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Friday, February 26, 2010

Where are the choices?

To the Editor:

I attended the Public Question-and-Answer Forum for the Superintendent Candidate Joyce Mahaffey last week. I left feeling, is this it, no debate, no choice? I understand the philosophy that if you are looking within an institution for a candidate, that you should stay within. It seems to me that this would make sense in school districts with a number of schools where there is a larger pool of candidates. We only have one applicant! I would like to hear more than one philosophy and have a choice, not a shoo-in.

Debbie Golis

Brook Street

They kept their promise

To the Editor:

The Girl Scout’s Promise is to: “On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.”

Several troops have helped people (seniors in particular) in the following manner: the 3rd Grade Brownie Troop #72666, led by Mary Beth Stevenson and Gail Bernardin with Carol Yelle as the “Cookie Mom” was selling cookies, and they took the time to think of someone else by putting out a box and suggesting that folks buy a box of cookies and donate it to the Council on Aging. We gratefully received a good stash of Girl Scout Cookies that was quickly put to use to support some of our own seniors. All who have received a box were very appreciative.

But it wasn’t just this troop who has helped. On February 18, the 2nd Grade Brownies, Troop # 72668 with Troop Leaders Heidi Kidder and Ali Walsh along with 1st Grade Daisies, Troop #72677; Amy Jolly, Theresa Lober and Lynn Brady as troop leaders, presented the Council on Aging and the seniors who were attending our February Valentine lunch and tea with lovely Valentine favors (more than 80 of them!). Everyone in attendance enjoyed their colorful bags, cards and goodies.

Thanks to all the Scouts and their leaders for sticking to their promise and making someone’s day a lot nicer.

Angela Smith

Carlisle COA Outreach Coordinator

Thanks for COA donations

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging (FCOA), I would like to publicly thank all who have so generously donated to the Council on Aging. The funds from your donations are used to promote the physical and emotional well-being of the elder members of the Carlisle community by providing financial support for the special programs, activities and needs of the COA. In these difficult times your support is critically needed to make a difference in the lives of our senior citizens. The FCOA is happy to receive donations throughout the year. They can be mailed to: Friends of the Council on Aging, Post Office Box 38, Carlisle, Mass. 01741

Liz LeClair

Baldwin Road

LWV says thanks

To the Editor:

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, ConcordCAN (Concord Climate Action Network), Carlisle Climate Action, and Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education, the co-sponsors of the February 5 Life in the Balance forum, “Powering the Future, Part 2: Our Community and Tomorrow’s Energy,” want to thank the nearly 100 people who attended.

We are grateful to the speakers who shared their expertise: State Representative Will Brownsberger, Dr. Warren Leon, Gretchen Brewer, and Christopher Ryan. We also thank the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, where the forum was held, and our local cable station, CCTV, which provided technical support so that the program could be recorded for later broadcast on public access Channel 8.

For those who could not attend the program, please watch “Powering the Future” on CCTV Channel 8 and on the Video on Demand page of, where it will soon be available. In addition, the speakers’ slide presentations will be posted at the Concord Conserves website, Information on the entire Life in the Balance forum series is online at www.lwvcc.comllifeinthebalance.html.

Anyone who wants to get involved with ongoing Life in the Balance action groups-on Home Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Transportation, Waste or Food issues-may contact us or email

Cindy Nock

Vice President, LWV of Concord-Carlisle

Canterbury Court

Launa Zimmaro

President, Carlisle Climate Acton

Lowell Road

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