Energy Task Force provides further context
To the Editor:
Thank you so much for your June 7 front-page coverage of the Carlisle Energy Task Force’s (ETF’s) recent report to the Board of Selectmen. I’d like to provide further context to help Carlisle residents understand the ETF’s role and position regarding emissions of greenhouse gases. The ETF’s mission includes, among other things, “Help[ing] the Town establish goals and approaches for lowering energy use and expanding the use of renewable energy, with a focus on lowering greenhouse gas emissions.” To pursue this mission, the ETF, to the best of our abilities, is developing information to help Carlisle residents understand the implications of adopting goals to reduce emissions. The ETF has not, however, taken a position on whether Carlisle should adopt such goals. Rather, we are working with the Master Plan Steering Committee to help them inform the community and assess the community’s interest in adopting and pursuing such goals.
Your article alludes to a question the Selectmen raised about HeatSmart. HeatSmart was a 2018 program to promote clean heating and cooling technologies in Carlisle, Concord and Lincoln. Through this program, households in these three towns installed 72 air-source and ground-source heat pumps—18 of which are in Carlisle.
We don’t know the total number of Carlisle homes using heat pumps, but it is increasing. The volunteers who led HeatSmart continue to educate residents about the benefits of climate friendly heat pumps to heat and cool their homes.
We encourage those interested in learning more about the ETF to attend one of our meetings (7 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, at Town Hall—meetings are posted on Carlisle’s website), or to contact us at email@example.com.
Thanks again for covering the efforts of the ETF.
Chair, Carlisle Energy Task Force
Thanks to all for Pass It Forward Day
To the Editor:
Thank you to everyone who participated in Pass It Forward Day this past Saturday: to the citizens who donated; to the charities who benefit; to Gary Davis, Bob Connor and Tom McConnon for their cooperation and patience with the whole process; to Steve Herbst, who transports items from the Transfer Station to my garage so I can sort and distribute over the next several months; and to The Mosquito for publicizing the event. All the donated items get used for some good purpose and are delayed in going into the landfill– good for the needy, good for Carlisle, good for the planet.
Thank you all. If you didn’t have time to donate on Saturday, please save your stuff and donate at the next Pass It Forward Day on Saturday, October 5.
Director, Pass It Forward Day
Thanks from the Garden Club
To the Editor:
The Carlisle Garden Club would like to thank the many groups and individuals who contributed to our successful Country Gardens tour last weekend. Thanks go out to:
• The generous gardeners who opened and spiffed up their amazing gardens for our enjoyment.
• The business sponsors who backed our tour and contributed to its important fundraising goals. See carlislegardenclub.org for a list of our eight sponsors and please mention the tour when you visit them.
• Volunteers from within and outside the Club who organized and staffed the host gardens, the ticket and plant sales on the Common, and performed every task required to mount and advertise the tour.
• The awesome Carlisle gardeners—from within the Club, as well as the thoughtful members of our community—who donated plants to help create an extraordinary sale on the Common. Special thanks to the members of the gardening program of the Northeast Correctional Center in Concord, and the Mass Master Gardener members for adding vegetable and flower seedlings to our plant sale. Further thanks to Chelmsford’s Walter J. Lewis Community Garden for its donation of white and red oriental peonies, as well as the Garden Club members who divided and potted them.
• Visitors from Carlisle and surrounding communities who used two spectacular June days to enjoy the passionate visions of six exemplary gardening households
• The Carlisle Mosquito, which dedicated precious editorial space for Cecile Sandwen’s tempting peek at some of the gardens on the tour.
• The tour steering committee, working without official chairs, who pooled their collective expertise to coordinate—and even streamline—tour procedures for a memorable event.
for The Carlisle Garden Club