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Tag Archives: Compo Beach cannons
Finding Westport turns 2 years old today. The website for local businesses and services — which includes a comprehensive what’s-up list during the pandemic — is the brainchild of Jillian Elder.
Yesterday she ran around town celebrating. She brought a pineapple — hey, why not? — and visited businesses and other sites, hoping her photos would bring smiles.
She’ll post the shots on social media throughout today. Here’s a preview.
… but are Westporters ready for Compo?
The other day, alert “06880” reader Julian Oldale had lunch at Porsche America’s headquarters restaurant, in Atlanta. There were many cool vintage auto photos on the wall. This one looked quite familiar:
The caption notes that the Porsche 356 B coupe’s model year was 1960. You can tell the photo was taken around then — just look at all the rocks on the beach.
There are 2 types of Westporters: those who know that the cannon in front of the VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 building on Riverside Avenue is an original from Compo Beach.
It was vandalized in 1957. The Rotary Club restored it in 1999, and presented it to the VFW. The cannon at the beach today is a replica.
The 2nd type of Westporters are those who drive by every day, and never notice it.
The first group thought that last week’s Photo Challenge — showing the cannon — was the easiest one ever. Specifically, it includes Tom Risch, Robert Mitchell, Michael Calise, Jacques Voris, Tom Feeley, Diane Silfen, Jonathan McClure, Mary Ann Batsell, Peter Swift, Lois Himes, Linda Amos and Nancy Engel.
If you’re in the 2nd group: Click here for the photo. Then click here for more info on the VFW — an important presence in town, for nearly 100 years. And when you’ve done that, the next time you head to Saugatuck, check out the history you’ve spent so much time passing by.
And when you’re finished doing that, you can figure out this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.