Congratulations to 3-year-old Emma Conley, whose 17-1/2 inch trout was the biggest fish caught in the Westport Fish & Game Club's annual fishing contest last Saturday. Emma and 37 other youngsters from 3 to 15 took part in the contest, which luckily fell on the first really nice day we've had recently. The Fish & Game Club sponsors this event each year, and this year it was supported by donations from Ernie's Market, Everybody's Market, the Chazy & Westport Telephone Company, and Norm's Bait and Tackle.
"Everyone had a terrific time," Sheila Borden informed me. "Anyone who caught a fish received a trophy or a prize and all other fisher people also left with a bag of fishing goodies." As for the fish themselves, 300 of them were laboriously trucked up to the pond in three trips by John Tefoe, George Tefoe, and Irwin Borden. Nice job, everyone.
The Westport Heritage House Visitor Center, which will be open this year from June 23 through Columbus Day, is seeking volunteer Ambassadors to greet visitors and have resources available to answer frequently asked questions about Westport, Wadhams and the surrounding region. Two brief training sessions are scheduled for Thursday, May 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Ambassadors are asked to attend one of them. If you were an Ambassador last year the center welcomes you back. If you'd like to volunteer this summer, please call Debbie Frisbie at 962-4802 or Meredith Johnston at 962-4590 and let them know what training session you'll be attending. If these times don't work for you, they can arrange an alternative.
The Strawberry Festival is coming up in Wadhams on Sunday, June 19 at the Wadhams UCC Church. The Wadhams Free Library will sell books there again, and there's also a new event: the "First Annual Boquet River Duck Derby," a free-for-all race that pits yellow duckies against each other in the raging Boquet. Five ducks, er, bucks to enter, to benefit the Wadhams Volunteer Fire Company community fund.
Don't forget the school budget vote on May 17, from noon to 9 p.m. at the school.