The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 9, 2008

In remembrance of Hal Shneider

To the Editor:

This letter is in remembrance of Hal Shneider, one of those people who quietly give of their time and talents to make life better for the rest of us, without getting a lot of public recognition. Hal did many things for Carlisle, as I’m sure you’ll read elsewhere, but I want to talk about the work he did for the Trails Committee, and for everyone who enjoys a walk in the woods around here.

A few years ago, we heard from several people who didn’t walk in conservation land because they were afraid of getting lost on the trails. The committee decided to concentrate on improved signage, and put an ad in the Mosquito looking for a volunteer to carve signs for us. Hal Shneider replied, and that’s how I met him. He was a wonderful person and an incredible craftsman. When we first talked in his shop, I mentioned that the lettering templates for his router were a little large for the size signs we were anticipating. The next time I saw him, he handed me a sign with my name carved in it, in exactly the size lettering we were looking for. He had hand-cut a template for each letter of the alphabet, a very precise and time-consuming process, so he could give us just what we wanted. Almost every trail sign you see on conservation land was carved by Hal with those templates – about 100 signs in all. Did I mention he started this project in his 80s?

Every time I stopped by Hal’s shop to pick up the latest batch of signs I could expect two things. First, he would show me every tiny flaw and ask if it was good enough. Then he would ask expectantly “do you need any more signs?” Despite all the countless hours he put in, he was always willing to do more. One of life’s ironies is that because of his poor health, he was not able to actually get out on the trails and see the signs he had made.

So I hope the next time you see one of those beautiful and functional signs, you will stop for a moment and think of Hal. He was a great model for all of us, and we will miss him.

Steve Tobin

for the Carlisle Trails Committee

Tice for Selectman

To the Editor:

  I am writing to voice my support for neighbor, Bill Tice, who is running for a second term as Selectman. I have known Bill since he moved to Carlisle 17 years ago. When I think about who I would want as a Selectman, the first thing that comes to my mind is someone who loves the town and enjoys volunteering. Bill Tice fits that description. 

  Bill loves volunteering for the town and has brought his expertise as an executive with Raytheon to his work! When I see Bill, he is always sharing his love for Carlisle and his enjoyment of being a Selectman. His joy comes from helping his neighbors and giving back to the community. 

  My belief is that the attitude of loving to volunteer along with his experience makes him the perfect choice for our Selectman and I strongly urge you to vote for Bill!

Rich Colman

 Audubon Lane

Support for Williams and Tice

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of both John Williams and Bill Tice for re-election to the Board of Selectman.

I first met John in his capacity as a facilitator for a Benfield breakout group.  I was most impressed with his ability to listen to the varying opinions and bring the group to a consensus. Because of this experience, I have approached John for assistance in addressing difficult situations. His ability to listen, ask thoughtful questions and provide an impartial point of view are critical skills for a Selectman.

I also support his efforts to compress the town’s operating budgets, address the necessary capital requirements for the schools and enhance communication among town employees.

As a member of the School Committee, I have worked with Bill Tice for the past three years on a variety of issues, most notably this year’s operating budget.  Bill asked thoughtful questions and worked with us to find creative ways to address our budget challenges. I believe Bill’s strong analytical capability and knowledge of technology provides a unique perspective to the board.

The interests of Carlisle will be well served by re-electing John Williams and Bill Tice.

Nicole Burkel

School Street

Carlisle is fortunate

To the Editor: This year we have two contested elections. We are fortunate to have so many Carlisle citizens willing to serve on town committees and boards. We thank all for their service.

On the board of Selectmen, three qualified individuals are running for two positions. Bill Tice and John Williams have already served the town well over the past three years. They understand the intricacies of town government and the people involved. Cindy Nock has also volunteered in many venues for the town (Recreation and Zoning Board of Appeals). Having served on the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee for a number of years our preference leans towards the experience of the incumbents.

John Williams, in particular, has been working hard with many volunteers to further Carlisle’s efforts to broaden the range of housing options in Carlisle. This is no easy task. He, the Housing Authority and the rest of the Selectmen recognize the importance of advancing this work with a plan that is financially feasible and acceptable to the town. We applaud John’s intelligence, patience, consistent energy and good humor.

Bill Tice has also contributed importantly, focusing on many of the town’s technology issues. Cable TV access, green energy (windmills), a town hall technology plan and cell towers are only of few of his efforts. His engineering expertise and management experience is timely and valuable.

John, Bill and the fellow members of the Board of Selectmen have a thorough understanding of the fiscal challenges confronting the town over the next ten years. A process is underway in which, with continued town-wide dialogue, compromises can be struck, slower growth in operating expenses can be achieved and right-sized capital projects can be put forward to preserve the best of Carlisle. We believe John Williams and the current Board of Selectmen represent the best leadership to guide us in this important work.

John Ballantine

Fiske Street

Deb Belanger

Palmer Way

Vote for Tice and Williams

To The Editor:

I am writing in support of Bill Tice and John Williams for a second three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. I have known Bill and John since they and their families moved to Carlisle and have had the pleasure of working with each of them on various projects.

Over the next few years Carlisle will be facing some of the biggest challenges to come before the Board: affordable housing, 40B projects and budget funding for new schools and other future projects to name a few. I feel Bill and John, with their expertise and past experience on the Board, will contribute a great deal to addressing and solving these problems.

I highly respect both of these candidates for their integrity and dedication to the Town. It would be a great loss to the Town to break up such a productive and close working Board. I ask you to vote for Bill Tice and John Williams for Selectmen on May 13.

Bob Koning

Acton Street

Williams a strong advocate

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of John Williams who is running for re-election as a Selectman. He has been a tremendous asset to the town in his first term. I have worked with him on a number of housing issues and his calm, non-confrontational style is very helpful in keeping meetings productive. He listens carefully and analyzes situations using both financial and ethical frameworks. And yet, when it’s time for resolve, John is able to take a firm stand.

John has been a strong advocate for affordable housing that integrates with the surrounding community, for protecting the environment and for meeting the needs of the elderly and handicapped.

Susan and I will vote for him on May 13, and I urge you to support him as well.

Alan Lehotsky

Susan Lehotsky

West Street

Tice a person of integrity

To the Editor:

I am writing on behalf of Bill Tice who is running for Selectman as an incumbent. I have known Bill for a number of years and have always found him to be an excellent listener and a person of integrity. He possesses a good sense of humor that serves him well as he navigates through the many decisions and issues facing our Selectmen. I have been impressed with Bill’s professionalism and his concern for the community and our schools. As a Gleason Library Trustee, I have enjoyed working with Bill who serves as the Selectman representative to the library.

We’re fortunate in this year’s election that so many skilled and dedicated community members are running for town office. Please join me in getting out to vote on Election Day to support our fellow Carlisle citizens who are stepping up and volunteering to serve our town.

Dale Ryder

Lowell Road

Nock is dedicated to Carlisle

To the Editor:

This is a letter of endorsement for Cindy Nock, who is running for Selectman in Carlisle. Cindy is dedicated to Carlisle and has made many positive contributions to our town. Cindy spent several years as a member of the Board of Appeals which included more than a year as the Board’s chairman. She has a positive perspective and keeps focused on doing what is best for the Carlisle community. We wish her the best!

Shann Kerner, Robbins Drive

Steve Kirk, Westford Street

Julie Levey, Autumn Lane

Support for Salemy

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of Louis Salemy as a candidate for the Carlisle School Committee. Louis has already shown his dedication to maintaining and improving the Town’s school system as a member of the Carlisle School Advisory Board and the Concord Education Fund, the latter, which impacts the regional high school. Serving on the School Committee is a natural extension of this experience. I have worked closely with Louis as abutters to the recent Coventry Woods 40B application, and I have found his judgment outstanding. He is smart, strategic, fiscally sophisticated and to the point. As a long-term member of the Carlisle Planning Board, I believe that these are invaluable characteristics for a Town volunteer. I urge you to consider Louis Salemy for one of the two open School Committee positions.

Michael Epstein

Spencer Brook Lane

Window recycling tip

To the Editor:

I would like to tell you about our successful recycling project. Recently we replaced all of the aluminum “triple track” storm windows on our vacation house with double glazed energy efficient ones. We had solved the problem of the heat loss, but we had another problem – what to do with the windows, frames and screens from 16 old triple tracks? There was now a huge pile of scrap aluminum in our garage.

We asked our building contractor if he could recycle these. He said he would like to do more recycling but was not prepared to do so now.

Next we tried the Building Materials Resource Center in Roxbury. They collect used building materials and pass them along to others to be used in repairs. They were not interested in our windows.

Our neighbor told us of a company in Lowell, Max Levine and Co., that is in the business of buying scrap metal. On our next trip to the house we loaded the aluminum into the car and brought it back to Carlisle. We next removed all the panes of glass (which unfortunately we were unable to recycle) then drove to Max Levine’s with the remaining aluminum in the back of our van.

The company is just off the Lowell Connector in a dark and dreary building in an industrial area. I half expected to see Oliver Twist working there. The people working there couldn’t have been more pleasant or polite. They took it all out of the car for us, sorted it, weighed it, and crunched it so that it was very compact.

Then they paid us about $80. This more than covered the tank of gas and a lunch at Skip’s. Plus it was a pretty interesting outing. Recycling can be a challenge but it can also be fun. I wanted to share this rewarding experience in order to encourage you to consider what can be done with your used building materials to keep them out of our landfills and reduce the need for ever more consumption of our natural resources.

Jane Anderson

Baldwin Road

Thanks from Historical Society

To the Editor:

I would like to thank the Boy Scouts from Troop 135, the members of the Garden Club and The National Charity League and all the other resident volunteers who came to the Carlisle Historical Society Heald House spring cleanup last Saturday.  The weather was marginal, but this did not dampen the enthusiastic response from all.  The grounds have been revitalized after a long winter and look better than ever. 

Once again, thank you to all.

Charlie Forsberg,  President

Carlisle Historical Society

OHD needs contributions

To the Editor:

Old Home Day is June 28-29 this year. Please put it on your calendar and come and enjoy this wonderful Carlisle tradition, one of the many things that is part of Carlisle’s special identity.

  Old Home Day is financed by private contributions and the proceeds from the various activities, that is, a percentage of gross sales from vendor booths, a percentage from the BBQ, what we make at the cakewalk, the bake sales, ice cream social, dunking booth, road race etc.  The expenses include: porto-potties rental, cakewalk music, school custodial services, dunk booth rental, awards, mailing costs, printing costs, the First Religious Society for use of the church etc. All of these costs go up each year.

  Old Home Day has a goal of raising $9,500 from donations to cover the planned costs. This would enable it to use ALL the activity proceeds to fund donations to the school art program, one or two High School scholarships and a community continuing education grant.

Please join me in sending a contribution to Old Home Day at 90 Page Brook Road, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Fontaine Richardson

Skelton Road

COA Newsletter omissions

To the Editor:

Due to a problem out of our control, the town-wide mailing of the May “Senior Connection” was sent with pages missing, mis-numbered, or pages cut off. We have contacted the publisher and they will be sending us a batch of corrected copies that we will put in the Post Office, the Library and Village Court. We will also have some at the COA office at Town Hall for anyone to pick up. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-6693 or 1-978-371-2895 if you have one that is a problem. If you can’t pick up one at the above listed places, we will mail you one. Our apologies for any inconvenience to you.

Kathy Mull

Director, Carlisle Council on Aging

Come to locally-grown potluck

To the Editor:

We would like to invite our friends and neighbors to the spring local potluck at Union Hall on Tuesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. With the interest in the environment and what we as a community can do, attending the potluck is high on the list. Buying locally grown food from your neighbors or growing your own food to use in a delicious dish is the focus of the potluck. Not only are we supporting our community, we are also reducing our carbon footprint, and helping to preserve our open green spaces. We encourage your dish to have at least one local ingredient (organic would be great). Potluck details will be printed in next week’s Mosquito.

This spring, the speaker will be Jay Harrison, Director of Sustainable Agriculture at the Lincoln Food Project. The potluck is sponsored by the FRS Environmental Action Committee. Please try to come and bring the kids. We look forward to seeing you.

Leslie Thomas

Katharine Endicott

Sweet Autumn Farm

Help with Adult & Community Ed survey

To the Editor:

Two weeks ago, all homes in Carlisle and Concord received the latest course bulletin from Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education. The Adult & Community Education Advisory Committee wants to help the program in its constant pursuit of improvement. We have launched a telephone survey, and we will reach a hundred or so people in the school district and inquire about how the community education program can best serve the schools and local citizens. If you receive a call, please share your opinions with us. If you don’t receive a call, but want to express an opinion about our extended-day classes and programs in Concord-Carlisle Schools, please contact us. Let us know what you think about continuing education and how the public schools and Adult & Community Education can best serve you and the entire community. Leave a message at the office, 1-978-318-1540, and a committee member will call you back promptly -- or write us at -- put “Advisory Committee” in the subject line.

Your opinions are important. You can help us shape this program that evolves constantly to reflect the people it serves.

James Saltonstall

Chair C-C Adult & Community Education Advisory Committee

North Road

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