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Friday, April 11, 2008

FRS New Orleans volunteers donate to Gulf Coast Works

On Sunday, April 6, members and friends of the First Religious Society gathered for a potluck supper and slide show presented by the group of volunteers who spent a week in February working to help make it possible for New Orleans natives to return to their homes. A fundraising campaign held in the months before the trip brought in over $3,500 for building

David Kramer, left, and Richard Pasley of Gulf Coast Works, receive a check from the First Religious Society New Orleans Service Project from Margaret Darling, coordinator of the February work trip. (Courtesy photo)

supplies and tools, which facilitated the volunteers’ work on home renovations in New Orleans’ Broadmoor neighborhood and the Lower Ninth Ward, both heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed. At the slide show event, a check for the balance remaining in the fund after the work trip, over $1,150, was donated to Gulf Coast Works, formerly Bridge to Biloxi, the volunteer coordinators based in Concord who helped with planning for the FRS group. Representing Gulf Coast Works were Richard Pasley and David Kramer, both veterans of numerous work trips themselves. The New Orleans Service Project (NOLA), undertaken in celebration of the First Religious Society’s 250th Anniversary, brought all generations together to help with the recovery effort, still far from complete two and a half years after Katrina. If you have questions about volunteering in New Orleans, or would like to find out more about the New Orleans Service Project, call Margaret Darling at 1-978-369-1475.

See you on Patriots Day 2008, Monday, April 21

The Carlisle Minutemen will celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the start of the American Revolution by reenacting the call to arms of the original 16 Minutemen who marched to Concord, joining other Minutemen at the North Bridge on April 19, 1775.

The day will begin with the ringing of the church bells signaling the Minutemen to gather on the Town Green. After raising the flag and a brief ceremony, the march to Concord will commence retracing the original route. This rite of spring is celebrated by over 100 townspeople who begin their march at the Green, then head down School Street to Bellows Hill Road, Estabrook Road and into the woods on the Estabrook Trail with others joining along the way.

At the Concord end of the Estabrook Trail, marchers can drop their names into a tricorn hat. One name will be pulled from the hat to receive a pen and ink drawing of the Minutemen by Phyllis Hughes.

Monday, Patriots Day events

6:45 a.m. Ringing of the church bells

6:50 a.m. Flag raising

6:55 a.m. Ceremony at Minuteman monument

7:00 a.m. Begin march to Concord (approximately five miles)

8:30 a.m. Arrive at Concord end of Estabrook Trail

9:00 a.m. Arrive at North Bridge, joining other Minutemen groups and Con- cord parade

Other local events of interest

Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. –– Bedford Pole Capping, Bedford Center

Saturday, April 12, 1:30 p.m. –– Meriam’s Corner, Concord

Saturday, April 19, 6 a.m. –– Dawn Salute, North Bridge, Concord

Saturday, April 19, 8:30 a.m. –– Battle re-enactment, North Bridge, Concord

Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. –– Battle re-enactment, Hartwell Tavern, Lincoln

Saturday, April 19, 3 to 5 p.m.–– Battle re-enactment, Tower Park, Lexington

Our sympathy to . . .

• the Davis family of Concord Street on the death of Wayne Davis’s father, Dr. Philip Davis, 78, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on March 18.

• the Knight family of Fern Lane on the death of Lynn Knight’s father, E. Henry Amistadi, 86, of Acton on April 7. A funeral will be held on Saturday, April 12, at St. Irene Church in Carlisle at 10 a.m.

• Veronica Robles and Willy Lopez of Saugus, Massachusetts, on the death of their daughter Kithzia Lopez Robes, 20, who suddenly passed away on March 10 at her residence in Toledo, Ohio. Kithzia attended Concord-Carlisle High School in 2005 during her sophomore year while helping to care for Anna Johnson, who lived on Westford Street prior to her death in 2005.

• Lester and Sue Streeter, formerly of School Street, now living in Concord, on the death of Lester’s brother, Kenneth R. Streeter, 61, of Allentown, New Hampshire.

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