The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 13, 2005

Tate is retiring this year

Are you a grown past-student of Mr. Bill Tate's? If you are interested in taking part in his retirement party in some way, contact Lori Jimenez., 1-978-369-4703 or

Canoe with ConsCom

The Carlisle Conservation Commission has planned a sunrise canoe/kayak paddle for bird and wildlife observation on the Concord River for the upcoming SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest celebration on June 11.

Meet to sign in at 5:15 a.m. at the Bedford Boat Landing on Rt. 225 at the Carlisle/Bedford town line. Launch time is 5:30 a.m. A stop is scheduled half-way through the trip at a casual riverside restaurant for breakfast and to compare notes.

Bring your canoe or kayak, life preserver (PFD), weather-appropriate clothing for a 2-3 hour paddle, binoculars, money for breakfast, drinking water, and nature guidebooks for identifying river edge birds, plants, insects, etc. For the enjoyment of all participants, bring only boats that use oars or paddle(s) in order to keep noise to a minimum. Ken Harte will be the on-board wildlife specialist. In the case of inclement weather or flood conditions, this trip will be canceled.

Trails Committee needs new member

The Carlisle Trails Committee has an open position on its seven-member committee and is looking for interested candidates. The Trails Committee was formed to provide Carlisle with information and opportunities to enjoy trails, to maintain the trail network, and to plan and preserve trails. Interested residents should call Marc Lamere at 1-978-369-8210 or send a letter to the Board of Selectmen.

Help with 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. If you are interested in participating in one of the three focus groups, to be held June 2 and 3, call Angela Reddin at 1-978-369-4898. The library needs your ideas. A town-wide survey will be available in July and August to all residents. As always, you can drop off your comments and ideas in the suggestion box at the library. For more information,call the library or check

Bring the family to Carlisle's goat farm

Come meet the kids — goats, that is, at the Carlisle Historical Society's program on "Cheese-making in Carlisle." Tricia Smith of 43 Indian Hill Road will introduce her goats and their triplet kids and will lead a tour of her new cheese-making facility.

The visit is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the goat farm, 43 Indian Hill Road. This Carlisle-based program will appeal to the whole family, and it is a rare opportunity to learn about cheese-making (and to sample excellent goat cheese). $10 for Historical Society members, $15 non-members.

Gleason offers wireless

The Gleason Public Library now offers wireless Internet access. To use this free service, just stop by the library with your laptop or wireless device and self-serve. More information, including the library's acting wireless policy, is available at the reference desk.

Story time on Saturday

The final Saturday drop-in story time for ages two to four will be held on Saturday ,May 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library. Siblings are welcome. Call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for children's for more information.

Contra dance and potluck tonight

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.

Meet the artists at Gleason Library

A new art show has opened at the Gleason Public Library with works by "4 at the mill." The four artists showing works include Arlene Richman, Joan Terrell Smith, Dona Julian Spillane and DeAnne Thorn. The works on display include oils, pastels, murals, watermedia and mixed media. Meet the artists and discuss their pieces with them on Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Spring clean-up day at Heald House

It is spring clean-up time all over town, and that includes Heald House, home of the Carlisle Historical Society. A clean-up party is scheduled for tomorrow, May 17 at 698 Concord Street from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and all interested Carlisle residents are invited to help.

Bring gardening tools, such as spades, pruning shears, edgers, rakes, gloves, and even wheelbarrows would be useful. Donuts and cider will be provided. Participants will also enjoy good company, and the satisfaction of a job well done.

If the weather looks iffy (again?), call Phil Drew at 1-978-369-9276 for an update on a go-ahead or postponement.

It's the talk of the town — 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 not necessary. For more information, call Kathy at the FRS office 1-978-369-5180.

Volunteer for CSA staff and teacher luncheon

On Tuesday, June 7 the annual Spring CSA luncheon will be held to honor the school's teachers and staff. The spring and fall luncheons are much anticipated and appreciated, and have become a wonderful tradition at the school. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up at the lunch and to contribute a favorite homemade dish or monetary contribution to offset the costs of the decorations and paper goods. To contribute or participate, contact Anne Wilkes, 1-978-287-4016 or rjwilkes

Spring bird walk repeats on May 15

Due to the inclement weather last Sunday, this year's spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be repeated on Sunday, May 15, 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. Join the group on May 15, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots, and insect repellent.

Event to benefit Foss Farm May 22

Come join the Carlisle-Area Equestrians and Old North Bridge Pony Club for a special horse event to benefit Foss Farm on May 22. Horses and riders from across New England will compete for fun and prizes in the third annual Foss Farm Spring 2 Phase Event. Food will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact organizer Beth Platt at

Pass It Forward Day is tomorrow

On Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, Carlisle will host itsthird Pass It Forward Day. Representatives from area charities will be at the transfer station to collect gently used items, including: bedding, blankets, furniture, lamps, dishes, cooking utensils, clothing and shoes, books , toys, decorative items for the home, and cell phones with chargers. For more information, call Amy Fennick at 1-978-369-5291. This event is sponsored by the Household Recycling Committee.

CCHS holds Senior Project Fair on May 18

The tenth annual Concord-Carlisle High School Senior Project Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library.

Senior projects are an opportunity for seniors to work on a self-developed, intensive project in one of four areas — traditional academic, artistic or creative, service-oriented, or career exploration. They expand their research skills, learn to manage their time, and reflect in a journal upon what they are learning. They also learn skills necessary to present their work effectively in a half hour to a panel of evaluators.

At the May 18 Fair, all students will display their projects and be available to discuss and answer questions about their experiences. Projects this year range from learning automobile body work and refinishing, to studying nutrition and economics by eating only from White Hen Pantry, to learning Renaissance painting techniques, to creating a prototype gourmet chocolate business. Other students are interning at elementary schools, designing clothes, and writing children's literature .

The Senior Project Fair is an opportunity for relatives, friends, faculty, and community members to learn about the achievements of 21 seniors and congratulate them on their successes.

The fair is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Apply now for Carlisle Teachers' Association scholarships

Each year the Carlisle Teachers' Association awards two scholarships to graduates of the Carlisle Public School. Applications for the awards are now being accepted. For an application, please read the qualification requirements and contact: Scholarship Committee, c/o Carlisle Public School, 83 School Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, or phone 1-978-369-6550. Applications may also be downloaded from the school web site:, and returned via e-mail to:

Marguerite Grant Scholarship

The recipient must be a 2005 graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School. Candidates should have a desire for further education and qualities of intellect and character that indicate success in their chosen field and future usefulness to society.

Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education

This award is awarded to a student who has already begun his or her higher education. The applicant must be a current or legal resident of Carlisle, a graduate of Concord-

Carlisle Regional High School or Minuteman Science Technology High School, and have successfully completed at least one year of study in his or her chosen field.

Applications should be returned to the above address by 3 p.m., Thursday, June 9.

CCHS teacher Sandra Haupt receives national recognition

Sandra Haupt, a local teacher at Concord-Carlisle High School, has been selected from a national applicant pool to attend one of 28 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.The Endowment is a federal agency that each summer supports seminars and institutes at colleges and universities so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Haupt will participate in an institute entitled "Archaeology of Jordan and Its Western Neighbors" The four-week program will be held at Boston University and the Semitic Museum at Harvard University. Haupt will receive a stipend of $3,000 to cover travel, study, and living expenses.

The approximately 600 teachers who participate in these summer studies nationwide will teach over fifty thousand students the following year.

Seeking veterans and active duty personnel

As Memorial Day approaches, the Carlisle Celebrations Committee is making every effort to ensure that Carlisle veterans, servicemen and women are honored at this year's ceremony. In keeping with Carlisle tradition, all military personnel, both active and retired, are encouraged to participate in the Memorial Day Assembly as well as march in the parade. Uniforms are optional. The ceremony and parade will be held on Monday, May 30, beginning with the flag raising at 9:30 a.m.

The committee is also working to update the Carlisle Honor Roll — the plaque on the Town Common that lists all Carlisle residents (at the time of their enlistment), who have served in the military during time of war or international conflict. Please send the committee names of individuals who served during both Iraq Wars as well as any of the military action since 1991 to Douglas Stevenson (1-978-369-6892, or The honor Roll will be read when the parade reaches the Town Common, and any honorees present should indicate their presence by saying "here."

The committee remains committed to carrying on the tradition of our small-town Memorial Day observance and welcomes suggestions on how to remember and honor those who have served their country.

Parlor songs and piano music at The Old Manse

Come and join in the fun at "Parlor Songs and Piano Music," an intimate piano and singing performance in the parlor of The Old Manse at 269 Monument Street in Concord. On Sunday, May 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., this concert will celebrate springtime with music from 1865 through 1939.

Local music teacher and composer Katherine Stevens will be at the Manse's unusual Steinway square grand piano. She will be joined by members of the Concord Madrigals in this small, historic venue.

Admission is $14 per person. Seating is limited, and advance reservations are required. Call 1-978-369-3909 or email to reserve a ticket. This event is not recommended for young children.

Built in 1770, this National Historic Landmark is a property of The Trustees of Reservations. The Old Manse is open for regular house tours daily from mid-April through October 31. Visit for more information about the site.

COA doings

Luncheon and slide show: Enjoy a delicious lunch in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Thursday, May 19 at 11:45 a.m. After lunch, Jim Elgin will show slides from the March 2005 COA trip through Europe. RSVPs are appreciated so the appropriate amount of food can be ordered. Call 1-978-371-2895 to reserve a spot.

Russian Church bazaar: Come join Carlisle seniors at the Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, 15 Prospect Street, Maynard on Friday, May 20. The group will leave Carlisle around 9:45 a.m. and enjoy the bookstore/greeting cards, handcrafted items, Russian style jewelry and a Russian lunch. There is no charge for this except for paying for lunch. Call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 for information or to make a reservation.

Trip to Kimball's in Westford: Come join the Carlisle Seniors for Lunch(on your own) at Kimball Farms, 400 Littleton Road Westford, June 2. The group will leave Carlisle (by Van or car pool) at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is at 11 a.m., followed by time for a walk around the Park, a visit to the gift shop, golf, or a boat ride, and end with Kimball's ice

cream (on your own). If interested, call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023.

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. To sign up, contact Roy Green at 1-978-318-0904 or by e-mail at

Come to the CSA annual meeting May 23

The annual meeting of the Carlisle School Association (CSA) will be held this year on May 23, 20005, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 78 Cutter's Ridge Road. All CSA members are invited. During this meeting members will vote on changes to the CSA bylaws, and vote in the new officers and directors of the CSA. Refreshments will be served. Please R.S.V.P. to

Sparky's Puppets to perform

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 consists of short folk and fairy tales and is suggested for ages three and up. It 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

OHD Bread Baking Contest

The Old Home Day (OHD) Bread Baking Contest will be held in Union Hall on June 25. Entries should be delivered between 10 and 11 a.m. The judges will evaluate the entries at 11 a.m. Look for posters with more information and entry forms at the Post Office, Ferns and Bates Farm.

Awards will be given for both adults and children in several categories including: savory yeasted breads, savory quick breads, sweet yeasted breads, sweet quick breads, best whole grain bread, at least 50% whole grain flour (include list of ingredients), and best of show.

So, bring in those old family favorites or the latest New Age rave. All entries will be offered for sale after the judging is complete and the awards are given.

Anyone interested in helping out or judging, may contact Nancy Kronenberg at 1-978-369-8079 or

Join the OHD parade

In celebration of Carlisle's incorporation in 1805, this year's OHD Parade theme is "Happy 200th Birthday." 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.

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

Carlisle OHD Art Show on June 25

The Old Home Day (OHD) Art Show date may be different, but the fun and excitement is still the same. Now, visualize this year's theme — "Happy Birthday, Carlisle."

Create that theme on canvas, film, jewelry, clay, fabric, scrapbook pages, yarn — anything. Join in the fun of OHD by submitting one piece of your artwork that reflects the "Happy Birthday, Carlisle" theme. Think about entering a photo of your child's birthday, or a ceramic birthday cake, or a birthday scrapbook page, or a special birthday card you've made, or a painting related to birthdays or birthday party hats. Think Happy Birthday.

With the OHD Art Show on June 25 only six weeks away, all Carlisle artists out there need to think about this challenge. The Art Show will present a special award for the one work of art that best visualizes this year's OHD theme — "Happy Birthday, Carlisle."

Need for speed II

Old Home Day's Soapbox Derby will be held again this year, on June 25. This new venue was a big hit last year, with several spectators vowing to enter racers in this year's event.

Soapbox Derby chairpersons Corey Lofdahl and Michael Jackson will return to organize this year's race and would like to be contacted by two or three adults for help on race day.

Carlisle's Finest will be on hand to clock the Church Street hill racers, and will provide the official speed results.

Anyone over ten years of age may enter and compete. Families are encouraged to help with construction. There will be an increased emphasis on safety, with particular emphasis on steering, and brakes

To help racecar builders, Corey and Michael will host a "how-to" discussion at Gleason Library. They will cover design fundamentals, rules, tips, forms and other information. All novice and even experienced car builders are encouraged to attend. Time and dates will be posted at the library and on the OHD web site:

Contact Michael directly by phone at 1-978-371-0045 and by e-mail at

Nominations sought for Conservationist Award

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is accepting nominations for the annual Conservationist of the Year award to be presented to the winning candidate on Old Home Day. Nominations should be submitted to the commission by Wednesday, June 8.

Previous award recipients:

1988 Adalbert E. Benfield

1989 Kenneth J. Harte

1990 Judith A. Lane

1991 Lois H. Surgenor

1992 Sally Zielinski

1993 Mark Duffy

1994 Steven W. Hinton

1995 Jay Luby

1996 Susan Emmons/Betsy Fell

1997 Eunice Knight

1998 Steve Tobin

1999 Greg Peterson

2000 Seba Gaines

2001 Janet Lovejoy, Jack & Betty Valentine, George and Jill Reichenbach, Fred Rundlett, Adalbert Benfield

2002 Marjorie Findlay

2003 Wayne Davis

2004 Art Milliken

Nomination Form


This award has been established to honor the person who has demonstrated a high regard for the environment. The winner will be presented at the Carlisle Old Home Day ceremonies.

I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE_____________________________



Please return to: Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator

Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford St., Carlisle or FAX (978) 369-4521. Email:

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