The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 18, 2009

Way to go, CCHS Football!

To the Editor:

Congratulations to the whole football program at CCHS, especially the varsity by becoming the DCL Small School Champs for the first time in 31 years. All the players, coaches and parents have a hand in the success of the program. Since Carlisle represents about 25% of the program, it is especially important to recognize the added effort needed just to attend practices and meetings for Carlisle players.

This is not a one-shot deal. The CCHS football program works directly with the C-C Pop Warner program by participating at clinics and practices. Such an integrated approach reinforces the messages that players will see at the high school level. The messages cover safety, skills development, tactics, teamwork, sportsmanship, attitude and mental/physical preparation.

Special praise goes out to head coach, Mike Robichaud, and his entire staff for all their efforts in making the players both mentally and physically prepared. The program’s attitude to always strive to be better (the will to change) is one that I wish we could implement at more levels of our society. Lastly, the best of luck to those senior players who are graduating this year; may you have even more success in your future. Nice job!

Keith Therrien

Berry Corner Lane

Whimsy hit wrong note

To the Editor:

Before I learned of the treatment of animals in modern farming, I would have enjoyed the whimsical picture of a young woman and a calf “friend” reading a book together (12/11/09). But all the staged photos that the Mosquito generates are not going to change the reality that one reason milk from Great Brook Farm is not organic is because the operation does not meet the USDA requirements for the treatment of its animals. But this letter is not about Great Brook Farm; it is about the welfare of farm animals in general.

Modern agriculture needs pictures like yours to be the ones we carry inour minds since Old McDonald’s farm doesn’t exist. The Mosquito does the traditional farmer, people, the animals, and the environment a great disservice when it inadvertently perpetuates the myth that it does. Traditional family farms have been replaced by modern factory operations treating animals as inanimate commodities, not feeling beings. The worst of the calf’s fate is not what she will be denied: pasturing in the sun or lying in the shade of a tree. It is what she will experience as a dairy cow as I noted in my July letter.

There are 102 million head of cattle living in the US. We want to believe that the animals are humanely cared for, never suffering a moment until their end. The Humane Society documents the opposite on its website, To combat the horrible conditions of confinement, large amounts of antibiotics are routinely utilized on stressed animals to combat infections and in some cases to keep them alive. The agriculture industry softens nomenclature: Calves are “crops” and cows are “harvested”, not slaughtered. Advertisements show “Happy Cows of California” grazing in fields but not heifers being dragged by chains or pushed by forklifts to slaughter because of lameness so severe they cannot walk. Ironically, the killing floor becomes merciful because it ends their suffering. The recent film, “Food Inc.” is shocking, but only barely touched on the industry cruelty.

The Mosquito should stay with its charter of accurate reporting, not generating whimsical but harmful fiction.

Jeannie Geneczko

Maple Street

Thanks to flu clinic workers

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Board of Health would like to thank all of the Carlisle Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Council on Aging (COA) volunteers who helped with Carlisle’s H1N1 Clinics. To date the Board of Health has administered 301 vaccinations to the target populations: children ages five to eighteen, health care workers, pregnant women and emergency responders. This could not have been accomplished without the dedication and professionalism of our vaccinators Donna Walker Margolies, Kathy Hassey, Deborah Coscia, Colleen Walsh, Lisa Koski, Chris DeBruzzi, Elaine Gardner and William Hoffman, M. D. who also acted as our Medical Director. The Board would also like to thank Fire Chief David Flannery, Police Chief John Sullivan, Superintendent of Schools Marie Doyle and Assistant to the Superintendent Claire Wilcox for their overall assistance and School Nurses Kathy Horan and Laurie Desjardins for their help with the registration process. The willingness of the MRC and COA volunteers to give up their time during this busy season underscores the generosity of the citizens of Carlisle and its small town values.

Jeff Brem

Long Ridge Road

Board of Health Chairman

FOGPL needs your support!

To the Editor:

I would like to make a holiday plea to the Carlisle community. Have you ever used a museum pass from the library? Brought your child to story hour? Enjoyed a lecture? Even used the copier? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then please consider becoming a Friend of Gleason Public Library (FOGPL).

There were 4,500 active library cards used this year; however, only 149

families have given support to the FOGPL. We hope to increase our

membership in 2010. If we cannot meet our goals, we may be forced to

curtail some of the programs that we fund.

It is easy to give! Just send a check made out to FOGPL to Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle MA 01741 or you can drop a check off to the reception desk at the library. In the near future, you will be able to donate on the library’s web site! All donations are greatly appreciated!

Amy Livens

FOGPL board member

COA thanks Garden Club

To the Editor:

A holiday made brighter by the generosity of the Carlisle Garden Club!

On behalf of the Carlisle Council on Aging and the seniors in Carlisle, I would like to thank the Carlisle Garden Club for our annual wreath making workshop. Many seniors attended making wreaths for their own doors. The Garden Club and others in attendance decorated wreaths for Carlisle’s Senior Housing at Village Court. Because of the kindness of the Garden Club, the COA was even able to decorate a small number of wreaths to be delivered. The Garden Club members generously donated the wreaths, the bows and baubles, they traveled to acquire the wreaths and materials to decorate with, they put together all the bows and baubles, and they came and helped the day of the workshop (even magically coming up with a swag when we ran out of wreaths). Their generosity is very much appreciated and I hope they know how much these wreaths meant to those who received them.

  Thanks to Ray Taylor and Santo Pullara for providing music. They were so inviting that several of the gentlemen in attendance joined in by singing while we worked. Thanks also to Carolyn Shohet who provided wonderful goodies, Helen and Ray Taylor, and Richard and Marie Paglia for their help at the event and all those in attendance who helped to get all the work done and ensure that a wonderful time was had by all. 

Angela Smith

Carlisle COA Outreach Coordinator

Gift giver repents

To the Editor:

  I am indeed trying to go green as fast as I can. This year however, it is necessary to rid my gift wrapping cupboard of an embarrassing horde of gaudy tags, paper and ribbon. Hence gift recipients may be blinded by holographic and brilliant colors of paper and ribbon. Some of this is fireplace material which burns with yet more gaudy colors; some compost stuff - mostly tissue, and much plastic, dye and metal bits. Thus I am issuing a public apology and public notice that I have been artistically extravagant and intend to reform immediately. To that end I will  motor to a private, undisclosed location to meditate and repent.

  Thereafter I will recycle newspaper pages with colorful crayon designs to match the season, use no tape as my father proscribed when I was young, and secure wrappings with  green velcro from the produce section of the grocery store or leftover yarns.

  To be truly green yet elegant, I bought some reusable-forever drawstring cloth bags in various sizes stitched by Barbara Lewis (1-978-287-0049) and will sew more from my many fabric pieces. 

No longer will only wine bottles appear in holiday bags.

Phyllis Hughes

Church Street

SEPAC says thanks

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC), we would like to thank the following people/entities for their support and help in celebrating Carlisle’s first National Inclusive Schools Week: thanks to Superintendent Marie Doyle, Middle School Principal Joyce Mehaffey, Elementary School Principal Patrice Hurley and Director of Student Support Services Karen Slack for their strong commitment and tireless efforts to make the Carlisle School a welcoming place for children of all learning styles. We greatly appreciate their support and enthusiasm for National Inclusive Schools Week, but most importantly, we appreciate that their commitment to these ideals is not only limited to one week. Thanks to Sandy Kelly for her help selecting and displaying books to commemorate the week in the school library. Thanks to Nancy Boutet at the Gleason Library for her help selecting and displaying books, DVDs and other items to recognize the week. Thanks to the School Committee for allowing the SEPAC Board to give a presentation at the December 2 meeting. Finally, we want to give a special thanks to the teachers, special educators, specialists and support staff at the Carlisle School. Their dedication and hard work with all of the students at the school is what makes our school so special, unique and successful.

The SEPAC Board:

Elaine Bojanic

Lori Tucker

Carol Yelle

Lori Brown

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