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Friday, December 15, 2006

Newcomers Club to visit Concord Museum tree exhibit

On Monday, December 18, the Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club will visit the Concord museum to enjoy the fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by cherished children's storybooks, contemporary picture book favorites and beloved holiday tales. Following the museum visit, the club members will enjoy lunch together at Serafina's. For information, visit

Calling all instrumentalists

The traditional Carols on the Green will be held on Christmas Eve, December 24. Assemble on the Common next to the Christmas tree. Instrumentalists should be ready to play at 6:15 p.m. Please bring your own music stand. Carols will be played and sung between the Unitarian Church service and the Congregational service. For additional information call 1-978-369-5893.

Historical Society sells map of old Carlisle

Just in time for the holidays, another addition to the collection of unique gifts of Carlisle is available from the Historical Society. Copies of a 1937 map of the town have been reproduced and are on sale for $5, unframed.

The map is one of several old town maps once owned by Carlisle historian Donald Lapham and given to his niece, Ginny Mills of Concord Street, who then donated them to the Historical Society. The dates on the maps range from the 1700s to the early 1900s. They now reside in the archives collection at Heald House, the home of the Carlisle Historical Society.

To order a map or for further information, call 1-978-287-4776.

CEF hosts open house December 19

The Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) is hosting an open house on December 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jim and Celia Zimmerman's home at 55 Daniels Lane in Carlisle. All are welcome to come and meet the CEF board members and learn about its mission and goals. For 16 years, the CEF, a non-profit fundraising organization, has helped maintain the excellence of Carlisle's Public Schools through pilot projects, academic initiatives, multiple opportunities for professional development and technology enrichment for our classrooms. Come to the open house and call Laura Snowdon at 1-978-287-4351 for more information.

Christmas caroling and dinner December 17

Looking for a great way to start your Christmas season?Join the Carlisle Congregational Church on Sunday, December 17, from 3 to 7 p.m. for an afternoon of Christmas caroling. Meet at the church, board some school buses and the adventure will begin.On Ferns porch, carolers will serenade people in the Town Center.Then, it is off to surprise some friends and neighbors in and around Carlisle with holiday songs. Finally, the group will head back to the church, where a delicious meal will be waiting, all free of charge.For more information and to RSVP, e-mail, visit or call 1-978-369-7830.

Two global warming events tomorrow

Congressman Marty Meehan will host a "town meeting" discussion,"The Effects of Climate Change on Public Health," on Saturday, December 16, at 10 a.m. at the UMass Lowell O'Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder Street, Lowell. Special guests include Governor-elect Deval Patrick and a panel of national experts discussing cutting carbon emissions, ensuring access to health care and investing in green energy technologies. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, call 1-978-459-0101 or e-mail

A special public screening of Al Gore's global warming movie, An Inconvenient Truth, is on Saturday, December 16, at 7 p.m. at the home of Bob Wallhagen, 64 Timothy Lane. This newly released DVD has updated scenes not shown in the theaters last summer. A live conference call with Al Gore will follow the showing. This exciting opportunity is free and open to the public. RSVP to Bob at 1-978-369-7802 (leave message) or e-mail

Girl Scout cookie time again December 16

Carlisle Girl Scout Troops will begin their first cookie booth sales this Saturday, December 16, at both the Carlisle Post Office (9 to 12 p.m.), and at the Transfer Station (8 to 3 p.m.). Why not grab a box or two for your holiday celebration or donate a box to our U.S. Troops abroad? Additional booth sales dates/locations will be published in January's editions of the Mosquito. Individual sales will begin on January 5, so look for the Girl Scouts in your neighborhood. Carlisle Girl Scouts always appreciate your generous support. For more information contact Suzanne Sweet, 1-978-369-6221.

Doll event at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House December 30

On Saturday, December 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., "The Dolly Dialogues:"A Holiday Visit with Marjorie Tudorand Friends will be held at Orchard House in Concord. Join Marjorie Tudor, gifted artist, dollmaker extraordinaire, and daughter-in-law of celebratedartistTasha Tudor, as she shares heartwarming stories of Tudor family holiday traditions and offers the chance to learn about and handle her unique hand-made dolls and puppets. A tour ofOrchard House, tea and light refreshments are included.Cost:$25 per person,$20 for Orchard House Members. Space is extremely limited; reservations and pre-payment are a must. Phone 1-978-369-4118 x106 for further information and reservations

Thoreau scholar to lecture January 11

Henry David Thoreau roamed the fields and woodlands of Carlisle, recording his observations in his many journals. Thoreau scholar Tom Blanding will share the naturalist's writings with Carlisleans at a lecture on Thursday, January 11, in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. The talk, "Thoreau and Carlisle," is co-sponsored by the Carlisle Historical Society and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

In October, Blanding delivered a series of seminars on Thoreau in a Carlisle home for a small audience. This previously unexplored topic, "Thoreau and Carlisle," will be of special interest to townspeople.

Blanding is the area's foremost scholar on Thoreau. According to the Boston Globe, he is "thought by many to be the outstanding Thoreau scholar in the United States." He has taught more than 50 courses and seminars, appeared on several television and radio programs, and has been a consultant for many films. He is the author of Historic Walden Woods, co-author of A Thoreau Iconography, and is currently working on a biography of Thoreau.

Admission to the talk is free and refreshments will be served.

CCHS fund-raiser for Partners in Health

CCHS's International Issues classes will hold a dinner on January 12 to benefit Partners in Health, which is currently campaigning against HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dinner will be at the First Parish Church in Concord from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or at CCHS from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria.For more information, e-mail

Calling all Instrumentalists

The traditional Carols on the Green will be held on Christmas Eve, December 24. Assemble on the Common next to the Christmas tree. Instrumentalists should be ready to play at 6:15 p.m. Please bring your own music stand. Carols will be played and sung between the Unitarian Church service and the Congregational service. For additional information call 978-369-5893.

COA emergency drug coverage reminder

Pharmacies in Massachusetts and their corporate offices were recently sent a reminder about Prescription Advantage's policies and procedures for obtaining emergency drug coverage. The pharmacies are reminded that through December 31, Prescription Advantage will continue to cover a one-time, 30-day supply as well as a subsequent one-time, 72-hour supply of any medication that cannot be billed to a member's Medicare Part D drug plan or is rejected by the plan. After December 31, coverage of a one-time, 72-hour supply will continue for Prescription Advantage members.

Gleason Library ornament now on sale

Just in time for the holidays, a new ornament has been announced by the Carlisle Historical Society. The Gleason Public Library is portrayed in an elegant gold design and packaged in a white gift box. The new ornament is available for $16 at Ferns and at the circulation desk at the library. Proceeds from the sale of the Gleason Library ornament benefit both the Historical Society and the library's Endowment Fund.

Men's chorus presents Christmas concert

The Saengerfest Men's Chorus, based in Weston, will present a benefit Christmas concert on Sunday, December 17 at 4 p.m. at the Regis College Fine Arts Center in Weston.

Admission is $20. Tickets may be obtained from any member of the chorus. Carlisle's William Bovey sings with the chorus.

Vox Lucens to sing December 16

Come to St. Elizabeth's Church in Acton on Saturday evening, December 16, at 8 p.m., for a free choral concert. "The Story of Mary," offered by the Renaissance choir Vox Lucens, will include motets in Latin and English that tell Mary's story from the Annunciation to the Assumption. Selections will include works by Byrd, Josquin and Palestrina. St. Elizabeth's new acoustics will make you think you have travelled back in time to a 16th-century cathedral. The church is located at 89 Arlington Street, Acton. For more information, call 1-978-897-5372.

Concord Women's Chorus presents "Carols and Lullabies" December 17

On Sunday, December 17, at 4 p.m., the Concord Women's Chorus will sing a concert of eclectic holiday music for women's voices called,"Carols and Lullabies" at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. There will be a reception following the concert.

Featured will be Jean-Baptiste Lully's Regina coeli, Andrew Carter's Three Oxford Carols, Imant Raminsh's Christmas Lullaby for a New-Born Child and carols and songs in styles ranging from classical to jazz.

Tickets, which are $15, are available from any chorus member or at the door.

Carlisle singers in the Concord Women's Chorus are Penny Zezima, Priscilla Stevens, Cynthia Sorn, Cynthia Nunan and Wendy Davis. For information, call 1-978-369-0839.

Buy Carlisle gardens note cards

The Carlisle Garden Club is offering sets of eight colorful note-cards, each with a painting of a different Carlisle garden by Joan Allen, artist and Garden Club member. Find them at Ferns for $12, or receive a discount by purchasing directly for $10. E-mail or send a check made out to the Carlisle Garden Club to P.O. Box 231, Carlisle MA 01741. Include instructions on where to leave a delivery. For more information, visit

Celebrate Winter Solstice December 21

On the longest night of the year, you are invited to celebrate the return of the light at Musketaquid Winter Solstice. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, at the Old Calf Pasture on the Concord River in Concord. Gather around the fire with Voices for the Earth chorus, fire keepers Earth Drum Council and musicians Snow Crow. Dress for the weather and come prepared to sing. Bring a (burnable) token for the solstice fire in remembrance of the old year or as a wish for the new. Participants should park along Lowell Road and enter through the boat landing near the Lowell Road Bridge. If the water level is too high, the ceremony will move across Lowell Road off Liberty Street; watch for a sign on Lowell Road directing people to the site.

Following the fire ceremony at the river, the celebration continues at 7 p.m. with a music and potluck gathering at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street in Concord Center. Bring a favorite finger food and potable to share. Call 1-978-371-0820 or e-mail for more information.

Lincoln's Clark Gallery holds salon show

Clark Gallery's 30th anniversary salon show will run until December 23 at 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, and will feature work by nearly 50 gallery artists and invited guests. Paintings, mixed media work, scultpture and studio furniture will be on display.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more informaiton, visit

December 31 deadline to register Democrats for February caucus

Any Carlisle resident who wishes to participate in the annual Democratic caucus scheduled for February 3, 2007 must register as a Democrat with the Town Clerk by December 31. The caucus, held by the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee, will elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention, scheduled for May 19, 2007. All Carlisle Democrats are welcome to participate in the caucus and run for delegate to the convention. For more information, call or e-mail Susan Stamps, committee chair, at 1-978-369-8462 or

Orchestra competition applications due January 2

Auditions for the Concord Youth Artists Competition will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, January 17 and 18, 2007. The winner will be the featured soloist on the Concord Orchestra's concerts on March 23 and 24 and will receive the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship. The competition is open to high school and younger instrumental students, including pianists. A complete concerto or other work suitable for performance with orchestra must be memorized for the audition. Applications are due by January 2. For more information and an application form, call 1-978-371-1491. Applications can also be printed from

Donate now to the CC Community Chest

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest has reached the half-way mark in its annual campaign goal of $620,000 but needs many more donations from both residents and local businesses. The Chest provides a single point of giving to more than 35 local human service organizations that serve needy residents in Concord and Carlisle.

The Chest is actively seeking donations and business sponsorships from the community as it strives to reach its campaign goal. The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest is uniquely positioned to help you directly support your neighbors and fellow community members in need. Mail your contribution today to 111 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

COA doings

• Blood pressure clinic: On Thursday, December 21, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., a registered nurse from Emerson Hospital will provide blood pressure screening in Union Hall Church at the First Religious Society. No appointment is necessary.

• Holiday luncheon and entertainment: Join the COA on Thursday, December 21 at 11:45 a.m. in Union Hall for a gala holiday lunch followed by musical entertainment by the COA's Line Dancing Group. Door prizes will also be given away. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 by Friday, December 15 to make your reservation. A $2 donation is appreciated. For transportation, call 1-978-371-6690.

• Medex Special Enrollment: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is holding an open enrollment period for their Medex Core and Bronze plans. Applications received before December 31, 2006 will have a coverage date of January 1, 2007. Applications received January 1 through January 31, 2007 will have a coverage effective date of February 1. For more information, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

• Quilting and handwork group: This informal group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Sleeper Room. Bring your handwork along. Refreshments will be served.

• Volunteers needed: The COA needs your help. If you can give just one hour a month (or more) to drive a senior to an appointment, shopping or to a hospital, you will be assisting seniors who are trying to maintain their independence. If you can volunteer to drive, or volunteer in another area, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Start thinking about book drive

During February, the Carlisle School Association will collect new or gently-used books for in-class libraries (pre-kindergarten through eighth grade). Consider setting aside some of your old books now to donate after the holidays. Your books will be greatly appreciated by the children at Carlisle Public Schools. More details to come in January.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

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.

Winter fuel assistance program

If you need assistance paying your fuel bills this winter, you may be eligible for the state's Fuel Assistance Program. Call Angela Smith, the COA Outreach Coordinator, who has been trained to assist in this application process, at 1-978-371-2895. This program is open to all Carlisle residents, not just seniors.

Committee openings

The Board of Selectmen announce openings on the following committees:

Cultural Council, Long-Term Capital Requirements, Pedestrian and Bike Safety, Personnel Board, Trails, and Youth Commission. If you would like to be involved in town government, send a letter to theBoard of Selectmen at 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741, indicating your area of interest.

Seniors: check out the latest Medicare plans

From now until December 31, Medicare Part D will offer an "open-enrollment" period: recipients can change their prescription drug coverage to pick a new plan that better meets their needs. For example, several plans now cover the much-talked-about "doughnut hole," so that out-of-pocket costs drop significantly. Many others have lowered the co-pay for drugs. More plans have added many new medicines that were approved by the FDA as recently as last month. All told, seniors will have more opportunity to lower their out-of-pocket drug costs and tailor their drug plans to their medical needs. This open-enrollment period happens only once per year and makes Part D different from traditional one-size-fits-all government health plans, where there are no options. Choice is what the new Medicare program — and better health — is all about.

Register for Carlisle Recreation programs

There are now three ways to register for Carlisle Recreation offerings, including men's basketball: walk-in, by mail, or online at Set up your family account today — it is easy. Look online for new updates, classes, special programs, news and cancellations.

Men's Basketball Corey Gym — Carlisle School All are welcome

Tuesday and Thursday, 8 to 9:45 p.m.

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

Brochure and registration forms are available at: Carlisle Recreation Office in Town Hall, 1-978-369-9815, Gleason Library or

Young artists competition

Auditions for the Concord Youth Artists Competition will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, January 17 and 18, 2007. The winner will be the featured soloist on the Concord Orchestra's concerts on March 23 and 24 and will receive the Ehlers Memorial Scholarship. The competition is open to high school and younger instrumental students, including pianists. A complete concerto or other work suitable for performance with orchestra must be memorized for the audition. Applications are due by January 2. For more information and an application form, call 1-978-371-1491. Applications can also be printed from

Minute Man Arc sells holiday cards

Minute Man Arc's holiday card fundraiser with holiday greeting and note cards printed from original watercolors painted by members of the Minute Man Art Club come in seven different designs. They are available to purchase at the agency's two program centers in West Concord, located at 130 Baker Avenue Extension and 1269 Main Street, or can be ordered by calling 1-978-287-7902. Proceeds from this sale benefit agency programs and services.

For more information or to order by mail, call 1-978-287-7902 or visit

Still time to win Prius

C. C. Pools, Inc. is offering a chance to win a 2006 Toyota Prius to benefit the Beede Community Swim and Fitness Center. The hybrid gas/electric car was donated by Bob Moran of Bob Moran's Acton Toyota, 135 Great Road, Acton. This is a top-of-the-line Prius, with a MSRP of $29,530.

The winners of the 2006 Toyota Prius and other prizes will be drawn by C.C. Pools on January 28, 2007.

Only 999 tickets are available, priced at $100 each and there is still time to purchase them, with checks, cash or credit cards, at C. C. Pools, Inc. 498 Walden Street, Concord, at J. M. Barrett and Company Real Estate, 33 Walden Street, Concord, by calling the C.C. Pools' office at 1-978-371-4936 or by e-mailing

Embroidery Guild meets on Tuesdays

The Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. holds monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. The EGA is a national, non-profit educational organization dedicated to the teaching and preservation of needlework as an art form, and is continuing its series of "Fearless Stitching" with new projects each month. The December meeting will involve a special holiday dessert buffet and round table discussion of tips and tricks.

The Merrimack Valley Chapter is a lively group with members spanning a wide range of ages, abilities, and interests. Membership is open to anyone, and newcomers of all levels are encouraged to check out the group. For more information, contact Rosemary Carter at or 1-781-893-0959.

Meetings are held at the Tewksbury Congregational Church, 10 East Street in Tewksbury, on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Weight loss talk at Gleason Library January 25

Join professional weight loss coach Lori Grant for a fun and lively discussion about health, fitness and weight loss on January 25 at 7 p.m. in the Gleason Public Library (GPL), Hollis Room. With obesity-related diseases on the rise, what better time to focus on healthy eating and getting fit than in the new year? Lori Grant will lead a 60- to 90-minute workshop in which weight loss struggles will be shared in an open, honest forum, to help everyone gain insight into their own eating habits and get into a healthy mind set.

Lori Grant has over 5 years of professional weight loss and coaching experience. After losing over 100 pounds, she began working for Weight Watchers and then started a weight-loss company, the Coach Approach, with a partner. Recently she has created her own weight-loss coaching business, Always Your Weigh.

Holiday hurricane help

Communities in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama are still struggling to rebuild homes and lives after the hurricanes of 2005. Citizen Action Team (CAT) can help local individuals and groups who wish to collect and ship needed goods. CAT is a locally based group of volunteers who operate a national database,, to help match donations to needs. CAT also has an established, low-cost shipping system for relief goods.

CAT itself is collecting:

• coats and other warm clothing for people working outside

• household goods (linens, blankets, kitchen items)

• construction supplies (paint, hardware, cabinetry, lumber)

• nonperishable food

• toys for the holidays

• sporting goods for children living in FEMA trailer parks

• computers and office supplies

Want to make a financial donation to a group doing the actual work of rebuilding and helping those in need? CAT can help you identify such groups, including organizations with 501c3 tax status.

Want to help out in other ways locally? CAT can always use help keeping its extensive database updated. Or help us collect, pack, and transport goods to our donated warehouse space in Methuen.

To donate, to start a collection, or to inquire about shipping, call Christy Barbee, 1-978-369-4343, or Terra Friedrichs, 1-978-266-2778. To become a database volunteer, call Dayle Nugent, 1-503-852-7295.

2006 -2007 Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund applications

Applications for the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund are now available online at Students seeking support for the 2007-2008 academic year must submit their applications by April 1, 2007.

The Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund was established as an independent non-profit 40 years ago and is dedicated to providing support to deserving local students. In 2006 over $150,000, was awarded to local students to help finance their college educations. Applicants must reside in Concord or Carlisle or have attended school in one of these towns. Metco students are eligible.

The CCSF scholarships are awarded strictly based on need, not merit. However, applications are shared with many local organizations such as the Concord Rotary, the West Concord Women's Club, the Concord Women's Club, the VFW, the Concord Public Library, Welch's, the Rivercrest Deaconess, and the Carlisle Garden Club, which award merit and need based scholarships.

Direct questions about applications or donations to

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 a card now. It is absolutely free and the best bargain in town, so come on down to the Gleason Public Library.

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