The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 21, 2010

Memorial Day plans

Carlisle’s observance of Memorial Day will take place on Monday, May 31. Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the Town Common, with the flag raising to half-staff, performed by the Carlisle Minutemen. That will be followed by a convocation at 10 a.m. in the Corey Auditorium. The featured speaker will be Chuck Bagnaschi of Evergreen Lane. Immediately following the convocation, the parade will form outside the auditorium and will march to Green Cemetery and the war memorials. After the recognition of veterans at the memorials, the Minutemen will raise the flag fully from half-staff. Following these ceremonies, at noontime, the First Religious Society will serve a ham and bean luncheon in Union Hall.

The parade will include the Minutemen, the school band, Girl and Boy Scouts, the town’s veterans and all interested citizens. The parade route will vary slightly from that of past years, due to the new Veterans’ Memorial on the common.

Come join in this most picturesque and traditional town ceremony.

Used Book Sale

The Friends of Gleason Public Library will be holding their annual Used Book Sale on Saturday, June 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Old Home Day. Your donations to the sale are greatly appreciated. Bring your gently used books, CDs, DVDs and videotapes to the library from June 1 through 22. (No magazines, textbooks or encyclopedias, please.) The Friends will also be accepting donations at Pass It Forward Day at the Transfer Station on Saturday, June 5. Volunteers are needed for sorting donated books during the month of June as well as volunteers to assist with the day of sale. Community service hours will be awarded to student volunteers, including rising freshmen (current eighth graders). Contact Seema Peterson at or 1-978-369-3288 if you can help.

FRS offers program for young teens

Parents of next year’s eighth graders who are interested in learning about the teen sexuality education class called Our Whole Lives are invited to an information session on Monday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive program covering a wide range of topics including human development, relationships, personal skills, behavior, health and society.

The program is 15 three-hour sessions, led by an experienced team of leaders. A full parent orientation and registration session will be held in September. The class takes place on Sunday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m., October to March. The OWL program is open to all interested eighth graders, and any prospective parents are encouraged to attend this information session or contact Molly Sorrows, Director of Religious Education, at or 1-978-369-5180 to ask questions or receive a flyer about the program.

River Critters at Foss Farm on May 30

On Sunday, May 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., come to Foss Farm to learn about critters that make river habitats their home. Naturalists from Mass Audubon Society will bring a hawk, owl, goose, duck and some turtles from Drumlin Farm and talk about what they eat, how they hunt, etc. The program is open to all ages and will accommodate folks dropping in any time during the program.

This river wildlife program is presented by the Land Stewardship Committee and the Susan Zielinski Natural Science Fund, Gleason Public Library. The program is free and open to the public.  No pre-registration is required. 

To learn more about this program, contact Lynn Knight at 1-978-318-0872. Library programs can be found at

French wine tasting at Ferns June 6

The Carlisle Cinéclub invites local Francophiles to join them at Ferns Country Store in their brand new seating area on Sunday, June 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. An inspired selection of upscale French wines will be offered by vintner Tom Viers, along with wine-buying tips. Cheese and baguettes will be served. As always, sparkling conversation is also on the agenda. The price is $25 per person for tastings and accompanying cheeses. Please send check by May 28 to Lura Taylor, P.O. Box 684, Carlisle, Ma. 01741 to reserve your spot. Limited to the first 16 respondents. The Carlisle Cinéclub is free and open to anyone with an interest in French film and culture. For more information, contact

Help repair trails

The Carlisle Trails Committee is looking for volunteers to help repair trail damage from the March floods on trails in Great Meadows and the Greenough Conservation Land.  We will be working Sunday, May 23, mostly repairing bridges and boardwalks, but also doing some trail clearing. A hammer would be useful. 

Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot on Bedford Road at 9 a.m. The rains brought a bumper crop of mosquitoes, so wear a long sleeve shirt and pants, boots, work gloves, and bring bug spray or a head net and drinking water. This is a good opportunity for high school or middle school community service. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at or 1-978-369-1680.

Walk to School Day June 3

Carlisle Public Schools will hold its fourth Walk to School Day on Thursday, June 3, (rain or shine). Important details to follow in the next issue of the Carlisle Mosquito. Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact Deb Belanger at 1-978-371-9787 or

Hazardous Waste Day

The Spring Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW Building behind the Transfer Station. Cars must have been in line before noon. See the April 30 issue of the Mosquito at for the complete list of acceptable items.

Pass It Forward Day

Carlisle will hold Pass It Forward Day on Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Transfer Station. For more info, check the May 14 Mosquito or on the town website under Household Recycling Committee.

2010 Honored Citizen nominations due June 12

Nominations for Carlisle’s honored citizen award are being accepted by the celebrations committee. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, June 12. Please fill out the coupon provided or send or deliver a letter to either Judy Larson or Scott Evans.

The award will be presented at 9:30 a.m. on Old Home Day during a special ceremony by the flagpole. Previous recipients are:

1971 Esther S. Wilson

1973 Phyllis Towle and Oscar Pederson

1974 Edmund L. French

1975 Waldo D. Wilson

1976 Oscar Pederson


1977 Andrew L. Brown

1978 Guy W. Clark and

Michelle & Andrew Toth

1979 Ruth Wilkins

1980 Jay Fisk

1981 Calixte C. Adrian

1982 Edna S. Sleeper

1984 Lawrence N. Blanchard

1985 Mary G. Diment

1986 Howard E. Hensleigh

1987 Adalbert E. Benfield

1988 Father James Byrne (posthumously)

198 9 Hope Anderegg (posthumously)and Kay Kulmala

1990 Charles M. Evans

1991 Phyllis Hughes

1992 Anna P. Johnson

1993 James A. Barron

1994 Lawrence O. Sorli

1995 Lois Surgenor

1996 Harold S. Sauer

1997 David Flannery

1998 Rachel P. Eliot

1999 Ken and Marilyn Harte

2000 Kate and Pete Simonds

2001 Joseph Antognoni

2002 Robert J. Koning

2003 Jim Davis (posthumously)

and Judy Larson

2004 Sarah Andreassen &

Vivian Chaput (posthumously)

2005 Lee Milliken (posthumously)

and Art Milliken

2006 Newel and Donna Cantrill

2007 Harriet Fortier

2008 Susan Emmons

2009 Keith and Bonnie Greer


NOMINATION CRITERIA: Those persons who have given of themselves unselfishly to make our lives richer and Carlisle a place to call home, proudly. No past recipient or town employee is eligible.

I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE __________________________________________


Signature (optional)________________________________________________

This nomination will be treated confidentially by the committee.

Send to: Judy Larson, 36 Forest Park Drive 1-978-369-6503 or

Scott Evans, 299 Heald Road 1-978-371-0880

Nominations must be in by Saturday, June 12.

Nominate Conservationist of the Year by June 9

The Carlisle Conservation Commission is accepting nominations for the annual Conservationist of the Year Award to be presented to a Carlisle resident winning candidate on Old Home Day. Nominations should be submitted to the Conservation Commission no later than Wednesday, June 9. Previous award recipients are:

1988 Adalbert E. Benfield

1989 Kenneth J. Harte

1990 Judith A. Lane

1991 Lois H. Surgenor

1992 Sally Zielinski

1993 Mark Duffy

1994 Steven W. Hinton

1995 Jay Luby

1996 Susan Emmons/Betsy Fell

1997 Eunice Knight

1998 Steve Tobin

1999 Greg Peterson

2000 Seba Gaines

2001 Janet Lovejoy, Jack & Betty Valentine, George and Jill Reichenbach, Fred Rundlett, and

Adalbert Benfield

2002 Marjorie Findley

2003 Wayne Davis

2004 Art Milliken

2005 Alex Parra

2006 Kay Fairweather

2007 Louise Hara

2008 Steve Spang, David Freedman, Mary Zoll

2009 John D. Lee

Nomination Form


This award has been established to honor the person who has demonstrated a high regard for the environment. The award will be presented to the winner at the Carlisle Old Home Day ceremonies, Saturday June 26, 2010..

I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE___________________________________________



Please return to: Sylvia Willard, Conservation Administrator, Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford St., Carlisle, MA, 01741 or FAX (978) 369-4521


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