To the Editor:

Westport has always been so wonderful to its Veterans.

As I may be, at 95, one of the oldest (next to Ted Diamond who is 100) veterans in town I want to thank so many Westporters who honored us at three events.

The ceremony at townhall, with warm and thoughtful comments by our First Selectman, the song by Staples student Brooke Kesssler, the honor guard, the Community Band with Conductor Susan Schaefer, and the audience that came out on a cold night to sing with us our old songs. Many towns do not have a Veterans Day like we do and there is a good reason why. We have William Vornkahl! He has put together some 40 Veterans Days in Westport. And in the Spring he stages our traditional Westport Memorial Day parade. Thank you Bill Vornkahl!

We Veterans always have a special day when we are invited up to Bedford Middle School to talk with the students about our days in the service. We thank Bedford—the (attractive) teachers who greet us, the bright, nice kids who give us a red rose and listen, with patience, to our war stories, which each year seem to get longer and more dramatic.

We also want to thank the Westport Library and the Westport Historical Society for producing a film featuring Westport Veterans called “Community & Country: A Spirit of Service.” The film was shown at Town Hall and will be shown at other events in Westport. Westport Filmmaker Jarret Liotta created the film which features personal experiences of local veterans. The film was dedicated to Bob Satter, a popular air force veteran who died this month. After the film, WSHU Reporter Ebong Udoma moderated a discussion on the film with Leonard Fisher, Pat Scott and R.J. Feliciano.

In closing, I can’t help but say would it not be great if we didn’t have any more wars to remember?

And, as an old American African friend of mine used to sing…”I don’t wanta study war no more.”

Larry Assen


To the Editor:

Aquarion has brought a malignancy to our neighborhood.

For nearly two years they have created an industrial complex upgrade to their North Avenue pumping station. Our quiet neighborhood has been blighted by the beeping, banging, thumping, window-rattling vibrating cacophony of large equipment during this prolonged period of construction. Working outdoors in my yard was done with the perpetual din that started at 7 a.m., with a short quiet period, which must have been during the workers’ lunch break.

The newly paved road , yellow stanchions, fencing, and large new building have not been screened by the landscaping; these structures along with the night lighting are clearly visible from my driveway and windows of my house.

The upgraded generator has been a problem that Aquarion seems unable to resolve. The generator does not shut off even when power has been restored.

On July 21, 2017, a brief power outage with power restored within a few minutes, kept the generator roaring like an endless freight train through my backyard. Around 10 p.m. I called the Westport Police Dept; I was told they would check it out. By 11:30 p.m. the malfunction was corrected and silence was restored to the neighborhood.

The Oct. 29 storm caused the power to go out twice between 11:30 PM and midnight; the momentary disruptions triggered the generator again even though power to the neighboorhood was restored. At 3 a.m. I could still hear the generator. It ran until 4 p.m. the next afternoon until someone fixed it. Why, when there is no power outage, does Aquarion’s generator keep running? And when it is necessary for the generator to operate, there should be some way to muffle the excessive noise. I would like to be able to sleep at 3 a.m.

During the construction and landscaping activity at the site, traffic on North Avenue was on occasion reduced to a single lane, I shudder at the thought of the traffic problems created by the construction phase of the “ tank farm” installation. With a two to five year estimated construction period, I anticipate a dismal future for the peace and tranquillity of my neighborhood. Perhaps the Board of Assessment Appeals will recognize that Aquarion’s project has depreciated the value of my neighbors’ and my property when we pay them a visit.

Rhoda R. Stamm