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Friday, June 5, 2009

Volunteer sought for Town Administrator Search Committee

The Board of Selectmen is requesting letters of interest from residents not currently affiliated with any particular department or board for the member-at- large opening on the Town Administrator Search Committee. This committee will work June through September to review applications, seek input from town groups, conduct initial interviews and create a short list to be presented to the Selectmen. Submit your letter to the Selectmen, 66 Westford St, Carlisle, MA 01741.

Old Home Day news

Old Home Day is June 27 and 28. This year’s theme is “Back to Basics.”

Soapbox Derby: Time is limited. Start building your soapbox racer now and be ready for a thrilling ride down Church Street hill on June 27. Awards will be given for fastest and best design. Carlisle’s finest will have a radar gun on the speedsters – and it’s all legal! Details and an application can be found at the OHD web site:, or contact Claude von Roesgen at,, or 1-978-405-2524.

Art Show: Behold the great art created by your Carlisle neighbors. Even better, be a part of the show yourself by entering a creation you or your children have made. Any resident of Carlisle is eligible to enter up to four pieces of art. Professional artists, children and adults, all who have a passion to express their creative side, are encouraged to participate. Watercolors, pen and ink drawings, photographs, paintings, jewelry, stained glass, scrapbooks, poems, quilts, ceramics, LEGO sculptures, woodwork and more are all welcome. A special award will be given to the one work of art that best reflects this year’s OHD theme, “Back to Basics.” Drop off your work of art Friday June 26, 4 to 7 p.m. at Union Hall. Contact: Peggy Wang at 1-978-369-4660.

Calling all cakes: Attention Carlisle cake bakers – get out your best recipes and baking paraphernalia, because the cake-judging contest and cake walk are looking for lots of goodies. On June 27, deliver cakes for the cake-judging contest, or for the Cake Walk, to Corey Dining Room between 9 and 10 a.m. Otherwise, for the Cake Walk, deliver them to Town Hall between 4 and 5 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the Cakewalk will begin at Town Hall with live musical entertainment. The Cake Walk needs to continue its tradition as one of OHD’s premier events. Bring yours, folding chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show.

Pie baking is an honored Old Home Day tradition. Are you a pastry-crust wizard? Do you make the best blueberry pie around? Have you invented the most delicious filling ever? Our panel of expert judges will settle the score among Carlisle’s many talented bakers! With categories for fruits/berries, creams/chiffons, and junior bakers (15 and under), there’s room for all. Bring your finest efforts to the Corey Dining Room Saturday, June 27 between 9 and 10 am. After judging, slices are available for sampling. Whether you’re a pie baker or just a pie eater, be part of this old-fashioned country fair tradition. Questions? Call Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515.

Community Service Volunteers: Adult and student volunteers are needed for the following OHD activities: Art Show, Country Fair, Set Up/Clean Up, Library Book Sale, Parade, Fun & Games, Pet Show, Pie/Cake Judging, Soap Box Derby, Barbecue, Cake Walk, Fun & Games, Ice Cream Social. Community Service credits will be awarded to students. Shifts are about two hours long. For information, call Bill Cooney or Debbie Power at 1-978-369-0434.

Firefighters Barbecue Dinner: Don’t miss the Chicken Barbecue at the Fire Station between 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Tickets are available now at Ferns and the Dispatch Center. Tickets are first come, first served and often sell out early. The price is $9 before Saturday and $10 if any are remaining on Old Home Day. Menu includes a hearty half a chicken, sides, beverage and dessert and supports the Carlisle Firefighters Relief Association as well and OHD.

FOGPL Used Book Sale: Save your used books. The Friends of the Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) Book Sale will be held on June 27 on Old Home Day. Donations to the sale can be made June 1 to 24 at the library. We are looking for 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.

Pancake Breakfast: The Carlisle Congregational Church invites the town of Carlisle to a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 27. Pancakes, juice and coffee will be served from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Swanson Fellowship Hall.

Double Sundae Sunday Saunter: On June 28, as part of Carlisle’s Old Home Day weekend, the Trails Committee will lead a marathon walking, history, and ice-cream-eating extravaganza starting at 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning to the school at around 4 p.m. And remember the Ice Cream Social on Spalding Field at 5 p.m. Questions? Contact Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

Enjoy Riverfest in Carlisle, June 13 and 14

The Carlisle Conservation Commission and the Carlisle Trails Committee have two planned activities for the upcoming SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest celebration, scheduled for the weekend of June 13 and 14.

Sunrise canoe/kayak paddle for bird and wildlife observation on the Concord River

Celebrate the SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest with a sunrise paddle and birding along the Carlisle section of the Concord River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, June 13. Meet to sign in at 5:15 a.m. at the Bedford Boat Landing on Rt. 225 at the Carlisle/Bedford town line. Launch time is 5:30 a.m. A stop is scheduled half-way through the trip at a casual riverside restaurant for breakfast and to compare notes.

Bring your canoe or kayak, life preserver (PFD), weather-appropriate clothing for a 2-3 hour paddle, binoculars, money for breakfast, drinking water, and nature guidebooks for identifying river-edge birds, plants, insects, etc. Your own equipment, including a wearable PFD in good condition for each participant, is required. For the enjoyment of all participants, bring only boats that use oars or paddle(s) in order to keep noise to a minimum. Ken Harte will be the on-board wildlife specialist.

In the case of inclement weather or flood conditions, this trip will be canceled.

River trail walk and picnic

Join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a Riverfest celebration walk on Sunday, June 14. Walk the River Trail through the Concord River floodplain using volunteer-built boardwalks.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at scenic Greenough Pond; we’ll supply desserts. Return by the Red Tail Trail through fields, pine forests, and a bridge over a beaver pond. Waterproof boots, water, and mosquito repellent recommended. Total distance 3.5 mi, 3 hours round trip. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot, 0.3 mi west of the Concord River on Rte 225, on Sunday, June 14, at 11 a.m. For more information call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

Brochures for other events scheduled for this weekend are available in the lobby at the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street and on the website:

CCF, Carlisle Land Trust meet June 7

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) and Carlisle Land Trust invite everyone to their annual meeting on June 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be hosted by Heidi and Vaughn Harring at Four Corners Barn, 322 West Street. There will be a guided walk of Stillmeadow Farm, the adjacent Valentine property, at 4:30 p.m., followed by the annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. and a social hour with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. (Please follow signs to parking in field off Acton Street.) All are welcome to attend.

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. A koi pond, butterfly garden and magnificent glass conservatory are just a few of the features on view. For more information, visit the Garden Club website above, or contact Susan Pepple at or 1-978-371-2674.

Heald House open

In conjunction with the Garden Club Country Gardens Tour on June 12 and 13, the Carlisle Historical Society will open its doors at 698 Concord Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tour members who would like to see the Heald House collections as well as the colonial herb garden.

Twilight at Gleason Public Library

Can’t stop talking about the Twilight saga, reading the Twilight books, watching the Twilight movie? Come to the library and do all three. Gleason Public Library will devote Saturday, June 20 to all things vampire; join us in the Hollis room from 12 to 2:45 p.m. to chat about the entire Twilight series and watch the movie with fellow fanatics. Pre-registration is not required; the event is open to all 5th-12th graders.

The movie Twilight is rated PG-13. Gleason Public Library’s Twilight event is made possible by a grant from the Manton Foundation. For more information about the event, visit the library’s website,, or write Erica, Gleason’s teen librarian:

Trail clearing tomorrow

Now that the first segment of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail from Lowell to Rte.-225 is approaching completion, the Friends of the BFRT are turning their attention to the next segment. A clearing party will be held tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., for the section in Acton west of Rtes 2A and 119. Parking will be available at Pedal Power, 176 Great Road, Acton, and refreshments will be provided. Bring brush clearing tools, bug spray and enthusiasm. Carlisle’s 847.2 ft stretch of the trail doesn’t need clearing at the moment.

Dems picnic, June 20

Save the date of Saturday, June 20, 4 to 7 p.m., for the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee picnic at Cindy and John Nock’s house, 41 Canterbury Court. This is the Democratic event of the year in town, giving residents an opportunity to mix and talk politics with our State Senator Susan Fargo, State Representative Cory Atkins, and fellow Carlisle Democrats, Independents and friends. Children are welcome. For more information, contact Susan Stamps, chair of the Democratic Town Committee, at 1-978-369-8462 or

Final FNL tonight It’s hard to believe but the last Friday Night Live (FNL) of the school year is tonight from 7 to 9:30 p.m. This is the last ever for the class of 2009. Congratulations to all of you and the best of luck in your high school years. The June FNL will be free for all eighth-grade students. As always there will be dancing, basketball, ping pong and chess. A $4 admission fee is collected at the door. Snacks, pizza, soda, and water will be available for a small fee. For additional information, contact Nicole Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235 or by e-mail at, or contact any other member of the Carlisle Youth Commission. June 6 is Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day

Come join the Carlisle Parents Connection on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carlisle Fire Station for Wash-a-Fire-Truck Day. Bring your bucket and sponge and meet some of Carlisle’s firefighters while getting an up-close tour of one of our fire engines. The event is free for Carlisle families with young children and parking is at Town Hall. For additional information, contact Ali Walsh at

ConsCom Coffee June 9

The next Conservation Coffee will be held June 9 in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Laura Dooley, Forester for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Northeast Region will speak about forestry and Forest Stewardship Plans to assist public and private property owners of forested lands with management of their properties. All interested in this topic are encouraged to attend this coffee and bring your questions.

The Conservation Morning Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month in order to provide an informal opportunity for residents to meet and discuss a wide range of Carlisle-related conservation and environmental issues. Residents are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Refreshments are provided. This is the final Conservation Coffee until October.

Nomination sought for Conservationist Award

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is accepting nominations for the annual Conservationist of the Year Award to be presented to a Carlisle resident on Old Home Day. Nominations should be submitted to the Conservation Commission no later than Wednesday, June 10, 2009.

Previous award recipients:

Adalbert E. Benfield
Kenneth J. Harte
Judith A. Lane
Lois H. Surgenor
Sally Zielinski
Mark Duffy
Steven W. Hinton
Jay Luby
Susan Emmons/Betsy Fell
Eunice Knight
Steve Tobin
Greg Peterson
Seba Gaines
Janet Lovejoy, Jack & Betty Valentine, George & Jill Reichenbach,
Fred Rundlett, and Adalbert Benfield
Marjorie Findley
Wayne Davis
Art Milliken
Alex Parra
Kay Fairweather
Louise Hara
Steve Spang, David Freedman, Mary Zoll


Nomination Form Conservationist Award

This award has been established to honor the person who has demonstrated a high regard for the environment. The winner will be presented at the Carlisle Old Home Day ceremonies.

I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE________________________________________



Please return to: Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford St., Carlisle, MA, 01741 or FAX (978) 369-4521


2009 Honored Citizen nominations due June 13

Nominations for Carlisle’s honored citizen award are being accepted by the celebrations committee. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, June 13. Please fill out the coupon provided or send or deliver a letter to either Judy Larson or Scott Evans.

The award will be presented at 9:30 a.m. on Old Home Day during a special ceremony by the flagpole.

NOMINATION CRITERIA: Those persons who have given of themselves unselfishly to make our lives richer and Carlisle a place to call home, proudly. No past recipient or town employee is eligible.

I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE ________________________________________


Signature (optional)________________________________________________

This nomination will be treated confidentially by the committee.

Send to: Judy Larson, 36 Forest Park Drive 1-978-369-6503 or

Scott Evans, 299 Heald Road 1-978-371-0880

Nominations must be in by Saturday, June 13.



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