The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 2, 2007

Remember to return your census form

To the Editor:

We would like to ask anyone who has not yet returned their census form to please do so at your earliest convenience.We still have about 20% of the forms outstanding and we need to finalize the annual street listing very soon.If you cannot locate your form, please contact the Town Clerk at 1-978-369-6155 or by e-mail at and we will send you a new copy.It is vital that we have responses from as many families as possible.The town census count is used to calculate State reimbursements and Cherry Sheet Monies as well as to project future school enrollments.The town benefits when we have the most accurate information.We appreciate your cooperation and would be happy to answer any questions on this matter.

Charlene M. Hinton
Carlisle Town Clerk

Thanks for finding our dog

To the Editor:

We would like to thank the Carlisle Police, Dog Officer Robert Dennison, and the anonymous "horse lady from Lexington" who found our dog on Sunday, running down Route 225, electric fence collar and all.

We're very, very grateful.

Nora O'Donnell
Canterbury Court

Check for workers' insurance

To the Editor:

As a licensed General Contractor and the owner of a small local construction company, I write on behalf of myself and those of us who conduct business legally. My employees work for my company and are on the company payroll. As such, they are provided access to health coverage, receive holiday and vacation pay, and, most importantly, are fully covered by worker's compensation and liability policies. They are not subcontractors to me who carry their own separate and, most often, worthless policies. This protects me and it protects them. It also protects the homeowner who too often simply assumes a tradesman or company is fully insured because a business card, truck lettering, or newspaper ad states so. Sadly, the only time this oft-told lie is discovered is when a worker is injured or a property is damaged, often leaving the homeowner with no alternative but to file a claim with their own insurance company. And it is not out of the question that the homeowner will end up being sued by the injured party.

The insurance of which I speak comes with hefty annual premiums. Although the Commonwealth insists it is cracking down on uninsured contractors, this appears as nothing more than an empty threat even though the subcontracting "smoke and mirrors" insurance deception robs the state of millions of tax dollars annually. Obviously, it also creates an unlevel playing field for those of us who truly play by the rules. I would suggest that homeowners ask tradesmen they consider hiring for both their insurance documents and complete written verification that all workers on the premises will be fully covered. They should also ask to see the proper licenses that are required by law. I would also ask the Mosquito to require the same for those who advertise in their paper that they are "licensed and insured." Those of us who pay the premiums are more than happy to provide this documentation.

Frank Sargent
Lowell Street

Upcoming events concerning global warming

To the Editor:

There is a new nonpartisan group, Carlisle Climate Action (CCA), whose mission is to raise awareness in Carlisle about global warming and encourage reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy conservation by our residents, groups, institutions and town government. CCA would like Carlisle residents to know about two important upcoming events.

Concord-Carlisle Community Education is sponsoring a Global Warming Symposium on March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Concord-Carlisle High School ( Learn about the science and facts behind global warming, and find out how our communities can make a positive difference. The keynote speaker is Marc Breslow, Director of Massachusetts Climate Action Network (

There is also an Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue from Northampton to Boston on March 16 through 24 ( The walk culminates in Copley Square Boston, on March 24 at 2 p.m., with a Climate Rescue Day service and rally to call for comprehensive political action to reduce global warming pollution by 80% by 2050. This will be the largest global warming demonstration in the history of the United States.

Join us, and let's all do our part to ensure a livable community and planet for generations to come. For information about Carlisle Climate Action, contact Bob Luoma (, 1-978-369-1240).

Bob Luoma
Palmer Way

Events planned at animal hospital

To the Editor:

My name is Pat Muise and I came to Carlisle in November 2006 as the practice manager at Carlisle Animal Hospital. I would like to tell you a little about myself and plans for the hospital; then let you know about some of our up-coming events here at the hospital.

I have been involved with animals most of my life, first in the Dog Fancy and currently in the Cat Fancy breeding and showing Siamese cats. I come to Carlisle Animal Hospital with seven years experience both as veterinary technician and practice manager. Previously, I owned a grooming shop. I have also been educated as a nurse and practiced nursing for several years while my children were growing up.

As practice manager here at Carlisle, I am looking to add some equipment which will ultimately improve as well as raise our level of Veterinary Medicine. I am also working on getting our hospital American Animal Hospital Association Accredited, AAHA being the "Gold Standard" in Veterinary Practices.

We are planning an open house to be held here sometime during the summer. We will offer tours of our hospital and a chance to talk to the veterinarian and to our certified veterinary technicians and other guest speakers about your pets. It's sure to be a fun and informative day for all. We have a bulletin board in our reception area which will keep you posted about other events that are planned here at the hospital.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone who has questions or suggestions regarding our hospital or the services we offer, to contact me here at the Carlisle Animal Hospital. I am looking forward to meeting you all.

Pat Muise, practice manager
Carlisle Animal Hospital

Friends of COA say thanks

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Salvation Army and the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging, we would like to thank our friends and neighbors and the good folks at Ferns for contributing to and supporting the Salvation Army kettle located at Ferns Country Store. All money collected in Carlisle is returned to Carlisle by the Salvation Army to support those who may need assistance to pay for fuel, medicine and food. Thanks again for being good neighbors.

Ray Taylor
Hemlock Hill Road

Thanks for a wonderful Valentine's Tea

To the Editor:

The Valentine's snow storm may have postponed the Council on Aging Valentine luncheon and concert, but it surely didn't affect the event's enjoyment. Kathy Mull, Director of the COA, and her helpers hosted a wonderful Valentine's Day Tea and Luncheon at Union Hall which was followed by an amazing concert by Indian Hill musicians Peter Krysa, Joanna Morrison and Ethan Pernela. The concert was generously sponsored by a grant from the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency which is sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

A big "Thank You" to Kathy Mull, her family and Carol Nathan for baking the most delicious desserts; to all the helpers who set up, decorated, brought tea pots, tea cups, beautiful trays, washed dishes or cleaned up; the First Religious Society who shared their valentine decorations, and the use of the china tea cups; to Kay Woodward who shared her vintage valentines and to Becky Konkle and her Junior Scout Troop 2653 for making individual valentines for each of the seniors. Also a BIG "Thank You" to the Carlisle Cultural Council and the talented Indian Hill musicians who made the event so special!

A great time was had by all!

Angela Smith
Outreach Coordinator, Carlisle COA

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito