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Friday, October 29, 2004

IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Commander Josh Klein, active Navy reservist, joins Carlisle's 5th grade Webelos den as they kick off this year's civil service project to coordinate a town-wide drive to send CARE packages to U.S. Forces stationed in Iraq. Special collections will be run at Ferns and at the transfer station on November 6 and 13, in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays. The Scouts ask everyone in Carlisle to join in by writing letters and donating non-perishable foods, pastimes and toiletries. Pictured above (from left) are: Robert Hitchner, Peter Ryder, Brendan Nunan, Anthony Perugini, Nick Belanger, Daniel Tocci, Larry White, Alex Horvath and Billy White. (Photo by Deb Belanger)


CCHS BNational Merit Program results

The following students have been recognized as National Merit Finalists in the 2005 National Merit Program.

National Merit Finalists

Concord-Carlisle High School students who are among a select group of approximately 13,000 students nationwide who have distinguished themselves in the National Merit competition:

Eamonn Hart
Michael Hutson
Karin Knudson
Matthew Nix
Jason Pan
Jeff Pan

National Merit Commendations

Concord-Carlisle High School students who are among the group of approximately 35,000 participants nationwide who have selection index scores that are very high but below the level necessary to be designated Merit finalists:
Stephanie Abend
Melissa Andrews
Douglas Barnes
Meghan Battle
Brian Billman
Meredith Boehm
Isaac Boger
Taylor Burmeister
Oliver Chang
Samantha Charm
Elizabeth Cheever
Chase Cicchetti
Eric Clayton
Molly Crowther
Christopher Daniels
Fred DeBruzzi
Albert Decatur
Stephen Decatur
Nathaniel Donoghue
Laura Halvorsen
Elizabeth Hollingsworth
Robert Ippolito
Graham Jenkins
Michael Johnson
Bernard Kung
Aaron Marks
Hannah Mathew
Raymond Ou
Ravi Ramanathan
David Schrager
Eva Smith
William Trueheart
Brian Yu

Note: the names of Carlisle students are shown in bold type.


2004 Great Pumpkin Spectacular Winners

Decorated: Whitney Nash
Carved: Brian Szczesniak
Carved and decorated: Peter Hart
Lucky drawing: Declan Bennett
First Grade
Decorated: Charlie Sweeney
Carved: Lucas Hickman
Carved and decorated: Nicola Durham
Lucky drawing: Mercer Therrien
Second Grade
Decorated: Langley Therrien
Carved: Samantha
and Ethan Redmond
Carved and decorated:
Lindsey Klickstein
Lucky drawing: Ellen Askey
Third Grade
Decorated: Olivia Konuk
Carved: Abby Wilcox
and Emma Brandhorst
Carved and decorated: Lauren Rayson
Lucky drawing: Jessica Kocak



• Former Carlisle resident John Berman, who grew up in town and is now a reporter for the ABC Evening News, presented a commentary on October 20 titled "Red Sox Fans Pray for October Miracle." In it he said, "In 1978, I was in the first grade when the Red Sox and Yankees faced each other in the one-game playoff to decide the division. It was an afternoon game, and my public school held an assembly in the auditorium so we could all watch the beginning of the game. I still consider this to be the pinnacle of educational responsibility. I might have missed a lesson in reading or math, but I learned a much more important lesson: life isn't fair.
"I took the bus home where my extended family was gathered to watch Bucky Dent hit a back-breaking home run with a corked bat (for the non-baseball fans out there, this means he was cheating.) I cried inconsolably for hours. Maybe days."
For the entire text of his comments, go to
• Four Carlisleans participated in the Bay State Marathon in Lowell on Sunday, October 17. Melissa Weiksnar and her daughter Amy of Robbins Drive were volunteers assisting along the race course, and Ronald Kmiec of Bingham Road and Ethan Royce of Elizabeth Ridge Road were participants. Of the 497 finishers, Ethan finished in 313th place in a time of 3:58:48. Kmiec finished his 86th overall marathon race in a time of 3:42:12, 213th place and second in his age group. A torn hamstring muscle in his 31st consecutive finish at this year's Boston Marathon in April resulted in a 4:10 time, requiring a requalifying race time, which he accomplished in Lowell, safeguarding his "streak." Although he is not in top form, it appears that he is on the mend.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito