The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 11, 2002

· Scottie Eliassen, formerly of Virginia Farme Lane, who grew up and learned to cross-country ski in Carlisle, was one of the carriers of the Olympic torch when it passed through New Hampshire on December 28 and 29.

Some 11,000 Americans, mostly non-athletes, have carried the Olympic flame on its journey from Athens to the Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Each has been nominated, in a 100-word letter, as an individual worthy of this honor, and then selected by the Olympic torch committee.

Eliassen was nominated by someone who has chosen to remain anonymous, but she is sure it was one of the high school skiers she has coached in her ten years of working with the Ford Sayre ski club in the Hanover, New Hampshire area.

In an interview with the Valley News newspaper, Eliassen talked about her love of coaching young cross-country skiers. She says "I guess I was inspired by all of the parents who were running the Bill Koch League program that I was skiing in in Carlisle in the '70s. They took the time to work with the kids, even the ones who weren't their own." As to her own coaching, she says "I do it for the love of the sport, for love of the kids."

Eliassen's torch run took place at dawn on Saturday, December 29, in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. She had a special leg she carried the torch down off the road and through the woods to the edge of the Connecticut River. There, she lit the torch waiting in a canoe paddled by Abenaki, New Hampshire Native Americans. They carried the flame across the river (where there is a strong current) to another runner waiting on the Vermont side.

Eliassen was excited and honored to participate in this pre-Olympic ritual. She will always have her torch and the special white torch carrier's suit as souvenirs.

Eliassen's role models in the Carlisle Bill Koch program included Signy and Dusty Johnstone, Dave Trask, Bob Santomenna, Bud Collins, Tim Fohl, Charlie Forsberg, Art Milliken, Peter Workum most of whom still ski locally even though the abundant snowfalls of the '70s are few and far between.

· Yeong Kim of Martin Street had the honor of running as a support runner in the Olympic torch relay for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. She ran in the Somerville and Cambridge area on December 27. Her segment of the run was telecast live on Channel 7. It is a great privilege to carry the Olympic torch; selection of runners for the torch relay is done on a nomination basis. Her daughter Beatrice, currently a junior at Concord-Carlisle High School, nominated her.

Students named to honor roll

· Katrina Weiss, a senior, and Adam Weiss, a freshman, both of Brook Street were named to the Minuteman Regional High School academic honor roll for the first quarter.

· Brita Bero of Hartwell Road, a sophomore at Northfield Mount Hermon School, was named to the honor roll for the fall term

· Philip Caruso of Robbins Drive, a junior at Phillips Academy, was named to the honor roll for the winter term.

· Donations to UNICEF. The Town of Carlisle has donated $1,376 to UNICEF. The school children of Carlisle collected this money on Halloween night, and it was sorted, counted and coin-wrapped by the Carlisle Girl Scouts as a service project. Troops 2638, 2646, 2647 and 2642 participated in the project. The money will support UNICEF's efforts providing healthcare, nutrition, education and emergency relief to the children of developing countries. Thank you to everyone in town who contributed to this effort.

· D'Ann Brownrigg of Acton Street is exhibiting her colorful watercolors at the Winchester Public Library (80 Washington Street) in January. Come see them until February 1 during library hours. Meet the artist at a gala reception on Saturday, January 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. The artist's close-up view of the familiar brightens a winter day.

· Nate Bagnaschi of Evergreen Lane, a freshman and member of the Mens Swim team at the University of Pennsylvania, competed in the Florida Atlantic University Holiday Swim Meet. Swimming in the 200-yard free style race, Bagnaschi took second with a time of 1:46, just 26-hundredths of a second behind the first place winner.

AESOP PERFORMS FOR SCOUTS. Actor Rik Pierce of Westford Street portrays Aesop to introduce puppet presentation of his fables by the 4th-grade Webelo Boy Scouts. Tyler Struss, Cameron Vazehgoo, Eddie Chang, and Christian DiRomualdo watch the show, with Webelo den mother Sue Struss standing in the background. (Photo by Steve Opolski)


Tess Alexandra Wolossow

Caroline and Paul Wolossow of Cross Street are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Tess Alexandra Wolossow, on December 10 at 5:45 p.m. Her parents are both thrilled and exhausted!


Peter R. Dolan Former Carlisle resident

Peter R. Dolan, 51, a former Carlisle resident, died unexpectedly December 29, at his home in Lowell.

He was born in Woburn and raised in Carlisle, the son of Pauline (Roberts) Dolan of Acton and the late Francis H. Dolan.

Mr. Dolan was a graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a tractor-trailer driver for many years, and was a resident of Lowell for the past five years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Marylou Lawrence of Cohassett and Lauri Mazzeo of Acton; three brothers, Michael of Marlborough, William of Concord, and Brian of Pepperell; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends were invited to a memorial gathering on Friday, January 4, at the family home at 520 Massachusetts Avenue (Rte. 111), Acton. Interment in Carlisle was private. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Dolan's name to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements were by the Acton Funeral Home, Acton.

Our sympathy to...

Maya Liteplo and her family, husband Merrill and children Mark and Stephanie, of Curve Street, on the death of Maya's mother, Irene Germak Padoch, age 91, on January 1, in New York City.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito