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Friday, December 21, 2007

Kate Rowan and Jon Larrabee are wed

Kate Rowan and Jon Larrabee of Virginia Farme Lane were married on October 20, in Long
Boat Key, Florida. Kate and Jon met playing softball in 2005 and have pretty much been inseparable ever since. They moved from Charlestown to Carlisle in May and have been excited to give up sidewalks for nature walks. Kate, originally from Redding, Connecticut, graduated from the University of Delaware, works for Bank of America in downtown Boston and cannot wait to get a dog. Jon, originally from Cumberland, Maine, graduated from the University of Maine, works for Raytheon in Woburn and loves identifying the animal tracks in the yard.

Long Boat Key was a personal destination wedding choice because family ties had made it a vacation spot for Kate, since she was a girl. Jon is now hooked, too. The sand dollar ornaments given to guests as favors had been found on the beach by the Rowan family over the years. Kate and Jon have not taken a honeymoon yet, but are thinking Hawaii if they can ever get it together.

Jennifer Leonard weds John Poirier

Jennifer Leonard, formerly of Carleton Road, and John Poirier of Richmond, Rhode Island, were wed at Teton National Park on June 8.

Jennifer is a graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School, Connecticut College and Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She serves as Director of Advocacy for the International Crisis Group in Washington, D.C. John is a graduate of Colby College and Northwestern University. He is a correspondent for Reuters, based in Washington D.C.

The couple resides in Washington, D.C.

· On December 3, Matthew Li of Carriage Way and Jonathan Spence of Carroll Drive received First Honors in Piano in the National Music Certificate Program. Each student is required not only to perform on his instrument but to show mastery of technique, sight-reading and ear-training. The program is based on the curriculum of the renowned Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and each year, more than 100,000 students participate in this internationally recognized Certificate Program.

The boys are students of piano teacher Shelley Reeves of Carleton Road.

A Christmas letter from Howard Hensleigh, a former Carlisle Selectman

When Jan passed away on September 21, 2006, the retirement community we had selected in Florida was no longer suitable for me. Susan, our oldest child, made a handicapped-accessible apartment for me in her home in Petaluma, California, where I lived until July 5 of this year.

I am now being faithfully cared for at the VA facility in Menlo Park, California. My health is quite good for an 87-year-old paraplegic (of 25 years). The spinal cord hospital for northern California, Hawaii, Alaska and other western states is in Palo Alto, just seven miles away. I go there for annual physicals and for most other medical services.

My friends here are from all branches of the service and we converse regularly about the parts we played in WW II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf service, some of which is ongoing. My roommate is Eric Schramm, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, who remained in the Army until retirement and then taught school in California for ten years.

I have had time to think about all of the splendid family members and friends we have had in the various places we have lived. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

I miss you guys.

CHRISTMAS REVELS. Spencer Griswold, 11, (left) and his sister, Julia, 9, of Hemlock Hill Road are performing in the Christmas Revels production at Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square through December 30. This year, the Christmas Revels celebrates the beautiful music and dance of the Balkans (including Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Slovenia and Macedonia). The children's chorus performs colorful skits and sings traditional Balkan songs and Christmas carols.

· A Happy Birthday to Ruth Waywell of Carlisle Village Court, who will turn 100 on December 24. Waywell, one of the oldest residents of Carlisle, will be celebrating her birthday with a small gathering of friends on that very special day.

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