The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 3, 2009

Thanks for help in Rotary

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Garden Club would like to acknowledge the very able and valuable assistance of those who help us to maintain the plantings in the Rotary.

We are indebted to Ken Kydd of the GreenLawn Company of Chelmsford for maintaining the irrigation system, again giving labor at no charge.

Kevin Foster, of Foster Landscape and Design from Bolton, mulched the outer ring of the rotary as he has done for several years. Hauling mulch out there and distributing it is a dangerous and difficult task. He donated both the labor and mulch.

We are fortunate to have such generous people who are willing to help out with this project.

Jane Anderson
Carlisle Garden Club Civic Committee

Barn concerns

To the Editor:

Have you ever wondered why you don’t see cows grazing peacefully on the grass in the meadows surrounding Great Brook Farm? I wondered too, until I asked the Interpretive Ranger several years ago. To our surprise, she told the tour group that the milking barn cows are confined to their tiny area on the concrete slabs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year until their milk production drops and they are replaced. In short, each cow stands in the same spot practically all her life. The visitors on the tour fell uncomfortably silent. Someone asked gently, “You mean they never see the sun? “That’s true,” she continued, “but don’t worry, the cows ‘like’ it.” When more concerns were raised, she awkwardly dismissed further discussion along this line and the tour moved on.

This new knowledge saddened me. It is why I read with concern that a new, larger milking barn is being built, (See Carlisle Mosquito, June 19, 2009, “New barn takes shape at Great Brook Farm State Park.”) and that the old one will remain.

The new barn will hold 110 milking cows with a “free-stall” design which means that although these gentle animals will have some room to move around, they will remain confined mostly to their tiny prison cells for their production life. Yes, it appears better than the current milking barn, but it is still far from humane.

Farming is not easy, even more so in New England. I understand and appreciate that. I do not know the answer to Great Brook Farm’s financial health, but I do know that it doesn’t lie in even more factory farming. The animals deserve better.

Jeannie Geneczko
Maple Street

Many thanks for the Veterans Honor Roll

To the Editor:

I would like to thank all responsible for the Veterans Honor Roll Memorial and the events of this last Sunday. The turnout was obviously exceptional and beyond expectations.

For the first time our country, as well as many others, is facing a terrorist regime that is mere miles from nuclear warhead facilities. Pakistan itself is defended by leadership and military that has mixed alliances and intentions. Despite our desires to end our involvement in any war, we can not forget, or diminish, the formidable protection of our way of life and that of our children’s future which our military provides us.

Steve Davis
Prospect Street


To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Doug Stevenson, the Honor Roll Committee, as well as all those who participated in Sunday’s Honor Roll ceremonies. The event was staged and presented with typical Carlisle class.

The Honor Roll itself and surrounding landscaping is an attractive addition to our town and will serve as a lasting tribute to all our veterans.

Thank you.

Jack Innella
Veteran U.S.M.C.
Hemlock Hill Road

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