VIDEO, PHOTOS: Hundreds Gather in Downtown New Canaan for Re-Routed Memorial Day Parade, Annual Ceremony

Memorial Day Parade 2016
Uploaded by Michael Dinan on 2016-05-30. A person’s sense of accountability defines him or her, hard work and mastery of complex things is a virtue, be a professional and war is not glorious, though those who fight beside one another are—these are the four great lessons that William Ruoff carries with him on knowing, observing and serving with U.S. Armed Forces veterans. As a midshipman first-class in his senior year at the U.S. Naval Academy, the New Canaan resident recalled Monday, he applied for consideration to make submarines his warfare specialty following graduation. “To enter that specialty, I first had to interview with Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, the director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and father of the modern nuclear submarine force,” Ruoff told the crowd of locals gathered outside the northern entrance to Town Hall following an abbreviated Memorial Day Parade downtown.

PHOTOS: New Canaanites Who Died While Serving in World War II

Since creating a memorial walk dedicated to New Canaanites who perished during World War II in 2003 in Mead Park, town resident Jim Bach, a Korean War veteran, has spearheaded efforts to improve the visibility and appearance of this town landmark. Those efforts have included re-planting of trees along the “Gold Star Walk,” creating a second footbridge to extend it and installing a new walkway and map—and a venerable nonprofit organization now is offering to help Bach preserve the memorial, which features a plaque listing names of the 38 men who died during the war (see gallery above for information on the servicemen). The memorial has stood for more than 10 years, and Bach—a 1947 New Canaan High School graduate who served as a U.S. Army sergeant from 1952 to 1954—said he wants to add some finishing touches, to ensure its longevity. “I want to see it done, it was part of my life a long time ago and it kept me out of trouble at one time,” Bach said. “The final thing that I wanted to get done with the memorial is to put in a bridge across the main stream that enters the park, on the west side of the garage.

What’s Open & Closed—Memorial Day Weekend Guide in New Canaan

The Memorial Day Parade will start at 9:30 a.m. Monday, followed by the annual public ceremony in Lakeview Cemetery. Town Hall is closed Monday. If you’re a business owner and want us to add your information to our list here, please email your hours for Saturday, Sunday and Monday to editor@newcanaanite.com. Something To Read

New Canaan Library

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday & Monday

Mackenzie’s

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday

New Canaan Post Office

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday & Monday

Waking Up

Kaahve

8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday

Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Closed monday

Connecticut Muffin

6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
6 to Noon Monday

Gingerbitz

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday & Monday

Le Pain Quotidien

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday

Starbucks

5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Saturday
5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday

Bruegger’s Bagels

6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday

For the Grill

Walter Stewart’s

7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday

Mrs. Green’s

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday & Monday

ACME

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday

Specialty Items

Pet Pantry

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Sunday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Monday

New Canaan Olive Oil

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday

New Canaan Music

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday & Monday

Grabbing a Bite

Connecticut Sandwich Co. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday

Joe’s Pizza

Closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday

New Canaan Pizza

11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Saturday
11a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Sunday
12 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday

Pinocchio Pizza

11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
12 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday

Club Sandwich

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday & Monday

Tony’s Deli

7 to 4 Saturday
8 to 3 Sunday
6:30 to 5:30 Monday

Garelick & Herbs

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday
Closed Monday

New Canaan Chicken

8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday

Baldanza Café

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Closed Monday

Something stronger

Stewart’s Spirits

9 to 7 Saturday
11 to 5 Sunday
9 to 2 Monday

Francos Wine Merchants

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
12 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday

New Canaan Wine Merchants

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
12 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday

Something Sweet

Baskin-Robbins

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday

Swirl

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday & Monday

Gelatissimo Artisan Gelato

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday &
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday

Nails

New Burtis Nails

9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday

Canaan Nails

9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday

Echo Chic Nail & Spa

9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday

Aqua Beauty Spa

9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday & Monday

Nails Hollywood

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday

At Your Finger Tips

10 to 4 By appointment Saturday
Sunday
Closed Monday

Dining Out

South End

Saturday lunch 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., dinner 5 to 10 p.m.
Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner 5 to 9 p.m.
Closed Monday

Solé

5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday
5 to 9 p.m. Sunday
Open for lunch & dinner Monday

The Farmer’s Table

5 to 10 p.m. Saturday
Closed Sunday & Monday

Chef Luis

11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday
11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday

Cherry Street East

5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday
11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Gates Restaurant

11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday & Monday

Tequila Mockingbird

5 to 11 p.m. Saturday
5 to 10 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday

Locali Pizza Bar & Kitchen

Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Closed Monday

Good To Know

New Canaan Toy Store

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Karl Chevrolet

8 a.m.  to 8 p.m.
Closed Sunday & Monday

Halo Studios

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
8 a.m. to Noon

Grace Farms

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (barbecue to be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday

New Canaan Police Chief: Beware of Phony Solicitations for Veterans as Memorial Day Approaches

On May 30, Memorial Day, we honor those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our great country. Memorial Day honors their service and sacrifice. Nearly 850 Veterans are buried in Lakeview Cemetery. As Memorial Day approaches, it’s a good time to remind the good and patriotic citizens of New Canaan to be aware of phony organizations who “solicit” on behalf of Veterans. Recently, Peter Langenus, the Commander of New Canaan’s Veterans of Foreign War Post 653 received a telephone call from a shopper who had been approached for a money donation in front of the Food Emporium.

Did You Hear … ?

The alpacas of Crajah House on Oenoke Ridge Road on Tuesday were shorn of their thick winter coats—see photos above. Their owner, New Canaan’s Debbie McQuilkin, tells us the process for each “blanket” includes picking out sticks, hay and straw, then going for the secondary areas of the neck, backside and legs. The material is sent to a fiber mill where it’s washed, cleaned again and dyed or made into a yarn that McQuilkin herself chooses—fine knitting or heavy weaving for rugs. It also can be sent back for hand spinning or felting, McQuilkin said. The alpaca fleece is hypoallergenic and contains no lanolin, and it’s naturally fire-resistant.