The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 21, 2007

Giving credit where credit is due

To the Editor:

Last week's editorial ("More than a store") by Ellen Miller was a delightful surprise and affirmation that, at times, change can be good. We are proud that the physical changes we've made to the store have become accepted. And we're proud that we can be the catalyst for a new community spirit. I would, however, like the record to show that, while I greatly appreciate Ellen singling me out for our events and programs, I'm just the out-front guy. We have a capable staff of Crew Members holding down the fort. I also have an outstanding business partner who maintains some semblance of sanity in our operations. Robin's phenomenal skills and dedicated drive to keep Ferns Country Store up and running provides me the flexibility so we can collectively give back to our community.

On behalf of our entire Ferns family, thank you for the past four years. It is our sincere hope that we can get over our hurdles to be able to continue to serve our wonderful town in the years to come! We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a successful New Year!

Larry Bearfield
Ferns Country Store

Absentee ballots available soon

To the Editor:

The Presidential Primary Election will be held on February 5, 2008. Absentee ballots will be available soon and you are welcome to fill out a request for an absentee ballot at any time. Please take care when completing the applications to include all necessary information, especially which party's ballot you wish to receive and a complete and accurate mailing address.

Massachusetts General Law requires that absentee ballots are only to be used by voters who are hospitalized or medically unable to come to the polls or by voters who will be traveling during the election. Absentee ballots may not be used simply as a convenience for those not wanting to come in on Election Day. When you sign the application, you are attesting to the fact that your absentee ballot request is for a valid reason.

There are two types of absentee ballot applications: one for voters and one for a voter's family member. Voters may call or e-mail the Town Clerks' office at 1-978-369-6155 or chinton to request absentee ballot applications. You may also fill out applications in the Town Clerk's office.

Once they arrive, absentee ballots will be mailed to the address specified on the application. At that time, voters may fill out applications and vote via absentee ballot in the Town Clerk's office, provided you meet the requirements specified above.

Massachusetts General Law prohibits us from giving absentee ballots to family members to deliver; they must be mailed from the Town Clerk's office so please allow enough time for the ballot to be mailed to the voter and returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

The AutoMARK voting machine will be available for voters to use when casting absentee ballots in the Town Clerk's office. This machine is designed to allow voters with all types of disabilities to vote without any assistance, but it is also available for use by any voter.

We look forward to helping you with absentee ballot requests and, as always, please call the Town Clerk's office with any questions.

Charlene M. Hinton
Town Clerk

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito