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Westport/Weston YMCA Pays Tribute to McKinney

Leaders of the Westport/Weston YMCA were on hand to pay tribute to state Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield Wednesday night in New Haven as he was honored as 2003 Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs. Pictured (l. to r.) are Richard Foot, Pete Wolgast, Rosemary Halstead, McKinney, Lt. Gov. Jodi Rell, and Allen Raymond. Contributed photo

Major Water Line Break Reported in North Avenue-Long Lots Road Area

Police and fire units today were investigating what was described as a “major” water line break in the area of North Avenue and Long Lots Road.

Reports from the scene said cascading water in the area of 14 North Ave. was flowing towards Long Lots Road.

The flow was so heavy that portions of the roadway were being undermined, according to the first arriving units.

The Aquarion Water Co. was sending maintenance workers to the scene.

The break was reported about 5:30 p.m.

Staples Players Present “Oliver” this Weekend and Next

Sarah Peterson as Nancy and Sally Eidman as Bet perform the song Oomph-Pah-PahӔ in the Staples Players production of “Oliver” this weekend and next. Performances are at 8 p.m Nov. 14, 15, 21, 22, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov 16. After the matinee performance, audience members can meet the cast and get autographs. Players is doing a food drive in conjunction with the show—the “Food, Glorious Food Drive”—and encouraging audience members to bring a non-perishable food item to each performance. Kerry Long/Staples Players photo

Rotary Vets Tell their Stories

In honor of Tuesday’s Veterans Day, the weekly Westport Rotary Club luncheon featured a Salute to the VeteransӔ with Rotarians recounting their experiences serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Rick Benson shows off the cruise book from the destroyer USS Hamner. photo

Dick Foot describes a photo of himself as an army lieutenant stationed along Vietnams DMZ. photo

Several wore their original uniforms, brought mementos, and relived for their fellow Rotarians the unforgettable experience of defending their country.
John Shuck was a U.S. Army first lieutenant in 1973, the same year his three brothers all served on active duty. ShuckҒs father was an army major, his mother a first lieutenant.
Bob Scholl, drafted to Korea from his home in Seattle, served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic and later information officer.  He recounted a suspenseful tale of combat to retake Pork Chop Hill.
Dick Foot, Westport/Weston YMCA executive director and former U.S. Army lieutenant and platoon leader, was stationed along Vietnams DMZ.  He brought a photo of himself in uniform and a South Vietnamese flag.
Larry Aasen served as a cryptographer in the 13th Army Airborne Division from 1943 to 1946, stationed first at Fort Bragg, N.C.  He later served in active combat in France.

Larry Aasen wears his “incredible shrinking Eisenhower jacket.” photo

Rick Benson, in full naval uniform, recounted serving as a navy supply officer from 1970 to 1973 on the destroyer USS Hamner in the South China Sea.
He participated in the 1972 invasion of Haiphong Harbor, where destroyers alongside his took fire and suffered casualties.
One of the most harrowing tales was recounted by former Navy E5 Radioman Bill Jeffery, who saw four tours of the South China Sea on a refrigerator cargo ship. Jeffery is the owner of Swezey Jewelry of Westport.
Bob Bosch, whose uniform fit perfectly and the only Rotarian displaying a Good Conduct ribbon, spoke of being stationed at a bomb site school outside of Munich, Germany, after World War II.
In somewhat lighter duty, Carleton Cleveland served his country from 1965 to 1969 in San Antonio, Texas, where he tested safety equipment and astronaut rations at the School of Aerospace Medicine, in preparation for the space program. 
According to Cleveland, his most perilous service consisted of accompanying Lady Bird Johnson to dental surgery.
Finally, Ted Hampe served as an information officer during peacetime years from 1957 to 1959 in Verdun, France. 
Stationed equidistant from Paris, Brussels, Munich, and Salzburg, Hampe’s most serious challenge was setting records for beer consumption at MunichҒs Oktoberfest.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – TEAM Westport Committee
8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201A – Westport Transit District Board
9:30 a.m. – 64 Cross Highway –  League of Women Voters post-election coffee
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – International Hospitality Committee
Noon – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Citizens Brown Bag Luncheon
2:45 p.m. – Senior Center – Senior Center Policy & Planning Board
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Conservation Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307 – Historic District Commission
7 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – RTM new member orientation
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Zoning Board of Appeals
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – Architectural Review Board – CANCELED
8 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Special RTM meeting; live TV coverage Channel 79

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