The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 28, 2003

Where In Carlisle?

Somewhere in Carlisle, the spiny creature pictured above peers out over the countryside. Have you seen it? Can you tell us where it is? Can you name the Carlisle craftsman who created this one-of-a-kind,custom-made weathervane?

Plus, (for extra credit), do you have any idea why a porcupine was specifically chosen to appear on this weathervane? It's a great story! If you care to venture a guess, write to us and we'll print your responses (and reveal all) in an upcoming edition of the Mosquito.

To get your contribution to us: e-mail it to; mail it to the Carlisle Mosquito, Box 616, Carlisle, MA; drop it off at the Daisy's drop box or the Mosquito office (872 Westford Street); or fax it to us at 1-978-369-3569. Please include your name so we can appropriately recognize your impressive knowledge of Carlisle trivia!

Long-time Carlisle resident Brigitte Senkler of the Concord Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office has achieved the highest honors presented to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage sales associates. Brigitte was ranked sixth internationally, fourth nationally, and number one in all of New England. The rankings are determined by sales volume achieved in 2002 and include sales in such cities as Los Angeles, New York City and Dallas, and countries including United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and France.

Laura Baliestiero of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recently received the International President's Premier Award, the most prestigious designation a Coldwell Banker associate can achieve. The award places Baliestiero within the top 1% of over 75,000 Coldwell Banker Real Estate professionals worldwide. Baliestiero, a 27-year veteran of real estate sales, serves as vice president and has been among the top 20 in sales in New England for 25 consecutive years.

News of our boys here and "over there"

John Berman grew up on Indian Hill. He celebrated his 31st birthday crossing the Kuwait border on his way into Iraq as a war correspondent for ABC News. Originally sent to Qatar to report back from the headquarters of General Tommy Franks, he is now on the road with the marines, as of March 24, heading from Nasiriyah to Baghdad. He can be seen on the 6:30 evening news with Peter Jennings and in the morning with Charles Gibson on Good Morning America.

Berman began working for ABC News in 2000, when he covered the presidential campaign of George W. Bush.

Army Reservist Hans Wilhelmsen of Heald Road has returned from his four-and-a-half months of active duty in Afghanistan in time to start his spring and final semester at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Army Reserves Sergeant Patrick Churchill, formerly of Acton Street, was called up for active duty in February, and is presently stationed with his support group at Ft. Hood, Texas. He recently called his parents, Fred and Mechthild Churchill, to say he expects to be going to Kuwait next week.

Army National Guardsman Neil Fantasia, a chemical specialist in an engineering unit in Reading, Massachusetts, has been put on alert, which means, according to his mother, Linda Fantasia, "Be ready to go. Have your papers and equipment in order, in case."

John Kilfoyle is a forward for the CCHS hockey team.

Cassi Knight is a freshman member of the girls cross-country skiing team.

John Lee, manager of Allandale Farm, the only operating farm in Boston, spoke Monday at the Carlisle Lunch Group. He talked about his experience as an inner-city farmer and the broader aspects of how to keep farmers and their farms an integral part of the northeast. Lee is shown with one of the sprays of forsythia that he brought from Boston to share with his audience.


Destination Imagination team heads to state competition

The victorious third-grade Destination Imagination team, flanked by coaches Nicole Bloomfield and Dianne Wesselhoeft, began meeting immediately to rehearse for state competition. Team members include from (left to right) Talia Simon, Andrew Parks, Kate Fitzsimmons, Christian Wesselhoeft, and Charlie Bloomfield (in front). (Photo by Anne Marie Brako)
Six elementary teams from Carlisle competed at the regional tournament on Saturday, March 8, at Andover High School in regional Destination Imagination (DI) competition. The DI program, formerly known as Odyssey of the Mind, enables kids to showcase skills in creativity, teamwork and quick thinking. A third-grade team finished first in its division, and will go on to compete in the Massachusetts state finals on Saturday, April 5, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

"We lost some older teams, and we have a concentration of younger teams now · the oldest being a 4th-grade team, last year we had a 7th-grade team," said Carlisle Program Director Nicole Bloomfield. With some of the younger teams returning from the previous year, Bloomfield sees the program developing strength for the future.

Each team gave an eight-minute presentation solving one of five nationally published DI challenges. About four months of preparation and weekly meetings went into each team's solution. Furthermore, each team at the tournament had to compete in the instant challenge division where each group must solve a situational problem in less than 10 minutes. In addition to Carlisle, teams competing in the regional tournament included Andover, Bedford, Burlington, Concord, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, North Andover, Tyngsboro, Wilmington, and Westford.

To meet the DI program fees and expenses, the Carlisle group will run a fundraiser on Tuesday, April 8, from 6-8pm at the Corey Auditorium. The evening will include performances from this year's teams and a bake sale. Tickets are available at Daisy's. For more information on the program, contact Bloomfield at 1-978-371-0235. This year's team rosters included:

Kindergarten/1st-Grade Team ("Lost and Found" challenge)

Team Manager: Peter Chelton

Team Members: Richard Chelton, Patrick Fitzsimmons, Jake Goldberg, Samuel Goldberg, Spencer Langdon, Bobby Li, Hunter Moskowitz

2nd-Grade Team ("Lost and Found" challenge)

Team Manager: John Delgado

Team Members: Satchi Davis, Justin Delgado, Anya Kaufman, Jamie Moore, Julian Palmer, Stuart Semonite

3rd-Grade Team ("Theatre Smarts" challenge)

Team Managers: Dan Coursey and Dave Elwood

Team Members: Tora Coursey, Chris Elwood, Parker Brophy, Allaire Langdon, Tad Osborne, Ruth Zeltzer

3rd-Grade Team ("A Change in Direction" challenge)

Team Managers: Nicole Bloomfield, Dianne Wesselhoeft and Pat Simon

Team Members: Charlie Bloomfield, Kate Fitzsimmons, Andrew Parks, Talia Simon, Christian Wesselhoeft

3rd/4th-Grade Team ("A Change in Direction" challenge)

Team Managers: Pat and Bill Cote

Team Members: Dean Cote, James Davis, Maxwell Droznin, Tim Lamere, Rachel Matthew, Dixie Morrison

4th-Grade Team ("viDIo Adventure" challenge)

Team Managers: Kathy McKinley and Kristine Bergenheim

Team Members: Eric Dinardo, Robert Drinkwater, John Gilles, Ben Parra, Tommy Veitch, Curran Wilmot.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito