The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 24, 2003

Engagements Christopher Niessen
to wed Genevieve Black

Edward and Bunny Black of Concord announce the engagement of their daughter Genevieve to Christopher Niessen, son of Charles Niessen of Heald Road.

The bride-to-be graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in 1991 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1996. Genevieve is currently a senior designer at the architecture firm of Bergmeyer Associates in Boston, where she has worked for the past five years.

Christopher attended the Carlisle School and graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in 1989. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994 in electrical engineering. He is currently completing a doctorate in computer engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

A May 24 wedding is planned.

Jenny Rigg to wed Barry Donohue

Karen and Frank Rigg of South Street are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jenny Rigg, to Barry Donohue, son of Virginia and Barry Donohue of Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

A 1991 graduate of CCHS, Jenny holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a MBA from New York University's Stem School of Business. She is a marketing manager in Manhattan.

Barry is a 1991 graduate of Montclair High School and holds a bachelor's degree from Boston College. He is an assistant vice president at UBS PaineWebber.

An October wedding is planned.

Laura "Kelly" Hamilton
to wed David Christensen

Steve and Jackie Hamilton of Carlisle happily announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura "Kelly" Hamilton, to David Christensen, son of Richard and Cordelia Christensen of North Hampton, New Hampshire.

Kelly graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in English and secondary education. She is currently a high school English teacher at Triton Regional High School in Byfield, Massachusetts. David graduated from College of William and Mary with a B.A. in history and is currently working as a research associate for New Directions in Boston.

A July wedding has been planned.

Sergeant Hans Wilhelmson of Heald Road, a member of the 88th Regional Support Command Army Reserves, is on active duty in Afghanistan, north of Kabul.

In late August, Wilhelmson, a graduate of the Carlisle Public School and a '99 graduate of the Concord-Carlisle High School, was about to start his senior year at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, when he was called up for active duty on August 30. Two weeks later, in early September, he was sent to Afghanistan for an assignment of six months to possibly a year.

A math major at Carleton, Wilhelmson had been interested in signing up for ROTC while in college; but since Carleton had no ROTC program, he signed up for the Army Reserves in December of his freshman year. This meant taking off one weekend a month from school to attend training at Ft. Snelling, in nearby Minneapolis, and six weeks of training each summer at Ft. Jackson in North Carolina.

According to his parents, Harald and Elizabeth, things have been going well for Hans during his four and a-half- months of duty. He feels safe on base and has had interesting trips to some of the nearby countries. "He is looking forward to returning to the states in time to start his spring and final semester at Carleton," added Elizabeth.

Several Carlisle residents took part in peace activities this past weekend. George Bishop, Ernie and Ellen Huber and John and Lisa Wiesner went to the January 18 rally on the Mall in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. and the subsequent march to the Navy Yard. The group was cheered by the media coverage, both U.S. and international. Bishop and Ernie Huber enjoyed talking to a Japanese reporter. The signs carried were as interesting and meaningful as the speeches. One that Bishop especially liked read, "Laura, remember Lysistrata." "It was energizing and moving to see so many people from all over the country," remarked Bishop.

Several hundred people attended peace vigils in Arlington and Watertown. Eva and Terry Herndon, Margaret, Eric and Nick Darling, Eunice Knight and Kathy Coyle all held signs at Watertown Square. Coyle said "It was good to be doing something and good to get so many positive responses from passing drivers."

On behalf of the Old Concord Chapter DAR, Carlisle resident and local DAR member, Avril Taylor of North Road, presented the Lowell Humane Society, which serves Carlisle, with an American flag, pet food and blankets. The shelter's executive director is Allan Davidson.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. The Old Concord Chapter supports memberships and activities in Concord, Carlisle, and surrounding towns. For further information please contact Sally Evans at 1-978-369-8319.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito