The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 13, 2007

COA doings

· Plays: Upcoming plays at the North Shore Music Theater include Forever Plaid on October 3 (deadline is July 20) and Les Miserables on October 31 (deadline is July 25). All seats are inner circle and cost $45 per person. Lunch is on your own, at Sylvan Street Grille. The first 13 people get to ride the COA van. Others need to carpool. Checks must be made out to the Carlisle COA and sent to Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741.

· N.E. Quilt Museum tour and lunch: On Friday, July 27, the COA van will leave Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. guided tour of "Uncovered in New Hampshire," an exhibition of quilts selected from the first 1,000 brought to the New Hampshire Quilt Documentation Project. Following the tour will be a catered lunch. The cost is $20. The COA van will transport the first 13 people sending in their checks made out to the Carlisle COA, no later than July 17. Mail checks to Kathy Mull, Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.

· Mohegan Sun: On August 7, the COA will be chartering a bus for a day trip to the Mohegan Sun. The cost is $18 per person. The bus will leave from the Congregational Church at 8 a.m. Checks made out to the Friends of the COA must be received by Joanne Willens, 134 Ember Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741 by July 15.

Cambodia report and pot luck July 22

A Southeast Asian pot luck and presentation of news and slides of an April trip to Cambodia will be held at 6 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society on Sunday, July 22. Included in the report will be information on the projects of The Sharing Foundation (TSF), scenes from Roteang village (the site of several TSF projects) and photos of Phnom Penh and the Khmer New Year. TSFboard member Sally Stokes (1-978-369-1240) and Ellen Huber (1-978-369-6678), who both made the April trip, will speak. Call if you would like to attend or have questions. If you do not have any southeast Asian recipes, any favorite summertime dish will be fine. If you would like to make a contribution to The Sharing Foundation, there will be a basket available. The money will go toward the church's sponsorship of Ly Chantrea who lives at the Roteang orphanage.

Knitting in Service meets July 17

The next meeting of Knitting in Service (KIS) will be on Tuesday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Union Hall. Bring your own needles and yarn.All knitters are welcome for knitting and peer support.If anyone has any extra yarn or extra needles to donate to the group, call 1-978-369-5180 and leave a message to have them picked up.Monthly meetings on Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. (the 2nd of each month) will start on September 11.

KIS is an open intergenerational knitting group working on three types of projects:

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

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

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

Community Chest launches new donor opportunity

The board of directors of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest has devoted the last year to addressing donor requests and the changing environment of philanthropy. The Community Chest began by researching community foundation options and has developed a new avenue for giving called "Field of Interest Funds." Field of Interest Funds will target specific areas of interest, expanding the giving options for larger donors. Areas of support outside of the organizations already funded by the Chest might include the arts, the environment and capital projects. The funds may also target additional work in scholarships, youth or the elderly.

"The minimum donation will be $10,000," said Kate Tomkinson, Community Chest co-president. "We have been asked by donors to develop programs and be the conduit of funds for projects that do not fit with our yearly allocations process."

For more information, contact the Community Chest at 1-978-369-5250.

Beaver show to air again August 4

The beaver episode of Animal Extractors aired last Saturday and featured Carlisle prominently. It will air again on August 4 at 6 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. On Comcast in our area this is Comcast channel 210 and in HD on channel 821. It is the Animal Extractors episode that also highlights a polar bear problem (not in Carlisle). Air times may change at the last minute, so consult or the Comcast guide for updated times.

Ferns to host forum on front porch July 15

Ferns Country Store will host an "old-style" political forum on July 15 with six candidates vying for the seat left vacant by Congressman Marty Meehan. The Sunday afternoon Forum, commencing at 2 p.m., is sponsored by both the Democratic and Republican Town Committees. The Forum will be moderated by Tom Raftery, Carlisle's Town Moderator.

"The forum will evoke a good, old-fashioned, small-town occasion to get down and political where the flags and drapery will be out, ... and folks will enjoy a spirited, candid discussion," said Larry Bearfield, co-proprietor of Ferns Country Store.

A special election for Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District is set for October 16. Candidates for the seat include Middlesex Community College Dean Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts State Representative Jamie Eldridge, City Councilor Eileen Donoghue, Massachusetts State Representative Barry Finegold, Massachusetts State Representative Jim Niceli and retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force Jim Ogonoswki.

The primary election will be held September 4 in order to determine each political party's nominee for the general election to follow in October. Each candidate has committed to the forum and will speak Sunday afternoon.

"By hosting such an event at a landmark destination like Ferns Country Store, the entire community can gather at a familiar location, enjoy the company of neighbors and area residents and discuss issues that affect individuals and the district as a whole," said Susan Stamps, chair of the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee.

Concert on the lawn July 16

On July 16, from 7 to 8 p.m., harmonica player and vocalist Hatrack Gallagher teams up with pianist Ric Mauré to lay down some blues, R&B and jazz music.Bring a blanket, a snack and your music appreciation for a concert on the lawnof the Gleason Public Library. For more information, visit

Financial assistance for childcare available

The Community Partnership for Children has received funding for the 2007-08 year from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to help working families afford the cost of a preschool experience for their child. Carlisle and Concord have many excellent and diverse kinds of programs which are affiliated with the Community Partnership for Children from which parents can select the preschool of their choice.

To be eligible:

· Both parents must be working at least 20 hours a week or be enrolled in an approved training program.

· The family must live in Concord or Carlisle.

· They must meet the state mandated income requirements, at or under 50% of the state median income ($41,292 annually for a family of four).

· The child must be between the ages of 2.9 to 5.0 and enrolled in one of the participating child care centers or family care providers.

Availability of funding is always subject to approval of the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care. For information about the Community Partnership for Children and the preschool scholarships, call Sally Quinn Reed or Betsey Sweet at 1-978-202-1143.

Summer lecture series at the Concord Museum ends July 29

In association with the special exhibition "A Splash of Blue," this summer's lecture series at the Concord Museum concludes on Sunday, July 29 with a discussion of the "Use of Color as a Means of Expressing Transcendental Ideal in the Art of Fitz Henry Lane," with author, curator and art historian James Craig.The artwork of Fitz Henry Lane captured the atmosphere, character and romance of mid-19th-century coastal New England.After more than three years of investigative research, James Craig has uncovered numerous new findings that have brought us closer than ever before to unraveling the mysteries of Fitz Henry Lane.Join the Concord Museum on Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m. to welcome Mr. Craig and learn firsthand about his new discoveries that are revolutionizing our understanding of both Fitz Henry Lane and the world of 19th-century American art.The illustrated talk has a special focus on Lane's expression of Transcendental ideal and previously unknown connections held between the artist and Concord Transcendentalist writers.A book signing will follow. For reservations, contact the museum at 1-978-369-9763; The fee is $12; $8 for members.The exhibition, "A Splash of Blue," is included free with museum admission and is on view through August 12. The Concord Museum is located at the intersection of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike in Concord. For further information contact the Concord Museum at 1-978-369-9609 (taped information, or

Free online language learning software at Gleason Library

Planning a second honeymoon in Italy? Traveling to Russia on business? Rosetta Stone's Instant Immersion approach to language learning will get you conversing in your new language in no time. Log in from home or in the library, register one time and then sign-in with your username and password each time you access the software for English (U.S or U.K.), Spanish (Spain or Latin America), German, Russian, French, Italian or Greek. Rosetta Stone will keep track of your progress through lessons.

There is no limit on the length of time you can spend with the software nor on the number of times you can access it. There is no waiting list and no need to worry about returning anything to the library.

You can access the database via the library's web site or by going to: You must have a library card issued by a MVLC library to access the software. Participating libraries include: Amesbury, Andover, Billerica, Boxford, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Hamilton-Wenham, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, Manchester, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, North Reading, Rockport, Rowley, Salisbury, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Tyngsborough, West Newbury, Westford and Wilmington.

Don't forget your summer reading

You can register at any time for the adult summer readingprogram. This year summer reading is for everyone. The Gleason Public Library is asking Carlisle's many

readers to track what is read for six weeks, starting June 25 through August 3. Read 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 do not like and learn what others find worthwhile. As an extra incentive to encourage participation and as a challenge to Carlisle's readers, the Friends and Trustees of the Library will donate animals to the Read and Feed program, but it takes all of us to make this happen. Read and learn. Read and relax. More information is posted at and available at the library.

CCTV offers classes

CCTV is offering long-awaited final cut pro classes, held on Saturdays beginning July 14. And in August, CCTV will be holding its first "LiveWire" production camp for kids entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades.

To learn more, visit or, or call 1-978-369-5038.

Harry Potter writing contest deadline tonight

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 ending to the last book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. What do you think will happen? The submissions deadline is Friday, July 13, at midnight. 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, contact the library at 1-978-369-4898, or send an e-mail titled HARRY POTTER to

Meet with artists July 19

Join the best of the town's new talent at a reception at the Gleason Public Library on Thursday, July 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Emerging Artists of Carlisle show runs until September 1 and includes photographs by Pam Ziehler, oil paintings by Dayna Talbot, mixed media works by Charlie Fitzpatrick, mixed media lamps by Grace Fitzpatrick and Ted Harvie and drawings by Alex Moskowitz. Also on display will be the First Place and Best in Show artworks from Old Home Day.

Music at the Manse series underway

The Trustees of Reservations welcome visitors for the "Music at the Manse" summer concert series, held under the tent at The Old Manse, 269 Monument Street in Concord, on Sundays, through August 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. A perennial favorite, these free old-fashioned lawn concerts feature musicians who present a mix of folk music from different periods and places, rain or shine. Bring a seat, a picnic and a friend.

Performance calendar:

July 15: Two For the Show - performance

July 22: Roaring Jelly and friends - open session

July 29:Pandemonium - open session

August 5: Roaring Jelly and friends - open session

August 12: Laura Leibensperger and Jim Ventola - open session

August 19: Notorious: Larry Unger / Eden McAdam-Somer - performance

August 26: Mimi Rabson and Bruno Raberg - performance.

For information, call 1-978-369-3909.

Walden Pond Junior Rangers registration

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from August 6 to August 10, youngsters ages 12 to 14 can participate in a fun and educational week-long camp. Space is still available for girls in the 2007 Walden Pond State Reservation Junior Ranger Grizzlies. Enjoy hiking and kayaking at Walden Pond State Reservation. Go biking at Great Brook Farm State Park. Go camping at Boston Harbor islands State Park. For more information and to register, call the park headquarters today at 1-978-369-3254.

Great Brook Farm offers barn and milking tours and trail walks

Public barn tours, milking tours and nature walks are back at Great Brook Farm State Park. Join the Park Interpreter at the gate outside the ice cream stand for tours of the main barn. Public tours run every Sunday and every other Saturday (July14 and 28, August 11 and 25) at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Milking tours are Sunday evenings at 6:15 p.m. All tours are free of charge. Come and experience the ambience of a real farm. Meet one of our 130 Holstein cows and experience the thrill of petting a calf. You can also feed the chickens and goats.

Meet the Park Interpreter at the Interpretive Center for lunch and a trail walk along some of the 20-plus miles of trails. These walks are open to the public and will be offered at noon on July 18, 25 and August 1. Bring a bagged lunch to eat in a beautiful and serene, wooded location.

Parking fees are $2 per vehicle. The ice cream stand is open daily seven days per week, weather permitting, from 11 a.m. to dark. Great Brook Farm State Park is located at 984 Lowell Street and 165 North Road (Interpreter Center). If you have questions, call Akilah Campbell, Park Interpretive Ranger, at 1-978-369—6312.

Beat the heat at the Discovery Museums July 17

Now that the summer season has officially begun, many are no doubt looking for ways to have fun and keep cool. On July 17, The Discovery Museums will have not just one, but two icy events to help beat the heat.

First, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Science Discovery Museum will teach visitors all about the chemistry and unique characteristics of ice. There will be plenty of ice on hand for young scientists to play with and observe. Afterward, head down to the Children's Discovery Museum for more fun. At 2 p.m. the Children's Discovery Museum will be visited by friendly penguin Pete. Visitors can say hello to Pete, waddle like a penguin and test out icy ideas at the experiment station with frozen water balloons. (Penguin Pete is a costumed adult).

Museum admission is $9 per person to visit one museum and $13 per person to visit both museums; children under 12 months are free. For further information, call 1-978-264-4200 or visit

CCTV Channels 8 and 9 Channel 8


Choral events: July 13, 10 p.m.; July 14, 9:30 p.m; July 18, 7:30 a.m.

Theater: July 14, 10:30 p.m., midnight; July 16, 8 p.m., 9:29 p.m.; July 18, 1 p.m., 2:29 p.m.

Video: July 14, 1:15 a.m.; July 18, 9:17 p.m.

Orchestra: July 13, 10:39 p.m.; July 19, 7:30 a.m.; July 18, 8:30 a.m.

Track: July 14, 3:30 p.m.

Media Club: July 14, 4:06 p.m.

Senior Portraits: July 17, 2:45 p.m., July 18, 12:47 p.m.

Art Dulong Farewell: July 14, 4:12 p.m.

Awards Night: July 14, 5 p.m.

Senior Projects: July 14, 6:42 p.m.; July 18, noon.

Graduation: July 14, 7:29 p.m., July 18, 10:01 a.m.

Council on Aging: July 16, noon; July 17, 7:10 p.m.

Channel 9

Regional School Committee: July 13, noon; July 15, 8 a.m.; July 18, 8 p.m.; July 19, 8 a.m.

Board of Selectmen: July 13, 8 p.m.; July 14, 4 p.m.; July 15, 8 p.m.; July 16, 8 a.m.,, July 17, 7 p.m.; July 18, 4 p.m.

School Building Committee: July 14, 8 a.m.; July 16, noon; July 19, noon.

Countdown to Harry Potter Party

Only days left to sign-up for the Harry Potter Party. The Gleason Public Library will be transformed into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Carlisle-style. This is your last opportunity to visit Diagon Alley, participate in transfiguration 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 though eight, will begin at 9 p.m. on July 20 and end just after midnight. Your child's ticket of entrance is your advance book purchase for $35 and registration at the library. Registration ends on July 16 and space is limited. We are also looking for decoration donations, wizardly snacks and character volunteers. Stop by the library for more information and check out other great programs at

Democrats' picnic is July 22

The Third Middlesex Area Democrats, which includes Susan Fargo's senatorial district, will hold its annual picnic Sunday, July 22, 1 to 4 p.m., 246 Carlisle Road, (Route 225), Bedford. Elected officials and all candidates for elected office in the area are invited and will be invited to introduce themselves and be given several minutes to speak about their work or their candidacy. Hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages will be provided.The entire family is welcome. For further information contact Tom Larkin at

Thoreau birthday celebration July 15

The Thoreau Farm Trust commemorates Henry David Thoreau's birthday with a family fun event at his birthplace. Treasure hunt, Segway rides, birthday cake, and house

tours. Sunday, July 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road, Concord. The event is free and all are welcome. Nancy Grohol at 1-978-369-3091 or

Plan our programs: Gleason seeks input

Looking for something more? Something different? Gleason Public Library is planning the adult programming to be offered for the coming calendar year and will have two casual chat sessions the week of July 23 to share ideas. Would you like to help plan or volunteer some time and lead a book talk, share a skill or hobby or host an event? Curious about what we are thinking? Drop us an e-mail or call Martha Patten ( at 1-978-369-4898.

China Galland speaks on July 24

On Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m., best-selling author and activist China Galland will speak at the Concord Free Public Library about her new book, Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves. Says PBS' Bill Moyers, "This is the riveting story of a remarkable effort to resurrect the dead, to uncover a long-neglected burial ground and give the anonymous folk interred there the voice denied them as slaves."Visit www.chinagalland.comfor more information.

ZBA seeks members

The Town of Carlisle Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has openings for members and associates on this volunteer board. ZBA members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Their duties are to hear and write decisions for town planning and construction permitting appeals, special permit applications, including permits under the Historic Structure bylaw and requests for Carlisle Zoning Bylaw variances. The board also hears and writes decisions on earth removal permits and for comprehensive permits for the development of low- and moderate-income housing under M.G.L. Chapter 40B. Carlisle residents with legal, construction, finance, environmental and technical backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Experience with adjudicatory hearings is helpful. If interested or have questions, contact Elizabeth D. Barnett, administrative coordinator, at or 1-978-371-6694.

Senior tax program still open

Seniors, do you want to earn up to $700 to help reduce your property taxes?If you are a Carlisle property owner and 60 years old or older, you are eligible to apply for our Senior Tax Worker Program.Approved applicants provide work assistance to town departments such as the Council on Aging, school, police, library and more. Currently tax workers can earn up to $700 credit on their property taxes by being matched with a Town Department's needs and working 87.5 hours between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008.Sign up now. If you would like to apply or learn more about this program, contact the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895.

Costume party at the library on August 24

The library is having a costume party and, if you are in grades five to eight, you are invited. Join in after the library closes for games, snacks, prizes and fun. Any costume will do. Just come prepared to have fun. When? Friday August 24. Time? 7 to 10 p.m. Where? Gleason Public Library. This event has been organized by the Teens of Gleason Advisors (TOGA). Any questions, call 1-978-369-4898.

Colonial Spirit chorus offers mother-daughter opportunity

Colonial Spirit Chorus is offering a chance for mothers and daughters to sing with the chorus for the summer. Any mother who joins the chorus by the end of the summer will have a chance to perform in the November 3 cabaret show. If her daughter would like to join, she will be offered half-price membership and will able to perform in the show also.Colonial Spirit Chorus is an a cappella four-part harmony show chorus, affiliated with Sweet Adelines International and partially funded by the Acton Boxborough Arts Council.Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:15 p.m. at the Church of The Good Shepherd on Newtown Road (off Route 27) in Acton.For information, call Norma at 1-978-692-2270 or Noreen at 1-978-263-0562.

Tips on preventing Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that are spread to humans through the bite of tiny, infected ticks (mainly deer ticks in Massachusetts).

In 2005, Massachusetts had the fourth-highest incidence rate in the country with 36.4 cases per 100,000 people. In Carlisle, there has been a 33% increase from 2005 (21 cases) to 2006 (28 cases). Through May of this year, there have been four confirmed cases.


Lyme disease usually presents first with flu-like symptoms including fatigue, chills and muscle or joint pain. A bull's eye at the site of the tick bite is common, but it does not appear in all cases. Untreated Lyme disease may progress to numbness or pain in the legs, meningitis, arthritis and nervous system disorders.

Cover up

To prevent Lyme disease, it is important to wear long sleeved, light colored shirts and long pants tucked into your socks. For around your house, remove leaf litter and brush, prune low lying bushes, keep woodpiles and bird feeders off the ground and away from your home and keep the plants around stone walls cut short. Also, after time in the woods, long grass or brush, continually monitor and check yourself for ticks.

Tick removal

The longer a tick is present on the body, the higher the chance of it spreading the disease-causing germ. The tick should be removed as soon as possible with fine-point tweezers and it should not be squeezed or twisted, but grasped close to the skin and pulled out straight with steady pressure. You should not apply kerosene, petroleum jelly, nail polish or a hot match tip to remove the tick. It is important to note that a tick must usually be attached for at least 24 hours to pass on the bacteria.


The Massachusetts Department of Health (MDPH) does not offer tick testing, but you can send ticks to several labs in the area, keeping in mind that these tests are not perfect. They do not test for all infections and symptoms may begin to appear before the results are returned. Even though you may receive a positive test result, this does not mean that the tick was successful in spreading the infection. To see a list of places that do test ticks please see this web site: Although you may choose to have your tick tested, your first priority should be to go to your physician if you suspect you have been bitten.


The treatment of Lyme disease varies based on a patient's history and symptoms. An ELISA test may be done to test for antibodies. If positive, a Western Blot test may then be completed. The ELISA test however is not very sensitive for early-stage Lyme disease as not enough time may have passed for the patient to mount an immune response. Therefore these tests are not used to determine diagnosis, but only used for support of a diagnosis. Prophylactic or antibiotic treatment may also be suggested. Antibiotic regimens vary depending on patient's age, medical history, symptoms, pregnancy status and allergies. Some antibiotics may need to be taken for 14 to 21 days while others made to be taken as long as 28 days. These treatments may even need to be repeated to alleviate symptoms. As one can see, the treatment of Lyme does not have one single protocol and is entirely subject to the physician's discretion.

BOH role

It is also important to note that your physician has the responsibility to report all cases of Lyme disease to MDPH. The Carlisle Board of Health is no longer required to directly report cases to the state, but will take action if the doctor's case report is incomplete.

Carlisle students win Presidential Service Awards

The community service advisory group for CCHS, called 2Volunteer, is pleased to announce that five members have been awarded Presidential Service Awards this year. The award is given by the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation. Students are eligible for consideration for this award if they have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service over the course of any twelve-month period.

Two Carlisle CCHS students received Bronze awards for volunteering between 100—175 hours during this twelve-month period. Sarah Robinson of Bingham Road, class of 2007, worked throughout Concord and Carlisle; coached middle school basketball and volunteered at the Kick Aids Foundation and "Be the Change" Challenge Day at CCHS this spring.

Also volunteering locally, junior Stephan Wu of Pheasant Hill Lane, did his community service at the Gleason Public Library, Carlisle Council on Aging, the Acton Chinese Language School and the CCHS Pep Band.

The Concord award recipients were senior, Megan Donelan, senior, Duncan Shea, and sophomore Brian Ruhlmann.

2Volunteer is thrilled to announce the completion of its website designed by Kristen Johnson, class of 2007, which can be accessed from the CCHS home page.The web address is and the group can be reached via email at Carlisle residents Kate McCandless Tomkinson and Barbara Howland are volunteers on this committee.

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