Veterans Day services announced

WESTPORT — The public is invited to Veterans Day services on Sunday in the Westport Town Hall auditorium.

At 1:30 p.m., the Westport Community Band will present a “Patriotic Salute to All Veterans” program, which will include marches and patriotic tunes. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the band will include songs from the World War I era.

The services will begin at 2 p.m. and include an address by Staples High School senior Jack Nealon.

Nature preserve posts ‘Bear Aware’ signs

WESTPORT — Evidence of a growing number of black bears observed in the Trout Brook Valley Conservation area spanning Weston and Easton has led Aspetuck Land Trust to post “Bear Aware” notices in select locations in the 1,008-acre preserve.

The new warning signs contain information from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The signs urge hikers to make noise while hiking, hike in groups, make sure dogs are leashed, make noise if a bear is observed, and to never approach a bear. If the bear does not leave, back away slowly. If a bear approaches, hikers are urged to make more noise, wave arms and throw objects at the bear.

Hikers and people living in the vicinity of Trout Brook Valley have recently reported three to five bears. Bears have also been photographed in hidden wildlife cameras at Trout Brook Valley, according to the ALT.