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Friday, August 12, 2005

COA to host town employee appreciation luncheon August 18

On Thursday, August 18 at 11:45 a.m. at 145 Church Street, rain or shine, seniors are invited to come out and thank all those town employees who make Carlisle such a wonderful place to live in. Firefighters, police officers, DPW workers, town hall employees, library staff and others will join the Carlisle Council on Aging for great food and conversation. This is always a terrific day, so be sure to join in the festivities.

COA doings include books, fitness and food

September Coffee: On September 1 at 9:30 a.m. there will be a COA Coffee Klatch held in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. This will be an opportunity to catch up with old friends and to meet new ones. Coffee and juice will be served with donuts and muffins. A $1 donation would be welcome.

Fitness classes: Fitness classes resume September 6. These classes are open to all levels, and may be taken either once or twice per week. The classes include stretches, leg exercises, joint rotation, use of small hand weights, and balancing exercises. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace. Classes meet in the Clark Room at Town Hall on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Tuesday classes start at 9:45 a.m., and Thursday classes start at 10:45 a.m. Enrollment is for a three-month session. Once-a-week participation cost is $30 for the entire three-month session, and twice a week participation cost is $50. Call the COA office at 1-978 371-2895 to enroll.

Men's breakfast: The monthly men's breakfast will resume on Thursday, September 8 at 8 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at 145 Church Street. This is an informal gathering of men over the age of 60. A $2 donation is suggested.

Book club: The COA Book Club will meet Wednesday, September 14 at 10 a.m. at the home of Jean LaBroad. Please call Jean at 1-978-369-6768 if you are able to attend. New members are welcome. September's selection is Benjamin Franklin written by Edmund S. Morgan.

Exploring our lives through poetry: In this series of COA workshops, poems by Mary Oliver, William Stafford, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and many others will be read. A variety of themes including mindfulness, life choices and transitions and connection to others and nature will be explored. The facilitator for these workshops is Patti Russo, who has an MS in psychology and is a certified poetry therapist in training through the National Federation of Biblio/Therapy Poetry. The workshops are on Monday mornings from 10 - 11:15 a.m. starting on September 19 and ending on October 24. The group is limited to 8. Call the COA office to sign up.

Credit for Community Service hours

Carlisle's Old Home Day Committee is extremely grateful for the outpouring of Community Service volunteers who assisted with this year's Old Home Day festivities. This two-day event would not have run as smoothly without your participation. If you have not received your Project Completion paperwork, please contact Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434.

Check your mailboxes for the 2005-06 Carlisle phone book

Carlisle's popular phone book is hot off the press. The 2005-06 Carlisle Phone Book is distributed free to all Carlisle businesses and residents, and contains information you need to network with friends, neighbors and area companies for anything from appliances to web design. The phone book is produced annually by volunteer families from the Red Balloon Preschool and is a great source of information on town committees, local artisans, walking trails and more. Please patronize the phone book advertisers and tell them you found them through the Carlisle Phone Book. For information on advertising in the next edition, please contact the Red Balloon at 1-978-371-7023.

Tour Carlisle Public School on August 29

Are you a parent new to the Carlisle Public School? On Monday, August 29 at 9 a.m., the Carlisle School Association (CSA) will host a school tour. Join the group at the flagpole on the main plaza at the Carlisle Public School. Call Timm Brandhorst at 1-978-371-2770 or Liz Bishop at 1-978-318-0778 for further information.

Pick up school supplies

Pick-up dates for school supplies are: Middle School students — in grades 6, 7 and 8 and ordered your school supplies through the CSA, come to the Carlisle School cafeteria on Monday August 29 between 1 and 3 p.m. or Tuesday August 30 between 1 and 3 p.m. to pick up your kit. Supplies for grades K-5 will be delivered to classrooms and ready for your child on the first day of school. Questions? Call Liz Jewell at 1-978-371-8995.

Rock with your Tot

Save the date of Tuesday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. for another event of the Books and Babies Early Childhood grant program run by the Gleason Public Library. Happy Dan will present a high energy, creative experience for toddlers including fingerplays, participatory songs, creative movement and lots of fun. This free event is suggested for ages 2 1/2 to 5, will be held at the First Religious Society.

The Friends of the Gleason Library are funding this event in conjunction with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

The Mosquito needs new blood

Are you ready to get involved in the community? Want to know more about how town government works? Want to meet more people? The Mosquito needs reporters to cover important town committees and background issues. We are also looking for a part-time news editor — see notice on the front page.

Still uncertain about your new career in journalism? Read news reporter Cecile Sandwen's "How I became a Mosquito reporter" which appeared in the September 24, 2004 issue of the Mosquito and is available on the Mosquito website,

"My need was less for a high-paying job than one that provided flexibility, cameraderie and a chance to make a contribution," says Sandwen.

"Through my reporting I have gone from a know-nothing on town issues to someone who is sought out on the soccer field for my informed opinion. I've gotten to know the people who decide town priorities and direction. It's satisfying to have people I meet notice and comment on my articles (usually favorably, but not always)."

"So if you've ever considered a job at the Mosquito, I urge you to try it out."

If you are interested, call the Mosquito office and leave a message at 1-978-369-8313 or e-mail us at

College planning for seniors

On Wednesday, September 14 from 7:30 — 9:00 p.m. the first of two post-secondary planning sessions scheduled for seniors and their parents will take place in the CCHS Cafeteria. At this meeting members of the Guidance Department will provide information on the following subjects: applications, time lines, applying early, transcript procedures, and interview/visits. A workshop on financial aid for post-secondary education will be offered on Wednesday, December 7.

Concord Conservatory of Music opens soon

The Concord Conservatory of Music, Concord's first community music school, will open in September. Offering group and private musical instruction for students of all ages, the Conservatory will be located in classroom space within West Concord Union Church on Main Street in West Concord. Initially, the Conservatory's program offering will be anchored by private and group instruction in piano, cello, violin, guitar, fiddling and voice, as well as an early childhood music program for ages 6 months through kindergarten. Class offerings will broaden as the Conservatory grows.

The Concord Conservatory of Music emanated from the passion of Mary Shey, a longtime Concord resident who has been teaching piano in her home for more than 20 years. Shey approached Kate Yoder, the mother of one of Shey's students, to help her establish a music school in Concord that would be a community resource for anyone interested in music. Since January the two have been working diligently to research similar schools across the country, enlist support from other Concord residents and establish the framework for the school.

"The Conservatory is the result of a passionate group of community volunteers who want to expand music education in Concord and the surrounding communities," says Kate Yoder, who will serve as executive director of the Conservatory and president of the school's board. "The Conservatory will truly be a valuable community resource that will offer music education by some of the most talented individuals in the area."

In addition to supplementing the music curriculum offered in the public and private schools, the Conservatory's programs will offer students and families a centralized space to learn and perform, the opportunity to progress to accomplished levels of ability, and exposure to other instruments through monthly recitals and feature performances.

Registration begins August 1, with private lessons beginning the week of September 12 and group lessons beginning the week of September 19.

In addition to Yoder, the Conservatory's board includes Mary Shey, music director, Dorothy Bernard, Dudley Goar, Martha McKennitt, and Kathi O'Neil.

The Concord Conservatory of Music is a non-profit organization that will pursue funding from public and private sources.

For more information about the Concord Conservatory of Music, call 1-978-369-0010 or visit

Paddling back in time

Bring or rent your own canoe or kayak for a guided trip down the "Wild and Scenic" Concord River, ending on the grounds of The Old Manse, at 269 Monument Street, in Concord. Paddlers on this trip will see the same scenes that inspired Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and will learn about the growth of the conservation movement that ultimately led to the establishment of The Trustees of Reservations.

Built in 1770, The Old Manse is one of nearly 100 Trustees properties in Massachusetts. Founded in 1891 by noted landscape architect Charles Eliot, The Trustees of Reservations is a member-supported, non-profit conservation organization that preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and works to protect special places across the state. It was the first private nonprofit conservation organization of its kind in the country.

This innovative river tour brings recreationists, conservationists, and literary enthusiasts together to experience Concord in the same way as did many of its most famous

residents. The next tours will be on September 17 and October 15. Some spaces are currently still available, but please call 1-978-369-3909 as reservations and pre-payment are required. Cost for the program is $16/adult, $10/child. If needed, canoe or kayak rentals are available at a discounted rate thanks to the generosity of the South Bridge Boat House in Concord.

The Old Manse regular tour season extends through October 31. Visit for more information about the site, or visit for more information about the organization.

Westford Chorus beginning rehearsals September 6

If you ever thought about joining the Westford Chorus, this is the year to do it. This fun and talented chorus is offering another great season of music to Westford and the surrounding communities. For the December program, they will be performing Handel's Judas Maccabeus, as well as favorite holiday songs as arranged by Mark Hayes. The spring program will be a fully staged and costumed English abridged version of Bizet's Carmen. Plus, of course, our signature cabaret-style "Pops" concert in June caps off our exciting year of music.

Rehearsals for chorus are on Tuesday nights, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Blanchard Middle School, 14 West Street in Westford starting September 6. No auditions are required. Rehearsals held September 6 through 20 are open rehearsals for new members to come and see what they're all about. For further information, see their website:, or contact Nancy Bush at 1-978-692- 5112 .

Adult winter hockey league opens registration for 2005-06

Bay State Hockey is currently conducting registration for its Adult Winter No Check League, which will begin this September at the Chelmsford Forum.

The league is open to Advanced Novice "B/C-Level" teams and individuals. Teams will play a 28-game regular season. Games will be played once a week Monday through Thursday evenings. A three-round playoff will conclude the season.

Please call Bay State Hockey at 1-866-HOCKEY-3 or stop by the ice rink for more information and an application. Information is also available online at

Youth Hockey Summer "Tune Up Camp"

Here is a great chance to tune up on skating and hockey skills at the Valley Sports, Concord, Rink 2 (back rink) from Monday, August 29, through Friday, September 2. Instructors will be provided by Wright Hockey. Participate in as many or few of the sessions as you would like. There is one flat fee for the week. Only fully registered players in CCYH can participate. Visit for more information and registration forms for CCYH and CCYH Tune Up Camp.

Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey registration

CCYH is pleased to announce its 2005/2006 season. Boys and girls of all ages and ability are welcome. Registration is due by August 22. Please visit the website for more information and registration materials. Any questions please call CCYH president Roy Hirshland 1-978-371-1723.

Middlesex Conservation District fall bulb and perennial sale

The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale on Friday, September 23, from 3—6 p.m. and Saturday, September 24, from 8 to noon.

The sale will be held at the 4H Fairgrounds on South Chelmsford Road in Westford. All items can be pre-ordered through August 26 and picked up on the sale days—we encourage early ordering as all items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To place an order, you can download an order form from our website at, or call 1-978-692-9395 to request a brochure. Offerings will include daffodils, tulips, specialty bulbs, perennials and hardgoods such as compost bins, deer repellent, kitchen scrap buckets, fertilizer and garden gloves. We will also be selling excess first quality stock on the days listed above.

The Middlesex Conservation District is a not-for-profit environmental agency whose purpose is conservation of natural resources in Middlesex County. Proceeds from our biannual plant sales provide programs to improve water quality and quantity, for preservation of open space and erosion control and provide environmental education. For more information about our sale or programs, please visit

Get credit for OHD community service

Carlisle's Old Home Day Committee is extremely grateful for the outpouring of Community Service volunteers who assisted with this year's Old Home Day festivities. This two-day event would not have run as smoothly without your participation. If you have not received your Project Completion paperwork, please contact Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434.

Take a field trip about the life history of moths

The Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a field trip on the life history of moths found on the refuge. At a similar program a few years ago, 185 species were identified. The field trip will be held on Saturday evening, August 20 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes.The program will be led by naturalist Mike Nelson who is working for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage Program.

For more information, directions or to register for the trip, call Rona Balco at 1-978-779-2259. There is a limit on the number of participants.

Bicentennial T-shirts

There is still time to purchase Carlisle Bicentennial T-shirts that commemorate the town's milestone birthday. Proceeds will go to Carlisle's Bicentenary Fund. The shirts are navy with a white design, and are available at Ferns Country Store while supplies last.

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