The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 13, 2001

Friends and Neighbors

· Kylie Duff (center) of North Road is a member of the Lexington-based Haydenettes Synchronized Skating Team. Their stunning performance at the National Championships in Colorado Springs earned them two perfect 6.0s in presentation and gave them the National Championship. It also earned the team a first-place berth on the USA World Team. The second-place berth went to Miami University of Ohio.

The Haydenettes, ten-time reigning National Champions, competed on the world stage in Helsinki this past week, placing fifth. Their goal had been to make it to the medal stand in a sport that is dominated by Canada, Finland and Sweden.

Kylie, a Concord-Carlisle sophomore, has been a member of the Hayden program for eight years. The younger teams, Ice Cubes and Ice Mates, won silver and gold medals respectively in this year's National Championships. Hayden continues to be the major force for synchronized skating in the United States. Synchronized skating is expected to be a demonstration sport in the 2002 Utah Olympics.

The Haydenettes were the featured opening number at this year's National Figure Skating Championship at the Fleet Center in Boston. They recently appeared on a Channel 56 "Lifeline Special" and have graced the covers of newspapers throughout the country.

· John Rosenthal of West Street (middle) joined Boston Celtics forward Antoine Walker and Washington Wizards forward Michael Smith on the famed parquet floor of the Fleet Center before the March 9 game between the Celtics and the Washington Wizards. Rosenthal was honored by the Boston Celtics as a local hero, as part of the team's "Heroes Among Us" program.

Rosenthal, a successful real estate developer, founded two programs which address Boston's most critical social issues. He is the founder of the Friends of Boston's Homeless, a comprehensive program that to date has raised over $12 million, and provides 800 beds and a full line of services to the city's homeless.

In 1995, Rosenthal and the late Michael Kennedy founded Stop Handgun Violence. As Chairman, he has been the lead advocate for common- sense gun laws, and he helped draft the Massachusetts Gun Control Act of 1998, the strictest gun law in the country. Since the program's creation, gun injury and death in our state has dropped by over 50 percent, making Massachusetts the national model of gun violence reduction and prevention.

"Heroes Among Us" is a program designed to honor and recognize members of society who stand tall in their commitment to community. New England is home to many individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on our surrounding community. Positively affecting the lives of others is a mission and focus of the Boston Celtics and at each home game this season, the Celtics would like to recognize an individual who has made a special contribution, a "Hero Among Us."

On the road to recovery

We're talking about Carlisle Fire Chief Bob Koning, who suffered a major heart attack while driving home from New Hampshire two and a half weeks ago. In a telephone conversation with the Mosquito on Monday, Koning filled us in with more of the details of what happened to him on March 26.

As he tells it, he experienced a "terrific" pain in his arm just outside Nashua. He got out of the driver's seat, and his wife Mary Lou gave him an aspirin and took over the driving. Using a cell phone, they contacted the Carlisle Fire Department to alert them to what was happening and by the time they pulled into the fire station driveway, a regional paramedics unit from Concord was there, ready to take him to Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

At Lahey he saw the cardiologist in the trauma center and after his condition was assessed, he was sent to the cardiac unit where angioplasty was performed. With only minor damage, and just a four-day stay in the hospital, Koning is home and reports "making a great recovery and feeling wonderful."

"It is a warning to take things slowly," continued Koning. "I got through it well because I'm not overweight, I exercise five times a week, I follow a low-fat diet, and I've never smoked. I was in excellent condition physically. These all helped in my recovery."

The one condition that predisposed him to a heart attack was a high cholesterol count, something that had been creeping up for years230, at the last count. "I have been seeing my doctor regularly for a physical for the past 20 years, and he had been watching my cholesterol count rise and had put me on medication," added Koning.

Koning will see his doctor at the end of the week. He believes the stress of modern-day living and high cholesterol were the culprits in his heart attack and he is determined to get those under control.

We send our best wishes to our fire chief on his road to recovery.


Lillie Stone Van Dusen

Lillie Stone Van Dusen, 92, of Brook Street, died at home on March 30. She was born in 1908 in Medford Hillside, Massachusetts and grew up in Winthrop. She attended junior college, majoring in business and worked as bookkeeper before marrying Edward Bayard Van Dusen in 1938.

The Van Dusens lived in Lexington for 20 years before moving to Duxbury. Edward B. Van Dusen served as Dean of Education at Wentworth Institute in Boston and Dean of the University of Lowell Evening School. Lillie Van Dusen moved to Carlisle in 1996, following the death of her husband, to live with her son, Edward S. Van Dusen. She appreciated the beautiful rural setting, the birds at her birdfeeder, her kind neighbors and the members of the Council on Aging.


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