Community Postings: Wedded bliss, Audubon honors...
and Megan Stearns were married Sept. 9 at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vt.
The groom is the son of Barbara (Morra) and Thomas Pace, of Fairfield; the bride is the daughter of Beth Stearns, of Mattituck, N.Y., and Douglas Stearns, of North Salem, N.Y.
A reception took place at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms.
After a honeymoon trip to Paris and Corsica, the couple returned to their residence in Hinesburg, Vt.
Ryan Morra is a graduate of Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., and received his master’s degree in the field naturalist and ecological planning program from the University of Vermont. He is employed by Shelburne Farms as the education for sustainability partnerships coordinator.
Megan Stearns is a graduate of the University of Virginia and is the creative director for Let’s Grow Kids in Burlington, Vt. She is also a noted artist and former principal dancer for The Farm to Ballet Project in Burlington.
Eight Fairfield natives are members of the Loyola University Maryland Class of 2021. The following are Loyola’s newest Greyhounds: Catherine Doolan, Peter Friedrichs, Charlotte Kaylor, Lucy Magee, Michaela Meyer, Brendan O’Brien, Emily Totura and Jennifer Veith.
The Connecticut Audubon Society presented Southport resident D.G. Warner with its Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award at its annual meeting Oct. 15.
Warner was one of four honorees this year.
Warner joined Connecticut Audubon’s Board of Directors in 2007 and continued through this year, serving as vice chairman, treasurer, and chairman of the investment and finance committees. He also served for more than a decade on the organization’s Fairfield Board of Governors.
Connecticut Audubon Society’s Volunteer Benchmark Award was established in 1993 and is given annually by its Board of Directors to one or more individuals whose volunteer activity has significantly enhanced the organization’s mission.
Each year, at the annual meeting, recipients are presented with a plaque commemorating their dedication to conservation. The other 2017 recipients are Dan Miller, of Manchester, Louise Crocco, of Milford, and Richard Telford, of Pomfret.
In 2007, the award was renamed the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award for a longtime member, donor, board member, and one-time interim president. Engelman epitomized the characteristics of an extraordinary volunteer by helping Connecticut Audubon Society grow both in spirit and as an organization.
The Connecticut Audubon Society conserves Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and habitats. Founded in 1898, Connecticut Audubon operates nature facilities in Fairfield, Milford, Glastonbury, Pomfret, Hampton, and Sherman, a center in Old Lyme, and an EcoTravel office in Essex.
Connecticut Audubon also manages 19 wildlife sanctuaries around the state, preserves 3,300 acres of open space in Connecticut and educates over 200,000 children and adults annually.
How did government-sponsored messages about World War I affect those who lived through it? See how the federal government used posters, publicity campaigns, and censorship of critical viewpoints to inspire support and sacrifice — on the home and military fronts — at the Fairfield Museum’s newest exhibition, “Fairfield and the Great War.”
This exhibition explores these messages and how they influenced people in the Fairfield and Bridgeport area, where wartime manufacturing made the city a boomtown. Also on view are uniforms, memorabilia, letters from locals serving in WWI and more.
The exhibition runs through Jan. 21 in the Spaght Gallery.
The Fairfield Museum, at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Signs direct people to and fro and call attention to specific places, events and locations. Beyond the words they carry, they use symbols, color and design to communicate their message.
Explore how signs have been used around Fairfield over the years at the Fairfield Museum’s newest exhibition, “Signs of the Times.”
The collection of Fairfield-related signs on display range from commercial signs to informational pamphlets. In addition, visitors can learn how some of Fairfield’s streets got their names, and try their hand at making their own signs.
The exhibition runs through the end of Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26.
The Fairfield Museum, at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org.
Do you drive on the Merritt Parkway late at night or early in the morning between Fairfield and Westport? Then be prepared for some delays because of a $56.7 million project that won’t be finished until August 2019.
The project will focus on a five-mile stretch of the parkway between the Congress Street bridge in Fairfield to the Newtown Turnpike overpass in Westport.
The project will include new pavement in both the northbound lanes and work on 11 structures related to the historic bridges, built nearly 80 years ago.
There’s also upgrades planned for guiderails, drainage and restoration of the historic bridges. With all this work, lane closures are needed.
Northbound lane closures are planned from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Saturday to Wednesday and from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
Southbound lane closures are from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday; from 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.