Have giant football helmet, will travel

Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

Norwalk Village Board President Mike Wiedl has been in the headlines lately as the Wilton and Norwalk boards spar over the fate of the joint police commission. But when Wiedl isn’t lobbying for preserving the commission, he has another job that takes him on some unusual adventures.

This week, as production manager of F.A.S.T. (Fiberglass Animals, Shapes and Trademarks) Corp in Sparta, Wiedl will truck an oversized football helmet to Levi Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. The stadium opened in July, seats 68,500 and is billed as green and sustainable, with such features as solar energy, recycled materials in construction, use of recycled water and a green roof.

And, of course, what stadium is complete without an oversized football helmet?

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    Click here to see Wilton resident Betsy Schindler’s account of the visit.


    Courtesy of the Sparta Herald

    Anyone traveling through Sparta on Friday afternoon could have caught sight of strange figure wearing a British Army pith helmet, sitting astride a big-wheel bicycle.

    That jaunty chap was not Ben Bikin incognito but Joff Summerfield, a 46-year-old adventurer from London who is one month along on his second lap around the world on a big-wheeler.

    The former race-car-engine builder

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