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Friday, May 22, 2009

First annual Phyllis A. Zinicola Award presented

At the Carlisle Communications Inc.’s annual meeting on May 14, Mary Hult, representing the Mosquito’s board of directors, announced the winner of the first annual Phyllis A. Zinicola

Mosquito staffer Penny Zezima holds her award. (Photo by Marjorie Johnson)

Award was long-time staffer Penny Zezima:

“For those of you who did not know Phyllis, she was a devoted wife and mother of three lovely and talented young ladies, a skilled attorney and beloved friend and colleague at the Carlisle Mosquito.

“She enthusiastically and generously gave time and energy to the paper as an extremely competent reporter, staff member and Forum columnist.

“Phyllis was dedicated to the idea of serving her community, working not only at the paper but on multiple town boards and community organizations.

“So, one year ago, the CCI board agreed to establish its first award ever, in her memory, and to honor a resident of Carlisle who, through his or her contributions to the Carlisle Mosquito, has made a significant, positive contribution to the community.

“They appointed a group including Phyllis’s husband Paul Morrison, Jay Luby, Helen Lyons and myself, with assistance from Cynthia Schweppe and also Jennine Blum as graphic designer, to select and design the award and determine this year’s winner.

“What we quickly realized was how many people have been devoted to this paper and contributed so much time over so many years so thank you.

“This particular person, though, has been an integral part in a leadership role at the paper for

the last 25 years this spring, to be exact.

“She was recruited in 1984 by the illustrious Kay Kulmala as an editor for the Carlisle Mosquito – while she still resided in Concord. Her skills as a writer had been spotted while she was taking a class taught by Carlisle author Nancy Garden.

“This person served as the news editor, forum editor and then a proofer until she again resumed an editorial role in 1997. In 2002, she became production manager, the hat she continues to wear so effectively today.

“Having taught Rhetoric and English at Boston College, she can spot an error a mile away but she always deals with such infractions quickly and courteously. And to almost any situation she can add a refreshing note of humor. Over the years she has assumed almost every role at the office, been an active board member, currently serving as chair, but is perhaps best known for her extraordinarily well-crafted, witty columns, “Country Lines,” about her family (including her dogs), her walks in Carlisle and the wonder of nature (including hornets) and her extended family (including re-gifting and invariably, football).

“We have been extremely fortunate that she has been willing to share her talents all these years. As I’ve heard frequently about her work at the office,

‘she is what makes it all work,’ and ‘she is the glue that holds us all together.’ The Phyllis A. Zinicola Award goes to Penny Zezima.”

The award was presented by Phyllis’ husband Paul Morrison.

A real rescue-dog story

Several weeks ago, Lois Cutter of Curve Street was walking her dog Nyla, a three-year-old Bull-Mastiff mix, around the Cranberry Bog when a woman rushed up to her exclaiming “We love your dog! Your dog saved our dog’s life!

Here then is the rescue-dog story. Shannon Lavery of School Street was on the Cranberry Bog walking with her children, Aurora and Joseph, and their 2 1/2-year-old dog, Rolo, a German Shorthair Pointer. As they headed out across the Bog, Rolo jumped into the large pond and started swimming towards Fiske Street. Several others dogs, including Nyla, who was there without her owner, jumped in to play with him. After about ten minutes, Rolo became disoriented and began swimming around in circles. When he would not respond to calls to return to shore, Lavery started taking off her shoes and socks, and a man standing nearby began unbuttoning his shirt, both planning to jump into the water to rescue Rolo. It was at this moment that Nyla, better-known by many walkers at the Bog as “the Bog Dog,” circled around behind Rolo and with some well-directed nudges guided him back to shore.

Nyla, known to some as “the Bog Dog.” (Photo by Mollie McPhee Ho)


A few days after this incident at the Bog, Lois Cutter was cutting the hair of Keith, a regular customer at her hair salon in Westford. Keith, also a frequent walker at the Bog, was acquainted with the Cutter’s dog, and proceeded to tell Lois how her dog Nyla had saved him from having to go for a swim in the Bog pond to rescue a dog.

These were not the only coincidences in this story. On Friday night of the same week that Cutter and Lavery became acquainted at the Bog, they met once again while attending the kindergarten’s “Rain Forest” play at the Carlisle School. And guess what? They came to realize that their children, Luke Cutter and Aurora Lavery, were students in the same kindergarten class!

So, we thank Andy Cutter, Lois’ husband, for telling us this wonderful story. And let’s not forget Nyla, the Cutter family’s wonderful dog! And here’s to Rolo, too!

Celebrate Riverfest in Carlisle

The Carlisle Conservation Commission and the Carlisle Trails Committee have two planned activities for the upcoming SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest celebration, scheduled for the weekend of June 13 and 14.

Sunrise canoe/kayak paddle

Celebrate the SuAsCo Wild and Scenic Riverfest with a sunrise paddle and birding along the Carlisle section of the Concord River on Saturday, June 13. Meet to sign in at 5:15 a.m. at the Bedford Boat Landing on Rt. 225 at the Carlisle/Bedford town line. Launch time is 5:30 a.m. A stop is scheduled half-way through the trip at The Riverview Restaurant for breakfast and to compare notes.

Come for a sunrise canoe/kayak paddle on Saturday, June 14. (Photo by Sylvia Willard)

Bring your canoe or kayak, life preserver (PFD), weather-appropriate clothing for a two- to three-hour paddle, binoculars, money for breakfast, drinking water, and nature guidebooks for identifying river-edge birds, plants, insects, etc. Your own equipment, including a wearable PFD in good condition for each participant is required. Bring only boats that use oars or paddle(s) in order to keep noise to a minimum. Ken Harte will be the on-board wildlife specialist. In the case of inclement weather or flood conditions, this trip will be canceled.

River Trail walk and picnic

Join the Carlisle Trails Committee for a Riverfest celebration walk on Sunday, June 14. Walk the River Trail through the Concord River floodplain using volunteer-built boardwalks. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at scenic Greenough Pond; we’ll supply desserts. Return by the Red Tail Trail through fields, pine forests, and a bridge over a beaver pond. Waterproof boots, water, and mosquito repellent are recommended. Total distance 3.5 miles, three hours round trip. Meet at the Foss Farm parking lot at 11 a.m. For more information, call Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680.

WALKING FOR HUNGER. Meri-Sue Nuzum, center, of Log Hill Road and her friends are shown on the Boston Common ready to participate in Project Bread’s 20-mile Walk for Hunger on May 3. The 46,000 walkers raised $3.8 million for emergency food programs across the state. (Courtesy photo)
OFF TO THE ACADEMY. Cadet candidate Julian Allison of School Street graduated from the United States Military Academy Preparation School, Fort Monmouth, N.J. on May 15, 2009. Allison will enter West Point at the end of June. (Courtesy photo)

• Postal Carrier Alan Comeau’s name was missing from the caption under the photo of Carlisle Postal Employees Collect for the Needy.

The food hamper is still available in the Post Office lobby for those who missed the annual food drive.

Robin Hillyard and Kimberly Gilman of Brook Street recently finished first at the Eastern Mass. Bridge Association (EMBA) Sectional tournament. They won the Saturday afternoon event at the Spring Sectional held in Watertown.

EMBA’s next tournament is May 29 - 31 at the Armenian Cultural Center, 47 Nichols Ave., Watertown. Players will compete at all levels.

• Arley Donovan of Fiske Street has been named a winner of a 2009 College Scholarship Award from The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association of Greater Boston.

  These annual awards are presented to children of families who work for union plumbing and heating companies in the Greater Boston area.

“We put a great value on supporting the families who work for our union contractors,” said Hugh Kelleher, the Executive Director of the contractors’ association. “We are very proud that this year we were able to give over $28,000 to deserving students from our employees’ families.”

  Arley is the daughter of Dan and Kim Donovan and is presently attending the University of Maryland.

• Ethan Chou of Virginia Farme won third place at the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association’s 41st Annual Bay State Contest, Piano Division 9 (9 years) on Sunday, May 10. He played Sonata in C Major K. 545 (II Andante) by Mozart and French Suite No. 5 in G Major (Gigue) by J.S. Bach.

Please send us information on your private school and college graduates. The Mosquito will feature graduates in late June issues.

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