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Friday, May 26, 2006

CCF Annual Meeting June 4 at Carlisle Cranberry Bog

It has been 20 years since the residents of Carlisle voted to buy the Cranberry Bog. In recognition of the anniversary of that important open space purchase and to highlight their appreciation of Mark Duffy's role in actively farming Carlisle open space, the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) is holding its annual meeting at the Carlisle Cranberry Bog on Sunday, June 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. An afternoon of family activities is planned. Bring your kayak or canoe, meet the bog bee keeper, bird watch, and/or walk the trails with a guide. Mark Duffy will give a presentation about Cranberry Farming at 4 p.m. A brief business meeting and Ice Cream Social featuring Great Brook Farm Ice Cream will follow. All are welcome. In the event of rain, Mark Duffy's presentation, the Annual Meeting and the Ice Cream Social will move to the Harrings barn at 322 West Street and begin at 4 p.m. For more in-formation contact Sally Swift at 1-978-369-9531.

Old Home Day(s) are coming, July 1 & 2

Carlisle's Old Home Day returns again this year with all the old favorites, plus a few new ones. This year's theme is "Made In Carlisle." The new "Inventors Showcase" will highlight all objects invented in, or made in, Carlisle.

July 1 festivities start with the one- and five-mile road races; free (yes, free) pancake breakfast at the Congregational Church; Great Parade; Art Show; Book Sale on the Gleason Library Lawn; Honored Citizens awards; Pie, Bread, and Cake Baking Contests; young children's events; Pet Show; softball, fun and games on the green; NASCAR model racers; dunking booth; Boy Scout barbeque; Country Fair; Vivian Chaput memorial dedication; corn shucking; Soap Box Derby; chicken dinner at the fire station; cakewalk, and much, much more.

Sunday's activities start on Spalding Field at 4 p.m. with family picnics, tethered hot air balloon rides, family games, horseshoes, and street art. The wonderful Twilight Music Cavalcade is back with The Second Wind, Dot'n Doc, Bill Brown, and more, and of course, the Ice Cream Social. More information is at the OHD web site:

Old Home Day is put on entirely with volunteer effort and citizen funding. Without fireworks, the annual cost is about $7,000. Old Home Day can only happen if Carlisle residents support it. Contributions may be sent to: OHD, 90 Page Brook Road, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Pools needed

Carlisle Recreation is in need of a swimming pool to be used as a backup for their summer swim program. A pool in the general vicinity of Westford Street and Concord Street would help make transportation easier. The pool needs to be well maintained, have access to a bathroom, have area cell phone coverage or access to a telephone, have access to a covered shelter area and be available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday from July 5 to August 11. If you can help, call 1-978-369-9815 and set up an appointment to meet with the swim coordinator at your pool.

Calling all books for FOGPL Book Sale

Make someone happy with your once treasured books and clear out that shelf/closet/attic by dropping off books, CDs and DVDs (please no magazines, encyclopedias or textbooks) to be donated to the Friends of Gleason Public Library Book Sale. Book drop-off begins at Gleason Library on June 1 (if you have three boxes or more, please call Angela Mollet at 1-978-360-4898, in advance, to make special arrangements for drop off). FOGPL are still looking for volunteers to help sort books by category throughout June, and to move, set up, and help with sale of books on July 1 during Old Home Day. Please call John Putnam at 1-978-369-9195 or Sue Wolfe at 1-978-394-2159.

All things chicken at the Gleason Library

Join local author and chicken keeper Terry Blonder Golson on Thursday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library for a talk about all things chicken. Terry will discuss a variety of topics, including how to keep chickens so that the chickens, and the neighbors, are happy. She will also offer recommendations on how to cook those fresh eggs. Finally, she will demonstrate a quick egg salad using eggs from her own hens and fresh herbs from her garden. This is a great opportunity for local chicken keepers to network.

Senior citizen real estate tax voucher program

Carlisle homeowners who are 60 years of age or older are eligible to earn up to a $500 abatement on their real estate tax bills. A variety of jobs in town departments is available. Types of duties may include general labor, gardening, skilled project support, record filing, data entry, customer service and more. Participants in this program will earn $6.75 per hour for all jobs up to $500. There is no income eligibility. Fifteen slots are available in this program. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to get a copy of the program guidelines and an application.

Summer fitness class

The COA fitness class is open to all levels. The class includes stretches, leg exercises, joint rotation, use of small hand weights and balancing exercises. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace. Classes meet in the Clark Room at Town Hall on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. through June 15. After June 15, for the balance of the summer, classes will meet only on Tuesday mornings. The cost to enroll for the three-month summer session (June, July, August) is $30. Checks should be made out to the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging. To enroll, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Council On Aging doings

• Coffee: On Thursday, June 1, at 9:30 a.m. there will be coffee, tea and refreshments in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. Enjoy baked goods, fresh fruits and cheeses.

• Men's breakfast: On Thursday, June 8, starting at 8 a.m., the Mystery Chef and his helpers will prepare another gastronomic extravaganza for Carlisle senior men at the Sleeper Room. A $2 donation is appreciated.

• Burlington Mall shopping trip: On Friday, June 9, join the COA for a trip in the COA mini-bus to the Burlington Mall for shopping and lunch on your own. The mini-bus will leave Carlisle at 9:30 a.m. and return by 1:30 p.m. Call 1-978-371-6690 to sign up for this trip.

• Health Fair for seniors: Stop by at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main Street, Concord on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be screenings, samples, information, clinics, promotional items, refreshments and more.

• New York City day trip: On Saturday, June 10, the COA has planned a day trip to New York City via motor coach. Among the sights to be seen are 5th Avenue, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Ground Zero, Trump Towers and Times Square. For more information, stop by the COA office in Town Hall for a brochure or call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023.

• COA book club: The next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at the home of Sally Bull, 100 Keyes Road, Unit 109, Concord. The selection is Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith. New members are welcome. Following the discussion, book selections will be made for next season. A potluck luncheon will be served. Call Sally at 1-978-369-2042 if you plan to attend.

• Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, June 15, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide blood pressure screening in Union Hall. No appointment is necessary.

• Luncheon and speaker: Join the COA on Thursday, June 15 at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall for a luncheon catered by the Inn at Robbins Brook. After lunch, there will be a panel of professionals who will speak on Care Options for Seniors, covering adult day health programs, home care services, assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities. Handouts will be provided. Reserve your luncheon space by Thursday, June 8 (so that the inn will know how many meals to prepare) by calling 1-978-371-2895. A $2 contribution is appreciated.

• Peabody Essex Museum: On Thursday, June 22, join the COA for a trip to Salem to visit the Peabody Essex Museum. In addition to visiting the galleries, a tour of the landmark exhibition, "Painting Summer in New England," is included. The cost of this trip is $14 per person. Lunch is on your own. The luxury motor coach will leave the Congregational Church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and will return there by 3:30 p.m. Bus space is limited. Reservations must be made by Thursday, June 15, by mailing a $14 check per person payable to the "Friends of the COA" to the COA office, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. Include your telephone number and e-mail address.

Last FNL before summer is June 2

Don't miss the last Friday Night Live (FNL) of the school year. It will begin at 7 and end at 9:30 p.m. There will be great music, contests and a raffle prizes. Each student will receive a ticket at the door. Admission fee is $3. All eighth graders will be admitted free.

Friday Night Live is open to all middle school students in Carlisle (with completed permission slips on file). Students leaving before 9:30 p.m. must be signed out by an adult. All others should be picked up by 9:30 sharp. Call Jim Harris with any questions at 1-978-371-2494 or any other Carlisle Youth Commission member.

Arcturus concert May 27 at FRS

The Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will perform in FRS on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Founded by Carlislian violist Sarah Darling five years ago, the group includes an array of top-notch musicians from conservatories and orchestras around the country and the world. This concert will benefit the Children With AIDS Department at the Boston Medical Center. For more information, call Margaret Darling at 1-978-369-1475 or visit

Li Min Mo to speak of immigrant experience

On Sunday, May 28,The First Religious Society will host guest speaker Li Min Mo, who will talk about the immigrant experience after the 10:30 a.m. service. She will address the challenges of assimilation, of integrating the Old World and the New World, from the perspective of her life. Li Min Mo is a professional storyteller and artist who was smuggled out of mainland China in 1952, and lived in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Spain in the fifties. At age 13, she immigrated to America and began her long journey as a special-needs student struggling to learn English and make a life for herself in a strange new land.

Her works reveal a universal theme of the triumph of the human spirit over life's tragedies and challenges. After the service, there will be an opportunity to speak with

Li Min at a coffee hour provided by the Welcoming Congregation Committee. For more information, call Margaret Darling at1-978-369-1475.

Multi-church yard sale

The three Carlisle churches will hold a giant yard sale on Saturday, June 3, to benefit The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell. Bring your yard-sale treasures to Union Hall on Friday, June 2, between 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. The sale will be on Saturday, June 3, at the First Religious Society from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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.

It's the talk of the town - the Memorial Day luncheon

Come to the historic church, long ago Carlisle's town hall, and share memories with friends while meeting new neighbors. The time is Monday, May 29, following the parade, and the place is the First Religious Society on the Town Green. Ham, baked beans, potato salad and cole slaw, brown bread, coffee or tea and fruit crisp — all will be prepared and served by members of the First Religious Society. Pizza, a favorite with the young people, will also be available. The small charge (to cover costs) is $6 for the ham and bean lunch and $3 for the pizza lunch which includes a drink and chocolate chip cookie. Reservations are not necessary. For more information or to make reservations (optional) call Kathy at the FRS office 1-978-369-5180.

Alumni concert to honor Tom O'Halloran

On June 17, Carlisle Senior Band alumni are returning to the stage to honor Tom O'Halloran's 23 years of teaching and band leadership. The evening will be filled with music and celebration as former students, current students, friends and supporters join in saying "thank you" for all he has given the Carlisle community.

For more information on participating, tickets, volunteering and contributing to the Tom O'Halloran Artist-in-Residence Fund go to or contact Paula von Kleydorff, 1-978-369-2829, or Stephanie Smith, 1-978-369-5453. Tickets are reserved seats, first-come, first-served, and order forms are available on the web site and at the Gleason Library.

PJ story time

The last PJ story time until September will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7 at the Gleason Public Library. Children ages 3 and up are welcome to come in their P Js and bring a stuffed animal.

Acton Community Chorus Night Skies Concert

This year the Acton Community Chorus presents its popular spring "Pops" concert at the comfortably air-conditioned Nashoba Regional High School (12 Green Road, Bolton, MA, off Route 117). Now in its 22nd season, the chorus will perform the concert, "Night Skies - Songs to fill your night with the stars and moon," on June 16 and 17 at 8 p.m.

The concert includes beautiful and haunting melodies, such as "Stardust," and "Blue Moon," and Cole Porter's "In the Still of the Night" and "Night and Day." You'll hear pieces from musicals, including, "It's a Grand Night for Singing" (State Fair), "Endless Night" (Lion King), and "Tonight" (West Side Story). Reminisce with them as they sing long-time popular pieces, such as "When You Wish Upon a Star," "Swinging on a Star," "Moon River" and "Good Night" (Lennon and McCartney).

Tickets are $16 per person; $14 for Seniors and children twelve and under. Tickets can be purchased online at, from chorus members (call 1-978-929-2551), at Acton Roche Brothers, or at the door.

Savor the summer sounds

The Colonial Spirit Chorus of Sweet Adelines in offering vocal lessons for all women who like to sing. They will be held on Thursdays, June 1, 8 and 15, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Church of the Good Sheperd, Newtown Road in Acton, MA (off Rt. 27).

There will be a $10 materials and music fee. It is not necessary to be able to read music. The Colonial Spirit Show Chorus sings four part A Cappella music and anyone wishing to audition for the chorus after these three lessons will be offered a one month's free membership.

For information, call Norma at 1-978-692-2270 or Noreen at 1-978-263-0562.

The Discovery Museums' vehicle donation program

The Discovery Museums of Acton continues their collaboration with Christmas Motors of Maynard in The Discovery Museums' Vehicle Donation Program. Sandra and Jeff Haber recently donated their used vehicle to The Museums, and Christmas Motors graciously handled the sale of the vehicle at no cost to the Museums. The Discovery Museums is excited to find partner businesses and organizations that are eager to collaborate as we explore the wonders of science and discovery with children, parents, grandparents and teachersor anyone who wants to learn more about science and the wonders of the world. If you have a used vehicle that you would like to donate to the Museums in exchange for a tax-deduction, please contact The Discovery Museums' Development Office at 1-978-264-4200 x24.

The Discovery Museums encourage children, families, and educators to explore the wonders of science, nature, humanities and the arts, by engaging visitors in hands-on experiences. Call 1-978-264-4200 or check the website at for up-to-date information on museum hours. The Children's Discovery Museum is especially for toddlers, pre-school children, and their families. The Science Discovery Museum is especially for school-age children and adults.

Blood drive June 5

A Concord community blood drive will be held on Monday, June 5, at the Concord Elks, 221 Baker Avenue, Concord, from 3 to 8 p.m. All donors will receive a buy-one-get-one-free pass to Six Flags New England, good for up to four offers.

Anyone who is 17 or older, in good health weighing 110 pounds or more, and who has not given blood in the last 56 days may donate.The American Red Cross requires a positive ID before donating. For informaiton, call 1-800-448-3543.

The book sale is coming

The Friends of the Gleason Public Library need volunteers and books for the Used Book Sale July 1. High School students, including current eighth-graders can earn community service credits for helping to sort and move books in June andon the day of the sale. The library will be accepting books, CCds, 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.

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.

Summer clinic for girls basketball

There will be a basketball clinic this summer, August 7 to 11, for girls entering grades 3 to 9 at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. Joe Bodenrader, the CCHS Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, is running the clinic. Sign up through the Concord Recreation Department at 1-978-369-6406.

CCHS year-end schedule

The end of the school year at CCHS will be as follows, with each day ending at 11:05 a.m.:

Tuesday, June 20 Finals for H and G Block classes

Wednesday, June 21

Finals for F and E Block classes

Thursday, June 22

Finals for D and C Block classes

Friday, June 23

Finals for B and A Block classes

Monday, June 26

Each class period will meet for approximately 22 minutes so that teachers can collect outstanding materials, review the final exam and, when possible, give grades to students.

Note that June 26 is our 180th day of school. Attendance will be taken as it is on any other day of the year.

Volunteer for CSA teacher and staff luncheon

On Tuesday, June 9 the annual Spring Carlisle School Association (CSA)Luncheon 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 (

Biodiversity Days nature walks in Carlisle

The state-wide "Biodiversity Days" program is taking place this year from June 3 through June 11. In Carlisle there will be four nature walks led by expert and amateur naturalists. They are open to everyone. They are an opportunity to learn about the other life forms that share the town. Save the dates. Join a walk.Walks are scheduled for:

• June 3, 10 a.m.: Meet at Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road. The main focus of the walk is insects. Trip leaders are Dick Walton and John Huehnergard.

• June 6, 4:15 p.m.: Meet at the Towle Land parking lot on Westford Street. The focus of the walk is fungi. Trip leader is Larry Millman.

• June 8, 3:30 p.m.: Meet at the Cranberry Bog on Curve Street at the bog house. Focus of the walk is dragonflies. Trip leader is Susan Emmons.

• June 10, 7 a.m.: Meet at Benfield A on South Street. Focus of the walk is birds. Trip leader is Tom Brownrigg.All species identified will be recorded in the state database. Species found on previous Biodiversity Days can be searched by town, by date, by location and by species at

Museum passes available

Explore area museums at a reduced price or free by reserving a pass at the Gleason Public Library. The library offers seventeen museum passes to Carlisle residents. All you need is your library card. Carlisle residents can reserve museum passes in advance by calling 1-978-369-4898 or stopping by the library. All passes have been donated to the library for use by library visitors. Passes to the Museum of Science are donated by Assurance Technology Corp. Passes to the Fuller Craft Museum are donated by Heart Soul Realty. Butterfly Place passes are provided by the Carlisle Garden Club.

Passes to 15 other museums including Children's Museum, Concord Museum, DeCordova Museum, Discovery Museum, Drumlin Farm, Fruitlands Museum,Harvard Museum of Natural History, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Massachusetts Audubon, Museum of Fine Arts, New England Aquarium, Orchard House, Peabody Essex, and Roger William Park Zoo were all provided by the generous support of the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. These museum passes are for the borrowing.

To learn more about the passes, visit There are many more resources downtown in Carlisle. Come visit the library today.

Audio-books, large-print books at library

The Gleason Public Library has a large and growing collection of audio-books and large-print books. The Library would like to express its gratitude to the Friends of the Council on Aging, whose funds allowed the purchase of the following titles:


Blood Hunt, Ian Rankin

The 5th Horsemen, James Patterson

Legends of Radio: Highway Horror

NNNNN, Carl Reiner

Smithsonian Legendary Performances, Judy Garland

Summer Crossing, Truman Capote

Large Type Books

Collected Short Stories, Mark Twain

Get a Life, Nadine Gordimer

The Old Wine Shades, Martha Grimes

One Last Look, Linda Lael Miller

Promise Me, Harlan Coben

Sea Change, Robert B. Parker

The Truth with Jokes, Al Franken

The Two-Minute Rule, Robert Crais

Find what you are looking for and more at the Library. The library can come to you at or call at 1-978-369-4898.

Carlisle Cats to play

On Sunday, June 11, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Heald House on Concord Street, the home of the Carlisle Historical Society, the Cats will be performing music from the Society's archives. Especially featured will be old pop tunes arranged by the late Carlisle musician, George Grees. It will be the first time in many years that these wonderful pieces have been played.

All Carlisle musicians who have performed with the Cats in the past, and anyone interested in joining for this special concert, should contact Alyn Rovin, 1-978-369-6351, e-mail, for details.

CSA House Tour

Save the date! The Carlisle School Association House Tour will be held on Friday, September 29, from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. The committee is still seeking volunteers for the event. If you are interested in helping, call Cathy Poirier at 1-978-371-9139. They are also seeking sponsorships and family artwork and quotes for their House Tour Booklet. Contact Sharyl Stropkay at 1-978-369-9641 if you would like to contribute.

Kindergarten library card time

Kindergartners are now eligible for their very own library cards. Other family members who may have missed out are encouraged to get cards now. It's absolutely free and the best bargain in town, so come on down to the Gleason Public Library.

Have you got your tix?

Tickets are now on sale for the Tom O'Halloran Alumni Concert, June 17 at the CCHS at 7:30 p.m. Everyone except performers will need tickets. Check or at the library.

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