Letter: ‘Thank You’ from God’s Acre Christmas Caroling Committee

While the carols and the Christmas Eve gathering remained the same, this year marked a changing of the guard in terms of leadership for the annual God’s Acre Christmas Caroling. 

A century ago, when John E. Hersam, then publisher of the New Canaan Advertiser, along with other members of the Town Band, invited friends and neighbors to God’s Acre for Christmas Eve Caroling, he likely had no idea he was helping to launch one of the quintessential New Canaan traditions. Thus, at the start of this year’s Carol Singing, it was fitting that V. Donald Hersam, and the entire Hersam family, was publicly thanked for their 100 year stewardship of this wonderful community event. 

With the sale of the Advertiser to Hearst last fall, the Hersams have transitioned stewardship of this annual event to a new God’s Acre Christmas Caroling Committee. We are each honored to help carry on this amazing tradition. 

Even though this is a free event open to all, there are annual costs associated with hosting it. This year we want to thank Tim Brown, from Brown Thayer Shedd Insurance, for stepping forward to underwrite construction of the bandstand and Rand Insurance for underwriting the cost of the song sheets provided that evening. We thank each individual and local family who sent in donations to help defray the costs.

Full Disclosure: What’s Stalking New Canaan

Cheers to 2019 and here’s to hoping that most of New Canaan has broken their New Year’s resolutions, or at least cheated a little bit. That way, I can feel validated for not even trying to tweak my bad habits or curb my indulgences. Life’s too short to be anything other than perfectly imperfect. 

Sure, I could eat healthier, drink less wine and embrace the “hungry feeling,” but it’s too much fun and gratifying being a little bit bad. Plus, observing all of my friends’ self-torture from the sidelines is a hoot, and my new pastime. 

You see, a vast majority of my fellow New Canaanites have adopted the same health kick: “juicing.” 

And I don’t mean that they are engaging in illicit steroid use. Sadly, I think I am the only one who inwardly giggles when a “juicing” reference is made and I conjure up images of bikini clad, orange-stained bodybuilding New Canaan moms in a ‘roid-fueled rampage.

Letter: ‘Thank You’ from The Exchange Club 

On behalf of the Exchange Club of New Canaan, thank you to the New Canaan community and residents from nearby towns for buying Christmas trees and wreaths from our annual fundraiser at Kiwanis Park. Your generous support once again made our fundraising efforts a success, as it has for over fifty years. We were also pleased to see so many adults and children attending our annual Lou Moreno tree lighting ceremony. The event had another record year, with over 1,300 trees and 1,700 wreaths sold. We netted nearly $100,000, which we’ll distribute to local not-for-profit and community organizations, as we do every year.

Letter: ‘Thank You’ to Local Volunteers

It takes volunteers. 

Volunteers at Memorial Day to offer Buddy Poppies. Volunteers to give a gift for their Buddy Poppies. 

It took an Eagle Scout volunteer to identify and catalog all Veterans buried in Lakeview Cemetery. 

It took a Girl Scout volunteer to identify and catalog Veterans buried in the 13 private cemeteries in New Canaan. 

It took volunteers from the National Charity League to tie 1,100 bows on Christmas wreaths – in 22º temperature. 

It took volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 70, from CERT, from DAR, from Kiwanis, from the Exchange Club, from the Girl Scouts, from the New Canaan Fire Department and from our elected officials to place the 1,100 wreaths on all of the Veterans grave sites. 

It takes volunteers. Thanks to all who helped. 

Happy New Year to all. 

Peter C. Langenus
Commander, VFW Post 653

Letter: Allow the Preservationists To Restore the ‘Mead Park Brick Barn’


In the spirit of the season it is so cheerful to see the sad, antique Mead Park Brick Barn sporting that lovely wreath. Thanks to the person who so thoughtfully placed it there. Several thoughts with regard to the barn dilemma: 

In order to meet the very expensive “needs” of our community our town is faced with having to raise the mill rate to compensate for lower values of our homes and property. Happy Holidays to all! Our elected officials can change their minds and better allocate the $65,000 allotted for the proposed demolition to a more necessary purpose.