The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 23, 1999


Katie Courant weds Peter Taylor

Katie Courant, daughter of Paul and Lyn Courant of Virginia Farme, married Peter Taylor, son of John and Gay Taylor of Glencoe, IL, on August 29, at St. John's Chapel on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.

Monsignor Gerard Krieg and Reverend Garvey MacLean, longtime friend of the Taylor family, performed the wedding ceremony. Katie and Peter were transported to the chapel and to the reception at Geneva On The Lake in the antique family truck. Among the attendants of Carlisle interest were matron of honor Betsy Courant-Heyman, sister of the bride, usher Eben Courant, brother of the bride, and school classmate Victoria Simarano, who was one of the bridesmaids. One of the readings, Master Speed by Robert Frost, was read by Lyann Collins, sister of the bride. Prayers were written and read for the bride and groom and their families by the bride's godmother, Carolyn Birmingham of Lincoln.

Katie and Peter are both graduates of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Katie received her master's degree from the University of San Francisco and is employed as membership and events coordinator by San Francisco BayKeeper. Peter is an international trader with Montgomery Asset Management in San Francisco. After traveling to Greece and Turkey, the couple is making their home in San Francisco.

Local student sings in national choir

Nate Johnson, fifth grader of Blaisdell Drive, travelled to Columbus, Ohio earlier this month to participate in the OAKE (Organization of Koldaly Educators, a national music education association) National Children's Choir. Nate was the only Massachusetts student chosen to be one of 150 children from across the U.S. to study and perform with conductor Angela Broeker.

Nate has been a member of the Carlisle Children's Choir for two years. In October he worked with conductor Joanne Crowell to prepare an audition tape. Soon after being notified of acceptance Nate received copies of the nine pieces which he was to study before going to Ohio. The music was in English, Japanese and Moravian.

"Nate had an opportunity to learn music that was not accessible to the average choral student and he had a great time in the process" said conductor Crowell. Nate's favorite piece was arranged by Malcolm Dalgliesh who not only accompanied the choir on hammer dulcimer but sang along in his falsetto voice. Nate and his family strongly support the choral program offered through Concord-Carlisle community education and are enthused about the opportunity to participate in such a quality experience.

Results from the 1999 Boston Marathon

Local runners do Carlisle proud

· Susan Carlson, West Street - 5:14:24.

· Caitlin Gaffey, Lowell Street, an MIT freshman running her first marathon - 4:04.

· Tim Harte, formerly of Estabrook Road, now living in Cambridge, finished the race in 2:27:38, placing 38th overall.

· Todd Langton, Concord Street - 4:05:26.

· Robert Pernice, Judy Farm Road - 4:08:52.

· Ron Kmiec, Bingham Road, well known Carlisle long distance runner competing in his 33rd consecutive Boston Marathon finished 3:25:45.

According to Kmiec, this turned out to be one of his most memorable Boston Marathons. Shortly after the ascent of Heartbreak Hill in Newton, another runner, noticing the shirt Kmiec was wearing which included his name and times in his past 25 marathons, ran up alongside him and introduced himself as Neil Weygandt. Weygandt, it turns out holds the record for the most Boston Marathons run; 52 in all. Kmiec had phoned him last year after the marathon and it is this man's record that Kmiec hopes to break someday.

Running side by side, Kmiec and Weygandt pushed each other onward, crossing the finish line together at 3:25:45.

As usual, Kmiec had no trouble making his way back home. Clad in his warm-up suit, a Boston Marathon Medal hanging from his neck, Kmiec made his way down Boylston Street towards Storrow Drive. At a busy intersection he raised his trusty sign "Marathoner to Carlisle" and within minutes a driver from Concord pulled up to take the tired but triumphant runner home to his very doorstep in Carlisle.

· On Saturday, April 10, Peter Lind (left), a third grader of Mill Pond Lane won the Patriot Division of the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby Competition. The competition, held at the Burlington Mall, included entries from over 20 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. The race was the culmination of the Pinewood Derby competition for third- and forth-grade Cub Scouts that began in January and included over 2,000 cars in these communities. Also representing Carlisle at the race were Marty Spears and Clark Bakewell. The boys qualified for the regional competition with their performances at the annual Carlisle Pinewood Derby.

In a very exciting competition, Peter's car finished in a two-way tie for first after all the scheduled races. A one run, winner-take-all race was then held, with Peter's "Heinz Ketchup" car winning by 2/1,000 of a second.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito