Darien High grad makes his mark at West Point, and more

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Olivia “Liv” Peters, a member of the class of 2022 at Darien High School, waves the flag before West Point’s football game against Colgate University on Saturday, October 15.

West Point won the home game, 42-17.

Peters is a pleb, or freshman, at the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York City, where she enrolled after graduating from Darien High School.

The author will talk about “Rebels at Sea”

The Darien Library, along with the Darien Sail and Power Squadron, will host Eric Jay Dolin for a discussion of his book, “Rebels At Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution.”

The free presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25 in the auditorium of the Darien Library at 1441 Post Road.

Registration is requested by visiting www.darienlibrary.org/event/rebels-sea-privateering-american-revolution.

The presentation will be of particular interest to local boaters. Dolin offers a new look at the American Revolution, from the perspective of the pirates who played a vital role in the outcome of the war.

There will be tales of daring maneuvers and deadly encounters as thousands of privateers, armed with cannons, swivel guns, muskets and pikes, tormented the Britons on the Atlantic and in bays and harbors on both sides of the ocean.

Raptor demonstration postponed

There “Skyhunters in Flight: Birds of Prey Demowas rescheduled for 2 p.m. on October 23 at the Darien Community Association at 274 Middlesex Road.

The event is an entertaining, action-oriented program for adults and children ages 3 and up. It offers an up-close look at living owls, hawks and falcons from around the world and is led by master falconer Brian Bradley.

Admission is $15 for DCA members and $20 for non-members. A ticket for an adult with children is $25 and a family ticket is $40. The event had previously been postponed due to bad weather.

For more information and to register, visit dariendca.org/skyhunters-in-flight-birds-of-prey-demonstration.

DCA sets dates for upcoming events

The Darien Community Association announced “save the dates” for some of its upcoming events.

The late fall events are:

– Mother/Daughter Nutcracker Tea on Sunday, November 27;

– Greenhouse Group Wreath Workshop on Thursday, December 1; and

– Christmas tea on Thursday 8 December.

For more information and to reserve a place, visit https://darienca.org/.

Darien Arts Center installs new lighting system

The Darien Art Center completed the installation of an LED lighting system which was funded by a $100,000 grant from the Darien Foundation.

The foundation and the DAC are two non-profit organizations in the city.

The professionally designed lighting system provides the DAC’s Weatherstone studio with modern equipment that provides optimum lighting for theatre, dance and music performances.

The system also offers expanded capabilities for visual arts classes and art exhibits, as well as ease of use for more complex lighting scenarios.

The project was also supported by private donors from the Darien Arts Center.

Podcast produces four-part series on teen mental health

“Now We’re Talking Darien,” a local podcast that focuses on the city, launches a four-part series on the topic of teen mental health.

In the podcast episodes, a number of community members will be interviewed to discuss the topic from different angles.

The series follows a decision by Darien Public Schools to hire a mental health director to address student needs. The school board approved the new position as part of the school district’s plan to address growing concerns about student welfare after the deaths of three Darien High School students last spring.

Additionally, this month, the Darien Youth Depot began partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to open a new support group for parents concerned about their children’s mental health.

The podcast, co-hosted by Elizabeth Geiger and Taylor Carter, is available online at nwtdarien.com.

The podcast focuses on delivering long-form content in the city of Darien that talks about the city.

The Grieb Pharmacy celebrates 75 years of service

Darien First Selectman Monica McNally, State Representative Terrie Wood and congressional candidate Jayme Stevenson, all of whom are Republicans, recently stopped by Grieb Pharmacy to celebrate the pharmacy’s 75 years of service to the community.

The pharmacy is located at 1021 Post Road in Darien.

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