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Friday, November 23, 2007

· Tully Foote of Judy Farm Road was a member of the Ben Franklin Racing Team, which
Tully Foote (Courtesy photo)

Foote's Toyota Prius (Courtesy photo)

modified a Toyota Prius to drive itself in the DARPA Urban Challenge in Victorville, California on November 3. The team fitted the vehicle, known as Little Ben, with sensors whose data was analyzed by computers located in the car. The software written by the team then determined how the car should follow the course while adhering to California driving laws and avoiding moving traffic. Little Ben, #74, was one of six vehicles to complete the 60-mile course in less than six hours.

Foote's team included six mechanical engineering graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania and Lehigh University and their two professors. Their sponsor was Lockheed-Martin Corporation.

· Sarah Darling of West Street performed as a substitute in the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under James Levine, Thursday, November 15, through Tuesday, November 20. The program included Haydn's London Symphony, No. 104; the world premiere of Elliott Carter's new Horn Concerto, commissioned by the BSO for principal horn James Sommerville; and Mahler's Symphony No. 1.

Darling will also be performing her Master's recital at the New England Conservatory's Williams Hall on Monday, November 26, at 8 p.m. Selections from her program, which includes works of Bloch, Brahms, Hindemith and Schumann, were presented in Carlisle on Sunday afternoon, November 11, at the First Religious Society, as part of the 250th Celebration Concert Series. A reception will follow the NEC performance. For more information, call Margaret Darling at 1-978-369-1475.

Carlisle friends turn out for the Discovery Museums Gala Auction. Shown (left to right) are Colleen Klein, Allison Beakley, Beth Clarke, Claudia Veitch, Andy Veitch, Davida Fox-Melanson, Sarah Hart, Carolyn Platt and Carolyn Stein. (Courtesy photo)
The Discovery Museums held its 25th Anniversary Gala and Silent Auction to benefit the Museums on November 17 at the Concord Country Club. Entertainment was provided by Carlisle's very own Hip Replacements. Carlisle was well-represented with 30 residents and retired teachers and administrators, who served on the board of the Museums at various points during its 25-year history. The Museums are known for their award-winning hands-on exhibits that teach basic principles of science, math and creative thinking in a fun setting.

· John Kirk of Westford Street, a graduate of the University of Vermont Agricultural School
John Kirk (Courtesy photo)
with a degree in nutrition and food science is working on a sheep farm in New Zealand. In the photo (at right) Kirk is shown vaccinating a lamb and preparing to dock its tail. If you look closely, you will see he is wearing his Carlisle Strawberry Festival shirt.

Photography exhibit at Gallery at Dunia

The Gallery at Dunia presents "Altered Elements," an exhibit of surrealist photography by Stow-based photographer Jonathan Daisy, formerly of Daisy's Market in Carlisle. Using a variety of techniques, Daisy manipulates subjects and surroundings to conjure up lyrical — at times, hallucinatory — worlds. Daisy's images pose visual and existential riddles, bemusing viewers and eliciting double-takes. "Altered Elements" runs from November 20 through January 12. A reception will be held for the photographer on Sunday, December 9, from 2 to 5 p.m.; the public is invited and attendance is free. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of Daisy's photographs will benefit the Union of Concerned Scientists (, the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world.

Dunia is located at 43 Nason Street in downtown Maynard. Jonathan Daisy's "Altered Elements" photography will be available for viewing during store hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Thursday, when the store stays open until 8 p.m.

Ferns Country Store co-proprietors Larry Bearfield (left) and Robin Emerson accept the Massachusetts Retailer of the Year Award from the award's founder Rick Segal. The Retailers Association of Massachusetts picked Ferns because of "the deep relationship that Ferns has built with the community and their customers." Emerson commented that "this award is as much about our crew members who are on the front line providing exceptional experiences to our customer friends... and most certainly [about] our customers and the community that supports us." Ferns Country Store is the youngest firm to ever receive the award. (Courtesy photo)

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito