The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 29, 2005


Dorothy A. McLaughlin Active member of Council on Aging

Dorothy A. (Phelan) McLaughlin, 84, of Church Street, died at the Concord Health Care Center on Monday, April 25.

Mrs. McLaughlin lived in Carlisle for 22 years and was a member of St. Irene Catholic Church. She took part in COA activities, attending luncheons, swimming, and special events.

She was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School in Somerville, class of 1938, and had also resided in Roslindale. For many years, she worked in the printing industry at the Copley and Farnsworth companies, both of Boston, and Russcraft in Dedham. She was very active in the American Legion and the American Legion Salon.

Mrs. McLaughlin was the wife of the late John J. McLaughlin who died in 1994. She is survived by her son John J. McLaughlin and his wife Diane of Florida; three daughters, Paula Redmond and her husband David of Lancaster; Geraldine Egan and her husband James of Framingham; and Doreen O'Brien of Wilmington. She is also survived by three brothers, three sisters, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, plus many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Thomas, John, William, Jeremiah, Robert and George Phelan.

Her funeral was held from the Bedford Funeral Home, 167 Great Road, Bedford, April 28, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Irene Catholic Church. Interment will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Short story winners at CCHS are Carlisleans

Albert Decatur's winning short story was "Honor Klaxon Wants to Spit." Ariel Morrison's "The McCully Files" placed second. These two students, Decatur, a senior, and Morrison, a junior, were winners of CCHS's short story contest, sponsored by Concord author Alan Lightman. The contest, organized by Reflections, a student-run arts and literary magazine, took place for its second year in early April. Publishers of Houghton-Mifflin served as judges, reading over 40 short stories that had been submitted. First- and second-place winners were chosen, as well as four honorable mentions which included: Oliver Chang, Susan Tan, Lydia Sapp and Elizabeth Hwang. Decatur's prize was a check for $250, plus a copy of The Best American Short Stories of the Century and Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman. Other winners shared an additional $250, donated by Lightman.

Peter Jae presents a traditional Chinese lion head to Chaio-Bin Huang.

• The Carlisle Cultural Council and Chiao-Bin Huang of Carlisle have been given the award of a beautiful traditional lion head from Peter Jae of Chinese Cultural Development and Promotion Inc. in recognition of the Chinese New Year's celebration last February held in Carlisle. Chiao-Bin Huang and the Cultural Council organized the New Year's festivities that included a performance of the ribbon dance and other traditional activities associated with New Year. The award is given each year to organizations that promote Chinese culture generation by generation. The lion head is used in the classic two-person lion dance that is performed for many celebratory occasions — such as New Year, weddings, birthdays, a new business, a new house. It is meant to scare away the devil and to bring good luck.


Carolyn Armistead of North Road, a feature writer for the Mosquito, was recently published in Chicken Soup for Every Mom's Soul.

Armistead's story is titled "Picture Day." In her story she is chastising herself for all the things she didn't make her daughter do on picture day for school. After school she sees that all the children, including hers, are running, jumping, laughing and shouting. "Hair was breaking free from ponytails and bows, neckties were merrily askew, collars were crooked and shirttails flapped in the breeze." Her daughter was among them, pink-cheeked, uncombed, happy and beautiful. Carolyn wished she'd had her camera.

John Stone of Skelton Road has been accepted to UMass and the men's lacrosse team. Selected as one of seven additions to the Minutemen Lacrosse, Class of 2009, Stone will begin at the University in the fall of 2005, and play their first season in the spring of 2006. At 6 feet 4 inches and 200 pounds, Stone is a strong defender. He is currently finishing a post-graduate high school year at Trinity Pawling School in New York. Stone played high school lacrosse at Concord-Carlisle, where he and the Patriots went 16-5 in 2004.


In the April 22 issue on page 9, the caption for the photo of the two young Minutemen taking a break at the end of the Estabrook Trail in Concord, should have read: Gardner Nash (left) and Timothy Evans, not Luc Mundel.

The correct name of the person arrested for breaking into a parked vehicle ("Patrol looks for speeder; finds break-in man," Mosquito, April 22, 2005) is John Faria, not John Saria as printed.

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito