The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 13, 2007

Council on Aging doings

· April luncheon: Join the COA on April 19 at Union Hall for lunch followed by a short discussion by Madonna McKenzie on Town Meeting and the override. This will be followed by a talk on preventing fraud, given by the Better Business Bureau. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by April 16. A $2 donation is appreciated. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Let us know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation.

· CCHS spring social for seniors: The CCHS sophomore class is hosting an afternoon of fun, food and door prizes on April 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the CCHS cafeteria. Music of the '40s and '50s will be provided by a DJ, and a line dance instructor will teach simple routines. Call the van line if you need a ride. For more information, call Tricia Reed at 1-978-369-0135.

· CSC senior tea: Mark your calendar to attend a tea given by the Carlisle Student Council on May 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School.

· Annual health fair: The Board of Health, Emerson Home Care and the COA will sponsor a health fair on May 5 in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Staff from Emerson Hospital will do free cholesterol testing (12-hour fast required), diabetes screening (fasting preferred), prostate antigen (PSA), thyroid and blood pressure for residents 18 and over. Testing results are confidential and are mailed to each resident. For more information, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0282.

· Podiatry clinic: Dr. Aileen Gregorian, DPM, will be at the Sleeper Room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 8. She will also make home visits that day if needed. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment. A fee of $15 (check made out to Friends of Carlisle COA or cash) is required. The Timothy Wheeler House of Concord Fund and the Friends of Carlisle COA are funding the remainder of the fee. The clinic will be held every other month on the second Tuesday of the month.

CCHS baseball spring cleanup day May 12

On Saturday, May 12, (raindate is Sunday, May 13) Concord-Carlisle High School baseball players will rake, plant bulbs, spread mulch and perform light yard work for residents of Concord and Carlisle. Players will supply rakes, blowers and shovels, as needed (no ladders or heavy machinery). The fee is $10 per player per hour (minimum of two players for three hours each). All proceeds will benefit the CCHS baseball program. Call Karen Sabatino at 1-978-287-4704 to reserve your hard working crew.

Woodcock walk April 14

Join Carlisle birders D'Ann and Tom Brownrigg on a trip to Foss Farm on April 14 to observe American Woodcocks on their breeding grounds and see the males perform spectacular flight displays. Meet at Foss Farm parking lot at 7:30 p.m. Bring binoculars if you have them. In the event of rain, the walk will be on April 15 at the same time.

Contact the Brownriggs at 1-978-369-5609 or with questions.

Historical Society open house on April 15

Heald House, home of the Carlisle Historical Society at 698 Concord Street, will hold an open house on Sunday, April 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to tour the historical collections, meet friends and neighbors and tour the barn with its brand-new look and refurbished rooms.

Many items of interest include a Highland School desk, 18th-century samplers made by Carlisle girls and Civil War memorabilia. Children who attend can play with 19th-century games and toys in the barn, while the adults tour the house. Admission is free and all are welcome.

April 14 Step It Up rally schedule

Come to the Town Common on April 14 for Carlisle Concerned Step It Up rally to learn more about greenhouse gases and global warming and show your concern. If weather is inclement, events will be in Union Hall, in the First Religious Society.

10 a.m.: Welcome talk and salutation

10:07 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Table displays, exhibits, films and demonstrations by Carlisle Climate Action and Carlisle students

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Presentation on global warming by Douglas Plante

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m: Refreshments by Dian Cuccinello available

11:30 a.m.: Talk by State Senator Susan Fargo

Noon: Talk by Mike Hanauer of Carlisle Climate Action

12:05 p.m.: Talk on climate change by Bob Luoma

12:15 p.m.: Talk by Selectman Chair Doug Stevenson

12:25 p.m.: Talk by Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle

12:35 p.m.: Talk by CCHS student Dixie Morrison

12:45 p.m.: Talk by Kathy Marsh and Carlisle students

1:10 p.m.: Group picture for national publicity.

Exhibits will be up until closing at 2 p.m.The Carlisle Climate Action table will have free literature on ways to save energy, energy calculators, pens and energy-saving light bulbs.

Carlisle Recreation programs

It is time to sign up for spring and summer programs. Online registration can be found at Click on Recreation. Just added is a Carlisle Recreation/Leading Edge Lacrosse program for girls and boys offered June 26 to 29 for ages four through 15.

Tennis lessons for this spring are filling up fast. Get in on the programs by checking the web site for availability.

Potluckandcontra dance tonight

There will be acontra dancetonight, April 13,inUnion Hall at the First Religious Society. A potluck supper will precede the dance at 6:30 p.m.; dancing begins at8 p.m. Sue Rosen will call the dances and music will be provided bythe Carlisle Band and friends.A $5-per-person admission will be collected during intermission.All dances will be taught. Beginners and singles welcome. For more information, call 1-978-369-1661.

Thoreau parlor talks begin April 15

Led by Thoreau scholar Tom Blanding, a series of talks on Henry David Thoreau will begin on April 15 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the home of Uschi Schueller at 60 Hartwell Road. Other talks in the series will be held on April 29, May 6, May 20, June 3 and June 10. The fee is $19 per session or $100 for the whole series. Seating is limited. For reservations and information, call 1-978-369-1684.

LWV Candidates Forum April 22

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle (LWVCC) is sponsoring a Candidates Forum on Sunday, April 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. All 13 individuals running for positions in the upcoming elections are invited to participate. Get to know the candidates and hear how they respond to questions posed by the LWVCC moderator as well as questions submitted by fellow townspeople. Remember, both Board of Health and School Committee are contested races this election. All questions must be written and may be submitted to the moderator prior to the start and throughout the event. The session will be taped for CCTV and rebroadcast prior to the May 8 election.

Motorcycle awareness April 16 to 30

The sign in front of the the police station, "Check Twice-Save a Life, Motorcycles are Everywhere," reminds residents of the third observance of a state period to promote motorcycle safety and awareness. April 16 to 30 is the designated period of observance. Statistics indicate that the program has been successful. The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA), a non-profit group promoting motorcycle safety says that in 2002 there were 135, 266 motorcycles registered in the state and 55 casualties involving motorcycles; In 2006, casualties throughout the state were only 48, a 17% decrease.

Town Meeting child care plan takes shape

Parents of pre- and school-age children are advised of a new plan with a variety of approaches to help them participate in Town Meeting by providing child care for their children. Carlisle Kids House is providing free care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Children may relax, do homework, watch a movie, or read before settling down with their sleeping bags and pillows.

A list of babysitters who can sit on the night(s) of Town Meeting will be available to all parents. Typical babysitting fees will apply in this case. The Corey Dining Room will be pressed into service as children's retreat. Town Meeting sound will be piped into the room, where parents would bring and supervise their own children while participating in the meeting. Preschoolers and toddlers may be cared for at private households with assistance from seventh-grade Girl Scouts. Donations to the Scout troop will be requested.

If you are able to offer your services or your home for any of these options, or you have questions about the child care plans, contact organizer Nancy Szczesniak at, 1-978-369-6194 or 1-978-337-6841. To arrange service for your children at Carlisle Kids House, contact Karen Tang at or 1-978-369-5558.

The Old Manse spring activities

April 13 marks the beginning of The Old Manse's 2007 tour season at 269 Monument Street in Concord. Visitors learn about the Manse's role in the American Revolution and about how it inspired both Emerson and Hawthorne, who lived and wrote here.

On April 16, come celebrate the original Patriots of New England. Purchase refreshments at the Manse's early morning sales tent next to the Patriot's Day parade route. Enjoy tours of the house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour by 4:30 p.m.). On the evening of Patriot's Day, a backdrop of 500 luminarias will set the stage for the sixth Annual "Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony." This free program will be held by the North Bridge at 7:30 p.m. Participants should bring their flashlights and voices.

Check for continual event updates or call 1-978-369-3909.

Join the COA Quebec trip now

The Council on Aging (COA) will be traveling to Quebec on May 14 for a four-day tour of one of Canada's most scenic areas. The tour includes luxury accommodations, six full-course meals, guided sightseeing and much more. Obtain a reservation form right away at the COA offfice in Town Hall or contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023.

Parenting talk April 30

Siblings Gina Gallagher and Patty Konjoian, authors of Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid! visit Carlisle on April 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hollis Room at Gleason Public Library to share lighthearted stories about parenting and children. These authors and mothers emphasize and celebrate the strengths of children with disabilities and their families. Sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, the talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information about the speakers and book visit or

Earth Day fun April 28

Free earth-friendly activities for children are happening on April 28 at St. Matthew's Church in Acton from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come make a puppet, crawl through cardboard playhouses, and roll, jump, and bounce on a wall of mattresses.

CCTV Channels 8 and 9

Program note: Town Meeting is fast approaching and CCTV is looking for a few good volunteers to help broadcast the Carlisle meetings on April 30 and May 1. Call CCTV at 1-978-369-5038 for more details. You may still vote from behind the cameras.

Channel 8 CCHS Sports

Girls Hockey: April 14 at noon, 1:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; April 17 at 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball: April 14 at 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. 5 p.m., 11 p.m., April 16 at 9 p.m.

CCHS Music

Choral Concert, April 13 at 9:32 p.m.; April 14 at 7:15 p.m.; April 18 at 7:30 a.m.

WWI Series With Elliot Lilien part 6

April 16, 11 a.m.; April 17 at 1 p.m.; April 18 at 5 p.m.; April 19 at 8 p.m.


Carlisle Writer's Spotlight with Tracy McArdle: April 17 at 2 p.m.

Author's Outlet with Elliot Lilien: April 18 at 4 p.m.

Carlisle School Association: '07-'08 Budget Proposal

April 14 at 9 a.m.; April 16 at 10:30 a.m., April 19 at 3 p.m.; April 20 at 7 p.m.; April 21 at 11 a.m.; April 23 at 6 p.m.; April 24 at noon; April 26 at 6:30 p.m.; April 27 at 3 p.m.; April 28 at 5 p.m.

Channel 9

Board of Selectmen: April 14, noon; April 15, 4 p.m.; April 16, noon; April 17, 7 p.m.; April 18, 4 p.m.; April 19, noon

Zoning Board of Appeals: April 13, noon; April 14, 4 p.m.; April 15, 8 p.m.; April 17, 8 a.m.

School Committee: April 16, 8 a.m.; April 18, 8 p.m.; April 19, 8 a.m.

Henry the Juggler April 18

Henry the Juggler will present his hilarious show on Wednesday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Children K and up will delight in this amusing and active performance co-sponsored by the Carlisle Cultural Council and the Gleason Public Library. For more information on this and other library programs visit

Family fun nights begin at Discovery Museums April 13

The Discovery Museums will be open on special Friday evenings for families and friends who might not be able to attend during regular hours. The first family fun night will take place on Friday, April 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The evening will feature a presentation by Abitibi Paper Retriever representative on paper recycling and music by Brazilian musician Ricardo Frota. Bring something from home to recycle and build a sculpture with it at the museum.

Go Crazy for You May 2

Join the Carlisle senior citizens for Crazy for You at North Shore Music Theatre on May 2. Space is limited. The first 13 get to ride on the Carlisle van; others will have to carpool.Lunch is on your own at the Sylvan Street Grille and the play is $45 for inner circle seats. Call Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 to reserve your space. Checks should be made out to the Friends of Carlisle COA and mailed to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane Carlisle, MA 01741.

CPC to host spring celebration

Families with children ages zero to five are invited to join the Carlisle Parents Connection (CPC) at its annual spring celebration on Sunday, April 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Diment Park (rain location is Union Hall). Children can decorate a flower pot for Mother's Day, enjoy a magic show performed by Steve Thomas at 2:30 p.m., and join in a treasure hunt for eggs at 3:15 p.m. The cost is $5 per family. Any questions, please contact Ali Walsh at

Mary Cassatt program in Acton April 29

Actress, author, director and producer Robin Lane portrays nineteenth-century artist Mary Cassatt in "Mary Cassatt and the Impressionists," on April 29 at 4 p.m. at St Matthew's Methodist Church, 435 Central Street, Acton. Seating is limited, and $15 tickets may be purchased with cash or check at Roche Brothers in Acton, or by mailing a check, payable to Acton Woman's Club, to P.O. Box 2253, Acton, MA 01720, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope. For more information, call 1-978-263-4989. Proceeds will help maintain the Club's National Register home at 504 Main Street in Acton Center.

New play at MRT April 26

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) presents Secret Order, a thrilling tale about medical ethics, power and money.Performances are April 26 to May 20. Previews begin April 26. Opening night is April 29 at 7 p.m. Additional performances will be held through May 20. For more information and tickets, call 1-978-654-4MRT or visit

Jewelry-making for tweens and teens April 19

Local high school student Helen Titchener will lead a jewelry-making workshop at the Concord Free Public Library on April 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This is a repeat of a popular workshop for young adults age 12 years and up. Teens will make a bracelet under Helen's

direction. Registration is required for this free program. For more information or to register, call 1-978-318-3358.

Program for caregivers May 24

Minuteman Senior Services presents "Compassion Fatigue to Compassionate Energy: a Challenge for Caregivers," with The Reverend Kathleen Rusnak, Ph.D., on Thursday, May 24 at 8:30 a.m.

Compassion fatigue can be a normal outcome of caring for families over a long period of time. Dr. Rusnak will discuss how compassion fatigue can be transformed into compassion-energized care. Mindfulness, attitude and hospitality will be discussed and illustrated as life-giving practices that possess transformative powers.

Continental breakfast and networking begin at 8:30 a.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Wheeler Road, Burlington. The presentation begins at 9:30 a.m. The $20 fee includes 2 CEUs or contact hours. Space is limited and pre-registration is required at 1-781-221-7033, or

Concord Women's Chorus concert April 29

The Concord Women's Chorus presents "How Can I Keep from Singing?' featuring the music of Battista Pergolesi, R. Vaughan Williams, Valerie Shields, Kirke Mechem and Gwyneth Walker on Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m. at the West Concord Union Church 1317 Main Street, West Concord. Tickets, at $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, are available from any chorus member, at Brooks Pharmacy in Concord, or by calling 1-978-369-7718 or 1-978-369-3369. Tickets will also be available at the door. Carlisle singers in the Concord Women's Chorus are Wendy Davis, Cynthia Nunan, Cynthia Sorn, Priscilla Stevens and Penny Zezima.

Dinner/dance tickets on sale April 28

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will be selling tickets on April 28 between 8 a.m. and noon at the Transfer Station and Ferns for both the dinner/dance and the raffle. Even if you cannnot make it to the dinner/dance on May 5, you can still buy a raffle ticket or two. Take a chance and pick up your tickets on April 28.

Authors of new book will speak at GPL May 7

A new book celebrates an old Cambridge legend: the Window Shop on Brattle Street. Founded in 1939 by three Harvard faculty wives who wanted to help the refugees arriving in the Boston area from Germany and Austria, the Window Shop began as a thrift shop and evolved into a restaurant/bakery, a gift shop and a social services agency. Over its lifetime, the Window Shop became a Cambridge tradition that has never been replicated.

Carlisle's Ellen Miller wrote The Window Shop: Safe Harbor for Refugees with the help of Ilse Heyman, a Holocaust survivor who worked at the Window Shop for 25 years, and Dorothy Dahl, who served as board president for several years. The three authors will speak at the Gleason Library and sign books on Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. This author talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. The book's web site is

In the 1940s the Window Shop offered much-needed employment to Austrian and German women who had never worked outside the home. They had come to America with their families and with very little money. Their husbands — businessmen, doctors, and lawyers — had to be retrained before they could work here. The women, who were Jewish, staffed and managed the Window Shop; the board, mostly non-Jewish faculty wives from Harvard and MIT, worked alongside them. Together these women, who were culturally worlds apart, built a unique organization that for 32 years helped thousands of refugees from many countries gain a foothold in America by providing employment, scholarships and support. The Window Shop closed its doors in 1972, but its spirit continues to inspire those who work with immigrant groups today.

The Window Shop: Safe Harbor for Refugees is drawn from oral histories in the archives of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University and recent interviews with former employees and board members. The women tell their own stories — from accounts of survival after the Holocaust, to the challenges of starting a new life in a strange land, to the supportive community of the small shop on Brattle Street. "We were like family," said one 93-year-old former supervisor. Her husband had been a judge in Germany; he found temporary employment by typing out menus for the Window Shop restaurant.

Hazardous Waste Day Collection

on April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon

The Annual Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. The collection is sponsored by the Board of Health and paid out of Transfer Station sticker fees. Clean Harbors will conduct the collection, which is free to residents who have a valid transfer station sticker.

What to bring: Oil based paints, stains, thinners and strippers, solvents and varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, pesticides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.

What not to bring: No latex paint. If you bring latex paint to the collection, you will have to bring it back home. These paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter or newspaper will accelerate the process. Smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials.

CRT recycling: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.

Batteries: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, Alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the Transfer Station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.

Swap table: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9-11. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.

Mercury: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the Transfer Station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap. The board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of mercury-containing products being replaced.

Safety: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides, household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block the entrance to the Transfer Station.

The collection, which begins at 9 a.m., will close promptly at noon. Cars must be in line before noon. Once the hazardous waste containers are sealed, they cannot be opened for latecomers.

Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283. Community Service points will be provided to interested high school students. If you have any questions about what you are bringing contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

Safety tips for open burning season

Open burning season started January 15 and will end on May 1. All landowners must register with the Fire Department before a permit can be issued for the day. Residents must go to the communications center at the Police Station, 41 Lowell Street, to register. Once registered, landowners must still call, 1-978-369-1442, on each day burning is planned, to obtain a permit. If you have already registered, you do not have to register again. Registration is only required once. It is important to understand that you must still call for a permit. Weather conditions can change rapidly, especially in the spring, and the Fire Department will determine on a daily basis when it is safe to conduct open burning. If winds kick up or other atmospheric conditions change suddenly, making it unsafe to burn, permits can be rescinded. The Fire Department may also limit the number of permits issued for a particular day.

The open burning must be at least 75 feet from all buildings and must be conducted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and must take place on land closest to the source of material to be burned, according to Department of Environmental Protection regulations (310 CMR DEP 7.07 ).

Burning, with a permit for the following, is allowed:

· Brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris from other than commercial or industrial land clearing operations

· Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture such as fruit tree prunings, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, and infected bee hives for disease control

· Trees and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing

· Fungus-infected elm wood, if no other acceptable means of disposal is available

Burning of the following materials is prohibited statewide:

· Brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial and/or industrial land- clearing operations

· Grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and tires.

· Construction material and debris.

How to safely ignite the fire

An adult must always be present during open burning and children and pets should be kept a safe distance away.

Use paper and kindling to start the fire and add progressively larger pieces of wood. Parts of a leftover Christmas tree may also be used.

Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start a fire because the risk of personal injury is high.

Burn one small pile at a time and slowly add to it. This will keep the fire from getting out of control.

Select a location away from utility lines.

Fire must be attended until extinguished

While the fire is burning, an adult must attend the fire until it is completely extinguished.

Have fire control tools on hand

Have fire extinguishment materials on hand including a water supply, shovels and rakes. The water supply could be a pressurized-water fire extinguisher, a pump can or garden hose and be sure to test it out before igniting the fire. You do not want to find out the water is still shut off at the house faucet or that the hose is cracked when you need it the most.

Watch the wind: be prepared to extinguish all open burning fires

Be prepared to extinguish your fire if the wind picks up or weather changes. Use common sense and don't wait for the Fire Department to contact you that it has become unsafe to burn. Sudden wind change is how most open burning gets out of control.

Don't delay a call for help

If for some reason, the fire should get out of control, call the Fire Department immediately. Dial 911. Use the utmost caution to prevent injury to yourself or family members or any damage by fire to your home.

People conducting illegal burning, or who allow a fire to get out of control, may be held liable for costs of extinguishing the fire, fined or even imprisoned (MGL C48 S13).

Prevent wildfires by burning during wet, snowy conditions

Prevent permit fires from becoming wildfires by burning early in the season. Wet and snowy winter conditions hinder the rapid spread of fire on or under ground. Weather conditions and increased fire danger may lead to many days when burning cannot be allowed to take place.

Alternatives to open burning

Open burning releases large amounts of carbon dioxide, other gases and solid substances directly into the air, which can contribute to respiratory problems. Disposal of natural materials is never as good for the environment as using them again in a different form. Tree limbs, brush, and other forestry debris can be chipped or composted into landscape material. Many landscape contractors offer this service.

Emerson Hospital offers AARP Driver Safety Program

The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered at Emerson Hospital on Tuesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 3 (two-day, eight-hour course).Presented by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and sponsored by Emerson Hospital, the classroom refresher course focuses on compensating for physiological changes that can affect the perceptual skills of drivers over 55 years of age. The course will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 1 and May 3, with a noon lunch both days.The cost of the course is $10 to cover supplies. Lunch will be provided at no charge each day.The AARP Safe Driving Program is limited to 30 people, and registration is required.For more information or to make a reservation, call Jan Quinty at Emerson Hospital at 1-978-287-3085.

Carlisle reminders:

1. License your dogs at Town Hall.

2. Hand in your census forms at Town Hall.

3. Pick up your Transfer Station

stickers at the Police Station.

4. Go to Town Meeting

at Carlisle Public School

on April 30.

Seasonal programs at Drumlin Farm

A sure harbinger of spring at Drumlin Farm is the arrival of new lambs and goat kids. Ten cuddly newborns (five lambs and five kids) have already arrived, and more are on the way. Children will be eager to head down to our quaint farmyard to catch a glimpse of the babies and their mothers in the sheep and goat barn.

There will be special programs for children pre-K through sixth grade during April vacation week (April 16 to 20). Care for the farm animals, or go ponding for wetland creatures — there is something for everyone.

Holistic Health Counselor Kathleen Lynch will teach participants how to put together well-rounded meals with healthy new recipes at "Mealtime Favorites Using Fresh Produce," and Certified Raw Food Chef Adrienne Martin will use fresh produce from Drumlin Farm in new, delicious and nutritious ways at "Beyond Salad." Families and children can find out why local and sustainable produce is important and even plant in our garden at "Where Does Our Food Come From" and learn gardening skills with "A Family Garden."

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 208 South Great Road (Route 117) in Lincoln. For more information, call 1-781-259-2200 or visit

Nature walk with AAI April 30

Like to walk in the woods?Come explore Concord's public lands with Animals As Intermediaries (AAI), a Concord non-profit organization that brings nature programs to underserved people in institutional settings.Open to the public and guided by AAI staff and volunteers, these monthly outings explore the beauty and richness of local habitats.This is a great way to learn about nature, rejuvenate, get outside, and meet new friends. AAI's monthly nature walks are free and open to all; our next outing is on Monday, April 30 at 10:30 a.m. Meet at Animals as Intermediaries, located in the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts at 40 Stow Street. For more information or to reserve, contact Animals as Intermediaries at 1-978-369-2585 or Sophie Wadsworth at

Tree, shrub and perennial sale April 27

The Middlesex Conservation District will hold its annual tree, shrub and perennial sale on Friday, April 27, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at the 4H Fairgrounds on South Chelmsford Road in Westford. All items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, but may be pre-ordered at or 1-978-692-9395.

Clean out your bird nest boxes

Do you have bluebird nest boxes on your property? If so, now is a good time to clean out old nest material and evict any white-footed mice that may have taken up residence over the winter. Bluebirds start nesting soon. They will generally not use boxes that are filled with stuff from previous years, and will not do the cleaning themselves. If you have seen paper wasps building their nests on the inside of the boxes, you can discourage them by rubbing soap or wax on the upper inside surface of the roof. House Sparrows will also use the boxes, but their nests and eggs can be legally removed since they are not a native species. You will need to be persistent in your efforts.

Submitted by Tom & D'Ann Brownrigg

Emerson Hospital holds 5K run-walk for cancer on June 10

Emerson Hospital will hold its annual 5K run-walk for cancer on June 10 starting at the Concord Health Care Center at the corner of Route 2 across from Emerson at 10 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary and proceeds benefit the Bethke Cancer Center at Emerson.

Runner and walker registration will be $20 per person (children under 12 free). T-shirts are available on the day of the run-walk or they can be picked up prior to the event. Registration forms for the walk can be found on the Emerson Hospital web site or by contacting Leah White at 1-978-287-3084.

Sign up now for "Who done it?" night

Calling all fifth- through eighth- graders who like to solve mysteries: the Friends of Gleason Public Library are holding a mysterious evening event for inquisitive middle-schoolers on May 11 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Participants will play a character as they determine "who done it." Register at the Gleason Public Library Reference Desk before May 4 and receive a secret surprise. Signups are now underway. Space is limited. Parents can sign up to help too.

Parenting program begins April 24

Learn how to reduce conflict and generate good will among all your children. When? Two Tuesdays: April 24 and May 1, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Where? Ripley Conference Room 1, 120 Meriam Road, Concord. Fee: $25. Pre-register at or 1-978-202-1146.

Learning strategies program May 3

Parents: Save the date. On May 3, from 7 to 8 p.m., you are cordially invited to attend a free evening presentation at the Gleason Library entitled, "Helping Homework Work at Home". Offered by Learning Strategies Unlimited, common homework issues of organization and motivation across the grades will be presented as well as solutions for home management.

Opportunities abound at the COA

The Council on Aging (COA) volunteer application is included in this month's town-wide mailing of the Senior Connection newsletter. There are a variety of opportunities if you have an hour once a week, once a month or even once a year. If there are other things you would like to do for our seniors, feel free to write them in. Drop your volunteer application off at the COA office in Town Hall or mail it in. The COA will contact you when it needs a volunteer to help with the items you selected.

FinCom needs members

The Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee are seeking qualified applicants to fill vacancies on the Finance Committee (FinCom). The Finance Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Town on all fiscal questions. A background in finance is encouraged, but not required. If you would like to be involved in town government as a member of the Finance Committee, send a letter and a brief resumé to the office of the Board of Selectmen at Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

FLUTTERING AND DANCING IN THE BREEZE is one of Carlisle's first daffodils this spring. (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)

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