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Friday, August 12, 2005

Librarian says farewell

To the Editor:

I have never been in a place as special, warm, and welcoming as the Town of Carlisle. From the day I started at the Gleason Library, I have felt embraced by all of you. I've been passing through here my whole life, going to Bates Farm and admiring the rural peace and beauty of the place. When a position at the Gleason Library opened, I knew I really wanted to work there.

The five years I've spent in Carlisle have been so much more than a job, it's been a life. The people I see every day at the library greet me like an old friend. Many places and arenas of life require running the gauntlet before you are accepted, but in Carlisle the attitude is different, arms are opened, people are welcomed.

Being here has been as much about embracing Carlisle's past as its present. Through my work with the Carlisle Historical Society I've come to know the Healds and the Robbines, the Durens and the Wilkinses, those who built the houses, farmed the land, raised their children and gave the town its character. The Historical Society welcomed me, Marilyn Harte published my articles, and Ginny Mills took me back into Carlisle's past through her wonderful conversations.

One of the best days was this past June on Old Home Day. On that hot Saturday, celebrating the town's two hundredth anniversary, I spent the afternoon talking about the archives at a Carlisle Historical Society open house. Later I met my husband and we spent a few happy hours at the chicken barbeque, talking to people, while having the joy of listening to our son, Chris (who works in Carlisle), perform in Jic Davis' band.

When a position in Special Collections opened up at the Concord Free Public Library, I knew I had to apply. I am an archivist first, and here was an opportunity to work with one of the finest collections in the country. When I was hired, it was with great sadness at leaving Carlisle. I'll still be at the Gleason Library on Thursday nights and there is no job that will ever take Carlisle out of my heart.

Thank you all for your outpouring of warmth; it will be with me wherever I go, reminding me of how wonderful life can be.

Conni Manoli-Skocay

Thoughts on pathway maintenance

To the Editor:

I have a couple of thoughts on how to benignly control the growth on our nice new walking paths:

1. I have found that a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water stops the growth for some time. White vinegar is available by the gallon at Market Basket for two dollars. Likely available for less in larger quantity. Or even better...

2. Perhaps the best method is more trampling foot traffic. How about an organized walk to Kimballs or to the Davis Corridor trail each week and, in season, maybe a nine o'clock Saturday organized walk from the center to the new farmers market and back? If a few people pulled red wagons, that would haul the crop and get the weeds, too.

Yes, I would be glad to lead a couple of these walks if there is general support for doing them and others will also take a turn in a rotation.

Mike Hanauer
Long Ridge Road

Are scenic road protections adequate?

To the Editor:

I was surprised when reading the paper last week at the Planning Board's decision that a stone wall that was removed on Maple Street was not considered a "farmer's wall." First of all, Maple Street is a scenic road. Did the Planning Board ask the owner to survey the property line (right of way) to see if the rocks removed were under the town's jurisdiction? Another question is whether a site walk was performed to inspect the disturbance? Upon closer inspection the Planning Board will find the remnants of a "farmer's stonewall" and a tree that will soon die because the stones have been removed which were protecting the roots (which are now exposed.) Lastly, one of the most important aspects of a wall, whether a farmer's type or not, is that they are used for surveying purposes to demark property lines. It seems as though a mature tree on a scenic road needs attending to now. Where is the line drawn?

Matt Hamor
Bedford Road

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