Friday, October 16, 2009
CCHS building concerns
To the Editor:
There were two events over the past several weeks at CCHS that highlight major structural issues at the CCHS building and the pressing need for the facility to undergo a major renovation.
First, the unfortunate recent student incident raises serious concerns about the overall safety of the building [see “CCHS student arrested after threats,” Mosquito, October 2, 2009]. Currently, there are 54 separate entrances to the building, which are very difficult to monitor. The day after the threatening message was discovered, students were forced into two entrances at the front of the building in order to pass through metal detectors. With a major renovation, the building could be redesigned to limit the number of entrances into the building and improve student safety.
Second, as reported in the Mosquito last week, a water leak occurred in the utility tunnel and several thousand gallons of water had to be pumped out. As a result, mold testing will be conducted and there may be a need for mold remediation. This building has long outlived its useful life, and increasingly, the physical structure is showing signs of stress.
Both towns last year approved funds for a facilities master plan study and the Facilities Master plan committee has been hard at work moving the process along. One of the major reasons why this study was chosen was the potential for MSBA reimbursement of repairs and renovations. The news last week that the MSBA would consider CCHS for reimbursement of repairs to the building is welcome news, and the Concord school administration will work hard to meet their criteria. A teleconference with MSBA has been scheduled for October 14 to discuss the impact of the MSBA’s feasibility study on the currently planned facilities master plan.
Concerns regarding “stretch code”
To the Editor
The recent article regarding the modification of building codes creates a major concern in my mind. How will the adoption of the codes affect the preservation of historic properties which at some point almost always need restoration? How does restoration differ from renovation?
My concerns relate directly to the Clark Farm which was my mother’s home. I understand that the property is being readied for sale by the surviving grandchildren due to Aunt Dot’s health status. When I visited two years ago the property looked good except for a bit of deterioration in the barn. However, when a property changes hands unseen problems often appear.
I do not know if the property has been listed on the National Historic Registry. It certainly should be. The central portion of the house and the central portion of the barn both date back to circa 1760. As part of the Bicentennial celebration in 1976, I understand that historians concluded that the Minutemen probably walked between the house and barn to get to the North Bridge in Concord. Aunt Dot silenced this notion since she did not want tourists swarming around like mosquitos. The entire property as it now stands should qualify for historic status since it does not appear to have been altered since I visited during many summers of my childhood in the late 1940s and early to mid-1950s.
I must admit that I am biased, but I don’t want to see the opportunity to preserve the property by new owners be affected by newly adopted building codes. If I had the money, I would probably be a prospective buyer. However, the reality of what mother told me during the Eisenhower years prevails:
“Edmond, we’d be blue bloods like the Cabots and the Lodges, if we had money.”
Edmond E. Bates, Jr.
Spaghetti Supper a success
To the Editor:
As co-chairs of this year’s Sixth-Grade Spaghetti Supper, we would like to thank the many people who helped make the evening a great success. This traditional event brings the Carlisle community together and raises significant funds to support the students’ upcoming class trips, plays and graduation expenses. We were delighted to see the familiar faces of parents and children who attend the school, and we were equally pleased to serve the many townspeople who do not have children enrolled in the school but came to support the efforts of the class. We thank you all.
We would also like to recognize the many class parents who gave of their time, energy, ideas and financial support over the last several months as we planned the supper. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the school faculty, administration, and staff who, in countless ways, encouraged and supported the students and us.
Finally, we would like to thank the sixth-grade students. When it was time for them to take on the responsibility of selling tickets and, on Tuesday evening, of serving as wait staff, they did it with enthusiasm, energy and focus. These young people understood the importance of the Spaghetti Supper and directed their energies accordingly. We should all feel very proud of their efforts. Great job, Class of 2012!
Save the Date– Save the Future
To the Editor:
The science is now clear and consistent. Earth is warming faster than anybody had predicted only a few years ago and our planet’s ability to support us with a reasonable quality of life is at great risk. It is our children and their children who will most impacted. It is our responsibility to continue and accelerate the restoration.
Efficient lives will help. Mass utilization of alternative forms of energy will help more. Overarching actions such as reining in U.S. and global population and consumption growth will help the most over the long term. Only local political action can make all this happen. Think globally, act locally.
October 24, 2009 will be a day for citizens around the world to show their support for a strong climate treaty to be agreed to at the United Nations talks in Copenhagen in December. More than 2,000 rallies, demonstrations and other events are being planned at some of the Earth’s most iconic places.
Please come to Concord and join people from many surrounding communities to kindle the message. When you hear Carlisle church bells at 11 a.m., do come to the town green for the various “awakening events” and to walk, cycle or carpool to Concord. Check out www.350.org for more information; search there for “Carlisle, MA” for the latest updates and local events. See elsewhere in this Mosquito for more on the Carlisle agenda: Saturday, October 24 – Save the Date – Save the Future. Thank you.
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