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Friday, May 9, 2008

Mosquito sponsors panel discussion on alternative energy May 15

Join the Carlisle Mosquito on May 15 at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society for the Mosquito’s annual meeting, followed by a panel discussion entitled, “Alternative Energy within Carlisle: Current Usage and Future Possibilities.” Panelists will include Keith Thierren, Leslie Thomas, Katharine Endicott and Paul Carpenter, all of whom have extensive experience and expertise in alternative energy systems. Learn about the variety of “green” energy now available, what systems are now in use in Carlisle, and what systems may be most appropriate for town and individual use.

Community organic and locally grown potluck May 13

The public is invited to a family potluck supper on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society (FRS). This event is sponsored by the FRS Environmental Action Committee.

Hear Jay Harrison, Director of Sustainable Agriculture at the Lincoln Food Project, talk about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Meet like-minded people interested in “green” environmental issues. Eat delicious locally grown or organic food made by your friends and neighbors. Lend your voice to plan and create future educational “green” forums and activities in Carlisle.

The first letter of your last name determines the type of dish you are asked to bring: A-C: appetizer or beverage; D-G: bread; H-M: salad or vegetable; N-S: main dish; T-Z: dessert. Try to bring enough for eight to ten servings of something that contains organic or locally grown ingredients. Do your best to have at least one ingredient that qualifies.

Questions? Contact Leslie Thomas at 1-978-287-0025 or Alison Saylor at

Carlisle fishing discussion group meeting May 12

The Carlisle fishing discussion group will hold its fourth meeting on May 12 at 7 p.m. at Union Hall in the First Religious Society, on School Street, to share success stories of the 2007 season and discuss the outlook for 2008. Slide shows will be given by Carlisle residents Steve Kirk, Glen Urban and Dana Booth. Captain Kirk will focus on Striped Bass, Blues and Bonito fishing in Massachusetts. Booth will cover his recent trips to Alaska and the Bahamas, and Urban will discuss fly fishing for Permit in Ascension Bay (Sian Kan Reserve) Mexico. Attendees are encouraged to share their recent fishing experiences and methods which they have found successful for various species.

Admission is free and is open to anyone interested in or just curious about fishing. For more information call Steve Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or e-mail

Language Arts coffee May 15

The English Language Arts Curriculum Review is now being conducted at Carlisle Public School by a committee composed of teachers representing grades K through eight, special educators, literary specialists, administrators and parents.

The Carlisle School Association will host a Parent Informational Coffee on May 15 at 9 a.m. in the Corey Dining Room to provide parents with an overview of the curriculum review and writing program here in Carlisle. Feedback from parents is crucial to the success of this review and all parents are encouraged to attend and participate. The team will use your input to help shape some of the work that remains to be done as they continue to evaluate the ELA program.

Stamp Out Hunger food drive May 10

The National Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive is tomorrow, May 10. To participate, place non-perishable food items in a bag and hang or leave at your mailbox. Your mail carrier will pick it up and deliver it to local food banks. Food will also be collected all week in the Carlisle Post Office lobby.

Carlisle Conservation Morning Coffee May 13

The May 13 Conservation Coffee will be held at the home of Paul and Elizabeth Carpenter, 46 Concord Street, (corner of Church and Concord Streets) from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Note the change of venue.

Representatives of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) will talk about their organization and its history in Carlisle. As one of the four owners of large open space property in Carlisle, what are their management goals and activities and how do they support and encourage open space preservation in Carlisle?

Carlisle Conservation Coffees are held on the second Tuesday of the month during the fall, winter and spring seasons to provide an informal opportunity for residents to discuss a wide range of land use, conservation and environmental issues. The coffees end promptly at 9 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Light continental breakfast is provided. The next Conservation Morning Coffee will be on June 10.

CPS volunteer social May 14

The Carlisle Public Schools will honor its volunteers with an ice cream social on May 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. All volunteers are encouraged to come for a celebration of thanks for their outstanding support. Pick up your children after school and bring them along, or come by yourselves to enjoy ice cream and conversation.

Carlisle’s Memorial Day observance is May 26

Carlisle will celebrate its annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 26. All townspeople are invited to attend this event. Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the Town Common, with the raising of the flag to half-staff by the Carlisle Colonial Minutemen. A convocation will then be held in Corey Auditorium at 10 a.m., immediately followed by the traditional parade and observances at the cemeteries. The parade will end at the Common at noon, when the flag will be raised to full-staff. Following the ceremonies, the First Religious Society will host its annual ham and bean luncheon.

Our convocation speaker this year will be Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Stutz, USAF, resident of East Street, who is currently serving on active duty at Hanscom Air Force Base. Colonel Stutz will speak about his personal reflections on past Memorial Days. Parade Marshal will be Scott Evans of the Carlisle Colonial Minutemen, and the Convocation Master of Ceremonies will be Douglas Stevenson of the Carlisle Board of Selectmen.

Drop-in Story Time at Gleason Public Library May 10

Come in for some fun at the Gleason Library with a drop-in Story Time. Join us on Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. for stories, songs, and more. These story times are for ages two to four. For more information call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the children’s department. Sign up by May 16 for BOH private well testing

The Board of Health is again organizing a voluntary water-testing program for Carlisle homeowners. The sampling will be conducted by Nashoba Analytical, LLC of Littleton on the morning of May 31.

To participate, owners must prepay for the testing. Residents can sign up at the Board of Health office starting April 25, or by mailing a check (payable to Nashoba Analytical, LLC) to the Carlisle Board of Health, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 and providing the following: owner’s name, address, telephone number, and test(s) selected. The deadline for signing up is May 16.

Owners must be home to provide access to an appropriate sampling port. There will be no appointments, but owners will be called ahead so they can start purging the water lines. Sampling should be completed by early afternoon.

Questions about the testing should be directed to the Board of Health office: 1-978-369-0283. Applications can be found at the Board of Health office and at Click on Boards and Committees, scroll to Board of Health, and click on ‘Well Testing’ link.

“Gardens through History” is May 12

On May 12, the Carlisle Historical Society and the Carlisle Garden Club present a slide-illustrated talk entitled,“Gardens through History,” with Adriana O’Sullivan, at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library. For more information, visit www.carlislehistory.

Family picnic at Great Brook Farm May 18

Great Brook Farm State Park (984 Lowell Road) will host a weekend “picnic on the farm” on Sunday, May 18, from 11:00 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine. Come with a picnic basket and spend the day at this beautiful park, with its 1,000 acres of meadows, softly rolling hills, forest trails and the only working dairy farm in the state park system.

There will be free, fun activities throughout the day, including hayrides, barn tours and music, courtesy of a country/bluegrass band. The farm’s ice- cream stand will also be open and visitors can buy a hot dog, soda, or dairy treat for dessert. There will be free parking at the state park for all visitors on May 18.

Great Brook Farm State Park is one of the dairy farms listed in the Agriculture Tourism Map, which features an extensive list of “ag-tivities” throughout the Bay State, available at the park.

This event is family-oriented and completely accessible; people of all ages and abilities are welcome. No reservations are required. For additional information, call 1-978-369-6312.

Annual spring bird walk May 18

This year’s spring bird walk on the Towle Land will be held on May 18, leaving from the parking lot on Westford Street at 6 a.m. Sponsored by the Conservation Commission for the last 36 years, the walk will be led by Ken Harte.

Bobolinks should be on the territory, and Tree Swallows and Bluebirds should be competing for nest boxes.

This year, warblers appear to be late, and will we find the elusive waterthrush? Come and find out on May 18, rain or shine, with binoculars, boots, and insect repellent.

COA doings

Podiatry clinic: On May 13, Dr. Ayleen Gregorian will hold a podiatry clinic in the Sleeper Room at Village Court from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. The fee is $15 cash or check, payable to the Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA). Call the van line at least 48 hours in advance if you need a ride. Dr. Gregorian can no longer do home visits. This clinic is funded in part by the FCOA and the Timothy Wheeler House Fund.

Knitting group: If you’d like to knit for a good cause, the knitting group is meeting on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the FRS. No need to sign up. Just drop in when you can. For more information, call Angela Smith at 1-978-371-2895.

Having a senior moment: On May 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, Miranda Heibel of Minuteman Senior Services will present a program on memory loss. This Caring Conversation is designed to help people understand the difference between dementia and an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will also become familiar with the ten warning signs of dementia.

Luncheon: Join the COA on May 15 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by a slide show of the COA Prague trip. Blood pressure screenings will be provided from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call 1-978-371-2895 to RSVP by May 12. Let us know if you need a van ride when you make your reservation. A donation of at least $2 is appreciated.

OHD scholarship program

For nearly 100 years the Old Home Day (OHD) celebration has been a testament to the dedication of individuals who volunteer their time and effort to this unique community event. The Old Home Day Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of its scholarship program to be funded through “event” earnings generated by the volunteer efforts of OHD Committee members, and donations received that are designated for the OHD Scholarship program.

This year’s scholarship program will consist of two $1,500 scholarships for Carlisle residents graduating from area high schools.

Scholarships for graduating area high school students are intended to assist those individuals who are committed to personal improvement through higher education. The selection process will focus on students who have demonstrated a keen view of community awareness and involvement. This application is for Carlisle residents graduating from area high schools who have applied or intend to apply to an accredited college or recognized vocational technical school within 180 days of scholarship award.

The applicant must be a resident of Carlisle, MA at the time of application. Submission by May 16, 2008 of a completed application including a one page essay on “The Meaning of Community and Volunteering.”

  Applications are available at www.carlisleohd./scholarships and at the Gleason Public Library Reference Desk. Completed applications should be mailed to:

OHD Scholarship Program

c/o Leslie Kmiec

94 Bingham Road

Carlisle, MA 01741

Contact Leslie Kmiec at 1-978-369-6130 with any questions about the application process.

GPL offers workshop on college admissions May 19

Interested in learning more about the college admissions process and how to plan for it? Kenneth Deitch, a long-time educator and a resident of Carlisle for many years, will speak at the Gleason Public Library (GPL) on Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m., presenting a program on “A Primer for Parents on College Admissions and the SAT.”
Deitch sees the program as most useful for parents of current sophomores and juniors. By the fall, those sophomores will be juniors and, in October, most will take the PSAT as an early step on the path to college. Also by fall, the current juniors will have become seniors. Typically they will then be focused on the college search, assembling lists and planning visits.
This program is presented by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. To learn more about this program, contact the library’s reference desk at 1-978-369-4898. This program is part of a series made possible by an Equal Access grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

To learn more about other library events, visit www, or call 1-978-369-4898.

CCHS Senior Project Fair May 14

The Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Senior Project Fair will be celebrated on May 14 at 7 p.m. in the CCHS library. The Senior Project, “A Bridge to the Future,” is an optional opportunity for members of the class of 2008 to work on intensive self-developed projects focusing on academic, creative, service or careeer areas. Students may work in one area or combine several, but all maintain reflective journals of their activities and write self-evaluations of their experiences. They work with adult mentors and learn research and presentation skills and time management.

At the May 14 fair, students will display their projects and be available to discuss their experiences. The fair is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

CCHS opens Shakespeare’s The Tempest May 15

CCHS will present its final production of the school year, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, at the high school beginning on May 15. The show will run May 15 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and May 18 at 1:30 p.m. For information and tickets, call director George Kendall at 1-978-341-2490 x7210.

IMSCC recital May 15

On May 15 at 7:30 p.m., the students and faculty of the Instrumental Music School of Carlisle and Concord (IMSCC) will present their third annual recital at the Sanborn Middle School in Concord. The community is cordially invited to attend. Several Carlisle students will perform, among them members of a clarinet quartet, Kevin Barrow, Anna Kolstad, Sarah Ojemann and Peter Ryder. Trumpeters will include David Dawson, Molly Callahan, Andrea Schmidt and Charles Fitzpatrick. The audience will enjoy performances by faculty members as well, and a reception will follow, courtesy of CCPOPS, at 8:45 p.m. This program is free of charge and open to the public. Donations are welcome, and will be gratefully accepted. IMSCC is a student-funded community service of the Concord Carlisle Schools, Adult and Community Education.

Ride for Research May 18

Carlisle’s Cook family (Team Whitney) is riding in the Brain Tumor Society’s Ride for Research on May 18. The bike ride starts in Waltham and makes its way out to Carlisle. Join Team Whitney as a rider, a virtual rider, sponsor or volunteer. For information, visit If making a donation, specify Team Whitney.

Cheerleading registration now

Concord-Carlisle Pop Warner Cheerleading is now registering. The fourth season of C-C Pop Warner Cheerleading is set to begin in August. The program is for ages seven to 13.
No tryouts. New this year is competition. Register at Call Barbara Fadden at 1-978-369-3030 or e-mail with any questions.

CCHS Class of 2006 social May 31

All parents and students of the CCHS Class of 2006 are invited to a social on Saturday evening, May 31. Check with others in the class to make sure they know of this event, and urge them to attend. Send an e-mail to for information and to RSVP.

Arcturus presents concert May 23

The Arcturus Chamber Ensemble, founded by Carlislean Sarah Darling, will feature its first-ever program of classical music on period instruments in a concert at the First Religious Society, 7:30 p.m. on May 23. To be performed are works by Haydn, “Rider” quartet, a virtuosic cello quintet by Luigi Boccherini, a work for gamba and strings by Carl Friedrich Abel (a great friend of Bach’s sons), and Mozart’s Quintet in C Minor in a version that incorporates classical oboe. As always, the concerts at FRS are free (donations accepted) and involve a reception with the musicians immediately following the performance.

More information is available at 1-978-369-1475 or by visiting

AFS-USA needs host families, volunteers

AFS-USA, the leading international high school student exchange program, needs families in our community to host high school students for an academic year or six months. Students arrive in August.

All kinds of families can host. Host families should be eager and excited to share your life and activities while providing the same kind of care, support, and comfort as you would to your own or a relative’s child. AFS students come from more than 40 countries and represent many different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

AFS also needs people interested in becoming volunteer liaisons to work locally with families and their hosted students. To learn more about hosting or volunteering with AFS, visit or call 1-800-AFS-INFO.

Seniors: get help with medical and prescription insurance

If you are a senior citizen and need help with understanding your medical and prescription options, a volunteer SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) representative will be available by appointment at Town Hall in the Nickles C.R. on Friday, May 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. Minuteman Senior Services’ SHINE Program is dedicated to providing elders with accurate, unbiased information regarding health insurance options through a network of trained volunteers. SHINE offers free, confidential one-on-one counseling to elders and their family members. A SHINE Counselor can assist elders with evaluating their health insurance needs, inform elders about their prescription drug coverage options, assist with application completion, review present coverage to maximize benefit of cost and help with health benefit claims or billing problems. To schedule an appointment for SHINE counseling, call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895.

Commonwealth Care Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is from May 1 through June 13. During this time, Commonwealth Care members who live in an area where more than one health plan is available, can change their health plan for any reason. Any change requested will be effective July 1. If a member is happy with his/her current health plan, no change is needed to stay enrolled with the current health plan.

What information is available to help members with their health plan decision?

Last month, members were mailed materials from the health plans that are available in their area. Members in Plan Types 2 and 3 will receive a custom Open Enrollment packet that shows the Commonwealth Care health plans available to them, changes to premium amounts and co-payment increases. Go to the Commonwealth Care Open Enrollment section of the web site to learn more!

Whom can members call with questions about open enrollment?

Members who have a question about open enrollment or would like to request a change for July 1 should call Commonwealth Care Customer Service from now through June 13, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-877-MA-ENROLL (1-877-623-6765) or TTY 1-877-623-7773.

Carlisle Teachers Association offers scholarships

Applications are now available for the Carlisle Teachers Association scholarships. The Marguerite Grant Scholarship is awarded annually to graduates of Carlisle Public School who are graduating from Concord-Carlisle High School or Minuteman Regional Technical High School. The Amy Lapham Award for Continuing Education is awarded to college students who qualified for the Marguerite Grant Scholarship and are continuing their educations.

Applications for both of these scholarships are available in the Carlisle School office or at under the Community tab.

Ticks are out and about: disease prevention information

Protect against tick bites and tick-borne diseases with:

• A skin repellent containing at least 25% DEET.

• Long sleeved shirts tucked into long pants tucked into socks.

• Permethrin repellents can be applied to clothing and usually stay effective through several washings. They should not be applied to skin.

• Frequent tick checks and proper removal of any that you find.

• A visit to the web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( for information on diseases associated with ticks, tick identification, and diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases. ∆

Community Chest Triathlon June 1

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and Maynard Community Chest will host the sixth annual Challenge Triathlon to benefit local human service organizations on June 1. The scenic race begins at 8 a.m. from the North Bridge with an 11.5-mile bike loop through Carlisle center, a three-mile run to the South Bridge Boat House, and a two-mile paddle back to the North Bridge. Each leg of the race is completed by two team members with teams consisting of two to six people. Online registration and donations can be submitted at or call the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest office at 1-978-369-5250.

Postal rates go up on Monday, May 12

First-class letter will be 42 cents

Postcard will be 27 cents

Europe-Asia: 94 cents

Mexico and Canada: 72 cents.

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