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Friday, May 15, 2009

Carlisle’s Memorial Day celebration is May 25;
Maris Platais will be featured speaker

Carlisle’s traditional Memorial Day observance will be held on Monday, May 25. The day will begin with the Carlisle Colonial Minutemen conducting a ceremony on the common at 9:15 a.m., during which the town flag will be raised to half-staff. Following that, the town’s Memorial Day Convocation will be held in the Corey Auditorium at 10 a.m. The Master of Ceremonies will be Selectman Doug Stevenson, the award-winning Carlisle School Band will perform, and local artist and long-time Carlisle resident Maris Platais will give the address.

Maris Platais was born in Jelgava, Latvia, shortly before the outbreak of World War II. During the war, his family endured the horrors of two occupations, first by the communists, then by the Nazis. They subsequently fled to Berlin, at the time of some of the most intensive U.S. air raids. In early spring 1945 the family fled to the Swiss-French border of Germany, where they experienced heavy artillery shelling by the advancing French army. When the war ended, the Platais family successfully relocated to the American zone, where they spent four years in a displaced persons camp. While there, they were allowed to apply for a visa to enter the U.S. They arrived in Boston in 1949 on a military transport ship. Maris and his brother Andy attended high school in Boston, while their parents worked in housekeeping at Mass General Hospital and attended night school to improve their English and train for new careers. Maris attended Tufts University for two years, and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served with the Atlantic and Pacific fleets as an intelligence specialist. Upon discharge, he returned to Tufts to complete his education, where he met Betty Elliott, a Carlisle native. They were married in 1966, settled in Carlisle in 1968, and have lived here ever since.

Following the convocation, the parade will form in the school parking lot and proceed to the cemeteries and memorials, to honor our veterans. Taps will be played by members of the school band, the veterans rolls will be read, and the parade will return to the common, where the town flag will be raised to full-staff at noon. Following the exercises, the First Religious Society (the white church on the common) will serve their traditional ham and bean luncheon, to which all townspeople are most welcome.

Organic and Locally Grown Potluck May 19

The First Religious Society’s Environmental Action Committee is sponsoring a Community Organic and Locally Grown Potluck on May 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Union Hall. Annette Lee, advocacy coordinator of Slow Food Boston will speak about the global movement that is changing people’s relationship with food. Enjoy delicious food made by your friends and neighbors.
In order for there to be enough food for all, each adult is asked to bring a dish that serves eight to ten people. Try to include an organic or locally grown ingredient. Use the following, based on the first letter of your last name: A-G: main dish; H-M: salad/vegetable; N-Q: dessert; R-Z: appetizer. If you have questions, call Leslie Thomas at 1-978-287-0025. Reserve your place for Provincetown trip

Reserve your place for Provincetown

Join the Carlisle and Concord seniors on September 8 for a day trip to Provincetown. Leave from the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street, (park in back lot) at 6:30 a.m. Enjoy a 90-minute boat ride aboard the Provincetown III. After the boat ride there is time for sight seeing, shopping and dining. The price is $60 and includes driver gratuity. Arrival home will be by 5:30 p.m.

Pick up flyers at Carlisle or Concord COA or contact Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 or Checks, due by June 1, should be payable to Fox Tours and sent to Joanne Willens, 145 Church Street, B-12, Carlisle, MA 01741.

CSA annual meeting May 19

The Carlisle School Association (CSA) annual meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at the home of Louis and Holly Salemy, 438 Concord Street. All parents are invited to attend. During this meeting, the CSA will express appreciation to a dedicated team of individuals including outgoing Board members, celebrating the success of the past year and voting in new Board members.

Arcturus Chamber Ensemble, May 29

On Friday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m., the Arcturus Chamber Ensemble will play a concert at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Formed by Carlislean Sarah Darling, Arcturus has brought a diverse group of world-class chamber musicians to the area for years. Admission is free. A reception with the artists will follow the concert. For more information, visit our website at

Cover to Cover 2010: planning underway

Carlisle’s very successful inaugural community read event “Cover to Cover” 2009 paves the way for a great 2010 community read. The Gleason Public Library has an enthusiastic planning team already brainstorming the next book and potential programs to offer in January 2010 and needs ideas from you. The more input, the better the event. The committee seeks interested volunteers and/or interesting book titles. Stop by the library, visit or email to share ideas today.

Set aside books for FOGPL Book Sale

Save those used books, because the Friends of the Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) Used Book Sale will be held on June 27, Old Home Day. Donations to the sale can be made starting June 1 at the library. Donations can also be made at Pass it Forward Day at the Transfer Station on May 30. FOGPL needs volunteers to help sort, move books, set up, and help on the day of sale. Contact Seema Peterson at or 1-978-369-3288 if you can help.

Country Gardens Tour June 12, 13

Circle Friday June 12 and Saturday June 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to visit some of the most beautiful gardens in town. Whether your tastes run to cottage gardens or formal landscapes, the Garden Club’s Country Gardens Tour is your chance to see the hidden treasures of Carlisle. A koi pond, butterfly garden, and magnificent glass conservatory are just a few of the features on view.

Tickets for the tour are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the tour, $10 for seniors. Save money by purchasing now using PayPal at or visit Ferns, Agway in Chelmsford, or New England Nursery in Bedford. Tickets will be available the days of the tour at the First Religious Society on Carlisle’s Town Common. A plant sale featuring perennials from the gardens of Carlisle Garden Club members will also be held at that location. The Tour is held rain or shine.

The Garden Tour raises funds for town plantings, public speakers and horticultural library materials. This year the Garden Club was able to sponsor Isabella Stewart Gardner at Center Park and to donate a sprinkler system at Town Hall and plantings for the new Veterans Memorial on the Common with the help of funds raised at the last Garden Tour.

For more information, visit the Garden Club website above, or contact Susan Pepple at or 1-978-371-2674.

Birds of Prey program at Foss Farm

The Carlisle Land Stewardship Committee and the Carlisle Cultural Council will present a Birds of Prey Program at Foss Farm on Sunday, May 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about their lifestyles and their habitats. Naturalists from Mass Audubon Society will bring a broad-winged hawk, kestrel, and two types of owls from Drumlin Farm. The program will accommodate folks dropping in any time during the program.

The program is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. To learn more about this program, contact Lynn Knight at 1-978-318-0872.

Volunteers and donations needed

On Tuesday, June 2, the annual spring CSA luncheon will be held to honor the Carlisle School’s teachers and staff. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve and clean up and/or to contribute a favorite homemade dish or a monetary contribution to offset the costs of the decorations and paper goods. Contact the coordinators Stephanie Shenton and Kristie Ridick via email at

GPL looks ahead to summer reading

The Gleason Library offers summer reading programming for Carlisle kids entering grades one through six and the theme of this year’s program is space: “Starship Adventure at Your Library.”

The Gleason librarians are seeking help from the community for creative ideas and suggestions. For example, do you happen to have a Star Wars collection that you would be willing to let us borrow for our display cabinet? If you have any space-themed materials or ideas to contribute to the summer reading 2009 program, call or email Nancy Boutet 1-978-369-4898, or

FCCOA to celebrate 15th anniversary

The Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging (FCCOA) invite the community to their Annual Meeting and 15th anniversary celebration to be held on Sunday, May 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kissinger’s home at 207 Elizabeth Ridge Road.

Following the brief business meeting, Jason Bearfield, president of Liquid Landscape Designs, will discuss some of his projects and present some landscape, maintenance and environmentally sound ideas for the Carlisle garden. Refreshments will be served. Contact Estelle Keast at or 1-978-369-244 if you plan to attend.

Mailbox Improvement Week starts May 17

Carlisle Postmaster Greg Lee has notified the Mosquito that the Postal Service has designated the third full week in May as Mailbox Improvement Week. This annual event, starting Sunday, May 17, and running through Saturday, May 23, gives us all an opportunity to examine and, when necessary improve the use and appearance of our mailboxes.

Here are some mailbox guidelines:

1) Only mailboxes approved by the Postmaster General, which are sold at local stores, are to be used. And the bigger the mailbox, the better to accommodate larger packages.

2) Make mailboxes safe for use. Carriers must be able to reach the mailbox without leaving their vehicles.

3) Make sure mailboxes are conveniently located for the mail carrier, with street number on both sides of the box and numerals not less than one-inch high. Police, fire and rescue personnel often depend on mailbox information to locate people and may approach from a different direction than the mail carrier.

4) Keep mailboxes neat in appearance, and avoid flowers which attract bees. Ivy is acceptable.

Some positive activities to engage in during this special week include:

1) Replacing loose hinges on a mailbox door.

2) Repainting a mailbox that has rusted or started to peel.

3) Remounting a mailbox post that has become loose.

4) Replacing or adding visible house numbers.

So here’s to Mailbox Improvement Week! This is a time when we as Carlisle residents, can make every effort, when necessary, to improve the use and appearance of our mailboxes, and at the same time be supportive of our mail carriers.

Board of Health to hold Hazardous Waste Day

The spring Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. - noon at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station.

What to bring: oil-based paints, stains, thinners, strippers, solvents, varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, waste fuels, (kerosene, gasoline) engine degreasers, brake fluids, poisons, cleaners, spot removers, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, creosote, moth balls, arts and crafts supplies, antifreeze.

What not to bring: No latex paint. These paint cans should be opened, allowed to dry and disposed of in the regular trash collector. Adding kitty litter will accelerate the process. Also do not bring smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fireworks or explosives, prescription medicines/syringes, radioactive wastes, fire extinguishers, cathode ray tubes, biological waste, unknown materials.

CRT recycling: Computer monitors should be left in or near the swap shop for recycling.

Batteries: Batteries do not need to be brought to the hazardous waste collection. Residents can dispose of ordinary household batteries (AAA - D, Alkaline, nickel cadmium) by giving them to the attendant at the transfer station. There is a regular collection point for lead-acid or car batteries.

Swap table: A swap table for new and unused paint, motor oil, cleaners, etc. will be open from 9 - 11 a.m. Clean Harbors will select items appropriate for exchange.

Mercury: Thermostats and thermometers can be dropped off anytime with the transfer station attendant. The town is no longer doing a thermometer swap. The board encourages homeowners to check with contractors they hire on how they plan to dispose of any mercury-containing products being replaced.

Safety: Tighten caps and lids, leaving materials in original labeled containers. Sort and pack separately paint, pesticides, household cleaners. Avoid spills and do not place in garbage bags. Never mix chemicals. Cars should not block the entrance to the Transfer Station.

The collection will start at 9 a.m. and close promptly at noon. Cars must be in line before noon. Once the hazardous waste containers are sealed they cannot be opened for late comers.

Volunteers are needed to count cars, check for stickers and help with the swap table. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two the day of the collection, please call the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283. Community Service points will be provided to interested high school students. If you have any questions about what you are bringing contact the Board of Health at 1-978-369-0283.

SEPAC meets May 29

The Carlisle Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will hold its next meeting on Friday, May 29, at 9 a.m., in the school cafeteria.

We have a representative coming from the Program, Quality and Assurance Division of the Bureau of Special Education Affairs (BSEA). The representative will answer questions about the proper procedures and regulations governing special education.

Remember that any personal information discussed at all SEPAC meeting will remain confidential. See the school website. Go to Community and then to SEPAC or contact Elaine Bojanic 1-978-371-5624 or Lori Tucker 1-978-371-3292.

Bird walk May 16

Tomorrow there will be a free bird walk led by Peter Alden and other local naturalists. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Concord Public Works parking lot. The walk is open to all ages, especially children, and will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 1-978-369-1373.

Carlisle Sierra Club to meet Thursday, May 21

The Carlisle Sierra Club Committee will meet on Thursday, May 21, 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Hollis Room of Gleason Library. The public is welcome to attend.

Agenda items will include a brainstorm of local environmental and energy matters of interest to the membership, and a discussion of the role of grassroots environmental organizations in relation to legislation and policy at the local and state level. For further information about the Sierra Club, visit For specific information about the Carlisle Sierra Club Committee call 1-978-287-4270 or e-mail

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

Intro to Home Energy Savings: On Monday, May 18, at both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., free seminars will be given on home energy savings. These talks are co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the town of Carlisle and the COA. For more information or to register for either of these seminars, call the COA at 1-978-371-6693, call the Selectmen’s office at 1-978-369-6136 or send email to

Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, May 21, at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed at 12:45 p.m. by speaker Stuart Whitehurst of Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than Monday, May 18. The cost is $3 or more. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride.

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