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Friday, June 3, 2005

Take a walk during Biodiversity Days

Sign up for Gleason's summer reading program

Whether it is a book of fiction or reading to find out more about an interest, reading is a great summer pastime. The six-week summer reading program, which aims to encourage reading in a relaxed and fun environment, will be highlighted by a series of special events and performers. Scott Jameson will present a magic show, Michael La Fosse will offer a workshop on origami, and Davis Bates will present "The Places You Go" in story and song. Gene Stammell will perform a concert and special crafts will be offered for grades one through six.

Registration must be done in person and will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 through June 18 at Gleason Library. While the summer reading program is open to all who register, sign-ups are necessary for the activities which must be limited in size.

A special storytime plus craft for children entering kindergarten will be offered on July 14 at 1:30 p.m., with registration on June 11. A drop-in story time for under threes will be offered on four consecutive Thursdays beginning on July 14 at 10:30 a.m. Storytime for ages three and up will be offered on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning on July 12 at 10:30 a.m. No registration is required for these drop-in storytimes.

CCF annual meeting

Carlisle Conservation Foundation and the Carlisle Land Trust will be holding their annual meeting on Sunday, June 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Benfield Barn at 967 West Street. There will be a walk on the Benfield Farm beginning at 4 p.m. The business portion of the meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and will include reminiscences of Benfield Farm, farming, as well as early conservation efforts in Carlisle, offered by David Benfield, Jack Valentine and George Reichenbach. Refreshments and social hour to follow. All are welcome.

Wash a fire truck

The Carlisle Parents Connection will host Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Carlisle Fire Station. Young children are invited to bring their buckets and sponges and come meet some of Carlisle's firefighters while getting an up-close tour of one of Carlisle's fire engines. The event is free. Park in the lot at Town Hall. For further information, contact Gail Bernardin at

Arcturus performs tomorrow

The Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will perform a benefit concert for children with AIDS on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. The Carlisle-based group includes an array of top-notch musicians from conservatories around the country and the world.

Their current program will include the Third Brandenburg Concerto of J.S. Bach, the F Major Viola Quintet of Johannes Brahms, the First String Quartet of Benjamin Britten, and the rambunctious string sextet, Souvenir de Florence of Tchaikovsky.

Admission is free. Donations to the Children with AIDS Department at the Boston Medical Center will be gratefully appreciated. A reception will follow the concert. For more information, call Margaret Darling at 1-978-369-1475 or visit:

Open house at Heald House on Sunday

The tours of "This Old House" are over now. Come next door and visit "Our Old House." Heald House, 698 Concord Street, home of the Carlisle Historical Society, will be open this Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. Tour the collections and get acquainted with Carlisle's past. Admission is free.

Heald House will be open for tours on Old Home Day from 2 to 4 p.m. and also on selected Sundays during the summer. On July 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. Kerri Piette will present a spinning demonstration at the July Open House. Again, admission is free.

This year's final Friday Night Live is tonight

Attention all eighth-graders: this is your last chance to attend Friday Night Live in Carlisle. Admission to the June Friday Night Live is free, and each student will receive a ticket for a free slice of pizza and a free soda.

Joe and Brian will be back and ready to rock with more prizes, games and the hottest dance tunes. As always, Friday Night Live begins at 7 p.m. in the Carlisle School gym and exercise room. It is open to any and all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders who have completed parental permission slips on file with the Carlisle Youth Commission. Students who are not from the Carlisle School District are also welcome, but must have a chaperone present.

Students who leave prior to 10 p.m. must be signed out by a parent. All others should be picked up at 10 sharp. For more information, call Jim Harris at 1-978-371-2494 or any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission.

Senator Susan Fargo will attend June 14 Conservation Coffee

Senator Susan Fargo (D) plans to attend the June 14 Conservation Morning Coffee, sponsored by the Carisle Conservation Commission The Coffee will be held in the Clark Room in the Town Hall from 7:30 am to 9 am. Sen. Fargo will be available to answer questions and discuss changes occurring on the state level that affect the environmental community.

A Lincoln resident, Senator Fargo represents the Third Middlesex District, which includes Carlisle. Senator Fargo is Senate Chair of the Public Health Committee, Vice-Chair of the Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee and serves on the Ways and Means, Healthcare, Finance, State Administration and Regulatory Oversight and the Municipalities and Regional Government Committees.

This will be the last Conservation Morning Coffee before a summer break. The coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month for the purpose of providing an informal opportunity for residents to meet and to discuss a wide range of Carlisle-related conservation and environmental issues. Residents are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Refreshments provided.

Recreation news

Summer is just around the corner...and Carlisle Recreation has program offerings from June 27 through August 24:

June 27 - July 1. Lacrosse Clinic for boys and girls age four through grade nine.

July 5 - August 12. Summer Fun Programs for ages preschool through grade 10.

August 15 - August 19. MLS Soccer Camp for boys and girls age five through grade 8.

August 22 - August 24. Field Hockey Clinic for girls grade six through eight.

Call for details and sign up: 1-978-369-9815. For more information, visit the web site, or pick up a brochure at the Town Hall Recreation Office or Gleason Library.

Sign up by July 8 for fall in-town soccer

Concord-CarlisleYouth In-Town Soccer offers fun and appropriately competitive soccer experiences for boys and girls pre-kindergarten (start K in September 2006) through Grade 6. Fall season games will be played in Concord and Carlisle on Saturdays, mid-September through early November.

Registration is open June 3 through July 8 at: Click on "Registration" and follow the directions from there. Scholarships are available if needed. Questions? Contact the program administrator at or call: 1-978-287-0968

Carlisle School spring concert series begins

The spring concerts, featuring instrumentalists and vocalists in grades four through eight, will be held on June 7, 9, and 14. The series opens on the seventh with students in the fourth-grade chorus and the fourth-grade beginning band, while the fifth-grade chorus and

middle school/fifth-grade combined band will perform on Thursday, June 9. Senior band students, as well as the jazz band and the middle school choirs and show choir, will present their performance on Tuesday, June 14.

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m., and will be held in the school's Corey Auditorium. The public is invited to these free concerts.

CCHS presents Time Flies and Other Plays

Concord-Carlisle High School presents Time Flies and Other Plays about Love and Death, six absurd comedies by David Ives. Ives' plays are famous for their absurd story lines and witty word play. While humorous, they are also profound, touching on themes of love, life and death. The six plays are taken from two collections; All in the Timing and Time Flies, and are being directed by CCHS teacher Ben Kendall.

The Universal Language brings together Don, a teacher and creator of a new universal language, and Dawn, an idealistic woman with a stutter who finds she is able to connect with Don through this strangely familiar nonsense language. But what happens when Don's secret is revealed? Variations on the Death of Trotsky is both morbid and comical as Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky discovers he has a mountain climbing axe buried in his head and struggles to come to terms with his fate. In Soap Opera a washing machine repairman must decide between life with a state-of-the-art washing machine (the perfect woman) or a real woman (who is of course imperfect). The other three plays are Sure Thing, Philip Glass buys a Loaf of Bread and Time Flies.

The cast includes Lora Borges, Abby Burnham, Chase Cicchetti, Joyce Corrao-Clannon, Kat Courtney, David Dawson, Desiree De La Cruz, Gene Delsener, John Eldridge, Emily Fritz-Endres, Angie Gennis, Kristina Gorman, Annie Jacoby, David Jubinsky, Brendan Kavanagh, Max Lewin, Gina Murphy, Campbell Payne, Russell Peck, Nikki Spencer, Walter Woodward and Lisa Yanofsky.

Time Flies and Other Plays will be performed at the CCHS Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

PMC Kids' Ride Bedford on June 18

More than 100 children, ages 14 and under, are expected to ride to raise funds for cancer research in the PMC Kids' Ride Bedford. The ride will feature two- and six-mile routes, and tykes on tricycles will ride through a special obstacle course. The party following the ride will include music, refreshments, face painting, and more. Funds raised through the event will benefit the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC), the most successful athletic fundraiser in the nation, which supports cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.

The PMC Kids' Ride Bedford will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the John Glenn Middle School in Bedford. There is a $10 registration fee. Contributions can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge. To register, call 1-781-275-6786. For more information, visit or call 1-781-275-2448.

COA doings

Men's breakfast: Join the mystery chef and his helpers for a waffle breakfast on Thursday, June 9 starting at 8 a.m. in the Sleeper Room. This will be the last men's breakfast until September.

Luncheon and nutrition talk: On Thursday, June 16, enjoy a catered roast turkey lunch at the Sleeper Room followed by a talk entitled "Eat Well - Live Long," by Margaret Mikkola, RD, LDN. She will provide information on healthy eating, weight maintenance, food shopping, easy meal preparation, as well as dietary modifications for specific illnesses. RSVPs are appreciated so the appropriate amount of food can be ordered. Call 1-978-371-2895 to reserve a spot.

Carlisle Garden Club hosts bicentennial country gardens tour

On Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, celebrate 200 years of Carlisle history by joining the Garden Club for our Country Gardens Tour and Plant Sale. Through our six showcase gardens, explore trends over the years, from farmhouse gardens complete with chickens to modern landscapes using grasses, conifers, and water elements. The tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased in advance for a discounted price of $12 by calling 1-978-371-2674 or by stopping at Ferns Country Store in Carlisle, New England Nursery in Bedford, or Agway in Chelmsford. The days of the tour, tickets will be $15 (seniors $10) available at the First Religious Society in the town center. For directions visit

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. 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 (non-motorized) canoe or kayak, life preserver (PFD), binoculars, and money for breakfast. Ken Harte will be the on-board wildlife specialist. In the case of inclement weather or flood conditions, this trip will be canceled.

Soapbox Derby meeting on June 8

On June 8, all Old Home Day Soapbox Derby entrants are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. There will be a slideshow and discussion featuring construction techniques and materials, safety issues, derby rules and regulations. Both parents and children are invited to attend. For more information visit the web site:

Silver Streakers take fourth at 2005 Prince Philip Cup
The Silver Streakers (left to right): Arriana Murphy of Chelmsford, Halley Adams of Topsfield, and Kati Lerner, Abi Young and Kelsey Bradley. (Courtesy photo)

During the last week of April the New England Games Team, the Silver Streakers, left for Kentucky to ride in the annual Prince Philip Cup held at the Rolex Three Day Event in Lexington Kentucky Horse Park. Their placement at Pony Club championships in July qualified them to attend a competition for the six best junior games teams in the United States.

They trained for hours through the winter and after school with their coach to keep the ponies fit and to improve. Driving the ponies to Kentucky took about 18 hours. The games lasted two days, held during the tough Rolex event for top riders around the world. Competitors could walk the Rolex cross- country course, watch the different events, and go shopping in the many stands set up.

The Prince Philip Cup consisted of three rounds of ten races each. All the races involved relays between the six teams while mounted on their ponies. The arena was extremely sloppy since there was constant rain for the two days of riding. Still, the competition was great and very exciting. The Silver Streaker's final placement settled into fourth. On the last day in Kentucky, all the PPC competitors were allowed a victory gallop in the Rolex arena in front of 10,000 screaming fans, and then got pinned with Rolex ribbons. It was all a big success and a lot of fun.

CSA teacher and staff retirement party

On Monday, June 20 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. the Carlisle School Association will hold a party to honor retiring teachers Bill Tate (Grade 5) and Ann James (Grade 5 Special Education), and Peg Lynch, assistant to the Superintendent. The party will be held at Union Hall at the First Religious Society. Families of current and former students of Mr. Tate and Mrs. James and those who have worked with Mrs. Lynch are invited to help us celebrate the careers of these dedicated, talented, and much-loved professionals. If you are a past student of Mr. Tate and are interested in helping with plans to honor him at the party, contact Lori Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703. If you are a past student of Mrs. James or have worked with Mrs. Lynch and are interested in helping with plans to honor either of them at the party, contact Andi Gettys at 1-978-369-2392.

Library card time

Kindergartners are now eligible for their very own library cards. Kids enjoy having their own cards. They are absolutely free and the best bargain in town, so come on down to the Gleason Public Library.

Apply for CTA scholarships by June 9

Each year the Carlisle Teachers' Association awards two scholarships to graduates of the Carlisle Public School. Applications are now being accepted. For an application, read the qualification requirements and contact: Scholarship Committee, c/o Carlisle Public School, 83 School Street, Carlisle, 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 fields and future usefulness to society.

Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education

This award is given 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., June 9.

Friends of the library need your used books

It is not too late to take advantage of the Friends of the Gleason Public Library book sale to thin out your bookshelves. Friends will accept donations of used books until Tuesday, June 21, so make both yourself (and the ultimate buyer) happy by dropping off books (please no magazines, textbooks or encyclopedias) at the library this week or next.

The Friends are still in need of volunteers on June 24 and/or 25 to transport, set up, and help during the sale, which this year will be held on Old Home Day. High school students can earn community service credits; others, grateful appreciation and the chance to help with a great community event. To sign up to help, contact Nancy Pierce at

1-978-371-7491 ( or Karen Trittipo (

Acton used book sale

The Friends of Acton Libraries will hold their Spring Book Sale Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12, in the meeting room of Memorial Library, 486 Main Street. The Book Sale is open to the general public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday is "Give Away Day" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Carlisle Democrats to host first annual picnic on June 12

Join Carlisle Democrats and friends, elected representatives, candidates for state offices, and Democrats from area towns at the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee's first annual picnic, June 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at John and Ann Ballantines' house, 268 Fiske Street. This will be a barbecue and pot luck and a $5 donation is suggested. All Carlisle Democrats, Independents and Progressives of any affiliation are invited to come mingle, talk politics and have fun. R.S.V.P. to Susan Stamps' telephone, 1-978-369-8462, e-mail or Cindy Schweppe, telephone 1-978-369-5738, e-mail


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