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Friday, October 7, 2005

Members of the Carlisle Trails Committee, along with many volunteers, pose on the bardwalk they constructed last year on the River Trail. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16, for a similar project. (Photo by Bert Willard)

Trails Committee to build boardwalk

The Trails Committee needs volunteers to build a boardwalk to cross a wet area on the River Trail on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. We hope to create 160 feet of boardwalk in one day. The committee needs a number of energetic volunteers on Saturday, October 15, to do the preparation work of driving steel posts into the ground and starting to build the support structure, starting at 9 a.m.

The big day is Sunday, October 16, starting at 9 a.m. at the O'Rourke farm barn. Directions: from Route 225; take Maple Street north. Turn right at the next driveway after 338 Maple Street, (look for the Boardwalk sign); take the right fork past the house to the big metal barn. If you come after 9 a.m., park near the barn and follow the signs to the work area, about 0.8 mile.

A generator will be on site for saws and electric drills. Useful tools include a large-wheeled garden cart to carry tools and materials, heavy duty extension cord, power drill and bits, square #2 driver bits, hammer, level, tape measure, nail apron, pencil, square, Skil saw. In addition to carpenters, general laborers are needed. The work will go on through most of the day, so volunteers can come and go as their schedules permit. For those who wish to drop off refreshments (bottled water, cider, donut holes or cookies, sandwiches and pizza for lunch are suggestions), there will be a table near the barn. Waterproof boots are recommended. Both days are community service opportunities for students.

To volunteer, or for more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

COA doings

• Men's breakfast: The next monthly men's breakfast will be on Thursday, October 13, 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, October 12 at 10 a.m. at the home of Jean LaBroad. For more information, call Jean at 1-978-369-6768 if you are able to attend. All new members are welcome.

• Lunch and Switzerland travelogue : Save Thursday, October 20 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall for a luncheon followed by a travelogue of Switzerland by Ray Taylor. A $2 donation is suggested. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by October 12 to reserve your space.

Trails Committee sponsors mushroom walk October 8

On Saturday, October 8, the Trails Committee is hosting a mushroom walk at the Towle Land. Meet at the parking lot on Westford Road at 2 p.m. Kay Fairweather will lead the approximately two-hour walk, emphasizing mushroom diversity and learning the basics of mushroom identification. Everyone with curiosity about mushrooms is invited to join the walk. If you need more information, call Kay Fairweather at 1-978-371-1178.

Carlisle Lunch Group meets on October 12

On Wedneday, October 12 at noon, the Carlisle Lunch Group will gather in Union Hall, FRS. The speaker, who will begin his presentation at 1 p.m., is Iain Kerr, Vice President/Captain of the R/V Odyssey.

Reserve a place by sending a check for $25 to Fontaine Richardson, 121 Skelton Road by October 7. For more information about this program, visit

Fuel assistance program

You may be eligible for fuel assistance. For more information, call Susan Evans at the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

Program period runs from November 1, 2005 through April 30, 2006.

Harvest Fair at First Religious Society

Come to the annual Harvest Fair on Saturday October 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic white church on the Carlisle Green. Anyone who has a "cool" car is encouraged to park it around the Green for all to admire during theevent. There will be music, children's activities, attic treasures, and a luncheon café featuring tasty wraps, pumpkin soup and homemade dessert. Booths will offer crafts, Carlisle honey, and home-baked goodies.Weather permitting, there will be a hay ride through the Green Cemetery. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local and international non-profit agencies.

Library Computer Courses begin November 2

The library offers basic computer courses to help patrons to learn something new or to brush up on their computer skills. There will be two group sessions: on November 2, focusing on creating and using basic Internet e-mail, and on December 7, focusing on the basics of using a computer. Both training sessions will be held at 10 a.m.

One-on-one tutoring with a librarian is also available. Choose from either library catalog training or basic computer use for this 45-minute session. Training sessions are on November 7, 8, 9 and 10 and December 5, 6, 7, and 8. All sessions meet from 7 to 7:45 p.m. at the library.

To register for any computer course, call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Harvard Opportunes a cappella group to perform at CCHS fundraiser

On Saturday, October 22, Harvard University's premier co-ed a cappella group, the Harvard Opportunes, will be featured at a gala fundraiser to support the Concord-Carlisle High School performing arts program. The community is invited to enjoy "A Time To Shine," an evening of talented performers, fabulous desserts and fantastic raffle prizes sponsored by the Concord Carlisle Patrons of Performing Students (CCPOPS). Membership in CCPOPS is open to anyone willing to help.

Admission is $25 per person and includes dessert and entertainment. Raffle tickets will be available at the event. "A Time To Shine" begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Concord-Carlisle High School cafeteria, 500 Walden Street, Concord. For tickets go to, or for more information call Diane Payne at 1-978-287-5031 or e-mail

Morse documentary Secret Courage, October 16 at FRS

Secret Courage is a 75-minute documentary telling the story of Walter Suskind, a Dutch Jew, who managed to save between 800 and 1,000 Jewish children in Amsterdam during World War II while seeming to collaborate with the Nazi occupiers. The social action committee of the First Religious Society invites everyone to view this film on Sunday evening, October 16, at 7 p.m. in Union Hall. The producers of the documentary are former Carlisleans Tim and Karen Morse. They will explain the origins of the project and answer questions. Two Holocaust survivors, one a nurse in the creche (child care center) where the rescues took place and the other closely involved in the documentary production, will also take part in the October 16 presentation.

To make certain that there is adequate seating available for the presentation, contact Max Barber at 1-978-369-7943 or at, or Ellen Huber at 1-978-369-6678 or at by October 14 for reservations. The event is free but donations to help offset the $174,000 documentary production costs will be gratefully accepted. A reception will follow the presentation. The film is not appropriate for children under 13.

Carlisle Garden Club to host free lecture: "Historic Gardens and Their Creators"

Meg Moore, an educator and gardener with an avid interest in historically significant gardens, will be the featured speaker of the October 11 meeting of the Carlisle Garden Club. Moore's slide show and presentation will feature gardens designed by Beatrix Farrand, Frederick Law Olmsted, Gertrude Jekyll, Edith Wharton, and Fletcher Steele and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of Gleason Library. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Gio DiNicola at 1-978-287-5407 or Susan Pepple at 1-978-371-2674.

Magic legislative breakfast October 24

The Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) will host its Fall Legislative Breakfast on Monday morning, October 24. "Hot" topics are likely to include the process for disposing of surplus state property, emergency preparedness and regional hazard mitigation planning, state spending priorities, tourism, zoning and land use, transportation, and more. Robust discussion makes legislative breakfasts among MAGIC's most popular activities. The meeting is informal, and MAGIC members and legislators are urged to suggest topics.

MAGIC is a subregion of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for the 101 communities of metro Boston. Members meet monthly to exchange ideas; plan activities related to multi-community planning, infrastructure, and service delivery; and take strategic action to further regional goals.

The meeting will take place at the Lexington Sheraton, 727 Marrett Rd., on Monday, October 24, at 7:30 a.m. Discussion will begin promptly at 7:45. The meeting

is open, but advanced registration is required. Please RSVP by October 12 to MAGIC Coordinator Judith Alland at (617) 451-2770, ext. 2022, or email her at

MCC's Transition Program for students with learning/cognitive disabilities

Learn more about Middlesex Community College's nationally recognized Transition Program, a two-year, noncredit certificate program for students with learning/cognitive disabilities. This unique, specialized program is designed for students without the skills necessary to complete requirements for an associate degree.

Transition Program students attend classes designed to teach independent-living skills, computer and job-survival skills and social skills. They will also be placed in an internship program. Transition students may participate in all Middlesex student activities while receiving specialized coursework and training tailored to meet their needs.

A public information session for prospective Transition Program students and their families will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 20, in MCC's Bedford Campus Center's Café East, 591 Springs Road.

Information session participants will receive an overview of the program, as well as in-depth information on the curriculum, application procedures, details of the required internship portion of the program and prospective job opportunities.

Transition Program candidates should have a high school diploma or GED credential, interest in training for entry-level work in business and industry, fifth- to eighth-grade level reading and math skills, and the maturity and emotional stability to effectively participate in a program on a college campus.

To register for MCC's Transition Program public information session, call 1-781-280-3630. For more information about The Transition Program at Middlesex, contact Susan Woods, MCC's Director of Disability Support and The Transition Program, at 1-781-280-3641.

Postal Service offers "Premium Forwarding"

Premium Forwarding Service (PFS) is a personalized service for sending mail from a primary residential address to a temporary address using Priority Mail. It is designed for residential customers who want to receive all of their mail at a temporary addesss, including a Post Office Box, regardless of the distance.

With PFS, the Postal Service boxes and reships mail to a temporary address for customers who are away from their primary address for at least two weeks and up to one year. The Postal Service collects the mail, boxes it and sends it to the temporary address once a week by Priority Mail. Express Mail, First-Class Mail, or Priority Mail packages too large to fit insidethe PFS package are rerouted separately at no additional charge. It is a domestic service only.

Interested customers simply complete an application at the Post Office servicing their primary address. PFS is temporary, but it does not replace the change-of address or hold-mail options. There is a one-time enrollment charge of $10 and customers are charged $10 for each weekly shipment during the period they are enrolled on PFS.

Postal Service offers "Premium Forwarding"

Premium Forwarding Service (PFS) is a personalized service for sending mail from a primary residential address to a temporary address using Priority Mail. It is designed for residential customers who want to receive all of their mail at a temporary addesss, including a Post Office Box, regardless of the distance.

With PFS, the Postal Service boxes and reships mail to a temporary address for customers who are away from their primary address for at least two weeks and up to one year. The Postal Service collects the mail, boxes it and sends it to the temporary address once a week by Priority Mail. Express Mail, First-Class Mail, or Priority Mail packages too large to fit insidethe PFS package are rerouted separately at no additional charge. It is a domestic service only.

Interested customers simply complete an application at the Post Office servicing their primary address. PFS is temporary, but it does not replace the change-of address or hold-mail options. There is a one-time enrollment charge of $10 and customers are charged $10 for each weekly shipment during the period they are enrolled on PFS.

Adult and Community Education courses start

Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education is offering a variety of courses for October.

Tim Johnson, a state-certified arborist, will hold a two-session class about the tools, techniques, and tricks an arborist would use on plant material. The evening class will be an indoor discussion, and the Saturday morning class will be outside and hands on. The first class will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m., and the second, Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $40.

There will be a course entitled, "Heartsaver CPR" at CCHS on October 18. Learn to recognize the signs of four major emergencies: heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest and airway obstruction. The fee is $50. Courses in the AED (automatic defibrillator) are also available at CCHS, or you can arrange for a course at your home or office. Call the weekday office of Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education at 1-978-318-1540, or the night office at 1-978-318-1432, to register for these, or any of our courses or visit us online at www.ace.colonial.

Hospital to offer free forum on arthritis

Emerson Hospital will host a free arthritis forum on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. — noon at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1268 Main Street, in West Concord. To register, please call 1-978-287-3085.

Presenting speakers and topics include:

• Types of inflammatory arthritis, Lyme disease and available treatments: Martin J. Kafina, M.D., FACP, FACR, rheumatologist

• Improvements in total hip replacements: John McInnis, M.D., orthopedic surgeon

• Advances in knee replacement: Donald Driscoll, M.D., orthopedic surgeon

• Advances in total shoulder replacement: Paul Re, M.D., orthopedic surgeon

To learn more, visit Emerson Hospital's web site at or contact its physician-finder referral service at 1-978-287-3456.

DeCordova to host Sculpture Park Discovery Day

Head to Sculpture Park Discovery Day on Saturday, October 8, from noon to 4 p.m. and join a guided art activity led by DeCordova faculty member Joy Dai Buell, talks and demonstrations by Sculpture Park artists George Greenamyer and Carol Spack, live performances by TEN31 Productions, sculpture-inspired dance and movement, bingo and a scavenger hunt. There will also be outdoor tours at 1 and 2 p.m.

Bring a picnic or eat at the Café @ Decordova. Admission to Sculpture Park Discovery Day includes admission to the museum. Prices are $5 for members ($7 at the door on the day of the event), and $12 for non-members ($15 at the door on the day of the event). Ages 2 and under are free. Space is limited, so purchase tickets today by calling 1-781-259-3629 or online at and clicking on "Sculpture Park Discovery Day."

HCT presents " A Lullaby of Broadway"

The Harvard Community Theatre is proud to present the dynamic Broadway performer Karen Luschar in "A Lullaby of Broadway" for one performance only, on Friday evening, October 14, at 8 p.m. at the Cronin Auditorium at the Bromfield School in Harvard, Massachusetts.

Karen Luschar embraces ballads and soars on dynamic numbers from wonderful shows that include Gypsy, Showboat, West Side Story, The Music Man, Carousel, and Oklahoma.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students/senior citizens. For more information, call 1-978-456-4152 ext. 557. The Bromfield School is located on Route 111 in the center of Harvard. The theatre is handicapped-accessible.

Community Chest launches annual fundraising campaign

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest began its annual campaign on October 1 with the goal of reaching $615,000 by the end of fiscal year 2005/2006. A private donor will match one dollar for every four dollars donated by new supporters. Community Chest funds collected during the current drive will be awarded to more than 30 local human service agencies in the spring of 2006 through an equitable allocations process. (Visit for a list of agencies funded by the Chest.)

"Residents and local companies alike will be asked to help support our charitable work in October during Concord-Carlisle Community Chest month," said Paul Kugler, President. "Businesses have an additional opportunity to fund a Community Chest event with a financial sponsorship or through gift-in-kind support." Events scheduled for the current fiscal year include a live auction and dinner to be held on April 1, and a triathlon relay race on June 4.

For more information about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

Come see the cranberry harvest

Watch for the weekend of October 15-16, when farmer Mark Duffy expects to harvest this year's cranberry crop on the town-owned Cranberry Bog on Curve Street.

Robert Pinsky and Frank Bidart poetry reading

Join the Concord Poetry Center at Emberson Umbrella for the Arts (40 Stow Street, Concord) on Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m. for a reading by two of our nation's leading poets: Robert Pinsky, three times Poet Laureate of the United States and originator of the Favorite Poem Project, and Frank Bidart, renowned poet and teacher, author of six books of poetry and co-editor of the recent Collected Poems of Robert Lowell. This event will be a landmark celebration of the power of great poems. The cost for the reading only is $10, $35 for the reading and reception.

Reserve tickets early by calling the office at 1-978-371-0820. There will be admission at the door, if space is available. For more information and directions, see

Archaeology month events at library

On October 17, in celebration of Archaeology Month, the Gleason Public Library and the Carlisle Historical Society will present a panel discussion on Native American ceremonial sites in Carlisle. The panel will include Professor Curtiss Hoffman, Chair of the Anthropology Department at Bridgewater State College; Doug Harris, the Deputy Tribal Preservation Officer of the Narragansett Tribe; and Tim Fohl, a geophysicist and Carlisle resident with an abiding interest in this subject.

Through October, the Gleason Public Library is featuring an exhibit on the subject called Stone Tools, Sacred Landscapes, a display of stone implements found in the

Carlisle area.


A walk in the Carlisle woods can be experienced on many levels, but once you become aware of the scattering of Native American ceremonial structures found there, it takes on a deeper meaning. Across the natural landscape can be found evidence of what anthropologist Curtiss Hoffman calls rocks placed with intention. These can take various forms: from effigies, rocks meant to represent life forms, to vertical slabs, to massive boulders clearly shaped like a turtle.

I recently talked with Tim Fohl about how he became involved in the archaeology and anthropology of these formations. Tim is one of several Carlisle residents who have become aware of the existence of these structures, as well as having learned to see them. And you do have to learn to see them. What you may have thought were the remnants of a stone fence might actually be rocks set in alignment with the winter or summer solstice; what appears to be a random pile of stones may be what is termed a ground structure.

Taking guided walks with Doug Harris and other members of the Narragansett tribe and with local experts like Peter Waksman of Concord provided Tim with a good introduction to locating and identifying these ancient sites. As his knowledge and awareness of the structures grew, Tim began making astronomical calculations regarding their distribution and placement. The results are both amazing and convincing: apparently unrelated stone structures are found to be connected by their alignment with the point at which the sun rises on the morning of the winter or summer solstice, often extending across many miles. For example, the head of large turtle effigy located on Towle Conservation Land is oriented toward the winter solstice sunrise and also lines up with Whipple Hill in Lexington, as well-known Native American landmark with a massive stone mound at its base. Mapping these stone structures using GPS technology has revealed patterns, connections, and alignments that stretch for miles across the landscape.

These structures may have existed here for thousands of years, centuries before the arrival of European settlers. Their use is mainly of a ceremonial, spiritual nature, although some may have served as guideposts through the woods and fields. Imagining their uses and significance means shedding many of our western assumptions and learning to see and interpret them through the guidance of those who have passed down knowledge about them for generations. Less mysterious is the discovery of stone tools and implements in places such as Spencer Brook. Points and scrapers are easily identified, and examples can be seen in the exhibit at the Library.

Any skepticism about the origins and intentions of these structures is dispelled by several points: First, tribal members tell us that they have great significance (although they are careful not to reveal their precise meaning). Then, Tim believes that they have not been placed by either farmers or eccentrics. There are far too many structures dispersed across the New England landscape and beyond to have been put there on a whim or as a hoax. In addition, Tim's experience working on a Vermont farm where nineteenth-century agricultural methods were used convinced him that they were not made by farmers. Having hefted his share of rocks from fields, he knows what a stone pile looks like.

Nor are they the result of glaciation, the structures usually reflect careful placement, rather than the random quality associated with retreating glaciers

These structures can be found on Conant Land, Towle Land, at Great Brook Farm, and other locations within the boundaries of Carlisle, but they do not end there. They are found throughout New England and beyond, in the west, and as far as Central and South America. Whether there is any correlation between them awaits further research

Family fun October 16 at Thoreau birthplace

The Thoreau Farm Trust invites you to bring the kids to Thoreau Farm for family fun. Visit the farmhouse where Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, philosopher, and naturalist, was born. The house, located at 341 Virginia Road in Concord, will be open to the public on Sunday, October 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy house tours, pumpkin carving, music, and refreshments. In addition, Huey, of Films by Huey, an independent filmmaker from Portland, Maine, will be at the event to shoot footage for his upcoming documentary, Henry David Thoreau, Surveyor of the Soul. The event is free and all are welcome. For information, call Nancy Grohol at 1-978-369-3091.

Harvard Children's Theatre performance October 16

The Warner Free Lecture Trust is proud to present the Harvard Children's Theatre in a performance entitled, "Of Hippos, Dragons and Snortsnoots," on Sunday afternoon, October 16, at 2 p.m. in the Cronin Auditorium at the Bromfield School.

"Of Hippos, Dragons and Snortsnoots" is a 90-minute series of vignettes, each featuring a silly creature whose bossy personality needs the charmed touch of childhood innocence.

The program includes Monster Mommy and The Mirror Man, written by Bromfield children's author Jack Fellows, as well as children's theatre favorites like Dooley and the Snortsnoot, Wiley and the Hairy Man, Mud Puddle and many others. The performance is suitable for children of all ages and free to the public. The theatre is handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 1-978-456-4152 ext. 557.

Concord-Carlisle Youth Lacrosse to hold annual meeting October 17

The Concord-Carlisle Youth Lacrosse Association (CCYL) invites all friends and families of our youth lacrosse program to attend its annual meeting on Monday, October 17, at 7 p.m. at the Hunt Recreation Center in Concord. CCYL is an entirely volunteer organization, and relies on volunteers to ensure that we provide the best youth lacrosse experience we can. Find out what needs to be done in order to guarantee a successful start to the upcoming spring season and to enrich the lacrosse experience for the boys and girls who participate in the program.

Feedback, suggestions, questions, and donated time and energy are all important to the success of the program. If you are able to donate your time and energy to the program, there is always a need for parent coaches and assistants to help run practices at all levels. You need not have played yourself but must be able to make a regular commitment of one or more days per week to help on the field.

For more information, contact Nick Michael at 1-978-369-5528 or

LWVCC October open houses

During October, the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) will be holding two autumn membership open houses. Both men and women are members of the League and everyone is invited to the upcoming open houses.

The first open house will be held on the morning of Wednesday, October 19, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the Harvey Wheeler Center in West Concord. The second will be in the evening, from 7 to 9 p.m., on Thursday October 27, at the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP for planning purposes, call 1-978-287-0049. To learn more about the LWVCC, visit

Free classical recital in West Concord

A free classical recital featuring violinist Judean LaSalle Feldman and pianist Deborah Sheetz will be presented on Sunday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main Street, Concord.

Feldman and Sheetz will perform works by Mozart, Stravinsky, Schubert, and an anthology of selected pieces by Gabriel Fauré.

A reception will follow the recital in the church fellowship hall. For directions, visit For information, call 1-508-872-8463.

Minuteman offers adult classes

Minuteman Regional High School will offer three new adult classes during October.

• Introduction to Chinese cooking will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for two Mondays beginning October 17. Fee: $49.

• Introduction to Quick Books will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for six consecutive Mondays beginning October 17. Fee: $169.

• Introduction to Microsoft Excel will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for five consecutive Mondays beginning October 17. Fee: $165.

For information, call 1-781-861-7150.

Oak Meadow Montessori School to hold flea market

Oak Meadow Montessori School in Littleton will host its second annual flea market on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oak Meadow Montessori School is located off Route 2A/119 in Littleton. For information, contact Phyllis Keane or Victoria Rizzi at, or call the school at 1-978-486-9874.



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