The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 11, 2008

Life without Friends

To the Editor:

Sadly, the number of people who have become Friends of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) is dwindling. If you are a Library user and haven't become a Friend, here is why you should be concerned: without the Friends' support, there would be no museum passes, no author events or parenting workshops, few if any COA lectures, no summer reading programs, no art on the Library walls, no snacks for after-school programs such as Early Release Day Movies or Storytimes, no Great Pumpkin Spectacles, no Harry Potter parties, no sing-alongs, a much smaller selection of magazines, CDs and DVDs to check out and enjoy, and no summer book sale. Gleason isn't just a Library — it's a concert hall, a day-care provider, an art gallery, a true Magic Kingdom.

What does it mean to join the FOGPL? It means that for $25, less than the price of a family visit to Kimball's, you can be a part of what helps make our Library so special. So if you are not a Friend, I urge you to become one by sending your check, made out to FOGPL, to the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle, MA 01741.

It's the best $25 investment you will ever make. (At least until Kimball's is open.)

Ann Quenin
President, FOGPL Board

Goodbye to Highland Studio

To the Editor:

This past week, I said a lonely goodbye to the friends that I have made, and to my little studio # 9 at the Highland School Building. Disassembling my studio brought back images of the many memories, and of the art, both complete and not yet started, that now may never be.

My cozy light-filled space may have been the smallest of the studios, but it was the space where I could explore my travel and life experiences and capture them in a more tangible form. I shall miss it.

Hopefully, the decision to oust our community of artists from this historic space will indeed serve some greater purpose.

Lesia Shaw

Angels in Carlisle

To the Editor:

It is wonderful to find that we do live among every-day angels. The Council on Aging (COA) requested Market Basket and CVS gift certificates from the parishioners of St. Irene Church through their Giving Tree. The Council on Aging appreciates so much the very generous support of St. Irene's parishioners. Through their support, we were able to pass on these wonderful gifts to many of our seniors, all of whom found them useful. We would also like the thank Judy Andrews who worked tirelessly to coordinate the Giving Tree and to ensure that needs are met, she is a true Christmas angel.

Angela Smith
Carlisle COA Outreach Coordinator

Personal loss spurs fervor

To the Editor:

In the response to my letter [November 16, 2007 issue], Name Withheld claims I need friends in the GLBT community. It is precisely because of my gay and lesbian friends that I am concerned about the GLBT practices. My neighbor's son, a wonderful young man, died in his thirties of HIV/AIDS. A homosexual friend in the puppeteers guild recently died at age 53. I have seen the sadness of life of a lesbian cousin. Yet these lifestyles are being promoted to young people by our schools and churches as simply alternative lifestyles. They are not. They are very dangerous, life-threatening activities. Our young and impressionable youth must be made aware of these facts. Let's ask, "Why are these facts withheld in most forums - plays like The Laramie Project that target our youth?" In good conscience how can we continue to omit this piece of the pie? Our youth deserve all the facts. Anything less is unacceptable.

Sally J. Naumann
Lowell Street

Prison Outreach says thanks

To the Editor:

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The last plastic bag has been filled with acceptable items, tied with a ribbon, packed in boxes with 1,719 others, delivered to the prisons and been distributed to the inmates; a huge undertaking, that once again has brought a bit of dignity, joy and hope to men whose lives have little of any of these. The Holiday Gift Bag Project, sponsored by Concord Prison Outreach could not happen without the support of a very great number of people:

We are grateful to the West Concord Five & Ten who have made all the items available as they have done for many, many years.

Once again Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, welcomed us graciously and allowed us to take over their huge undercroft for several weeks to receive, sort and pack the items. Ted, their Sexton, seemed always to be on hand to transport countless bags from the collection box to the sorting tables.

Faith communities and individuals from the local area and well beyond have responded generously with both the gift bag items and financial assistance.

We are especially grateful to the many children who made wonderful, beautiful, joyous Christmas cards! These cards are treasured by many inmates beyond all others.

And then there are all the faithful volunteers (51 of them this year) who came from near and far to help sort items and pack the bags.

We thank all these people and communities for their cheerful generosity that has helped to show caring and to bring hope to the incarcerated men of MCI-Concord and NCC.

If you have questions about the project and how to become involved in it or would like to know more about Concord Prison Outreach and its many programs, please call Lenore James, Executive Director of C.P.O. at 1-978 369-1430.

Carol Miller and Beverly Duncan
Co-Coordinators of the Holiday Gift Bag Project

Carlisle COA holiday luncheon thank you

To the Editor:

On December 20, 2007 the Council on Aging held their Annual Holiday Luncheon at Union Hall in Carlisle. We had over 80 persons who braved the weather to make it to this luncheon. A particular thank you to Verna Gilbert and all her volunteers who made this such a wonderful event! These special people volunteer their time and talents month after month to organize, set up, shop, pick up the food, check people in, serve, and clean up. They help the COA to provide a delicious lunch, and a very inviting place to socialize. This is a wonderful effort by many volunteers too numerous to mention!

We also want to thank Alice Hardy who, month after month, provides some lovely centerpieces for the tables. A special thank you to Carlisle Cub Scout Troop 135, led by craft project leader Mary Beth Stevenson, for providing over 90 little tree centerpieces, and thank you to Mike Quayle for delivering them the day of the luncheon in that snow! Everyone was very pleased with them! Thank you to Carol Nathan, our transportation coordinator, who picked up our seniors and got them safely to and from their homes. Another thank you to Angela Smith, our Outreach Coordinator, who made lots of calls to let everyone know the luncheon was still on.

Baskets were donated by Sandy McIlhenry for our use in making the food and raffle baskets. "Santa Nick" Lunig, thank you for taking time out of your busy plowing to entertain and give out presents. Santo Pullara and all the Dixie Diehards Band musicians also made a great effort to get to the hall to entertain us. Most came from the South Shore!

A special thank you to Phyllis Hughes who donated some of her lovely hand-painted note cards to give out as gifts. Another special thank you to Marie Paglia who wrapped all the notecards. A great job!

I would be remiss if I didn't thank Barbara Culkins and Mary Daigle who helped me wrap over 90 little presents for Santa to give out! You made this task very quick and easy! We also appreciate the First Religious Society letting us rent the hall each month for our luncheons. This is a lovely bright place for our seniors to gather.

Last, but not least, I would like to thank all our COA board members, Friends board members, Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie who helps out at our luncheons, and our Selectmen liaisons, Alan Carpenito and Tim Hult, who support us during the year.

Kathy Mull
Director, Carlisle Council on Aging.

2008 The Carlisle Mosquito