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Friday, June 22, 2007

Intergenerational "Learn-to-Knit Night" June 25

Knitting in Service, a multi-age, multi-faith group will kick off their second year-round knitting project on June 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society (FRS). Join the monthly group and/or knit (or crochet) at home on your own year-round for those in need. Peer knitting instructions and support will be available at meetings. Feel free to bring friends; all ages welcome. Refreshments will be served. Join us in our current work on three easy-to-knit projects:

· Scarves and hats for Boston's homeless through Common Cathedral, given as Christmas presents, to be turned in December 1.

· Slippers for Boston's homeless women at Women's Lunch Place, given monthly for birthday presents, to be turned in several times a year.

· Newborn baby hats to dramatically improve survival rate in impoverished Africa.

Patterns are available or use your favorites. Bring your own needles and yarn. Clean out your closets of any extra yarn or extra needles for donation and bring them on June 25 or call FRS at 1-978-369-5180 or e-mail to arrange drop-off at FRS or pick-up if needed.

Free admission to DeCordova for Carlisle this weekend

Due to the generosity of the Carlisle Cultural Council, residents of Carlisle will receive free admission and other discounts when they visit the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park on the weekend of June 23 and 24.

During these Carlisle Town Days at DeCordova, all Carlisle residents will receive: free admission to DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, 5 to10% discounts at the store and café at DeCordova, discount on an annual membership if you sign up this weekend. Residents must show proof of residency, such as a driver's license, at DeCordova's visitor's station.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., residents can explore the sculpture park with a museum guide. On Sunday, a tour of sculpture park will be held at 1 p.m. and immediately following, at 2 p.m., a tour of the main galleries will be given by a museum guide. These events are free to Carlisle residents on June 23 and 24.

Carlisle Town Days are supported in part by the Carlisle Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Meet Niki Tsongas June 24

Karen Rigg and Cynthia Schweppe invite you to meet Niki Tsongas, Democratic candidate for Congress in the Fifth Congressional District, on Sunday, June 24, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rigg home, 262 South Street. Refreshments suitable to the weather will be served. RSVP to either Cynthia Schweppe, 1-978-369-5738 or Karen Rigg, 1-978-369-0277.

Eagle Scout Court of Honor June 24

On Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium, Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 will hold an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for its newest Eagle Scouts: Oliver Bojanic, Basil Bourque, Evan Carpenito, Timothy Galligan, Peter Stone and David Tobin.Members of the community and fellow Eagle Scouts are invited to attend as these young men receive the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor.

COA doings

· June luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, June 28 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall for lunch followed by a slide show by Ray Taylor about his visits to the Berner Oberland mountain hiking area of Switzerland. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by June 25. A donation of at least $2 is suggested. 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.

· Summer fitness classes: Classes start on Tuesday, July 10, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall and meet once a week all summer. The fee is $30 for the summer. Bring your check, payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA, who sponsor this program. No mat is needed; if you have hand weights, bring them.

· Mystery van trip and lunch: On July 11 and August 22, join the COA for a day trip and lunch with one of our friendly van drivers. Call Carol Nathan at 1-978-371-6690 at least 48 hours in advance if you are interested. Only 12 seats are available. The cost is $10. Lunch is on your own.

· Spinners baseball game: Join the COA on Friday, July 13, to see the Lowell Spinners play ball. The cost is $7.50 per person for premium box seats for the first 12 people calling 1-978-371-2895 before July 9. The game starts at 6 p.m. and the van leaves Village Court and Town Hall starting at 4:30 p.m.

· Tour of Carlisle Historical Society plus lunch: Join the COA for a guided tour of the Carlisle Historical Society Heald House on Thursday, July 19. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a box lunch.

Basketball clinic sign-up

There will be a basketball clinic this summer at Concord-Carlisle High School, August 6 to 10, for girls entering grades three through nine. Joe Bodenrader, the CCHS varsity girls basketball coach, is running the clinic. Sign up through the Concord Recreation Department.

Seeking Toastmasters

If you want to brush up your public- speaking skills, join the Alcott chapter of the Concord Toastmasters. All levels welcome; this is an inexpensive and fun way to become more comfortable speaking to groups and to polish your presentational skills.

Meetings are on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at 7 p.m. in the Concord Public Library. Next scheduled meeting is June 25.

For more information, e-mail and a group member will get back to you.

Harry Potter writing contest at GPL

Write your own ending to the final Harry Potter book. Gleason Public Library invites all Harry Potter fans to submit their predictions in writing for the final 250 to 500 words that end the final book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. What do you think will happen? Submissions begin July 2 and the deadline is Friday, July 13. Entries, which must be 250 to 500 words, will be judged by a panel of Mosquito editors and librarians in several categories and by age group, including children and young adults up to grade 12 and adults. Prizes for the best entries will be awarded at the Harry Potter party or mailed to participants and announced in the Mosquito. Stop by or contact the library at 1-978-369-4898 for details, and watch the Mosquito for further owls (news).

Hogwarts comes to Carlisle one last time

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Carlisle-style, will hold its final party at Gleason Public Library on July 20—21, culminating in the distribution of the last book in the popular Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling at one second after midnight. This is your last opportunity to visit Diagon Alley, participate in transmogrification and magic, try Bertie Botts' many-flavored beans and other foods of the wizarding world, win prizes and enjoy surprises at a great Harry Potter party. The event, for grades five through eight, will begin at 9 p.m. on July 20. Your child's ticket of entrance is your advance book purchase and registration at the library. Registration begins on July 2. More information to come. Check out other great programs at

David Polansky to perform June 27

As part of the Gleason Public Library's Summer Reading Program, children going into grades K-6 are invited to "Catch the Beat" with award winning composer David Polansky. Expect singing, dancing and a great deal of action as David performs a variety of original songs in a fun-filled program that encourages audience participation.

Come to Union Hall on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 p.m. for this catchy performance. This program is supported by a grant from the Carlisle cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural council, a state agency. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Last call for books, volunteers needed

The Friends of Gleason Public Library will gladly accept your gently used books, CDs, DVDs and videotapes (no magazines, encyclopedias or textbooks) for their annual Used Book Sale happening on Old Home Day June 30 (rain date July 1). Monday, June 25 is the last day for book drop offs at the library.

Volunteers are needed for the day of sale. Community service hours awarded to eighth graders and high school students. To volunteer, contact Seema Peterson, 1-978-369-3288 / or Kathleen Ryder, 1-978-369-3801 /

Summer Reading Program for adults

Summer Reading is for everyone in 2007. The Gleason Public Library is asking Carlisle's many readers to track what is read for six weeks starting June 25 through August 3. Think about it. Reading for leisure, for work, maybe even track the books on tape or online articles read. Keep a running log and submit the total pages week by week at the library. Challenge family members, colleagues, or the librarians to see how much is read. Offer recommendations for books you do or don't like and learn what others find worthwhile. As an extra incentive to encourage participation and as challenge to Carlisle's readers the Friends and Trustees of the Library will donate to the Read and Feed program, but it takes all of us to make this happen. Read and learn. Read and relax. More information will be posted at and available at the library.

Check out eBooks through Gleason Library

The Gleason Library has books available to read online or download from home or any location. Users can access electronic books (eBooks) through NetLibrary. From, click on the link to "Research Databases" on the right, and then follow the first link on that page to "Main databases." Scroll down to the NetLibrary link, found under "eBooks", and follow the "From home" link. Any library card number can be used to log in (this database is available to all Massachusetts residents thanks to state funding through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.)

The first option NetLibrary offers is to search the full text of all books. From the pull-down menu next to the search box, there are options to search for books by keyword, author, title or subject. Users can also browse an alphabetical list of all books by selecting the link to eBooks in the green box on the right side of the page, titled "In Our Collection."

Over 3000 books are available, from classic works of literature to current nonfiction. There are technical guides, travel books, literary criticism and other works on a wide range of subjects and levels. Click on "View this eBook" to go straight to a book, or "Show Details" for more information. On the information page, select the book's subject

or author to find related books.

NetLibrary also offers users the option of creating a free personal account for their site. This is not required to view eBooks, but it offers extra features, including the ability to make and save notes on specific pages of books.

Other materials, including audiobooks and newspapers, are also available online. Ask a librarian for more information or for a demonstration of any of our electronic databases. Visit online or call 1-978-369-4898 for more information.

FinCom needs two members this year

The Finance Committee (FinCom) needs new members, two this year. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested, contact FinCom Chair David Model at 1-978-287-4254 or

Habitat for Humanity Open House

On Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m., Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell will dedicate its 19th and 20th homes, at 26 and 32 Governors Drive in Reading. Carlisle residents are invited to celebrate with the Habitat partner families, who have been working on their houses alongside volunteers since last summer.

As the project nears completion, Lowell Habitat Board president Bill Mersch says, "In addition to the Town of Reading, we want to thank the folks in all the towns that Lowell Habitat serves, including Carlisle, because our construction and committee volunteers, the churches that support our work, the people who give money for building materials, and the businesses that pitch in — they come together from all over to make Habitat's vision a reality."

After the dedication ceremony, the families will offer tours of the houses.

Since it was founded in 1991, Lowell Habitat has built or rehabbed houses in Lowell, Billerica, Concord, Westford and Reading. Soon, Lowell Habitat volunteers will build and rehab homes for eight families on North Road in Bedford. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity,the communities it serves and volunteer opportunities, visit the web site at

Old Home Day June 30, July 1 32nd Annual Carlisle Road Races

Following past tradition, the Carlisle Road Races will be one of the opening events on Old Home Day on Saturday, June 30. Race details can be found on the entry blanks, which are available at the Gleason Library, Carlisle Post Office and Ferns Country Store, or electronically via the Old Home Day Web site ( The only official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents and town employees —no friends and visiting relatives. Pre-race entries must be signed and mailed to the race directors postmarked no later than June 27 or hand-delivered by June 29. Pre-entry fees are $6 adults, $3 youth (19 & under) for each race. Race day entries will be $8 adults, $5 youth. Ferns once again will be providing refreshments for the runners.

Course records are 25:58 (Tim Harte-'91) and 31:51 (Kim Ratcliffe-'96) in the five-mile race, and 4:42 (Tim Harte-'98) and 5:51 (Rennie Munson-'81) in the one-mile event.

Additional volunteers are needed this year. Please call race directors Ronald or Leslie Kmiec (369-6130/ for further information or to help on race day. All "jobs" are over by 9:30 a.m.

Bread-baking contest

Bring the results of those treasured recipes, - or of a new one -to the Old Home Day Bread Baking Contest — between 9 and 11 a.m., Saturday morning, June 30, Corey Dining Room."I don't even butter my bread.I consider that cooking,"says Catherine Cebrian.If this is you, then just come to the Bread Baking Contest in the Corey Building at 11:30 a.m. and feast on someone else's cooking. We supply butter for those who do like to cook.If you would like to be a judge (no experience needed) and/or help with the sale, call Nancy Kronenberg, 1-978-369-8079.

Join the great parade

This year's Old Home Day Parade theme is "Artistry of Carlisle".Everyone is encouraged to display their artistic talents in this year's OHD Parade on Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m.A Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded based on the best "Artistry of Carlisle" theme interpretation, originality, crowd response and other judge fudge factors.The grand prize winner will have the name of its entry engraved on a trophy to be prominently displayed in the Tax Collector's office at Town Hall.How cool is that? Parade entries including all floats, horses, wagons, cars, trucks and walking groups should assemble in the school parking lot by 9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. start. All bicycles, scooters and other children's entries should assemble in the Gleason Library parking lot at 10 a.m. Call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434 with any questions about the OHD Parade.

Cake contest and walk

Old Home Day would not be the same without our beloved cake-decorating contest and Cake Walk. Enter your special cake into the decorating contest this year on June 30 at the Carlisle School Dining Room. Every cake entered into the contest is then up for grabs at the evening Cake Walk. We need at least 100 cakes. Bring your cake to the school between 9 a.m. and noon. After noon, please deliver your cake to Town Hall (or the school dining room in case of rain) for the cake walk, where there are three winners each time the music stops. This is the best bargain around at three tickets for just a dollar The cake walk is open to anyone from two to 102 years old and is wheelchair accessible. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and goes until the cakes are gone. Music this year will be old favorites by Ellen and Jake, a.k.a. "Two for the Show."

Chicken BBQ

The Carlisle Firefighter's Relief Association is once again running the chicken barbecue on Old Home Day, June 30. Firefighters will serve a dinner of grilled chicken, corn, salad and watermelon from 4 to 6 p.m. at the fire station. Tickets are $8 if purchased in advance and $9 after noon on June 30. Tickets may be purchased at Ferns Country Store or at the dispatcher's office at the Police Station. Get your tickets early, as the BBQ has been a sell-out for many years.

Soapbox derby

The Soapbox Derby race will be on June 30. It is for racers aged 10 and up. No motors. Meet our safety and basic design requirements, and our event allows whatever your imagination and availability of parts can achieve.

There will be prizes for first-, second- and third-place winners in both speed and creativity categories. Speeds will be measured by official police radar.

E-mail to pre-register or to volunteer. For more information, see

Calling Carlisle Cats

A long-time Carlisle tradition is the performance of the Carlisle Cats band on the Town Green on Old Home Day. Musicians, young and old, have participated in this musical organization for decades. If you played with the Cats before, or would like to play with the Cats this year on Old Home Day, June 30, contact Alyn Rovin at 1-978-369-6351 or as soon as possible.All Carlisle musicians are encouraged to carry on the tradition by participating in this great activity.

Double Sundae Sunday Saunter, July 1

As part of Carlisle Old Home Day weekend, the Trails Committee will lead an historical walking and ice cream eating extravaganza, starting at 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning back to the school around 4 p.m. If you have questions, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

The schedule, for those preferring to do only part of the seven mile walk is:

11 a.m. — Meet at Carlisle School parking lot. Walk to Kimball's (0.6 mile). Buy ice cream.

11:45 a.m. — Talk by Anne Marie Brako of the Historical Society about history of the Bates Farm area.

12:30 p.m. — Leave Kimball's and walk 2.8 miles to Great Brook Farm Ice Cream via Cutter's Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge, and Pine Point Loop, arriving around 1:30 p.m.

2 p.m. — Talk by Great Brook Farm interpreter on the history of the farm area, Native American to present, on the grassy slope by the pond.

2:45 p.m. — Leave pond area at Great Brook. Walk 3.5 mi to Carlisle School parking lot via Fern Loop, Old Morse Road, and Conant Land.

4 p.m. — Arrive at Carlisle School parking lot.

One could spot a car at Great Brook Farm, for example, to do only half the walk, or just walk to Kimball's and back to the school. Sun screen, drinking water, and bug spray are recommended.

Art Show in Union Hall

This year's Old Home Day Art Show in Union Hall will offer a special award for the artist whose work best represents the theme "The Artistry of Carlisle." Ribbons will be awarded for Best in Show and Most Popular in Show. You can submit four entries per person on Friday, June 29, between 4 and 7 p.m. at Union Hall. Show hours on Saturday, June 30, are 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Calling all inventors for OHD

The Old Home Day (OHD) Inventors' Showcase is back by popular demand. Innovative Carlisle residents of all ages are invited to enter one of their original inventions to compete for ribbons and prizes. The event will be held on June 30 at the Carlisle Public School's Corey Cafeteria (please note the change in venue). Registration and drop-off is between 9 and 10 a.m. Judging and awards will take place between 11 a.m. and noon. Contact Lisa Lofdahl at 1-978-369-8767 or for more information.

Community service volunteers

Community service volunteers are needed for this year's Old Home Day. Earn community service hours while assisting with OHD festivities. For more information, call Bill Cooney or Debbie Power at 1-978-369-0434.

ConsCom is seeking a new member

The Conservation Commission has one opening on its seven-member board. The board has two major areas of responsibility which include administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town's natural resources. The commission also manages the town's conservation land, undertakes conservation planning and land acquisition, operates the Cranberry Bog, presents an annual conservationist award and helps provide an environmental educational role in the community.

The commission is particularly interested in people with an agricultural, geological or other earth sciences background. Those who have an interest in conservation and environmental issues, and are willing to actively work in resource protection will be considered.

If you would be interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, send a brief résumé and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission and to the Selectmen, who are the appointing authority, addressed to the Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle. If you have any questions, call the Conservation Office at 1-978-369-0336.

Jump into Old Home Day Activities, Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1

Friday, June 29

4 p.m. Deliver Art Entries ('til 7 pm) at Union Hall

6:30 p.m. OHD Bridge Tournament at Corey Dining Room

Saturday, June 30

6:15 a.m. Check in for 5-mile Road Race at School Plaza

7:15 a.m. Check in for 1-mile Road Race at School Plaza

7:15 a.m. 5-Mile Road Race begins

8:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at Congregational Church

8:15 a.m. 1 Mile Road Race begins

9:00 a.m. Assemble Entries for Parade at School Parking Lot. Deliver Pies, Breads, Cakes and Inventions to Corey dining room ('til 11 a.m.)

Art Show Opens ('til 1:30 p.m.) at Union Hall

9:30 a.m. American Flag Raising and National Anthem

Old Home Day Scholarships Awards

Conservationist Award

Outstanding Citizen Award


Town Green

Assemble Bicycles

Gleason Library

Road Race Awards

10:00 a.m. Great Parade begins

"Artistry of Carlisle"

10:15 a.m. Bicycles, Carriages & Soapbox racers enter Parade at Gleason Library

10:30 a. m. Country Fair (rain or shine)

Church Street

Used Book Sale ('til 2:30)

Gleason Public Library

(Rain Date Sunday)

11:00 a.m. Dunking Booth (rain or shine)

School Plaza

Frog Jumping

Boy Scouts' Barbeque ('til 1 pm)

On The Green

Pie, Bread & Cake Decorating

Inventors Showcase

Corey dining room

12:00 p.m. Awards for:


Pie & Bread Baking &

Cake Decorating

On the Green

12:15 p.m. Radar Gun Speed Throw

School Plaza

12:30 p.m. Fun & Games (rain or shine)

Three Legged Race

Sack Race

Egg Toss

On the Green

1:00 p.m. Children's Pet Show

By The Carlisle Castle

1:30 p.m. Pick up Art Show Entries ('til 2:30 )

Softball on Spalding field

Corn Shucking

On The green

2 p.m. Center Park Dedication

Town Center

Guided Tours of Heald House

Historical Society booth

2:30 p.m. Soap Box "Derby"

Church Street (Rain date Sunday)

4 p.m. Barbeque ('til 6:30) (rain or shine)

Fire Station

5 p.m. Cakewalk

Town Hall (Rain-Corey Dining Room)

"Two for the Show"

Sunday, July 1

11 a.m. Double Sundae Saunter

Info at Trails Committee booth

5 p.m. Picnic & Family Fun Times

Hot Air Balloon

Twilight music Cavalcade

(Rain-Corey Dining Room)

5:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social

Spalding Field (Rain-Corey DiningRoom)

Sundown Concerts

Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. this summer from June 21 through July 26, come to idyllic Fruitlands Museum for the Sundown Concerts. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The cost for members is $10 per car. Non-members are $12 per car. For more information visit or

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