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Friday, January 6, 2006


Olive M. Litchfield

Olive M. Litchfield, 89, of Carlisle Village Court died on Thursday, December 15 at the Emerson Hospital in Concord.

Born in Everett, Massachusetts, on October 27, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Minnie (Warner) Lester. She was raised in Stoneham and was a graduate of Stoneham High School and Burdett Business School of Boston.

Mrs. Litchfield had resided in Carlisle for 52 years and was a former resident of Wells, Maine. She was retired from Sentry Insurance Company where she was a file clerk.

She was a former member of the Carlisle Grange.

She was the wife of Lowell G. Litchfield who died in 1989. She is survived by two sons, Edwin Litchfield and his partner Linda Palumbo of Burlington and Leigh Litchfield and his wife Molly of Westford; her daughter, Charline Barron and her husband, Jon of Harvard; seven grandchildren, Kristin, Bradford, and Gregory Litchfield, Jessica and Rachael Barron and Nicole and Ashley Palumbo; one great- granddaughter, Katie Litchfield; her daughter-in-law, Jan Litchfield, and many close friends.

A funeral service was held at the Bedford Funeral Home, on December 21, followed by interment in Green Cemetery in Carlisle.

Alford S. Peckham Former Carlisle Selectman
(Photo by Ellen Huber)

Alford S. Peckham, 86, a resident of Aquidneck Place, Portsmouth, R.I., died at Newport Hospital on December 20. Mr. Peckham had previously resided in Middletown, R.I., Carlisle and Lexington, Mass. He was the husband of the late Janet A. (Gates) Peckham, and Jean (Ward) Peckham.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island on November 4, 1919, he was the son of the late Rowland T. and Lillian S. (Stenhouse) Peckham.

Mr. Peckham was a 1937 graduate of Rogers High School and 1941 graduate from Rhode Island College, now URI. He was a member of the ROTC and served in the US Army 1st Division until he received a medical discharge. He then enrolled in the Boston University School of Theology. While at BU, he met Janet A. Gates, whom he married in 1943.

Mr. Peckham was first employed by the Methodist Publishing House. He then became manager of public relations for United Farmers of New England, and later served as head of Banking and Public Services at The Federal Reserve Bank in Boston until his retirement in 1984.

Mr. Peckham was a founding member of the Lexington Methodist Church and served as chairman of the building committee. During his tenure the church constructed the first new Methodist Church building in New England in 35 years.

Mr. Peckham was also an avid participant in town politics. In Lexington he served as a Town Meeting member. In 1969, with his wife Janet who taught music in the Carlisle Public Schools, he moved to Prospect Street, Carlisle. During the 26 years that Mr. Peckham lived in town he was on the Finance Committee and served three terms on the Board of Selectmen. He was also involved in the Carlisle Historical Society and, with his wife, raised Siberian Husky dogs for show and trained them for sled dog racing at Foss Farm. He was named Carlisle Outstanding Citizen in 1988.

After the death of his first wife, in 1995, Mr. Peckham returned to Newport. There he married Jean Simpson Ward who had been literally the girl next door when they were growing up. They remained married until Jean's death last year. Mr. Peckham became an active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Newport and was responsible for the establishment of the New England Methodist Historical Museum and Archives housed at St. Paul's.

Among Mr. Peckham's many interests and hobbies were gardening, photography, woodcarving, writing, music and raising Siberian Huskies.

He is survived by his children, Thomas E. Peckham and his wife Ellen Petersen of Marblehead, Mass., and John G. Peckham of Wilmington, N.C. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Samuel G., Anne C., Tavish J. and Duncan A. Peckham.

A memorial service was held December 28 in St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Newport. A graveside service took place December 29 at Green Cemetery in Carlisle.

Donations in Mr. Peckham's memory may be made to Redwood Library, 10 Redwood Street, Newport, RI 02840 or to the St. Paul's UMC, 12 Marlborough Street, Newport, RI 02840.

(Editor's note: A transcript of Mr. Peckham's oral history, recorded April 25, 1997, is available at the Gleason Public Library.)

Kate Swanson and Katie DeGuglielmo awarded for excellence
Kate Swanson (left) and Katie DeGuglielmo. (Courtesy photo)

Two Concord-Carlisle High School seniors from Carlisle, Kate Swanson and Katie DeGuglielmo, were awarded the Superintendent's Certificate of Academic Excellence. Superintendent Brenda Finn praised them for their strong academic records, "nothing lower than an 'A'," and their focus and achievements outside academics.

Kate Swanson is interested in computer science, biology and art. She is quoted saying, "Math is beautiful." She participated in a computer animation internship in the spring of her junior year. She is also an accomplished volleyball player, being a high school varsity team MVP, a dual county MVP, and a Lowell Sun All-Star. She has just been accepted at Stanford for next year.

Katie DeGuglielmo is a strong student as well as a fine dancer. Finn describes her as "gracious, mature and strong in many subjects, including Chinese." DeGuglielmo visited China on a school trip last year. She dances at the Acton School of Ballet and has been in the last three spring musicals at the high school. Her activities include participating in the History Reading Group and the Dance Club at the high school. When she was in seventh grade, she started a one-week summer camp in her neighborhood for children ages five to nine, which has continued over the years.

· Brodie Iosue of Spofford, New Hampshire, granddaughter of Nancy and Fred Iosue of East Street, and her cheerleading squad, the Keene Knights, recently competed at the American Youth Football and Cheerleading National Championships in Tucson, Arizona, where they took first place in their division. They qualified for the national event by winning the recent New England Regional Championships in Providence, Rhode Island.

Girls from Carlisle's second-grade Brownie Troop 2655 surround donations of school supplies they are sending to help students in Mississippi who were affected by the hurricanes. Additional donations may be sent to Saint Ann Catholic Church, 23529 Highway 53 Lizana Road, Gulfport, MS 39503. (Courtesy photo)


Those interested in sponsoring the December tree-lighting ceremony next year may contact Mary-Lynne Bohn, president of the Board of the Red Balloon Preschool via e-mail at:

The Mosquito mistakenly referred to the Carlisle Farmers Market as "non-profit," when it is a "for profit" endeavor.

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