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Friday, May 12, 2006

COA doings

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, May 18, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide blood pressure screening in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. No appointment is necessary.

Luncheon and speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, May 18, at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall for a catered lunch followed by a travelogue on the COA March trip to Greece presented by Jim Elgin. Reserve your luncheon space by May 15 by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2 contribution is appreciated.

Potluck and contra dance on May 12

Come to the next contra dance in Union Hall at the First Religious Society tonight, May 12, at 8 p.m. Before the dance, everyone is invited to a potluck supper that begins at 6:30 p.m. Sue Rosen will call the dances; Debby Knight, David Titus, Bruce Rosen, Walter Lenk and friends will provide the music. A $5-per-person admission will be collected during intermission. All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles are welcome. For more information, call 1-978-369-1661.

Pre-Mother's Day plant sale May 13

Join the Carlisle Garden Club on Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the annual pre-Mother's Day plant sale. The sale has moved to the Town Common and will feature beautiful arrangements for Mother's Day, along with many tried-and-tested hardy divisions from our own gardens. Demonstrations will be offered throughout the morning.

John Bakewell and Bob Orlando will be on hand to provide trees and shrubs, and George Bishop will sell his houseplants to benefit the First Religious Society. Proceeds from the sale contribute to town beautification, scholarships, and donations to the Gleason Library. For information, visit or e-mail Refreshments (coffee and muffins) will be available. The rain date is May 20.

CCTV open house May 16

Local cable has arrived. Join your neighbors to welcome CCTV to Carlisle at an open house at Carlisle Town Hall on Tuesday, May 16, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The event will showcase the new robotic camera set up in the Clark Room and provide members of the public with an overview of how they can become involved in community media production for the local cable channels. All ages are welcome to see the new high-tech equipment.

For information, e-mail or call 1-978-369-5038.

CCHS Senior Project Fair is May 17

Concord-Carlisle High School will hold its annual Senior Project Fair on Wednesday, May 17, in the high school library.

Senior Project: "A Bridge to the Future," is an opportunity for seniors to work on an intensive, self-developed project focusing on one of four areas: academic, creative, service or career. Students maintain reflective journals of their activities and write self-evaluations of their experiences.

On May 17, students will display their projects and will be available to discuss their experiences. This year's projects range from quilting to jazz composition, documentary film production, architecture and more. The evening's program will include several brief presentations and performaces and opportunities to speak with individual students. The fair is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Tom O'Halloran to speak on Memorial Day

Carlisle's traditional Memorial Day Observation will occur on Monday, May 29. One of the few things in our lives that remain the same from year to year, the event features a parade, ceremonies at the town cemeteries and memorial locations, a convocation in the school auditorium, and the fine music of the school chorus and bands.

This year's convocation speaker is Tom O'Halloran, the school music teacher who built the Carlisle band program to its current prize-winning level. Mr. O'Halloran will retire in June after 23 years in the Carlisle school and a music career totaling 35 years.

The Carlisle Minutemen will hold the flag-raising ceremony on the Town Common at 9:30 a.m., followed by the convocation at 10 in the Corey Auditorium. The parade forms immediately after the convocation, and closing ceremonies take place at noon in front of the First Religious Society, after which the ladies of the FRS will host the traditional ham and bean luncheon.

Bird walk May 14

The spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be on Sunday, May 14, leaving from the parking lot on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission for the past 34 years, the walk will be led by conservationsist Ken Harte.

Join the walk, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots and insect repellent.

CSA meeting May 15

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m. at 265 Kimball Road. All parents are invited to attend. During this meeting the CSA will be expressing appreciation to a dedicated team of individuals including outgoing Board members, celebrating the success of the past year and voting in new members. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact Andi Gettys at 1-978-369-2392.

The Carlisle School Association Nominating Committee has nominated the following people for positions on the Board in 2006-2007: Dale Ryder, President; Holly Salemy, Executive Vice President; Leigh Tappen, Secretary; Denise Sturtz, Treasurer; Kelly Driscoll, Middle School Vice President; Liz Bishop, Elementary School Vice President; Kevin Brown, Fundraising Coordinator; Lori Jiménez, Services Coordinator; Kathleen Ryder, Publicity Coordinator; Timm Brandhorst, Head Room Parent; Seema Peterson, Membership Coordinator.

Proposed Services Committees nominations are: Jen Godfrey/Wendy Powell, Annual Spring T-Shirts 2006; Dawn Hatch/Laura Marshall, Classroom Library Book Collection; Jane Williams (pending new hire), Council on Aging (COA) Liaison; Bonnie Sellew/Betsy Semonite, Cultural Enrichment; Sarah Hart, Events Committee; Kristy Ridick, Hospitality; Liz Bishop/Timm Brandhorst, Newcomers; Julia Krapf, Playground Volunteers; Dan Jacques/Wendy Powell, Supply Kits 2006; Seema Peterson/Suzanne Sweet (Fall), Teacher's Luncheons; Kim Ratcliffe, Volunteer Database.

The following Coordinators have been nomiated: Kim Rusling Flynn, Husky Handbook; Laura Marshall, Kindergarten Bus; Shelley Walton/Denise Nyman, Library Volunteers Liaison; Seema Peterson, Membership Coordinator; Andi Gettys, Nominating Coordinator; Liz Bishop/Kelly Driscoll/Gio DiNicola, Parent Education Representatives; Annie Hill, Sixth Grade Dance Coordinator; Liz Bishop/Nicole Bloomfield/Holly Salemy, Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper.

Fundraising Committees include the following nominations: Allison Beakley/Stephanie Blunt, Box Tops; Cathy Poirier/Sharyl Stropkay, Fall House Tour; Mary Kirlin/Denise Nyman, Gift Wrap.

Publicity, in the form of the CSA Web site, proposes: Mary-Lynne Bohn, Design; David Scarbro, Web Admin.

Nominations for Class Treasurers are: Diana Kolstad, sixth-grade; Beth Platt, seventh-grade; Rich Coleman, eighth- grade.

Cub Scout Pack 135 open meeting

The next meeting of Cub Scout Pack 135 will be Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. All boys who will be in grades 1 to 5 next year are invited to come and see what Cub Scouting is all about. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Call Steve Golson, Cubmaster, 1-978-371-9959.

Senior health fair

Cory Atkins is sponsoring a Health Fair for senior citizens on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, Concord. There will be a lot of information, clinics, free screenings, etc. about a good variety of health subjects that concern seniors.

CCHS Class of 1981 reunion

Save the date: July 22 for the Class of 1981 reunion. Contact Lorelle (Parker) Yee at or 1-781-862-4035 for more information.

Auditions for Camelot May 15 and 16

The Savoyard Light Opera Company will hold auditions for all roles in their fall production of Lerner and Lowe's Camelot. Lead auditions are scheduled by appointment from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15, or Tuesday, May 16. Callbacks will be May 17. Call 1-978-371-7562 or e-mail to make your appointment. Leave your name, phone, preferred audition date and time. The audition coordinator will call you to confirm your audition. Lead auditioners should prepare a piece from Camelot or a similar light opera in English (if not from Camelot, please bring music for the accompanist). Readings will take place at the callbacks on May 17, and the callback list will be posted on the web site. You may be cast in the show even if you are not asked to attend callbacks.

Ensemble auditions will be held on Monday, May 15, and Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. Plan to arrive at 6:45 p.m. to sign up. No solo is required; singers will audition in small groups. Music and accompaniment will be provided.

For more information, visit

Treble Chorus auditions May 17

The Treble Chorus of New England is a classical-based youth choir for children ages 6 to 18, based in Andover. There are openings in four choirs for the 2006-07 school year. Rehearsals are on Mondays. Auditions for interested children will be held on Wednesday, May 17. Call 1-978-837-5461 for an audition time. Darren Dailey, Director; Valerie Becker, Associate Director. Visit for more information.

Post Office notices

Postmaster William J. Ponte has called for responsible pet ownership as part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 21-28, noting that dog bites are a year-round


"If your dog attacks a letter carrier, you can be held liable for all medical expenses and other costs," Ponte said. "You can avoid this liability by properly restraining your pet. Help our letter carriers deliver safely for you."

In additon, Ponte asks postal patrrons to inspect and repair their mailboxes during Mailbox Improvement Week, May 15-21.

Postal service food drive on May 13

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in conjunction with the U. S. Postal Service, the United Way and AFL-CIO, will be collecting non-perishable food items on Saturday, May 13, for distribution to food banks within the community.

The NALC food drive is the single largest food drive in the country. More than 560 million pounds of non-perishable food have been collected by letter carriers since initiating the annual event in 1993.

More than 1,500 local NALC branches in all 50 states and United States jurisdictions are involved in the drive.

Persons wishing to participate in the food drive are asked to put non-perishable food items near their mailbox for pick-up by letter carriers when delivering their mail.

Wild, Wild West Auction comes to Carlisle

Kick up your heels and have some fun at the First Religious Society's Wild, Wild West Auction, to be held this Saturday, May 13, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, which include dinner and live entertainment, are available at the door for $25 per person, and all attendees will have the chance to bid on auction items such as guided fishing excursions on the Cape, weekend stays at New England vacation homes, catered dinners, objets d'art, custom-made costumes, music lessons for children and all kinds of other intriguing options. The dinner menu includes fajitas, pulled pork, black bean soup, potato salad, corn bread and desserts. BYOB. Wear cowboy attire if you like, or come as you are. All money raised benefits the First Religious Society. Questions? Call the church office at 1-978-369-5180.

Pass It Forward day on May 20

On Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon, Carlisle will host its fourth Pass It Forward Day. Representatives from the Household Goods Recycling Ministry, the VA, the Host to International Students Program at MIT, Friends of the Gleason Public Library, Citizens for Action, and the Domestic Violence Victims' Advocate Program will be at the Transfer Station to collect new or gently used items.

Needed items include bedding, furniture, lamps, dishes, cooking utensils, clothing, books, decorative items, boxed building materials and tools, and cell phones with chargers. If you have questions, please call Amy Fennick at 1-978-369-5291. This event is sponsored by the Household Recycling Committee.

Room parents needed

If you are interested in being a room parent for the 2006-2007 school year, call the appropriate room parent coordinator at your earliest convenience. Call Liz Bishop (1-978-318-0778) for preK, K and Grade 1; Janet Gillies (1-978-287-5107) for Grades 2 and 3; Diana Kolstad (1-978-371-1069) for Grades 4 and 5; and Timm Brandhorst (1-978-371-2770) for Grades 6, 7 and 8. The coordinators will need to know the name and grade of the child for whom you wish to be a room parent, your e-mail address, any previous room parent responsibilities and your phone number. Assignments will be done after move-up day and you will be informed by mid-July. For overall questions, contact Timm Brandhorst, Head Room Parent.

Last chance: sign up for well testing today

The Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) is organizing a town-wide voluntary well testing program on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, conducted by Spectrum Analytical Laboratories, Inc. of Agawam. Testing is available for:

Potability Scan $70: Chloride, Nitrite, pH, Sulfate, Arsenic, Coliform (Bacteria), Total Dissolved Solids, Iron, Magnesium, Sodium, Color, Nitrate, Odor, Sediment, Alkalinity, Calcium Copper, Hardness, Lead, Manganese, Turbidity, Bacteria Total Coliform $8

Herbicides $70

Pesticides $40

Gross Alpha $54

Radon Water $42

VOC's $50 (Petroleum products)

Sampling Fee $25

Testing will start at 9 a.m. and should conclude by noon. Special requests cannot be accommodated. Owners must be home to meet the technician. Some tests should be done prefilter while others can be done at the kitchen sink. Owners will be called shortly before the technician arrives so they can start purging the water lines. Owners will receive complete testing results within a few weeks. A copy will be kept for the Board of Health property files. If you are interested in having your water tested, sign up at the Board of Health office in Town Hall today, May 12.

Test kits for measuring levels of radon in the air are also available at the Board of Health Office. Owners will be responsible for mailing the kits directly to the laboratory. The cost per kit is $15. Checks should be made payable to TRC and enclosed with the kit.

For information, contact the Board of Health office at 1-978-369-0283 or visit

Future of Food documentary May 16

The First Religious Society's Environmental Action Committee is presenting Deborah Koons Garcia's revolutionary film, Future of Food, which brings to light the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically-engineered foods that have quietly filled our grocery store shelves for the past decade.

This "must-see" film for anyone who cares about the food their family eats will be shown on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in Union Hall. The film will be followed by a question and answer period. Refreshments will be provided by Whole Foods Market in Bedford and Debra's Natural Gourmet in West Concord.

Amy Rosenfeld to speak at Mosquito Annual Meeting May 18

The Board of Directors of the Carlisle Mosquito invites you to its Annual Meeting, to be held Thursday, May 18

Anyone with an interest in the media will find Rosenfeld's talk interesting, but the Mosquito Board particularly encourages middle school and high school students to attend, as Rosenfeld has a great deal of insight into career development and opportunities for young men and young women in the field of sports media.

CCHS presents Macbeth

Concord Carlisle High School concludes the 2005-06 theatrical season with William Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth. One of his most popular and most often performed works, Macbeth is an exciting and brutal tale of ambition, power, manipulation and supernatural forces that is sure to entertain. Come witness a performance on our new thrust stage, specially constructed for this production, which will bring the actors literally out into the audience.

Performances are Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 21, at 2:30 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium, 500 Walden Street, Concord. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. For more information, visit or call 1-978-287-5031.

Picnic on the farm day is May 21

Bring the family and enjoy a picnic and banjo and fiddle music at Great Brook Farm State Park on Sunday, May 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. View paintings and photography of the farm, take a hayride from Hart Barn or the Interpretive Pavilion, or just tap your toes to the music of Alex Demis and the Stone House Band.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available at the ice cream stand for those who forget to pack a picnic along with 60 flavors of ice cream. Enjoy a free barn tour, meet one of the 130 Holsteins or pet a calf. Feed chickens, goats, and sheep, or stroll the trails.

Parking fees are $2 per vehicle. For information, call Rebecca Markey, Park Interpretive Ranger at 1-978-369-6312.

Concord Chorus concert May 20

The Concord Chorus caps its 60th season with a gala concert and reception on Saturday, May 20, at 8:00 p.m. at Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. Candide as the group is joined by Chorus alumni and singers from area schools.

Chorus members from Carlisle include Gertrud Behn, Tamasin Foote, Sally House, Jim Paisner and Cynthia Sorn. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors and students, $5 children under 12.For more information, call 1-978-440-9396 or visit

Meet Carlisle delegates to Democratic Convention on May 22

Delegates representing Carlisle Democrats at the June Democratic State Convention will meet with interested townspeople at the First Religious Society, Union Hall, 27 School Street, on Monday, May 22, at 7 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee, will be an opportunity to mingle and discuss concerns, politics and strategies for the 2006 election. Refreshments will be served. For more information, or to be added to a Carlisle Democrats and friends e-mail list, contact Susan Stamps, chair of the Democratic Town Committee, at

COA doings

Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, May 18, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide blood pressure screening in Union Hall at the First Religious Society. No appointment is necessary.

Luncheon and speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, May 18, at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall for a catered lunch followed by a travelogue on the COA March trip to Greece presented by Jim Elgin. Reserve your luncheon space by May 15 by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2 contribution is appreciated.

Concord reading series

The Concord Poetry Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, continues its spring Sunday Afternoon Community Reading Series on May 14, at 3 p.m. with poets Teresa Cader and Mike Perrow and Acton-Boxboro High School students Alison Herdeg and Stephanie Li. A reception and conversation follow. $6 ($3 for students).Call 1-978-371-0820 or visit for more information and directions.

Teachers to present China program

Four Carlisle teachers recently returned from a study tour of China. Their trip, which included teachers from across Massachusetts, was led by staff from Primary Source, and partially funded by a grant from the Carlisle Education Foundation. Courtney Hadley, Peter Darasz, Susan LaPorte, and Jen Reinhard will be presenting a program about their trip on Wedneday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the Robbins Library at the school. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Save your unwanted treasures

The three Carlisle churches will hold a giant yard sale on Saturday, June 3, to benefit The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell. Between Pass It Forward Day on May 20 and the yard sale, spring cleaning should be a cinch. No need to feel guilty about getting rid of all that good stuff. Bring your yard sale treasures to Union Hall on Friday, June 2, between 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Workers are needed, too, to help sort the donated items on Friday, to set up, man the tables and to clean up on Saturday (trucks would be especially helpful for this last). Call Deb Pichulo (1-978-371-0768 or 1-978-369-7830) or Nadine Bishop (1-978-369-5080) if you have any questions or can help in any way.

The book sale is coming

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library need volunteers and books for the Used Book Sale on July 1. High School students, including current eighth-graders, can earn community service credits for helping to sort and move books in June and on the day of the sale. The library will be accepting books, CDs, DVDs and videotapes in good condition beginning June 1 (no early birds, please). No magazines, textbooks or encyclopedias.

The book sale will be on the library lawn during Old Home Day, July 1, rain date July 2. For more information or to sign up, call John Putnam at 1-978-369-9195 or Sue Wolfe at 1-978-394-2159.

Volunteer for CSA teacher and staff luncheon

On Tuesday, June 9, the annual Spring CSALuncheon will be held to honor the school's teachers and staff. The spring and fall luncheons have become a wonderful tradition, thanks to the generosity of the school community. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve, and clean up at the lunch, and to contribute a favorite homemade dish. Monetary contributions are also welcometo help offset the cost of paper goods and decorations. To participate or contribute, contact Jennifer Durbin at 1-978-371-7055 ( Francine Royce at 1-978-371-2521 (

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