The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 20, 2007

The tragedy at Virginia Tech

To the Editor:

I'm so incensed about what has happened today! I don't even have kids in the school system, and yet, I feel somewhat like I did with the Katrina project. We must do something! Only this time, it's getting guns off the street! But how? We're not getting to the bottom of the problem.

There are thousands of mixed-up kids in this country, who have seen nothing but hardship. Then, there are those who do not see that their real hardship is something more — a disturbed mind; one that cannot reason.

Mix together: troubled individual, and a gun, and you have the deadliest cocktail of the ages.

People who have no self-love, and deem themselves worthless, want to be front-page news in the worst way, and they do it by taking out our kids, because, that's where they can hurt us the most.

That's their goal. They see no other way out for themselves. They don't merely wish be nominated. They want to win, period!

They are not brave, or even sane enough to face an enemy, or stand up for what they believe is right, or wrong, without the bullying tactic of a loaded weapon in hand.

Then, there's the grand finale. These things usually all end the same. It's so much easier to off yourself, and tumble into your grave like a grinning coward, while leaving millions of grieving people to spend the rest of their lives wondering how such a thing could have happened.

Columbine. Waco. Oklahoma. 9/11. We stumble in shock... weep, and then try to forget, because, in our own flimsy way, and in our desire to move on, that's what we do. We let our guard down. And, when we do, it happens again, and again, and again. When will we ever learn?

"This, too, shall pass" doesn't cut it anymore. We downplay issues, which only sets us up for disaster.

Now, I am not so much incensed, as I am frightened that we sew the seeds that will end this journey for all of us.

Dian Cuccinello
East Street

Spare the bear

To the Editor:

I am writing to plead for the life of the Black Bear that has caused such a commotion in Carlisle. I am past president of New England Wildlife and have worked with Black Bears in the field with Black Bear expert, Lynn Rogers, so I am not writing in a Bambi-hugging spirit but rather as someone who values wildlife and thinks that accommodations can be made on both sides when human and other animals conflict. We all know that there are a lot of factors — loss of habitat, yes, but also people who love birds and continue to put out suet and others who carelessly dispose of their trash. I don't see why a bear must pay with its life for the fact that people fail to avoid the type of behavior that attracts the bear in the first place.

Okay, the bear broke into a barn and reached through a dog door. It is an opportunist, yes, but to draw conclusions that suggest that the bear will now always try to break into barns or through dog doors stretches credulity and is certainly not grounds for destroying it. There are a lot of people in Carlisle and surrounding towns who would feel it a privilege to see a Black Bear and have the brains not to try to attract it or play with it. They feel that a black bear in their environs represents a chance to be in touch with nature and revel in it as our beloved Thoreau was wont to do.

For heaven's sake, use your local newspaper to remind people not to put out suet and to take precautions with their trash and live and let live (an excellent example is the article submitted by the Carlisle Police Department that appeared in the Mosquito on September 15, 2006). Shame on Carlisle and people like Pat Huckery who would use draconian methods in a situation that does not warrant such a response. Some years ago, Mass Wildlife destroyed a moose that was running in the streets of Natick (as I recall). Residents were repelled and angry and the children who witnessed the incident were heartbroken. Let Carlisle set a better example for its citizens.

Virginia Fuller
past president, New England Wildlife

Supports Bill Risso for BOH

To the Editor:

Bill Risso is a jewel and we should re-elect him to the Board of Health in the Town Election May 8. Bill, a civil engineer, has worked tirelessly for the BOH and the School Building Committee (to which he was appointed), providing highly valuable insights and advice. In his work for both bodies, he has been thoughtful and resourceful, researching regulations and presenting solutions to problems. Often, he goes beyond the typical contribution of volunteers; for instance, investigating methods for providing emergency services in town and spending hours at the Wastewater Treatment Facility trying to help solve heating and energy-use problems.

He has been deeply involved in BOH discussions regarding the Coventry Woods housing project, so he is conversant with the ongoing issues at this critical time. He is well-versed in the health and sanitation issues the town faces and he has good ideas about how the town should build and manage facilities. Also, he is willing to continue to serve despite the long hours that town boards demand. Let's keep him on board.

Christy Barbee
Cranberry Hill Lane

Concerned about RecCom positions

To the Editor:

My name is Claire Scheffer. I've worked with the children of Carlisle for more than 20 years. Presently, and for the past 12 years, I've worked for the Carlisle Recreation Department.

I would like you to be aware of a proposal that is currently being considered by the Recreation Commission. This proposal would eliminate the current two co-directors positions and would require the hiring of a "new" full-time director.

It is my opinion that this action would create an environment lacking in overall continuity of programming. If you feel the same way, please attend a Recreation Commission meeting. Meeting dates are posted in the Mosquito.

Claire Scheffer
Chelmsford, Mass.

Intergenerational Poetry Class a great success

To the Editor:

The Carlisle COA in collaboration with the Carlisle Elementary School just completed a six-session intergenerational poetry workshop with nine senior women and nine preschoolers entitled "Mind the Gap: Using Poetry to Bring Generations Together." This workshop was facilitated by Carlisle resident Patti Russo, MS, CPT (Certified Poetry Therapist) and supported by a grant from the National Association of Poetry Therapists. The COA would like to thank several persons who made this wonderful project such a success. First of all our thanks to the pre-school teachers, Michaela Hardimon, Chris Sabella and Cindi Samuels, and Marie Doyle who worked with us in getting this program off the ground and whose support of this project was crucial to its success. Secondly, our many thanks to COA Board Member and participant Nadine Bishop, who was our "retired teacher consultant" for this program.

We would also like to commend the students and seniors who participated in this workshop. Both groups were so enthusiastic and brought so many wonderful ideas to the sessions each week. Last but not least, thanks to Patti Russo, the facilitator whose time, energy and talent made this project such a success. This was truly an intergenerational project that engaged both the students and seniors in a meaningful relationship and hopefully will be the beginning of more collaboration of programs between the Carlisle Schools and the Council on Aging. Thank you all. A good job well done!

Kathy Mull
Director, Carlisle COA

Thanks for making rally a success

To the Editor:

I want to take this opportunity and thank so many of you for your interest and participation in the Carlisle Concerned — Step It Up 2007 Rally of April 14. About 200 residents participated in awareness, education, exhibits, movies, presentations, food and fun. And working with eighth-grade EcoFair students was a wonderful experience I intend to repeat (hoping they will let me).

Along with some 1,400 simultaneous events across the nation, including 120 in Massachusetts, we in Carlisle now know we have the momentum to get Congress to pass serious legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions. If you might be interested in working with us, please do let me know at or 1-978-318-1980.

To see the Carlisle Concerned event reports and pictures (to be used for national publicity) in living color, see

The pictures are awesome; the road has been paved, and our children and their future now have a priority. The local and national follow-through, however, is key.

"The future is not so much to be predicted as to be selected" - Donella Meadows (1941-2001, author of Limits to Growth)

Step It Up Congress! Reduce Carbon 80% by 2050.

Mike Hanauer
Event Coordinator,
Carlisle Climate Action
Long Ridge Road

Choir will perform in Worcester

To the Editor:

On March 31, the Carlisle Middle School Choir received a gold medal at the annual Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) State Music Festival. As a result of their success, the ensemble has been invited to perform in the Stars at Symphony 2007.

Stars at Symphony concerts are a performance opportunity for all the bands, choirs, and orchestras who received a gold medal at the MICCA festivals. There is no adjudication; this is simply a time to perform in a beautiful venue and hear other superior ensembles. Stars at Symphony is held at two different venues, Symphony Hall in Boston on April 21, 2007, 8.30 4:30 p.m. and at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on April 29, from 9 5 p.m. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The Middle School Choir will be performing at Mechanics Hall, in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Sunday, April 29, at 9:40 a.m. We invite everyone to come and support the students and hear many amazing student groups from across the state.

Megan Fitzharris
Carlisle Public School
Choral Director

Old Home Day, June 30 and July 1, seeks donations

To the Editor:

Time does fly by in spite of the rain and snow. Hard to believe but just 70 days from today we'll celebrate Old Home Day again...providing of course that you haven't forgotten to send in your donation. Please help as best you can. As always, we need to know as soon as possible what we'll have to work with to make this happen.

We're still the only Old Home Day left in New England that is people-powered and that's a blessing for us as everything else seems to add to our taxes. Everything, that is, except your Old Home Day!

Help us keep it that way and do what you can for us. Send any amount to OHD, 90 Page Brook Road, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Thanks again and again. See you June 30 and July 1.

Dave and Florence Reed
Page Brook Road

Recreation Commission seeks local pools for summer classes

To the Editor:

Since the 1960s, Carlisle Recreation has run a summer swim program for the purpose of teaching children to swim and be safe around the water using residential swimming pools in Carlisle. The Carlisle Swim Program is only possible when town residential pool owners donate the use of their pools to the program for two to six weeks in the summer. This year the program will run from July 2 through Aug 10. Generally, three to four pools are needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday thru Friday. If you have a pool that can be used for swim lessons, please call the Recreation Department at 1-978-369-9815 or send an e-mail to We look forward to continuing this program in Carlisle.

Cindy Nock and Jan Deyoe
Carlisle Recreation Co-Directors

Thanks to the DPW

To the Editor:

Thanks and continued admiration to the Department of Public Works for the speed with which our roads are cleared. Several roads in our neighborhood were impassable because of branches blown down during the recent windstorm. These branches were quickly dispatched. In other cases, motorists and homeowners had stopped to swing branches to the side of the roads. Even these were sawed and hauled away as quickly as midmorning.

Madeleine Prendergast
Stearns Street

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito