Friday, July 4, 2008
• Sally Zielinski of Acton Street has been elected president of the Massachusetts Association of
Conservation Commissions (MACC) and will serve until 2010. MACC represents the local environmental agencies in the 351 cities and towns of the Commonwealth, providing educational programs and services, and advocating for strong, science-based state laws and regulations.
Zielinski was MACC’s executive director for 12 years and has served on the Board of Directors for the past five. She led the development of a Certificate Training Program for Conservation Commissioners and Administrators – covering open space planning, preservation and management, and the protection of wetlands, water resources and biological diversity.
She helped write and pass the Community Preservation Act and Rivers Protection Act, and craft a modern model Wetlands Protection bylaw for local communities. She has co-authored the last three editions of MACC’s Environmental Handbook for Massachusetts Conservation Commissioners.
Zielinski and her husband have lived in Carlisle since 1968 and raised their children, Steven and Susan, here. She is a botanist and ecologist, with a Ph.D. from Boston University. For the past 20 years her work has also included research on Britton’s Violet, a globally rare floodplain plant with a single population in town.
Zielinski served on the Carlisle Conservation Commission for eight years, three of those as chair. A major effort was the acquisition of the Cranberry Bog Conservation Land. She is the 1992 recipient of the Carlisle Conservationist Award and a professional artist focusing on paintings of landscapes and plants.
• Darragh Murphy of Bedford Road was interviewed from Boston on Fox News, Wednesday morning, June 25. Murphy is a spokeswoman for a staunch group of Hillary Clinton supporters who are promoting support for John McCain rather than Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election in November.
• Members of People Unity Means Action (PUMA, or, in Murphy’s words, “Party Unity My Ass”) are urging voters to cast a vote for McCain, stay at home, or vote for a third party. PUMA is upset with the Democratic Party, which they see as divided and responsible for sexist attacks against Clinton during the primary elections. PUMA, says Murphy, also sees Obama as inexperienced and ill-prepared to be president.
• At the 2008 CCHS Awards Night Carlisle students Kathleen Orlando and Brittany Fay received President’s Volunteer Service awards. Orlando, of Autumn Lane, Class of 2010, received a Bronze Award for her work with children at Concord Recreation, Concord Children’s Center and Teen Buddy; Fay, of Overlook Drive, Class of 2008, received a Bronze Award for her work at the Old Manse in Concord. Bronze award winners were individuals who logged over 100 hours of volunteer work during the calendar year.
Our sympathy to . . .
the Bondurant family of Autumn Lane, Roy S. Bondurant, Jr. and his wife Susan and sons, Roy S. Bondurant III and Jack A. Bondurant on the death of Roy’s father, Roy Sidney Bondurant, 93, formerly of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The article on artist Maris Platais (Mosquito, June 27) contained an inaccuracy about his service. In 1961, he was posted in Okinawa as part of the 3rd Marine division to gather data and form contingency plans for Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Platais was not posted in these three countries during his military service.
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