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Friday, February 4, 2005


Dr. C. Allyn Russell Long-time professor at Boston University

Dr. C. Allyn Russell, age 84, of Concord, formerly of Prospect Street in Carlisle, a well-known Professor of Religion at Boston University, died Tuesday, January 25, 2005, at Rivercrest Deaconess in Concord, following a lengthy struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Vigh) Russell.

Dr. Russell taught for 29 years at the College of Liberal Arts with a concentration on the history of religion in America. In 1982, he was awarded the coveted Metcalf Cup and Prize for excellence in teaching at the university.

Born September 3, 1920, in Oneonta, New York, he was the son of the late Charles and Hildreth Russell.

In his personal life he was an avid tennis player, an experienced philatelist, a devoted deltiologist, and an enthusiastic baseball fan who attended major league games in 23 different stadiums. Along with his wife, Dr. Russell opened their home each semester to students in his classes. This, in addition to guided field trips to places of religious, historical and cultural interest, became a tradition for his students. Dr. Russell was also a regular speaker at the Union Church in Prudence Island, Rhode Island.

A memorial service in Dr. Russell's honor will be established at a later date. Interment in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. C. Allyn Russell may be made to Boston University, c/o Mr. Peter Gordy, Office of Stewardship, Boston University, One Sherborn Street, Boston MA 02215.

Arrangements were under the direction of MacRae-Tunnicliffe Funeral and Cremation Service, Concord at

Eagle Scout Austin Reed completes new outdoor fitness center

Austin Reed directs volunteers from Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 in construction activities at the Banta-Davis Field's outdoor fitness center. (Photo by Dana Smith)

This past summer, my older brother Austin Reed, an eighteen-year-old from Boy Scout Troop 135, planned, designed and coordinated the building of an outdoor fitness center at the Banta-Davis fields in Carlisle as his Eagle Scout project.

This endeavor, in total, cost over $5,500 and involved more than 30 people contributing 250-plus hours of hard work. Eight different workout stations, including parallel bars, rings, and an inclined plane, were carefully designed into a 900-square-foot space bordering a soccer field.

"In the mid 1980s, Rory Bentley, a boy in Carlisle who was a rising cross- country star, died while training one day. As a result, kids in his seventh-grade class went door to door and raised money to build an outdoor fitness center in his memory. Unfortunately, the old center was falling apart. For my project, I organized its removal, and the development of a new fitness center in a new location," explains Austin.

To become an Eagle Scout, one of the many requirements is to plan and execute something that could service a community. My brother, with the help of the Boy Scout troop, has completed a project that is unique and helps make Carlisle a better place.

Trees In Snow
In this great white attic where all
the antique furniture is sheeted over,
there's space to crouch and hide,
to step into out of time for a while.
Trees droop, boughs arch down, making
just room enough. I stand under
a hemlock, looking out. How remote
the house appears now, how ineffectual

the little plane cruising overhead,
trying to drown out all the intimate
small cold cracking sounds, as the dark
tree with its white sleeves draws me in....

Laura Scarbro of Ledgeways Street, a reader of the Biodiversity Corner, writes, "I saw this bird on my suet feeder in early January. It was unusual, so I looked it up. It's a common yellow-shafted flicker."

(Photo by Laura Scarbro)

• John Mattson of Autumn Lane has been hired as director of career services and external relations for Clark University's Graduate School of Management (GSOM). Clark University is a private, co-educational liberal arts research university in Worcester, Massachusetts, with 2,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students.

Carlisle Fishing Group meeting on February 15

At the February 15 meeting of the Carlisle Fishing Discussion Group, slide shows will be given by members on fly fishing for salmon and trout in Russia and bonefishing in the Bahamas. Steve Kirk will discuss largemouth bass and Striper success stories from the 2004 season and Captain Eric Staplefeld will do a presentation and slide show on near-shore tuna fishing off of the Massachusetts coast.

The meeting will be held at Union Hall at the First Religious Society on School Street at 7 p.m.

Admission is free. For more information, call Steve Kirk at 1-978-371-0176 or send e-mail to

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito