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Friday, December 11, 2009


Nicole Marie Babine weds Scott Francis Campbell

Nicole Marie Babine and Scott Francis Campbell were married on August 15 at Misselwood in Beverly Farms. The Reverend F. Bryan Wilkerson officiated. The bride is the daughter of Nancy and Lawrence Babine of Oak Knoll Road. The groom is the son of Mary and John Salvucci of Winchester and Kevin Campbell of Nashua, New Hampshire.

Nicole is a 2001 graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School. The groom graduated from Winchester High School in the same year. Both are 2005 graduates of Syracuse University, where Nicole earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Consumer Studies and Scott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Scott continued his education at Bentley College, where he earned a Masters Degree in Taxation in 2007. Nicole is employed by ZocDoc as an account executive. Scott is a tax accountant at Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Nicole was attended by her sisters Jessica and Meredith Babine, who served as her maids of honor. Bridesmaids were friends Candice Oyer, Ryta Kudarauskas and Kristin Sardina, all CCHS graduates, and Anna Campbell, sister of the groom. Scott’s brother, Brian Campbell, served as his best man. Groomsmen were Anthony Salvucci, brother of the groom and friends, Eric Bees, John Newhall and Michael Fee and David DiPietro, cousin of the groom. College friends of the bride Kelli Nelson, Kathryn Bragdon and Melissa Bancroft presented the scripture readings.

Nicole and Scott enjoyed a honeymoon trip to Hawaii and are currently living in Brookline. In January, they will relocate to Washington, D.C.


Nevaeh Ann Ferguson

We at Running Horse Farm are pleased and proud to announce the birth of Nevaeh Ann Ferguson on November 29 at Emerson Hospital. Proud parents are Jacquelyne Toher and Corey Ferguson of Curve Street. Grandparents are Deborah and David Toher also of Curve Street and Cheryl and Jim Ferguson of Chelmsford.

Scott Johnstone, who grew up in Carlisle on Pheasant Hill Lane, is the new coach of the Canadian Nordic Combined Team that will be competing at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. The Nordic Combined event includes cross-country ski racing and ski jumping.

Johnstone was active with cross-country racing in the Bill Koch League in Carlisle during the 1970s. He then went on to add ski jumping and competed in the Nordic Combined in the 1980s. Prior to taking this position in Canada, Johnstone had been coaching cross-country skiing in Idaho.


Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature at the Concord Museum

Third-graders Catherine Stevenson (far left) and Abby Versaggi display the book Amazing Peace and Meaghan Bernardin and Caroline Stevenson (far right) show the book If You Give a Cat a Cupcake in front of a tree decorated in the theme of the Rainbow Fish book and now on display in the Carlisle School Library. The girls also read books to the kindergarten students and made 60 ornaments for a tree, based on the book Amazing Peace and decorated by Peggy Wang, Judy Lane and Mary Beth Stevenson, and now on display at the Concord Museum’s Family Trees exhibit. (Courtesy photos)

A love of books and reading is a lifelong treasure passed from adult to child, from generation to generation. The 14th annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature at the Concord Museum in Concord, is sure to bring out the kid in everyone. Giving Concord’s renowned literary tradition a creative twist, from December 4 through January 3, the museum’s galleries are filled with fanciful trees of all shapes and sizes, decorated with original ornaments inspired by acclaimed children’s storybooks and contemporary picture book favorites.

Serving as inspiration for this year’s trees are books that are classics and sure-to-become classics. Selections for this year include: Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser; If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond; Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go; The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher; The Snow Day by Komako Sakai; Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett; Flotsam by David Weisner; and many other favorites.

The exhibition’s focus on children’s literature makes Family Trees unique among the many holiday events in Greater Boston. Each tree serves as a canvas for the artistic creations of a dedicated team of volunteer decorators. Inspired by the story line, the illustrations, the characters or setting of a particular book, the decorators let their imaginations take flight, much to the delight of visitors of all ages from all over New England.

Proceeds from Family Trees, organized by the Museum’s Guild of Volunteers, benefit the Concord Museum’s educational mission, serving an audience of preschoolers, school-age children, college students, families, adults and seniors in over 600 school and public programs yearly. ∆

A total of 49 teams of students in grades two through five spelled their way to success at the second annual Kids’ Community Spelling Bee, hosted by the Fenn School, on Saturday, November 21.
Over 150 students from public and independent schools in Concord and Carlisle participated.

The event celebrated good spelling, academics, courage, teamwork and community spirit and raised money for the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and the Concord Education Fund.

Spelling bees Phoebe Jolly of Carlisle (left) and Kate Simon of Concord had fun at the Kids Community Spelling Bee. (Courtesy photo)


Caroline Cardiasmenos, who grew up in Carlisle, is now on the production team of the NPR radio show “From the Top,” which features the performances of extraordinary young classical musicians and airs locally on the new WGBH 99.5 All Classical station (formerly WCRB) on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Cardiasmenos is the Assistant Music Producer/Talent Systems Manager for the show.

The show’s website ( says, “Caroline Cardiasmenos helps recruit and manage our musicians (which means she is constantly endangered by avalanching piles of audition materials). When she escapes, it’s typically to cycle, ski, hike or otherwise play outdoors. She is also a professional performing trombonist. Previously, she was Director of Operations & Marketing for the Nashua Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Caroline received her BM in Music Cognition and Academic Studies from Northwestern University and her MAM in Arts Management from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management of Carnegie Mellon University.”

Board room at Heald House dedicated to Ellen Miller

Paul Gill and Jane Williams review some of Ellen Miller’s books and writings at the Carlisle Historical Society’s Heald House board room. Miller’s photograph hangs on the wall between them. (Photo by Charlie Forsberg)

At their Holiday Open House on December 6, the Carlisle Historical Society dedicated their board room at Heald House, 698 Concord Street, to the memory of Ellen Miller, former Historical Society board member and Mosquito feature editor. Along with mounting a picture of Miller on the wall, the society has compiled several scrapbooks containing articles written by Miller for the Mosquito, showing her love of Carlisle history and other aspects of her life.

• Carlisle resident Tanni Kuo spoke recently to the seventh and eighth grades at Oak Meadow Montessori School in Littleton about her experiences growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution. The students were studying The Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang, a memoir of growing up during the Cultural Revolution. Kuo, who was a red scarf girl herself, has a doctorate in electrical engineering and lives on Heald Road with her husband and three children.


Hunter (left) and Ira Moskowitz pose with Community Youth Orchestras of Boston Founder/Conductor Debra Thoresen. (Courtesy photo)

Hunter and his father Ira Moskowitz of East Street will perform with the Community Youth Orchestras of Boston, under the direction of Founder/Conductor Debra Thoresen, in a concert on Sunday, December 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington. The concert will include orchestral repertoire by Vivaldi, Bach, Grieg, Rossini and Tchaikovsky.

The orchestra will also perform music by Handel and Randall Thompson with the Handel and Haydn Society Young Men’s Chorus under the direction of Joseph Stillitano. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at door. For more information contact

• The Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) has named Mahoney’s Garden Center as one of the state’s top retailers, honoring them with the Retailer of the Year Award. “It’s really quite an honor to receive the award,” says Peter Mahoney of Nowell Farme Road, Partner and Director of Operations for Mahoney’s Garden Centers. “We have a wonderful team of dedicated employees at Mahoney’s that has made all of this possible.”

In 1959, the family-run garden center opened its first shop in Winchester. Since then, seven more locations have opened across eastern Massachusetts.

“Mahoney’s Garden Center has represented the best retailing we have seen in Massachusetts over the past year,” said Jon Hurst, President of RAM. “Their longstanding tradition of customer service and variety of product has made them one of the top retailers in the state.”

THREE GENERATIONS. Gertrud Behn (left) with her granddaughter Erica and daughter Heather Hedden carry on the tradition of making Advent wreaths together. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

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