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Friday, October 23, 2009


Alberta White

A caring companion to the Elliott family of River Road

Alberta White, 83, of River Road, died on October 12, at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. Born in East Weymouth on September 28, 1926 she was the daughter of the late John and Mary White.

For many years Miss White was a companion for the Dr. Mark and Rachel Page Elliott family at River Road Farm in Carlisle. In her 56 years there she assisted in raising three generations of family members and was active in the many activities around the Elliott family, most notably their interests in cats, horses and dogs.

Miss White was the first person to welcome visitors to see the Elliotts and her warm greeting was always followed with her offering them tea and her tasty molasses cookies. Her many talents included unique handicrafts such as sewing, crocheting, hooking rugs and assembling puzzles, often made by Pagey Elliott. She enjoyed music, card games, Bingo and helping others, but most of all she loved caring for the animals and feeding the birds. Forever cheerful, she reminded everyone to stop and smell the flowers.

Survivors include her nephews, Raymond, Robert, Stanley and Richard Pratt, and the late Ronnie Pratt, all of Quincy, and her very dear friends, Christina Huggins of Concord, Barbara Hathaway of Medford and the extended Elliott family of Carlisle.

A service will be held Sunday, October 25, at 1:30 p.m. in the Farrar Chapel of the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord Center. Officiating will be Rev. Nicholas C. Ciccone Jr., Chaplain, Care Alternatives Hospice of Massachusetts. Interment will follow in Green Cemetery, Carlisle.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Salvation Army, Attention: Development/WS, 147 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA. 02116-5197 (

Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home of Concord, Charles W. Dee and Susan M. Dee, Directors. For online guest book visit

Mosquito Classified Ad appears on Jay Leno’s show

Recently the Carlisle Classifieds made the big-time when an item was included in The Jay Leno Show in the “Headlines” segment on October 12. Leno read from the Lost and found section, “Lost – four chickens, last seen on Sunset Road July 14, seen being chased by a fox.” Leno’s comment was, “I wouldn’t put out a lot of hope.”

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YOUTHFUL ACTORS. Carlisle residents (left to right ) Lowell Hutchinson, Miles Petrie and Millie Ball will be performing in the Concord Youth Theatre production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Performances are November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 in Concord Youth Theatre’s new performance space at 50 Beharrell Street, West Concord. Friday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Saturday shows are at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $13. Advance ticket purchases may be made online at or by calling the CYT box office at 1-978-371-1482. Reservations are strongly encouraged. (Courtesy photo)

• The following Carlisle residents finished the BayState Marathon in Lowell on October 18: Chuck Farrow of Lowell Street, age 48, in 3:51:07; Karen Ringheiser of Garnet Rock Lane, age 45, in 3:37:40 (qualified for Boston Marathon); Patti Russo of Carleton Road, age 46, in 3:54:14 (qualified for Boston Marathon); Brian Walsh of South Street, age 26, 3:06:03 (qualified for Boston Marathon).

In the Lowell Sun Half Marathon, also on October 18 in Lowell, Carlisle finishers were: Bill Cote of Lowell Street, age 54, in 1:57:43; Kevin Quinlan of Curve Street, age 47, in 2:04:33.

Henry Shean of North Road, along with friends and business associates, recently participated in the American Cancer Society’s fourth annual Hope Lodge Boston Invitational golf tournament at the Kittansett Club in Marion. His group earned low gross honors in the tournament. The event raised $120,000 to benefit the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston.

The Hope Lodge serves as a home away from home for cancer patients needing to travel to Boston from across New England or across the country to receive their outpatient treatments. For more information visit

Our sympathy to . . .

Retired long-time Carlisle School first-grade teacher Esther Almgren and her family, on the death of her husband, David W. Almgren, 73, on September 28. A reception will be held on Saturday, October 24, at 2 p.m., at the First Parish in Concord.

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