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Friday, July 13, 2007


Barbara J. Bennett: A woman with intellectual curiosity throughout her life

Barbara (Johnstone) Bennett, age 84, died on July 3, 2007. A resident of Heald Road in Carlisle from 1980 to 1993, and subsequently of Milldam Square in Concord, she was born in Berkeley, California, and grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey, the daughter of Henry and Beatrice Johnstone. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1946 and earned a master's of arts degree in history from Harvard University in 1948. She remained interested in academic subjects for the rest of her life. She took up the study of mathematics in the early 1960s, just out of her own intellectual curiosity, and read widely in subjects ranging from the history of African exploration to impressionist painting. Her major intellectual interest was in the philosophy of science — she was fascinated by the implications of quantum theory — and she took advanced courses on the subject and had several articles on philosophy published in scholarly journals.

Mrs. Bennett was also a great lover of nature and enjoyed family outings into woodsy areas. She was always the appreciator of the subtle things: the pattern of lichen on the boulder, the movement of grasses in the wind. She wrote poetry for many years and was finishing a poem about Cézanne when she died. Some of her work was published in poetry journals. After moving to Carlisle, she also contributed occasional verse to the Mosquito, where she was a staff member for some years.

Barbara Johnstone was married in 1950 to a fellow graduate student in history, Edward W. Bennett, and they lived for the next 30 years in the Washington D.C. area, where he worked until early retirement. He was also involved with the Mosquito as a Forum writer and then taking the role of Forum editor for some years. Mrs. Bennett is survived by two daughters and a son — Susan Jennifer Bennett of Gloucester, Elizabeth Bennett of Northampton, and Peter Bennett of Bozeman, Montana.

A private memorial gathering will be held on Saturday afternoon, July 21, at her home in Concord.

Getting On With It

When you can't go on, you know it's time
to start over—to breathe in slowly & then
rearrange the terrain. Rocks
must be relocated, and if dynamite
triggers a slide by mistake, the new landscape
will at least be different, complete
with its own set of anomalies & their
concomitant lies.

Safety only requires
one leg on the ground at a time: the other
may be waving about like an inchworm
in search of its next move. Each advance
will be intended to meet and resolve only
the crisis currently at hand, and then
to get on with things.

August 1997

The Language of Trees

How deep are the woods?
Deep enough to be lost in.
And the meanings of trees
are beyond all imagining,
their voices entwined in
an archaic language
of hemlock and pine,
skittish birches.

How can I read their signs?
Each tree resounds
to the wind-blown woods,

the occult tongue
of a wordless world
in which they find their names.

And I, too, find mine:
I am the listener,
learning to speak

Wet Spring

The haze of rain
is spread in the feathers
of phoebes.
The warblers take up
the coloratura
of miniature leaves.
Grackles give back
the black gloss of
wet branches.
But all sunshine
must be the invention of
one goldfinch.

First Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarships Awarded

The Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund announces the inaugural recipients of the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarship. These awards were given to Caitlin Moss of Concord and Daniel Fidler of Carlisle. The Fund, established by Adrian's family and friends, commemorates his passion for distance running and his devotion to learning. Adrian Martinez of Concord died suddenly last summer while participating in a soccer game. He had graduated from Williams College in the spring.
Angel Martinez (left) and his wife Frankie (right) present awards to Caitlin Moss and Daniel Fidler. (Courtesy photo)

At a recent reception in Concord, Adrian's parents Angel and Frankie Martinez thanked the many supporters whose generosity provided each student with a $5,000 scholarship. Caitlin Moss, an accomplished high honor roll student at CCHS and avid runner and captain of the Track and Field team, exemplifies the spirit of the Martinez award. In her remarks she commended the Martinez family for their courage and generosity in looking to the future and supporting students like her. She will attend Georgetown University in the fall.

Daniel Fidler has led both the CCHS cross-country and track teams as captain and has been chosen as a Boston Globe All Scholastic athlete in both cross-country and track. He is the 2006 Hayes Award winner and was voted "most inspirational" cross-country team member in 2006. In his remarks, Dan noted that on his very first day four years ago as a freshman runner, he was taught the "Adrian" stretch, a staple of the CCHS team and just one example of Adrian's lasting impact at CCHS. Dan will attend Merrimack College this fall.

To support the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Fund you may make a tax-deductible contribution by sending a check, payable to CCSF, to the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 217, Concord, MA 01742-0217. Indicate on your check or in a cover letter that your gift is for the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarship Fund. Credit card donations may be made online by visiting

Challenging race supports local need

Community Chest paddlers from Carlisle are (back row, left to right): Derek Amodei, Jack Ehlenbach, Alex Nardone, Peter Ryder and Matthew Salemy. In front is Christian Salemy. (Courtesy photo)
For the fifth consecutive year, residents and local businesses stepped up to the Community Chest Challenge fundraiser, which was held on June 3 in Concord. The exciting and fast-paced triathlon attracted more than 180 athletes of all abilities as well as dozens of volunteers and sponsors who shared the common goal of raising money for neighbors in need. The event brought in more than $25,000 with all net proceeds going to human service organizations in Concord, Carlisle and Maynard.

The top Golden Paddle award was presented to The Miracles team for raising the largest donation of $5,520. Other winning teams included:

· Fastest youth team — Mosquito Magnets

· Fastest women's team — Ms. Quitos

· Fastest men's team — Wylie Coyotes

· Fastest mixed team — Concord Outfitters

· Most spirited team — Lucky 11

Next year's race will be on Sunday, June 1, 2008.

For more information about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito