The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 16, 2004

Thanks to eighth-grade graduation volunteers

To the Editor:

Graduation 2004 was a wonderful and memorable occasion for 101 eighth graders and their families. We would like to pay tribute to the many parents who made this celebration so successful. Over 100 people came together to make this event happen. Thank you to all of you. Kudos go to the following who worked tirelessly to honor this class: Mary Cheever, Linda Chateauneuf, Brooke Cragan, Priscilla Dumka, Lea Johnson, Sue Kirk, Lynn Knight, Rosie Oberg, Carol Ostrowski, Leslie Wagner, Anne Wilkes.

Special thank-yous go to David Freedman for his graphic expertise, Ivana Gentile and her crew for their handiwork on the invitations, and Elissa Westlake-Fay for making the outdoor stage curtain. This curtain is a wonderful gift to all the future generations of graduation ceremonies.

A huge thank-you goes to Peter and Terri Mahoney of Mahoney's Nurseries for the beautiful flowers for the ceremony and reception. You make a lifeless auditorium look like a gardener's paradise. Terri Mahoney, you're a treasure.

Our heartfelt appreciation goes to all involved.

Kathy Schweer and Helen Lyons
Graduation 2004 chairs

Soap Box Derby thanks

To the Editor:

This year's Soap Box Derby committee would like to express our gratitude for the attendance at and enthusiasm for this year's Old Home Day race. The town's support was beyond the committee's wildest expectations, but we couldn't have done it without the many people who contributed. Tom Rourk, Bill Shannon and Jason Reed helped transport and place the safety hay that was generously loaned to us by Larry Sorli. Walt Heithaus and Patrick Mullen gave us the benefit of their soapbox expertise, and Carlisle police officers Ron Holsinger and Rich Tornquist provided traffic control, the radar gun and their supervision. Liz Orlando pitched in at the starting line handing out the prizes that were donated by Kimball Farms, Great Brook Farm, and Fern's Country Store. Finally, a big thank you to the racers who made the event possible: Evan Carpenito (#5), Lara Lofdahl (#17), Cameron McGrory (#55), Laura Scholten (#1) and the team of Clark Bakewell and Michael Bagshaw (# [pi]).

Thanks everybody for making the race both safe and fun.

Michael Jackson and Corey Lofdahl
Derby co-chairs

Athletes seeking donations to compete in Russia in the World Tour of Wrestling

To the Editor:

My brother and I wrestle for Concord-Carlisle High School. We wrestle year-round. It is our hope to become New England champions and college scholarship wrestlers. All my aunts and uncles went to CCHS. My uncles all wrestled and coached at CCHS. My aunts all fenced. Some were All Americans, world team members and Olympians. We hope to work hard enough to reach these levels. We feel that going to Russia will help tremendously. We do need to raise at least half the money ourselves. We are working to do this doing lawns, cutting wood, odd jobs, etc. We just finished Baystate games. Next week we go to North Dakota to the U.S. Nationals. We practice at Harvard University, Lowell, Reading, really anyplace our mom can drive us. We have seven kids in our family. Any help in printing this letter or ideas that could get us to make this trip would be so awesome.

Alex and Max Klinoff
Main Street, Concord

Contributions (checks payable to Wrestling Bridges to Peace) can be sent to: Roman Ruderman, Director and Head Coach, 905 Main Street, Concord Mass. 01742. All contributions are tax deductible (EIN #22-3561393.)

Sports coverage appreciated

To the Editor:

The Concord/Carlisle Youth Hockey Organization would like to express their gratitude and thanks to the staff of the Carlisle Mosquito for placing our team articles and pictures in the town paper. It means a lot to the players and their families. I am sure that each child's face lights up when they can show their friends and family an article about their team. We had a great year and look forward to another great year in the fall.

Concord-Carlisle Board of Directors
Linda Fabrizio — Publicity Director
Patch Meadow Lane

Where to start our thanks?

To the Editor:

Well, we are certainly indebted this year to the folks who brought us the weather for Old Home Day. And we're extremely grateful to the more than 100 people who showed up with decorated cakes. No one is ever asked. We never know who all will bring them. But they come.

And that typifies what this day always brings from all of you.

You brought smiles that brought more. You brought the children who brought laughter. You brought appreciation which brought pride. You brought respect that brought tradition. You brought friendship that brought friends. You brought us this day and as you can see, this day gathers its meaning from you.

To those of us on the committee who are given to watch over those meanings, you brought awareness of accomplishment and of our continued responsibility to our traditions we've been entrusted with.

And what will next year bring? We've already started working on a very special Old Home Day to mark the Town's 200th anniversary. We'll need you again. Be there. Bring Carlisle.

Dave and Florence Reed
Page Brook Road
One more time...
OHD chairs for 2005

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito