The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 4, 2008

Kmiec and others from Carlisle to run
the 112th Boston Marathon

Ron Kmiec has resumed his daily running routine with his eye on the Boston Marathon. (Courtesy photo)

Yes, on Monday, April 21, he’ll be running his 35th consecutive Boston Marathon, which starts in Hopkinton at 10 a.m. and finishes in Copley Square. I’m talking about Carlisle’s long-distance runner, Ron Kmiec, who suffered a heart attack while running a five-mile race in Andover on November 22. After undergoing coronary angioplasty, with a stent inserted into one of his arteries, Kmiec was able to resume his daily running routine on December 28, but on a much limited scale.

By the end of March, Kmiec had run 45 miles during the week, and when we spoke in the afternoon on Monday, March 31, he had just completed a 16-mile run for the day. Also on a visit to his doctor during the previous week, Kmiec passed a stress test “with flying colors.”

Kmiec, who teaches piano from his studio on Bingham Road, has been invited to perform in a Boston Marathon West Kickoff Concert on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Hopkinton High School Auditorium. He will perform the 1st movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra. Tickets and concert information may be found at

Joining Kmiec at the starting line in Hopkinton on April 21 are the following runners from Carlisle and several formerly of Carlisle:

The seventh-grade team (left to right) are Anya Kaufman, Connor Wilmot, John Knobel, Justin Delgado, Jamie Moore, Satchi Davis and Tristan Wilmot. (Courtesy photo)

Carlisle seventh-grade Destination Imagination team places fourth against eight other teams

On Saturday, March 29, the seventh-grade “Carlisle Destination Imagination” team competed at the Region 3 Destination Imagination Tournament in Ayer. The team’s central challenge this year was to create an eight-minute theatrical performance about a team-chosen myth. As part of this challenge, the team was required to perform a scientific investigation to determine whether the myth was possible. The seventh-grade team, managed by John and Diane Delgado, chose to investigate the Bloop, which was a noise of unknown origin, detected by a deep-sea hydrophone off the coast of Chile in 1997.

  The team’s humorous theatrical presentation of the myth centered around a TV crew which rides on a Chilean Navy submarine to determine the origin of the sound.  The crew discovers that the navy oceanographer has celebrity-worship-syndrome and is obsessed with the TV crew’s scientist. The captain of the submarine is seemingly normal; however the sight of whales turn him into a lunatic.  The crew is forced to take control of the sub and set it on a heading toward Easter Island.

The team researched sound waves, sound in the sea and whales.  They built a working small-scale hydrophone and conducted experiments testing various sounds underwater. The team built an electrical submarine control panel with a simulated radar using Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and an electric motor.  They also built a cam-powered whale; the cam animates the whale by making it appear to jump out of the water. As part of the project requirements, the team had to build a replica of a landmark using only recyclable materials. To fulfill this requirement, they created 4-foot-tall Easter Island Moai using more than 1,000 rolled paper strips made from grocery bags.

There were eight other teams competing in this challenge. The Carlisle team placed fourth overall, with only a nine-point difference (out of 240 points) from the first-place team in the central challenge category. Their engineered props (sub controls and cam-powered whale) received a second-place ranking, and they received exceptionally high marks for their scientific research and Moai replica (included as part of the central challenge).

CCHS athletes named in the Boston Sunday Globe

for winter sports awards


• Girls Hockey: Shannon Mahoney of Nowell Farme Road

• Girls Cross-Country Skiing: Blair Robinson of Sunset Road

• Girls Alpine Skiing: Michelle Solomon of Hutchins Road


• Boys Basketball: Matthew Cheever of Carroll Drive

• Girls Swimming: Morgan Evans of Heald Road

• Boys Alpine Skiing: Alex Daniels of School Street and Ian Bloomfield of Aberdeen Drive

• Girls Alpine Skiing: Lindsay Cook and Hillary Cook of Cross Street

• Boys Nordic Skiing: Jimmy Burnham and Chris Burnham of Autumn Lane

Coach of the Year

• Cross-Country Skiing: Dusty Johnstone of Russell Street

• Jay Bearfield, Certified Professional Pond Contractor (CPPC) of East Street, has been appointed as a faculty member of the New England School of Gardening at Tower Hill, Groton. Bearfield will teach a 13-week comprehensive course, “Water Gardening and Accessories.” The college-accredited course is open to anyone from the novice to the landscape professional seeking to expand into the water garden industry.

Information about the Tower Hill’s program is available at

Phyllis Hughes of Church Street will exhibit 14 recent paintings of “Sun, Sand and Sea,” the evidence of her ongoing love affair with Cape Cod sand dunes and beaches.

The show at the Jefferson Cutter Gallery in Arlington opens Sunday, April 13, from noon to 4 p.m. A gala closing reception is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, from noon to 4 p.m. The gallery is in the lower floor of the Jefferson Cutter House on the corner of Main Street and Pleasant Street (Route 60) in Arlington. The municipal parking lot directly behind it is free on Sundays. The gallery entry opens off the parking area.

Hughes spent entire summers in her teens on Sandy Neck, Barnstable, and often revisits the dunes and beach grasses. Her paintings capture sunny carefree days among the sands and gentle waves.

Our sympathy to . . .

Amy Rosenfeld of Shady Brook Lane on the death of her mother, Ruth Rosenfeld, 81, of Concord.

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