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Friday, March 4, 2005


Leonard Marcus Hatch

Active member of the FRS

Leonard M. Hatch, formerly of Partridge Lane, family man and a leader in the communities where he lived, died Monday, February 21, in Yarmouth, Maine. He was 81.

Len had been admitted to Maine Medical Center earlier the previous week. His condition deteriorated quickly over the weekend but not before his family — including all eight grandchildren — and close friends gathered to offer prayers and support.

He was born on February 23, 1923, in Arlington, Massachusetts, to Maurice and Mildred (Spear) Hatch, both originally from Maine. He was a graduate of Arlington High School, captain of the ski team and later attended Wentworth Institute in Boston. Len married Joyce Pond on June 9, 1945, a love affair that would span 55 years until her passing in 2000.

Len was a First Lieutenant and fighter pilot in the US Army Air Corp in the Pacific during World War II, and indulged his love for flying by working as a flight instructor after the war. One of his students, he was proud to tell his children, was the designer of the Gossamer Albatross.

He used the GI Bill to fund his education at Denver University, where he graduated in 1949. He was Logan Airport station manager for Slick Airways in the early days of air freight, then went on to serve as a senior manager running national sales for Sawyer Tower Products, Inc. in Watertown, Massachusetts, and its successors, from which he retired in 1985.

Len raised his family in Danville, California and Carlisle. In Carlisle, he spent many years serving as the chairman of the Parish Committee of First Religious Society. He and Joyce were much honored and respected citizens of the town. They moved to Yarmouth shortly after both retired.

Len leaves a daughter Margaret Newman of Andover, Massachusetts; a son Marc Hatch (LMH Jr.) of Lebanon, Maine; a son Welles Hatch of Carlisle; and a daughter Sarah Harmon of Chelmsford. He is also survived by a brother Ed Hatch of Derry, New Hampshire; a sister Alice St. Hilaire of North Weare, New Hampshire; and brothers Everett Hatch of Greenfield, Massachusetts, and Ralph Hatch of San Francisco, California.

A private graveside service will be held in Green Cemetery in Carlisle in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements were under the direction of Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, Maine.

Ruth Abrahamsen

An active community volunteer

Ruth Eleanor Pierce Abrahamsen, a resident of Partridge Lane from 1966 to 1976, passed away on February 19, in Ashland, Virginia. She was born January 3, 1929, in Pennsylvania to the late Ruth (Chubbuck) and John F. Pierce. She was the beloved sister of Anne (Pierce) Wood of Ft. Pierce, Florida, and the late John F. Pierce, Jr. While growing up, her residences included Havana, Cuba; Knoxville, Tennessee; South Weymouth, Massachusetts; and Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Colby College in 1950 and worked for a time at Raytheon before marrying Fred Abrahamsen on September 27, 1952. They had three children and lived in Westwood, Massachusetts; Bedford, New Hampshire; Carlisle, Massachusetts; Fayetteville, Tennessee; and Ashland, Virginia.

Ruth's interests were focused on her family and her community. Her love of music, from country to opera, was well-known, as was her passion for dancing as she felt the jitterbug was always in style. An active volunteer, she worked with local hospital auxiliaries including Emerson Hospital in Concord, and then went on to establish the auxiliary at Lincoln County Hospital in Fayetteville. She also volunteered in Scouting, the Carlisle Colonial Minute Men, and countless school and church activities.

Ruth is survived by her loving husband, Fred, and their children: Valerie Abrahamsen of Brattleboro; Dana Abrahamsen of Vienna, Virginia, and Laurel Ditson of Littleton, Colorado, and four grandchildren, James and Patrick Abrahamsen and Matthew and Kaia Ditson. Memorials can be sent in her honor to any of the following: Lincoln Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary, 106 Medical Center Blvd. Fayetteville, TN, 37334; St. James the Less Episcopal Church, 131 Beverly Rd, Ashland, VA 23005; or Carlisle Congregational Church, Carlisle, MA 01741.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 133 School Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts.


Patricia Anderson (Photo by Ellen Huber)

Who leads the new story times for tots at the Gleason Public Library?

No stranger to libraries or children's programming, Patricia Anderson joined the Gleason Public Library staff on January 27 and began offering children's programs in early February. Anderson is a children's library assistant in Berlin, Massachusetts. She draws from experience developing and running programs for children of all ages from infant to adolescent. Knowledgeable about many areas of the library, including collection development and cataloging, Anderson has quickly become a key part of the children's program and a friendly face to parents, caregivers, and the children they care for in Carlisle.

Anderson has the enviable, but demanding, job of leading story times for the libraries' youngest visitors. These story times will be offered regularly on Thursday mornings, once a month on Saturdays, and for occasional special events. The Gleason Public Library was able to hire Anderson to provide these programs through 2005 after receiving an Early Childhood grant award for the project Babies and Books from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as administrated by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

· If you are planning a trip to New York City in the near future, here's a suggestion. Go see the off-Broadway hit Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) by playwright Will Eno. The author of this one-man play at the DR2 Theater in Union Square is a young man who grew up on West Street in Carlisle, graduated from the Carlisle School in 1979 and CCHS in 1983. Eno's mentor in recent years has been the well-known playwright Edward Albee. His parents, Louis and Ann Eno, moved to Westford 20 years ago.

Eno's play has received rave reviews in The New York Times (February 2) and The New Yorker (February 28). Charles Isherwood, theater critic of the Times, writes, "... Mr. Eno is a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation." In last Sunday's Times on the Spring Theater page (February 27) Robin Finn writes, "... The monologue, doled out with quirkiness by [actor] James Urbaniak, is a harrowing, hilarious, bare-bones exposure of the unexceptional hurts and foibles that make life such a survival test."

· Bruce Hitchner of Autumn Lane, chairman of Classics at Tufts University, was in Kosovo and Bosnia from February 14 to 26. Hitchner, the head of a team from the U.S.-based nonprofit Public International Law and Policy Group, went to Pristhina, the capital of Kosovo, to present a draft constitution for Kosovo leaders to use in talks on independence that are to begin this year.

Kosovo's provisional government and Albanian opposition parties, it is reported, have responded favorably to the draft constitution, while there has been no response from the Serb minority. Kosovo has been under U.N. and NATO control since the U.S.-led bombing campaign drove Serbian forces from the province in 1999.

Hitchner, who also chairs the Dayton Peace Accords Project, then traveled to nearby Bosnia for consultations with their leaders, who wish to implement changes to their constitutional project that was begun ten years ago.

· Kathy Hassey of Fifty Acre Way, a school nurse who is the Health Services Coordinator for the Hudson Public Schools, was featured in the March 2005 Parents & Kids Magazine in an article written by Nancy Shohet West entitled "On the front lines of student care." West interviewed a number of nurses who serve in public schools across the state and focused on the changing role of the nurse in today's schools. West had previously written an article for the Mosquito about the school nurse program at the Carlisle School.

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