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Clothes Make History

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Erin Bliss, a Staples High School senior and co-director of the Costume and Textile Department at the Westport Historical Society, presented her “Fashion Fun” program to folks at the Westport Center for Senior Activities today. She showed a variety of clothing pieces including a corset from the mid 1800s, a dress from the late 1800s and a bathing suit from the early 1900s. The highlight was the viewing of a 1930s cream satin anile strap wedding shoe highlighted in the 2005 Historic Fashions Calendar Series. Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com

Keeping Power Line Underground May Cost $250 Million

A planned power line upgrade that runs through Westport can be buried underground, but Connecticut residents may be stuck paying at least $250 million extra for it, according to the region’s power grid manager.

ISO-New England and Connecticut’s two electric utilities reported to state regulators Monday that they may be able to use new technology to bury the 24-mile, 345-kilovolt cable along sections of its route from Middletown to Norwalk.

The new technology, called statcoms, would help prevent voltage fluctuations on the line that would make the buried sections of the cable unreliable, said Steve Whitley, chief operating officer for ISO-New England.

He said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the project can be built with the original amounts of underground line if statcoms are used.

Westport Fire Log Monday, Aug. 16, 2004

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8:44 a.m.. – 14 West End Ave., wires down
9:11 a.m.  – 11 Hitchcock Road, wires down
9:28 a.m. – 7 Ambler Road, residential fire alarm
11:18 a.m. – 129 Kings Highway North, commercial fire alarm
12:57 p.m.  30 Maple Lane, wires down
1:40 p.m. ֖ 6 Harding Lane, residential fire alarm
2:49 p.m.  Lamplight Lane and Hillspoint Road, wires down
3:46 p.m. ֖ Merritt Parkway northbound exits 42-44, motor vehicle accident
4:51 p.m.  5 Ellery Lane, wires down
5:03 p.m. ֖ 13 Bayberry Lane, residential fire alarm
9 p.m.  397 Post Road East, motor vehicle lockout
9:06 p.m. ֖ 22 Hales Road, residential fire alarm

Drama on the Saugatuck

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A rower at Westport’s Saugatuck Rowing Club apparently was stricken while rowing on the Saugatuck River today and fell into the water. Other rowers rescued David Geronemus, 51, of Westport and he was rushed to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. Witnesses said he was under water for about a minute. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo