Could this weekend’s weather have been any crazier? First we were given warning that Saturday’s winter storm ‘was going to be big,’ then forecasters said it would likely miss us, and suddenly it became #blizzard2016. The snowfall packed a bigger wallop than the expected 3-to-5-inches; instead we were hit by more-than-a-foot (13″ was the National Weather Service’s official snow accumulation measure for Wilton) to bury Wilton in the first white, powdery snowfall of the season.

By Sunday, Wilton started digging out and people went directly to Facebook to post adorable pics of kids and pups playing in the snow (as well as to ask neighbors and strangers alike how the roads were).

Some, like the Angerame family dog, Mongoreally enjoyed playing in the snow. Who can blame the little guy, though, as it was his very first time in the snow, ever.

angerame family dog Mongo Jan 2016

State Sen. Toni Boucher enjoyed the snow fall with her entire family, including kids and grandkids, to make this well-fed snowman.

toni boucher snowman January 2016

Wilton businesses had to dig out too, which JoyRide Wilton did with their own custom snowblower.

joy-snowblower January 2016

Before the weird weather weekend, however, there were some interesting events of note:

Himes Visits Wilton

Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4), who represents Wilton in the nation’s capital, stopped by Trackside Teen Center for a Community Town Hall on Thursday, Jan. 21. With an overflow crowd of about 70-80 people, the congressman updated his constituents in attendance with a rapid fire round-up of what kind of legislation he’s worked on, supported and disagreed with in the past year. He took questions from a variety of audience members on subjects ranging from student loan debt to campaign finance reform to immigration and terrorism.

Himes was introduced to the crowd by first selectman Lynne Vanderslice. In his opening remarks the congressman noted that he and Vanderslice had met earlier in January. He said he’d always had a good working relationship with her predecessor, Bill Brennan, and that he was excited by Wilton’s current leadership.

Vanderslice told GOOD Morning Wilton this about their meeting:  “Congressman Jim Himes reached out and we met in my office earlier this month. We discussed my goals for the town and areas of interest to Wilton residents including transportation, homeland security and his role on the House Financial Services Committee. I appreciate his approachable manner and look forward to working with him in the future.”

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Reading Rocks Celebrates Dress Like a Rock Star Day

Both Wilton Schools participating in the Wilton Education Foundation’s ‘Reading Rocks!’ fundraising program celebrated the students who are taking part. Miller-Driscoll and Cider Mill students got to dress like a rock star at school on Friday, Jan. 22. Their teachers and principals also got into the act.