The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 2, 2005


Shorts from the Historical Commission, Nov. 22

Looking for Commissioners. Mary Ann Kitrosser and David Chaffin have resigned from the Historical Commission, leaving two available positions, plus one alternate. Candidates should have a strong interest in Carlisle's history and in preserving the town's historical structures and byways. Meetings are held once a month. Please send a letter of interest to chair Larry Sorli, 1022 Westford Street, or by e-mail at

Landscaping at 43 East Street. Paul Bergeron returned to the Commission with details of a landscaping plan at his house at 43 East Street that had not been available at last month's meeting. After hearing the details, the Commission approved a dark green color for the shutters, front door and garage door, and a railing design that will duplicate the pipe rail at the front of the First Religious Society. An added feature that was also approved was the installation of two window boxes on the lower floor that will be painted green to match the shutters and doors.

Farmer's porch at Ferns Country Store. Even as the eye-catching front porch takes shape at Ferns, co-owner Larry Bearfield appeared in a continuance of previous hearings to provide final details. Armed with detailed plans, color chips and lumber samples, Bearfield presented his case and the Historical Commission accepted all of his proposals. The porch ceiling will consist of 3/4" tongue-in-groove beadboard, painted green to match the existing trim on the store. Recessed ceiling lights had been pre-approved, and Bearfield specified that they will be 26 watts each, as will the fixtures illuminating the store's sign. Because of unevenness at ground level, a design modification was needed that would replace a continuous stairway with three separate stairways leading onto the porch, two at the front and one on the Bedford Road side of the store. Railings are unnecessary and rectangular planters will anchor the stairwells.

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito