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Photo Challenge #251

There are 2 types of Westporters: those who know that the cannon in front of the VFW Joseph J. Clinton Post 399 building on Riverside Avenue is an original from Compo Beach.

It was vandalized in 1957. The Rotary Club restored it in 1999, and presented it to the VFW. The cannon at the beach today is a replica.

The 2nd type of Westporters are those who drive by every day, and never notice it.

The first group thought that last week’s Photo Challenge — showing the cannon — was the easiest one ever. Specifically, it includes Tom Risch, Robert Mitchell, Michael Calise, Jacques Voris, Tom Feeley, Diane Silfen, Jonathan McClure, Mary Ann Batsell, Peter Swift, Lois Himes, Linda Amos and Nancy Engel.

If you’re in the 2nd group: Click here for the photo. Then click here for more info on the VFW — an important presence in town, for nearly 100 years. And when you’ve done that, the next time you head to Saugatuck, check out the history you’ve spent so much time passing by.

And when you’re finished doing that, you can figure out this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Peter Tulupman)

Photo Challenge #186

Last Sunday — when many folks were either at the downtown Fine Arts Festival, Library Book Sale, beach, or otherwise enjoying the delights of a Westport summer — a dozen quickly responded to our “06880” photo challenge.

They knew that Bob Weingarten’s image showed another local gem.

Well, sort of.

His shot of a small white lighthouse-type structure is visible to anyone who looks east over the Saugatuck River, from Riverside Avenue. (Click here for the photo, and all guesses.)

In fact, it was described variously as across from Rive Bistro restaurant, the VFW, a medical office complex and the Saugatuck Rowing Club. Lots of people see it, from lots of different places.

Only Valerie Port, though, described it by where it is, not what it’s across from. She said it’s at “the end of Oak Ridge Park” — a private road off Imperial Avenue.

Kudos to Valerie, plus Jana Moorman, Bobbie Herman, Diane Silfen, Ralph Balducci, Jay Tormey, Sylvia Robinson Corrigan, Mary Ann Batsell, Jonathan McClure, Seth Braunstein, Amy Schneider and Peter Tulupman, for answering correctly.

And thanks for taking time out of such a beautiful day to do so.

Meanwhile, on another gorgeous day, Jeff Manchester and his son were out on a bike ride. They came upon this plaque:

(Photo/Jeff Manchester)

It probably was a momentous occasion, in 1932. In the intervening 86 years though, most Westporters have forgotten it exists.

If you know where you’d find this, click “Comments” below.