The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 23, 2004

"Good Morning, Carlisle Patriots!"

One of the youngest patriots present for the April 19 ceremony is Whitney Nash. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)

On April 19, 2004, at 6:30 a.m., the Carlisle Colonial Minutemen gathered on the town common to participate in the Patriots Day re-enactment march to the North Bridge in Concord. Just prior to the walk, Carlisle Selectman Doug Stevenson, a five-year and active member of the Carlisle Historical Society, addressed the crowd to commemorate a special historic occasion: the 250th anniversary of the First District of Carlisle. Stevenson's comments follow:

"I greet you today on the historic occasion of the 250th anniversary of the First District of Carlisle. For it was on this day, April 19, in 1754, following many petitions, that Massachusetts passed an act 'dividing the town of Concord, and making a district of the northerly part thereof by the name of Carlisle.' Thereafter, the land known as the Blood Farms and other Northerly parts of Concord were first separated from that town.

"Representatives from the Adams family, the Hartwell family, and the Green Family — names still well known in Carlisle today — were chosen as some of the first officers. These men and others met 20 times over the next two and a half years, but were not able to reach consensus. Their primary concern was deciding where to build a house of public worship. Unable to reach agreement, in July of 1756, they petitioned the General Court to be returned back to Concord and the First District of Carlisle was dissolved. Fortunately, the Town of Concord was willing to take us back!

"In 1780, the Second District of Carlisle was formed — next year, April 25, 2005, will mark the 225th anniversary of that milestone. This time the district took hold, and the Wilkins family donated land for a meeting house at the center of the town. The addition of the influential Heald family from Acton apparently made a significant difference in reaching agreement. Incidentally, today, as many of you know, the Carlisle Historical Society operates out of a former Heald property on Concord Road.

"Nearly twenty-five years later, in 1805 Carlisle was successfully incorporated as a town. It was made up of portions of Concord, Billerica, Chelmsford, and Acton.

After many attempts at independence, on February 18, 1805, the Massachusetts General Court and Governor Caleb Strong passed an act establishing Carlisle as a legally incorporated town in the Commonwealth. That makes next year, 2005, the Carlisle Bicentennial.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce to all of you that beginning today, the 250th anniversary of the First District of Carlisle and running through next year's Bicentennial, the Town will be celebrating these significant dates in our history. The Board of Selectmen has appointed an enthusiastic Carlisle Bicentennial Committee that is planning a series of events that will remind us all of this community's vibrant history and will bring us together as we head into our third century.

"Please join me in celebrating today's event, and in preparing for next year's Bicentennial celebration that will last all year."

• This year Captain Scott Evans led group a group of Carlisle Minutemen which included: Emily Evans, Stephen Evans, Timothy Evans, Charlie Forsberg, Andrew Guild, Bill Guild, Miles Goff, Charlene Hinton, Charles Jenness, Geoff Larson, Gabor Miskolczy, Gardner Nash, Whitney Nash, Graham Reed, and Fred Seward.

Carlisle runners to compete and finish in the 108th annual Boston Marathon on Monday included Karen Ringheiser of Garnet Rock Lane, Ron Kmiec of Bingham Road and Kate McCandless of River Road.

Ringheiser, running in her third Boston Marathon, came in with a net time (starting line to finish line) of 3:54:46. "It was a slow jog. It was brutally hot and I tried not to worry about my time. I beat the heat as much as I could and regulated my temperature. I was just happy to finish."

"It was a disaster! My worse race ever," reported Kmiec, who finished with a net time of 4:10:03. Running in his 31st Boston Marathon, Kmiec was hindered by a pulled hamstring in his right leg and the unusually high 85-degree weather. The injury to his right leg came several weeks ago after a 20-mile run. As for the heat, Kmiec reported that this was the second hottest day for the marathon. "The hottest was in 1976, when I was 28 years younger. I could have pushed through the heat on Monday, but it was the leg..."

McCandless, running her first Boston Marathon, completed the course in a net time of 5:28:34. Her husband, Rick Tomkinson, and her children, Grant, Abbay and Ellie, plus good friends, Molly and Jeff Springer, were waiting at the 16-mile mark as McCandless came by. She stopped, gave everyone a hug, had a bite of banana, and then made her way up Heartbreak Hill.

"She wasn't in it for the time, " said Molly Springer. "The object for Kate was to raise money for the Pine Street Inn. And she did that, raising over $18,000 for the cause."

Jonathan Hensleigh, son of Jan and Howard Hensleigh of West Street, is the director of the new film, "The Punisher," which opened last weekend nationwide. The film is based on the 1974 Marvel comic-book character and stories. According to film critic A. O. Scott in the Friday, April 16 New York Times, " 'The Punisher' is a straightforward, somewhat old-fashioned action picture, full of gunfire and hand-to-hand combat, leading to a climax in which several dozen cars explode."

Jonathan grew up in Carlisle on West Street, attended Carlisle Schools, and graduated from CCHS in 1977. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Tulane Law School where he was editor of the Law Review.

While this is Jonathan's debut as a film director, he has written many action-oriented movies that have been popular in recent years. They include "Die Hard with a Vengeance," "The Rock," "Con Air," "Armageddon" and "Gone in 60 Seconds."

Jan Hensleigh reports that she and Howard visit their son and daughter-in-law, movie producer Gale Anne Hurd, in Hollywood several times a year. Jonathan, she adds, is owner of the former Congregational Church at the corner of School and Church Streets. "It's one of the ways he maintains a connection to his hometown,Carlisle."

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito