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Friday, May 12, 2006

Our sympathy to . . .

The Symonds/Harkins family of Canterbury Court on the death of Michael Symonds' mother, Helen (Ducharme) Symonds, 88, of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, after a long illness on April 28.

The Landry family, Matthew, Denise, Sarah and Rachel, of Forest Park Drive, on the death of Matthew's mother, Gertrude Landry, 81, of North Attleboro, Mass., who died on May 8.

HIDDEN TALENTS. CCHS teachers performed in the Faculty Follies ­ "Teachers on (Thin) Ice" ­ on Saturday evening. At a rehearsal (above) English teacher Shelley Hall (left) and Social Studies teacher Andrei Joseph look ordinary, but at show-time, Hall, dressed as a man, sporting a neatly trimmed beard, and Joseph, dressed as a lovely woman in a blond wig and red satin gown, were hilarious. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

• Four Carlisle residents, Arley Donovan, Kim M. Donovan, Jacqueline M. Gent and Beth Rosenzweig, are training hard in preparation for a 150-mile bike ride June 24-25 to benefit the Central New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.The 22nd Annual Great Mass Getaway (GMG) runs from Marina Bay on Boston Harbor to Provincetown to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow to people with multiple sclerosis by raising money for education, support, advocacy and research.

NEWS OF RWANDA. Louise Mushikiwabo, author of the just published Rwanda Means the Universe, signs her book for Debby Jancek , right. On Monday, April 17, Maureen Ruettgers, left, hosted an event to introduce Mushikiwabo, a native of Rwanda, to over 70 local readers.That same day many might have heard Mushikiwabo interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered. Sister Ann Fox of Boston also spoke at the event about the conditions in Rwanda and her efforts to build the Maranyundo School, a boarding school for girls in an area that was particularly hard hit during the 1994 genocide. Ruettgers serves on the Maranyundo Advisory Committee of The Paraclete Foundation. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

The cyclists will ride one of two courses, ranging from 150 to 175 miles, covering the distance in about 10 to 15 hours of riding time. With more than 300 enthusiastic volunteers, the Saturday route follows the scenic south shore coastline, and overnights at the Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich. Sunday's ride explores the unique beauty of Cape Cod en route to Provincetown. Cyclists are rewarded at the end of day one with music, food, and festivities. After arriving in P'town, cyclists dance their way back home on a ferry ride across Cape Cod Bay.

Jen Morse, 20, formerly of Carlisle, a student at Harvard, was one of more than 850 students from around the country who gathered in Washington, D.C. last week. They met with members of Congress, planned for summer rallies in their hometowns and attended the Rally to Stop Genocide in Sudan on the National Mall.

"I don't understand how the world is still satisfied to watch yet another genocide go by under its watch," said Morse. "We are trying desperately to make 'never again' mean something for the first time in history."

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito