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Remembering Matt Leonard

Matt Leonard — a longtime Westporter, and noted surveyor with his family firm — died last month, after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

The son of Leo and Margery Leonard, Matt grew up with 5 siblings on Bermuda Road. His father developed Saugtauck Shores.

Matt — a 1970 Staples High School graduate — honed his adventurous spirit by boating, swimming, fishing, sailing and waterskiing in nearby Leonard’s Lagoon.

Matt Leonard

He got his first boat at age 8, and spent many years rowing on the Saugatuck River. He loved exploring Cockenoe and the Norwalk Islands.  The water was his life.

He also enjoyed music, books, trees, wildlife and birds. He was an avid photographer.

After Quinnipiac College, Matt worked with his father at Leonard Surveyors.

Matt was predeceased by his brother Charles and sister Marcia Stewart. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kim Englander Leonard (Staples ’69), daughter Hayley, son James; his sisters Anna McLaughlin, Lucy Leonard and Sally Harwell; his uncle and aunt, Stew and Marianne Leonard, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you plant a tree in Matt’s honor.

Cockenoe Is A Hike

There are many ways to get from Westport to Cockenoe Island.

You can sail. You can paddle. You can JetSki.

Or — if you are particularly adventurous — you can walk.

Alert — and creative — “06880” reader Jeff Manchester reports:

“With a super low tide at 8:09 this morning, some intrepid souls took their soles and walked from Saugatuck Island to Cockenoe Island.

From left: Jeff Manchester, Eric Sugerman, 9th graders Jake Coykendall and Tucker Peters, and 8th grader Max Manchester, with their “support vehicle”: a mega-kayak.

“It was a brisk morning in the high 40’s when we started, and only in the 50’s when we returned. However, the water was warmer than the air, so it made for a much more enjoyable journey.

“This is a bucket list item for sure, when the tides and weather cooperate.

En route. (Photo/Mary Sugerman)

“And of course, we have the Einsels, Greens, Jo Fox Brosious and many more to thank for their herculean efforts, saving Cockenoe for future generations from an attempted nuclear power plant over 50 years ago.”

Indeed. Although if that Chernobyl-style structure had actually been built there, today’s water would be a lot warmer.

Pics Of The Day #1176

Last night’s full moon, as seen from Old Mill Beach … (Photo/Lauri Weiser)

… and Saugatuck Shores (Photo/Debra Levin)

Pics Of The Day #1148

Westport’s favorite osprey … (Photo/Franco Fellah)

… and a yellow-crowned night heron, in the marsh off Canal Road. It is very unusual for this type of heron to venture this far north. (Photo/Deb Green)

Pics Of The Day #1146

One view of last night’s sunset, off Harbor Road in Saugatuck Shores …

… and another (Photos/Mark LaClair)

Photo Challenge #278

Last week’s Photo Challenge featured a Westport favorite: ospreys.

One held a fish under its talons. Both perched on a dock, a wooden duck between them. The scene could have been many places. Where was it exactly?

Off Harbor Road, in Saugatuck Shores. I cropped Mark LaClair’s image so only a few clues were visible: The tip of Stony Point on the left, the Longshore golf driving range on the right. (Click here to see.)

That was enough for Andrea Cross, Tom Risch, Tyler Kupper, Seth Van Beever and Marj Brous. Others hovered in the general vicinity, but were off by a road or direction or two.

This week’s Photo Challenge involves one of the many memorial plaques that we see — but never really look at — all around town.

If you know where this one (with its mysteriously whimsical homage) is located, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Chip Stephens)

Weekend In Westport: Pandemic Edition

Spring is here. And here’s what Westporters saw this weekend:

As always, the Minute Man saves Westport. (Photo/Bruce Becker)

The Senior Center is closed — but open for beauty. (Photo/Molly Alger)

As he did in life, Cameron Bruce provides a ray of sunshine. His garden is at the corner of Old Hill Farms and Winding Lane. (Photo/AnneMarie Breschard)

Walking — carefully apart — on Canal Road. (Photo/Gene Borio)

Park Lane (Photo/Molly Alger)

Baron’s South (Photo/Molly Alger)

Sue Terrace (Photo/Molly Alger)

Saugatuck Shores (Photo/Gene Borio)

Waiting to meet, properly socially distanced at Winslow Park. (Photo/Dan Woog)

Pic Of The Day #957

In late fall, a Saugatuck Shores reminder of summer (Photo/Amy Schneider)

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Early morning, Saugatuck Shores (Photo/Jeff Manchester)

High Tide On Canal Road

It happens like clockwork.

It rains. The tide is high. Canal Road floods.

(Photo/Gene Borio)

It’s not unusual. It’s life on Saugatuck Shores.

But just imagine if this were a full — not a new — moon.