Friday, December 5, 2008
Scouts hike Sandwich Dome
On November 8 and 9, Mr. Galligan, Mr. Tocci, Mr. Nunan, Daniel Tocci, Brendan Nunan, Andrew Gorecki, Robert Kamenz, Alaina Tocci and I went to Waterville Valley and Sandwich
Dome for a two-day hiking trip. On Saturday we met at the equipment shed at 8 a.m. and left for New Hampshire by 9. Saturday was a wet day. It rained on and off the entire day. We hiked about two miles into the wilderness border and then crossed Smarts Brook to find some high, flat ground for camping.
We arrived and set up tents by the early afternoon and decided to take the day hike to Sandwich Dome on Sunday. We collected firewood, set up tarps and then went on an orienteering course. Upon our return, Mr. Tocci had a fire already started. That evening Andrew prepared burritos with pre-cooked ground beef, peppers, cheese, and salsa for dinner and we were eating within ten minutes. As the night went on, we huddled around the campfire and talked. It began to get colder and people began putting on warmer, dryer clothes and drying the wet ones by the fire. Before going to bed it began to pour harder than ever, just as Brendan and I were setting up a bear bag.
It rained all through the night and stopped by 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The rest of Sunday was beautiful. We had sausages and oatmeal for breakfast and then packed up camp. We left our backpacks under a tarp in the campsite and continued up the five-mile trail to Sandwich Dome. The hike was long and steep like most trails are. We got to the top around noon and rationed the food that was for lunch. It was very cold and windy towards the top and zero visibility. There was no view at all. The top of Sandwich Dome was in a giant cloud. That was kind of depressing. All that work for nothing! We headed back down the trail eager to get home. The way back was much easier.
We got back to the campsite, grabbed our backpacks, shed some extra layers of clothes and headed out. The hike out was straightforward and quick. We just kept going with determination. We reached the parking lot by late afternoon and went home. ∆
Twelve Carlisle residents raise more than $93,000 for the Jimmy Fund
The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) raised a record-breaking $35 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its August cycling event – $2 million more than the organization raised last year. The total sum is more than twice the amount ever raised for charity by any other athletic fundraising event. It is the single largest contribution made to the Jimmy Fund. Twelve PMC cyclists who reside in Carlisle raised $93,640 of the $35 million. Carlisle participants were Elizabeth Ahern, Andrew Barlow, Mark Cragan, James Godbout, Heidi Harring, Vaughn Harring, Stephen Hauser, Joseph Kidder, John Rizzi, Mark Robart, Mary Russell and Gregg Smith.
In June, 300 kids rode in the PMC with 31 coming from Carlisle. These youngsters could ride one, five or ten miles to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. ∆
• A. E. (Ben) Benfield, a long-time resident of West Street, celebrated his 97th birthday over the weekend with members of his extended family. Benfield was the chairman of the Carlisle Conservation Commission for many years and was a founder of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. He was a contributing editor for the Mosquito and wrote a weekly column. In 1987 he was named Carlisle’s Outstanding Citizen and in 1988 he received the Conservationist Award.
A second birthday party was held on Monday with friends and care-givers gathered around his dining room table, enjoying his annual angel food birthday cake. ∆
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