The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 26, 2006

Alan Carpenito thanks voters

To the Editor:

I would like to thank all the citizens that participated in the Town Elections. As Carlisle moves ahead, I believe that holding the line on taxes and being creative to reach the goals of the community is the way to retain long-term residents.

Alan Carpenito
South Street

Chad Koski writes

To The Editor:

I would like to thank the voters of Carlisle for this opportunity to serve on the School Committee. Carlisle has set high standards for our schools and the education they provide. I look forward to working with the other members of the committee to assure that Carlisle Public Schools continue to meet those high standards.

Chad Koski
Nathan Lane

Carlisle's Floyd Taylor remembered

To The Editor:

Former Carlislean Floyd Taylor, who died last week, is shown (left) with David Flannery in an undated photo from Ellen Huber's files.

The passing of Floyd Taylor causes me to pause to remember this fine gentleman who was an extraordinary resource within our community for well over thirty years. Floyd was an environmental engineer and former Section Chief for water supply with the U.S. EPA, serving the New England states. After Floyd moved to Carlisle in the late 1960s he became interested and involved in the water quality issues our community faced as it began to grow. His experience in the Public Health Service was an asset, and he provided volunteer services to many town boards and committees, especially the Board of Health and the Conservation Commission. My association with Floyd began in 1987 when a bacteria contamination in the school's well was discovered. Our system was immediately shut down and the school went to bottled water and moved to a cold lunch program only. With Floyd's assistance and over a two-month period we were able to identify the cause of the contamination and engineer a solution. However the State required the school to operate a small chlorinator to assure the safety of the water even though the cause of the problem had been determined. This required that a licensed operator manage the chlorinator plant. Floyd encouraged me to get the necessary training and take the required license exam. He helped me through the process and provided much-needed support. Eighteen months later, I became Carlisle's first licensed Grade 1 drinking water system operator. It is hard to believe that was almost twenty years ago.

We enjoyed a friendship over that period of time. I would often call him to consult on a new regulation, to discuss a piece of equipment or the test results of our latest water sampling. It was great to know that he was there. Just before Floyd moved to New Hampshire in 2003 he called me to ask if I would be interested in some of his books and journals. I made two trips to his house where he graciously allowed me to go through his study and take anything that interested me. I now have a small library of resource materials thanks to Floyd. I will miss this kind and gentle man of keen intellect who lived a quiet and humble life in our community.

David R. Flannery
Concord Road

[Ed note: Flannery is Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at the Carlisle Public School.]

My Banta-Davis vote

To the Editor:

I voted no on the question of funding for the Banta-Davis improvements. I know that a number of townspeople volunteered many hours to improve our community through this effort. They, and many other generous neighbors, contribute more to the well being and improvement of Carlisle than I have. When I read in last week's Mosquito about their attempts to understand the defeat at the polls, I felt an obligation to explain the vote of one resident who has not participated in the collective debate about Carlisle's future.

My source for town information is the Mosquito, which I read front to back. I also peruse I'm familiar with plans and master plans for recreational facilities, school projects, housing, etc. I've gotten the impression that community leaders share my desires for Carlisle. However, a succinct and cogent vision of what Carlisle wants to be in the near and distant future does not seem to exist or is not readily accessible. Such a vision would articulate three to five higher order goals, without detailed plans. Assuming that I agreed with those goals, I would judge all spending initiatives against them. For example: I would question the priority of new tennis courts and the retirement of existing courts, relative to the goals of maintaining a rural character, accommodating external forces like affordable housing requirements and maintaining high quality educational staff and facilities. In the absence of such guidance, I maintain my own vision, similar to the previous sentence, and vote in that context. We need a clear vision and a prioritization of projects that jibes with that vision. Plan in that context and you'll get my vote.

Steven Oriola
Oak Knoll Road

Please help fix Historical Society's barn

To the Editor:

Thanks to the generosity of donors and funding from the Community Preservation Act, the historic barn at Heald House on Concord Street, home of the Carlisle Historical Society, is undergoing a much-needed renovation. New windows, siding, and a coat of red paint (its original color) have done much to preserve the barn's character.

We have recently discovered, however, that one side of the attached garage desperately needs rebuilding. The garage repair was not part of the funds requested from the CPA. We have received estimates of $10,000 for structural repairs and $3,000 for scraping and painting — these are unforeseen costs that would adversely affect our slim budget. Therefore, we are turning to the community to help us fund this final work on the barn.

We believe that the preservation of Heald House and its barn benefits all residents who care about Carlisle's rich history. We ask for your help in completing the barn restoration. Please send your tax-free donation to the Carlisle Historical Society, P.O. Box 703, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Charles Forsberg
Autumn Lane
President Carlisle Historical Society

Household Goods Recycling Ministry thanks Carlisle

To the Editor:

Carlisle is filled with generous families. "Pass It Forward" day on Saturday was a wonderful success. Many thanks to Amy Fennick and Mary Zoll for creating a day when charities could recycle household goods, books, clothing, bedding and building supplies. Jim, our really helpful Transfer Station Manager of the day made it easy for all of us to set up, and to collect cartons and furniture on that bright sunny day.

On behalf of Household Goods Recycling Ministry, Inc (HGRM). I would like to thank those of you who donated wonderful items for the people we serve: those who have been flooded out (we are working with agencies in Lowell to help those whose houses were destroyed in the deluge last week); those who had to flee in the night with children due to domestic violence; those transitioning out of shelters into an apartment they can finally call home, and others who through crises of all sorts just need encouragement and a hand up.

Many people asked us if they could visit HGRM. We hope you will. We are located at 530 Main Street in Acton on Route 27 down by the Post Office lights before the historic district. We are open 6 days a week for visitors from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and take drop-offs of household goods on Thursday and Saturday mornings. We currently need furniture movers and unpackers, sorters, linen measurers, and put-on-shelves volunteers if you are looking for something to do when you have a few hours to spare. The whole place is run by volunteers (over 130) and we have no paid staff. Household Goods Recycling Ministry, Inc. will welcome you and let you pick your own job.

Many thanks to all of you who donated on Saturday.

Jill Henderson
Sunset Road

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito