The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 28, 2010

Vietnam veteran Chuck Bagnaschi to speak on Memorial Day

Carlisle will hold its traditional Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 31. The Minuteman Company will raise the town flag to half-staff at 9:30 a.m. on the Town Common. Following that, ceremonies will take place in Corey Auditorium at 10 a.m.

Immediately after the ceremonies, the parade will form outside the auditorium and will visit our veterans’ gravesites and memorials, where wreaths will be laid, prayers will be said, veterans’ names will be read, and taps will be played. The parade will be led by Marshall Scott Evans and the Minutemen, and all veterans and townspeople are invited to join in.

Following the parade, the town flag will be raised to full-staff at noon, and the First Religious Society will present a ham and bean luncheon in Union Hall.

The ceremonies in Corey Auditorium will be led by the Chair of the Board of Selectmen John Williams, and will include a performance by the Carlisle School Band and the town’s Scouts leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

The featured speaker will be Chuck Bagnaschi of Evergreen Lane. A native of the South Shore, Bagnaschi graduated from Northeastern University and saw active duty as a First Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps in the late 1960s. He was the Avionics Maintenance Officer of the 188th Assault Helicopter Company, and served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. A town resident for many years, he co-founded the Lexicon Corporation. He is currently a senior Technical Staff Member in the Power Systems Group at Raytheon Corp, where he has made significant contributions to a variety of military programs, including the Patriot missile radar.

The town’s Memorial Day observance is one of those traditions that make Carlisle a special place. Come join this tribute to veterans, in what has been called a most memorable and nostalgic New England small-town ceremony. ∆

Riverfest canoe trip

The Carlisle Conservation Commission has one planned activity for the upcoming SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest celebration scheduled for the weekend of June 12 and 13. For details of the many other events scheduled for this weekend visit:

Celebrate the SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest with a sunrise paddle and birding along the Carlisle section of the Concord River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Meet to sign in at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, at the Bedford Boat Landing on Route 225 at the Carlisle/Bedford town line. Launch time is 5:30 a.m. A stop is scheduled half-way through the trip at a casual riverside restaurant for breakfast and to compare notes.

Bring your canoe or kayak, life preserver (PFD), weather-appropriate clothing for a two-to-three hour paddle, binoculars, money for breakfast, drinking water, and nature guidebooks for identifying river edge birds, plants, insects, etc. Your own equipment, including a wearable PFD in good condition, for each participant is required. For the enjoyment of all participants, bring only boats that use oars or paddle(s) in order to keep noise to a minimum. Ken Harte will be the on-board wildlife specialist. In the case of inclement weather or flood conditions, this trip will be canceled.

Funeral director to speak

Charles W. Dee, Jr., President of Dee Funeral Home, a fourth generation funeral director will speak about the award winning PBS Frontline documentary “The Undertaking” at the First Religious Society on Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m. in Union Hall. He is the guest speaker for the “A Year to Live” class led by the minister of the church, Rev. Diane Miller. The class meets monthly for a year to address end-of-life issues and living fully in the present. The class members have viewed the PBS video, “The Undertaking” which can be seen on line at in the Frontline section, or on DVD. This is excellent background for the evening session.

All are welcome. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: Rev. Diane Miller 1-978-369-0284 or

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

Submissions sought for Mr. T’s memory book

Alan Ticotsky is retiring this June, after 35 years of service to the Carlisle School. A group of parents are creating a memory book, which they will present with the children to Mr. T near the end of the school year. They would love to include notes, pictures, or drawings from former students as well.

In order to have this book ready, please send your contribution on a piece of paper that measures no more than 8.5 x 11 inches by Friday, June 4, to Sarah Hart, 155 Fifty Acre Way, Carlisle, MA 01741. There will also be a drop-off box at the main office at the school. If you want to send it electronically, e-mail it to If you have questions, contact Sarah at 1-978-371-1101, or Timm at 1-978-371-2770.

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.

CSA board meeting

The next Carlisle School Association monthly board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 1, at 9 a.m., in the Corey Dining Room, at the Carlisle Public School. All are invited to attend. The board reviews volunteer activities, fundraising events, and plans activities that serve the teachers, administrators, parents, and ultimately the children of the school. Additional information about the CSA may be found at:

Attention OHD Soap Box Derby racers

Come to the Plaza at Ferns Country Store on Sunday, May 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. to learn how to build your own soap box derby racing car. A prize winning racer will be on display so you can see exactly how it’s done. Questions? Call Claude at 1-978-405-2524 or email Cheer tryouts June 2-4

Tryouts for the 2010 Concord-Carlisle High School Cheer Team will be held June 2, 3, and 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lower Gym at the High School. Students should wear sneakers, shorts, and t-shirt. For questions contact Nancy Roberts at 1-978-371-6481 or email

Carlisle Council On Aging doings

Exercise classes: Call the COA office to find out more about the ongoing cardio-boost class on Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m., the fitness class on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m., inside walking each weekday morning, and yoga in Concord on Fridays at 11 a.m. The Concord COA also has a new stress reduction class on Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Harvey Wheeler Center.

Inn at Robbins Brook lunch: The next monthly lunch, sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services, Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and the COA, will be hosted and served at the Congregational Church at noon on Wednesday, June 2. The suggested donation is at least $3. Call the COA office by noon on Monday, May 31, to register. If you need a ride, call the van line at 1-978-371-6690 at least two days in advance. Minuteman Senior Services and the Town of Carlisle, COA, sponsor this lunch.

Bridge group: The bridge group will continue on Wednesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Sleeper Room at Village Court. For more information, contact Dot Milne at 1-978-369-1834.

Book club: The COA book club will meet on Wednesday, June 2 at 10 a.m. at Florence Newman’s. Author Linda Kistler will join the group and discuss her book Extreme Justice. For more information, call Seba Gaines at 1-978-369-4618.

Monthly coffee: On Thursday, June 3, come have breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Sleeper Room at Village Court hosted by Tom and Karen Dunkers and Jim and Betty Elgin. No fees and no reservations, but good food and conversation. Call the van line if you need a ride. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 9:15 to 10 a.m.

Caregiver workshop on home safety: A free workshop for caregivers on home safety for the cognitively impaired older adult will be held at Cooperative Elder Services, Inc., 7 Chamberlin Drive, Concord on June 9 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Pat Oliphant at 1-978-318-0046 or Walk-ins are welcome.

Men’s breakfast “In celebration of fathers”: Join us for a delicious breakfast in the Sleeper Room on Thursday, June 10 at 8 a.m. The cost is $3. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 if you can help out with this breakfast any month. For a free van ride, call 1-978-371-6690. A free blood pressure clinic will be held from 8 to 9 a.m.

Senior trip to Oktoberfest

Come join the Carlisle seniors on a
day trip to Oktoberfest in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
on October 20. The cost, $60, includes a German lunch, music and van
transportation. Make out checks to Friends of Carlisle COA
and mail to  Carlisle COA, c/o Joanne Willens, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741.
Payment is due by July 5.
Space is limited.

More senior trips

Carlisle seniors are invited on July 21 to enjoy Gypsy. The cost is $55. Sign up by July 2. On August 18, see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Sign up by July 10. On September 22, see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Sign up by July 28.

All plays are at the North Shore Music Theatre are $55, including the van charge. Lunch is on your own and the van will arrive home around 5 p.m. To sign up, call Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023.

Vote for Honored Citizen, Conservationist of the Year

Nominations for the Honored Citizen Award are due by Saturday, June 12. Send them to Judy Larson at 36 Forest Park Drive or Scott Evans at 299 Heald Road.

Conservationist of the Year nominations are due by Wednesday, June 9. Send them to Sylvia Willard at Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street. For more information, see the May 21 issue of the Mosquito or check the website under “Coming Up.”

Cover to Cover 2011: planning is underway

What book will top the list for 2011? Care to chime in with your suggested reads for the next Carlisle Cover to Cover? The Gleason Public Library has an enthusiastic planning team already brainstorming the next book and potential programs to offer in January 2011. But, we want ideas from you. The more input, the better the event. We are looking for interested volunteers and/or interesting books titles. Stop by the library, visit or email to share ideas today.

New OHD Road Race rules this year

The 35th Annual Carlisle Road Races, The Carlisle 5 and Family Fun 1, will be one of the opening Old Home Day events on Saturday, June 26. Complete Race details can be found on the entry blanks, which are available at Ferns, the Gleason Library, Post Office, Transfer Station Bulletin Board, or electronically at (click on Schedule tab).

Special Commemorative T-Shirts will be provided to all entrants registering for the races. The design and print set-up of these shirts have been provided by Ferns Country Store, which also provides hydration for the runners. Participants must specify a shirt size on their entry forms. Additional shirts can be purchased on race day.

The only official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents and town employees (friends and visiting relatives do not qualify). New this year: there will be no race day entries, and entries must be received by the race directors no later than June 16. Entry fees are $12 adults, $8 youth (19 and under) for each race.

Also new this year is the addition of a Push Rim Wheelchair division, with a start 15 minutes before the main field of runners begins. All those entrants being pushed in a stroller or other wheeled vehicle also must begin in this division. These are the guidelines that apply in races such as the Boston Marathon (Team Hoyt-Dick and Rick is the prime example). All will finish in an enlarged designated finish area. The primary consideration is the safety of both runners and wheeled participants.

Additional volunteers are needed. Contact race directors Ronald or Leslie Kmiec (1-978-369-6130/ for further information or to help on race day. All “jobs” are over by 9:30 a.m.

French wine tasting at Ferns June 6

The Carlisle Cinéclub invites local Francophiles to join us at Ferns Country Store in its 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. Expand your horizons and learn about exciting vintages perfect for summer entertaining. 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

Gardens needed for 2011 Garden Tour

Thanks to all who visited the Garden Club Plant Sale this weekend, which was a great success. But there’s no rest for the weary, as we are now seeking gardens for our 2011 Garden Tour which will take place Friday and Saturday June 10 and 11 of next year. We hope to find a variety of types and styles, from cottage gardens, to woodlands, to expansive landscapes. Perfection is not expected, and there is no obligation for an owner to be present during the tour. Proceeds benefit town beautification and scholarships. Help us out by volunteering your garden or suggesting a garden you know. Contact Judy Blaikie Lane at 1-978-369-4419 or Jane C. Williams at 1-978-369-7601

Walk to School Day is June 3

The Carlisle Public School, in conjunction with the statewide Safe Routes to School program, is hosting its fourth Walk to School Day on Thursday, June 3, rain or shine.  To make this event safer and accessible to more school children, this year parent-led walks for elementary school students will be offered along all four major footpaths. If your child would like to join one of the parent-led walks, please be at the following starting points at 8:15 a.m. sharp:

Bedford Road: Kimball’s parking lot;

East Street: St. Irene church;

Concord Street/Bingham Road: Schiefele family’s driveway, 24 Bingham Road (Tall new blue house on the right as you enter Bingham from Concord Street);

Lowell Street: Macleod family’s driveway, 239 Lowell Street.

Each of these drop-off locations is located along a footpath, offers safe access for cars, and has room for parents to park their cars if they wish to walk with the group. All participating walkers and bicyclists, both in middle school and elementary school, can enter their names into a raffle at either of two checkpoints (Library parking lot and intersection of Church and School Streets).  We can minimize bottlenecks at the checkpoints if children bring with them an index card or slip of paper with their full name and grade level already written on it. Raffles will be held later in the morning

Lastly, we are still looking for volunteers to help lead walkers on the footpath. Call Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515 or if you are willing to help.

BOH private well testing

The voluntary well testing will be conducted June 3 to June 5. Registration forms and pricing information are available at the Board of Health office or online at All registration forms must be received at the Board of Health office by Tuesday, June 1. Questions about the testing should be directed to the Board of Health office at 1-978-369-0283.

ConsCom seeking a new member

The Conservation Commission will have two openings on its seven-member board beginning after June 30. The board has two major areas of responsibility which include administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town’s natural resources.

Under the Wetlands Act, permits are required for projects for development in or near wetlands or other water resource areas. The Commission also manages the town’s conservation land, undertakes conservation planning and land acquisition, oversees the operation of the Cranberry Bog, presents an annual conservationist award, and helps provide an environmmental educational role in the community.

The Commission is particularly interested in people with a legal or civil engineering, agricultural background, as well as the geological or other earth sciences. The Commission is seeking members who are willing to volunteer to work for the town. Those who have an interest in conservation and environmental issues and are willing to actively work in resource protection will be considered.

If you would be interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, please send a brief resume and cover letter immediately to both the Conservation Commission, and to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen who is the appointing authority, addressed to the Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle. If you have any questions, call the Conservation Office at 1-978-369-0336.

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.

The Mosquito needs photographers and reporters

Are you ready to get involved in the community? Would you like to see your photos published in the paper? Do you like to write? The Mosquito needs photographers and news reporters to cover events and happenings in town.

Interested? Call 1-978-369-8313 and ask for Marjorie for photos or Betsy for news.

CCHS parents: you’re needed!

All Night Live is two weeks away and volunteers are still needed to make this worthy event happen. This is your chance to pay it forward to the senior class. If you can help out, contact All Night Live volunteer coordinator Devra Feshbach-Meriney at 1-978-369-8949 or

Carlisle’s Knitting in Service Society needs members and donations

Know how to knit? Would you like to make a difference to someone who is homeless? Now you can do something you enjoy and also provide a holiday gift to someone in need.

  Knitting in Service Society (KISS) is a group of girls and women who have been knitting since 2006 to benefit those in need. New members are always welcome.  They work on hats and scarves from easy to advanced – using any pattern of your choice. They are knit for Boston’s homeless through Common Cathedral and given as Christmas presents. For info on Common Cathedral, their needs and a pattern, see KISS meets monthly, excluding summers, and can provide knitting instructions for those who would like to learn.

We need more members and/or a means of acquiring more knitted hats and scarves. We hope you read this piece and agree to make one, two or more scarves and/or hats, attend an upcoming meeting or drop your “knitted gifts” at the First Religious Society (FRS) or the Council on Aging in Carlisle.  We would love to see folks challenge their friends/co-workers, family members, groups or clubs to see who can make the most knitted items over the summer or fall. How about some Scouts knitting a scarf as a project?  Do you have some elderly aunts or moms who have run out of people to knit for? Join us in making a difference! 

  Donations of goods, yarn and needles can be dropped off at the KISS poster/display basket in the entryway of FRS, 27 School Street, Carlisle. For questions, call FRS at 1-978-369-5180 or the Carlisle Council on Aging at 1-978-371-2895. To be added to the monthly email reminder, email KISS meets monthly on Tuesday nights 7:30 to 9 p.m. (next meeting June 8); call for the location (often a knitter’s home).

Final Friday Night Live – June 4

It’s hard to believe but the last FNL of the school year is Friday, June 4, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. This is the last ever for the class of 2010. This FNL will be free for all eighth-grade students. As always, there will be dancing, basketball, ping-pong and other games.

Admission is $6. Pizza, soda and water are available for a small fee. A parent or guardian must sign out any attendee who leaves prior to 9:30 p.m. All others must be picked up at 9:30 p.m. sharp.

For more information, please contact Ray Jiménez at 978-369-4703 or by e-mail at, or contact any member of the CYC. The CYC looks forward to seeing everyone on June 4th.

Strawberry Festival at Verrill Farm

Local berries will be ripe and ready to enjoy at Verrill Farm’s 15th annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 19, from noon to 4 p.m. This year’s festival features pick-your-own, strawberry shortcake made from scratch in the farm stand kitchen, entertainment and, back by popular demand, the strawberry dessert recipe contest. There is no entry fee, activities and food are all a la carte. For information including pick-your-own status, which changes daily during strawberry season, call 1-978.369.4494 or visit The farm is located at 11 Wheeler Road in Concord.

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