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Westport 7-3

Here's the latest on the proposed municipal building project, which went down by a slender margin in a low-turnout vote a couple of weeks ago: The upshot, I just learned from supervisor Dan Connell, is the town board is looking at putting the project back up for another vote, probably in September.

Connell said he asked the Secretary of State to give the town a little more time before returning the nearly $600,000 grant it got toward planning the project. He then got in touch with the lawyers, who told him the project could be put back up for another vote, with either same plan or a new one.

Connell took the information to the committee working on the project at a meeting June 21, and their unanimous recommendation to the town board was to put it back up with the same plan as before. In its meeting that same evening, the board's consensus was to accept that recommendation.

Hopefully, turnout will be better this time. Check back here for further developments.

Meanwhile, we've got a full plate of events coming up. Of course, there's our parade Saturday, July 3, at noon, followed by the Ice Cream Social and Magic Show. And the fireworks at dusk in Lee Park. (The fireworks fund is only about halfway there, so please drop some cash in the boxes at local businesses. They'll keep collecting after the Fourth if necessary.)

If you're interested in painting, swing by Ballard Park before the parade Saturday, where you can watch artists painting from 9 a.m. to noon or attend a watercolor workshop with Kevin Raines, a painter who lives in Wadhams, from 9 to 11a.m. This is part of the Arts Council's summer-long Plein Air event, which continues Saturday afternoon with a tour of local artists' studios. Local artists who will open their studios include Ellen Few Anderson, Shelle Bailey, Dee Carroll, Meredith Johnston, Kevin Raines, Linda Smyth, and Alison Weld. Call the Arts Council at 962-8778 or stop by the Heritage House and pick up a map. Follow the yellow balloons.

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