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Photo Challenge #158

You’d think that with all the time we spend on the Post Road, we’d notice every building along the way.

Well, you’d think wrong.

Last week’s photo challenge was a great example. Bobbie Herman’s photo showed a place we’ve all passed — a lot — but only 7 readers knew where it was.

The decrepit, vine-covered building stands next to J&J Car Care (and not far from another equally wonderful repair shop, Vautrin Auto Works).

If that doesn’t help, try this: It’s basically across from the Westport Inn.

Morley Boyd says it’s the former Polish Club. (Who knew?)

But one thing no one answered: What’s up with the building today? That’s still a challenge for “06880” readers.

Besides Morley (who answered first), other observant winners include Seth Goltzer, Pete Powell, Rick Martin, Michael Calise, Elaine Martino and Nancy Powers Conklin. (Click here to see the photo, and all comments.)

Meanwhile, this week’s photo seems obvious:

(Photo/Jaime Bairaktaris)

It’s a sign from the old Arrow restaurant. Duh.

But here’s the challenge: Where does it hang today?

If you know, click “Comments” below.

Even if you don’t know — but have a great Arrow story or two — please join the conversation.

I Vote For Vautrin

There’s never a good time for your car battery to die.

Mine died yesterday at 5 p.m., right after soccer practice.

James Hickok — our All-State goalkeeper — provided jumper cables. That was one of the biggest saves of his career.

Our fantastic assistant coach, Kurt Dasbach, provided advice.

“Go to Vautrin,” he said. “They’ll pop another battery in. They’re the most honest guys in Westport. And they’re open till 6.”

I’ve lived in Westport my entire life. I’ve driven past Vautrin Auto Service — next to the new Goodwill — probably 10,000 times. I’d never gone in.

I drove over. Greg Bernfeld — Vautrin’s owner for the past 11 years — took a quick look. He yanked the old battery. He put in a new one.

Vautrin Auto Service works magic on many cars. This is not mine.

Then he handed me the bill. The battery was $99; with tax, it came to $105.29.

The labor was $0.

“Come on,” I said. “You’ve got to charge me for that.”

“No I don’t,” Greg countered. “I charge labor if there’s real labor. This was 2 minutes.”

In a lifetime in Westport, I’d never gone to Vautrin.

Now I won’t go anywhere else.