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Friday, November 12, 2004


Ronald C. Holsinger weds Megan R. Sullivan

Megan R. Sullivan and Ronald C. Holsinger were married August 21, 2004, at the Middlesex School Chapel in Concord. A reception followed at the Brae Burn Country Club in Newton.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Ellen S. Rogers of Concord and the late Edward J. Sullivan, Jr. of Camden, Maine, and Medfield, Massachusetts. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Holsinger of Old East Street.


Sierra Munsell and Julia Hill, longtime friends of the bride, were maids of honor. Bridesmaids were friends Lacey Gallagher, Katy Baldini and Amanda Baker, the bride's sisters, Madeleine Kokos and Anna Kokos, plus the groom's sister, Suzi Holsinger, and the groom's sister-in-law, Amy Holsinger. The best man was Chris Holsinger, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were friends Will Hamilton, Dave Wild, Mike Harney, Brendan Sandal, Ryan Crowley, Quincy Jones and the bride's brothers Ned Sullivan and Jake Kokos.

The bride is a 1988 graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School, a 2002 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a 2004 graduate of Lesley University, with a master's degree. She is currently an executive office manager at a local sales company. The groom is a 1988 graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School and a 2003 graduate of Northeastern University. He is employed as a police officer for Northeastern University, as well as a part-time Carlisle policeman and firefighter/EMT.

Following a honeymoon to Puerto Rico, the couple lives on Bedford Road.


Eleanor Reycroft

Eleanor Russell Reycroft, 109, whose golfing prowess earned her numerous club championships, the Connecticut State Women's Amateur title in 1925 and a partnership with the legendary Francis Ouimet of Massachusetts Pro-Am Tournament fame, died November 2 in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Born in Arlington, Massachusetts, on January 7, 1895, the daughter of the late George Otis and Emma (Dupee) Russell, she was a great-great-granddaughter of Jason Russell, the first civilian killed in the Revolutionary War.

(Photo by Ellen Huber)

Mrs. Reycroft graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College in 1917. She was its oldest alumna. In 1922, she married Wendell G. Reycroft and raised three daughters.

In the photograph above, she is shown with her grandson, Geoffrey Larson, Capt. of the Carlisle Minutemen, on Patriots Day in 1988, when she walked the six-mile Estabrook Trail to Concord's Buttrick Mansion and the Old North Bridge. It was more than once that she walked that trail to Concord with her daughter, Judy R. Larson of Forest Park Drive. And it was on these Patriots Day marches that she became acquainted with those who came to be her Carlisle friends.

She was predeceased by her husband and two of her daughters. She is survived by her daughter Judy R. Larson, six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the United Congregational Church, 877 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut on November 11. Arrangements were in the care of Bedford Funeral Home, Bedford, Massachusetts.

A GRAND OPENING. Many Carlisle residents turned out for the November 7 opening celebration party of Porter Square Books, the new independent bookstore started by 14 former employees of the Concord Bookshop. One of the owners, Jane Dawson of Carlisle, (on the left) welcomes Carlisleans (left to right) Jean Bagnaschi, Wendy Davis, Debby Jancek and Sally Coulter. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

· In response to our request for information on Carlisle family members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, we learned that Army Spec. John J. Villa has deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to engage in military operations involving U.S. and coalition forces. Operation objectives include liberating the Iraqi people, preserving Iraq as a unified state, keeping its territorial integrity intact, and helping the Iraqi people begin the process of economic and political reconstruction. Active duty, reserve, and National Guard members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces are participating in the operation. The soldier is regularly assigned to one of the various camps and units (infantry, aviation, armor, artillery, engineer, command support, etc.) of the 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth U.S. Army based in South Korea. Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division deployed to Iraq either to augment soldiers serving in country or to replace soldiers who had completed their tour of duty. Villa, a rifleman, is the son of Marguerite M. Villa of Westford Street. He graduated in 1999 from Concord-Carlisle High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2003 from Pace University, New York City, N.Y.

· Chuck Holleman of Overlook Drive will be playing "Saul" in the Nashoba Players' Sophia and Saul's Wedding at the Comedy Dinner Theatre at the Westford Regency Inn ballroom, 219 Littleton Road in Westford, on Saturday, November 20, at 7 p.m. and at the Dessert Theatre matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, at the Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street in Westford. For more information, call 1-978-392-8555 or check out

Local resident stars in The Memory of Water in Burlington

Leslie Wagner is shown in her role in The Memory of Water. (Courtesy Photo)

The London Sunday Times called The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson, " barbed, lyrical, witty and full of a rare emotional intelligence," and the Independent called it, "Wickedly funny and moving." Carlisle resident Leslie Wagner, of Kimball Road, has a starring role in the Burlington Players' production of The Memory of Water, winner of the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Comedy. The show runs November 5-6, 11-13, and 18-20 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee November 7 and a 7 p.m. show on November 14. All performances are at the Burlington Players Park Playhouse, One Edgemere Avenue, just off Rte 95 and Winn Street, Burlington. Tickets are $12-15 with a $3 discount for seniors and students. Buy on-line at or call 1-781-229-2649.

A composer and poet, Wagner shares her Carlisle home with her husband, Ross, son, Ross, and daughter, Erin, as well as, "my hairy dog-child, Julie, a Tibetian Terrier." She also serves on the board for the Concord Players.

Carlisle Boy Scouts conquer tough terrain

The Carlisle Boy Scouts of Troop 135 enjoyed a high adventure backpacking trip in high altitudes and rocky terrain for seven days. The Boy Scouts took a trip to the Silway Wilderness which is on the Montana/ Idaho border.This vast wildland is one of the roughest mountain areas on earth.

(Courtesy Photo)

The trip brought the Boy Scouts deep into the wilderness through heavy thunderstorms and temperatures in the 100s, by at least five rattlesnakes and thousands of feet higher than Mount Washington.

My personal favorite was walking through an ice-cold ravine early in the morning with backpacks on. The average distance hiked per day was ten miles. One day included a 3,000-foot elevation gain and a 5,000-foot elevation decline all over a ten-mile hike.

Although at the time I thought the trip was crazy, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Carlisle Girl Scouts host encampment

The Carlisle and Concord Girl Scouts joined together for a weekend of camping at the annual service unit encampment September 24 through 26. One hundred and fifty Girl Scouts and adults spent a beautiful weekend in the sun at Camp Wabasso, a Girl Scout property in Bradford, New Hampshire, near Mount Sunapee.

Carlisle Girl Scout troops enjoy canoeing at Camp Wabasso. (Photo by Anne Marie Brako)

Carlisle Senior Troop 2642 led the event. The troop includes the four authors of this article. Adult leaders Nancy Risso and Lynn Knight advise the girls. The senior girls registered all participating troops, reserved the camp, provided fun entertainment, reserved canoes, arranged for a lifeguard, and ensured that the weekend went smoothly. The troop is working toward the Gold Award — the highest girl Scout level — and running encampment fulfills the required leadership challenge.

A party on Saturday night was the highlight of the weekend. Troop 2642 planned and ran a luau. Activities included music, dancing, camp songs led by Troop 2642 and a special skit written by the troop that included a dance number. Other troops contributed their own songs and skits. Judging by the high participation and late hour the activities ended, the event capped a successful weekend.

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