of Public Health and Margaret O'Malley, RN, Chair of MASS-CARE, a coalition of 80 organizations working for universal single-payer health care in Massachusetts, will discuss the benefits that could be gained from acceptance of this bill. State Representative Cory Atkins will discuss the politics of the bill's passage. For more information contact Paula Vandever at 1-978-369-9268 or visit the local League website at

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Old Manse

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at The Old Manse on Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. Gaelic performer Caera will give a concert in the parlor of this historic home at 269 Monument Street in Concord.

Caera is a singer, harper, and writer who plays a clairseach, a brass-strung harp modeled after medieval harps from Ireland, and sings in all three Gaelic languages (Irish, Scottish, and Manx) as well as other languages. She has a particularly strong interest in the sean-nos singing tradition of Ireland, and has studied this style in the Boston area and in Ireland. She also has a strong interest in the puirt-a-beul (mouth music) singing tradition in Scotland, and has studied this style in the Boston area. Finally, Caera writes her own original songs, in English as well as in Irish Gaelic.

The concert at The Old Manse is in a small, intimate venue. Admission for this special event is $12 per person. Seating is limited, and advance reservations are required. Call 1-978-369-3909 to reserve a space. A $2 discount will be offered to attendees who are "wearing the green."

Built in 1770, this National Historic Landmark is a property of The Trustees of Reservations. The Old Manse tour season begins this year on Friday, April 15. Visit for more information about the site.

Join Pop Warner football

Concord-Carlisle Pop Warner Football is accepting mail-in applications for next season as of March 21. The limited roster openings will be filled by order based on date received. Postmarks before March 21 will not be processed. Registration packets are available online at under Handouts, or hard copies can be obtained at Hunt Gym in Concord. Announcements will be forthcoming by the end of April. Questions can be e-mailed to CCPW Registrar,

Register for Concord Carlisle Youth Lacrosse

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

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