The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 1, 2006

The happiest Thanksgiving ever

To the Editor:

Carlisle is such a great community. The outpouring of support our family has received has been truly stunning! Hillary Clinton said, "It takes a village to raise a child." We feel it has taken Carlisle to heal a child. We have so many incredible reasons to be thankful, most importantly is having a healthy Whitney home.

We knew we lived in a great community, but we didn't really know how great until our little red-headed Whitney was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Where do we start? The prayers, doctors, hospital, staff, nurses, grandparents who came to help out, teachers helping all of us, Carepages, letters, cards, posters, banners, balloons, presents, quotes, positive encouragement, dinners, rides, yellow ribbons, laughter, smiles and hugs.... It has taken all of you to help keep all of our family strong and healthy and we really appreciate it. We are very thankful for your support, each step of the way. Thank you all so very much and remember to enjoy the simple pleasures, because they are the best of all.

The Cook Family
Cross Street

To the Editor:

Please pass along to our Carlisle friends my heartfelt thanks for all their warm messages of support at the time of Jan's passing. We lived in Carlisle for 38 years, longer than any other place, including our native Iowa. We loved every minute of those years. It was a small country town of about 1,800 persons in 1968 when Waldo Wilson called on us as Fire Chief. Esther, Waldo's faithful wife, manned the phone day and night 365 days a year, so Waldo had to know where the Hensleighs lived if there was a call at night that our house was on fire. We then lived on Woodland Road, but there were no numbers on the houses then. A call by the Fire Chief was essential to our safety.

Although many have increased the population, finding Carlisle an inviting place to live and raise their kids, we are gratified that the old and newcomers still keep many of the Carlisle traditions such as staying in Carlisle to celebrate Old Home Days on July 4, and marching with the Minutemen down Estabrook Road to the Old North Bridge on April 19, or now some Monday thereabouts.

With our daughter, Nancy, on West Street and the Old Congregational Church still in the family, we will keep in touch.

Susan, our other daughter, has offered me a handicapped floor of her new home in Petaluma, California, so my new address as of December 10, will be: 835 Bantam Way, Petaluma, CA 94952 (1-707-773-4811.)

We love you. Try to keep Carlisle a secret from encroaching hordes.

Howard Hensleigh
Atlantic Beach, Florida

[Ed note: Howard Hensleigh was Carlisle's Honored Citizen in 1986.]

Protect Walden Woods

To the Editor:

I am aggrieved by the proposal to destroy a portion of Walden Woods owned by the Concord-Carlisle Regional School to construct playing fields, two of which will be artificially turfed and lit. This project appears to be driven by Community Preservation Act funding. This seems a perverse use of a state law designed to acquire, preserve and actually protect open space.

I am not against new playing fields but siting them in Walden Woods is an irresponsible and shortsighted plan, endorsed by the Concord officials we appoint to act as stewards of the hallowed landscape of Walden Woods. What would people think if this land was privately held and slated for destruction by a developer for commercial purposes? I am confident they would fight such destruction, as happened with Thoreau's Path on Brister's Hill. Yet Concord officials are now the developers, and propose bulldozing the only publicly held, non-developed, unprotected area of Walden Woods this side of Route 2.

Some argue that our residential neighborhood disqualifies this parcel as a part of Walden Woods. One need only refer to the "Map of Walden Woods Concord and Lincoln Massachusetts 1991" by The Thoreau Country Conservation Alliance to see that there are many homes in Walden Woods. This parcel deserves to be preserved for its historic significance to the world.

Let's work together to save the woods and find alternatives to alleviate the demand for playing fields. Turfing the underutilized (due to its poor condition) CCHS football stadium would certainly assuage the demand at a fraction of the cost. Although this would not qualify for CPA funding, the town has allocated $1.5M for playing fields. Surely this amount could turf two fields.

Concord officials must use caution in their decision to destroy the historical legacy we are ethically bound to protect from the "woodman's axe." Lest we forget Thoreau's observation: "These woods! Why do I feel their being cut more sorely? Does it not affect me nearly? The axe can deprive me of much. Concord is sheared of its pride. I am certainly the less attached to my native town in consequence."

Patty Hecht
Brister's Hill Road, Concord

Don't limit political signage

To the Editor:

I must take strong exception to the conclusion of the editorial "Political Signs and Civility." I do not argue with Ms. Harte's observation that the signs are distracting, unattractive, and ill-fitting with the rural character of the town, all of which is true. That, after all, was part of their purpose in calling attention to the candidates they advertised. But the conclusion — that there should be a town ordinance regulating their size — is badly misguided. After all, her objections are merely aesthetic. Must we have a regulation against anything that someone finds tasteless? Free political speech is too important to tamper with on frivolous grounds like taste. Furthermore, the signs were temporary, and now they have all vanished, just as everyone knew they would. The Selectmen would be well-advised to leave this matter alone.

Philip Drew
Bedford Road

Thank you to the first-grade Brownie troop

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) and our seniors would like to thank the first-grade Brownie troop (and their troop leaders) for making over 80 favors for our COA Thanksgiving Luncheon which occurred at the First Religious Society on November 16.

Each and every Brownie is to be commended for their thoughtful gift. It is wonderful to have volunteering and thinking of others start at such a young age. Each senior was thrilled to receive a tiny decorated flower pot filled with candy.

Thanks to every first-grade Brownie who helped put a smile on a senior's face.

Angela Smith
Carlisle Council on Aging Outreach Coordinator

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito