Friday, July 30, 2010
Community Garden management
To the Editor:
Now that we are well into the growing season, I’d like to take a break from weeding and watering to express my satisfaction with the management of the community gardens at Foss Farm. I’ve had a plot at Foss for nearly 20 years, and things have never been so well organized or as functional as they are now. Several changes have been made this year. All the pumps are kept in working order. The tall grass along the edges of the plots is kept mown. Because of additional signage, I now know where to put my garden waste. The plot assignment sheet has the names of all the gardeners, so I know who my neighbors are. And a Yahoo! group has been set up that makes for quick and easy communication among gardeners. All these little changes have made a great improvement in the overall experience of gardening at Foss. Thank you!
League of Women Voters supports DISCLOSE Act
To the Editor:
The LWVCC writes to convey our deep disappointment regarding Senator Brown’s position on the DISCLOSE Act (http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/).
When representatives from our local league met with Senator Brown’s staff on May 12, 2010, transparency in government was one of the issues discussed, and it appeared to provide common ground. We find Senator Brown’s recently stated position regarding the DISCLOSE Act in direct contradiction to his campaign promises to fight for transparency in Washington.
The LWV supports the DISCLOSE Act as an important campaign finance bill designed to restore transparency to U.S. elections. Contrary to one of Senator Brown’s objections, the DISCLOSE Act is fair and equitable. After careful review, the LWV, one of the oldest and most respected non-partisan organizations in the country, has deemed the DISCLOSE Act to be an appropriate, timely and non-partisan response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Rather than providing an advantage to one party over another, the DISCLOSE Act requires disclosure from all campaign funding entities, thereby creating the “level playing field” Senator Brown claims to value.
The DISCLOSE Act is timely both as a response to the January 2010 Citizens United ruling and because it can be enacted before the 2010 midterm elections, reinforcing the Supreme Court’s clear recognition within its ruling of the public’s right to know the source of campaign funding.
There is no time like the present to begin the hard work of restoring transparency to our government and reinvigorating our democracy and, with a strong bill in hand, no valid argument for delaying the process.
We encourage all voters to contact Senator Brown today and strongly urge him to reconsider his position, to oppose efforts to filibuster the DISCLOSE Act and amendments aimed at undermining or killing the bill, and, ultimately, to vote in favor of the DISCLOSE Act.
Paula Vandever, Co-President
(Lowell Road, Concord)
Launa Zimmaro, Board Member (Lowell Street, Carlisle)
League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle
Special Thanks from the Carlisle COA
To the Editor:
On the afternoon of July 15, the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) generously paid to have a terrific Drumlin Farm Program on Hatching Out (animals that come from eggs who aren’t birds). Visiting Angels of Acton coordinated ice cream sundaes with all the trimmings, and worked with Drumlin Farm to donate the ice cream (yum!).
We would like to thank the Friends of of the COA, Visiting Angels, Kimball Farm and St. Irene for the use of their great facility. Everyone was interested in the Drumlin Farm teacher who brought the animals and answered question after question. There was plenty of ice cream for everyone to enjoy and a fun time was had by all.
Angela Smith, COA Outreach
Debi Siriani, COA Director
Thanks to all who donated
To the Editor:
May 8 dawned dreary and rainy, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the over 70 volunteers who helped with this year’s postal workers’ food drive.
Donations poured into the pantry all afternoon, collected and delivered from all of our communities and post offices. Volunteers set up tables inside the pantry, date-checked every item of food as it came in, sorted and stored packed the groceries throughout the afternoon; some drove around to the local post offices and picked up food and delivered it to the pantry; some did all of the “heavy lifting,” unloading the trucks and other vehicles as they arrived at the pantry. In all, we collected 320 “banana boxes” of food – approximately 14,500 pounds – that Saturday, and donations continued to arrive the following week. This food has lasted us through the start of summer, and we can’t express our appreciation enough.
Though it’s hard to single out people to acknowledge, we would especially like to thank: our drive coordinator, Nancy Ohringer (who has been doing this for many years – she should get the “incredible stamina” award!) and her assistant, Kathleen O’Connor, for their amazing organizational and leadership skills; all of the postmasters and postal workers from Ayer, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, Shirley, Fitchburg and Acton who participated in the drive for Loaves & Fishes, because we know how much work this adds to their regular duties; the private citizens and Wilson Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. of Pepperell, who picked up the food and brought it to the pantry in their cars and trucks and helped unload it all; all of the volunteers who contributed their time and effort (some of whom got drenched with rain in the process). We couldn’t do this without you! Everyone who donated food to this critical food drive, not only for Loaves & Fishes but for food pantries across the country - we live in a wonderful area and have a lot to be grateful for. Thank you, everyone.
Patricia Stern, Executive Director
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
Ed. note: Carlisle postal workers also participated in this drive.
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