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Friday, September 18, 2009

Mens over 45 basketball

Come play basketball for fun, Sunday nights at the Hunt Gym on Stow Street in Concord from 7 to 9 p.m. Contact John Mandler (1-978-369-7690) or Richard Wingard (1-508-878-6592) for more information.

Reporters needed:

The Mosquito is looking for substitute reporters to help cover town board and committee meetings, as well as to write news and feature stories. No special experience is required and training is cheerfully provided. Hours are very flexible.

What is the typical background of a Mosquito reporter? There is none! People joining the staff have included new residents and those who want to become more involved in the community, people between full-time jobs, as well as retirees and stay-at-home parents looking for a part-time outlet for their skills.

Questions? Email the newspaper at or phone news editor Betsy Fell at 1-978-369-8313 or 1-978-369-1209. ∆

Bulb and perennial sale

The Middlesex Conservation District will be holding its annual Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale on Friday September 25 from 3-6 p.m., and Saturday, September 26, from 8 a.m. - 12 noon.

The sale will be held at the 4H Fairgrounds, 51 South Chelmsford Road in Westford. Items for sale will include daffodils, tulips, specialty bulbs, perennials, and hard goods such as compost bins, kitchen scrap buckets, and fertilizer.

The Middlesex Conservation District is a not-for-profit environmental agency whose purpose is conservation of natural resources in Middlesex County. Proceeds from our biannual plant sales provide programs to improve water quality and quantity, for preservation of open space and erosion control and provide environmental education. Please visit for more information about our sales or programs, or call 978 692 9395.

RecCom news

The Museum of Science is coming to Carlisle with “Super-Cold Science” on Friday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. Amazing things happen when matter changes temperature. With the help of a Museum educator and an intensely cold liquid, visitors will experience the remarkable changes of size, form, and behaviors that occur when a variety of objects and substances are super-cooled. Then join us for the Star Party at Great Brook Farm at Dusk. Everyone is welcome; the fee is $10 per person, pre-registered, or pay at the door.

Gather around with other amateur astronomers for a Star Party and see things you don’t typically take the time to ponder on Friday, September 25, at dusk. Come to Great Brook Farm State Park and bring your own telescope or peer through one of ours. Enjoy viewing the moon, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter. Ice Cream Stand will be open.

Contact your spirit guide on Thursday, September 24, at 7 to 8:30 p.m., facilitated by Spiritual Teacher & Psychic Medium, Jenny Lynn Metevia. Learn the many ways in which your guide communicates with you; and how you can best communicate with your guide. Journey to meet your Spirit Guide, as Jenny will lead the class in a guided meditation. For ages 18 and up, the fee is $35.

State Park holds Down On the Farm Day

Come on Sunday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Down On The Farm Day at Great Brook Farm State Park, for a day of sun and family fun.

Ol’ Cold Tater will provide toe-tapping music. There will be free hayrides, pony rides, a sack race, a corn shucking contest, an egg toss, a milk mustache photo-op, a kiddie barn, storytelling and more. The event will close with the traditional cake walk. All ages are welcome.

This event is free of charge to the public, including free parking. Call 1-978-369-6312 with any questions.

Local garden on display September 26

On Saturday, September 26, visit two private gardens in Carlisle and Lexington, open to the public for one day only through The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. Visitors may begin the tour at either location, the Gardens at Clock Barn, owned by Maureen and Mike Ruettgers, 453 Bedford Road, Carlisle, or the garden of Anne Kubik and Michael Krupka, 7 Bennington Road, Lexington. Hours for the tour are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to each garden is $5 per person; children under 12 are free. Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442 or visit for more information.

Thoreau Parlor Talks in Carlisle

This fall, in the Transcendentalist tradition, Thoreau scholar Thomas Blanding will offer a series of six “Parlor Talks” on the life and writings of Henry Thoreau. The group will meet every other Sunday afternoon, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at 60 Hartwell Road in Carlisle, beginning this Sunday, September 20. The first talk will deal with “Concord Roads – What Thoreau Thought About Them.”

Each session will consist of a 50-minute talk, a 20-minute coffee/tea/cider break, and a 50-minute discussion. Participants may sign up for individual sessions at $19 each, or they may take the whole series for $100. For registration or information, call 1-978-369-1684. Seating is limited to 20.

Subsequent talks will include: “A Walk to Wachusett” on October 4, “Was Thoreau a Hermit?” on October 18, “Thoreau on Wells, Stonewalls and Old Foundations” on November 1, “Thoreau’s Garret” on November 15 and “What Became of Thoreau’s Walden House?” on November 29.

Orienteering at Great Brook Farm State Park

The New England Orienteering Club is holding an orienteering event on Sunday, September 20, as part of National Orienteering Day. Register any time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beginners are encouraged, and instruction and rental compasses will be available. Fees will be $6 per map (individual or group). There is also a $2 parking fee.

Register at the ski barn at 1018 Lowell Street. Visit for more information

Fire Department to hold open house

The Carlisle Fire Department will hold an open house at the Carlisle Fire Station on Saturday, September 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to tour the station and see the fire apparatus, including our new ambulance, recently put into service. Also on hand will be fire personnel to answer your questions, as well as provide literature on a variety of fire prevention topics. Once again we will have Peter Robinson of A. C. & M. Fire Equipment conduct live demonstrations on the proper selection and use of portable fire extinguishers. Refreshments will be served. This annual event is sponsored by the Carlisle Firefighter’s Relief Association.

COA doings

Breakfast with Lady Di: Join the COA women on Wednesday, September 23 at 8:30 a.m. in the Sleeper Room for a gourmet breakfast. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on September 18 as this lunch is limited to 35 people.

Flowers, naturally simple: Join the COA and Joan Parker on Thursday, September 24 in the Sleeper Room from 2 – 4 p.m. for an entertaining program of innovation and delight with original designs. There is no fee, but you must register by calling the COA office at 1-978-371-2895. A raffle of Joan’s demo will be held at the end of the session.

Health Series lectures: Four lectures will be held on Wednesdays at the Congregational Church from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The first, on September 30 will be given by Christy Williams, M.D. on dermatalogical issues.

New Men’s Breakfast – starting Thursday, October 8, at Nashoba Valley Tech.’s Elegant Chef Restaurant in Westford at 9 a.m. Cost:$3 per person payable at the restaurant. To make your reservation, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 no later than October 6.

Senior flu and blood pressure clinics

The BOH regular flu shot clinic for Seniors 65+ will be held on Friday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Clark Room at Town Hall. No appointment is needed. Pneumonia shots will also be available. Bring your Medicare cards. For a free van ride there, call the Van Line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance.

A blood pressure clinic will be held on Thursday, October 1, in the Sleeper Room at the Monthly Coffee from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for no fee, as well as on Thursday, October 15, at Union Hall at FRS Church before the Monthly luncheon from 11 – 11:45 a.m.

School Chess Club starts Tuesday, September 22

“Playing at chess is the most ancient and the most universal game known among men.”

The chess club for K-4 elementary school students meets on 24 Tuesday mornings, from 8 to 8:45 a.m., in the Corey Dining Room starting September 22. Beginners are welcome.

Middle school students meet on 12 Friday afternoons from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., in Wilkins room 8 beginning October 9. Experienced elementary students may also participate in the afternoon meetings starting at 3:05 p.m.

The fee is $60 for the school year. Register by emailing the co-organizers at or coming to the meetings. The club is run by parent volunteers. For more info contact David West at, (1-978-287-5174) or Brian Mottershead at, (1-978-371-3960).

“The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. . . . For Life is a kind of Chess,” Benjamin Franklin, 1779.

Soccer game to raise cancer funds

Announcing the Kicks for Cancer, Concord-Carlisle High School men’s soccer game to benefit Dana Farber, on Friday, September 25, at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Concord-Carlisle High School, 500 Walden Street, on the upper turf fields. Admission is $5.

The team will be playing Wayland in the Third Lois Wells Memorial “Kicks for Cancer” Soccer Match to raise funds in support of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The team will wear shirts with the name of someone they know who has been touched by this awful disease. They will also be raffling off some great prizes.

The event is in memory of Concord resident Lois Wells, who passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Lois is the mother of Steve Wells, who is the team’s assistant coach and a 1999 graduate of CCHS.

For more information, contact Coach Ray Pavlik at

Babysitting available for Parents Night

Carlisle Kids’ House will be providing free childcare on Thursday, September 24, from 6:15 - 9:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Carlisle Public School Elementary Parents Night and the CSA Fair. Childcare will be offered for children ages 2.9 to 12 and will take place in the room behind the stage in the Corey Building. Prior registration not required, but if you do know your children be attending, an email to is appreciated for planning purposes.  

Become a CSA member

Join the Carlisle School Association (CSA). All of the funds raised from membership dues go toward funding Curriculum Enrichment and Teacher Grants and memberships include a Husky Handbook (Carlisle Public Schools student, faculty and staff directory)! You may join the CSA by going to their website or mailing in the forms in the “back to school” packet you received the first week of September.

Come to the Fair

The CSA Fair will be held on Thursday, September 24, at 6 p.m. in the Corey Dining Room. It allows parents to learn about local and school - wide activities throughout the year. It is especially helpful to those families who are new to town or to the school.

Library renovation to begin this month

The Gleason Public Library renovation of the historic building envelope will begin in mid September. All parties involved want to ensure that the library remains a safe and hospitable environment throughout the project. Visitors should be aware that most of the library lawn will be fenced off due to the work, and areas of the parking lot will also be set aside for the workers to have easy access to the building. This will considerably reduce the space available for children after school, including the lawn. As more is learned about the timeline, updates will be posted at the library and in the library e-newsletter (sign up at Your understanding is appreciated during this important project.

Library basic computer/Internet course

Are you new to using computers? Do you need to brush up on your computer skills? The Gleason Public Library is offering a basic computer/Internet course on Wednesday, October 7 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This is an introductory course focusing on basic searching and navigating through the internet. Call the reference desk at 1-978-369-4898 to register. Registration is required due to space limitations.

Regular library hours resume

Gleason Public Library has resumed its regular hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday 1 to 9 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

From books to downloadable audiobooks and online subscriptions to Value Line and Consumer Reports, there is something for everyone

Fall story times at the Gleason Public Library

Sign-ups begin on Monday, September 21 at 10 a.m. – in person or by phone. The fall sessions begin the week of October 5 and end the second week in December.

Participation in a library story time program is a great way to introduce new books to your child, help them foster a love of reading and give them a chance to make new friends. They are also fun and sometimes crafty too.

The library is offering story-time sessions for two age groups, 3 to 4 1/2 year olds and 4 1/2 to 6 year olds. Children in the 3 to 4 1/2-year-old group must be three years old by October 5, 2009 and they will meet on Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 2 p.m. through December 7, 2009.

Children in the 4 1/2 to 6-year-old group must be 4 by April 8, 2009 and they will meet on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:10 p.m. through December 10, 2009. Please note the change in times due to the change in the kindergarten schedule.

Our Drop In Story Time for children ages three and under meets on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning October 8 through December 10. Pajama Story Times for ages three and up are offered at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month and the next PJ Story Time will be on Wednesday, October 7. Feel free to come dressed for the occasion and to bring along a favorite bedtime friend.

If you have any questions, call the library at 1-978-369-4898 and ask for the Children’s Department for more information.

Trails Committee to build boardwalk

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 27. The Carlisle Trails Committee will be building a new boardwalk in the Town Forest, starting 9 a.m., rain or shine, (hurricanes postpone). Bring a hammer and gloves. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. With our concrete bumpers previously set in place, we should finish the boardwalk by noon. Park on Old East Street and follow the signs starting at the entrance to the Town Forest on the south side of East Street

. Learn the art of tapping sugar maples

The Carlisle Historical Society will host an informal demonstration on the art and science of tapping sugar maples, and making sugar maple products on Sunday, September 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Heald House barn at 698 Concord Street. Local Carlisle residents George and Nadine Bishop, Peggy and Bob Hilton, John Bakewell and Kevin Brown will discuss their experiences and demonstrate equipment and techniques, both historical and modern, that are used in Carlisle. The event is free and open to the public. This event is held in conjunction with the Heald House open house from 2 to 4 p.m.

Carlisle Cultural Council needs you

The Carlisle Cultural Council awards small grants to individuals or organizations that provide a unique cultural experience to a broad spectrum of the citizens of Carlisle. The council funds grants in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Funding to support programs comes from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Be a part of the decision-making process for our community. The time commitment is minimal. For further information, please contact Patricia Koenitzer, 1-978-369-1041, or via email

Calling all amateur radio operators

The Selectmen have asked Carlisle’s ham operators to organize into an emergency communications corps to supplement the town’s police and fire communications systems in the event of an emergency. There will be a meeting in the Clark Room at the Town Office (66 Westford Street) on Monday, September 21, to get organized to perform this function.

Discussion topics will include: creation of the Emergency Communications Corps, its duties and responsibilities, coordination with other town organizations, training, liaison with the Concord Amateur Radio Emergency Team, and creation of a regular net schedule. Some of the radio gear the town already owns for this purpose will be demonstrated.

Call Alan Cameron K1CHI at 1-978-369-2223 for more information, or contact Dave Willard W1EO.

Spaghetti Supper tickets on sale

The Annual 6th-Grade Spaghetti Supper is Tuesday, October 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School.  The Class of 2012 will serve a delicious spaghetti dinner complete with homemade sauce, salad, bread and freshly baked cookies. Tickets are now available from all 6th-grade students and at Ferns Country Store. Dinner tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

For more information please contact Jenn Albanese at or Phil Lotane at

Over the Hill revival on TV

It won’t be in high definition, and the camera may be a bit shaky at times, but Dave Reed’s stunningly re-mastered video of the original musical comedy When You’re Over the Hill, You Pick Up Speed flashes us back 27 years to a moment when Carlisleans showed off their talents for a worthwhile cause. Thirty-two cast members, and a backstage crew of 102, successfully brought former Selectman Kate Simonds’ delightful script to the stage of the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center.

This remarkable event in 1982 helped fund the $17K community-room addition to the planned Carlisle Elderly Housing complex on Church Street. Edna Sleeper had raised only $11K for the proposed add-on, and the shortfall threatened to get her project scratched from the architect’s plan. Quickly, the Over the Hill fundraising effort was launched. From three sellout performances of the show, Edna gained the $6K that assured the inclusion of the community room.

Over the Hill was produced by Judy Larson and directed for the stage by Chuck Berney, a regionally known Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiast. Music direction was by Nancy Rovin, who is simply superb at the Concord Academy grand piano keyboard.

Cablecast of Over the Hill will premiere on Saturday, September 19 at 8 p.m. on CCTV channel 8. Encore viewing times are: Monday, September 21 at 11 a.m.; Tuesday, September 22 at 3 p.m.; Wednesday, September 23 at 5 p.m.; Thursday, September 24 at 10 p.m.; and Friday, September 25 at 9 a.m. If you worked on the show and you don’t have cable, contact Paul Gill immediately at 978-369-3006.

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