Westport 5/9/09

The worst thing about spring cleaning is that it happens indoors, at just the time of year when you most want to be outdoors. Well, Helen DeGroff and a bunch of other community-minded folks have solved that problem by giving us the chance to do both at once. Spring Clean Up Day will take place here in town on the morning of Saturday, May 16, and they're looking for volunteers to help make Westport even more beautiful than it is already.

Volunteers will gather at Floral Hall on the Fairgrounds at 9 a.m. for maps and instructions. Bring your own work gloves, as well as tools such as rakes and shovels. Garbage bags are also requested, preferably of the 30-gallon variety. Pick-up trucks are good, too, and utility trailers, if you've got one.

Work will continue till noon or so, and at 12:30 everyone meets back at Floral Hall for a festive barbecue. So it's not only going to be a great thing for the community, it's going to be a lot of fun, too.

Food and supplies for the barbecue lunch are being donated by local businesses, which deserve our thanks and support: Ernie's Market, Everybody's Market, The Inn on the Library Lawn, Me and My Girls Diner, Normandie Beach Club and Resort, and the Westport Hotel. Clean-up supplies will be provided courtesy of Bessboro Builders.

For more information, or to sign on as a volunteer, call Helen DeGroff at 962-4780 or e-mail her at hadeline@charter.net.

Anthony Wheeler, proprietor of the Inn on the Library Lawn, says that their ice cream parlour is now open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 7 p.m., with lots of varieties of ice cream, as well as hot dogs and michigans. Later in May they'll expand their hours. The Inn itself is now open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and the bookstore there is open all day, everyday.

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