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Westport 10/23

The Westport Federated Church and the Quality of Life Committee of the Future for Westport campaign recently announced a grant award toward the continued development and expansion of the handicapped accessible Community Garden on the Westport Church's grounds. The grant of $850 was given by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, "Dedicated to improving quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park." Congratulations to everyone involved in this excellent project.

In its first full year of operation the garden saw not only an expansion in size and produce, but also an expansion in the number of folks benefitted by it and contributing to it. Parts of the garden are raised beds; an herb crib and pole bean tower are accessible to those who don't bend so well anymore; and, next spring a large raised bed on the adjacent church lot as well as waste-high walker accessible planting beds and a portable wheelchair-accessible planter cart will be added. Produce is raised sustainably and organically and consumed, donated and shared locally.

The Westport Library is having an exciting music program Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. Pianist Russell Ames will be playing with violinist Jeris French, various selections from Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. The program is free and open to the public. There will be a fire in the fireplace and refreshments. For more information call 962-4022 or e-mail EllenFewAnderson@gmail.com.

I don't normally do birthdays and such in this space (figuring it would be impossible to include everyone) but I can't resist a happy birthday to Jim Westover, Jr., our Fire Chief. This is a man who embodies a tradition of public service that, sadly, seems to be becoming more and more a thing of the past. Jim's daughter Nicole Sudduth organized a surprise party for him and his friends and family at Camp Dudley last Saturday night. I was honored to be invited. Looking around the room, it struck me over and over here were the faces of people who have spent literally years of their lives serving their community. Happy Birthday, Chief - and many happy returns.

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