Julia Lesses is first Shepherd Scholarship recipient

Julia Lesses (left) and Annabelle Shepherd.         (Courtesy photo)

Two Concord-Carlisle High School 2011 graduates are the first recipients of named scholarship funds established independently this year by longtime Concord residents Annabelle Shepherd and Margaret “Bonnie” Soleau through the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund.

George Washington University freshman Julia Lesses of Curve Street received the James E. Shepherd Memorial Scholarship. With her interest in law and politics, Lesses is excited about the unique internship opportunities available in the District of Columbia, as well as GW’s “Professors in Practice” program, in which citizens who work in D.C. take students on field trips to their places of employment.

When Mrs. Shepherd met Lesses in June she told her, “I can think of no more fitting tribute to Jim than to have this scholarship assist young students from this community. He was a trained engineer who loved education. He was always up at the high school tutoring and volunteering in the computer lab.” Dr. Shepherd held no fewer than 17 patents for his work on radar and electronic systems. In 1987 the Shepherds were named Concord’s Honored Citizens.

The first recipient of the David S. Soleau Memorial Scholarship is Concordian Austin Eifler. This fund honors longtime Concord resident David Soleau (1948-2008), a 1966 CCHS graduate who studied architecture at Yale University and focused his creative talents on architectural design for schools and universities throughout the world. Eifler hopes to follow in David Soleau’s footsteps by studying architecture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Mrs. Soleau, David’s mother, told Eifler about David’s lifelong passion for the field, and that she “hopes Eiffler will experience as much success and pleasure as an architect as David did.”

For more information about about the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund visit  ∆

Carlisle kids in Anne of Green Gables

Carlisle cast members in Anne of Green Gables are (left to right) Kai Tang, Charlie
Hutchinson, Maddy Koenig, Lee Tang, Ella Thomson and Kierthan Lathrop.
(Courtesy photo)

Concord Youth Theatre will present Anne of Green Gables on December 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m, and December 3, 4, 10, 11 at 2:30 p.m. in Robb Hall Auditorium at The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord. Tickets are $13 each and may be purchased online at or by calling the CYT box office at 1-978-371-1482. Tickets will also be available at the door. The performance is recommended for ages 4 and up.  ∆

Carlisle dancers in Nutcracker

Kylie Harris (left) and Nina He will perform in The Nutcracker.      (Courtesy photo)

New England Civic Ballet has been performing its popular production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker for 16 years to sold-out crowds at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College. New choreography, new costumes and new and returning dancers grace the stage to delight audiences each year.  Carlisle dancers in this year’s production are Kylie Harris and Nina He.

Performances are Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 10, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the studio at 1-978-975-0289.  ∆

03e-PeterScavongelliPeter Scavongelli of Hutchins Road, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The Savings Bank Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts (SBLI), has been elected Treasurer of the Rhode Island Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association.

The Rhode Island Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association provides protection to Rhode Island residents who are holders of life and health insurance policies and individual annuities with a member insurer that is found to be insolvent.

Scavongelli has more than 20 years of insurance industry legal, regulatory and compliance experience. Prior to joining SBLI in 2010, he served as Vice President in Individual Insurance Products at Phoenix Insurance Company in Hartford. He previously worked at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston.

A graduate of Hamilton College, Mr. Scavongelli earned his J.D. degree at Suffolk University Law School and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the U.S. District Court. He is a member of the boards of directors of both the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Associations, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Life Insurance Association of Massachusetts, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Carlisle Board of Selectmen.  ∆