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Friday, January 13, 2006


Emmons honored as Unsung Heroine

The Board of Selectmen has chosen Susan Emmons of Baldwin Road as Carlisle's Unsung Heroine. Responding to a request from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, Selectmen were asked to nominate a woman from the community as an Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts.

The commission wants to honor one woman from each of the 351 communities in the Commonwealth in the belief that today thousands of women perform unheralded acts on a daily basis that make our neighborhoods better places to live. Townspeople were asked to contact the Board with the name of any proposed candidate and the Selectmen, by unanimous vote at their January 10 meeting, picked Emmons as Carlisle's nominee.

"I can think of no person who would personify the role of unsung heroine better than Susan," said Selectman Tim Hult. "She has provided a number of services to the town of invaluable importance but has done it with a quiet grace and competence that has rarely generated significant fanfare. She is simply one of those outstanding individuals who make Carlisle such a great place to live."

For over 20 years, Emmons has been the General Manager of the Carlisle Mosquito. For more than 25 years, she has been an active volunteer at the First Religious Society of Carlisle, the Unitarian Church on the town green. Emmons has helped lead the Building and Grounds Committee, maintaining the 195-year-old building. In addition she served as the Treasurer of the Church for over two decades, and has been involved in the religious education as an administrator, teacher and facilitator for as long as most can remember.

In the 1990s Emmons co-wrote two revisions of the Open Space and Recreation Plan for the town of Carlisle. This document inventories the status of undeveloped land, describes all conservation lands and recreational facilities, reports on the work of land-use related boards and committees and includes recommendations for the future. Towns must update the plan every five years to remain eligible for state open space grants. For this work she received the Conservation of the Year Award.

Hult concluded, "It strikes you how Susan has been involved in so many of the things in Carlisle that we value deeply; the newspaper, the historic FRS church building, the sense of community felt around our town churches, the exceptional amount of beautiful open space that we enjoy. She quietly makes a difference in many important areas and, in my mind, is the perfect example of the Unsung Heroine."

A State House reception to honor statewide Unsung Heroines will be held on March 3. The third annual Mass. Commission on the Status of Women Unsung Heroines luncheon will be March 22 at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston, Mass.

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito