The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 30, 2007

Our sympathy to.

Administrative Coordinator of the Town of Carlisle Elizabeth Barnett and her family of Lexington on the death of her son Nicholas J. Barnett, 18, a Bowdoin College freshman, in an automobile accident on a slippery road in Lexington on Wednesday evening, November 21.

· Marty Schafer and Jan Sacks, gardeners on Acton Street, were doing an inventory of potted plants on November 8, getting ready to tuck them away for the winter, when Sacks looked up and thought she saw a Great Crested Flycatcher overhead. But it looked rather

FIRST PLACE AGAIN. Carlisle 7th graders Shannon Driscoll (left) and Elizabeth Learned celebrate a first-place victory at the Central Mass. Cheer Competition. These girls placed first in last year's competition. They will be traveling to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the National Tournament. (Courtesy photo)

pale; could it be an Ash-throated Flycatcher, they wondered? It stayed around for about a week and a half before Schafer decided to call the Mass Audubon and learned from Simon Perkins that an Ash-throated Flycatcher, normally found in southwestern U.S. and Mexico, is actually more likely to be here this time of year than a Great Crested, which winters in the tropics. And so their speculation turned out to be correct, with the result that more than 50 birders, including neighbors Betty Valentine and Tom and D'Ann Brownrigg, have come to see this major rarity. As of press-time, the last sighting was Tuesday morning, November 27.

· Tyler W. Smith of Hartwell Road, grade 11, received High Honors for the first quarter 2007-2008 school year at St. Sebastian's School in Needham.

· Oliver Hurd of River Road was recognized at Belmont Hill School's Fall Sports Assembly on November 20 for receiving All-League commendation in football from the Independent School League (ISL).

· Brittany Fay of Overlook Drive, a CCHS senior, will be performing in the Northeast Youth
Brittany Fay. (Courtesy photo)

Ballet's (NYB) production of The Nutcracker. This will be Brittany's ninth season with the NYB, during which she will perform various company roles including Lead Chinese, Snow, Marzipan and Flower Attendant. She would like to take this opportunity to invite Carlisle residents and their children to experience a beautifully staged, professional Nutcracker production that is affordably priced to encourage family enjoyment. The NYB is a regional company attracting talented classical dancers from over 30 Massachusetts cities and towns. The ballet will be performed in the newly renovated Lynn Memorial Auditorium (40 minutes from Carlisle). Performance dates are December 8 to 16. For more information visit NYB's web site at

Ash-throated Flycatcher. (Photo by Ian Davies)

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