The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 20, 2009


Joseph C. Rourke

Working and traveling abroad for Raytheon

Joseph C. Rourke, age 75, of Wolf Rock Road, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 4 at Lahey Clinic Medical Center. He was the husband of Renate (Feder) Rourke. Born in Boston on August 27, 1933, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Mary E. (Ring) Rourke. Raised and educated in West Roxbury, he attended Cathedral High School and later attended and graduated from Boston College in 1955.

Mr. Rourke lived for several years in West Germany where he married, and moved back to the Boston area in the mid-1960s. In the late 1960s he moved with his family to Saudi Arabia, where he lived until 1975. He then moved to Paris, France, where he lived until the early 1980s. After moving back to the U.S. to live in Carlisle, he moved abroad again and lived in Holland for two years, before returning to the U.S.

Mr. Rourke was a Certified Public Accountant and spent almost 30 years working and traveling for the Raytheon Corporation. Upon retirement he continued to enjoy traveling and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a voracious reader and a particularly keen student of history.

Besides his wife he is survived by his two children, Carina Burns of Palo Alto, California and Dennis Rourke of Lexington. He was also the grandfather of five grandchildren. A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, March 10, in St. Irene Church,Carlisle. Interment followed in the family burial lot in Green Cemetery,Carlisle.

Arrangements were under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, Concord Funeral Home, Concord. For online guestbook visit



A pedal-powered washing machine goes to Peru

In January Gwyn Jones of Estabrook Road co-led a team of MIT students on a field trip to Peru, first to an orphanage in the slums called Ventanilla outside Lima, then to a small village in the mountains. It was at the orphanage that the group of six MIT students, an MIT alum living in Peru, Jones, and his son Cai Phillips-Jones, a student at Hampshire College, installed a pedal-powered washing machine. This machine, which has been under development for the past four years by MIT students and staff, is built mainly from bicycle parts and empty barrels. It is designed to be easy and inexpensive to manufacture, using parts and tools that are available locally almost anywhere in the world.

A new kind of washing machine for an orphanage in Peru. (Photo by Gwyn Jones)

For people living in developing countries where electricity is unreliable and often unavailable, and where water must be supplied by hand-pumping, washing machines are not a part of everyday life. Hand-washing clothes in streams and lakes is time-consuming and also pollutes the water.

The machine, known as a “bicilavadora,” using the Spanish words for bicycle and washing machine together, consists of an outer, fixed drum and an inner, rotating drum. The outer drum is made from a standard oil drum, cut apart and welded together to make a shorter barrel, which can be easily pumped. The inner drum, assembled from molded plastic pieces, holds the clothing and is submerged in water. The “motor” of the machine is a bicycle frame without the wheels, with the chain running forward to the end of the drum’s shaft, using a standard mountain bike gear range.

For the team of students and their leader, traveling to Peru and installing the human-powered washing machine was an exhilarating and inspiring experience.

A video of the bicilavadora in action can be seen on the MIT web site at


SHOWING OFF THE BOSTON POST CANE. Josh Miller invited his great-grandfather Ed Sadler, age 101, and his grandmother Donna Cantrill to visit his third-grade class. Sadler, the oldest citizen in Carlisle, will be presented the cane at the March 24 Selectmen’s meeting. (Photo by Claire Wilcox)


Carter Kendig (Courtesy photo)

Carter Kendig of Great Brook Path, recently finished tied for first place in the State of Maine following a series of J5 Alpine qualifiers. Carter will advance to the Francis Piche Invitational Alpine Championships where racers from all of the Eastern States will compete for both individual and team medals. Carter is a Carlisle School fifth grader and trains with the Carrabasset Valley Academy Alpine Race Program at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine.


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