The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 2, 2000


If you missed seeing Roy and Chela Watson pedaling down East Street last Sunday afternoon on their Ryan Recumbent cycle, don't worrythey'll be biking somewhere around town for the next couple of months. The Watsons are in training for the Boston to New York AIDSRide 6, scheduled to take place on September 15, 16 and 17. This will be the second time the Watsons have taken part in this ride to raise money for the Fenway Health Clinic at 7 Haviland Street and its HIV/AIDS research programs. In 1998 they rode a standard tandem bicycle, but this year they have opted for a more comfortable human powered vehiclea Ryan Recumbent, which is well-designed, faster on the flat areas and as Roy is quick to admit, "easier on the butt." ...more

On Monday, I attended what must be at least my thirtieth Carlisle Memorial Day Observation. I know I have missed a few. I even had a baby on May 30. During most of my 35-year tenure in Carlisle, I have been there in the crowd, paying tribute to Carlisle's fallen, as well as tribute to those who answered the call. ...more

Allison Keeler, my 21-year-old niece who regularly visits me from her family home in Raynham, will also be participating in the Boston to New York AIDSRide 6. Like many participants, she is committed to raising AIDS awareness and bringing it into what she calls the comfort zone. Allison has been an avid cyclist since she was 17, but unlike most riders, she sees this cycling event as a benchmark in a difficult and uncertain personal journey. Nearly a year ago, on June 21, 1999, Allison suffered a severe brain injury in a high-speed, rollover car accident. The driver of the car died, leaving her 3-year-old disabled daughter an orphan. For everyone involved, the wounds were deep, the scars have not faded. ...more

The restaurant's quote, "Historic Lawrence's Tastiest Destination" might start you off wondering if they can live up to that, but they proved to be well able to do just that. ...more

Jonathan Saphier, Vietnam veteran and former member of the Intelligence Service, gave a moving address at the May 29 Memorial Day service in Corey Auditorium. Introduced by selectman John Ballantine as a strong, caring and passionate person, Saphier explained how his war experience caused him to change careers from journalist to educator. He detailed several vignettes from his service experience, which included acts of kindness and courage, as well as examples of the "paradoxes of war." ...more

The Carlisle Extended Day Program moved to its new, permanent home at 142 East Street, the former home and office of pediatrician Dr. Ron Schneebaum, on May 1. Last year, the nonprofit group took out a mortgage to purchase the property for its after-school programs and since then has extensively remodeled the interior to accommodate children in grades K-6. ...more

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