The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 13, 2004


H. Russell Perry

H. Russell Perry, 78, of Malcolm Meadows on Stearns Street, died on Monday, February 9 at his residence.

He was the husband of Sabrina Elsie Perry, father of Sarah L. Perry of Woburn, Weston Frederika Perry of Cambridge, Victoria Perry of Reading and Jay H. Perry of Milford and the brother of Jean T. Perry of North Hill, Needham and Margaret Perry Lane of Chelmsford. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Green Cemetery in Carlisle on February 21 at 2 p.m. Arrangements are in the care of the Bedford Funeral Home, Bedford.

A complete obituary will follow in the next issue of the Mosquito.

Alice Andreassen to wed William R. Watt II

Carl Andreassen, widower of the late Sarah Andreassen, of Cross Street happily announces the engagement of his daughter, Alice to William R. Watt II, son of Dr. William and Priscilla Watt of Canton, Ohio. A 1989 graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School, Alice holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Emerson College and a master's degree in Management from Cambridge College. She is currently employed as an HRIS Analyst at Kronos, Inc. in Chelmsford.

William is a 1988 graduate from Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio and holds a bachelor's degree in history from Gordon College. He is currently employed as a Senior Project Manager at eBay Inc. in San Jose, CA. A wedding is planned for 2005.


Joan Elizabeth Bissell to wed Douglas Sutton

Mr.and Mrs. Richard Bissell of South Street are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Joan Elizabeth, to Douglas Sutton La Prade of Manhattan, New York City. Joan, an actress and singer, attended Carlisle School, Concord-Carlisle High School and Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Ohio Wesleyan University. Douglas La Prade, a graduate of New York University, is owner and President of, a digital photography company serving e-commerce and print clients. The couple plan an October wedding in Miami Beach, Florida.



Griffin Kennedy Meyer

Polly and Christian Meyer of Russell Street joyfully announce the birth of their third son, Griffin Kennedy Meyer. Griffin was born on February 4 at Emerson Hospital.

Proud grandparents are Kathy and Fritz Hill of Monarch Beach, California, James and Anna Kennedy of San Rafael, California and Prill and Jan Meyer of Riverside, Connecticut.

Craig Joseph Barnes

Scott and Debbie Barnes of Billerica are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Craig Joseph, born on January 28, 2004 at Winchester Hospital. Craig weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. and was 22 inches long. He is welcomed home by his parents and big sister, Emma.

Proud grandparents are Joseph and Patricia Shaw and Craig and Jeanette Barnes, all of Billerica. Scott is a Police Officer with the Carlisle Police Department.

Mosquito nets New England Press award

Last Saturday, members of the New England Press Association (NEPA) gathered at the Boston Park Plaza hotel to honor the winners of their annual "Better Newspaper Contest." This year, the Mosquito decided to enter 12 essays, one from each of its Forum writers, in the "Community Involvement in the Paper" category. Accompanied by my wife, Jennine, I represented the Mosquito at the event.

The evening began with a display of all of the finalists in a wide range of categories — from Headline Writing, to Investigative Reporting, to Photo Series. Each of the 36 categories was further segmented by daily, weekly and alternative paper, and by circulation size. All told, more than 5,500 entries were received this year, the most ever for the contest.

Jennine and I quickly tracked down the display of entries in the Community Involvement category. Two other papers were selected as finalists in our category and class. The Wiscasset Newspaper of Wiscasset, Maine, submitted a series of articles about local "little" people, to better acquaint the community with their neighbors. From Spencer, MA, the Spencer New Leader's entry was titled "The Write Stuff," and featured short essays and poems written by children from the town. Both entries were impressive, and provided stiff competition to our own Forum.

After a scrumptious dinner, the announcement of the first, second and third place winners commenced. Nearly an hour and one-half later, the Community Involvement winners were finally announced, with the Mosquito reeling in a second place award. The judges praised the Forum articles for their "good content and subject matter." Although the Wiscasset Newspaper edged us out for first, it was clearly a distant second for originality in naming of the paper.

As an added bonus to the evening, we had the opportunity to share newspapering experiences with our table companions: the editors of another independent, local paper, the Village Reporter, which covers the Topsfield, Boxford, and Middleton, Massachusetts areas. They were so impressed by the Forum concept, that the Mosquito should expect to see even more competition next year in the Community Involvement category.

CCHS fencing teams win big at states

CCHS fencing coach

The CCHS men's fencing team won the overall men's team state championship on Sunday, for the second year in a row. They also won the men's epée and sabre squad titles and two gold medals, a silver and bronze in the individual events. Thomas Abend and Keith Lewis were on the sabre squad. Both were promoted to the individual tournament. Thomas finished second, losing to his teammate Ryan Morris who won the sabre title for the second year in a row. Keith had to withdraw due to an injury and finished seventh.

The CCHS women's fencing team won the overall women's title and the women's epee and sabre squad titles. They also won one gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze in the individual events. Eva Jellison won the women's sabre championship. Laura Scholten missed being promoted to the individual women's foil tournament by one place.

Together the teams also took the 6-weapon (combined) championship. It has been a strong season for both teams. The men finish the season 12-1 and the women 11-2.

Although the high school season is over there is no rest for some of these fencers. Eva Jellison, Thomas Abend, Keith Lewis, and Carlisle seventh grader Amanda Peterson are going to Junior Olympics in Cleveland this weekend.

Our sympathy to...

William Reed of Russell Street on the death of his mother Louise Reed, age 93, on February 5 at the LifeCare of Nashoba Nursing Home in Littleton. A native of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Reed was a frequent visitor to Carlisle over the past 25 years. A memorial service wil be held at the First Religious Society of Carlisle on February 28.
Ch. Maverston Mama Cass (known to her friends as Cassie) won Best of Breed in Cairn Terriers at the Westminster Dog Show on February 9. She loved the attention she received from New York dog fanciers and was delighted to meet so many other show dogs from all over the country. She found the city exciting but the best part was returning to Carlisle where she could once again romp in the woods and play with her family. Cassie lives on North Road with Vic and Marly Lucier. She is the younger sister of Ch. Maverston's Bingo who won Best of Breed at Westminster in 2002.

Carlisle Middle School Senior Band members (left to right) are Caroline Howe, Dan Gentile, David Dawson and Aaron Freedman with music director Tom O'Halloran. (courtesy photo)
On Saturday, January 31, four Carlisle Middle School students participated in the Third Annual Music Educators' conference at Boston University School of Music. David Dawson, Aaron Freedman, Dan Gentile and Caroline Howe participated in a roundtable discussion for music educators moderated by Tom O'Halloran, the Instrumental Music Director at the Carlisle Schools. The students, all members of the Carlisle Middle School Senior Band, discussed "Beyond Stickers: What Makes Students Want to Excel in School Instrumental Music." The students fielded questions from conference participants and listened to Mr. O'Halloran share his views on motivating music students and building a successful instrumental music program.

Scholastic Art Awards

The Boston Globe Scholastic Arts Awards were announced in the Boston Sunday Globe this past weekend. More than 3,000 art students in grades 7 through 12 across the state were eligible to compete. Winners included 145 Gold Keys, the highest honor, 321 Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions.

Among the winners were ten students from Concord-Carlisle High School. Of those, three were from Carlisle. They are: Christopher Lin — Silver Key — Computer arts; Tess Guttadauro — Silver Key —Drawing; Elizabeth Popolo — Honorable Mention — Mixed media

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito