The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 1, 2006


Samuel H.Edson Founding member of Carlisle Tap & Sap Society

Samuel H. Edson, 70, of Williamstown, died November 22at Dartmouth/Hitchcock Medical Center of complications from cancer.

Born in Connecticut on January 11, 1936, a son of Roger C. and Mary P. Edson, he graduated from The Taft School and Dartmouth College, and received an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Sam worked in New York City as an investment analyst at Irving Trust Company, and lived in Brooklyn Heights. A hiker, he walked to work acrossthe Brooklyn Bridge and began spending weekends in the Berkshires, where in 1970, he built a vacation cabin for his family.

In 1973, he took a position at Sun Life of Canada and moved with his family to Blaisdell Drive in Carlisle. He later worked as a investment analyst for the Boston Company and for Argosy Asset Management. While living in Carlisle, Sam took up woodworking and eventually began a small business — Sam Edson Custom Furniture.Beginning witha variety of tables, he expanded his work to include beds, desks, bureaus, and a rotating puzzle board which he designed with a puzzle maker.

In 1994, Sam and his wife Deborah moved to Williamstown where he divided his time between his furniture business and volunteer work in the community.He was treasurer, board member, andcrew memberforNorthern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, and treasurer and board member ofThe Rural Lands Foundation. He was also a member of The Berkshire Woodworkers Guild.

Sam was an avid outdoorsman, fly fisherman, sculptor, and one of the founding members of the Carlisle Tap and Sap Society. He also enjoyed singing. While living in Carlisle, he was a member of the Unitarian Church Choir. In Williamstown, he sang with the First Congregational Church Choir for ten years, as well as singing with the North Berkshire Chorale.

He and his wife, the former Deborah Ann Briggs, were married June 29, 1963. Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Michael H. Edson of Sharon, Massachusetts; a daughter, Sarah Edson Zschau of Mooretown, Vermont; his mother, Mary P. Edson of Shelburne, Vt.; a brother, David S. Edson of Underhill, Vt.;and two sisters, Mary E. Whiteford of Lake Oswego, Oregon, and N. Cameron Edson of Shelburne, Vt. He also leaves his daughter-in-law Amy B. Edson,his son-in-law W. Christian Zschau; and four grandchildren: Abigail B. Edson, Samuel L. Edson, Cyrus E. Zschau and Charles B. Zschau.

There will be a memorial service for Sam onFriday, December 1,at The First Congregational Church on Main Street in Williamstown at 2 p.m.In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be given to either of two organizations he believed in and worked hard for: Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, 57 Main Street, North Adams MA 01247; and The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, 671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267.

• An architectural design by Debbie Bentley RIBA of Heald Road has been awarded The Best House Addition of the Year by the Boston Globe. The project will be featured in the Boston Globe Magazine on Sunday, December 3.

The clients were Steve and Betsy Kendall, now of Harvard, Massachusetts, who formerly lived on Cross Street, Carlisle. The general contractor was Davidson Builders Inc., of Fitchburg. The water feature specialist was Jay Bearfield, Liquid Landscape Design, of East Street, Carlisle. There were 600 entries in the competition.

Amanda Opolski of Concord Street, a tenth grader at the Austin Preparatory School in Reading, was named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the academic year.

• St. Sebastian's School in Needham announced the Honor Roll recipients for the first quarter 2006-2007 school year.

The following students are residents of Carlisle:

Patrick T. Brennan, grade 12 of Bedford Road, Honors with Distinction.

Tyler W. Smith, grade 10 of Hartwell Road, High Honors.

Connor W. Smith, grade 12 of Hartwell Road, Honors with Distinction.

Recipients of these academic awards fall into three categories: High Honors, maintains an A- or above in all subjects; Honors with Distinction, maintains a B or above in all subjects; and Honors, maintains a B- or above in all subjects.


• Finance Committee member David Model, not David Trask, attended the Carlisle School Committee meeting on November 15. The Mosquito regrets the error, printed in last week's paper.

• On page 15 of the November 24 issue, the guideline budget for the Carlisle School was listed incorrectly. A 2.9% increase over FY07 would bring it to approximately $8,660,600.

• Several years ago, the Mosquito published a recipe at Thanksgiving time for Mashed Potatoes and Leeks. Unfortunately, the recipe had a mistake, so the following week, the week after Thanksgiving, we reprinted the corrected recipe. However, it seems many Carlisle cooks cut out the recipe with the mistake instead of the corrected copy.

After receiving several phone calls this year with questions about the recipe, we are reprinting the authentic and corrected copy.

Mashed Potatoes and Leeks [do a day ahead]

3 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces

3 to 4 leeks (white and pale parts only); chopped

6 Tbs. butter

1 cup milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

salt and pepper

1. Cover potatoes with boiling, salted water. Cook until tender.

2. While potatoes are cooking, cook chopped leaks in 4 Tbs. butter, until softened.

3. Drain potatoes when done and mash until no lumps remain.

4. Heat milk and cream just to a boil. Add to potatoes along with the cooked leaks. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Spread in 4 quart shallow baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for one day.

5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dot potatoes with remaining 2 Tbs. butter. Bake, covered with foil, in the middle of the oven until heated through, about 20 minutes.

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito