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Roundup: Mare Of Easttown, Stanford Rowing, American Oystercatchers …


Spoiler alert! 

If you have not finished watching “Mare of Easttown” — or if you intend to do so later — do not read on.

But if you saw the finale Sunday night on HBO Max, you know that the surprise killer was …

… young Ryan Ross.

The surprise, out-of-the-blue-but-now-it-seems-logical murderer in the wildly popular whodunit was played by Cameron Mann. When he’s not acting on the national stage, he’s a freshman (and basketball player) at Staples High.

Cameron’s role in the series starring Kate Winslet started slowly. But if local fans thought they hadn’t seen enough of him — well, hopefully, they watched to the end.

Click here for a series recap. Click here for the official website. (Hat tip: Jan Carpenter)

Cameron Mann


Stanford University had a great weekend at the NCAA Division I rowing championships in Sarasota, Florida — thanks in part to some local oarswomen.

Grace McGinley — a Staples High School 2017 grad and Stanford senior, received the NCAA Elite 90 award. It goes to one athlete in each NCAA sport with the highest cumulative grade point average competing in the championships. She is the first female rower in Stanford history to win the award.

Grace recently was honored with the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award too.

At the championships, Grace was joined by her sister Kelsey (Staples ’18, Stanford junior), in the Cardinal’s first varsity 8+ boat. They placed second, helping lead the team’s 3 boats to a 2nd-place finish overall. It was the highest team finish for Stanford women since 2011.

Kelsey McGinley recently received All Pac-12 Conference First Team honors. She has been called up to the U-23 national team selection camp, which begins today.

Noelle Amlicke (Staples ’19) is also a member of the Stanford women’s crew team (though she was not in Florida). Isabelle Grosgogeat (Staples ’18), was a coxswain for Princeton University women’s crew at the championships.

All 4 are Saugatuck Rowing Club alumnae. Two other SRC junior girls alums (non-Westport residents) coxed for the University of Michigan; 2 others rowed for Navy and the University of California.


Are you going to Homes with Hope’s “Stand-up For Comedy” fundraiser on Saturday, June 12?

1st Selectman Jim Marpe will be there. And to help build interest in the annual show — livestreamed from the Westport Library, but with a small audience at the Forum — he recorded a special teaser.

Click on below. Then ask yourself: Should Marpe join the talent-studded comedy lineup too? (Click here for tickets and more information on the “Stand-up” fundraiser.)


The other day, Tina Green reported that 2 American oystercatcher chicks were thriving at Compo Beach.

Turns out, they’re 3.

Carolyn Doan captured these 3 triplets. And by “captured” I mean on camera. They’ll thrive only if they’re left alone!

(Photo/Carolyn Doan)


And finally … today is the 74th birthday of Ronnie Wood. The former Faces and Jeff Beck Group member joined the Rolling Stones in 1975. But he was not an “official” Stone until Bill Wyman left in 1993.

The year before, he absolutely shredded “Seven Days,” at the 30th anniversary Bob Dylan tribute concert at Madison Square Garden.

Saugatuck Rowers Represent

International rowing is no day at the beach.

As soon as Staples High School ended in June, 3 Saugatuck Rowing Club racers left for junior national team training camps.

After intense workouts, they were selected to represent the US at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The next competition began immediately: for seats in the boat. That continued almost until the starting gun, for what was billed as the largest world rowing championship ever.

Their hard work paid off. Harrison Burke and Kelsey McGinley took bronzes in the men’s and women’s junior 4+ and 4-, respectively. Grace McGinley placed 5th in the grand final of the women’s 8+ event. All are Staples students.

Kelsey McGinley (center) hugs her teammates after earning the women's junior 4+ bronze medal.

Kelsey McGinley (center) hugs her teammates after earning the women’s junior 4- bronze medal.

Then the fun began.

As soon as they secured their boats, rowers from the many competing countries converged in a “mosh pit” near the finish line grandstand, to trade gear.

The Westporters returned home with uniforms and more from Holland, Britain, Germany, Chile, South Africa and more.

Rowers who had just battled head to head — at the highest level — smiled at each other, happily negotiating trades. Fortunately for our kids, US gear was hot.

Harrison Burke (left) snapped selfies with other national rowing teams.

Harrison Burke (left) snapped selfies with other national rowing teams.

Saugatuck rowers rise before dawn and train on the icy river — then go back to hit the gym after school — for many reasons.

Earning a place on the national team is one.

Becoming friends with competitors from all over the world — earning respect, and sharing their uniforms — is another.

Congratulations, Harrison, Kelsey and Grace. You’ve done us — and yourselves — proud!