Westport 6/26

Congratulations to our brilliant graduating Class of 2010! Your distinctive voices and personalities have contributed so much to our lives, and it's hard to think of the school and the town without your energizing presence. You can be proud of all you've accomplished already, and as you embark on the next chapter in your lives, we hope you'll keep us updated on your ongoing achievements. Good luck to all of you.

The annual Fourth of July Parade will be held Saturday, July 3, starting at noon up at the fairgrounds and working its way down Main Street to the library lawn. As always, it takes lots of creativity to reflect the many sides of our community - local businesses, community groups, traditional farm equipment, classic vehicles, animals. Participants are asked to arrive at the fairgrounds by 11:15 a.m. to register.

The Christopher Emmet Hallowell Fund will hold its annual Ice Cream Social and Magic Show in Ballard Park immediately after the parade. Later on, at dusk, the fireworks will begin in Lee Park, finishing off the day's festivities in honor of our independence.

The youth commission's summer program will begin Tuesday, July 6 and run through Friday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Westport Central School. Applications are available in the school office and the town hall. Please sign up as soon as possible so they know how many participants to expect. The Town Beach at Ballard Park will be open daily with a lifeguard on duty starting Thursday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a beautiful little beach and great place to bring your children for a swim.

And the Westport Library will hold its annual gigantic book sale from Friday, July 9 to Sunday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a "First View" party Thursday, July 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. They've timed it so patrons can attend the Ballard Park concert at 7 p.m. Finally, if you're interested in participating in the Westport Federated Church's "Honky Tonk Homicide" murder mystery dinner Friday, July 30, call Alta La Pine at 962-4465.

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