We can count ourselves lucky that no one was hurt in the severe storm that hit us early last Friday afternoon. My friends Elizabeth Lee and Holly Steele were in Elizabeth's house down by the Boat Launch when a specially violent gust toppled the great, gorgeous old black locust in her front yard. Elizabeth was right by the front window, and as she saw it start to go she ran for her life toward the back of the house. It took down two other trees as it fellalong with the power line running northbefore coming to rest across Route 22, its highest branches, thankfully, just feet from the house across the road. Power was out in Wadhams till almost 6:30 the next morning. Other downed trees caused outages on Barber's Point and Route 9N heading toward Elizabethtown. In both places, power was out till late Saturday afternoon. Town Supervisor Dan Connell estimates that more than fifty trees came down around town altogetherincluding at Riverside Cemetery, Ballard Park, and several on 1st Street, up behind the Post Office. At the Fairgrounds, the wind picked up the entire structure of the small entertainment stage and dropped it, Wizard-of-Oz style, blowing out the walls and collapsing the roof. That's something you don't see every day. If we're lucky no one was hurt, we're also lucky to have our volunteer firemen and DPW workers, who immediately came out in force to secure the sites, reroute traffic, and begin the clean-up. The DPW guys didn't go home Friday night until all the roads had been checked and any downed power lines made safe. Then they came back first thing Saturday morning, and are still working flat out as this is written on Tuesday. They and the firemen deserve a lot more recognition than they get, along with our thanks. Looking ahead, dont miss Five Guys Named Moe at the Depot Theatre (last show on July 27), our own young actors in Romeo and Juliet at Ballard Park (August 1 and 2), the Air Guitar contest at Ballard Park (after the play on August 2) and the Westport Heritage Festival, including the Antique Boat Show (August 9).

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