Friday, April 29, 2005
In defense of the wild turkey "terrorizing" the Skelton Road neighborhood
To the Editor:
I moved to Carlisle decades ago, in part, because of its rural nature. This environment presents an opportunity to see wildlife not usually seen in urban settings. So I was delighted, for the first time last Saturday, to watch a female turkey under our bird feeder where squirrels usually scrounge. The next morning I looked for the turkey's return, but instead was startled to see a police officer run across our front lawn in pursuit of what appeared to be the same female turkey. I was stunned when the officer replied, "Yes" to my question, "You are not going to shoot the turkey are you?" I was not aware that the turkey had threatened my neighbor or the police. Now that I know this was the reason for the armed chase, my question remains: "Why shoot the turkey?" Domestic dogs have threatened me, chased my car, or attacked residents, but I don't believe there is a need to shoot them. Can't we coexist with the wildlife in our midst?
Gwendolyn and George Charter
SBC explains choice
To the Editor:
As chair of the School Building Committee (SBC), I would like to thank developer Michael J. Kenny for his generous offer, conveyed in a half-page ad in the Mosquito on April 15, to discuss the possibility of using a wastewater treatment system he owns to reduce costs for the Carlisle School's planned treatment facility.
Unfortunately, the technology he suggests has not yet been tested in a public school nor has it been approved by the state's Department of Environmental Protection for "general use." (We understand Mr. Kenny currently has three such systems in full-scale operation in Massachusetts on a trial basis.) Further, the savings he anticipated on our project may not have taken into account the somewhat unusual costs for site development our system will entail.
The technology Mr. Kenny sells is no doubt a promising one. The SBC considered it a few years ago when we selected a technology for the system. The SBC reviewed technology options again just this winter as part of a value engineering study and voted to stay with the rotating biological contactor (RBC) technology because it is tried and true in schools and because a change at this point would not be cost-effective. Although other systems now rival RBC in terms of cost and, in some instances, efficacy, changing the treatment method now would require new reviews by town boards and a new state permitting process. Inflation could raise costs during such a delay.
As most who've followed the tortured history of this project will recall, the anticipated costs have soared, resulting in a low bid of nearly $2.2 million last fall. The cost increases were attributable to site problems and to the greatly increased costs of construction materials such as steel. Further delay would expose us to additional risk of material cost increases.
Since the fall, we have chosen a new site for the facility and conducted value engineering to reduce costs. We will receive new bids shortly, and hope to bring a lower price to Town Meeting in May. We still expect to receive 60% reimbursement from the state.
Cranberry Hill Lane
Thank you from the CC Scholarship Fund
To the Editor:
Spring brings with it magnificent growth and new opportunities! Because of the generous response of 648 households this spring to phone calls from CCHS students at the annual Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund (CCSF) phonathon, many local students will be helped in pursuing opportunities for educational growth.
Need-based financial support from the CCSF has softened the harsh reality of recent college tuition increases which have been the largest of the past decade. Last year, the CCSF and its affiliates awarded grants totaling $125,250 to 34 graduating seniors and 42 current college students. This year the CCSF hopes to top this with its combined funds from the phonathon, annual appeal, and investment proceeds from estate, named funds and memorial gifts.
Giving to date exceeds $82,000 and is $35,000 ahead of last year. However, the documented need continues to greatly exceed the means and desire to support students of our school communities. As student grant interviews approach, it's not too late to help more students with education expenses and to encourage them through your support.
Contributions can be sent to Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 217, Concord, MA 01742-0217. Please visit our web site at www.ccsholarshipfund.org for further information.
CCHS chorus chaperone says thanks
To the Editor:
The Concord-Carlisle High School concert chorus recently returned from a week-long European tour of the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. I was fortunate enough to be part of an accompanying tour that provided parents with the opportunity to witness the youngsters performing in such beautiful cathedrals as Basilica Nanebevzeti P. Marie (13th century) in Velehrad, Stephansdom (12th century) in Vienna, the Basilica of Melk (11th century) and the Salzburg Dom (17th century).
The trip was a huge success and an amazing experience thanks to the inspiration and leadership of Chuck Brown, CCHS choral director, who conceived the idea and initiated planning two years ago; the support of the CCHS administration; the dedication of CCHS staff (teachers, nurses, etc.) and parent chaperones who had such faith in and hopes for our children as to sacrifice personal time to accompany them and who devoted 24 hours a day to ensuring their care and safety; and the students who represented Concord and Carlisle to this region of the world as people dedicated to education, service and, of course, musical excellence.
Aside from the experience of performing in such awesome venues, the students came home with a greater understanding of cultural differences and similarities. Many will remember:
-Sampling pig's knuckles
-Tiny "lifts" in European hotels
-Pictures and poems created by Jewish children in concentration camps before being led to their death
-Pick-up basketball and soccer games with European peers (and, of course, CC's victories in both)
-Czech students singing "Give me dat ole time religion" to their English-speaking friends and later swaying to the CCHS performance of "Ride the Chariot"
-Salami and cheese for breakfast
-Waking up to rap music over the monastery PA
-The "toilet of modern art" in Vienna
-Licking the walls of the salt mines near Berchtesgaden
I will remember the beauty of the music the children created and the joy and hope it awakened in those who gathered to listen. Thanks to all who made this experience possible.
Mary Ann Gorman
Indian Pipe Lane
A note of gratitude and a reminder — Old Home Day is June 25 and 26
To the Editor:
As you've read in the Mosquito we have been approved for fireworks. It has taken a year's worth of planning to reach this point and our gratitude goes to all those who donated to get us this far.
As always, Old Home Day and especially the fireworks this year are made possible by local donations alone as we receive no town funding. Our deepest thanks to Ron Chaput who spearheaded our fundraising campaign to our local businesses and to the Carlisle Luncheon group which responded ever so graciously to an appeal by Fontaine Richardson. The supportive donations and appreciative comments we've received have been encouraging.
Take a look at: www.carlisle.org/ohd. Bookmark this site as it is updated constantly with the latest OHD information.
Only eight weeks remain and we still have a lot to do to make this entire 200th anniversary celebration and the fireworks all they can be. If you'd like to contribute please send a donation of any amount to Carlisle Old Home Day at 90 Page Brook Road.
Dave & Florence Reed
Plans for park in town center
To the Editor:
At the April 12 Selectmen's meeting the .6 acre plot of land beside Ferns was referred to as Central Park and Center Park, though it has not been officially named. This parcel was bought by the Town at the May 1974 Town Meeting.
A year ago, when Russ Perry, a 40-year resident of Carlisle died, his family started a fund to enhance the beauty of this park. The monies are held by the Carlisle Garden Club, however, it is a citizens' community project coordinated by Sabrina Perry, owner at Malcolm Meadows.
The park has had several major donations including: 1) Pliny Jewell III and Lowell Robinson, landscape architects, created a preliminary design, 2) Stamski and McNary, surveyors, developed a comprehensive record of existing conditions, and 3) Todd Brown of Lincoln Tree and Landscape offered $1,000 in services for this project.
In addition to plantings to screen the sides, the preliminary plan closes the stone wall at the back and organizes the parking effectively bringing the beauty of the park to the street.
Thanks from Grease producers
To the Editor:
As Grease fades into memory, we would like to express our appreciation to all those who helped make the production a success. While too numerous to mention
individually by name, a big thank-you goes to all the students who gave their time and effort to put on a fantastic show in just five short weeks. Thanks also to the parents of the seventh graders who supported their children's efforts and additionally contributed an enormous amount of time and energy to the many tasks required for staging the musical.
We were all aided tremendously by many students from CCHS who cheerfully assisted in many areas for many, many hours! Without the considerable cooperation of the faculty, administration and staff at the Carlisle School, we would have been unable to even begin to have the show.
A huge thank you to our directors, Megan Fitzharris and Joe Carpenito, for doing such a superb job with patience and a sense of humor! Finally we send a big thank-you to all of you in town and from afar who filled the auditorium to watch the play and support the class' efforts.
Stephanie Smith, Annie Halvorsen, Paula von Kleydorff and Susan Mills Grease producers
Student-run tsunami fundraiser a success
To the Editor:
We would like to thank you all for participating in our Tsunami, Children-to-Children T-shirt fundraiser and let you know that we raised almost $2,900, all of which goes to the Save The Children organization. During our spring break last week, we went down to Westport, Conn., and visited the Save the Children Corporate headquarters and hand delivered our check to them. It was a very special afternoon for us.
We feel so good about the organization particularly knowing that 90% of the money will go directly to Ache, Indonesia, where Save the Children has been working for nearly three decades. They said they responded immediately to the disaster, providing shelter, food, clean water and medical care. We would like to thank you all for buying and wearing the t-shirts. We know this money will continue to help the children and communities recover and rebuild.
Brooke and Alexander Cragan
Farewell to a familiar face
To the Editor:
I was sorry to hear that Peter Brown, the familiar friendly face behind the cash register at Daisy's and then Ferns, will no longer be working there. Over the years, I looked forward to his warm greetings, and always marveled that he remembered things like where my son went to college and how their football team was doing. I hope he realizes how much he will be missed.
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