Here's an important request from Nancy Decker, who helps keep the Visitor Center going at the glorious new Heritage House. The Heritage House will be having a Volunteer Work Crew day on Saturday, June 4, beginning at 8 a.m. Many hands are needed for both indoor and outdoor work. The plan is to work rain or shine (let's hope for sun). Although we will begin at 8 o'clock, please come when you can. We are planning to work into the afternoon and many hands are needed. Our volunteer supervisor for the job is Hokey McKinley, so we will be in good leadership hands. Bring your shovel, leaf rake, garden rake, gloves, hammer and any other tool you think might be handy.

The next day, Sunday, June 5, the Heritage House will host a meeting of the Westport Historical Society at 3 p.m. The society reports that their "Forgotten Ferries" program on April 3 was a great success, and chairman Jack Buttimer thanks everyone who helped make it possible. They had about 60 people and raised nearly $200. (I really wanted to go to this but an accident the night before kept me home, so I hope they do something like this again.) The meeting on Sunday is open to anyone who's interested, and the society is looking for a treasurer. If you might be interested in participating, come along on Sunday or call Jack Buttimer at 962-2955.

Another exciting place to be on Saturday, June 4 is the Celebrate Champlain Area Trails event, to be held starting at 4 p.m. at Block House Farm, 2916 Lake Shore Road, in Essex. Internationally recognized author Bill McKibben will be the speaker, and his talk will be followed by a reception. Headquartered in Westport, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is run by Chris Maron, and they are dedicated to creating and maintaining a network of hiking trails in the Champlain Valley.

The public hearing last week on the Rolling Hills development was lively, and developer Dave Mann did a good job of satisfying everyone's curiosity. Meanwhile, I nominate Russ Paquette for the Will Rogers Humor Award.

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