The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 9, 2003


Mildred G. Larsen

Mildred G. Larsen, 86, a life long resident of South Street, died at Fairlawn Nursing Home, Lexington, on Wednesday, April 30, following a long illness. Born in Concord on January 14, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Ivar and Hulda (Olsen) Larsen, of Spencer Brook Farm on South Street.

Miss Larsen was educated in Carlisle schools and, later in life, enjoyed summer months with her sister Inga in Carlisle, as well as winter months with her sister Brita in Florida.

She leaves her sisters, Inga L. MacRae of South Street and H. Brita Taylor of Palm Coast, Florida; her nieces, Martha Taylor McConnell of Lexington and Marilyn Taylor Shumway of E. Greenbush, New York and her nephew, Bruce L. Taylor Shumway of Palm Coast. She is also survived by several grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

Friends are invited to attend memorial services at Fairlawn Nursing Home, 265 Lowell Street, Lexington, Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow. Private funeral services were held in the MacRae-Tunnicliffe Funeral Home, Concord, on Saturday, May 3, conducted by the Rev. Keith Greer, pastor of the Carlisle Congregational Church. Interment followed in the family lot in Green Cemetery, Carlisle. Gifts in her memory may be sent to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Attn: Donations Office, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.

WELCOME Alexander Thomas Zinke

Alexander (Sandy) and Linda Zinke, as well as big sister Katie, of Concord Street, welcome home six-month-old Alexander Thomas Zinke. Born on October 21, 2002 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Alex was adopted on April 24, 2003. He arrived on May 1 from Moscow with his Carlisle family.

First Religious Society votes in a new minister following a two-year search

At a congregational meeting on May 4, the parishioners of the First Religious Society (FRS) voted overwhelmingly in favor of naming the Reverend Dr. Timothy Jensen as their new settled minister. Reverend Jensen's appointment fills the post most recently held by the Reverend Eugene Widrick, who served as minister of Carlisle's Unitarian-Universalist church for over twenty years until retiring two years ago. Since then, the Reverend Diane Miller has served as interim minister.

According to Ministerial Search Committee co-chair Tim Hult, the Search Committee began with a pool of 23 interested applicants and spent the past year reviewing them before selecting Reverend Jensen as their final choice. Hult says that what attracted the committee to Jensen was that he "has incredible intellect, is a very accomplished scholar, and is an outstanding speaker. We feel very lucky to have attracted someone with his breadth of knowledge and experience."

Born and raised in Seattle, Jensen holds numerous graduate degrees, including Master's Degrees in creative writing and American studies along with a Ph.D. in American history. He earned his Master's in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and has served as minister at churches in Washington, Oregon and Texas. Jensen has spent the past two years as interim minister for the Unitarian-Universalist church on Nantucket.

After spending the next few months finishing his term on Nantucket, Jensen will begin his tenure in Carlisle in August. His first service as new minister will take place on September 7.

A MEMORABLE DAY FOR PLANTING APPLE TREES. On May 4, two apple orchards were planted in Minuteman NationalPark. This was part of an Eagle Project for William Lamb of Indian Hill Road, a member of Troop 132 in Concord. The Scout volunteers and their parents were joined by Chris Davis of the Park, John Bunker of Fedco Trees, and John and James Bruno, Concord Minutemen. The trees were planted at the Hartwell Tavern and the William Smith House. (Photo by John Lamb)

· Joan Bissell, formerly of South Street, will perform the role of Velma Kelly in Seacoast Repertory Theater's (SRT) upcoming production of Chicago. Joan's previous experiences with SRT included the roles of Laurey in Oklahoma, Maria in The Sound of Music and Dorothy in Summer of '42. Chicago will run Thursdays through Sundays from May 28 to June 29. SRT is located at 125 Bow Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Tickets can be ordered by calling 1-603-433-4472, or via the SRT web site at

· The Small Cap Bank Association was pleased to honor Billy Glazier for the second year in a row in Manhattan for winning this past year's small cap bank contest. Glazier resides on Kimball Road along with his wife Karen and their two Chesapeake Bay retrievers Mattie and Barnie.

· Susan Whalley of Tophet Road, author of How to Write Powerful Letters of Recommendation and Counselor's Toolbox, was asked to present a workshop for counselors at the Massachusetts School Counselors Association Convention in Hyannis this week. What started as an idea to help her colleagues at school evolved into a book that has received acclaim among counselors nationwide. In addition to her entrepreneurial activities, Whalley is a college counselor at the F.W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, Massachusetts.

CHATTING AT THE PARENTS CONNECTION NEW BABY EVENT on May 3 are (left to right) Chris and Jennie Wagner, holding four-week-old son Cole, and Michael and Donna Barach, whose six-and-a-half-month-old twins Austin and Kori sit bundled in their stroller. The event was held at Diment Park. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito