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Friday, May 6, 2005

Drop off used books at Gleason starting May 16

Friends of the Gleason Public Library have found a space to store and sort books for this year's June 25 Old Home Day book sale. Make someone happy with your once-treasured books and clear out that closet/shelf/attic, by dropping off books to be donated at the library beginning Monday, May 16.

Volunteers are also needed. (Community service credits are available for high school students; rewards for others are intrinsic.) Help is needed with any and all of the following jobs:

• Once a week in June, move books from the library to a nearby barn for sorting and storage — a truck or van would be great for this.

• Once a week starting May 25, help sort books into categories for sale.

• Help move books from the barn to the library the day of the sale.

• Set up the books for and help during the sale.

To sign up to help, contact Nancy Pierce at 1-978-371-7491 (or or Anjli Trehan at 1-978-371-0374 (or

Friday Night Live is rocking tonight

All those middle school families who donated canned goods for the Open Table Food Pantry at last month's Friday Night Live should take pride in knowing that FNL donated 228 non-perishable food items to the pantry — a new Carlisle middle school record.

Friday Night Live begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Carlisle School gym and exercise room, and is open to all sixth, seventh and eighth graders (with completed parental permission slips on file). Students who are not from the Carlisle School District are also welcome, but must have a chaperone present. No students will be permitted to attend without a signed form.

The DJ's will be ready to rock — so don't miss FNL. Sadly, there are only two more Friday Night Live's left in this school year, so for those who have not attended yet — now is the time to try it.

Pizza and soda are always available for a small fee. Students who leave prior to 10 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 10 p.m. sharp. For more information call Karen Huntress at 1-978-371-9284 or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

Auction of Hope Sat. at Congregational Church

You are invited to take advantage of an opportunity to get some great buys to do good. An auction of over 150 items will be held tomorrow at the Carlisle Congregational Church with a silent auction and preview beginning at 10:30 a.m. The live auction will begin around 12:30 p.m. with auctioneer Ron Thompson of Concord.

Included for auction are box seat Red Sox tickets, a signed Red Sox baseball, vacation homes or beach cottages in Florida, Montana, New Hampshire and Maine, antique jewelry, services, diamond earrings, original art, private tennis coaching, vet care, tall ship Boston Harbor Cruise for private parties, daylilies, certificates for golf, restaurants, stores, car wash, equipment rental, exercise facilities, movies, and massage, to name a few.

Proceeds will benefit the micro-finance work of Hope International. Micro-finance, the process of giving small loans to assist families to get back on their feet, focuses less on "teaching individuals how to fish," and more on equipping them with the tools they need to get back to their fishing. Micro-finance works in helping the poor. Two work teams (one from Carlisle and another from Lexington) will be assisting with Hope's English camps to be held in Moldova and the Dominican Republic this summer.

Barn, milking tours and trail walks

Barn tours and nature walks are back at Great Brook Farm State Park. Each Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., barn tours are open for the public. Milking tours on Sunday evenings begin at 6:15 p.m. Come and experience the ambiance of a real farm. Meet one of the 120 Holsteins and pet a calf, or sheep. Take a stroll on one of the 20 miles of trails.

Great Brook Farm is located at 165 North Road. Parking fees are back in effect. The ice cream stand is open daily from 11 a.m. to dark. For more information, call Rebecca Markey, Park Interpretative Ranger at 1-978-369-6312.

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.

What, if any, will be the effect of four years of sheep grazing? Join the group on May 8, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots, and insect repellent.

Sparky's Puppets to perform at Gleason

Save the date of Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. for another event of the Books and Babies Early Childhood grant program run by the Gleason Public Library. This free puppet show, suggested for ages three and up, will be held at the First Religious Society.

This program is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. For more information visit

Contra dance and potluck on May 13

The Second Friday Contra Dance will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on May 13. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that begins at 6:30 p.m. Dancing starts at 8 p.m. Sue Rosen will call the dances; Debby Knight, David Titus, Bruce Rosen, and Walter Lenk will provide the music. A $5-per-person collection will be taken at intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles welcome. For more information, call 1-978-369-1661.

Hazardous Waste Day collection tomorrow

The Spring Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon 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 a.m.-11 a.m. 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 a.m.-noon: 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.

RecCom news

The Carlisle Recreation Commission's Summer Fun Program will offer three two-week sessions: July 5 to July 15, July 18 to July 29 and August 1 to August 12. All programs are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended day options from 8:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Programs available for grades K through 4 include Red Cross Swim, Tennis, Arts & Crafts, Library Time, Gotta Dance/Theatre, Games, Wacky Wednesdays and Fun Fridays.

Programs available for grades 4 through 7 offer a choice of a.m. and/or p.m. activities (see the summer brochure.) Programs include Red Cross Swim, Archery, Land Navigation, Kayaking, Tennis, Wall Climbing, Pet Care, Cooking, Golf Lessons, Theatre/Dance, Karate, Silver Jewelry Making, Time to Clay, Horse Back Riding, Bike Hike, Mini Golf/Bowling and Pottery. Additional programs are available, such as Counselor in Training, Water Safety Aid, Workreation, Lacrosse, Child Care Training, Swim Only Lessons, MLS Soccer and Field Hockey.

Brochures are available at Town Hall's Recreation Office and the Gleason Library. For more information, call 1-978-369-9815 or fax 1-978-371-6686 or check out

Conservation Morning Coffee on Tuesday

Bring your ideas and questions for discussion to the next Conservation Morning Coffee, Tuesday, May 10. The coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Town Hall

from 7:30 a.m to 9 a.m.

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons. Their purpose is to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Continental Breakfast provided.

Teens can earn community service credit for helping at OHD

Carlisle's Old Home Day Committee is looking for Community Service volunteers June 24 to 26 to assist in the following areas: art show, parade, country fair, children's games, pet show, pie/bread/cake judging, soap box derby, fire station barbeque and cake walk, hot air balloon rides, the ice cream social and twilight musical cavalcade. Volunteers are always needed for set-up and clean-up, as well as during the festivities.

Shifts will be approximately 2 hours long. For more information, call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434.

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 instrumental 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.

Join the OHD parade

In celebration of Carlisle's incorporation in 1805, this year's OHD Parade theme is "Happy 200th Birthday." No presents are necessary, but your presence is needed for this town-wide celebration. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this year's OHD Parade on Saturday, June 25

A grand prize, and second and third place prizes will be awarded based on "Happy 200th Birthday" theme interpretation, originality, artistry, crowd response, and other judge fudge factors. The grand prize winner will have her or his name engraved on a trophy, now prominently displayed in the Tax Collector's office at Town Hall.

Call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434 with any questions about the OHD Parade.

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.

Pass It Forward Day

On Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, Carlisle will host itsthird Pass It Forward Day. Representatives from the Household Goods Recycling Ministry, Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Boston, area shelters, the Host to International Students Program at MIT, and the Domestic Violence Victims' Advocate Program will be at the transfer station to collect gently used items from residents. Needed items include bedding, blankets, furniture, lamps, dishes, cooking utensils, clothing and shoes for kids and adults, books for kids and adults, toys, decorative items for the home, and cell phones with chargers. If you have questions, please call Amy Fennick at 1-978-369-5291. This event is sponsored by the Household Recycling Committee.

May COA luncheon and slide show

Reserve Thursday, May 19 for a COA luncheon and slide show to be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society at 11:45 a.m. Enjoy a hearty lunch followed by a slide show of the March COA-sponsored trip to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, The slide show will be presented by Jim Elgin and includes his slides as well as those of Ted Read and Joanne Willens. Sites visited included medieval castles in Heidelberg, the Glockenspiel of Munich, Viennese palaces, the Melk monastery, Innsbruck old city, St. Moritz ski areas, Geneva and Lucerne, just to mention a few.

Reservations are greatly appreciated so the proper amount of food can be ordered. To sign up, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. The cost is $2 for lunch.

Sign up for Carlisle's Team-of-Four Bridge Championship

The final event to be sponsored by the Carlisle Bicentennial Committee is a team-of-four championship. Entries are required by May 15 for this straight knockout-type event, where two teams play head-to-head. The winner progresses to the next round and the loser is knocked out of the competition. Teams will play at a mutually agreeable time and place for both teams. Matches continue once a month for winners until only one team is undefeated. To sign up, contact Roy Green at 1-978-318-0904 or by e-mail at He will assist individuals or pairs who are interested in playing but who do not yet have a complete team. The event is sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League.

Democratic Town Committee to meet

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee will have a meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library. All Carlisle Democrats, Independents, and friends are welcome to come and talk politics and meet like-minded Carlisle residents. Refreshments will be served. For more information, or to be added to a Carlisle Democrats e-mail list, contact Susan Stamps, Chair of the Democratic Town Committee, at

Memorial Day luncheon

Come to the historic church, long ago Carlisle's Town Hall, and share memories with friends while meeting new neighbors. The time is Monday, May 30, following the parade, and the place is The First Religious Society on the Town Green. Ham, baked beans, potato and tossed salads, brown bread, coffee or tea, and fruit crisp — all will be prepared and served by members of The First Religious Society. Pizza will also be available. The small charge (to cover costs) is $5 for the ham and bean lunch and $2 for the pizza lunch, which includes a drink and chocolate chip cookie. Reservations are helpful but not necessary. For more information or make reservations (optional), call Kathy at the FRS office 1-978-369-5180.

Fall Spaghetti Supper

The annual sixth grade Spaghetti Supper will take place this fall on October 18. At the May 11 fifth-grade parents meeting with Superintendent Marie Doyle, there will be Spaghetti Supper committee sign-up sheets for all parents of incoming sixth-graders. This meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the school library. For more information, contact either Dale Ryder at 1-978-371-9673, Karen Verrill at 1-978-369-7294 or Seema Peterson at 1-978368-3288.

Concert for Darfur

Hear some of Boston's best new bands and support a great cause! Come to the Concert for Darfur, Friday, May 6, 6 to 11 p.m. at the Hunt Gym, 90 Stow Street in Concord. Cyanide Valentine, The Howl, The Charms, The Good North, Baby Strange, The Information, and Concord's The Retrogrades will all be playing. Tickets are $17 in advance, sold at Minor Chord in Acton and Video Revolution in Concord or $20 at the door. All proceeds go to benefit Oxfam America's programs to help the refugees in Darfur. (

Triathalon to benefit local service organizations

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will host the Third Annual Challenge Triathlon to benefit local human service organizations on Sunday, June 5 at 8 a.m. The scenic race begins at 8 a.m. from the North Bridge in Concord with an 11.5-mile bike loop through Carlisle center, a 3-mile run to the South Bridge Boat House, and a 2-mile paddle back to the North Bridge. Each leg of the race is completed by two team members with teams consisting of two to six people. All participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments upon completion of the course. Commemorative prizes will be awarded to winners in a variety of categories.

The minimum team contribution is $600 and will directly impact vital human services in our towns. To register or sponsor a team, or to volunteer at the event, please contact the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest office at or 1-978-369-5250.

Holocaust observance in Concord

Concord's second 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.

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