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Sunday, April 27, 2008


7:45 a.m. – Compo Beach – Westport Young Woman’s League’s 30th Annual Westport Minute Man Race
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Westport Preserved—Westport Lost: Keeping Our Heritage Alive”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Color in 3D”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Found”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Earthplace – Green Earth Fair
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Earthplace – “Recycled Into Art,” works by Harrat Sommerhoff
2 p.m. – Staples High School Black Box Theater – “Romeo and Juliet”
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – An Afternoon with George Guidall

Getting Friendly With Water Creatures

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The Green Earth Fair opened a two-day run today at Westport’s Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Among the exhibits was the water resources tent sponsored by Norm Bloom & Son which offered a touch tank with creatures found in local harbors, oyster farming display, local water quality information and activities. The fair continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

“Lifetime of Love and Fun”

To the Editor:

Seeing photos of those adorable dogs needing a home on Westportnow.com prompted me to write about our wonderful 16-year experience with Thor, a mixed breed (probably partially Border collie) adopted as a puppy from the Westport branch of the Connecticut Humane Society.

Thor was healthy and had been given his shots when we took him home, and for the rest of his life received loving care from Westport veterinarian Dr. Christian Benyei. With all the dogs available and waiting at the Humane Society I don’t know why anyone who isn’t interested in “showing” dogs would buy one, or even want a purebred; mutts are known to be healthier and smarter.

Thor looked after us with total dedication. He alerted us to snakes in the grass, and to people arriving at our house, had a great bark but never bit or even snapped at a human, or hurt an animal or bird he found – merely brought the creature to our attention.

Thor did, unfortunately, have a couple of tiffs with Boo-Boo, a dog he played with as a puppy, after the two matured and the testosterone, or whatever male dogs have, kicked in.

He also fell in love – with Beuli Getts, Lise Connell’s dog, also obtained from the Humane Society, who looked enough like him to have been a sister, but Beuli was cool to his advances, and the tender letters he wrote to Beuli’s column in the Westport News didn’t alter her indifference. 

(Adoptions at the Humane Society then – and perhaps now – were not “open” so we never found out anything about Thor’s original family.) What a blessing Thor was; he truly enhanced our lives.

For anyone thinking about getting a dog, I strongly recommend visiting the Humane Society on the Post Road to find the right dog for a lifetime of love and fun.

Nina Streitfeld
Westport  

Honored for Greening Westport

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Westport’s Green Energy Task Force presented the first annual We Green Westport Award today to two Westport individuals and two businesses in recognition of their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. The ceremony took place at the Green Earth Fair at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. Pictured (l-r) are: First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, John Lupton of Patagonia (corporate winner), Matthew Silver, 14, (individual winner), Louis Pietig, Nate Paulson and John Baken of Patagonia, Westport resident Kevin Green (individual winner) and his son Sunil, Carl Leaman, chairman of the Green Energy Task Force, Scott, Craig and Laila Tiefenthaler of Westport Wash & Wax (corporate winner), and Kimberly Lake, vice chairman of the Task Force. See WestportNow April 22, 2008 for background on award winners. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Julia Mally for WestportNow.com

Tracing Westport’s History

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Rachel Carley (r), a Westport-born author and historic preservationist. addressed more than 40 attendees today at the Westport Historical Society on the history of Westport and its buildings. The talk was held in conjunction with the Society’s current exhibit, “Westport Preserved – Westport Lost.” Carley, a resident of Litchfield, traced Westport’s evolution from a colonial settlement and seaport to an artists’ colony, country retreat and a 20th century suburb. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Here Come the Clouds

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After days of brilliant sunshine, cloudless skies and summer-like temperatures, clouds moved into Westport and the tri-state area late Friday. Scene is Compo Beach. Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies in the morning with a slight chance of showers followed by partly sunny in the afternoon with highs in the 60s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com