Thank you to

Peter Hillman

I am writing to publicly thank Peter Hillman for his 30 years of public service for the Town of Darien, including 10 as chairman of the Environmental Protection Commission.

I had the pleasure of working with Peter for the last six years on EPC and can attest to the care, effort, seriousness and professionalism he brought to the job. The town benefitted from his dedicated involvement, skills and leadership. I consider myself lucky to have had an opportunity to work with and learn from this trusting and respectful individual.

Thank you, Peter.

Craig Flaherty

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FlareUp marine education a success

Last Saturday at Weed Beach, the Town of Darien hosted FlareUp for three hours in the morning. More than 150 boaters and their families were able to safely fire off expired emergency flares and fire extinguishers, all carefully supervised by experts. Most boaters have never needed to set-off a flare or a fire extinguisher, but on Saturday, they took full advantage of this opportunity to educate themselves and their families in emergency procedures on board their boats.

Thanks for organizing the event should go to the members of the Darien Sail & Power Squadro and its commander, Alan Santos-Buch, as well as the Selectmen's Advisory Commission on Coastal Waters (Harbor Commission), and its chairman, Sandy McDonald.

The organizers of the event were assisted by several civic groups:

Darien's Fire Marshal's Office: Bob Buch, Marc McEwan and Dave Francis;

Noroton Fire Department: Captain Brendan Keane, Lieutenant Greg Geraci, Lt. Bobby Buch Jr. and Keith Bennett;

Post 53: Katherine Dostal, Gracen Horan, Jamie McEwan. Alec Mosher and Jay Patrick;

Coast Guard Auxiliary: Joe Lovas and Carol Saar;

Darien Police: Officers Scott Mcniven, Derek Mulcahy and James Palmieri;

The Park and Recreation Department.

Theirs were important contributions to improving boating safety in Darien, and the National Safe Boating Week. Well done and thanks to all.

Frank Kemp

Darien Sail & Power Squadron

DHS football captains thank community

On behalf of the Darien High School Football team, we would like to thank the Darien community for its continued support of its annual car wash that took place at Middlesex Middle School this past weekend. It was a huge success and the proceeds we collected will go toward the replacement of our travel jerseys.

The Blue Wave football team has grown over the last few years and now has more than 130 players including 21 seniors. We hope the Darien Community comes out to watch our games, and we will publicize the 2011 schedule as soon as it is finalized.

The Blue Wave football team will continue to work hard this summer, and throughout our season, to represent the generous Darien community with pride.

Thank you.

Corey Eppley, Patrick

McDonald, Brett O'Donnell

and Mike Stovall

2011 Football Captains

Squadron has

`flare' for safety

FlareUp Day Saturday morning was a great success. We had more than 150 boaters with their families safely firing off emergency flares and rockets of all types on Weed Beach. In addition, more than 125 took a lesson in fire containment by using fire extinguishers to safely douse gasoline fires at the far end of the beach under the guidance of Fire Marshal Bob Buch.

Many were experiencing this for the first time, and for others it was a good refresher.

Thanks to the 40 volunteers from the Darien Sail & Power Squadron and its commander, Alan Santos-Buch, the Darien Advisory Commission on Coastal Waters, and the Darien fire marshals, Noroton Fire Department, Post 53 and Darien Park and Recreation Commission for assisting in this event.

We have been able to host this every three years, which is the stated life of boating emergency flares. FlareUp Day is an important part of our on-going commitment to enhancing boating safety in Darien. Well done to all.

Sandy McDonald, Chairman

Darien Advisory Commission on Coastal Waters