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Friday, November 13, 2009

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

• Holiday shopping: On Wednesday, November 18 the COA van will go to Newburyport for holiday shopping, leaving at 9 a.m. from the Congregational Church parking lot. The cost is $10 and lunch is on your own. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690. Mail or drop off your check at COA Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741 – Attn: Kathy Mull.

• Women’s heart health seminar: On Monday, November 16, at 10 a.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall (following a continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m.), meet a heart attack survivor from Groton who will tell her story about what she experienced, how she survived and how she is living, healthy. To register for this free seminar, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895. For a ride, call the van line, 1-978-371-6690.

• Medicare check-up talk: On Tuesday, November 17 at 10 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court, Minuteman Senior Services will review health and prescription insurance coverage. Learn what is happening with Prescription Advantage. Changes for 2010 can be made between November 15 and December 31. Call the COA office to sign up for this free talk .

• CCHS senior Thanksgiving luncheon: On Saturday, November 21 at noon, the CCHS junior class will sponsor a free turkey dinner at the high school. Sign up by calling the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by noon, on November 17. Call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 if you need a ride.

Get answers to your questions about food allergies

Bring your questions about food allergy symptoms and treatment, and how to stay healthy and safe with food allergies, asthma or other allergies, to the Nashoba Valley Asthma & Allergy Educational Support Group on Monday, November 30, at 7 p.m. at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer. There is no charge to attend and pre-registration is not required.

Speaker Dr. Scott is a board-certified allergist in Leominster and at Children’s Hospital, Boston. For information, call 1-781-444-7778 or visit www.asthmaandallergies.org.

Digital camera workshop at Gleason Library

Trainer Barbara Andrews will present an informative workshop on digital photography at the Gleason Public Library on Friday, December 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This workshop will provide an overview of digital photography such as selecting a camera and printer, editing photographs and image file formats. Basic techniques for adjusting the quality of digital photographs for printing, emailing and displaying on the web will also be demonstrated. Attendees may bring their own cameras if available. Please call the library at 1-978-369-4898 to register for this free program.

Adult talk time at the Gleason Public Library

The Gleason Public Library and Council on Aging are joining forces to promote a weekly drop-in adult talk time at the Gleason Public Library. They provide the “when” and “where,” those attending provide the discussion. This weekly adult social time takes place each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This program is open to anyone. To learn more about other library events, visit www.gleasonlibrary.org.

Walking group meets

All are welcome to participate in an informal walking group that meets at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings at Center Park. We walk on the trails and paths in Carlisle for about two hours, and expect to be walking through November, weather permitting.

There is no sign-up, just show up. Contact Jane Anderson jane.anders@comcast.net or 1-978-369-9672 if questions.

Salvation Army kettle at Ferns

In case you didn’t notice, there is now a Salvation Army Kettle in Ferns (thanks to the generous support of Larry Bearfield and Robin Emerson). Carlisle has its own Salvation Army Service Unit. Although it may come as a surprise to many, Carlisle does indeed have our share of residents in need, especially in these tough economic times. All contributions made to our “Town Kettle” remain in Carlisle and allow us to support residents with fuel, food and other essentials as the need arises. Residents (of all ages) who have needs are encouraged to call the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) at 1-978-371-2895. Complete confidentiality is assured.  Thanks also goes to Ray Taylor, Treasurer of the Friends of the Carlisle COA, for handling the deposits. Your generous support is very much appreciated.

Thanksgiving eve ecumenical service

The fortieth annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 7:30 p.m. at The First Religious Society, overlooking the Common. Fr. Donohoe of St. Irene parish is the homilist and Rev. Diane Miller of The First Religious Society will lead the prayer. An offering will be received for the Open Pantry in Lowell, which has experienced increased requests for bags of groceries at a time when surplus food supplies have dropped. A reception with cider and treats will follow in Union Hall.

A combined choir from these two churches will sing an anthem under the direction of Marguerite Shaw, Minister of Music at FRS. They will sing hymns accompanied by the tracker organ. Anyone who would like to join the choir for this service, please come at 6:45 p.m. You are welcome to this service geared to the wider community regardless of your beliefs or whether you have a faith affiliation.

Thanksgiving potluck

Come for a coordinated potluck dinner on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, at 2 p.m. in Union Hall, 27 School Street. The cost will be $5 for adults, $2 for children.

Sign up for the food you will contribute to the traditional holiday dinner (turkey, vegetarian entrée, potatoes and dressing, green vegetable, yellow vegetable, salad, rolls and dessert) at 1-978-369-5180 by November 23. Bring your own wine.

Trails Committee post-Thanksgiving walk

The public is invited to join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a post-Thanksgiving walk in Great Brook Farm State Park and the aptly named Thanksgiving Forest in Chelmsford. Here’s your chance to get some fresh air and work off some of that turkey and stuffing. They will walk for about 3.5 miles, taking approximately 2 1/2 hours, stopping to see the natural and historical sites along the way. Meet at the main State Park parking lot by the pond at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 27. There will be refreshments at the end. Heavy rain cancels the trip. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or sptobin@comcast.net.

New Moon Party today

Add a little bite to Friday night! All fifth through twelfth graders are invited to spend this afternoon from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library celebrating the release of the New Moon movie with Twilight trivia, crafts, and a character costume contest. Questions? Visit the library’s website at www.gleasonlibrary.org, or email Cassandra, the new teen librarian, at cmalik@mvlc.org.

Support the Mosquito online

Donate online! As the Mosquito begins its annual fundraising efforts we have added a new, easy way for you, our community of readers and contributors to give. You may now donate online. Look for the button at the top of our webpage at www.carlislemosquito.org.

New fuel assistance guidelines

The gross annual income guidelines for both the State and the Salvation Army Fuel Assistance Programs have been set to a maximum of 60% of the Estimated State Median Income for the State Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and a maximum of 80% of the Estimated State Medium Income Level for the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Fund. This means that more residents may be eligible to acquire assistance. The guidelines are as follows:  LIHEAP: household of one gross annual income of up to $29,126; household of two up to $38,087; household of three up to $47,049, household of four up to $56,011. For the Salvation Army Good Neighbor Fund, the maximum gross annual income criteria for a household of one is $38,834; for two, $50,783; for three, $62,732; for four, $74,681. For larger families, call the COA for more details. Fuel assistance is open to all families. Additional support may also be available from other sources depending on other criteria.

LIHEAP applications can be submitted now, Salvation Army applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2010. Contact the Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895 to set up a confidential appointment or for more details.

Democratic contenders for U. S. senate seat to meet in Lincoln

The Democratic senatorial candidates will come to Lincoln on Saturday, November 21, at 1 p.m. to present their cases for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the passing of Senator Kennedy The candidates will respond to written questions from the audience, which can be addressed to an individual candidate or to all candidates. The Lincoln Democratic Town Committee will host the event.

The forum will be held at the Lincoln Schools, Donaldson auditorium in the Brooks building, 6 Ballfield Road. Ballfield Road is off Lincoln Road, between the Town Hall and the railroad station.

The doors open 12:30 p.m., seating at 12:45. The forum will start at 1 and end at 2:30. Campaign literature for each candidate will be allowed in the lobby outside the auditorium, but campaign literature or signs will not be allowed inside the auditorium.

For further information contact Laura Berland, lauraberland@comcast.net, or Deborah Kahn, dckpond@yahoo.com.

CCYS travel soccer registration

Registration is open for Concord Carlisle Youth Soccer’s (CCYS) Spring 2010 Travel Soccer Program. CCYS will field travel teams this fall for the U9 through U18 age groups. Players can be registered online at the CCYS web site www.ccysoccer.org through their registration system with AdminSports. The deadline for registration is November 29. After this date, players may be wait-listed and a late fee of $50 per player will be charged. You must complete the payment option when you register; otherwise your player will not be placed on a team.

There will be a separate registration period for the U16 and U18 divisions in early 2010. If you require financial assistance, contact the Travel Club registrar at CCYS_Travel_Registrar@msn.com. Your request will be handled confidentially.

BAYS, the Travel League, requires that players all wear matching uniforms. If your child is missing a uniform piece, order now. The CCYS Travel Program will provide a new jersey only for those players who did not play in the Fall 09 season. If you have a new player to the program, specify your child’s jersey size when you register online. Do not order an In-Town jersey for your Travel player. Travel players will continue to wear solid black socks. These can be purchased wherever soccer clothing is sold or can be ordered online during registration, as well as the same Adidas model black shorts which can also be purchased when you register. Please note that they cannot accept requests for specific jersey numbers. All uniform pieces will be distributed by your child’s spring coach at the beginning of the season.

Travel_Registrar@msn.com. Your request will be handled confidentially.

BAYS, the Travel League, requires that players all wear matching uniforms. If your child is missing a uniform piece, order now. The CCYS Travel Program will provide a new jersey only for those players who did not play in the Fall 09 season. If you have a new player to the program, specify your child’s jersey size when you register online. Do not order an In-Town jersey for your Travel player. Travel players will continue to wear solid black socks. These can be purchased wherever soccer clothing is sold or can be ordered online during registration, as well as the same Adidas model black shorts which can also be purchased when you register. Please note that they cannot accept requests for specific jersey numbers. All uniform pieces will be distributed by your child’s spring coach at the beginning of the season.

Good things come in small packages

New England Antique Shows will present an antiques and vintage holiday gift show at the Concord Armory for one weekend only this December. Shoppers can expect a unique selection of antiques and vintage collectibles from a variety of dealers from all over New England and New York. The available merchandise will include something for every friend and family member on your list, even those notoriously hard to shop for.

The Antiques and Vintage Holiday Gift Show will take place on Saturday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Armory is located at 33 Everett Street, Concord, Massachusetts. Tickets are $7 for adults. Children 16 and under are admitted free with purchase of an adult ticket. For more information, call 1-781-862-4039 or visit www.neantiqueshows.com.

Deborah Abel Dance Company to perform

The Deborah Abel Dance Company presents “The Beauty Road,” an evening of modern dance, on Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 15 at 3 p.m. at the Tsai Performance Center, Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.

Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for children, senior citizens, students with an I.D. and BDA members. For ticket information and to purchase tickets, call 1-617-353-8725.

Arts & Crafts Fair

The Middlesex Community College Arts & Crafts Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, on the Bedford campus, 591 Springs Road. Admission is free to this juried fair, which features more than 60 talented artists and crafters selling their work.

Emerson Umbrella presents an evening of magic

On Saturday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m., Emerson Umbrella presents a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience featuring Jaysin Katsikis’ unique, dynamic, quick witted and improvisational magic. A master of close-up magic with a talent for involving the audience in his show, Jaysin will make you laugh and leave you wondering, “How did he do that?”

With experience ranging from close-up magic with notoriously skeptical New Yorkers to the glitzy stages of Las Vegas, Jaysin brings both skill and artistry to the practice of illusion magic. The New Jersey born and raised dynamo was greatly influenced by the free-flowing jazz artistry of Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald, and he presents an eclectic, spontaneous show mixing music and comedy with an ever evolving, always surprising palette of magical delights and drama.

A magician never reveals his secrets, but Jaysin loves to talk and share with his audiences. On Friday, November 20, he will offer a workshop – resulting in a Magic Badge – to local Girl Scouts. Following a brief break after the show on Saturday night, Jaysin will take questions and talk with the audience. This special show is a delight for all ages. For tickets and information, call the Emerson Umbrella at 1-978-371-0820, or visit www.emersonumbrella.org.

Medicare 2010 changes

Need unbiased information? The Carlisle Council on Aging is hosting an information event on Medicare. Find out what’s new for 2010. Some Medicare Advantage Plans are being dropped and others are increasing premiums. Learn about Prescription Part D plan changes. Will your current plan be the right one for you in 2010? When and where? Tuesday, November 17, at 10 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court, 145 Church Street. All are welcome.

Hunting season dates 2009

Massachusetts Wildlife lists the following dates for deer hunting in Carlisle. It is illegal to hunt in Carlisle except on one’s own property or on private property with written permission of the property owner on one’s person.

Archery: October 12 – November 21

Shot gun: November 30 – December 12

Primitive firearm: December 14 – December 31 (black powder)

Separate hunting seasons are listed for crow, pheasant, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, bobcat, coyote, fox, jack rabbit, opossum, raccoon, snowshoe hare, bull frogs, green frogs and snapping turtle {January 1 to December 31} are also in effect and may be obtained at the Police Station or from the Town Clerk. Hunting dates for migratory birds are also available from police and the Town Clerk.

Residents who go into the woods during the fall hunting season are reminded to wear red or other highly visible colors whether they are hunting or not.

Humane Society needs your help

The Lowell Humane Society, established in 1873, still needs your help in caring for over 3,000 animals per year. There are currently 103 cats and kittens, 14 dogs, 23 small animals in residence and 80 cats in foster homes. Expenses are about $1,500 per day to keep the shelter running.

To help these furry friends in need a donation box for pet food, cleaning supplies and small items has been placed at the Carlisle Post Office. Their wish list, current activities and available pets, can be seen at www.lowellhumanesociety.org. For larger donations including cages, bedding, or for pick up, etc., call Carol at 1-978-369-2276.

Support your Mosquito online

Donate on-line! As the Mosquito begins its annual fundraising efforts we have added a new, easy way for you, our community of readers and contributors, to give. You may now donate on-line. Look for the button at the top of our webpage at www.carlislemosquito.org.

Town Medical Reserve Corps volunteers needed

The Carlisle Board of Health and the Carlisle Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) are looking for volunteers to help with two H1N1 vaccination clinics to be held later this month for local children ages five through eighteen. One clinic will be held on a weekday afternoon, with a second clinic to be held three weeks later on a Saturday. Clinics will be located at the Carlisle Public School. The exact dates of the clinics will depend on vaccine availability. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and paramedics who can draw and administer vaccine will be needed. Training will be provided on vaccine administration. If you work for an organization that may be willing to help, please circulate this request. Non-medical volunteers will also be needed to help with setting up and running the clinic.

In order to volunteer you must join the Carlisle Medical Reserve Corps either as a regular volunteer or just for the H1N1 clinics. Applications are available on the Board of Health website at www.carlislema.gov/Board and from the Board of Health office. If you have questions or wish to put your name on the volunteer list, call the Board of Health at 1-978 369-0283. The Board of Health and the Carlisle MRC are grateful to the citizens of Carlisle for helping with this effort.

Carlisle School turtle project funded by CCF

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to maintaining the rural character of Carlisle and preserving its natural beauty and wildlife habitat. Working with private landowners, public entities and other local and regional conservation organizations, CCF serves as a resource and catalyst for land conservation, responsible land use and community education about conservation.

According to CCF board member Jay Luby, the foundation has sponsored the “Building Conservation Communities” program in the Carlisle Public School for the past three years. This has involved professional development for teachers and the design of an environmental curriculum for third- and fourth-graders through collaboration with Mass Audubon/Drumlin Farm. As part of this program, students in those grades recently walked a trail on the Conant Land and engaged in various nature activities at learning stations along the way. CCF is currently sponsoring a year-long program involving the Carlisle fifth grade with Dr. Bryan Windmiller and his Blanding’s Turtle research project. CCF has also sponsored after-school nature programs through the Carlisle Recreation Commission.

CCF owns 22 properties comprising 226 acres (including eight acres of the Greenough Land in Billerica) and holds Conservation Restrictions on 16 properties totaling 417 acres. Stewardship of all these conservation properties is a key responsibility.

In 2010, CCF will be recognizing its 50th anniversary. It was founded in 1960 to protect the Spencer Brook property.

“Seven things your teenager won’t tell you…and how to talk about them anyway”

Author and national lecturer Jenifer Marshall Lippincott returns to Concord to offer both middle and high school parents sound, concrete advice about how to keep the lines of communication open and foster a positive relationship with their teens. A simple plan for talking to teenagers is proposed, based on a set of three rules: teens need to stay safe, show respect, and keep in touch. This program will be held on Monday evening, November 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School. No fee or registration is required.

This program is offered through the Center for Parents and Teachers and is sponsored by the CCHS Parents Association. For more information, email Angela Martinez at amartinez@colonial.net.

CSA Greenraising fundraiser 

The online Greenraising sale has been extended. All website orders placed through November 15 will arrive with the Carlisle shipment of catalog orders in mid-December. Visit www.greenraising.com and browse the offerings, which include gift wrap, school supplies, jewelry, cleaning products and gifts for all the people on your holiday list. The Carlisle School Association (CSA) will receive 40% of all the purchases, so consider buying now.

Be sure to choose “Ship directly to my affiliate at the end of our drive” to receive free website shipping. Your order will be delivered to school and sent home with your student on or around December 14. If your order is too large for your student to bring home, the CSA will deliver it to you. 

student on or around December 14. If your order is too large for your student to bring home, the CSA will deliver it to you. 

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