The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 13, 2003

Dr. Nancy Hendrie (pictured right, with Mount Holyoke president Joanne V. Creighton), formerly of Carlisle and a pediatrician who had practices in Concord and Carlisle, received an honorary degree from her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, on May 25.

In 1994, Hendrie left her private practice of 26 years to work in orphanages in eastern Asia, ultimately leading to her founding "The Sharing Foundation" in Cambodia. Her orphanage, which was built in 1998, has rooms for 60 children who are treated for malnutrition, AIDS, syphilis and cerebral palsy. According to Hendrie, half of her kids are permanently handicapped, while many are completely cured and need to be adopted by a family and have a home of their own.

Creighton, speaking at the commencement ceremonies, had this to say about Hendrie, "There are those who watch and those who do. Nancy Woodward Hendrie, Class of 1954, what you have done stands as testimony to the power of resourcefulness, dedication and compassion. At a point in life when many look inward, you are reaching out and changing a corner of the world, leaving a legacy of health and hope where before there was none. You have made your alma mater proud."

Bea Shneider of Bingham Road, a proofreader here at the Carlisle Mosquito, was the winner of the Colonial Spirits Grand Opening $1,000 prize on April 11. The prize was broken into two parts · $500 for Bea and $500 for a local charity of her choice. For Shneider, selecting a local charity was not a problem. She chose one that her daughter Debby Smith of Maynard has been involved with, Congregation Beth El of Sudbury River Valley in their support of Mark Reich, a member suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Bea Shneider (left) with her daughter Debby Smith (right) accepts her prize from general manager Scott Wilson. (Courtesy photo)

The Schneiders had gone to Colonial Spirits during their Grand Opening, to see grandson, Zachary Smith, perform on the guitar. There, Beatrice filled out the contest entry form, for fun. She had never expected to win anything but is thrilled to be able to contribute to the Mark Reich Fund.

Reich was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of eight and was not expected to live past the age of 20. Today, at 48, Reich lives an amazingly full life at his home in Millville, Massachusetts, in spite of being completely paralyzed, ventilator-dependent and confined to a wheelchair. Using a mechanical page-turner and a specially equipped computer, Reich pursues his special interests and is active in environmental politics. Bea Shneider's $500 donation from Colonial Spirits was a welcome addition to the long-term commitment to support him by Congregation Beth El.

A BID FOR ATTENTION?The Carlisle Congregational Church auction to raise money for a group of members to go to Croatia on a mission trip was held last Friday. Bidder Ginny Mills fans herself to keep cool since the air conditioner was not working. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

FIRST DAY ON THE JOB. New Gleason Public Library Director Angela Reddin is shown on her first day at work. An interview with her will appear later in the month.

(Photo by Midge Eliassen)

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito