Peggy Lehn is a 1979 Staples grad. Her family has been in Westport for 11 generations (her grandmother was born on the property that is now Longshore).
She is also an American Airlines pilot.
She flew both of the airplanes that the carrier lost on September 11, 2001. For 2 decades, Peggy has kept the answering machine messages from family and friends, wondering if she was alive.
She was not on duty that morning, 20 years ago today. But her brother Tom — Staples Class of 1985, and also an American Airlines pilot — was.
Peggy sent along this message he received, from a dispatcher in Texas. It’s a chilling reminder of the terror that day — and how close to home it struck.
One more 9/11 story, with a local connection:
On that day, Westporter and Vietnam veteran Tony Anthony was a marketer on an assignment for AmeriCares. He was at their office when the news came that the World Trade Center had been hit.
AmeriCares has a helicopter. Their pilot flew around the towers, but was unable to help. He had to leave the airspace.
Tony was on board, taking photos. Jack Farrell shared this one, with “06880”:
There’s action at Railroad Place — specifically, the former Cocoa Michele, and the spot Romanacci recently moved from.
It looks like another eatery is moving in.
This “Allium Eatery” is not to be confused with Allium Pizza Co. & Mo’ in — of all places — Westport Island, Maine.
“06880” will pass along info when we get it.
Farm to Local — the new food-crafts-and-more Main Street store opposite Colf Fusion — has a soft opening this weekend (12 to 5 p.m.).
New products and merchandise are added daily. Another new feature: the Westport Artists’ Collective has a mini-gallery inside the store.
The Westport Library is b-a-a-a-c-k!
On Monday, full operating hours resume. That’s Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
There’s another chapter: The Café opens weekdays (9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), Saturdays (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), and Sundays (1 to 4:30 p.m.).
The Café has partnered with Gruel Brittania, in addition to existing vendors Sono Baking Company and Cloudy Lane Bakery. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, pastries, cookies and quiche.
Mark your calendars: Westoberfest returns on October 16 (1 to 5 p.m.).
The Craft Beer Festival on Elm Street also includes live music, classic car rally and exhibition, kids’ activities and — because Halloween will be right around the corner — a pumpkin giveaway.
Click the QR code below, or click here for more information.
Forget Easy-Bake ovens. (Do they still make them anymore?)
Among the fall class offerings at Wakeman Town Farm: a new cooking class for youngsters in kindergarten through grade 3.
“Pint-Sized Cooking: Everything Mini” teaches cooking, baking and “food experimentation, while creating meals in miniature. Young chefs will be put on a path to understanding the appeal of delicious food.”
Popular favorites for older kids — including Cooking Around the Globe and Young Chef’s Club — continue too.
Click here for more information, and registration.
Worried about heating bills?
Low-income residents can apply for Connecticut’s Energy Assistance Program through Westport’s Department of Human Services. Applications are available starting October 1, and run through April 30.
Individuals and families qualify for CEAP based on annual income and household size. Click on the state website for full details.
Households with previous CEAP applications on file will receive mailed application instructions in the coming weeks. New residents can contact Human Services for application information (203-341-1050) or email email@example.com
DHS also operates a separate Warm-Up Fund.
For more information, click on Westport Energy Assistance.
Duncan Hurley — father of 3 children, and a longtime Westport Soccer Association volunteer coach — died this week.
A grateful parent remembers seeing him on many Saturday mornings, with a toddler on his hip coaching older players.
“They were the most jovial and effervescent family, even in the midst of health struggles they dealt with privately,” she says. “I reflect on this passage from The Little Prince in his honor: ‘In one of those stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And when your sorrow is comforted 9time soothes all sorrows), you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. I shall not leave you.'”
She adds: “He was a king, raising princes and a princess in the best form. He was a gem, to any and all who had the pleasure of crossing his path.”
When I was young, the only turkeys I saw were at Thanksgiving.
Now they’re all over town. This crew was “stuffing” itself at Earthplace — and posing for today’s “Westport … Naturally” shot.
And finally … there are 2 great songs that stood on their own for years. For the past 2 decades though — and for the rest of my life — I’ll always associate them with 9/11.
They were played often then, on the radio, funerals and memorial events. They became the deeply comforting soundtrack of those truly awful days.