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Staples Alumni Run Set for Sunday

The annual Staples High School Alumni Run will take place on Sunday at 9 a.m.

The two-mile run is open to the Staples running community, both past and present, and their families, organizers said.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. in the Staples High School cafeteria (70 North Ave.), dressed to run outdoors.

Refreshments and Laddie Lawrence Scholarship Fund raffle tickets will be available after the run.

WHS Landmark Designation Honors ‘Maggie’ Feczko

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Several dozen persons gathered at the Westport Historical Society (WHS) today for the unveiling of a marker designating its 1795-built Bradley-Wheeler House as a Local Historic Landmark Property in honor of the late community volunteer Margaret “Maggie” K. Feczko. Feczko, who died of ovarian cancer in June at age 64, was a former president of WHS as well as former chair and member of the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow

Unveiling of Historic Marker

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Among those participating today in the unveiling of a Local Historic Landmark Property marker at the Westport Historical Society Bradley-Wheeler House headquarters at 25 Avery Place in memory of community volunteer Margaret “Maggie” K. Feczko were (l-r) First Selectman Jim Marpe, son Christopher Feczko, husband Joe Feczko, and Elizabeth Wacker of the Historic District Commission. Feczko, who died in June of ovarian cancer, was former president of the WHS and former chair of the HDC.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Remembering a Dedicated Community Volunteer

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Susan Walton Wynkoop, president of the Westport Historical Socety (WHS), today addresses a crowd attending the ceremonial unveilng of an historic marker at the WHS headquarters in honor of former WHS president Margaret “Maggie” Feczko. She and others remembered Feczko as a tireless volunteer who worked to preserve Westport’s history and who had an uncanny ability to draft countless others into her efforts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Robert D. Rippe, 89

Robert Downes Rippe of Tequesta, Fla., who helped start the Westport family business Rippe Farms Markets, died Dec. 19 at a hospice in Jupiter, Fla. He was 89.

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Robert D. Rippe: helped start Rippe Farms Markets. Contributed photo

Born in Norwalk on Aug. 25, 1924. he grew up on the 15-acre family farm on North Avenue in Westport, which the family operated from 1922 to 1968. Later, he attended the University of Connecticut where he met his wife of 48 years, Harriette Smith Rippe (Skip). While at UConn, he was an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

After graduation in 1949, he took a position with Del Monte Foods where he worked for 33 years until his retirement. During his career, the couple lived in many locales in addition to Westport, including Marcellus, N.Y., Hawthorne, N.Y., Cincinnati, and Charlotte, N.C.

Upon retirement in Charlotte, they enjoyed traveling the world and focusing on their family. He spent endless hours in his lush vegetable garden every year.

Saturday, December 21, 2013 – Winter Begins


10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilberties Herb Garden (7 Sylvan Lane) – Westport Winter Farmers Market
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Framing the Past, Present, and Future” and “Walt Reed’s Illustrator in America”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Chuck Close: About Face”
Noon – Westport Library – Maker-in-residence: Balam Soto, Collaborative Digital Quilt Making
12:11 p.m. – Northern Hemisphere – Winter Solstice
3 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Ceremony marking Local Historic Landmark Property designation of Bradley-Wheeler House

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar