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Norwalkers Make Hay While Indian Summer Sun Shines

NORWALK, Conn. – Perhaps in exchange for this fall's unseasonably early appearance of snow, Mother Nature spent the weekend bathing the area in one of the latest Indian Summers anyone could remember. And Norwalkers took full advantage of the balmy sunshine with temperatures in the upper 60s, heading outdoors in garb more typical of early September than the last days of November.

As the long weekend ended and the return to work began, the mild weather continued, which somehow made the transition from an extended break from the 9-to-5 world a bit easier to handle.

"When the weather's like this, it's a lot easier to come to work," Raymond Gilbody said as he applied mortar to the seawall on Crescent Beach in Rowayton. "You don't have to get all bundled up just to get out the door, and feel like you're going to freeze the whole day. Mind you, I'd rather be out fishing," he said, gesturing to the waters of Long Island Sound that lapped on the beach behind him.

Around the corner on Bell Island, Dave Zantorsky was using a giant propane-powered heat gun to shrink-wrap the last few boats at the Rowayton Yacht Club in their protective winter plastic coverings. Between the heat from the gun and the bright sunshine, Zantorsky was breaking a sweat as he worked, even though he had stripped down to a T-shirt. "We had some people go out on the water this weekend, duck hunting," he said. "It's too bad all the sailboats are out of the water – I'm sure it would have been great sailing weather."

On the other side of the island, there was a reminder that despite such warm weather, winter lurked less than a month away. Jean Pierre Lamay climbed a ladder to run strings of Christmas lights around trees in the front yard of a house on Pine Point Road. "Last week I was working in the rain," he said. "This is much nicer."

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