The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pumpkin thanks

To the Editor:

Sold out! Thank you, Carlisle, for supporting the third annual Pumpkins on the Common, brought to you by the Carlisle Garden Club and The First Religious Society’s Harvest Fair. In just one day, over 2,000 pounds of pumpkins were sold, leaving the group “pumpkinless” for the second planned day of sales which, as a result, was canceled.

A big thank you also needs to go to the pumpkin growers who entered the annual contest. The unanimous Best of Show winner was the pumpkin grown by William and Nate Chaffin of East Street. Their father explained that this was a very special pumpkin because this is the last year that they will be growing pumpkins on their friend Dot Clark’s farm. Kathy Balles was awarded the Roundest Pumpkin; Leslie Thomas of Sweet Autumn Farm earned the first place for Best Flesh for her New England Long Pie Pumpkins and second place for Smallest Pumpkin. First place for Smallest Pumpkin went to George Bishop. He also won the coveted “Wartyist” with his gourd entry. “Heaviest, Most Awesome” Pumpkin was Bob Orlando’s Dill’s Atlantic Giant entry. Orlando graciously donated his entry to Pumpkins on the Common for a silent auction.

Alison Saylor needs special recognition for creating the delightful Pumpkin Puzzle Pursuit. Players hunted for mini pumpkins placed throughout downtown Carlisle, following the cryptic clues that described their location. On each mini pumpkin were the letters needed for a secret message that when completed revealed that the player had won a cucurbit.

Thanks to all of the volunteers who offered to man the patch during selling hours and to the committee members who took care of details such as writing press releases, putting up our trademark scarecrows, unloading the truck and setting up the pumpkins for selling. Pumpkins on the Common is a team effort.

Thank you for your support, Carlisle. For me it is a blessing to be part of this fun fundraising event. Proceeds will be split between the Carlisle Garden Club and The First Religious Society for their ongoing programs.

Carol Nathan

Chair, Pumpkins on the Common

League of Women Voters says thanks

To the Editor:

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, ConcordCAN, Carlisle Climate Action and Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education, the co-sponsors of the October 14 Life in the Balance forum, “Let’s Talk Trash,” want to thank the nearly 100 people who attended. We are grateful to the speakers who shared their expertise: Lynne Pledger, Brooke Nash, Ann Dorfman, Amy Perlmutter and Rep. Cory Atkins. Thanks are also due to Concord Academy, which hosted the forum in its beautiful chapel, and to our local cable station, CCTV, which provided technical support so that the program could be recorded for later broadcast on cable channel 8.

For those who could not attend the program, please watch for “Let’s Talk Trash” on the cable TV schedule soon, and please visit for an action guide and more information.

Next in the Life in the Balance series is “Food for Thought,” a two-part program starting on Friday, November 6, with a screening of “Food, Inc.” at the Alcott School, and continuing on November 20 with a forum featuring Brian M. Donahue, Ph.D., at the Trinitarian Congregational Church. For details, go to or call 978-369-3842.

Launa Zimmaro

Forum Organizer

League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle

Lowell Road

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