Roundup: Ospreys, Lacrosse, Sewers …

Mother osprey, and chick. (Photo/Carolyn Doan)

There are 3 osprey chicks, at the Fresh Market nest.

Photographer extraordinaire Carolyn Doan reports that the chicks hatch in the order their eggs were laid, so they vary in size. They also start out with reddish-brown eyes, which differ from the yellow eyes of the adults.

When she left this morning, they were lying down for a nap.


Charlie Scott is a talented runner, and WWPT-FM sports broadcaster.

He’s also a very creative videographer.

The Staples High School junior was there on Sunday, as the boys lacrosse team won their second straight state championship.

Then he went to work, editing his excellent camera work into an exciting 1:10 video. Click below to see the Wreckers’ championship game highlights — and the joyful aftermath.


A sanitary sewer system servicing the east portion of Whitney Street and abutting streets is will be installed soon.

The work zone is between Witch Lane and Roseville Road. Installation begins June 19, and will be completed by August 4.

Detour hours for through traffic are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weekdays. Whitney Street will be open to residents only.

Whitney Street (the diagonal street in the middle of this aerial view) will be closed to through traffic from Witch Lane to Roseville (right side). 


Speaking of sewers: Nothing disturbs the rest of those buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

Except, perhaps, risers for manholes. They recently appeared next to the centuries-old burial ground, part of the ongoing sewer project.

(Photo/Mark Mathias)


Sunday’s Roundup included an idea from Tom Kretsch.

Inspired by what he saw in Washington state, he suggested putting large photos of all graduates in stores throughout Westport each year.

No one commented, either for or against it.

But alert reader Jon Sinish followed up. He sent photos of a similar project — much closer to home.

Here’s what our friends in Stratford do, for their 2 high schools. Blue is for Bunnell; red is for Stratford High.

(Photo/Jon Sinish)

Any interest, Westport?


World class pianist/local treasure David Morgan headlines the June 15 shows (7:30 and 8:45 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.; VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399).

He has performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis and Wes Anderson, and written music for CBS Sports, Discovery, A&E, MTV,  and TV shows like “Pawn Stars,” “Little Women” and “Catfish.”  He also produces recordings for other artists in his own studio. Area audiences known him as a member of the jazz group Portal.

He’ll be joined by his old friend and Portal collaborator saxophonist Greg (“The Jazz Rabbi”) Wall, bassist Yuriy Galkin and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza.

Reservations are strongly recommended:

David Morgan wants YOU to come to Jazz at the Post.


Scott Brodie took today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo at his mother’s house, on Burr Farms Road.

He adds: “I always thought that the choice of the robin as our Connecticut state bird was utterly uninspiring.

“But our state flower, the mountain laurel,  grows wild throughout the state, and puts on a wonderful display in late spring.

(Photo/Scott Brodie)


And finally … 2 of the greatest-named rules of the Holy Roman Emperor were born on this day, 16 years apart.

Charles the Bald came into the world on June 13, 823. Charles the Fat followed in 839.

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5 responses to “Roundup: Ospreys, Lacrosse, Sewers …

  1. Carrie Howard

    Love the lax video! Nice work Charlie Scott! Maybe you are available to do one for Staples graduation today?!? As a parent of a senior, would love to have an edited video, as I want to watch the event & not record it on my own. Side note: my senior would be mortified having her pic displayed in town, but I’m sure many others would love it!😆

  2. Frannie Southworth

    Great varied news, Dan. So appreciate it. Scott Brodie, your photo of our state flower is beautiful, but the Robin comment made me need to comment. Have you ever sat outside and listened to the Robin’s bird song? They are absolutely magnificent!!!! Beautiful. Try it and you might love them as I do. 💜🎶💜 They are also fabulous nest weavers!

  3. Patricia McMahon

    obsessed with Carolyn’s photo of the mama and baby osprey.
    So stunning!

  4. Claudia Jensen

    You are my hero for saying the osprey chicks were “lying” (not laying) down for a nap.

  5. Bonnie Scott Connolly

    I have seen towns here in Maine hang the banners with photos of members of the senior class. The difference is that I don’t any of the schools that do it around here have 500 graduates like Staples does. It is a very cool thing though. I would imagine fairly costly.