The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 20, 2007


ConsCom Commissioner Roy Watson (left) pays tribute to retiring ConsCom member John Lee at the ConsCom picnic on Saturday. (Photo by Kay Fairweather)

John Lee is honored by the Mass. House of Representatives

Conservation Commission members chose an informal gathering of the conservation community to honor their colleague John Lee, who had resigned effective June 30. Addressing about 60 guests at an annual conservation picnic at the home of Sally and Bob Zielinski, Commissioner Roy Watson presented the honoree with an official citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives that offered in part "sincerest congratulations for your dedicated service on the Carlisle Conservation Commission from 1995 to 2007." It was offered by Representative Cory Atkins and signed by Speaker Salvatore DiMasi.

Although clearly appropriate, that pronouncement did not tell the whole story. In addition to his contribution to the town of Carlisle, Lee had previously served on the Lincoln Conservation Commission and on that town's Land Conservation Trust. Also, as manager of the last commercial farm within Boston's city limits, Lee oversees operations on 25 acres of active food production and retail marketing. During the growing season, the staff introduces city youngsters to the satisfaction of helping things grow, or as Lee describes it "playing in the dirt."

An active protagonist for his profession, Lee is a trustee of the Massachusetts Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, and here in his hometown, he and his wife Annette have been prime movers in the birth of the Carlisle Farmers Market. Now in its third season, this cornucopia is open Saturday mornings from July through October at the Kimball's Ice Cream parking lot, where it overflows with fresh produce, home-baked goods and handcrafts.

Paying tribute to his colleague, Watson concluded, "Given his honesty, sincerity and knowledge, John's presence on the commission always gave this relative newcomer a feeling of confidence that we were staying on the right track. We and the citizens of Carlisle are deeply in his debt."

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