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Friday, November 6, 2009

Gleason Public Library 26th annual Great Pumpkin Spectacle

Second graders Chloe Kidder (left) and Kasey Fitzpatrick with their decorated pumpkin and a scary-looking judge. (Photo by Jane Hamilton)
Blake Jafari. (Courtesy photo) Ellen Su. (Photo by Jane Hamilton)

Carved – Lukas Letteri
Decorated – Skylar Smith
Carved and Decorated – Grace Versaggi
Lucky Winner – Chris Li

First Grade:

Carved – Evan Johnson
Decorated – Drew Cohen and Paul Connolly
Carved and Decorated – Piper Harring
Lucky Winner – Katherine Quinlan

Second Grade

Carved – Blake Jafari
Decorated – Chloe Kidder and Kasey Fitzpatrick
Carved and Decorated – Bella Saraceno
Lucky Winner – Aiden Ih

Third Grade:

Carved – Steve Li
Decorated – Lily Langrind
Carved and Decorated – Ellen Su
Lucky Winner – Andy Blake


Miles Petrie of Baldwin Road will be performing in an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved ghost story A Christmas Carol with the Quannapowitt Players (QP) in Reading. The adaptation presents a fresh approach to the classic tale, conveying the magic of Dickens’ storytelling while exploring the life and views of the author himself.

To encourage sharing a live theater experience with your children, QP is offering a special child price of only $10 for children 12 and under. A Christmas Carol runs from November 20 through December 12 at Quannapowitt Playhouse, located at 55 Hopkins Street in Reading. Tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for seniors and students (over 12) and $10 for children. To reserve tickets, call the ticket hotline at 1-781-942-2212 or order online at

Carlisle teacher develops preservation lesson

Carlisle second-grade teacher Jody Kelley’s class is being featured on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s new website concerning preservation education. Teaching Preservation is a new resource page and forum for teachers interested in preservation education. Kelley has contributed the first lesson plan and classroom case study.

As an introduction to an upcoming social studies unit, Kelley and the National Trust developed a lesson and a corresponding worksheet/homework assignment called “My Home Matters” for her second-grade classroom. After completing the unit, Kelley posted a blog entry and provided photographs of her students at work on the lesson. Visit the section entitled My Home Matters at to learn more.

Megan Herman of Rutland Street is currently studying in Queensland, Australia as part of a competitive, off-campus program of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. Herman is studying at the University of Queensland (UQ).

UQ is Australia’s largest university and is organized in coordination with Centre for Marine Studies. Integrating field and lecture components, the program focuses on the marine and terrestrial ecology of eastern Australia and includes extended excursions that highlight the variety of ecosystems found in this region. The final part of the program consists of a multi-site excursion in New Zealand where students will explore the unique geological features of the North and South Islands.

• Carlisle Town Counsel Paul DeRensis was recently named one of 2009’s New England Super Lawyers along with two other members of his firm, Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis & Holland, P.C. The list of 2009 Super Lawyers is assembled by Law & Politics in conjunction with Boston Magazine, based on surveys of more than 31,000 lawyers across the region. The aim is to select as Super Lawyers the top five percent of New England attorneys. DeRensis’ practice is concentrated in the area of municipal law, and he was one of only 16 lawyers recognized as a Super Lawyer in the government/cities/municipalities law area. This is the fifth time that DeRensis has been recognized as a municipal “super lawyer.” DeRensis has served as Carlisle’s Town Counsel since 1999.

• Carlisle fifth-grader Rholee Xu of Wolf Rock Road is going to play violin with the Orchestra of Indian Hill for a musical feast on Sunday, November 22, at 3 p.m., at Littleton High School. The orchestra director Maestro Bruce Hangen has selected a wonderful array of pieces that honor the Thanksgiving season, from the Hansel & Gretel Prelude by Humperdinck and Turkey in the Straw, to Copland’s Lincoln Portrait (it was President Lincoln who declared Thanksgiving a national holiday) and 76 Trombones (think Macy’s parade). Tickets are available from

Beverly Halliday of Bellows Hill Road finished in first place in her age group at the Adirondack Half Marathon in Scroon Lake, New York, last month. She finished third in her age group at the Bill Pizzeria 5K, held Sunday, October 25, in Newton Centre with a time of 22:02.


In the item about The Banjo Project on page 3 of the October 30 issue, the website was incorrectly listed. The correct address is We apologize for the error.

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