The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 18, 2002

A GIFT OF GRATITUDE. The Carlisle Conservation foundation held their annual potluck dinner on Sunday, January 13, at which they saluted Eunice Knight of Bedford Road for her years of leadership and board work for the foundation.The group presented her, approprately enough, with a birdhouse for her garden. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)




William Thomas McMahan Sr. Beloved bus driver for a generation of Carlisle school children

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated for William Thomas McMahan, Sr. of Bedford on January 12 at St. Michael Church in Bedford. Surrounded by his family, he died on
January 9, 2002, at the age of 77 after a brief illness. Son of the late Martin Francis McMahan and Mary Breslin McMahan, Tom was the beloved husband of Lucille (Agrillo), also of Bedford, loving father of Cheryl McMahan Pongratz of Winchester, Susan McMahan Corbett of Bedford, Brenda McMahan Myers of Townsend, and William Thomas McMahan Jr. of Chelmsford. He is also survived by sisters Mary Ruth McDonnell and Helen "Dede" Hayes, both of Bedford, Theresa Eaton of Lexington, and brothers John McMahan and James McMahan, both of Bedford. He leaves behind granddaughters Mary, Bethany, Sarah, Marybeth, Emily, Meghan, Richelle, Tara, Vanessa, and Stephanie and grandson Charles William. He also had numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Mr. McMahan was born in Bedford and attended Lexington High School. He served in WWII in the US Army. He worked for Middlesex Motors in Concord and Iversen Ford in Billerica as an automobile salesman and sales manager for over forty years. After retirement he brought morning smiles and love to Carlisle children as their school bus driver for almost 15 years.

Mr. McMahan's lifelong love of music was evident in his almost 20 years as a member of the Sounds of Concord and the New Bostonian Barbershop Choruses, the New England Close Harmony Ensemble, and several barbershop quartets. He was an avid sports fan, spectator and participant, and spent many years coaching Bedford Youth Hockey and Little League. He was a member of the American Legion Post 221.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Lahey Clinic Philanthropy Fund, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

Many of the Carlisle families attending the funeral had wonderful stories to tell. Cheryl McMahan Pongratz, Mr. McMahan's daughter, requests those who spoke with her at the funeral write the stories down and send them to her at 55 Chester Street, Winchester, MA 01890.

Our sympathy to ...

Susan Baxter and her family of Hemlock Hill Road on the death of her mother, Grace R. (Brennan) Halloran, on January 13.

Rick Moscatel at the Carlisle Post Office on the death of his father, Anthony Moscatello of Cambridge, formerly of Arlington, on January 13.

Cross Street landmark moved January 6
The steeple sits on its new foundation on the hill above the pond, awaiting repairs and screen door. (Photos by Bonnie Miskolczy)
Gabor Miskolczy repositions a support beam while Dan Cavalier adjusts the steeple for its ride downhill to its new site. When the Bedford Road St. Irene Church was demolished in July, 2000, Bonnie Miskolczy salvaged the steeple to be a tea house overlooking their pond-edge garden.


Emily Bliss and Benjamin Michael Boa

Twins Emily Bliss and Benjamin Michael Boa were born to Michael and Beth (Stickler) Boa on December 15 in Washington, DC. Delighted grandparents are Dave and Marje Stickler of Indian Hill Road and John and Peggy Boa of Ruskin, Florida. Eric, Michelle and Karen Stickler are proud uncle and aunts. The babies are at home in North Bethesda, Maryland.


Sarah Shohet weds John Mikhail

Sarah Shohet, daughter of Dick and Carolyn Shohet of Bedford Road, married John Mikhail, son of Ramzy and Maryse Mikhail of Sylvania, Ohio on October 21, 2001, in the chapel at Concord Academy, Sarah's alma mater. The reception took place at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard. The wedding day began with a soccer game at the Banta-Davis playing fields.

Sarah and John live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where John is a law student. Sarah is the director of Admissions and Career Placement for a dual degree program at MIT she works as a telecommuter from California.

Sarah and John will be moving to Miami, Florida in January 2003, where John will be a law clerk for a federal judge.



Carlisle Middle School students celebrated the American Library Association's Teen Read Week in the month of October. Students entered a ticket into a prize drawing for each book they read during the month. Over one hundred and fifty tickets were submitted. Pictured above with school librarian Sandy Kelly are Owen Callahan (left), winner of the 2002 Guiness Book of World Records and Michael Luby, winner of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy Lord of the Rings.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito