WILTON, Conn. One thing is evident: The town of Wilton comes together when Mother Nature hurls destructive storms our way. The community opens its doors to people without power, says Wilton resident Jeff Cross. Friends have invited us into their homes, and Ive appreciated being able to shower at the Wilton Y."
Showers, water and electricity as well as coffee and tea have been available to all at the Wilton Y regardless of membership during Tropical Storm Irene and the pre-Halloween noreaster. And how great is the Wilton Library? It offers a warm haven during storms and serves as a community center, always. The library goes above and beyond, extending its hours and making every bit of space available to accommodate those in need. According to Wilton High School junior Kevin Murphy, Ive used the library most days since our power went out, and Ive always been able to get a seat. From the Brubeck Room to the meeting rooms upstairs, there is space during bad weather to work, read, charge-up and just pass time.
Wilton businesses also reach out to residents. During the past few days, the Village Market provided water refills, Open House and Dina Restaurant advertised use of their electricity and Open House gave out candy to trick-or-treaters who were disappointed that Halloween was postponed. The town of Wilton anticipated the early snow and had the plows prepared, set up a shelter at Miller-Driscoll School and distributed water.
Best of all are the people of Wilton. The families on Saddle Ridge Road typify the caring individuals who live in our town. One resident, Audrey Ludemann, owner of a generator, rang neighbors doorbells to offer power and showers during Irene. After that storm, Amy Curley, another Saddle Ridge Road resident, made an effort to be prepared the next time the power out and ordered a generator. Unfortunately, the next storm arrived quicker than the generator. At least she has the warmth and generosity of her neighbors and friends in the town of Wilton.
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