If it’s New Year’s, it’s time to … get rid of the Christmas tree.
It can be disposed of online — well, the registration is done that way, anyway. Scout Troops 39 and 139 will happily pick up yours. Click here for the form.
You’ll get a confirmation email. Then, this Saturday (January 7 — by 6:30 a.m.), put your tree by your mailbox.
There’s a suggestion donation of $20 per tree. Tape an envelope with cash or check (payable to “Boy Scout Troop 39”) to your front door.
NOTE: All Christmas trees are mulched into wood chips, and donated to the town. So no wreaths or garlands (the wires ruin the machinery).
Like many Westporters, you probably spent yesterday’s dawn in bed.
Maybe you were arriving home from a late party, eager to crash (metaphorically, of course).
If you were one guy though, you went for an early morning, greet-the-new-year swim at Compo Beach.
Fortunately, the weather was nice.
For January 1, anyway.
PS: Let’s see if he can keep this up for the next 364 days.
The sun was high a few hours later. The temperature climbed to the mid-50s.
And the Compo Beach playground looked (almost) like a mid-summer day.
Can the rest of the year continue on such an upbeat note?
Fingers crossed …
Also seen at Compo Beach: this message to “rock” (ho ho) 2023.
It’s the handiwork of Ross and Wendy McKeon. And the “rock” part can be taken literally: They’re the parents of 2000 Staples High School graduate Drew McKeon. Among his many talents, he’s the longtime drummer in fellow Westporter Michael Bolton’s band.
Yesterday’s Roundup included a photo of a utility pole on Hillandale Road. An “06880” reader explained why it’s hard to get broken ones fixed, or obsolete wires or cables removed.
The example shown was hardly the worst. Michael Lonsdale noticed more, on the short stretch of Kings Highway North between Main and Canal Streets.
It will not be easy to address the issue. Each pole has multiple “owners” — Eversource, Altice and Frontier, for example.
Low hanging wires and excess poles are low priorities. They’re prime candidates for buck-passing.
But the lower the wires droop, and the more old poles tilt and rot, the more dangerous they are.
When they come down in a storm, excess poles and obsolete cables make clean-up that much harder.
Our electric and telecom companies have lots to do. Removing unsightly — even dangerous — wires and poles are not at the top of their lists.
And unlike weeds or brush, this is not something we can take in our own hands.
Thoughts? Click “Comments” below. Please be constructive, not nasty. And be sure to use your full, real name.
Photographer Lauri Weiser calls today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo “my holiday friend.”
Check out her friend’s claws!
And finally … on this day in 1788, Georgia became the 4th state to ratify the Constitution.
The next? Connecticut.
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