The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 12, 2007

Trail to the Turtle

On Saturday, October 13, Carlisle Boy Scout Jimmy Burnham of Autumn Lane will be building a trail in the Towle Land as his Eagle Scout service project. The trail will run between two existing trails and lead to a stone turtle erected by the Native American Indians. The project will begin at 9 a.m. and is expected to end at 3 p.m. The rain dates for the project are Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21. All volunteers are welcome. Anyone interested should contact Jimmy Burnham at 1-978-369-7633.

Henry Cox, chairman of the Carlisle Trails Committee, awards Mary Zoll with the Carlisle Trekker's Award. (Photo by Louise Hara)

Mary Zoll is the first recipient of the Treker's Award

Congratulations to Mary Zoll of School Street! She is the first to be awarded the Carlisle Trekker's Award from the Trails Committee. She completed the hikes around the town trail system on October 4.

The Mosquito contacted Zoll to learn what it takes to be the first winner of this award. "I hiked the 35.12 miles of trails after learning about the Trekker's Award at the Trails Committee booth at Old Home Day," she said.

The first walk Zoll took was on the next day, Sunday, July 1, when she joined the Trails Committee's Double Sundae Sunday Saunter led by Steve Tobin. This was a hike from the Carlisle School parking lot to Kimball Farm ice cream stand to the Great Brook Farm ice cream stand and back to the school parking lot.

"The most difficulty I had hiking the trails was figuring out which pathway to take," said Zoll. "There aren't always obvious loops, and I had to sit down with maps so I wouldn't get worn out or end up on a dead-end trail. It required a fair amount of planning."

Zoll kept a log of points of interest, comments on trail improvements and dates of hikes.

To expand the awareness of and interest in Carlisle's many public lands, the Trails Committee encourages residents to use the town's many hiking trails. To this end, they have initiated a trail hiker award for those residents who hike most of the trails in town.

The award consists of a specially designed sewn patch, a sequentially numbered certificate and a winner announcement in the Mosquito, at the Trails Committee Old Home Day Booth, and on the Trekker Award Recipients page of the Trails Committee web site.

Here are the rules

(1) The award program is open to Carlisle residents only. (2) This is a fun activity for the entire family and operates on the honor system. (3) You must have hiked (jogged, snowshoed, skied, rode in backpack, rode in stroller) the trails listed in the log since the initiation of this award program on Patriots Day 2007. (4) You must fill in the information requested in the log for each trail hiked. (5) You must complete one session of volunteer work on a town-wide work day sponsored by the Carlisle Trails Committee. (6) You must come to any Carlisle Trails Committee meeting with the log to receive the award.

To get started, obtain a copy of the log from any Carlisle Trails Committee member, from the latest copy of the "Trails in Carlisle" trail guide or visit our web site,

· Rebecca, Hannah and their mom Carol Yelle of Cross Street walked in the 11th annual Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Buddy Walk at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. The event is held to raise awareness about Down Syndrome and help fund MDSC-sponsored programs. More information is available at


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