At Thursday evening’s (Dec. 10) dinner honoring former first selectman Bill Brennan following his retirement, attendees toasted Brennan and celebrated his many accomplishments and contributions to Wilton.

One of the highlights was a video produced by Wilton photographer and video producer Gretchen Yengst that was shown at the event at Cobb’s Mill Inn.

“As first selectman of the town of Wilton for a decade, Bill Brennan served to inspire and lead, creating a climate of positive change and cooperation across party lines that should be a model for all governing bodies big and small. I feel honored to create this story about him… we all benefited from his leadership,” Yengst says.

Hoping to let more Wilton residents view what she calls a very personal project, she shares the video here. “I think [it] speaks to the pride we all have in this special place where we live, and to the job Bill has accomplished.”

Also during the evening, Wilton legislators Gail Lavielle and Toni Boucher presented Brennan with a proclamation (pictured above), and he was also handed the key to the city by his successor Lynne Vanderslice (see the pictures at the end of the story). Longtime resident Ray Moskow also wrote a poem and read it at the dinner (all pictures courtesy of Kerry Brennan Novak, Brennan’s daughter).

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