In this week’s Wilton Bulletin

Here are some of the stories and features in this week's Wilton Bulletin, in mailboxes and on newsstands today, a day late but not short on stories:

• Sandy smackdown! Hurricane takes out power to 80% of town. Trees and wires down everywhere.

• Election Day is Tuesday.

• Before a crowd in Norwalk, Ted Hoffstatter and Gail Lavielle make their election bids.

• Sunday at the historical society: A look at the War of 1812 and its effects on American Indians.

• What were all those red ribbons at Wilton High last week?

• Do you need an absentee ballot? The town clerk has special hours Saturday.

• Two YMCA leaders are recognized for their service.

• The Bulletin offers its political endorsements.

• Columnist Stephen Hudspeth discusses the role money plays in our political campaigns.

• Information for voters: There is a voter guide of all contested races on the ballot, sample ballots for Wilton's voting districts, and guest columns from the Republican and Democratic Town Committee chairmen on why you should vote for their candidates.

• Still undecided? There is nearly a full page of reader endorsement letters.

• Regular letters: Cheers for the registrars, Jekyll & Hyde, food pantry needs, volunteer positions on the Democrats' side.

• Republicans conduct a food drive.

• The state is offering some help in streamlining storm insurance claims.

• The visiting nurses offer support groups to help with grief during the holidays.

• Shakespeare in Hollywood at Wilton High is postponed.

• Ogden House offers a holiday boutique.

• Wilton High field hockey wins its quarterfinal with ease, boys soccer moves on to semi-finals.

• Cross-country runners shine in states.

• Ridgefield nips Wilton girls soccer.

• New Canaan wins a close one over Warrior football team.

• Youth sports: football and soccer.

• Wilton Library plans a wine tasting.

• Think political races cost too much? Check out what some Connecticut candidates are spending.

• Wilton Congregational will collect coats.

• Four area artists will exhibit at the library.

• Wilton Playshop plans auditions for the Drowsy Chaperone.

• Wilton schools will see a decline in enrollment in the years to come.

• Wilton Warrior columnist Terrence McLaughlin considers the lost art of the thank-you note.

• Red's offers roadside dining on Route 7.

• Arts & Leisure: Chinese National Circus in Fairfield, Little Red Riding Hood exhibition in New Canaan, Rooms with A View design show in Southport, the Reel Dad looks at Flight with Denzel Washington, Steven Macoy finds favor with the 2013 Acura RDX AWD Tech.

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