Westport 5/22

I hear that a little drizzle didn't stop the annual fishing contest held Mother's Day weekend at the Fish & Game Club this year. Despite the weather, attendance was strong with about 35 kids showing up to participate. Everyone had fun, caught lots of fish, and enjoyed hot dogs, chips and soda for lunch.

Cody Bennett caught a 19-inch trout, Matthew Severance caught a 18 1/2-inch trout, and four-year-old Allie DeZalia caught the largest in her division at 13 inches. Congratulations! Trophies, fishing poles, and other prizes were awarded, and every child went home with something.

Some of those young anglers will probably be enrolling in the Westport Youth Commission Summer Program, which is gearing up for when school's out, but the Youth Commission runs year-round and right now it needs adult volunteers to serve on it.

If you're interested in helping, e-mail westportyouthprogram@gmail.com. In addition to the Summer Program, the Youth Commission does the Biddy Sports, Skiing, Dance, and Hiking programs. In a week or two I'll have details on how to enroll your child in the Summer Program.

Have you noticed the beautiful artwork in the window of the building north of the bank? This is due to Westport ArtWorks, a volunteer community service organization that's part of the Future of Westport campaign. They have work by five local artists already and hope to add more artwork to further enliven this otherwise empty storefront. Are you a local artist looking for some exposure? Contact Meredith Johnston at 962-4590 or Carolyn Vanderhoof at 962-2043 if you would like to add a piece of your art to the display.

Last summer I shared with readers some of my experiences in Firefighter 1, the basic course for new firefighters. I thought readers would be interested, and that writing about it might encourage new volunteers. Since then I've had the honor of being accepted onto the Ambulance Squad, and I'll be taking the EMT-Basic course at the Public Safety Building in Lewis this summer. As my training progresses, I'll share some of those experiences with you now and then, too.

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