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Friday, July 30, 2010


Norman Philip Geis

Long-time resident and Carlisle Minuteman

Norman Philip Geis II, 77, of Chocowinity, North Carolina, formerly of East Riding Drive, died on July 14 from complications of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Diane (Garlock) Geis, their children: Norman and Vicki Geis of Exeter, New Hampshire; Leslie (Geis) and Gary de Grandmaison of Auburn, New Hampshire; Jeffrey and Blanca Geis of San Pedro, California. He also had five grandchildren and is survived by two younger brothers.

Norman was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University. He completed his MBA at Northeastern University in 1972. 
Following his graduation from Cornell in 1955, he served two years in the Army at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. He next joined the Raytheon Corporation, Missile Systems Division, continuing his work at White Sands. 
Norman worked for Raytheon on various Air Defense / Guided Munitions Systems Programs, in El Paso, Texas, Bedford, Mass. and Saudi Arabia. In 1986, he joined the Hughes Aircraft Company in El Segundo, California from which he retired in 1995 as the Director of Air Defense Systems Center.

After retirement, Norman and Diane moved to Chocowinity. Norman was an accomplished musician and an avid boater and deep-sea fisherman. 
While living in Carlisle, Norman was a member of the Carlisle Minutemen Militia. He served as Captain of the militia in 1975 during the Bicentennial Celebrations conducted in Concord and Boston.

Norman will be remembered as a man of intellect, honesty, integrity, loyalty and faith. He is regarded by his family as a true Renaissance man and will be forever honored by them. The courage and determination that he displayed in dealing with PSP will forever be an inspiration to them. A funeral Mass was held at Mother of Mercy Church, Washington, North Carolina.

Burial was in the Green Cemetery in Carlisle on Saturday, July 24. 
As per his request he was buried in his Minuteman uniform and the Carlisle Minutemen participated in a mourning salute.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Mother of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Building Fund or St. Vincent DePaul Society, 112 West 9th Street, Washington, NC 27889. Online condolences may be offered to the Geis family by visiting www. ∆

José A. Masaoy

Postal worker and gifted musician

José A. Masaoy, 76, of Beverly Hills, Florida, formerly of Maple Street, passed away July 14 at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River, Florida. A native of Boston, he lived in Carlisle for many years before moving to Florida in 1992. He was a U.S. Postal Worker in the Boston area for 26 years. Masaoy served his country in the U.S. Navy during the post-Korean War era as a Yeoman Third-Class Petty Officer.

Mr. Masaoy was a member of the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Citrus Springs, Florida. He was the co-founder, along with his wife Janet, of Mahalo Music of Hawaii in 1983. His musical talent was not only locally renowned, but was more widely recognized during the 1950s when he was selected to sing a capella for President Eisenhower. José was also a gifted yodeler and a teacher’s aide with the CREST School in Citrus County.

Along with his wife of nearly 31 years, Janet F. Masaoy, Mr. Masaoy is survived by three stepchildren: Keith Given of New Hampshire, Heidi Given of Arlington and Todd Given also of Massachusetts; sisters Gloria Quiambao of California and Rosa Shackford of Charlestown; granddaughter Jackie Given of Arlington and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in Massachusetts in December. ∆

Conservation Commission Chair Kelly Guarino (left) poses with Phyllis Hughes who received a special Carlisle Conservation Artist Award. (Courtesy photo)

• On Saturday, July 24, at a local conservation event, members of the Carlisle Conservation Commission turned the tables on Phyllis Hughes of Church Street. In recognition of her years of generous commitment to conservation in Carlisle, Hughes was presented with an award of her own.

Since the early 1980s Hughes has given her talent to illustrate Open Space and Recreation Reports with scenes from Carlisle’s conservation lands. Annually, since 1988, she has individually illustrated the Conservationist of the Year Award, presented on Old Home Day. Each award becomes a prized possession of any award winner.

“The Carlisle Conservation Artist Award” illustrated by Conservation Commission Chairman, Kelly Guarino was modeled on the Conservationist of the Year Award. It was presented to a very surprised Hughes by Peter Burn, the current vice chairman. The award recognized “her love of Carlisle and the natural world, her generosity with her time and talent, and her decades of support for conservation through her drawings and paintings.” ∆

• The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) has hired Barbara L. Bjornson of Prospect Street as its new Chief Financial Officer. In her new position, Bjornson will work as an integral member of MSPCC’s Executive Management Team. She will also be responsible for the agency’s finance, payroll, billing and IT departments and systems. MSPCC is a nonprofit organization which advocates for strengthening families and preventing child abuse through essential services and effective public advocacy. For more information about MSPCC, please visit ∆

Robin Hillyard of Brook Street recently finished first at an Eastern Mass. Bridge Association (EMBA) Sectional tournament. He won the Swiss Teams event at the Memorial Sectional.

EMBA’s next tournament is August 6-8 at the Armenian Cultural Center, 47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown. Players will compete at all levels. The tournament begins at 7:30 on Friday. Other sessions are Saturday at 10:30 and 3 and Sunday at 10:30, with a free lesson Saturday, at 9:45. For more information, contact Sondra Caplin, host, at 1-781-893-3881 or go to ∆

• Junior golfer Ryan Harris of School Street will compete July 29 through August 1 in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Harris, who is entering his junior year at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, will compete in the boys 16–18 age division.

Scores, photos, news stories and tee times will be updated daily throughout the championships. Results will be available under the tournament’s information at ∆

Eugene R. (Woody) Widrick, Minister Emeritus of the First Religious Society of Carlisle, where he served as Minister for 24 years, has compiled a collection of his sermons and essays titled Life Wins!, that is now available as an e-book.

Woody’s sermons were often like spiritual essays. He would use a few words to ask his audience a brain-freezing question, give them three things to mull over, plant a thought to live by while they were mulling, and then leave them feeling better for having heard what he had to say. And all of this was done in a soft voice that always had a hint that something whimsical or profound was about to be said. Woody was asked by several members of his congregation to publish some of his sermons so that other people could get the benefit of his insight. Finally he agreed.

The electronic version of this book is available as a Kindle book from It can also be purchased through the free Kindle app available from the Apple iTunes Store for use on iPhones and iPads. ∆

Dean’s List Awards

Megan M. Lieb of Maple Street, a sophomore, was named to the 2009-2010 Dean’s List at Colorado College.

Matthew Smith of Elizabeth Ridge Road was named to the spring 2010 Dean’s List at UMass Dartmouth.

Nicole Barbee Spencer of Cranberry Hill Lane was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2010 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. ∆

DISCUSSING MUSIC. Marilyn Cugini (right) of Curve Street talks with Carlisle
School Band Director Kevin Maier (left) and band student Matthew Keil in this
week’s episode of her CCTV show “Discussing Creativity” which airs on local
cable channel 8. Next week Cugini talks with Deborah Abel (choreographer) and
Lee Perlman (musician) of Blaisdell Drive about developing unique performances.
The show airs Monday at 9 p.m., Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Friday at 9 a.m.
Previous shows can be found at (Courtesy photo)

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