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Friday, June 4, 2010

FCOA to celebrate 16th anniversary

The Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging (FCOA) invite the community to their Annual Meeting and 16th anniversary celebration to be held on Sunday, June 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at  Carol and Dick Shohet’s Mill Iron Farm, 299 Bedford Road, Carlisle.

Following a brief business meeting, Tammy Erickson, Carlisle author and award winning expert on organizations and the changing workforce will be our guest speaker. Come and gain a better understanding of Retirement, the Boomer Generation, Generation Y and Gen X from this “generational guru.” Refreshments will be served and music will be provided by talented local musicians. R.S.V.P. Estelle Keast at or 1-978-369-2445.  

Pre-school Sing-along at the Gleason Library

Liz Buchanan is coming to the Gleason Library again to lead a sing-along. This well-loved singer has been leading programs for young children in public libraries and elementary classrooms in Massachusetts for the last ten years. Children ages 0-4 are invited to move to the beat and to sing along with classic favorites and some of Liz’s own tunes.

This free program for children and their parents will be held on Thursday, June 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Library. For more information call the library and ask for the children’s department at 1-978-369-4898 or check out the web at

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.”

Only 12 days left to register for Road Races

The Carlisle 5 & Family Fun 1 Road Races will be run on Old Home Day, Saturday, June 26. Complete Race details can be found on the entry blanks, which are available at Ferns, the Library, Post Office, Transfer Station Bulletin Board or electronically at (click on New Rules This Year).

Please note: there will be no race day entries, and entries must be received by the race directors no later than June 16. 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.

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.

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

Meet Niki Tsongas at Democratic Town Committee Picnic

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee invites all town residents to meet Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, State Senator Susan Fargo and State Representative Cory Atkins at its annual picnic on June 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle Center.

Come and enjoy good food, good music, good company and discuss issues that concern you at the sixth annual summer picnic sponsored by the Carlisle DTC. All Carlisle residents are welcome, regardless of party affiliation.

For more information, contact Bob Wallhagen, Vice-Chairperson at 1-978-369-7802 or or Bob Luoma, Picnic Coordinator at 1-978-369-1240 or

Final FNL is tonight

Attention all middle school students: Friday Night Live (FNL) is tonight. It’s the last one for the class of 2010. Tonight is free for all eighth graders. Come and join your friends and dance to the latest tunes, or play basketball, ping-pong or chess. As always, pizza and drinks will be served. FNL is held in the Corey Gym from 7 to 9:30 p.m.. Admission is $6. For information call Ray Jiménez at 1-978-369-4703 or contact any other CYC member.

Take a walk across the solar system

If the sun was the size of a soccer ball, how big would the earth be? And how far away? Gain an understanding of the enormous size of space by exploring a scale model on foot. Join amateur astronomer and Carlisle resident Steve Golson for a walk across the solar system. Meet on the Carlisle school plaza Saturday, June 12 at 2 p.m. We’ll walk from there and end up at Kimballs for ice cream. The whole tour will take less than an hour. All ages welcome. For more information call Steve Golson at 1-978-371-9959.

ConsCom Coffee June 8

The next Conservation Coffee will be held Tuesday, June 8, in the Clark Room in the Carlisle Town Hall, 66 Westford Street, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Bring your ideas for next season’s Conservation Coffees.

The Conservation Morning Coffees are regularly held on the second Tuesday of the month in order to provide an informal opportunity for residents to meet and to discuss a wide range of Carlisle related conservation and environmental issues. Residents are encouraged to arrive and leave as their early morning schedules allow. Refreshments are provided. This is the final Conservation Coffee until October.

Carlisle School Association news

Room Parents Needed

If you are interested in being a room parent for next school year (2010-2011), contact the appropriate room parent coordinator at your earliest convenience. We currently need volunteers for all grades. Contact Mary-Lynne Bohn ( or 1-978-287-1439) for Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd Grade; Tricia Massicott ( or 1-978-371-6407) for Grades 3, 4 and 5; and Timm Brandhorst ( or 1-978-371-2770) for Grades 6, 7 and 8. The coordinators will need to know the name and grade of the child for whom you wish to be a room parent, your email address, any previous room parent responsibilities and your phone number. Assignments will be made over the summer. For overall room parent questions feel free to contact Tricia Massicott, head room parent.

Annual Meeting and Officers

The CSA Annual Meeting was held on May 18. The 2010-2011 CSA Board is: President – Sara Clark; Executive Vice President - Rebecca Besthoff; Treasurer – Dennis McCollum; Secretary – Danielle Herr; Vice President (K-5) – Amy Coloian; Vice President (6-8) – Leigh Tappen; Publicity Coordinator – Cathy Moore; Fundraising Coordinator – Liza Snell; Services Coordinator – Casey Smith; Room Parent Coordinator – Tricia Massicott; and Membership Coordinator - Jenn Albanese. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Update Your Handbook Entry

Use the change form at the back of your Husky Handbook if you need to make any corrections or changes to your address, phone number or email for next year. If no changes, no need to send in the form.

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 is creating a memory book, which it will present with the children to Mr. T near the end of the school year. The group 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 Monday, June 7, 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.

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.

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. If you would be interested in serving on the Conservation Commission, 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.

Carlisle Council on Aging doings

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 to 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.

A year to live: Charlie Dee, will speak at the First Religious Society on Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m. in Union Hall. He will be the guest speaker for the “A Year to Live” class led by Rev. Diane Miller. The class meets monthly for a year to address end of life issues and living fully in the present. All are welcome to this free program. For more information, contact Rev. Diane Miller at 1-978-369-0284 or

COA chat: Join director Debi Siriani on Wednesday, June 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the Sleeper Room at Village Court for an informal chat about issues affecting all seniors. This month’s big question is: How can Carlisle seniors be a greater asset to our town?

Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, June 17 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed by a talk about fishing by Steve Kirk. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than noon on Monday, June 14. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride. The cost is $3 or more per person. The luncheon is funded in part by a grant from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Ikea trip: Join the COA for a great day of bargain shopping at Ikea on Wednesday, June 23. The van will leave from the Congregational Church at 9 a.m. Call the transportation line at 1-978-371-6690 by June 9 to reserve a seat. The cost is $10, payable at the door.

Podiatry clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, July 6, at the Sleeper Room. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment. Checks for $20 made out to the Friends of the COA (FCOA) or cash are payable the day of the clinic. The clinic is sponsored by the generosity of the FCOA, Timothy Wheeler House Fund and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Newsletter: Starting with the July/August edition, if you are not a Carlisle resident and would like to receive the Senior Connection, send a $5 check to help cover postage to Carlisle COA, 66 Westford Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. If you would like to be taken off the mailing list, call 1-978-371-2895 or email

Watch for turtles

This is the time of year female turtles are on the move in search of nest sites. Unfortunately for turtles, residential development and roads have reduced and fragmented their habitats, and many turtles are killed by vehicles. You can help turtles by slowing down in areas where turtles cross roads, usually near marshes and stream crossings.

If you see a turtle crossing the road, and it is safe to pull off the side of the road, move the turtle off the road, but keep it pointed in the same direction it was originally headed. Do not take the turtle home or to a different location for release. For more information, see “Turtle Information and Conservation Tips” on the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP) website,

Most turtles you will see in Carlisle are Painted, Snapping, and Musk turtles, but rare species such as Blanding’s, Eastern Box, and Wood turtle have been reported. These species, and also Spotted turtle, should be reported to NHESP. Rare species should also be reported to Sylvia Willard, Conservation Commission Administrator. More information can be found at

Pass It Forward Day tomorrow

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.

Gardens needed for 2011 Garden Tour

Thanks to all who visited the Garden Club Plant Sale, 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

MCTHS offers driver’s ed

Complete 30 hours of in-class driving instruction in just one week by enrolling in the Christo Driving School’s program at Minuteman Career and Technical High School in Lexington, July 19 to July 23. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Register online at For more information, call 1-508-481-6384.

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