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Friday, December 18, 2009


Christmas tree farm: a family business

The Christmas tree farm on Concord Street, a half-mile south from the center of town, is once again open for business. With the help of their eight-year-old son John, Jack and Regina Troast now own the tree farm which was planted by Everett Lapham in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. ...more

After online row, CCHS gives strong Falsettos performance without protest

Concord Carlisle High School (CCHS) made history on Friday, December 11, when it premiered the Tony-award winning musical Falsettos for the first time ever at a public high school. The show stirred up controversy due to its weighty themes, including relationships, divorce, homosexuality and AIDS. However, there were ...more

Reflecting, every day: Tom Fitzpatrick collects quotes for the masses

What do British novelist Edith Wharton, American essayist E.B. White and French poet Victor Hugo have in common with Carlisle residents Parkman Howe, Margaret Crouse Skelly and Margaret Darling? Each has written something deemed pithy enough to appear in the Boston Globe’s “Reflection for the Day.” No doubt, Carlisle has many deep thinkers and fine writers, ...more

Around Home: Crazy Hair Day versus the Nobel Peace Prize

The timing was amusingly coincidental. I had just finished listening to a re-broadcast of President Obama accepting the Nobel Peace Prize when the email arrived from my daughter’s second grade teacher. “Because the children have done so many good deeds and acts of kindness recently, tomorrow is going to be Crazy Hair Day,” she wrote. I couldn’t resist ...more

Biodiversity Corner Pitch Pine

I live in a small house. There is not much room for a Christmas tree and I like large ones. I have solved the problem by choosing one of my favorite trees in town and adopting it as my virtual Christmas tree. It is the tall Pitch Pine on Church Street alongside the children’s playground and near the intersection with School Street. I was concerned about this ...more

Parents Connection bonds young families – to each other and community

What an interesting conundrum raising small children in Carlisle can be. I moved here five years ago, when my first child was merely six months old. We chose this town for many wonderful reasons, not the least of which was the fabulous school system and quiet serenity that was so difficult to find after a busy day in downtown Boston. ...more

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