The Connecticut League of History Organizations honored the Westport Historical Society with an Award of Merit for Exploring Westport History at the Wheeler House.

The CLHO Award of Merit is a prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of Connecticut history.

Westport was one of 13 to receive awards from CLHO this year. The winners represent the best in the field and provide tangible examples of leadership for the future of Connecticut history.

Presentation of the awards will be made at a special ceremony during the 2017 CLHO annual conference in Meriden June 5.

Among the graduates

Two Westport natives earned degrees from Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. on May 13. Noah Greenberg received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Taylor Walklet received a Bachelor of Science in computer information technology.

Fourteen Westport natives graduated from Norwalk Community College on May 18. Among the 752 new graduates were Michelle DeVito, Evan Horowitz, Jill Isaacs, Soojin Kang, Lindsey A. Lozyniak, Gillian S. Manantan, Andor S. Mate, Amanda Morgado, Patricia E. Mulvey, Brian P. Myers, Steven G. Nelson, Oyuki Palomino Rios, Katrina E. Pappas and Julia G. Silva.

Collegiate honors

Three Westport natives participated in Union College’s Steinmetz Symposium Day. The annual event features an extensive array of oral presentations, posters, performances and exhibits, with concurrent sessions held all day in lieu of regularly scheduled classes. The evening included a reception and musical performances.

Presenters from the class of 2017 included Patricia Maragos and Rachel McDermott. Sophie Rosen, a member of the class of 2019, also participated.

Robot experts

New Canaan Country School’s Middle School Robotics Team participated in the eighth annual ROBOnanza!, a competition for Westchester and Fairfield County independent schools held in Greenwich May 13.

The “Cougar Bots” — robots built completely out of Legos and programmed by the fifth and sixth grader — contended against robots from other schools in three levels of challenges.

As per the CSI-inspired theme “Forensic Frenzy,” the students were challenged to build robots that could travel down a lane and knock over as many pins as possible in a 5-frame game (Bowling For Burglars); navigate to five numbered areas with various “Lego evidence” worth various point values (Collect the Evidence); and complete an obstacle course autonomously (Police Academy Training).

Country School sixth graders Sofie Petricone, of Rowayton, and Charlotte Calderwood, of Darien, took home the first-place trophy for Police Academy Training, while the fifth grade team of Malcolm Stewart, of Darien, Cyrus Pearson, of New Canaan, and Decatur Boland, of Rowayton, netted second-place honors in the same category.

The Cougar Bot designed by sixth graders Tyler Rosolen, of Norwalk, and Sam Cherry, of Westport, scored second place in Collect the Evidence, and the fifth grade team consisting of Waverly Walters, of New Canaan, Katey Charnin, of Darien, and Annie Nichols, of New Canaan, placed third.

Sixth grader and New Canaan resident Parakram Karnik scored second place in Bowling for Burglars.

Darien resident Peter Metcalf, a fifth grader, won a special trophy for being the only person in the competition to complete the Police Academy challenge fully. He was also cited for successfully navigating his robot around the line figure of a human body.

All team members took home certificates for successfully completing challenges.

New Canaan Country School is an independent day school serving students age 3 through grade 9.

The dean’s list

Cyrus Burris, of Westport, was named to the Champlain College dean’s list for achieving a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher in the spring semester at the Burlington, Vt. school. Burris is majoring in management of creative media.

Westport’s Gregory Carl and Olivia Mechanic have been named to the spring dean’s list at Keene State College in New Hampshire.

Parade’s grand marshal named

William Vornkahl, president of the Westport Veterans Council, announced Ed Vebell has been selected as the grand marshal for the Memorial Day Parade on May 29.

In honor of all veterans and first responders, there will be a helicopter flyover by Eagle One out of Stratford during the parade. The flyover will be dependent upon favorable weather conditions.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Riverside Avenue. Immediately following the parade, memorial services will be held on Veterans Green. If the parade is canceled, services will be held at 10 a.m. in the Westport Town Hall Auditorium.

Help out a grad

The Human Services Department’s “Ceremonies and Celebrations” program is now underway and will continue through the month of June. Developed in response to requests from school staff for assistance in purchasing new clothing for graduating middle and high school students, 2017 marks the program’s 14th year.

Last year 34 Westport students were able to purchase new special event clothing for their graduations from middle and high school.

Those wishing to help out can do so in remembrance of a special teacher or person in a student’s life. Donors are asked to note the teacher’s name and the donor’s or student’s name with the donation. A formal letter of acknowledgement will be sent to the honored individual.

If donors prefer, gift cards of any amount (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Trumbull Mall/Westfield Shopping Center) are welcome as well.

Checks should be made payable to “DHS Family Programs” (memo line: Ceremonies). Donations may be mailed or delivered to DHS, Westport Town Hall, Room 200, 110 Myrtle Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Westporters who are aware of individuals who could benefit from this program should contact Family Program Coordinator Patty Haberstroh at or 341-1069. Social work staff there will assure that families in need meet financial and program criteria and are helped.

Get your beach pass

Parking emblems are required on all vehicles entering Westport beaches.

Parking emblems can be purchased at or at the Parks and Recreation Department office, Longshore Club Park, 260 Compo Road South, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Career counseling

The Westport Library will be offering free one-on-one, career counseling sessions to local job seekers. The sessions will be by appointment only and will focus on general career counseling, as well as resume assistance and LinkedIn profile preparation assistance.

Patrons may schedule one-hour sessions on Mondays and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment, contact Ellen Janpol, the business librarian, at

Parkway lane closures to extend into 2019

Do you drive on the Merritt Parkway late at night or early in the morning between Fairfield and Westport? Then be prepared for some delays because of a $56.7 million project that won’t be finished until August 2019.

The project will focus on a five-mile stretch of the parkway between the Congress Street bridge in Fairfield to the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport.

The project will include new pavement in both the northbound lanes and work on 11 structures related to the historic bridges, built nearly 80 years ago.

There’s also upgrades planned for guiderails, drainage and restoration of the historic bridges. With all this work, lane closures are needed.

Northbound lane closures are planned from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Saturday to Wednesday and from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Southbound lane closures are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday; from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Chambers of commerce plan Danube cruise

The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce, together with the Greater Norwalk, Fairfield and Danbury chambers, will be taking a group trip to the scenic Danube River, stopping at Imperial cities along the way. Departure is

Sept. 28; return is Oct. 7.

Chamber members, guests, family and the public are invited to visit one of the most spectacular rivers in the world, the Danube. Included in the trip are stops in Munich, Passau, Melk, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, and Linz, with an optional, three-night extension stay in Prague.

Chamber trips are affordable, while providing the same high-quality travel of other tour groups.

Each city boasts its own unique and beautiful architecture, fine culture and specialty stores for shopping. On board the ship, with only 71 cabins, providing comfort without crushing crowds, guests experience superb dining with all meals included during the cruise, including complimentary, quality red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions with every dinner onboard the ship.

The starting price is $4,199 for double occupancy.

Those interested in learning more about the trip, can call the Norwalk Chamber at 203-866-2521.