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Friday, April 29, 2005

Annual spring bird walk on May 8

This year's spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on Sunday, May 8, leaving from the parking lot on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission for the last 33 years, the walk will be led by Ken Harte. Having almost completely missed the warbler migration for the last three years, this year's walk date will be a week earlier than usual.

Male (but probably not female) bobolinks should be on territory; three were found last year, up from two the year before. What, if any, will be the effect of four years of sheep grazing? Tree swallows and bluebirds should be competing for nesting boxes. Will we find more than last year's one nesting bluebird pair? Will we finally hit an old-fashioned warbler wave? And will we find a waterthrush again? Come and find out on May 8, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots, and insect repellent.

Explore vernal pools

The Carlisle Trails Committee and the Conservation Commission will host a public vernal pool walk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. Chris Kavalauskas, former Conservation Commission chairman and wildlife ecologist, will lead the exploration of vernal pools and pond life on the Conant land. This is a great family activity. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather and bring small containers and magnifiers to view some of the smaller examples of vernal pool life. Meet at the Town Hall parking lot — if full, park at the school and walk to Town Hall. Refreshments will be served after the walk. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Carlisle COA day trips planned

Come join the Carlisle Seniors for a great time at the Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, 15 Prospect Street Maynard on May 20. The group will leave Carlisle at 9:45 a.m. and enjoy the bookstore/greeting cards, handcrafted items, Russian style jewelry and a Russian lunch, which is on your own.

Join the Carlisle Seniors at Captain Jack's Lobsterbake & Foxwood Resort Casino May 25. The cost is $49 per person. Prime rib of beef is also available as a menu choice.

The Carlisle Seniors are planning a Horizons Edge Casino Cruise on Wednesday, June 22. The cruise includes a full course buffet. The ship has slot machines, blackjack, etc. and costs $39 per person.

For flyers or to sign up for any of the trips above, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023, e-mail her at or pick up flyers at Town Hall.

Pediatric dentistry talk

Dr. Peter Geller, D.D.S. will present a free seminar at the Gleason Public Library on May 5 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Dr. Geller is a member of Children's Dental Associates in Westford and a Clinical Instructor in Pediatric Dentistry at Children's Hospital and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston. In addition to a question-and-answer period, Dr. Geller will address issues such as, what to expect from normal tooth development in the first five years and effects of thumb-sucking and bottles on tooth development. Call 1-978-287-0221 to register. This program is a joint presentation of First Connections and the Gleason Public Library.

Storage area and helpers needed for library's Book Sale

Planned to coincide with Old Home Day during the Carlisle Bicentennial year, the Friends of the Gleason Public Library's Annual Used Book Sale will be held on Saturday, June 25. Storage space is urgently required for temporary storage and sorting of books. If you have any unused space or can assist with organizing, sorting or helping on the day of the sale, contact Anjli Trehan at 1-978-371-0374 or e-mail as soon as possible.

CSA Book Fair and school arts celebration

The Carlisle Public Schools cordially invites townspeople to a spring arts celebration and Carlisle School Association book fair extravaganza. Starting on Tuesday, May 10,

In 2001, the Lexington native won the prestigious Caldecott Honor Award for bringing the classic tale of "Casey at the Bat" alive to a new generation of readers with his pen and ink scratchboard "engravings" in late-19th-century style. Bing later published his version of "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" and is currently working on a book about the Constitution.

Parents will be "drawn" to this event not only for the book fair but also for the annual art exhibit of kindergarten through eighth-grade students' own art work in the library and throughout the surrounding halls of the Robbins and Grant buildings. Visitors will be entertained during the exhibit by small choral and intrumental ensembles in the Grant courtyard. Tour guides and elementary and secondary school art teachers will lead visitors through the exhibit, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., with brief descriptions of projects, materials and techniques. Refreshments will be served.

Hazardous Waste Day collection on May 7

The Spring Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 9-12 at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of transfer station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection, which is free to residents who have a valid transfer station sticker.

Do not bring latex paint to the collection. Open the paint cans and let the paint dry out. Alternatively pour the paint onto old newspapers or kitty litter. Dried cans and paint can be disposed in the normal trash bins.

What to bring: Oil based paints, stains, thinners & strippers, solvents & varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.

What not to bring: Smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials.

Latex paint is not hazardous waste. These paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter will accelerate the process.

CRT recycling: Computer monitors can be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.

Batteries: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, Alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the transfer station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.

Swap table: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9-11. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.

Mercury: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the transfer station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap. The board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of any mercury containing products being replaced.

Safety: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides, household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block the entrance to the transfer station.

Hours 9-12: The collection will close promptly at noon. Cars must be in line before noon. Once the hazardous waste containers are sealed they cannot be opened for latecomers.

Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. To volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, call the Board of Health at 1-978 369-0283. Community Service points will be provided to interested high school students. For more information, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Recreation news

A variety of two-week programs will be offered this summer by the Carlisle Recreation Commission. Classes will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended day options of starting at 8:15 a.m. and departing at 6:15 p.m. There will be three sessions: July 5 to July 15, July 18 to July 29, and August 1 to August 12.

For Kindergarten through grade four programs include: Red Cross Swim, tennis, arts and crafts, library time, Gotta Dance/theater, games, Wacky Wednesdays and Fun Fridays.

Programs for grades four through seven have a choice of morning and/or afternoon activities, including: Red Cross swimming, archery, land navigation, kayaking, tennis, wall climbing, pet care, cooking, golf lessons, theater/dance, karate, silver jewelry making, Time to Clay, horse back riding, bike hike, mini-golf/bowling, and pottery.

The following additional programs will be offered: Counselor in Training, Water Safety Aid, Workreation, lacrosse, child care training, swim only lessons, MLS soccer, and field hockey.

For more details, see the brochure, which is available at Gleason Library and at the Recreation Office in Town Hall, or call 1-978-369-9815.

Planning for the library

The Gleason Public Library is beginning a long-range planning process. The planning effort begins in May and ends in September. To participate in one of the three focus groups, to be held June 2 and 3, call Angela Reddin at 1-978-369-4898. A townwide survey will be available in July and August to all residents. As always, drop off comments in the suggestion box at the library. For more information, check

Dr. Paul Farmer to speak on May 5

Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, and the subject of Tracy Kidder's book, Mountains Beyond Mountains, will speak Thursday, May 5, at 8 pm, in the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School upper gym, 500 Walden Street in Concord. The cafeteria will be used for overflow. Doors open at 7 p.m. General admission is $20 at the door, with proceeds benefiting Dr. Farmer's organization. Tickets are also available in advance at Grasshopper Shop, West Concord Supermarket, Concord Bookshop, West Concord 5&10, and Ferns Country Store in Carlisle. Middlesex School in Concord is sponsoring 200 free seats for students in the Concord-Carlisle community. Free student tickets are available night of the event only at the door between 7 and 7:45 p.m.

The community event will be preceded by a limited-seating, private reception and discussion with Dr. Farmer, for those wishing to contribute $1,000 or more to Partners In Health. Reservations for the private reception may be made by calling Becky at 1-978-930-4629 or by e-mailing

Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged. Carpool and shuttle parking will be available at Crosby's Market. Shuttle service to the event will begin at 7:10 p.m.

Community members or worship groups wishing to make a donation to Paul Farmer can make checks payable to Partners In Health and mail them c/o Becky Dewey 36 Main St. Concord MA 01742 or drop off at the same address. Or, checks can be mailed directly to PIH, 641 Huntington Ave., 1st Floor Boston, MA 02115. Note "May 5 event" on the check.

The mission of Partners in Health is to bring first-class medical care to the poor. Farmer will discuss specific ways people can promote the work of Partners in Health in Haiti, Peru, Siberia, and Roxbury. Tracy Kidder's portrayal of Farmer in Mountains Beyond Mountains illustrates how one person can make a difference, and that radical

change can be achieved in situations that seem insurmountable. Farmer is the recipient of a 1993 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "genius award," among others.

The event is co-sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Read Talk Share, One Book, One Lincoln, Middlesex School and Friends of Warburg Library. Dr. Farmer will be introduced by Dinny MacIntyre.

Concord-Carlisle fall cheer team tryouts

Interested in tumbling, lifting, stunting and dancing? Then you should know CC Fall Cheer Tryouts will be held from May 23 to 27 and May 31 to June 3 at CCHS in the lower gym from 3 to 5 p.m. Tryouts are open to all CCHS students and incoming freshmen. Both males and females are encouraged to attend, no experience necessary. To sign up for tryouts or get more information e-mail Coach Kerry Patenaude at

Madrigals perform on May 1

The Concord Madrigals will present "Five Centuries of Spring" on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m. at the West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main Street in West Concord. Directed by Jane Ring Frank, the program will feature works by Vaughn Williams, Dan Krunnfusz and shorter works by Gwyneth Walker, Paul Halley and Raymond Weidner, as well as traditional madrigals and songs. Timothy Evans will be the piano accompanist.

Tickets are $12 and $8 for seniors and children, and are available at Brooks Pharmacy in Concord, or by calling 1-978 369-3369 or 1-978 369-7718. Refreshments will follow the concert. Singing with the Madrigals from Carlisle are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Priscilla Stevens, Cynthia Sorn and Penny Zezima.

May 2 Cut-a-Thon for cancer research

Help researchers pursue clues to breast cancer prevention by getting a hair cut for only $10 on Monday, May 2, during the annual statewide Mother's Day Cut-a-Thon. Nearly 100 salons across the state will open their doors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise funds for the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and Silent Spring Institute. For more information, call Carlisle resident Lois Cutter at Elite Hair Design and Day Spa, 1-978-692-9669.

Concord Chorus Spring Concert: The Spirit of Song

The Concord Chorus, led by music director Ryan Turner, presents a concert celebrating the spirit of the human voice on Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m. at the Holy Family Parish (formerly St. Bernard's Church), Monument Square in Concord.

Carlisle residents singing in the chorus include Gertrud Behn, Jack Campbell, Mary DeGarmo, Tamasin Foote, Sally House and Cynthia Sorn.

Celebrating its 59th season, the Concord Chorus presents works of the great choral repertoire performed by 80 dedicated singers committed to artistic excellence. Tickets are $15, students and seniors, $12. Children under 12 are free. For more information call 1-978-440-9396 or visit

Parents and teens discuss drugs

Concord Carlisle Parents Initiative (CCPI) will offer an evening for parents focused on issues for fifth grade and middle school students entitled "Preventing and Postponing First Use of Drugs and Alcohol." The program will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Peabody Building, Concord Middle School, 1231 Old Marlboro Road, Concord.

This year, teens will join our panel of experts to allow the audience to be informed first-hand what the pressure is like "out there" and to hear any advice they might have as to how to muddle through the bumps in the road. After a presentation by each panelist, a question-and-answer period will take place. Our distinguished panelists include Bernie Wenstrom, CMS Health and PE educator, Kathy Bowen, CPS K-12 Health Curriculum Chair, Kelli Kirshtein, School Adjustment Counselor CCHS, and Detective Scott Camilleri, Concord Police Department. For more information, check

Holocaust Memorial Observance on May 8

Concord's 25th Annual Holocaust Memorial Observance will be held on Sunday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town House, Monument Square. This year's speaker is Edgar Krasa, survivor of Terezin and Auschwitz Concentration Camps, as well as three days of the Death March before being liberated by the Russian Army. Krasa will talk about music as a tool of resistance and defiance. This event is coordinated by the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council each year on behalf of the Concord Board of Selectmen. All are welcome to this important event.

Mini Cooper raffle tickets to benefit Community Pool

Raffle tickets are on sale for a 2005 red MINI Cooper Open Convertible to benefit the Concord Carlisle Community Swim and Health Center. The Center, set to open December 2005, is being designed and built with private donations by non-profit group, C. C. Pools, Inc. It will be available to everyone in the towns of Concord and Carlisle, as well as town employees and their families with reasonable membership and program fees.

Only 999 tickets are available, priced at $100. Tickets may be purchased at J. M. Barrett & Company Real Estate, 33 Walden Street, Concord, West Concord Liquor Store, 1216 Main St., West Concord, Concord Recreation Department or by calling the C.C. Pools' office at 1-978-371-4936. You must be 18 years old or older to purchase tickets.

The winner of the MINI Cooper open will be drawn at C.C. Pools' Spring Splash, Saturday, June 11, at the Collings Foundation, Stow, Massachusetts.

To learn more about the project, visit the CC Pools web site at

Financial aid for early education and care

The State Legislature has just voted increased funds for preschool-aged children in Massachusetts. If you need financial assistance you may be eligible to receive subsidized tuition through the Concord and Carlisle Community Partnership for Children which helps local families cover the cost of quality child care and education.

Participating centers are pleased to offer this assistance to families.

• In Concord: The Concord Children's Center, The Barn Cooperative Nursery School, The Children's Meetinghouse, The Concord Carousel Preschool, the Concord Public Integrated Preschool and Milldam Nursery School.

• In Carlisle: The Children's Place, and the Carlisle Public Integrated Preschool.

The Community Partnership for Children, funded by a grant from Massachusetts Department of Education, also offers parent and teacher education through the Concord Center for Parents and Teachers and support services to early childhood programs seeking to attain/maintain high quality. For information about the Community Partnership for Children and the grant, please call Sally Quinn Reed or Betsey Sweet at 1-978-202-1146.

To qualify for a scholarship, parents must:

•be working either full or part-time

• live in Concord or Carlisle

• meet the state-mandated income requirements: e.g. a family of 4 must earn less than $86,208 annually.

• have a child between the ages of 2.9 and 5.0 and enrolled in one of the participating child care and education centers.

Town Hall's correct mailing address

Town Clerk Charlene Hinton tells the Mosquito that there has been confusion over the correct mailing address for Town Hall. Please note that PO Box 827 is no longer in use. To send mail to the Town Clerk and other departments in Town Hall, use the following address: Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

You may send mail to the Tax Collector at PO Box 614, and to the Treasurer at PO Box 624, or use the street address to reach those departments as well.

Call the Town Clerk with any questions at 1-978-369-6155.

See Carlisle authors on Channel 8

Channel 8 will present the Carlisle authors of Images of America: Carlisle, videotaped at the Gleason Library. The "Author's Outlet" program will be presented on May 4 at 11 a.m. and May 5 at 7 p.m. These times are subject to change, so viewers are advised to check with Channel 8 at

The Carlisle authors discuss their efforts in gathering the information and photographs for the book, published by Arcadia Publishing Company.

Meeting for parents of fifth-graders

Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle and teachers will meet with parents of fifth-grade students on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the school library to follow up on this year's progress. At this meeting, the Spaghetti Supper Committee, headed by Dale Ryder, Karen Verill and Seema Petersen, will also take some time to present a list of Spaghetti Supper tasks for which parents may sign up.

Cub Scout Pack 135 invites new boys

The next meeting of Cub Scout Pack 135 will be Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. An invitation is extended to all boys who will be in grades 1-5 next year to come and see what Cub Scouting is all about.

Refreshments will be served.

Questions? Call Steve Golson, Cubmaster, 1-978-371-9959.

Sign up for the Open Circle program for parents

Children in kindergarten through fifth-grade experience Open Circle, a social competency program in the Carlisle School. A parent program that complements Open Circle will be once again offered by Jenny Bove and Sharon Grossman, elementary school psychologist/counselors. The five sessions will address major concepts that the children are learning in school and will be applied to parenting and family life. Topics will include: active listening, supporting positive interactions, effective disciplines, problem solving, and calming techniques.

The sessions will meet on five Tuesdays between May 3 and May 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the school library. To register, return forms that were sent home with students, or call Jenny Bove or Sharon Grossman for information or a form.

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