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Friday, November 9, 2007

Drop-in Story Time at Gleason November 13

Come to the Gleason Library for a drop-in Story Time on Tuesday, November 13, at 4 p.m., for stories, songs and more. These story times are for ages two to four. For information, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children's department.

Calling parents of fifth-graders November 13

Spaghetti Supper 2007 has come and gone. Your turn is next. There will be a wrap-up meeting of this year's Spaghetti Supper chairs on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Kathleen and Stephen Hauser. The purpose of this meeting is to briefly review what worked well and what did not in the planning and execution of the Spaghetti Supper and Raffle this past October, as we begin to plan and look forward to next year's event. If you cannot attend but would like to be considered for a leadership role, contact Kathleen at

Boardwalk work rescheduled

Hurricane Noel forced a postponement of boardwalk construction in the Davis Corridor, but the Trails Committee is ready to try again. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, November 10 any time from 9 a.m. until the job is done. Park at the Malcolm Meadows trail parking lot off Stearns Street, 0.6 miles from Bedford Road (look for signs). If you arrive after 9, follow the signs to the work area. Bring hammers, nail aprons, gloves, eye protection and waterproof boots. Students may earn community service hours. Refreshments will be provided. In case of heavy weather, the work will be postponed to November 11. Call Henry Cox at 1-978-371-0316 or Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 for information.

Rec skiing and snowboarding pre-fit November 14

Carlisle Recreation will offer skiing and snowboarding for grades two through eight at Nashoba Valley Ski Area on Fridays beginning January 4 and continuing on January 11, 18, 25 and February 1 and 8. The cost is $265 for six one-hour lessons, lift tickets and transportation to and from the Corey Gym. The bus leaves at 2:30 p.m. and parents' pick up is at 6:20 p.m. Discounts are available for volunteer chaperones. Grades five through eight may participate in this program for $250 without lessons. Register early as space is limited at, or call 1-978-369-9815.

If you would like to rent equipment, go to the pre-fit on Wednesday, November 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Exercise Room in the Corey Building at Carlisle School. Ski or snowboard rental is $80. Helmets may be purchased at the pre-fit for $55. Rentals and helmets are payable to Nashoba at the time of the pre-fit.

Enrollment date for health insurance approaching

Representative Cory Atkins warns that the enrollment date for obtaining health insurance is rapidly approaching. For 2007, individuals who do not have health insurance will lose their personal exemption on their 2007 tax return, which is worth $219. The penalty for being uninsured will increase significantly in 2008, accumulating each month if you do not have health coverage. Massachusetts citizens are urged to enroll in a health plan by November 15 in order to have coverage in place to avoid a penalty. If you are uninsured, visit for more information or to sign up. You can also contact a health carrier directly.

Viola and piano recital November 11

Sarah Darling, viola, and Dimitri Dover, piano, will perform a recital at the First Religious Society in Carlisle on Sunday, November 11, at 4 p.m. The recital, one of the requirements for Sarah's master's degree from the New England Conservatory, will include works by Hindemith, Brahms, Bloch and Schumann. Admission is free. A reception with the artists will follow the concert. For more information, call Margaret Darling at 1-978-369-1475.

CSA parent coffee November 15

The next parent informational coffee, hosted by the Carlisle School Association (CSA), will be held on Thursday, November 15, at 9 a.m., in the Corey Dining Room. The topic for this meeting is "Wellness and Nutrition." Special guest speakers include Kathy Horan, nurse; Francine Royce, certified health counselor; and Karen Slack, Director of Student Support Services. A question/answer period will follow a brief presentation. The public is welcome to attend.

Highland Building Committee seeks members

The Board of Selectmen is seeking individuals interested in participating on the Highland Building Committee. This committee will be reviewing the options for the future of the Highland Building and making a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen. All interested individuals should send a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, 66 Westford Street, by November 22. If you have any questions or need more information, call Madonna McKenzie at 1-978-371-6688.

Petition initiative papers due November 21

Anyone wishing to drop off petition iniative papers can do so on Wednesday November 21. Leave them with the Town Clerk between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or with dispatch from 3 to 5 p.m.

Veterans' memorials expert speaks November 15

On Thursday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, Dennis Rindone will make a slide presentation documenting veteran's memorials in Massachusetts. For nearly ten years Mr. Rindone has traveled around the entire state chronicling city and town efforts to honor veterans, from colonial times through the present. The result of this massive undertaking is a comprehensive study on his web site, www.HonorRollofLiberty. He incorporates the images and information into community presentations, and hopes to publish a book that documents the photos and stories behind the memorials.

Rindone was invited to visit Carlisle and share his knowledge and expertise by the Veteran's Memorial Advisory Committee. This committee was recently appointed by the Board of Selectmen to study how best to revamp our Town Honor Roll, presently situated at the edge of the Town Common at the corners of School Street, Concord Street and Westford Street. Committee members include: Doug Stevenson, Chair, Larry Bearfield, Ned Berube, Alan Cameron, Alan Carpenito and Greg Fairbank.

The public is invited to attend this presentation.

Post-Thanksgiving trails walk November 23

The public is invited to join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a post-Thanksgiving walk in the Towle Land. Start working on your Carlisle Trekker award. Visit the new Turtle Trail and the new boardwalk, as well as old favorite trails. The walk is about three miles, taking approximately 2 hours. For those wanting a less strenuous outing, there will also be a one-hour walk at a slower pace. The walks will depart from the Towle Land parking lot on Westford Street at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 23. There will be refreshments at the end. Heavy weather cancels the trip. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Community Chest launches online auction

On April 5, 2008, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will host an elegant and exciting live auction gala for 350 people. For two weeks prior to the fundraising event, anyone can take part in the Chest's online segment of the auction by bidding on exotic vacations, fine jewelry, elegant dinners and many other valuable items. By expanding the level of participation beyond the gala evening, the Chest hopes to raise even more funds for 35 local human service agencies and open the event to more donors.

The Community Chest is gratefully accepting donated auction items at this time. Examples include vacation home rentals, services such as catering, landscaping or wine tasting, sporting event tickets and memorabilia, fine furniture, paintings and other home goods. Call the Chest office at 1-978-369-5250 if you would like to contribute to the auction through a donation or by volunteering on an auction committee.

Everyone is welcome to view and bid on auction items online, beginning on March 17, by going to and clicking on the auction link. If you would like to receive prior notice of auction items, send your e-mail address to the Chest at or mail it to 111 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742. Your address will remain confidential and will not be shared with any other organization.

For more information about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

COA doings

· Intergenerational knitting group: The knitting group meets again on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room at the First Religious Society. No sign up necessary. For information, call Angela Smith at the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

· Podiatry clinic: Dr. Ayleen Gregorian, DPM, will be at the Sleeper Room from 9:30 a.m. to late afternoon on Tuesday, November 13. The cost is $15 (cash or check made out to Friends of Carlisle COA). Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment after November 1. For a van ride, call 1-978-371-6690.

· Book club: The COA book club resumes its monthly schedule (second Wednesday) on November 14 at 10 a.m. The book for November is Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. December's book is The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-6318.

· Hearing clinic: A free hearing clinic will be offered on Friday, November 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. Appointments are limited, so reserve your space early, by calling 1-978-371-2895. The clinic is offered by Rogers Hearing Solutions.

Richard Lavoie stress documentary at Gleason November15

F.A.T.—Frustration, Anxiety and Tension. These words describe what some students experience at school every day. In the video documentary, "How Difficult Can This Be?: The F.A.T City Workshop," Richard Lavoie captivates his audience by leading parents, educators, students and psychologists in dramatic exercises that allows them to experience what it is like to be learning-challenged. These exercises allow the participants to experience the frustration, anxiety, tension and embarrassment that children with learning challenges face every day. With eloquence and humor, Mr. Lavoie demystifies the world of "people who don't fit the mold." This showing is free and open to the public on November 15, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the library's Hollis Room. For more information, visit

Special education parent advisory council meets November 16

The next Carlisle special education parent support group meeting will be on Friday, November 16, at 9 a.m. at 95 Patch Meadow Lane. All parents of children with special needs are welcome. Call Kris Tocci at 1-978-371-6498 or Lori Tucker at 1-978-371-3292 for information.

Senior flu clinic November 30

If you are a senior, 65 years old or older, and you have not already had your flu shot this season, stop by Town Hall on November 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Pneumococcal vaccine is also available at this clinic. The vaccinations are free with your Medicare card. If you need a ride, call the COA van line at 1-978-371-6690 a week in advance. If you are not yet 65, there will be a public flu clinic on December 3 at the Concord Elks from 4 to 6 p.m., for a fee of $20 per person.

Prescription Advantage Part D bulletins

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs just issued a bulletin regarding Part D plans for 2008 that will not offer a prescription drug plan with a monthly premium below the regional benchmark of $29.17 for 2008. In some cases, (not all) the members will be reassigned to new plans. And, depending on the plan, some members will be charged an additional premium. The COA office has bulletins for the following plans: Wellcare Members; Blue Cross Members, United Health Care Members and plans for HealthNet Members. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 for a copy of these bulletins.

COA upcoming trips

The COA will visit Prague, Vienna and Budapest for 15 days, March 25 to April 8, 2008. The per-person cost includes air, hotels, all breakfasts and dinners and sightseeing. Prices start at $2,749 + $285.20 for airport taxes and departure fees. Deposits are due by November 15.

The COA is planning an April school vacation trip for grandparents, parents and students to Sorrento, Italy, from April 19 to 27, 2008. The trip includes hotel, airfare, sightseeing and visits to Naples, Pompeii, Isle of Capri, the Amalfi coast, Monte Cassino and much more. Prices start at $2,199. Deposits are due by December 25.

Call Joanne Willens for any of the above at 1-978-371-8023.

Civil war expert speaks on Carlisle's artifacts November 29

The Carlisle Historical Society's Annual Meeting for members is planned for Thursday, November 29, at the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. It will start at 7 p.m. with the election of officers for the coming year and a brief business meeting.

At 7:30 p.m., Dr. Paul Carpenter of Carlisle will give a slide-illustrated talk on Civil War artifacts in the Society's collection. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Carlisle Historical Society holds one of the most significant collections of Gettysburg battle artifacts outside of Pennsylvania. Given to the town by Carlisle resident Washington Irving Heald in 1929, the collection contains relics of the battle, including weapons and other military accoutrements collected from the battlefield. Carpenter will discuss the initial results of his research on the origin and provenance of individual pieces in the collection. All Civil War buffs are invited to attend.

All-club dinner November 10

Autumn is in full bloom, the children are busy at school, and it's time to have a night out before the hustle and bustle of the holidays. The Concord-Carlisle Newcomers Club decided to let someone else do the cooking and washing up. Join in on Saturday evening, November 10, at 7 p.m. at Papa Razzi Restaurant for a leisurely evening of socializing and dining, featuring a sampling of some of the restaurant's most popular dishes. The club appreciates the hospitality that Papa Razzi and other merchants extend to welcome our new town residents. A great evening is anticipated. Don't forget to mark your calendar for December 15, the club's upcoming holiday party.

If you are interested in attending this event, or any of our many events, visit If you, or someone you know, is new to Concord or Carlisle in the last several years, and could use the camaraderie and social activities that the Concord Carlisle Newcomers Club is known for, contact Kathy Cuocolo, President, at 1-978-318-9332 or

Domestic violence talk November 19

The Network for Women's Lives presents Psychotherapist Joan Rubin-Deutsch whose talk, "Lost Childhoods and Broken Dreams: The Legacy of Domestic Violence," will be given at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord, at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 19, the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse. Refreshments will be served after the talk. For more information call 1-978-287-4089.

Fenn School open house November 18

The Fenn School, located at 516 Monument Street in Concord, will hold an admissions open house on Sunday, November 18, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Fenn boys lead families on campus tours beginning at 2 p.m., after which families gather in Robb Hall to hear presentations by Headmaster Jerry Ward and Lori Conway, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. The afternoon concludes with curriculum discussions. Refreshments will be served.

Interested parents can contact the Admissions Office at 1-978-369-5800. For information about the application process or upcoming admissions events, visit

Thanksgiving weekend at the Concord Museum

Make a visit to the Concord Museum part of your Thanksgiving Weekend traditions. Bring all the family to the Museum for a full weekend of activities, featuring a book-making demonstration and hands-on workshop using earth-friendly materials on November 23 at 11 a.m. and 19th-century magic, presented by Robert Olson as magician Richard Potter on Saturday, November 24 at 11 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. These special guests will intrigue, teach and entertain visitors of all ages. The programs are free with museum admission; members free.

The Thanksgiving weekend admission also includes a visit to the special exhibition, "Building Thoreau's Boat," whose centerpiece is the reconstruction of a boat like the one Henry Thoreau and his brother John built and sailed in a trip they took from Concord, Massachusetts to New Hampshire in 1839. It was this boat trip that resulted in Henry Thoreau's first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.

Museum hours: Monday-Saturday 9 — 5, Sunday 12 — 5; closed Thanksgiving Day. Museum admission is $10/adults, $8/seniors, $8/students, $5/youth six to 18, Concord Museum members and children under six free.

"River Visions 2007" on November 10

The ninth SuAsCo watershed forum, "River Visions 2007" will be on November 10, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Clock Tower Place in Maynard. The keynote speaker is U.S. EPA Region 1 Administrator Robert W. Varney. For information, visit or contact Nancy Bryant at 1-978-461-0735 or

Merrimack Valley Jr. Scots baseball program formed

John Ryan, current head coach for Gordon College in Wenham and Salem, NH Legion Post 63,along with Angelo Dagres, former major league player and scout for the Baltimore Orioles, has formed a new AAUyouth baseball program for players located innorthern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.Salem Legion Post #63 fields junior and senior baseball teams for players aged 14 to 19 that compete within the highly competitive New Hampshire Department Districts.To prepare players to move upand play for these competitive teams,Coach Ryan andCoach Dagreswill be fielding at least three teams and maybe up to five depending upon turnout.Age ranges: 12U, born on or after May 1, 1995; 11U, born on or after May 1, 1996; 10U, born on or after May 1, 1997;13U and 14U teams are a possibility.The new teams will be trained in the proper techniques used by professional and college players.

Team memberspay for their own uniforms and pay asmall facility fee and get to train with current Legion, college and professional players at the facility.Tryouts will be held at the newly located Hitters Park in Lawrence at 75 Manchester Street, second floor, from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, November 10, Sunday, November 11, Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. Plan to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to register. A $25 tryout fee will be charged. Contact Assistant Coach Jack Coakley 1-508-245-4514 for additional information.

Discovery Museums' Anniversary gala November 17

Celebrate The Discovery Museums' 25 years of bringing discovery and science education to our communities with "Giving Thanks and Celebrating 25 Years of Wonder" on Saturday evening, November 17, 6 to 10 pm, at the Concord Country Club. The semi-formal gala features fine food, a silent auction to benefit the Museums and dancing to the Carlisle and Concord-based rock band, the Hip Replacements. Other than Acton, proportionately Carlisle has the next highest level of visitation to The Discovery Museums and has numerous Carlisle volunteers. Pull out your dancing shoes and plan to attend on Saturday, November 17. For further information, contact Claudia Veitch 1-978-264-4200 x24 or visit

Ars & Amici performs on November 10 and 11

Ars & Amici performs "Elizabeth's Musick," madrigals and motets from the Elizabethan court and chapel on Saturday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 78 Cold Spring Road, Westford. For information, call 1-978-369-8767. A second performance will be on Sunday, November 11, at 3 p.m. at the North Academic Concert Hall at Middlesex Community College, 591 Springs Road, Bedford. For information, call 1-781-280-3923. Donations of $5 or more at the concerts are welcomed. Singing with Ars & Amici from Carlisle is Lisa Lofdahl.

Emerson Hospital lecture November 15

The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting in the North Assembly Room at Emerson Hospital from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 15. Miriam Barrett, LICSW, will present a lecture titled "Living Positively with a Chronic Illness."

The public is invited to this free lecture. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at 1-978-287-3715.

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