The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 3, 2008

One morning in Carlisle...

To the Editor:

In the morning on September 29, the Drumlin Farm Birding for Fun group went to Carlisle’s Greenough Land and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (formerly O’Rourke farm). The highlights were a Pied-billed Grebe in the west pond at the Maple Street bridge; a Cooper’s Hawk flew over the same area. We later saw two Sharp-shinned Hawks and a Red-tailed Hawk flying over the O’Rourke fields. We cut the walk in the woods and fields short because of the abundance of mosquitoes, probably the biggest crop I’ve seen all year. At Greenough Pond, we saw a female American Widgeon, three Wood Ducks, and a pair of Canada Geese. A Great Blue Heron was perched in a small pine tree on an island, as if on a nest. There were large flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds (about 400 in several groups), Common Grackles (nearly 200), and American Crows (about 80).

We met at Foss Farm, and just as we arrived a large coyote trotted across the field near the parking lot into the woods. At the Maple Street bridge, I assisted a Painted Turtle across the road.

Tom Brownrigg
Acton Street

House Tour thanks

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Carlisle School Association, we would like to thank the wonderful homeowners who so generously opened up their doors to support the Carlisle House Tour. We are grateful to our premier sponsor, Platt Builders, to Whole Foods Market, to the Carlisle Police Department and to the many other businesses and organizations that supported this effort. Lastly, a very special thanks to the more than 100 volunteers whose time and energy contributed to the success of this event. It was truly a team effort. All of the funds raised from the House Tour will benefit our children and the school through curriculum enrichment programs and teacher grants.

Holly Salemy
Celia Zimmerman
CSA House Tour Committee

Thanks to poison ivy band

To the Editor:

Many thanks to Phyllis Hughes and her band of merry workers in the removal of the dreaded poison ivy on the path from Carlisle School to the library. Phyllis is a pro-active and enthusiastic neighbor. Maybe she could let folks know how they can help defray costs.

Nancy Leonard and Jean Bates
Carlisle Village Court

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