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Friday, June 10, 2005

Old Home Day events

Strawberry Festival

Luscious bowls of homemade strawberry shortcake, made with local berries, await you at the First Religious Society's Strawberry Festival, put on for the town on Thursday, June 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the church yard. (In case of rain, the festival will be moved inside the church building.)

Come enjoy the food, music and entertainment. The Second Wind Quartet will be singing and Dan Fassett will lead songs with the children. Have fun visiting and chatting with old and new friends at this town-wide event. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children. For more information call the church office at 1-978-369-5180.

Eat the weeds during Biodiversity Days walks this weekend

Come join one of the public nature walks which will be held in Carlisle during Biodiversity Days, and learn about the wild plants and animals that live in Carlisle.

A new walk has been added to the list, to search for edible wild plants and mushrooms. It will be led by Russ Cohen, author of "Wild Plants I Have Known and Eaten." on June 12. See below:

June 10, 3:30 p.m.

Naturalist Peter Alden, one of the founders of the Biodiversity Project, will lead a walk focusing on invasive alien plants which threaten biodiversity. Meet at the school parking lot, entrance from Church Street.

June 12, 11 a.m.

This Riverfest trip is led by the Trails Committee. Gather at the Foss Farm parking lot, entrance from Bedford Road. Waterproof boots are recommended. The biodiversity focus of this walk is fungi.

June 12, 4:30 p.m.

Russ Cohen will lead a walk focusing on edible plants and mushrooms, with an emphasis on identification keys and safe foraging guidelines. The walk will start at the main parking lot at Great Brook Farm State Park, beside the visitor center. For more information about Russ Cohen, see

CSA teacher and staff retirement reception

The community is invited to a retirement reception on Monday, June 20, at Union Hall from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate and thank fifth-grade teacher Bill Tate, Special Educator Ann James, and Assistant to the Superintendent Peg Lynch for their many years of service at the Carlisle School. Former students are especially welcome. Have some refreshments, show your appreciation, and find out what plans they have for their retirement.

Magician to perform June 23

Scott Jameson will perform a magic show as the kick-off to the Gleason Library Summer Reading Program on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society. "Magic by Scott Jameson" is not a magic show in the typical "pull a rabbit out of a hat" sense. Scott's shows artfully combine magic and juggling with clever characterizations, physical skill, music, mime, storytelling, and plenty of audience participation.

This program is suitable for children in grades K and up. This project is supported, in part, by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural council. For more information call the Library at 1-978-369-4898.

COA 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. For reservations, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895. Call the Council on Aging van line at 1-978-371-6690 to request a ride in the van.

Last contra dance of the season on June 10

The last Carlisle contra dance of the year will be held in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on June 10. 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. $5-per-person will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles welcome. This is the last dance of the year, so dust off your dancing shoes and join the fun. (Dances will start up again in the fall.) For more information, call 1-978 369-1661.

Going places at the library

Just because school is out is no reason to stop reading or coming to the library. 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.

Old Home Day events - this year on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 Register early for the Carlisle road races

Following past tradition, the Carlisle Road Races will be one of the opening events on Old Home Day on Saturday, June 25. The distances and routes will remain the same: five-mile and one-mile loop courses, starting and finishing at the entrance to elderly housing on Church Street, both passing through Carlisle Center, and beginning at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. respectively. Registration and number pickup are at the entrance to Corey Auditorium from 6:45 to 7:15 a.m. for the five-mile race, and 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. for the one-mile race. Awards presentation follows at 9:30 a.m.

In addition to the trophy and medals awarded annually, local artist Phyllis Hughes has designed a special limited-edition medal to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the races and Carlisle's 200th birthday. These will be presented to the first 200 entrants and will make nice souvenirs of this special town celebration. The exact courses and prizes can be found on the entry blanks at the Carlisle Library, Carlisle Post Office and Ferns Country Store, or electronically via the Old Home Day Web site ( Register early to guarantee your medal.

The only official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents and town employees — no friends or visiting relatives. Pre-race entries must be signed and mailed to the race directors postmarked no later than June 22, or hand-delivered by June 24. Fees are $8 adults, $5 youth (19 and under) for each race. Race-day entries will be $10 adults, $7 youth. Unofficial runners have been the cause of many problems and delays in the results' tabulation. They are responsible for their own times and must not enter the finish chute.

Additional volunteers are needed this year, since a larger than usual field is anticipated. Please call race directors Ronald or Leslie Kmiec 1-978-369-6130 or for further information or to help on race day. All "jobs" are over by 9:30 a.m.

Double Sundae Sunday saunter on June 26

As part of OHD weekend the Trails Committee will lead an historical walking and ice cream-eating extravaganza, starting at 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning to the school around 4 p.m. Questions, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

The schedule, for those preferring to do only part of the seven-mile walk is:

11 a.m. Meet at Carlisle School parking lot. Walk to Kimball's (0.6 mile). Buy ice cream.

11:45 a.m. Talk by member of Historical Society about history of Bates Farm area.

12:30 p.m. Leave Kimball's and walk 2.8 miles to Great Brook Farm Ice Cream via Cutter's Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge, and Pine Point Loop, arriving around 1:30 p.m.

2 p.m. Talk by Great Brook Farm interpreter Rebecca Markey on history of the farm area, Native American to present, on the grassy slope by the pond.

2:45 p.m. Leave pond area at Great Brook. Walk 3.5 miles to Carlisle School parking lot via Ferns Loop, Old Morse Road, and Conant Land.

4 p.m. Arrive back at Carlisle School parking lot.

Join the Old Home Day parade

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

A Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd 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 the name of its entry engraved on a trophy, now prominently displayed in the Tax Collector's office at Town Hall.

Parade entries, including all floats, birthday cakes, horses, wagons, cars, trucks and walking groups should assemble in the school parking lot at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. start. Those with animal entries please note that the hot-air balloon rides will be suspended by 8:45 a.m. All bicycles, scooters, other children's entries and Soap Box racers should assemble in the Gleason Library parking lot at 10 a.m. Call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434 with any questions about the OHD Parade.

A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker?

Join other local entrepreneurs, artists, craftspeople and organizations at the OHD Country Fair. It is a great opportunity for new vendors to test the waters and established businesses to meet new customers. Reserve space or get more information by contacting Bob and Nancy Orlando at 1-978-369-1690 or

Earn Community Service hours during Old Home Days

Carlisle's Old Home Day Committee is looking for Community Service volunteers to assist with this year's festivities. Shifts will be approximately two hours long. For more information, call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434.

Cakewalk - A perennial OHD favorite

Carlisle folks, get out your best recipes and cake-baking paraphernalia, because the cake-judging contest, and cakewalk are looking for a few good cakes.

On June 25, you may leave your culinary goodies at Union Hall between 9 a.m. and noon. Cakes which are entered in the cake-baking contest will be sent to their great reward, directly after the judging is completed.

At 5 p.m., the Cakewalk will commence at Town Hall with live musical entertainment. The Cake Walk needs your cakes to continue its tradition as one of OHD's premier

events. Bring your folding chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show. Most importantly, bring your cake either to Union Hall between 9 a.m. and noon, or to Town Hall after noon.

Senator Susan Fargo will attend June 14 Conservation Coffee

Senator Susan Fargo (D) plans to attend the June 14

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. Residents are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Refreshments provided.

Honored Citizen nominations due June 13

Nominations for Carlisle's honored citizen award are being accepted by the celebrations committee. The deadline for nominations is Monday, June 13. Please fill out the coupon provided or send a letter to either Howard Hensleigh or Judy Larson.

The award will be presented at 9:30 a.m. on Old Home Day during a special ceremony by the flagpole. Nomination criteria: Those persons who have given of themselves unselfishly to make our lives richer and Carlisle a place to call home, proudly. No past recipient or town employee is eligible.



Signature (optional):

This nomination will be treated confidentially by the committee. Please return by June 13 to: Judy Larson, 36 Forest Park Drive (1-978-369-6503) or Scott Evans, 299 Heald Road (1-978-371-0880.

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

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. CCF board members and others will be on hand to lead hikes on the Benfield Farm beginning at 4 p.m. (sturdy footwear is recommended.) 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 to attend.

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 Route 225. Launch time is 5:30 a.m. A stop is scheduled half-way through the trip at a casual riverside restaurant for breakfast. 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 rain or flood conditions, this trip will be canceled.

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

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.

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.

Sign up by July 8 for fall in-town soccer

Register for fall soccer now. 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 or need assistance? Contact the program administrator at or call: 1-978-287-0968.

CCYS is a community-based, not-for-profit volunteer organization that provides school and community soccer teams and games in Concord and Carlisle.

Auction items star in Spring Splash for the pool

A run with three-time Boston Marathon Champ Uta Pippig, a Bermuda getaway cottage for two, a slope-side condo at Loon Mountain during winter school vaction week, or six months of pies from Verrill Farm. These are just a few of the items to be auctioned at Spring Splash, a fundraising dinner dance and auction to benefit the Concord Carlisle Community Swim & Health Center.

The event will take place Saturday, June 11 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Collings Foundation in Stow, Mass. Tickets are $100 in advance. The goal is to raise money for the Center which is being built with private donations. When complete, it will be given to the Town of Concord and run by the Concord Recreation Department. Enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing to the Indian Hill Big Band, live and silent auctions. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. for auction items big and small, including the old Concord Information Booth. The winner of a red 2005 MINI Cooper Open Convertible will be drawn that night, too. You don't have to be present to win, but we hope you will be. Spring Splash tickets are available by calling C.C. Pools, Inc, at 1-978-371-4936, or MINI Raffle tickets are going fast. They are $100 each, and only 999 tickets will be sold. Buy MINI Raffle tickets at J.M. Barrett & Co. Real Estate, J. M. Barrett & Co. Real Estate, West Concord Liquors, Concord Recreation Department, and by contacting Kate Carr, C.C. Pools at 1-978-371-4936.

Calling all parents

Anyone interested in being a room parent for the next school year (2005-2006), call the appropriate room parent coordinator. Especially needed are volunteers for middle school. Call Liz Bishop (1-978-318-0778) for PreK, K and 1st grade; Janet Gilles (1-978-287-5107) for grades 2 and 3; Diana Kolstad (1-978-371-1069) for grades 4 and 5; and Kelly Driscoll (1-978-318-9202) for grades 6, 7, and 8. The coordinators will need to know the name and grade of the child for whom you wish to be a room parent, your e-mail address, any previous room parent responsibilities and your phone number. Assignments will be done after move-up day. For overall room parent

questions feel free to contact head room parent Kelly Driscoll.

Time Flies opens tonight at CCHS

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 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. Jacquie O'Kelly is the student assistant director

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.

COA, ARC and PALS join to help families of those with disabilities

Local families who have members with disabilities, especially developmental disabilities, will have new ways to access much-needed assistance ensuring that their family members have care into the future through a just-initiated program called "Caring Never Ends." People from all area communities are welcome to participate in any event.

The program features two musical events at the Acton and Bedford Councils on Aging which will be attended by people with disabilities as well as seniors from the community. The Minuteman ARC for Human Services and PALS, two organizations serving families with members with special needs, will give information and answer questions about their services at a special informational session before each musical event. Families are also invited to come along on a "field trip" to Minute Man ARC for Human Services' new center to familiarize themselves with available services. Families will meet the staff of the Minute Man ARC for Human Services and PALS, and have the opportunity to meet others with special needs.

The program is made possible by a unique partnership among the Acton Council on Aging, the Bedford Council on Aging, the Carlisle Council on Aging, PALS (Personal Advocacy and Lifetime Support), and the Minute Man ARC for Human Services and funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Activities are open to anyone of any age and are also intended for those who wish to volunteer with people with disabilities through PALS and the Minute Man ARC for Human Services.

The Contenders, a local duo, will play music from the 60s to the present on Saturday, June 11, at 1 p.m. at the Bedford Council on Aging, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford. An informational session will be held at 12:30 with PALS and Minute Man ARC for Human Services.

On Monday, June 13, all are invited to a "Field Trip" to the new Minute Man ARC Services Facility at 130 Baker Avenue in Concord. A tour of the facility will begin at 10:30 a.m. Anyone needing transportation to this field trip may call the Acton Council on Aging at 1-978-264-9643 or the Bedford Council on Aging at 1-781-275-6825.

Both PALS and Minute Man ARC for Human Services have many volunteer opportunities, including those that have a one-time-only commitment, such as sharing a skill or interest at a group home or service facility, as well as longer term volunteer positions as friends, companions, and other helpers. Those interested in volunteering are welcome.

PALS is an organization of families that forms networks of support around young adults with special needs to reduce isolation, enrich their lives, and provide assistance when primary caregivers must transition their children into other care. Minute Man ARC for Human Services offers a variety of community-based services, including Early Intervention, Family Services and Supports, and Adult Services.

For more information please call the Bedford Council on Aging at 1-781-275-6825, the Acton Council on Aging at 1-978-264-9643, the Minute Man ARC for Human Services at 1-978-287-7900, or PALS at 1-781-641-0900.

Senior citizen tax work program applications available

Applications for the Senior Citizen Tax Work Program are now available at the Treasurer's office in Town Hall. Carlisle residents who are 60 years or older may qualify to earn up to a $500 abatement on their real estate tax bill by performing various services for the town. Seniors must own and occupy, as principal residence, the property for which taxes are paid. Applications are due by July 1, with positions to begin September 1. Participants in the program will receive $6.75 per hour for all jobs. The maximum salary is $500, which must be earned before June 30, 2006. More than one taxpayer per household can take advantage of the program only if there are additional positions available on or after October 1.

A variety of positions are available, including jobs assisting the library staff, Board of Health, Council on Aging, Town Clerk, Recreation Department and Town Administrator. The Senior Tax Advisory Committee will try to match the skills and interest of applicants to the needs of town departments. Although an applicant may request placement in a certain department, the position cannot be guaranteed. All applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

For a copy of the application and program guidelines, call the Town Treasurer. Call Susan Evans at the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 with any questions. Individuals who need accommodation in order to participate in this process should contact the COA office.

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

Emerson 5K Run-Walk for Cancer

Join the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary's 5K Run-Walk for Cancer at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12. The annual fundraising event will begin and end at the Concord Health Care Center on the corner of Route 2 and Main Street across from the hospital. Runners and walkers are welcome to join the fun and share the benefits of healthy exercise while strengthening community resources to treat cancer.

Registration is $25 for runners ($20 before June 3) and walkers are free. All participants are encouraged to make a donation to cancer programs at the hospital. Registration forms are available at and or by calling the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary at 1-978-287-3084.

RecCom News

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

•June 27 to July 1: Lacrosse Clinic for Boys and Girls Age 4 through Grade 9.

•July 5 to August 12: Summer Fun Programs for ages Preschool through Grade 10.

•August 15 to August 19: MLS Soccer Camp for Boys and Girls Age 5 through Grade 8.

•August 22 to August 24: Field Hockey Clinic for Girls Grade 6 through 8.

For details and to sign-up, call 1-978-369-9815 or visit the website at Brochures are available at Town Hall at the Recreation Office and at the Gleason Library.

The Old Home Day Committee is looking for community service volunteers to assist in many of the festivities on June 24, 25 and 26. Shifts will be approximately two hours long. Call Debbie or Bill for further details at 1-978-369-0434.

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