Thank you friends

of Gorhams Pond

To the Editor:

For over a year now river otters have been periodically sighted in Gorhams Pond following a hiatus of at least 60 years. As an avid fan of river otters -- even to the point of having raised two orphaned, juvenile otters from Louisiana for transition to the Stamford Nature Center -- his is truly great news. What's not to like about an animal that house breaks as quickly as a kitten, as well as being very smart, affectionate, handsome, devilishly playful, obedient and extremely funny. But in the end otters are meant to be wild and deserve to be treated as such whenever possible.

How lucky, then, for Darien that these pickiest of mammals, when it comes to water quality, have deigned to settle in Gorhams Pond. Darien, for its part, should take great pride in Gorhams Pond having been selected "Fit to live in" by these most discerning judges of a healthy environment.

Special thanks for this achievement has to go to the Friends of Gorhams Pond, who for over 20 years have unflaggingly striven to improve the environmental quality of Gorhams Pond. This effort largely entailed doggedly securing the substantial funds required to periodically remove accumulations of sediments resulting from road sanding and other debris flowing into the pond from its water shed.

While this periodic removal of sediments and debris flowing into the pond will continue to be necessary, the benefits will be well worth it. Gorhams Pond, framed by Rings End Bridge, is no less an iconic symbol of Darien than the Eiffel Tower is of Paris or the Opera House is of Sidney. At the least, Gorhams Pond is something in which Darien can take great pride as both a beautiful setting for all to enjoy and a wonderful haven for a host of wildlife.

Philip K. Meyer

Darien

Raising awareness

for epilepsy

To the Editor:

More than 3 million Americans have epilepsy or a seizure disorder.

Last month was National Epilepsy Awareness Month and I am one of thousands of volunteers working to raise awareness of this terrible condition.

Epilepsy is common, but many people know little about it or what to do when someone is having a seizure. That's why the Epilepsy Foundation is asking everyone to take the Get Seizure Smart! quiz.

A copy of the quiz is available at www.GetSeizureSmart.org. As someone affected by epilepsy, I strongly encourage everyone to take the quiz. My life, or that of a loved one, may depend upon it.

DSS thanks

holiday revellers

To the Editor:

The Zangrillo family would like to thank the entire community for attending this year's tree lighting ceremony.

This was a very special year for our family and our town as we carried on the `old' tradition with our `new' big tree. My father, Steve Zangrillo, shared the story of his first tree lighting in 1978. He stated that the original tree was the same size as our newly planted tree.

I look forward to many years ahead watching it grow. It warmed our holiday spirit to see the largest crowd ever attend our annual lighting and we look forward to this celebration every year.

Thank you again.

Gina Zangrillo

Giving credit

To the Editor:

In a recent review of the new musical "Hungarian Nights,' by Cheryl Kemeny, I failed to credit the excellent stage direction of Samantha Kulish. In addition to effective directing, Kulish, who came up through the ranks with Crystal Theatre, is also a fine performer and teacher, both of which are good assets in a director's arsenal of ability. She had a full understanding of how to make the complex plot of the show clear, and she brought together both the boisterous gaiety and the serious love story in a cohesive way that gave performers and audience concerned a rewarding experience

Arden Anderson Broecking

ABC: twenty-nine years and counting

To the Editor:

A Better Chance (ABC) has been providing scholastic opportunities for highly motivated and academically promising young women for 29 years in Darien.

Throughout these years, ABC scholars have benefitted from the quality of a Darien High School education and a great number have gone on to competitive colleges and successful careers. In turn, our community has been enriched by their being part of student life in our town.

Two seniors, one junior, one sophomore and two freshmen currently live in the ABC house which is so generously provided by the First Congregational Church. They live in the house with two Resident Directors during the week, while enjoying life outside of the house on weekends, with host families in the community.

The ABC Board of Directors takes very seriously its responsibility for providing the ABC girls with a positive, nurturing environment in which to grow and thrive. The investment made in each student is equally as significant. The expenses covered each year include standard costs such as heating oil, house maintenance, meals and insurance. In addition, ABC covers all of the expenses related to the college application process.

As ABC enters its 30th year in Darien, we look to members of the community to help us meet the financial challenges of educating our scholars. To that end, an appeal was recently sent townwide, asking for support. Any and all donations are most welcome and together will make a difference in the lives of these deserving young women.

We thank the Darien community for its ongoing support of A Better Chance.

For further information, go to www.abcdarien.com.

Ron Hammer and Jane Yezzi

Co-Presidents

A Better Chance in Darien