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Tag Archives: Old Mill Beach
The fence at Sherwood Mill Pond is temporary, says Jeff Northrop Jr.
His family owns the strip of land where a fence was erected yesterday. It’s on the north side of the walking path between Old Mill and Compo Cove.
The temporary fence keeps people and pets off of the property while water quality monitoring tests are conducted.
The testing — which may take a year — will examine eutrophication, Northrop says. That occurs when a body of water becomes overly enriched with minerals and nutrients, which induces excessive algae growth. The process may result in oxygen depletion of the water, which harms fish and other wildlife.
“Protecting marine resources starts with sound agricultural and waste management practices,” Northrop notes.
Sherwood Mill Pond was in bad shape in the 1970s. It took decades of work to get it where it is today.
The fence will prevent dogs, and humans like fishermen and crabbers, from accessing the pond, which could impact the testing.
If a permanent fence is needed — for liability purposes, and/or to keep hordes of youngsters from jumping off the bridge (as they did last loudly and constantly last summer, to the annoyance of neighbors) — Northrop says it will be more aesthetically pleasing than the chain link one that’s there now.
This morning, I posted a photo and story about a guy who waited nervously at Old Mill Beach. He was about to propose to his girlfriend.
Patricia McMahon — who took the photo — did not know whether she said yes.
But — coincidentally — her husband Matthew Levine’s cousin lives nearby.
Turns out the family was home. They saw the big moment from their deck.
And, they told Patricia: She said yes!
If they get married at Old Mill, “06880” will report that too.
Patricia McMahon was on her evening walk.
At Old Mill Beach, she spotted a serene scene. Quietly, she took a photo.
The man turned, and looked at her. Patricia apologized for interrupting his moment. She told him she appreciates seeing people looking so peaceful — especially in these challenging times.
He laughed and said, “There’s nothing peaceful or serene about me right now. I’m a nervous wreck. I’m waiting for my girlfriend, to propose to her!”
Patricia smiled. “Let me be the first to congratulation you,” she said. “You got this!”
PS: Let’s hope he did.
There is so much that’s special about Old Mill, Sherwood Mill Pond and Compo Cove: the pedestrian-only wooden bridges. The oyster house, reachable only by boat. The old-fashioned garages, one of them festooned with seashells.
And the 3-wheeled vehicle that sits in Clark Hanford’s lawn, next to the narrow walkway leading to those garages and bridges (with the oyster house off in the distance).
That little car was the subject of last week’s Photo Challenge. Every reader who responded knew exactly where it sits. Congrats to Matt Murray, Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Linda Revelli, Tom Green, Rich Stein, Fred Cantor, Seth Goltzer, Karen Como, Tom Risch, Amy Schneider and Bob Belciano.
Some of those readers live at or near Old Mill. Some enjoy walking there. All are intrigued by it. Click here, to see for yourself.
And see if you can identify this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d spot this, click “Comments” below.