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Friday, January 20, 2006


Diana Mu-Cheng Wang Calligrapher at Harvard University

Diana Mu-Cheng (Yen) Wang, 80, of Judy Farm Road, died Saturday, January 14, 2006, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. She was the wife of Shih Hua Wang. They were married for 56 years.

Born in Tientsin, China, on July 19, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Yong Shi Yen and De Quing (Zhao) Yen. She attended schools in Chian and graduated from Tientsia University. She emigrated to the United States in 1948 and became a citizen in 1963.

For many years, prior to her retirement in 1989, Mrs. Wang was employed as a calligrapher for the Far Eastern Language Department at Harvard University.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Pearl Wang and her husband Thomas Gerasch of Fairfax, Virginia, and her son, Tony Wang, of Judy Farm Road.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 21, at 11 a.m. in the First Religious Society in Carlisle, 27 School Street. Officiating will be the Rev. Timothy Jensen. Burial in Green Cemetery will be private.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Fund, c/o Development Office, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 or to Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Suite F, #227, 1659 Branham Lane, San Jose CA 95118-5226. Arrangements are under the care of the Joseph Dee & Son Funeral Home, Concord.

Anna Pisarcik Restorer of vintage textiles

Anna Pisarcik, 92, of Carlisle Village Court died on Wednesday, January 4, 2006, at the Life Care Center in Littleton after a brief illness. Mrs. Pisarcik was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 27, 1913, and was the daughter of Stephen and Katherine Prunchak. She was the wife of John W. Pisarcik who died in 2003. They had been married for 68 years.

Mrs. Pisarcik resided in Carlisle for the past two years and was a former resident of Brentwood, a suburb of Pittsburgh. She retired from Kaufmann's Department Store where she was employed as a buyer in the textile and fashion department and was manager of their fashion shows.

After retirement Mrs. Pisarcik started a new career in the field of needle arts as an expert in the repair and restoration of vintage textiles. She continued to do so while she lived in Carlisle.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Laskey and her husband John Laskey of East Riding Drive; three grandchildren, Karen Candee of Redding, Connecticut, Donna Allegrini of Stamford, Connecticut, David Laskey of Chelmsford; and two great-grandchildren, twins Rebecca and Scottie Candee.

A private funeral service was held at the Bedford Funeral Home on January 8. A Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Irene Church in Carlisle on January 9. Interment was at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township, Pennsylvania.

Ideas for a 24-acre Maine greenhouse originate in Carlisle

U.S. Functional Foods executives (left to right) Wayne Davis, Arie Vandergiessen and Paul Sellew are shown with Madison Maine Town Manager Norman Dean. (Courtesy photo)

Ever think you'd have a fresh, locally grown vine-ripened tomato to put into a salad in mid-January? And how about the possibility of buying fresh cucumbers, eggplants and herbs throughout the year? Two Carlisle men, Paul Sellew of Shady Brook Lane and Wayne Davis of Concord Street are executives of U.S. Functional Foods (USFF), based in Carlisle. Their company's goal is to build a 24-acre greenhouse in Madison, Maine, which will grow and provide New Englanders with just such produce, starting in October.

Sellew, president and CEO of USFF says the greenhouse complex will utilize world-class technology to create an environmentally friendly business. The greenhouse will incorporate grow-lights, thermal blanketing for climate control, and a water-recycling runoff system. The tomatoes will be grown without the use of chemical pesticides. Sellew said that his company sought to locate in Maine because of a favorable prior experience developing a successful automated mulching business. Executive Vice President and General Counsel Davis spoke about the ability of USFF to pick vine-ripened tomatoes and truck them to market throughout New England on the same day or the next morning. Tomatoes now available at grocery stores and supermarkets come from far away and are picked before they are ripe.

So how did Sellew and Davis get together to pursue this concept? They first met in 2000 when their sons, Carlisle kindergartners at the time, were playing T-ball!

Julie Frederickson (left) and Margaret Bruell. (Photo by Chris Frederickson)

· In January Julie Frederickson, who grew up in Carlisle, met with her third-grade teacher Margaret Bruell, who now lives in Pasadena, California. Together they hold books Frederickson wrote when she was in Ms. Bruell's Carlisle classroom.

Frederickson will be moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in February.

· Marlow Duffy of North Road, a freshman in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Vermont, was named to the Dean's List for the fall semester.


The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail will not reach Cambridge, as reported last week, but is planned to extend from Lowell to Framingham (see article page 1.)

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