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Westport 5/16

It always amazes me how fresh the memory of winter is during these long, bright new days of spring. Seems like one minute you're shoveling three feet of snow in the dark, the next you're mowing the lawn in full light well after supper. The freshness of the winter memories makes the whole experience of the season so much more powerful.

Here's a reminder about Spring Clean Up Day this Saturday, May 16, starting at Floral Hall on the Fairgrounds at 9 a.m. We'll meet up there for assignments, and reconvene at noon for a barbecue lunch. Bring your own rakes, shovels, gloves, big trash bags, etc.

Also on May 16 you can see "Happy-Go-Lucky," presented by the Champlain Valley Film Society at 8 p.m at the Depot Theatre. It's an award-winning comedy about a young teacher who confronts life's obstacles with eternal optimism; $5 for adults or $2 for under 18.

And the Depot is welcoming donations for their annual Rummage Sale, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend. Furniture, lamps, knicknacks, gewgaws, gimcracks, tchatchki, Meissen figurines, bits of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Hope diamond-they'll take it all. Whether you donate or not, it's still an excellent place to find some surprising bargains.

The new Visitors Center at the Heritage House will be opening Memorial Day weekend. I've already reported that they are looking for volunteers to staff the Visitors Center for the summer, but Nancy Decker tells me that they would also like the town's small business owners to supply some basic information that will help the center send customers your way.

They're putting together informational notebooks with shopping, services, activities and events, and are asking business owners to send, or drop off at the Arts Council office, an 8-1/2 X 11 sheet(s) with their information. They can use your restaurant menu, your Sunday church schedules, activities such as dinners and concert or music schedules happening during the summer-anything they can pass on to visitors to our area. If you have a Web site, you could probably just print out a page or two.

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