The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 20, 2007

Reverend Thomas P. Donohoe celebrates his 80th birthday


Father Donohoe (center) concelebrates Mass at St. Irene Catholic Church on Saturday with his friends (left to right) Deacon Dean Bulpett, Father Romaine Rurangirwa, Father Peter Shen and Father Ed McLean. (Photo by Don Eckelkamp)

Reverend Thomas P. Donohoe, pastor of St. Irene Catholic Church, commemorated his 80th birthday at St. Irene on Saturday, April 14, in the company of 200 friends, relatives and parishioners. The celebration began with a Mass that was concelebrated by Father Donohoe along with Fathers Romaine Rurangirwa and Peter Shen from St. Margaret Church in Burlington and Father Donohoe's lifelong friend, the Reverend Ed McLean of Connecticut.

Fathers Donohoe and McLean were born just one day apart in the same hospital and grew up together in Lowell. After graduating from Lowell High School, they both attended St. John's Seminary and were ordained in 1952. Among his classmates from the seminary, Father Donohoe is affectionately known as "Pastor Last Standing" because he is the only one who has yet to retire from parish life!

Following the Mass, festivities continued with dinner at the Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford where Father Donohoe was recognized for his many talents, including singing, dancing, acting and golfing. Humorous clips from the annual Murder Mystery Dinners at St. Irene Parish provided evidence of Father Tom's versatility as an actor, with parts ranging from a refined Captain Stubing of the Love Boat to a raucous Ghostbuster and an Elvis look-alike. As if that wasn't enough to get the crowd roaring with laughter, Father was asked to demonstrate his favorite wedding dances including "YMCA" and a medley of rock steps danced to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock 'N' Roll." On a more serious note, guests enjoyed a beautiful sing-along led by Father Donohue and Paul Cox that featured several Irish folksongs.

As the party came to a close, guests presented Father Donohoe with gifts, including an Apostolic Blessing from Pope Benedict XVI and a trip to Rome and Assisi. Father Donohoe expressed his thanks for these and all of the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon him during the last 80 years.

Boston Marathon 2007

Rain, wind and cold were the ways Carlisle runners described the running of the 111th Boston Marathon on Monday. Ron Kmiec of Bingham Road, running his 34th consecutive Boston Marathon, called the experience "horrific." "Everything fell apart in the last ten miles," said Kmiec. "I took off my long pants and ran in my shorts and then the wet, cold wind tightened up all my muscles. This was my slowest marathon, by far."

No, the weather was not like this for the running of the 111th Boston Marathon on Monday. This photo was taken at the finish line in 2003. (Courtesy photo)

"It was a hard day of work. It was not easy," said Karen Ringheiser of Garnet Rock Lane, who came in sixth in the 40- to 49-year old females from Massachusetts category. Her time was 3:21:17. "I was off my goal of 3:13. I had run the Cape Cod Marathon in October, through heavy winds, so this didn't seem so bad." At mile 16, on the Newton-Wellesley bridge, Ringheiser's father was standing, waiting to cheer her on. "I had my wet jacket wound around my waist. I took it off and threw it at my dad," she recalled. "What a relief."

It was Adam Fitzgerald's first time to run the Boston Marathon. Fitzgerald, 25, grew up on Autumn Lane and had the excellent time of 2:42:49. As a former All-American NCAA distance runner at Connecticut College, Fitzgerald was hoping to run 2:22 or less in order to qualify for U.S. Olympics trials. "The weather was not cooperative, but I had a great experience," he said. "The combination of wind and hard rain in the first mile made it impossible to ever get warm."

Carlisle runners, their places and their times

Adam Fitzgerald — 158 — 2:42:49

Karen Ringheiser — 3637 — 3:21:17

John Bernardin — 11138 — 3:52:27

Victoria Richards — 14385 — 4:08:20

Tiffany Rule — 14629 — 4:09:48

Casey Smith — 15588 — 4:17:01

Ronald Kmiec — 16691 — 4:26:51

Peter Scavongelli — 19607 — 5:19:27

Michele Scavongelli — 19608 — 5:19:27

Samantha Luther — 20181 — 5:53:50

John Kilfoyle — 20182 — 5:53:50

· Carlisle resident Nina Rizzi of South Street was one of six Oak Meadow Montessori School students who built a playhouse for the younger children at her school. The playhouse was built in ten weeks under the direction of Head of School David Stettler as part of Oak Meadow's Afterschool Program.

· Congratulations to Samantha Luther of Woodridge Road and John Kilfoyle of West Street for successfully completing the Boston Marathon. Samantha and John ran the marathon together in order to raise money for the Massachusetts General Hospital "Cancer Cure for Kids." There is nothing worse than hearing that your child, a child of a friend, or other child family member has been diagnosed with cancer. Great strides have been made through research and Samantha is a living example. However, until every child is cured, we cannot stop raising money to help find a cure. Donations are still being accepted until May 1 and should be made out to the Massachusetts General Hospital and mailed c/o Samantha Luther at 155 Woodridge Road or c/o John Kilfoyle at 300 West Street, Carlisle, MA. A special thanks to all that have already donated. Because of you, research is able to continue.

· Timothy Moschini of Judy Farm Road was named to the Dean's List at Middlesex Community College for the fall semester.


In last week's Carlisle School Committee Shorts, it was incorrectly reported that Lynn Walker was taking a medical leave. Sandy Walker, a kindergarten teacher, is taking a medical leave.

Michelle Solomon is the eighth-grade student pictured with teacher Courtney Hadley in the photo on page ten of last week's Mosquito.

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito