The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 18, 2008

Our sympathy to . . .

Bill and Nancy Koerner of South Street on the death of Bill's stepmother, Edith Gee Koerner, 102, of North Chatham.

'First Knight' charges ahead

Carlisle Chess Club celebrated the new year in full chess style at its second annual "First Knight" event Sunday evening, December 30. The club hosted a festive scholastic tournament inviting fellow chess players from surrounding towns.

Late Sunday afternoon, 50 kids from kindergarten to eighth grade, about half from Carlisle, but also including kids from Acton, Chelmsford, Concord, Westford, and Lexington, converged on Union Hall to compete in the unrated tournament which welcomed students who are new to chess and new to tournaments. Sporting festive hats and beads, the kids played chess, ate pizza, and cheered in the new year with a "count-up," chess-style . . .pawn, knight, bishop, rook, queen, king . . . HAPPY NEW YEAR!"

Participants played between three and seven games. The most wins achieved by any one player was five. They all did a great job and certificates were awarded to all. Trophies were also awarded as follows:

Carlisle School Champion: Changming Xu

1st place - Henri Li
2nd place - Cody Machen
3rd place - Henry Hedden

1st place - Rholee Xu
2nd place - Katrina Judicke
Grade winners:
Kindergarten Champ - Justin Wu
First-Grade Champ - Jamsie West
Second-Grade Champ - Somil Teabo
Third-Grade Champ - Joshua Szczesniak
Fourth-Grade Champ - Kurtis Chien-Young
Fifth-Grade Champ - Nicholas Han
Sixth-Grade Champ - Jeff Gao
Seventh-Grade Champ - Gary Yan

The Carlisle Chess Club holds elementary and middle school meetings weekly and welcomes all grades K-8. The club has a rolling admissions policy. To contact the club, send e-mail to To view a flyer about the club or visit

Happy New Year to all and to all a good Knight.

WINNING AWARDS! Council on Aging Director Kathy Mull (left) and COA board member Bert Williams receive the 2007 "Best Government Production" award from CCTV Executive Director Charles Page. The Council on Aging broadcasts a monthly television program over CCTV which highlights current COA activities and also gives fuller information about Council on Aging services available to Carlisle residents. Also, Dave Ives received the "Producer of the Year" award for his quality programming of Carlisle events. (Photo by Dave Ives)

· Congratulations to Carlisle students who earned academic honors at Lawrence Academy for the fall trimester. High honors went to sophomore Katherine Boudreau of Cross Street. Honors were awarded to senior Devon Dray of Hutchins Road and sophomore Danielle Pedra of Elizabeth Ridge Road.

· Pam Ziehler of Acton Street, who held a photography show entitled "South Dakota Summer Series" at the Gleason Library, is having another show at the Chelmsford Library during the month of February. Along with her photographs, Native American artifacts will be displayed. The library is located at 25 Boston Road in Chelmsford.

· Dr. Michael Picard of Russell Street, a cardiologist at Mass. General Hospital in Boston, was one of the physicians named top doctors in the November issue of Boston Magazine.

· Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple is pleased to announce that David C. Guarino of Church Street has been named director with the firm. Guarino serves clients from both the Worcester and Framingham offices.

Guarino's practice concentrates on tax and estate planning, assisting individual clients with selecting appropriate estate plans for their family and financial circumstances.

· Anagha Chandra, of Rutland Street, a sixth grader at the Carlisle School, received an Honorable Mention at the Willow Books and Café Annual Scary Story Writing Contest. Anagha is an avid reader who enjoys occasional writing. She is shown above reading her story at the award winning ceremony.

VISITORS TOUR THE JFK LIBRARY. Library Curator Frank Rigg (front left) of South Street takes members of the Carlisle COA on a tour of the library. Rigg is retiring at the end of the month after 29 years as curator. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

2008 The Carlisle Mosquito