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Heat and History Come Together in Wilton

The heat and humidity in Wilton Thursday may have been too much even for Gen. George Washington, who was best-known for braving the cold.

We'll never know how our first president would have fared, but it seems fair to say the heat may have been too much for 9-year-old Dominick Polito, who was dressed up as the father of our country–complete with white wig and colonial uniform–during Cider Mill School's Living History Museum day.

About 90 third-graders took part in the history program at the school, but Dominick had to leave early, feeling a little under the weather.

All Wilton schools are fully air-conditioned, but with hundreds of people, including parents, at the event, some parents said it was a little warm in the Living History room.

Cider Mill Principal Ginny Ricco said the air-conditioning has been working "extremely well" all week, but that because of particularly sweltering weather, recess during lunch was curtailed the first few days and eliminated Thursday.

"I don't think it's the weather that made me feel sick today, it was just kind of warm and crowded and I wasn't feeling too great anyway," Dominick said while leaving the school with his mother, Christine, and three brothers and sisters.

"It [Living History] is a great program. It's just when you have hundreds of people in a room in this weather, even the air-conditioning isn't going to work to full capacity," Christine Ricco said.

Ken Post, director of financial planning and operations for the Wilton school district, said unlike many school districts throughout Fairfield County and the state, Wilton is "fortunate enough to have air-conditioning in all of our buildings and did not have to have an early dismissal, even [Thursday] when many districts did across the state."

As 8-year-old Niko Kouvaris rushed out of Cider Mill School Thursday with his mother, Nicole, and aunt, Dana Nickel, the third-grader couldn't wait to get home.

"I love the hot weather," Niko said. "I just can't wait to jump in the pool."

How are you coping with the heat? Do you like the hot weather or disdain it? Leave a comment below.

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