The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 15, 2001


Looking at some earlier Honored Citizen award winners

Think about your friends and neighbors throughout the town and the many ways in which they might be described as outstanding citizens. It is time to send your nominations for this year's Honored Citizen award to the celebrations committee for "those citizens who have given unselfishly of themselves to make our lives richer and our town a place to proudly call home." (See page 14 for details.) Some of the past honorees are described below with excerpts from the awarding speeches.

Jay Fisk, 1980

In 1980, Jay Fisk was 94 years old, and was praised for his pioneering efforts in planning Carlisle's slow transformation from a farming village to a protected suburb. He played an influential role in laying the groundwork for present-day zoning. Twenty-one years later, the town still struggles with a transformation which is rapidly accelerating.

Fisk moved to Carlisle in 1920 on the day that the general store in the center burned to the ground. Founder of the Fisk-Alden Tractor Company, he commuted to Cambridge each day over dirt roads. Fisk lived in and preserved one of the town's historic houses, the Litchfield Parsonage, which was later home of Carlisle's longtime revered physician, Dr. Angus Marsh.

Cal Adrian, 1981

At the next Old Home Day, the honored Outstanding Citizen was Calixte (Cal) Adrian, a four-term selectman, member of the fire department for 20 years, and member of the police department for 30 years. He was also safety crossing officer for ten years, and was remembered fondly for his kindness and friendship by student Sarah Edson in a nominating letter.

Larry Blanchard, 1984

In 1984 the name of Larry Blanchard was added to the plaque listing all the previous award recipients. Larry, well-known for his gardens and beautiful grounds, and for Larry's Flowers in Concord, was involved in many town activities, and was particularly interested in the elderly housing project from the start. He was appointed by the selectmen to the first housing committee, and one of the buildings of Carlisle Village Court is named for him.

Larry was involved in the organization of both the Carlisle Minutemen and the Old Home Day Committee (in 1967), and was active in them for nearly 20 years. He was active in the Grange and served as 4H director for 28 years. A state exhibit building at the 4H fairgrounds in Westford is named in his honor.

Mary Diment, 1985

The following year, 1988 Honored Citizen Al Peckham presented the award to Mary Diment, for her active interest and contributions to the town's government, particularly in the area of recreation. A dogwood tree was planted in her honor, to overlook the Diment playground above the Church Street ballfield. Diment had a longtime interest in planning and providing recreation for the town's youth, and was instrumental in setting up the town's swimming and recreational programs.

In addition, Diment helped organize the Carlisle Minutemen and in the seventies ran the local Bloodmobile. For nearly 20 years she wrote for and generously housed the Carlisle Mosquito at her home on South Street.

Larry Sorli, 1994

Lawrence O. (Larry) Sorli, a lifelong Carlisle resident and a farmer, was honored in 1994 for his 35 years on the board of appeals. The Sorli farm fields along Westford Street still contribute greatly to Carlisle's rural appearance. In 1994 Sorli's blacksmith shop was a going concern, where he fashioned fireplace tools and other useful and beautiful objects. As Carlisle's field driver, he was for years the one who rounded up errant stock and befuddled animals for the citizenry.

His long service on the board of assessors was noted to be partly because neither voters nor board members would let him resign. Howard Hensleigh, a 1986 Honored Citizen who awarded this honor, credited him with a wonderful memory for details of nearly every house in town, and praised him as a contributor to wise and harmonious solutions.

Here's how to cast your vote

The nomination forms for both the Honored Citizen Award and the Conservationist of the Year Award can be found on page 14 of this issue. The deadline for Honored Citizen submissions is Friday, June 22. The deadline for Conservationist of the Year submissions is Monday, June 25. Both awards will be presented during ceremonies at Old Home Day on Wednesday, July 4.

Flutists Margo Smith, Jill McElligot and Abigail Rolando serenade guests during the Carlisle Garden Club's Country Gardens Tour last weekend. (Photo by Lois D'Annunzio)




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