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Friday, October 20, 2006

HARVEST FARE. Harvest Fair organizer Alison Saylor (left) and Natalie Ives are ready to serve two young patrons last Saturday. (Photo by Mike Quayle)

Yankee Swap of Spaghetti Supper raffle items

Anyone who won a raffle item that he/she cannot use at this year's Sixth Grade Spaghetti Supper may participate in a Yankee Swap on Saturday, October 28, at 10 a.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Library. Participants will take turns exchanging their items for ones that may be more useful to them. Swaps will be for both the regular raffle items and for the golden raffle ones. For more information, contact Betsy Fell or Dan Scholten at 1-978-369-1209.

Great Pumpkin Spectacle is October 26

The annual Great Pumpkin Spectacle will be held on Thursday, October 26. To register, bring your pumpkin to the children's department at the Gleason Public Library between 4 and 6:30 p.m. on October 26. Those who do not wish their pumpkins to be judged may bring them to special "display only" table.

At 6:45 p.m., well-known storyteller Tony Toledo will perform in the Corey auditorium at the Carlisle Public School. Tony will entertain the audience with his spellbinding scary stories, appropriate for grades K-3.

After an informal parade from the school to the library at approximately 7:45 p.m. (children are encouraged to bring flashlights), the judges will announce their decisions. Families and friends are invited to share in this traditional evening of fun with their children. Refreshments will be served. The Friends of the Gleason Library provide all funding for this event.

Men's basketball begins week of October 23

Carlisle Recreation announces the new men's basketball season, starting the week of October 23 in Corey gym.

Adults 22+: Mondays & Thursdays

8 to 9:45 p.m.

Cost: $95 for season or $5/night, collected at the door October 23 to May 10.

Students: 15 to 21 years: Tuesdays

8 to 9:45 p.m.

Cost: $60 for Season or $5/night, collected at the door October 24 to May 8.

There will be no basketball on holidays and school vacation weeks. All dates are subject to last minute changes because of school program conflicts.

Registration forms are available at Carlisle Recreation, 1-978- 369-9815, or at

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday October 21, come to ParkFest at the Carlisle Center Park (see Mosquito September 29,"How a parking lot became Center Park" ) and celebrate the beginning of Center Park construction.

Great Brook Farm historical walk is October 22

In celebration of Massachusetts Archaeology Month, Great Brook Farm State Park invites you to a historical walk on Woodchuck Trail. Beginning at the Interpretive Center, 3 p.m. sharp on Sunday, October 22, Park Interpretive Ranger Rebecca Markey will lead a walk focusing on the colonial and Native American history of the area. The total walk consists of approximately 2.5 miles and will cover the early beginnings of the land we know today. Come see the seventeenth-century cellar holes, mill sites and a Native American worship site.

These programs are sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and are free of charge to the public.

Cranberry corrections

This year, the Duffys regretfully announce that there will be no fresh berries available directly to Carlisle consumers from the cranberry harvest. Also, the harvest is dependent on weather conditions and the availability of equipment. Hopefully, the harvest will start on Sunday, October 22. However, citizens are asked to keep in mind the possibliity of a date change.

Seniors: prescription savings info on October 25

Seniors, come to the Carlisle Council on Aging meeting at 145 Church Street, Sleeper Room on Wednesday, October 25, at 10 a.m.Counselors will be available to help you with specific questions and applications. For more information on this presentation, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

Town of Carlisle Assessors Notice of Public Disclosure

The Board of Assessors has completed the Triennial Assessment update for certification as mandated by the Commissioner of Revenue. Representatives of the Department of Revenue have reviewed the data to insure that the proposed assessments are reflective of the market value for January 1, 2006.

The new assessments are available for your review at the Carlisle Assessors Office located at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, Massachusetts and at the Gleason Public Library located at 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle, Massachusetts. Please note that the new assessments are pending preliminary certification by the Department of Revenue. The proposed values will be available for review from Monday, October 23 through Friday, October 27, 2006. For telephone inquiries, please call 1-978-369-0392. The Assessors Office is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Candidates forum October 29

On Sunday afternoon, October 29, from 3 to 5 p.m., the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle will host a Candidates Forum in the Thoreau School Auditorium. Candidates for the State Senate Third District of Middlesex, Democratic incumbent, Susan Fargo and the Republican challenger Sandi Martinez, will have the opportunity to express their ideas and views in a moderated format, and answer questions from the audience. Representative Cory Atkins, who is running unopposed, will also be present to speak to the voters.

Public access TV airs interview on taxes October 22

"Americans for tax reform," will air on Speak Out!, public access channel 8, on Sunday, October 22, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Grover Norquist discusses the tax philosophies of both the Democratic and Republican parties in an interview by Sandi Martinez.Deer hunting season has begun

Townsfolk are reminded to exercise caution and wear bright colors when walking in the woods, as deer hunting season has begun.

Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) seeks member

The Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee (CRAC) is seeking a member to complete the seven member committee. CRAC encourages landowners and developers to keep land in its natural state by putting it under a perpetual conservation restriction. Once land is under a conservation restriction, the committee walks the land periodically to ensure the restriction is being respected. The committee helps landowners through the legal process of approval by the Town and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

This committee was established by the Board of Selectmen in 1991. Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Send a letter of interest and a resumé to Sylvia Willard, Carlisle Conservation Commission, and to Madonna McKenzie, Town Administrator, 66 Westford St., Carlisle.

Carlisle Parents Connection Halloween party is October 28

Attention all ghosts, goblins, pirates, and princesses: the Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) is hosting its annual Halloween party for children ages zero to five.Join the CPC for games, crafts, prizesand a Halloween costume parade.The date for this event is October 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at Diment Park.The raindate is October 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at Diment Park.

Democratic Fundraiser on October 28

Join the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee for a festive fundraiser on Saturday, October 28, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the home of Tim and Mary Hult, 20 Audubon Lane. Special guests will be Representative Cory Atkins and Senator Susan Fargo, who are both candidates for reelection. Contributions will be accepted for the Patrick/Murray campaign as well as those of the senator and representative.

For information and to RSVP, call Cynthia Schweppe, 1-978-369-5738 or Susan Stamps at 1-978-369-8462.

Emerson hosts pregnancy and childbirth event October 28

Emerson Hospital will host "Baby Steps," a free event, on Saturday, October 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. To learn more about pregnancy, infertility, childbirth and to register, call 1-978-287-3085.

At 9 a.m., Betty Davis will discuss the ups and downs of parenting.

At 9:45 a.m., Dr. Ingrid Balcomb will address how obstetrics has changed, and she will discuss the status of C-sections and the latest trends in OB services.

At 10:30 a.m., there will be a physician panel discussion. Topics include pregnancy after age 35, pain management options, decision-making about breastfeeding, selecting a pediatrician and baby development.

At 11:15 and 11:45 a.m., breakout sessions will discuss topics such as recent advances in assisted reproductive technologies, exercise and pregnancy, infertility and stress, and techniques to soothe babies.

From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Birthing Center nurses will lead attendees on tours and visitors will have an opportunity to meet with obstetricians and pediatricians.

Informational booths, staffed by expert clinicians, will be open to visitors throughout the day. Topics include infertility, breastfeeding, acupuncture and childbirth education. A raffle will give away exciting prizes.

For information, call the Physician Referral Line at 1-978-287-3456 or visit

COA doings

· Quilting and Handwork get-together: On Wednesday, October 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. (and subsequent first and third Wednesdays of every month) bring any kind of handwork to work on at the Sleeper Room, 145 Church Street.

· Seniors Prom: Come to the Seniors Prom on Friday, October 27, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Union Hall. The cost is $5 per person. Attire is anything goes. The COA will provide a DJ, soft drinks and atmosphere. Bring any other drinks you would like as well as an hors d'oeuvre to share with others. Contact Karen Dunkers at 1-978-369-5681 or Betty Elgin at 1-978-371-0728 for reservations.

· Coffee: On Thursday, November 2, at 9:30 a.m. there will be coffee, tea and an assortment of pastries, muffins and donuts in the Sleeper Room at Village Court.

· Alzheimer's conference: On Friday, November 3, a half-day seminar entitled, "Alzheimer's Support Services and Care Options" will be held at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in West Concord. This event is for family and community caregivers. Registration ($10) starts at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30 a.m. RSVP to Sally Lopez at 1-978-287-3173. This event is sponsored by Emerson Hospital and organized by the Liberty Alzheimer's Partnership.

Deer hunting season has begun

Townsfolk are reminded to exercise caution and wear bright colors when walking in the woods, as deer hunting season has begun.

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