The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 21, 2008

Members of the Family Folk Chorale are, front row, Julia and Spencer Griswold, back row, Chris Chin and Todd Griswold. (Courtesy photo)

• On Sunday, March 30, Boston’s premier intergenerational chorus, the Family Folk Chorale, directed by Chris Eastburn, will present a concert of Cat Stevens’s music at 2 p.m. at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington.

Featuring 60 singers from 20 towns north and west of Boston, ranging in age from 4 to 85, and a full palette of traditional instruments, a Family Folk Chorale concert invites the audience to stomp their feet, clap their hands, and raise their voices in song. The singers will be supported by the talents of Gary Backstrom on guitar, Dan Dick on percussion and bass guitar, Steve Prouty on drums and Linda Ugelow on upright bass.

The family of Chris Chin and Todd Griswold of Hemlock Hill Road, their son, Spencer, age 12, and daughter, Julia, age 9, have been members of the Chorale since January 2003. In this concert, Julia will sing a solo, The Wind.

Call the museum for reservations at 1-781-861-6559. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children and museum members receive a $2 per ticket discount. Directions are found at

Members of the Knitting in Service Society (KISS) are (left to right) Angela Smith, Sue Kirk and Linda Myers-Tierney, who with her daughter Lauren organized the group. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

• KISS is an intergenerational group of girls and women who knit to benefit those in need. They meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday evening of the month in Union Hall to knit together and provide peer support. They are working on three types of projects: scarves and hats for Boston’s homeless, distributed through Common Cathedral; scarves, hats and slippers for Boston’s poor and homeless women at the Women’s Lunch Place – given monthly for birthday presents and also as winter holiday presents; and newborn baby hats to dramatically improve the infant survival rate in impoverished Africa. Knitters do not need to belong to the First Religious Society and they are encouraged to bring friends. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 25. For more information, contact Linda Myers-Tierney at

Become a SHINE Counselor

Dave Watson of North Road has been a volunteer in the SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) program since 2005. He began as a Part D counselor to assist seniors in understanding the bewildering array of choices available under the new Medicare Prescription Drug program. In 2006 he was certified as a SHINE counselor. Since then he has worked with seniors in Cambridge, Somerville and Stow to help them understand the wide variety of health insurance options available to seniors.

Watson finds this work very rewarding; he feels he makes a “direct and concrete difference in the clients’ lives.” He is often able to identify programs that allow seniors to reduce their health insurance costs. Those savings can make a significant difference in the quality of life for individuals with limited means. In some cases he has been able to qualify individuals for benefits under the state’s Frail Elder Waiver program. That program provides health insurance and in-home personal care services to allow individuals who would otherwise be forced into a nursing home setting to remain in the community. That opportunity substantially enhances the quality of life of the affected individual and family members. In other instances where there is no specific financial benefit Watson finds that he is often able to make individuals feel more comfortable in choosing among the varied health care options available to seniors.

SHINE counseling presents a wide variety of individual situations and requires an extensive understanding of the programs and options available to individuals based on their specific circumstances. Watson enjoys the mental challenge, the wide range of problems, and the diversity of individuals he has worked with. He has found that the extensive training provided by the SHINE program has equipped him with the information he needs to handle the wide variety of issues he encounters. The formal training is supplemented by the assistance and guidance available from paid staff and other SHINE volunteers.

The SHINE Program is looking for counselors to assist seniors in the Cambridge, Somerville, Burlington and Acton areas. The 10-day training program begins April 28. For more information call Cindy Phillips toll-free at 1-888-222-6171.

Minuteman students named to Honor Roll

Minuteman Regional High School Principal James Laverty is pleased to announce that the following students from Carlisle have earned a place on the school’s Academic Honor Roll for the second quarter.

•Tyler Manoukian of Westford Street, a junior, received High Honors.
• Cameron Reid of Carleton Road, a freshman, received High Honors.
• Sanne N. Wortel of Monroe Hill Road, a sophomore majoring in language and linguistics at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement in the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering for the fall 2007 semester.

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