The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 7, 2005


Paging through Carlisle's Annual Reports: 1970 - 1979

Population - 2,871
Births Recorded - 51
Deaths of Residents Recorded - 14
• Annual Meeting: Article 25. It was voted that the Town name the new elementary school building the "Robbins Building."

• Report of the Board of Selectmen: The 1971 Warrant has an Article to acquire a large site between Maple and Brooks Streets for a sanitary land fill operation.

• Report of Planning Board: We must reserve corridors for future by-pass road construction now if we hope to retain the use of our Town Center as a shopping area for Carlisle residents. The most desirable routes are no longer available as the land has been put to other uses, mainly house construction. During the summer, an independent consultant was employed to evaluate the various remaining by-pass routes to alleviate traffic congestion at the Town Center.

• Report of the Superintendent of Schools: The needs of mentally retarded youngsters are being met by tuitioning out the involved pupils to the towns of Lincoln, Bedford and Acton. In 1970 the Regional High School assumed responsibility for the educational programs of those mentally retarded youngsters who are of high school age


• Report of the Police Department: The number of house breaks in Carlisle during 1971 has risen drastically. Most house breaks can be traced to drug offenders in need of instant cash

• Report of the Health Inspector: In May of this year, two large piggeries were issued permits to operate. Also, permits were issued to everyone keeping one or more pigs. WE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO KEEP PIGS WITHOUT A PERMIT

The wells this year have been deeper than in past years and it is our belief that new wells will continue in this direction

• Report of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Committee: As the total school enrollment climbed from 1,563 last year to 1,621 this year, overcrowding of the plant at the main campus became so severe that utilization of the Emerson Building had to be greatly expanded. In addition to the Humanities Department, which has operated at Emerson since 1969, the Social Studies staff was relocated to Emerson. buses shuttle between Emerson and the main campus each period of the day

• Report of the Superintendent of Schools: The Family Grouping program: [was an educational experiment in which children with a range of grade levels were placed in classes together.] Probably the most exciting program revision was in the area of primary education. The motivation was to implement a program in the early grades wherein a pupil and teacher team up to plan and implement a child's learning experiences over a three-year period. In addition to getting the traditional literacy in math and reading, the child finds out that public school is a place where exciting things happen that he chooses because of his interest He learns to choose wisely and be responsible for the outcome . We feel this is a natural evolutionary step facing all primary education if the self-sufficient learner is ever to emerge


• Report of the Board of Selectmen: Another significant milestone in the growth and history of the town was the selection of a solution to the disposal of our solid waste. The memories of the events leading to this milestone may well be the source of reflection and soul searching on the parts of many for years to come. Unfortunately, the intensity of emotional reaction to specific points of view occasionally appeared to divide us into polarized groups

• Report of the Recreation Commission: Over 150 Carlisle children took advantage of the ski instruction program held at Benjamin Hill. Staffed by many capable volunteer instructors and directed by Norma Glover, this program again provided Carlisle youngsters with basic recreational skiing skills.

Rapidly growing in both size and significance is the swimming instructional program. Over 190 Carlisle children received daily lessons during four weeks of early summer. ..The summer playground program served over 140 children.

A Nordic skiing (cross-country and jumping) program for Carlisle youth is currently underway . Directed by Dusty Johnstone, this program offers the opportunity for youth from 6 - 13 years of age to become proficient in this very popular sport. The Towle conservation land provides a variety of beautiful and interesting racing trails for this activity.

• Report of the Board of Health: Our most controversial and most serious health problem — the dump — has gone to its own reward.

• Report of the Superintendent of Schools: Primary Multi-aged grouping: This year, we extended our multi-aged grouping package from its 6-8 year olds, to include 9 year olds. We restructured another 3-teacher unit of 6-8 year olds. We further recognized the importance of more interaction between the self-contained primary unit and the multi-aged units and took steps to bring this about


• Report of the Carlisle Bicycle/Foot/Woods Path Committee: established by a vote of the March 1973 Town MeetingVehicular traffic in Carlisle is increasing, and the streets are becoming more hazardous each year. The Path Committee believes that a start should be made soon to divert cyclists and pedestrians from the main thoroughfares

Bike/Foot Path Master Plan for Carlisle: First year - Bedford Road from center to Brook Street. Second year - Concord Street from center to Bingham Road. Third year - Westford Street from center to Towle Land. Fourth year - Concord Street from Bingham Road to town line. Fifth year - Lowell Street from center to Curve Street. Sixth year - East Street from center to Rutland Street.


• Report of Bicentennial Commission: The Carlisle American Revolution Bicentennial Commission continued to meet twice a month during the past year. The list of projects to be pursued for the Bicentennial Celebration in Carlisle was reviewed in June and the following were selected: reprinting of Bull's History of Carlisle, printing of hard copies of the Wilkins papers, writing and printing a new history of Carlisle, marking historic sites, marking older homes in the historic district, coordination of Bicentennial Activities, safety program, preparation of a brochure for Carlisle.

• Master Planning Committee: The committee spent the fall in planning where Carlisle will provide low and middle-income housing for its residents under Chapter 774 of the Mass. Laws. Land use maps were developedwith particular focus on the town center and the "Conant Land."

• Report of the Conservation Commission: At the Annual town Meeting of May 13, the voters failed to support the Commission's recommendation to acquire 92.4 acres of the land of Charles and Esther Sorli, off Curve and Westford Streets, at a purchase price to the Town of $62,500. This is the first time the Town has rejected a proposal to acquire land for Conservation.

At the same meeting the Commission supported the acquisition of 57 acres of land near the center of Town, owned by Mrs. Goldsmith Conant

Commissioner [George] Bishop and Associate commissioner [David] Ives deserve much credit for running a popular and successful summer program of vegetable garden plots, available to the public, on Foss FarmIt is hoped and expected that they will run this new program again in 1975.


• Conservation Commission: The Commission also sponsored a highly successful ten-session Summer Nature Course, directed by Martha Briscoe

Considerable time was spent exploring ways of thinning the forest plantation on the southwestern section of the Greenough land, but no action was taken this year

The Commission thanks the Department of PublicWorks for doing a fine job of mowing the Towle field

Minuteman Muster held in October 1977 at Foss Farm. (Photo courtesy of Gleason Library Collection)

In this Bicentennial year, despite large crowds no serious problems arose on conservation lands on April 19, July 4, or during the Minuteman Thunder Bridge Muster on Foss Farm in October which, unfortunately, was held in very rainy weather

• Report of the Superintendent/Principal: The law having the greatest impact on the Carlisle Schools in 1975 was Chapter 766, providing for the education of special needs children.In an attempt to comply with the law at the most reasonable cost, Carlisle, primarily through the dedicated efforts of Mrs. Doris Clark, has supported the development of the Concord Area Special Education (CASE) collaborative, a group of twelve towns who are regionally developing special education programs on a shared basis

• Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District: 1975 was highlighted by the opening of the new facility in January


• Board of Selectmen: A new kind of service for Carlisle residents was started on June 3 — a free mini-bus service which provides transportation to and from Concord on Tuesdays and Thursdays on an on-call basis, with pick-up and drop-off at riders' homes


• Mosquito Advisory Committee: The Mosquito Advisory Committee was disbanded following the 1977 Town Meeting in which the Town voted to withdraw from the Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project.

• Police Department: The Carlisle Police Department has recorded its fourth full year of service to the Carlisle townspeople after its reorganization in 1973.The departmental complement of officers now stands at 6 full-time officers and 5 working special officers.

The incidences of housebreaks, previously a major problem in Carlisle, dropped 21% in 1977

• State Forest Advisory Committee: An issue of major concern to the Committee occurred in late Fall when it was learned that the State would contract for a commercial Concession to establish and operate a network of cross-country ski trails together with an on-site store facility to rent ski and snow-shoe equipment, sell small accessories, and provide lessons. This Concession, which is expected to attract considerable numbers from the Greater Boston area, will be on a one-year trial basis.


Kids enjoyed the East Street-225 snow pile after the Blizzard of 1978 (photo by Ellen Huber)
• Board of Selectmen: The Blizzard of '78 and the accumulation of many feet of snow in January and February called for the reserves of our Dept. of Public Works. In their usual fashion, the men of the Dept. responded to keep the Town's road in usable condition. Meanwhile, the limitation of inter-town travel found many enjoying the Carlisle countryside on foot, snowshoes and cross-country skis. The Fire Department responded to the need for grocery-shopping for the senior citizens and others who needed assistance

• Gleason Public Library Librarian's Report: Our events began successfully in January with a classic film series held at Union Hall. Over 300 persons attended the four week program. The blizzard of February initially brought everything to a halt, but the Library quickly reopened and enabled many people to escape "cabin fever" by continuing their studying, business research or recreational reading while confined to Carlisle's boundaries

• Carlisle Schools Superintendent: The paperwork associated with state and federal regulations, alone, has doubled in the past four years.

• Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee: The Great Blizzard of '78 hit with such force that school was out for 3 weeks, including the regularly scheduled February vacation. This made for family togetherness to be carried to an extreme, and everyone was glad to be back to the books again


• Gleason Public Library - Librarian's Report: It is perhaps appropriate to review the past 9 years of Carlisle's library service. Many changes have taken place, the most significant of which was the opening in 1973 of a badly needed addition to the library buildingIn response to requests for increased hours the Library, which in 1970 was open 32 hours a week, is now open over 60 hours, with only one-third more equivalent staff.

• Communications Department: Since the start of the Department in July of 1979 [when Mrs. Esther E. Wilson retired as the sole police and fire dispatcher,] we have handled on an average of 1,100 phone calls a month Our department also assists other groups in the town offices as well as handling general clerical work for the Police and Fire Departments. The Communications Department is made up of three full-time, and five part-time dispatchers. Our dispatchers are at the phones and radios 24 hours a day, and ready to assist you in any way.

• Department of Public Works: We are happy to report that it won't be long before the Department will be moving to its new location at Sly Fox Farm.,..

We have started a new road-salting program this past year, in that we will be attempting to use even less salt, but still kept the roads safe for travel; and we ask the Town's cooperation in this earnest endeavor to cut back on use of salt.

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