The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 25, 2009


Mary J. Colburn

An avid educator with a generous heart

Mary J. Colburn, age 58, formerly of North Road, wife of the late Robert W. Colburn, died on August 31 at her home, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Lowell on August 13, 1951, the daughter of Edward V. O’Mahony Sr. of Billerica and the late Virginia B. (Smith) O’Mahony. She was raised in Billerica and moved to Carlisle in 1978, where she resided for 30 years before moving back to Billerica.

Mary was an avid educator, who never stopped learning. She liked to swim, read, teach and have fun doing all of these things. She was energetic, entertaining, giving and well traveled. People often described her as someone who everyone wanted to be around. Her generous heart filled her home with love, fun, family and friends, including an attitude that there was always room for one more.

Mary graduated from Billerica Memorial High School in 1969 and continued her education at Boston State College and Fitchburg State College, where she earned her C.A.G.S. in Education. She taught in the Billerica Public School System for 31 years. Always remaining optimistic, she personally strived to bring out the best in each of her students.

Besides her father, Mrs. Colburn is survived by her son, Patrick Colburn and his wife Jeanette of Groton, her daughters, Kelly Domina and her husband Michael and Colleen Casey and her husband Jonathan, all of Billerica; her brother, Edward O’Mahony Jr. and his wife Cindee of Billerica; and one grandchild, Andrew Domina.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lowell General Cancer Center, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854 or to the Mary J. Colburn Scholarship Foundation, 35 Magnolia Avenue, Billerica, MA 01821.

Memorial service for Clair Day tonight

There will be a candlelight memorial service held in Clair Day’s memory on Friday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m., in the courtyard next to the Concord-Carlisle High School Library. If you have questions or thoughts, please contact Sarah Rush.


Julia Ann McIlhenny

Scott McIlhenny and Theresa Lober of Buttrick Lane are pleased to announce the arrival of their daughter Julia Ann McIlhenny. Julia was born in Illinois on August 17, 2009, and arrived at her new home in Carlisle on August 28. Julia was welcomed by her sister Lauren as well as her proud grandma Sandy McIlhenny and uncle Craig McIlhenny, both of Munroe Hill Road, and her proud grandma Millie Lober of Batavia, Illinois.

Academic awards

Nick Darling of West Street, a second-year student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, was presented with an award for Academic Excellence in Computer Science at the Student Awards Banquet held by the Department of Computer Science on Friday, September 18. Award recipients were chosen based on achievement, grade-point average and teacher recommendation.

Tyler Smith of Hartwell Road, a 2009 graduate of St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, earned an AP Scholar Award from the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Program. He earned the National Scholar Award (for scoring 4 or higher on at least 8 AP exams.)

Greg Spitzer of Litchfield Drive, a sculptor, will have stone carvings and metal castings on display in an open-studio event on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios at 256 Market Street in Lowell.



This story was dictated by Gracie, a first grader, to her father Wells Sampson, who typed it for her.

Gracie Sampson plays with a friendly dog that visited her recently on Acton Street. The dog had no collar so she does not know where he lives, but she would like to find out so she can play with him again. (Courtesy photo)

This story was dictated by Gracie, a first grader, to her father Wells Sampson, who typed it for her.

When a dog came to my house

Last Sunday, a dog came to my house. He was on my driveway. He followed me when I ran up my yard. I got him some water. We played in the sprinkler. He loved drinking the water and going through the sprinkler. I lured him over to where I wanted him to go by using a cookie. Wherever I went, he followed me. Whenever he went away from me, I pretended I was a girl dog and howled, and then he came back to me. He did not have a collar so we did not know where he lived or his name. He was SO much fun. He must have escaped from his house. He ran really fast. He wanted to come inside, but my Mom wouldn’t let me. He was sitting right next to the window because he wanted to come in. To this dog’s owner: Please email me because this dog is SO fun and I would like to have a play date with him sometime:



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